Cumberland, Lincoln area

Gagne, 100, is grand marshal of Memorial Day Parade

His secret to longevity? Working hard and quitting smoking and drinking
LINCOLN – A 100-year-old decorated World War II veteran is this year’s grand marshal of the Lincoln Memorial Day Parade. William Gagne, sitting inside the home he’s lived in since 1940, is quiet when... more

Miniature roundabout construction in Albion begins

Restored historic beacon will be placed in middle of intersection once the work is complete
LINCOLN – Construction of the long-awaited miniature roundabout in Albion has begun, and is expected to continue through late May or early June, says Charles St. Martin of the Rhode Island Department... more

Town Council unites behind schools

Amid barbs and blame, Cumberland's tax rate increase pushes slightly more money to schools
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CUMBERLAND – Ardent supporters of Cumberland’s education team witnessed rare unity among Town Council members last Wednesday when councilors approved a late budget boost for schools by increasing... more

Neighbors ask to give testimony, as state appeal of Whipple-Cullen condo project begins

LINCOLN – Land owner John Cullen’s appeal of last June’s denial of his proposed 158-unit condominium project got underway Monday before the State Housing Appeals Board. At the preliminary meeting,... more

Cumberland ready to throw the switch on town-owned streetlights

CUMBERLAND – Town Council members, who have been assured of annual savings of at least $200,000, are moving forward with an agreement with the nonprofit Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight... more

Lonsdale Fire settles suit with former firefighters

LINCOLN – The Lonsdale Fire board has reached a settlement with former employees of the district, breathing new life into the possibility that state legislation can move forward to allow Lonsdale to... more

Speeders, ATVs top list of complaints to Cumberland police in 2016

Chief Desmarais is requesting budget for five new officers
CUMBERLAND – Cumberland’s Police Department responded to 37,232 calls for service in 2016, a number that’s up 4,296, says Chief John Desmarais in the annual report he presented to the Town Council... more

ATV issues causing a rumble: Complaints drive extra patrols by police

Residents’ complaints drive extra patrols by police
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CUMBERLAND – Some residents in Cumberland say ATV riders are causing a rumble in the Arnold Mills area of town. Years ago, resident Kelly Gardner said, there were a few dirt bike riders that would... more

Death of Lincoln YMCA employee under investigation

Lincoln police can’t confirm man’s burns were related to shed fire last week at MacColl Field
LINCOLN – Questions remain unanswered following the death of a YMCA employee and a fire that destroyed a shed at the YMCA property at MacColl Field in Lincoln. Investigations are ongoing on two... more

Council voices opposition to recreational marijuana

LINCOLN – Town Council members made their opinions clear: It’s a “no” to the legalization of recreational marijuana. Council President Keith Macksoud presented a resolution in opposition of the bill... more

Council OK’s 2 new SUVs for Cumberland police

CUMBERLAND – Continuing a practice of regularly replacing police vehicles, Town Council members approved the purchase of two Ford Interceptor SUVs last week for a total of $57,411. Police Chief... more

Cumberland’s fat tax bills are on their way

CUMBERLAND – Tax Assessor Kenneth Mallette Jr. is on track to put 33,565 tax bills – real estate, tangible and vehicle – in the mail by May 1, he told The Breeze Tuesday. Statements reflect the town’... more

Tickets on sale for Memorial Day Parade raffle, pasta dinner

LINCOLN – Tickets are now available for purchase for the 50/50 “split the pot” fundraiser and raffle to benefit the Lincoln Memorial Day Parade. The raffle includes $50 gift cards to Wright’s Farm... more

Tangible rate for businesses unchanged in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – The town’s businesses will continue paying the same rate on their tangible or personal property tax as last year, following a Town Council ordinance amendment urged by Councilor Tom Kane... more

Quinnville Fire annual meeting is Monday

LINCOLN – The Quinnville Fire District will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 1. Residents will vote on the 2017 budget, tax rate and election of officers and hear board officer reports. The... more

CHS counselors available following student’s death

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland High School community was making counselors available to students this week after the death of student David Benskin, a member of the Class of 2017, who had waged a long... more

Memorial Day Parade vendor meeting May 1

LINCOLN – Anyone seeking a special Memorial Day Parade hawker and peddler permit is invited to attend a meeting at the Lincoln Town Hall on Monday, May 1, at 9 a.m. Permits and location assignments... more

Volunteers needed for 91st Arnold Mills 4th of July Parade

CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills Parade Association will meet on the following dates to plan for the 91st annual 4th of July Parade and Road Race: Thursdays, May 4 and 25 and June 8 and 22, and Monday,... more

Lincoln educators 
present at national conference

LINCOLN – Schools Supt.Georgia Fortunato and Kevin McNamara, Lincoln High School principal, presented at the 72nd Annual Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development held in Anaheim, Calif... more

DiPrete named executive director of BHC

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The Blackstone Heritage Corridor, of 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, has announced that Executive Director Charlene Perkins Cutler is retiring, leaving her post effective April... more

Lincoln student named finalist in ‘Governor for a Day’ contest

LINCOLN – Ten-year-old Sanjana Maddipudi, a 5th-grade student at Lincoln Central Elementary, was one of the finalists in this year’s Governor for a Day essay contest, in which students were prompted... more

Four Corners Chapel hosting e-waste collection Saturday

CUMBERLAND – There will be an e-waste dropoff and fundraising event at Four Corners Community Chapel, 200 Angel Road, this Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These items will be accepted at no... more

NRI Chamber plans a busy May

LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce has several events taking place during the month of May. Events are open to all members of the business community to connect with businesses in... more

Lincoln Senior Center hosting Foxwoods trip

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road, is organizing a trip to Foxwoods on Thursday, May 25. The cost is $18 and includes $10 slot play and lunch buffet. Payment is due at... more

Cumberland Republican Committee meets tonight

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Republican Town Committee invites all Republican and unaffiliated voters in town to its meeting tonight, Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Public Library,... more

Spring Flea Market at St. James Church Saturday

LINCOLN – St. James Church, 33 Division St., in Manville, is hosting a Spring Flea Market this Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Father Brouillette Center. All proceeds will benefit... more

Fundraiser yard sale to benefit Genesis Project

CUMBERLAND – The Genesis Project RI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, is having a fundraising yard sale this Saturday, April 29, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at 44 Nate Whipple... more

RIDE seeks public comment on ESSA

PROVIDENCE – Updates on Rhode Island’s plan to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind, will be offered around the state in upcoming weeks, including... more

For this book club, you’ll need to prepare a dish

LINCOLN – If you like to read and eat, you might like to consider joining the Cookbook Book Club at the Lincoln Public Library. The next meeting is Monday, May 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. First, though,... more

Wesley UMC holding its 50th May Breakfast

LINCOLN – Wesley United Methodist Church, 55 Woodland St., will host its 50th annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 6, from 7 to 10 a.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12.... more

Arnold Mills UMC vendor fair is Saturday

CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 620 Nate Whipple Highway, is holding its first vendor fair this Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church’s Cargill Hall.... more

Watershed Group seeking volunteer monitors

LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone needs volunteer water quality monitors to collect data at three sites in the Rhode Island region of the watershed. These... more

RIDE to host forum at CHS on May 1

CUMBERLAND – The R.I. Dept. of Education will be holding a series of community forums regarding the new “Every Student Succeeds Act” and what it means to the state. Students, parents, teachers and... more

Do you have an amazing backyard?

Do you know someone who does? The Breeze is looking for people with unique, interesting and/or beautiful backyards who would like to show off their private oasis with a photograph in an upcoming... more

Volunteers welcome at Franklin Farm cleanup

CUMBERLAND – All ages are invited to join volunteers this Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, for Franklin Farm Spring Clean Up Day and help prepare for this year’s Community Garden growing... more

Arnold Mills Troop 1 Pancake Breakfast is May 6

CUMBERLAND – The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 Arnold Mills will host a Pancake Breakfast – with an omelette station – on Saturday, May 6, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The public is invited. The breakfast will be... more

St. Aidan Seniors meet May 5

CUMBERLAND – St. Aidan Seniors Group will meet Friday, May 5, at Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike, in Smithfield for their installation banquet. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and dinner will be served at... more