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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-08-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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R.W. Bruno donating HVAC system to Lincoln animal shelter LINCOLN – The late Richard W. Bruno was a frequent visitor at the Lincoln Animal Shelter, stopping in to visit the animals and often deliver- ing a coffee to Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau. "He was always here. He loved to come in and see the cats," Noreau said of Bruno, who was president of Lincoln- based HVAC com- pany R.W. Bruno. In January, Bruno succumbed to his bat- tle with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. To honor his father's memory and his affection for ani- mals, Bruno's son and now company president Glenn Bruno has chosen to donate a new HVAC system to the shelter his father so loved. "When we heard the Lincoln Shelter was accepting bids for an HVAC sys- tem, knowing my father's prognosis, I asked to be put on the bid list. I went into the process knowing I wanted to donate the system to the town," Bruno said. The town had planned to implement a "bare bones" system for heating and By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer RICHARD BRUNO See SHELTER, Page 13 Taken by a storm BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Cumberland resident RYAN LIPSON stands in front of the tree that rocked his home on Nate Whipple Highway dur- ing last Friday's storm. Lipson is unsure whether he'll have the money he needs to restore his historic home, known as the Walcott House. CUMBERLAND – When Ryan Lipson purchased the historic 1720 Walcott House at 735 Nate Whipple Highway last fall, he knew he was looking at a lot of work to get it back into shape. After last week's powerful storm rocked Lipson's new home, he says the task may now be insurmount- able. "It was raining inside," said Lipson, who works at Amica Insurance Company. Lipson, a North Providence native, told The Valley Breeze there's no telling how much damage his family's home sustained when a large evergreen tree toppled onto it during the height of the storm. A second tree fell on his family's oversized shed, nearly destroying it completely. The Lipsons' three young children were napping on the second floor when the tree fell onto the roof, Owner unsure about restoring damaged 1720 Walcott House By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Lincoln man shaken as tree crashes through window LINCOLN – Standing in his kitchen at 427 Great Road, John Charron said he "was shaking like a leaf" when a massive oak tree crashed through the window into By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TREE, Page 17 See WALCOTT HOUSE, Page 16 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 8-14, 2018 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Thinking of Selling Your Home? Results are important! Call one of the area's Top Producers For A Free Market Analysis And Truly Remarkable Service Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell Presidents Circle Award Recipient RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

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