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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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BURRILLVILLE – One year into the pandemic, Paula Dumas, owner of Uncle Ronnie's Red Tavern in Burrillville with her husband, Ron, said they've faced everything. Since last March, they've switched to takeout, limited their seating, and navigated the complicated policies around reopening. But the latest challenge, she said, isn't related to the number of cus- tomers or government restrictions. Instead, she said, it's staff that she's struggling to bring in the door. "I need more help. Summertime's Restaurant owners say employee shortage holding them back By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See RESTAURANTS, Page 14 LINCOLN – Building Committee members, left out of the loop on a planned move of district administrative offices to the reconstructed Lincoln High School campus, are questioning plans for the space, including a new IT space and private rest- room. Members of the LHS Building Committee recently expressed frustration that they'd been shut out of the administrative move process completely, and didn't realize the move was back on the table after it was deferred early in the construction process due to lack of funds. The goal was to return to the administrative wing buildout if there was money available to do so at the end of the project. Town Councilor and Building Committee member Bruce Ogni said if the Town Council thought that only a "select few people" would be making decisions about the wing instead of the full Building Committee, "there would have been some changed votes." "This was done inappropriately, and if there's not further over- sight on this, there's going to be problems down the road," he said. "No one talked to us about this. It looks underhanded and sneaky and I have a real problem with it." Member Michael Connell agreed, adding, "it was kept secret, and it's hard to feel good about the whole thing." Member Michael Babbit said the entire process to this point has Committee questions new administrative wing amenities By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See AMENITIES, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Firefighter JOHN REI asks a question about a piece of equipment while train- ing with new scuba gear at the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland- Lincoln last Wednesday morning. Cumberland's dive team is better equipped CUMBERLAND – Few places make someone feel more alone than descending into the abyss of a dark river and feeling around for some- thing. Members of the Cumberland Water Rescue and Recovery Team, now training new members and boasting new equipment, say the experience of diving to retrieve lost items is some- times terrifying but can be addictive. The team, first formed in May of 2000, has recently received several donations to upgrade equipment to be safer and more efficient. They showed BY KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See DIVE TEAM, Page 26 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 1-7, 2021 Owner: David Wright, Jr. Email: wrightstree401@gmail.com www.wrightstree401.com Serving RI & MA Tree Removal ~ Tree Pruning 24 Hour Storm Response Certified Arborist Fully Licensed and Insured Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off

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