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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-08-2021

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CUMBERLAND – The long and often convoluted history of one of Cumberland's largest proposed housing projects, now tied up in liti- gation with one of the town's most well-known developers, is still tak- ing more twists and turns than the Diamond Hill roundabouts. Back in July 2011, The Valley Breeze reported that real estate broker John Brady, owner of 88 acres of Bear Hill, was nearing final approvals on his Gold Rush Estates, a development of 60 homes named in honor of old-time land- owner David Curran and the mini- gold rush that hit Bear Hill in May 1904. Asked back then when he expect- ed work on his project to get start- ed, Brady said it wouldn't be hap- pening soon due to the condition of the economy. A decade later, the 60-lot subdivision project, first granted preliminary plan approval in 2008 but allowed to be put on pause through state tolling statutes, still waits in limbo. On March 31, the Cumberland Bear Hill's 60-home development back to square one By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ESTATES, Page 6 BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY BRITTANY MAYER, of High View Farm in Cumberland, trains and competes with wild horses, including her new friend RENEGADE, pictured with her here. CUMBERLAND – For Brittany Mayer, training wild horses and preparing them for a better life has changed her personality and made her a better person, grounding her and "evening me out." "You can't get mad at them," she said, recalling the one time she pushed a new mustang over a bit and paid the price. Cumberland's Mayer takes in mustangs, prepares them to compete By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MUSTANGS, Page 40 LINCOLN – During an energetic discussion about the future of police details at Twin River Casino that took place at Lincoln Town Hall on Tuesday night, council members cast doubt on the claims of local police union members that the rest of town is left short on protection because officers are being called to the casino. A letter sent by Lincoln's police union to members of the Town Council and reported in last week's Breeze alleged that police resources in Lincoln are burdened if there's not a dedicated officer on casino duty. "Twin River is responsible for a large share of the town's police activity, creating a significant chal- lenge for police officers and leav- ing them unavailable for incidents throughout town," said IBPO Local 435 president Kyle Wingate on behalf of the union. Further, Wingate said police department radio equipment is inoperable within the casino, caus- ing officers to use their personal cell Council questions claims on Twin River police details By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See POLICE, Page 5 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 8-14, 2021 — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — In memory of Thomas J. Malloy Applications for the Thomas J. Malloy Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. Applications are available at LHS & CHS Guidance Offices Scholarship eligible for New England Tech and URI. 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.

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