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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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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4 BUSINESS JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Lifelong Cumberland resident Lisa Gomes, 41, made the bold decision to leave behind her 20-year career as a pre- school teacher to open her own small business in the town she was raised. She said she's hoping to fulfill a need in the community by opening Kiddos, a toy and bookstore at 3383 Mendon Road. "But it's so much more than that," Gomes said, offering a peek into the fresh new space, located in the same building as Irmgard's Salon & Spa and Domino's Pizza. "This to me is an experience … a place where kids can read, get creative and have fun." With two studio spaces, Gomes plans to offer activities ranging from yoga and Zumba to music programs and art-themed birthday parties. The store will also have a designated story- time area where Gomes will read two to three times each week. "I've really missed being in the classroom," she said. "My favorite activities to do were literacy-related, sounding out letters to reading and acting-out stories." Using her background in early childhood education, Gomes hand- selected every book and toy that will be sold at Kiddos. "I was so, so careful in the products and brands I chose to carry. I wanted them to encourage a child's develop- ment," she said. "There's so much a child can take away from any simple toy. All of our toys are educational." Gomes said she made a philosophi- cal choice early on in the process not to carry any digital or tablet-related toys or games, hoping to instead inspire imaginative play and encour- age interaction. "Play has gotten lost over the years," she said. "I want kids to revert back and just play, and provide expe- riences and toys that will help them regain social skills." She has chosen books that include multicultural and ethnically diverse characters and books that empower young girls. Gomes said she would not carry toys featuring licensed char- acters. "I want to carry things that are not found in typical stores – if you're looking for something unique, I want- ed to be that store," she said. "The only way a toy store can compete with Amazon is by providing an expe- rience they can't." There is no adult merchandise: The store is solely dedicated to its name- sake demographic: Kiddos (ages 0-10). Gomes said she took care to stock a good selection of toddler merchan- dise, as many toys are for ages 3 and up. Even the physical space is geared toward children, with anchored shelv- ing, bright colors and a large wooden tree in the story-time area. "Safety was so important. Everything we have here is child- proof," she said. "I really wanted a well-thought-out space." Kiddos will offer day and evening yoga sessions for 3- to 7-year-olds, music and movement class for 3- to 5-year-olds, and Zumba Kids Jr. for ages 4-6, Zumba Kids for ages 6-8 and Zumbini for children younger than 4. In a separate creative space, Kiddos will host art birthday parties, open studio nights to paint plaster figurines and paint with watercolors, and other scheduled craft nights. "It's going to be a one-stop shop. … We'll be a full-service kids destina- tion," Gomes said. "I think something like this is long overdue." Kiddos will open its doors to the public this weekend, on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store will host a Grand Opening cel- ebration on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ordinary hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit kiddosri. com or Kiddos RI on Facebook. Welcome, Kiddos: New toy store opens in town By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Cumberland resident LISA GOMES will open her children's toy and book store, Kiddos, at 3383 Mendon Road, Cumberland, this weekend. Drop off unused, old American flags at Hunter Insurance LINCOLN – Throughout the month of June, Hunter Insurance will be accepting worn, damaged or unused American flags at its office, 389 Old River Road, in Manville. Flags can be placed in a collection box at the office and will be given to Boy Scout Troop 1 of Manville, which will properly dispose of them in a cer- emonial flag burning on July 1. According to the U.S. Flag Code, a ceremonial burning is the proper way to retire the American flag, and "we are happy to help Troop 1 in their patriotic endeavor to make sure the retired flags in our community are disposed of properly and with honor," said Brian Hunter, president of Hunter Insurance. During the ceremonial flag burning, Scouts will fold the flags appropriately and then burn them completely to ash. The ceremony is conducted with dignity and respect. Breeze THE VALLEY ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed week - ends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact News Editor Pat Erickson at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 139. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call General Sales Manager Doug Fabian at 401-334-9555, ext. 141 or e-mail: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. All other news is Monday 3 p.m. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. 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Use keywords to find old stories. Single stories cost $2.95 through our Newsbank partners. Multi-story packages, which provide lower costs per story, are also available. SUBSCRIPTIONS – The Valley Breeze may be delivered anywhere in the United States, in an envelope, by First Class mail only. The cost is $189 per year, or $4 per week. Phone 401- 334-9555 for details. COPYRIGHTS – or its con - tent may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the pub - lisher. News aggregators that solicit advertis - ing may not link THE CUMBERLAND WATER DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN OUR HYDRANT FLUSHING PRO- GRAM. THIS IS A SEMI-ANNUAL PROCEDURE TO REMOVE THE BULK OF THE ACCUMU- LATED SEDIMENTS IN THE WATER MAINS. AREA 1 (April 2, 2018 TO APRIL 10, 2018) BERKELEY/ASHTON AREA: BOTH SIDES OF MENDON ROAD FROM MARSHALL AVENUE NORTH TO INTERSTATE 295, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. ALSO ANGELL ROAD, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 2 (APRIL 6, 2018 TO APRIL 24, 2018) DIAMOND HILL AREA: SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON DIAMOND HILL ROAD, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 3 (APRIL 23, 2018 TO MAY 15, 2018) CUMBERLAND HILL: NORTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON MENDON ROAD AND ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. AREA 4 (MAY 13, 2018 TO JUNE 15, 2018) ARNOLDS MILLS AREA: NORTH OF INTERSTATE 295 ON DIAMOND HILL ROAD, ABBOTT RUN VALLEY ROAD AND NATE WHIPPLE HIGHWAY, INCLUDING ALL PLATS AND SIDE STREETS. OUR CUSTOMERS MAY EXPERIENCE SOME DISCOLORED WATER, AS WELL AS LOWER THAN NORMAL PRESSURE. IF YOU EXPERIENCE RUSTY WATER, RUN YOUR COLD WA - TER FOR A SHORT TIME TO CLEAR LINES. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MIGHT CAUSE. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE DATES WE WILL BE FLUSHING IN YOUR AREA AS THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THIS NOTICE WILL BE ADVERTISED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. CUMBERLAND WATER DEPARTMENT 98 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI 02864 NOTICE HYDRANT FLUSHING NOTICE The Lincoln Board of License Commissioners hereby gives notice that the following corporation has made an application to keep for sale and to sell Alcoholic Beverages in the Town of Lincoln from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018, inclusive under the provisions of Section 3-5 and 3-7 of RIGL. Transfer from Lincoln Liquors LLC 182 Front Street Lincoln, RI 02865 To Lincoln Liquors LLC 172 Front Street Lincoln, RI 02865 Remonstrants are entitled to be heard before the granting of such license at a public hearing of the Lincoln Board of License Commissioners to be held at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, June 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. All persons interested may be heard at that time. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at 333-1100, seventy-two hour (72) prior to the hearing date. Karen D. Allen, CMC Town Clerk Town of Lincoln LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER

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