Cumberland, Lincoln area

4 percent raises for Cumberland teachers in new 2-year contract

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CUMBERLAND – Voting 183 to 15, the Cumberland Teachers Association ratified a new contract with the School Committee Monday night that includes 4 percent raises over the life of the two-year... more

Recycling bin rollout

Lincoln residents receiving larger carts next week
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LINCOLN – Residents in Lincoln who have been lugging out 22-gallon recycling bins to the end of their driveway will be able to push out new 96-gallon bins, which are on wheels, next week, Town... more

Cumberland woman indicted on burglary, weapons charges

PROVIDENCE - Alexandria Bergeron, 21, of Manville Hill Road, Cumberland, is one of three suspects indicted by a statewide grand jury this week related to a May 16 incident in Glocester. All three... more

Texas judge orders transgender policy injunction

CUMBERLAND – The Dallas Morning News is reporting that a federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's instructions for public schools to accommodate transgender students... more

A generation apart, two lifelong residents set to serve in Assembly

CUMBERLAND – David Chenevert founded Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland, taking it from six to 65 employees over 25 years. He logged 10 years on the Town Council, and is one of the... more

Council prefers wider sidewalk, not a roundabout, for Albion

For first time, town and RIDOT meet to discuss options
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LINCOLN – For the first time since Town Council started reaching out to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation about the Albion intersection where the beacon once stood, state and Lincoln... more

Lincoln Crossing will bring 27 houses to Cobble Hill area

First phase of single-family home development expected to be done in November
LINCOLN – Twenty-seven single-family homes are planned along Cobble Hill Road in a subdivision called Lincoln Crossing, developer Louis Bachetti is saying. Bachetti, owner of Lincoln Crossing LLC,... more

Summer session: Improved air quality, new flooring, roof for Cumberland schools

CUMBERLAND – Construction workers doing $4.2 million in upgrades to the two middle schools and Ashton Elementary School this summer – including a new roof, ventilation and energy management systems... more

Feds: Doris can’t run for Town Council seat

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UPDATE: District 1 voters will find John Doris's name on the ballot on Sept. 13 because he pulled out after the ballots were printed, notes Town Clerk Sandra Giovanelli. Should voters choose him... more

Lincoln woman pleas to DEM to save Spectacle Pond’s wildlife

Neighbors afraid turtles, frogs and fish will continue to die as wetland dries up
LINCOLN – For the past 19 years, Rachel Oakley has enjoyed watching the wildlife at Spectacle Pond, but now the Lincoln resident and her neighbors are concerned the animals – and their babies, soon... more

Kidz Adventure Cuts in Cumberland is now under new ownership

CUMBERLAND – Kidz Adventure Cuts in Cumberland may have a new owner, but she’s been working at the salon at 3460 Mendon Road for the past three years and is no stranger to her clientele, who are all... more

Lincoln High students push for later start time, recess break

Wellness subcommittee to review proposals
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LINCOLN – Lincoln High School students hope administration will stand behind their ideas they say will boost student wellbeing and the general atmosphere of the school while yielding better academic... more

Primary election candidates state their positions

The Valley Breeze is providing local candidates the opportunity to share their views once a week leading up to the primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13. It will offer candidates the same opportunity... more

LHS ranked among best high schools in nation

LINCOLN – Lincoln High School has once again received a silver medal in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of top high schools across the country. “It is validation in the community’s eyes... more

Bradley has plan for yard waste pick-up

CUMBERLAND – Peter Bradley, incumbent candidate for an at-large Town Council seat, is proposing in a press release this week that summer yard waste could be picked up using town equipment rather than... more

McKenna asks state Supreme Court to hear Paolino candidacy objection

LINCOLN – Senate Democratic candidate Keven McKenna, of Lincoln, is requesting that the Rhode Island Supreme Court hear his objection to Thomas Paolino’s run for the Senate District 17 seat. At the... more

Kane says his financial experience will benefit the town

CUMBERLAND – Tom Kane, who is running for one of two at-large Town Council seats, said in a press release this week that “it has been a lifelong desire to be involved in local government.” Said Kane... more

Lincoln Middle School invites new students to ice cream social

LINCOLN – Lincoln Middle School will be having an ice cream social and scavenger hunt for incoming 6th-graders and new students on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. In addition to the scavenger... more

Marszalkowski stresses ethical reform

CUMBERLAND – Alex Marszalkowski, a Democratic candidate for House District 52, said in a press release this week that “ethical reforms in state government are a very high priority” he will address if... more

Assistant principal opening at McCourt Middle

CUMBERLAND – The School Department is advertising this week for a new assistant principal at McCourt Middle School following the resignation of Christopher Scott. Scott, a 2012 Cumberland Teacher of... more

Fundraiser for candidate Metivier

CUMBERLAND – The Friends of Jim Metivier, independent candidate for the District 1 Town Council seat, are holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Lusitana Club, 10 Chase St., from 5:30 to 8 p... more

Local students earn honors at Bay View Academy

EAST PROVIDENCE – The following local students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Bay View Academy. From Cumberland: Olesya Tamburro, grade 9, highest honors; Victoria Egan, grade 10,... more

Gibbs awarded recertification in Economic Development Designation

CUMBERLAND – Scott A. Gibbs, president of The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island Inc., has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council effective July 1... more

College news

Matthew Haupt graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science degree in applied physics and a master of science degree in electrical engineering. The 2011 graduate of... more

Night of darkness leads to new transformer near Riverview Road

CUMBERLAND – Fifty households in the Riverview Road area near Berkeley Commons were without power during Sunday's hot and muggy night after a piece of equipment called an elbow, which connects... more

Scallop Fest, Hyannis cruise on tap for September

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to the Scallop Fest in Falmouth, Mass., and a Hyannis Harbor Cruise on Saturday, Sept. 24. Celebrating its 46th year,... more

Save the Bay seeking volunteers to clean shoreline

PROVIDENCE – Save The Bay is looking for volunteers for the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17. The group is also looking for help cleaning up the coastline throughout... more