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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 1-7, 2021 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 3 LINCOLN – Members of Lincoln's police union have alleged that recent changes at Twin River Casino in Lincoln have made it challenging for officers to effectively respond to incidents there. Lincoln Det. Kyle Wingate, IBPO Local 435 president, wrote to the Lincoln Town Council this week raising concerns over "an urgent public safety matter that has impact- ed the response of our town's police officers to an emergency." Historically, the letter states, the Lincoln casino funded detail police officers to cover incidents occurring there, but began eliminating those positions in 2019. That move put an "unfair burden on the town's police resources," said Wingate, noting that the casino is responsible for "a large share of the town's police activity," creating a significant challenge for police offi- cers and leaving them unavailable for incidents throughout the rest of town. In addition to the volume of calls to the casino, the sheer size of the 500,000-square-foot campus "makes it impossible for officers to quickly leave in case of emergency else- where," he said. Further complicating matters, the Police Department's radio equip- ment is inoperable inside Twin River, forcing officers to rely on cell phones to communicate. By comparison, Wingate said the town of Tiverton mandates its casi- no to have 24/7 police coverage. That campus is roughly an eighth of the size of Lincoln's casino campus, both operated by Twin River. "We find it irresponsible for Twin River to not have adequate police detail coverage and to continually siphon off our town's police services that should be available to emergen- cies that occur in other parts of the town of Lincoln," the letter states. There were two detail officers stationed at the casino before the shifts were cut, Wingate said. As the casino moves closer to full capac- ity and begins planning a new, 50,000-square-foot expansion, the police union argues that the need to reinstate two officers at minimum is paramount. "When only three officers are working, the shift minimum in Lincoln, we're guaranteed a call to Twin River. When we get another call, there's no cops left in Lincoln. The union submitted the letter to the Town Council, along with members of the Lincoln Police Department and Chief Brian Sullivan, who is acting town admin- istrator. Police demand return of shift details at Twin River By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Parkinson's disease support group resumes virtually LINCOLN – The American Parkinson's Disease Association Rhode Island Chapter has announced the return of the Lincoln support group led by Maria Kishfy. The support group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month, starting on April 13, over Zoom. To register, contact Kishfy at 401- 440-8136 or mariakishfy@gmail.com Reduce food waste with RIRRC program April 15 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library will host a Zoom program on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., Reduce Food Waste with the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. This presentation will give partici- pants the tools to reduce food waste. Registration is required to receive the login information. Register by 5 p.m. on April 15. For more information, visit www. cumberlandlibrary.org or call 401- 333-2552, ext. 2. do you know? You can place a Classified Ad anytime at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Classifieds' SEASON UPON US! • Memberships starting at $925 • Remodeled Locker Rooms • Brand New 1,000 sq. ft. Stone Patio overlooking the 9th Green • Newly Remodeled Restaurant For more information call 401-353-1620 1 Overlook Circle, North Providence, RI Louisquissetgc.com THE 2021 GOLF IS WE'RE OPEN FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE NEEDS 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika WE BUY CARS Rhode Island State Inspection $ 55 CHECK OUT MY NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSITE! You can now view "VEhiCLES FOR SALE" and Can Also Schedule Your Sales and/or Service Appointment Online. NEED TIRES? GET A QUOTE ONLINE!

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