Cumberland, Lincoln area

School Committee approves additional 3D printer for LHS

LINCOLN - To help the ever expanding Design and Engineering Academy at Lincoln High School, the School Committee approved a bid for a second 3D printer, which will allow students to print objects... more

Consultant: Zone change would bring more - but smaller - housing units to Cumberland

Empty storefronts, commercial spaces could be re-purposed as residential
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This story corrects consultant Ed Pimentel's status - he was not a member of the Cumberland Planning Board. CUMBERLAND - More one-bedroom unit structures on smaller lots would be not only permitted... more

Candidates for Cumberland Town Council debate

Two of three candidates for Cumberland Town Council, Art Lambi and Bob Thibodeau, participated in a debate Thursday at The Valley Breeze offices. The debate was sponsored by The Breeze and Hamel Tire... more

Guerra investigated by North Providence police

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LINCOLN – Matthew Guerra, candidate for state representative in District 46, is labeling “a distraction” a Channel 12 news story Thursday that he was investigated by the North Providence police for... more

Lincoln school officials seeking high rating from BrightStars

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LINCOLN - School officials in Lincoln are halfway through the application process for BrightStars, a quality rating system for childcare, as they work to enhance the preschool program at Northern... more

Councilors approve added OCYL position; only mayor-elect votes 'no'

CUMBERLAND - Mayor-elect Bill Murray found himself at odds with the six others on the Town Council last week when he strongly objected to funding a new salaried position in town, just weeks before he... more

Lime Rock community garden growing and feeding families

LINCOLN - The Lime Rock Baptist Church community garden and food pantry continues to grow, serving more than 250 local families a month, and with the help of monetary donations, members of the church... more

BV Prep opens Elementary School 2 on Cumberland's Broad Street

CUMBERLAND - The Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy's Elementary School 2 - a blue and white striped box with soaring windows that from the inside frame the late-19th-century neighborhood it's... more

Lincoln dog featured in '365 Dogs' calendar

LINCOLN - Dog lovers everywhere can see a picture of Lincoln resident Marina Relyea's dog, since he was featured in the 2015 America's Favorite Dog Calendar. Relyea, a teacher at the Rhode Island... more

RIRRC nearing a deal to recycle glass again

JOHNSTON - State officials are "closing in on a solution" to the problem of glass items getting dumped in the Central Landfill. Sarah Kite-Reeves, director of recycling services for Rhode Island... more

Body of local fisherman found

LITTLE COMPTON - The body of Adam Perry Sr., the Lincoln fisherman lost in a boating mishap earlier this month, was located in Little Compton last Friday afternoon after weeks of continued searching... more

Two residents named to 2014 Super Lawyers list

LINCOLN - E. Jerome Batty, of Cumberland, and David J. Tracy, of Lincoln, attorneys in Hinckley Allen's Providence office, were named to the 2014 Rhode Island Super Lawyers and Rising Star List. The... more

Traveling STEM museum makes stop at B.F. Norton School

CUMBERLAND - The gymnasium at B.F. Norton Elementary School was bustling with excitement last week as Mobile Ed Productions transformed the room into a mini science museum aimed at teaching students... more

Flynn behind fire safety study to consolidate districts

LINCOLN - John Flynn, who is seeking re-election for the District 2 Lincoln Town Council seat, stated in a press release, "In February I submitted a resolution to the Town Council, which passed... more

If elected, Ogni would work to lower taxes

LINCOLN - Bruce Ogni, candidate for the District 2 Lincoln Town Council seat, stated, "I will always be looking for ways to lower taxes." Ogni said he wants to make sure town businesses stay strong... more

McKenna demands fiscal accountability

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Keven McKenna, candidate for the state Senate District 17 seat, said the people of District 17 need an informed advocate for fiscal accountability and believes "an effective... more

Varr supports right to be heard, community comment

LINCOLN - Mary Varr, a candidate for re-election to the Lincoln School Committee District 5 seat, stated that she appreciates the valuable feedback from residents during the election season. "Many... more

Mother-daughter team hopes to fill 15,000 backpacks for homeless this holiday season

NORTH PROVIDENCE - A mother-daughter team from Smithfield is hoping to collect and fill 15,000 backpacks as part of their "Homeless Backpacks for R.I." plan to distribute snacks and basic supplies to... more

If elected, Guerra plans to curb number of undocumented citizens in R.I.

PAWTUCKET - Matthew Guerra, candidate for the House District 46 seat, stated, "Immigration policy is written nationally, through Congress and our Constitution. There are many risks associated with... more

Get information tonight about proposed safety complex

CUMBERLAND - For everyone with questions about the proposed $12.5 million public safety complex bond, town leaders are offering a hearing tonight, Thursday, Oct. 23, in Town Hall, 45 Broad St., at 6... more

O'Grady touts state's new approach to transportation funding

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election to the House District 46 seat, said one of the top achievements of the 2014 legislative session was the development of a new... more

Rapko-Bruckner: Consistency among school staff a priority

LINCOLN - Staci Rapko-Bruckner, candidate for the Lincoln School Committee District 5 seat, says the ongoing problem of high turnover among teachers, administrators and coaches is an issue that is... more

Azar focused on deficit in school department

LINCOLN - Louis Azar, candidate for Lincoln town administrator, stated in a press release, "It has become crystal clear that we have been shown how a divided government can devolve into a financial... more

Bradley says all in town should be watching quality of schools

CUMBERLAND - Said Peter Bradley in a press release this week, "The Cumberland public schools have shown signs of improvement over the last few years and I intend to assist in any way to foster... more

Almond: I will continue to work hard, invest money into infrastructure

LINCOLN - T. Joseph Almond, who is seeking re-election for town administrator, stated that in 2008, Lincoln recognized the importance of not being overly reliant on gaming revenues. "We introduced... more

O'Neill remains committed to R.I. students, teachers

NORTH PROVIDENCE - State Sen. Ed O'Neill, seeking re-election in Senate District 17, said during his three terms he has made a significant impact on education for students in Rhode Island. O'Neill... more

Trick or Treat scavenger hunt at Lincoln library

LINCOLN - Lincoln Public Library is hosting Library Trick or Treat for ages 12 and under. Stop by the children's room any time before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and take part in a Halloween... more