Friday, October 25
There’s a woman somewhere in town, who’s apparently the mom of a Cumberland High School freshman, who’s managed to stir up Town Council, School Committee and even The Valley Breeze office with her passionate claims that freshman don’t have textbooks this year.
That’s prompted Supt. Phil Thornton to survey every freshman teacher at CHS, he says, where he found no evidence of missing texts.
In fact, he said, he has an account set aside just to purchase an occasional textbook if... more
Wednesday, October 2
I’m back in town after a 10-day vacation (Greek islands cruise that I highly recommend) to find the state Department of Transportation has removed the two old construction signs on Route 116 that I complained about. Town Administrator Joe Almond and state Sen. Ryan Pearson both lent their muscle to this little victory over roadway pollution.
But still offending drivers, at least me, are the broken down signs calling for reduced speeds when the high school is in session. They haven't,... more
Friday, September 13
The thing about roadway signs is how they begin to blend into the landscape. And no matter how ugly, it seems you begin to not see it anymore.
That’s the case, I guess, with this broken sign on Route 116 in Lincoln, one of the main gateways into town.
Actually, if you’re driving from Ashton into Lincoln, you’re greeted with not one but a series of dismaying messages.
First a disclaimer: There’s a snide truism about newsrooms that says something like “news is what the... more
Friday, September 6
The good news keeps coming for Cumberland high school.
After CHS students added to 8 points to their math proficiency NECAP scores this year, Rhode Island Monthly’s annual school rankings in the September issue lists Cumberland High School 7th-best in the state. That’s up a slot from last year and it comes with a “most-bang-for-the-buck” star shared with Barrington.
While Cumberland’s $11,038 per student spending glares out of the chart – the only school below the $12,000 mark... more
Thursday, August 29
The National Grid engineer and attorney who waited until 11:20 p.m. weren’t amused, I’m sure, but their petition to the Town Council last Wednesday was unusual.
It seems that Cumberland prohibits barbed-wire fencing except in industrial or agricultural areas with Town Council “authorization.” Who knew?
Their plans for a new high-voltage substation within the Highland Corporate Park included seven feet of chain link fence topped by a foot of barbed wire.
Monday, August 26
Friends around Cumberland who quiz me about the “real story” may feel like they’re getting a special insider’s view, but really there’s very little that I wouldn’t be willing to share with anyone who asked.
So that’s what this new blog, or online journal, is all about - the back story if you will, news bits that for many reasons doesn’t find their way into a regular new story.
What this new blog won’t do is offer up my personal opinions about local issues.
Instead, I’m... more