Cumberland, Lincoln area

DOT promises fix for Old River Road coming soon

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LINCOLN - Smooth travel on Old River Road, from the intersection with Albion Road to Sayles Hill Road, is coming soon, the state Department of Transportation is assuring residents. The overall... more

Author's 'An Unlikely Story' bookstore a likely success

PLAINVILLE, Mass. - A page turns as a new chapter begins for this Plainville landmark after the author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book series, Jeff Kinney, opens An Unlikely Story bookstore on a... more

Lincoln School Committee approves 2 unbudgeted positions

New teachers welcomed with budget plan in motion
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LINCOLN — The Lincoln School Committee held a special meeting Friday, Aug. 28, to vote on Superintendent Georgia Fortunato’s request to approve one unbudgeted teacher and one unbudgeted teacher’s... more

Cumberland students gear up for school with Chromebooks

CUMBERLAND - Phone numbers and email addresses, school start times, a complete school calendar, as well as news about new education programs are all wrapped up in a 12-page special section produced... more

Lincoln's Fortunato named R.I. Superintendent of the Year

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LINCOLN - On Aug. 19, the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association named Lincoln's superintendent, Georgia Fortunato, Superintendent of the Year for 2015-2016. Barry Ricci, the Chariho... more

AG finds no violation in Cullen vs. Pawtucket, but lawyer will re-file

PAWTUCKET - The Attorney General's Office has found that city officials did not violate the Access to Public Records Act when they declined to provide documents to local attorney Mark McBurney. Last... more

Unexpected safety complex site disappoints many

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CUMBERLAND - There was plenty of Monday-morning quarterbacking going on all week after Mayor Bill Murray announced plans to build the combined police and rescue complex just a few hundred feet west... more

Community gathering Life Resurrection Church

LINCOLN - Life Resurrection Community Church, 1619 Lonsdale Ave., will host a community gathering on Sunday, Aug. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be food, games, prizes, face-painting, a bounce... more

A trackless train for town events get thumbs-up

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CUMBERLAND - Voting 4 to 3 last week, Cumberland's Town Council authorized spending nearly $50,000 on a trackless train for kids to ride on at town events and festivals. Parks & Recreation... more

Paddle beneath the rising full moon on Saturday

LINCOLN - The Blackstone Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone are offering a full moon paddle on the Blackstone River, Saturday, Aug. 29. Meet at the headquarters at 100 New River Road in... more

Happy 103rd Birthday

Elise “Alice” Lemieux celebrates her 103rd birthday at the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 20 by playing the piano the same way she did when she was a piano player for silent... more

Land Trust acquires 'diamond' in the rough

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Land Trust finalized its acquisition of another 13.7 acres last week when the Town Council agreed to abandon several platted but never developed streets in the Plantation... more

Settlers Days Sept. 19-20 at Manville Sportsmen's Club

LINCOLN - The Manville Sportsmen's Rod & Gun Club, 250 High St., will host its annual Settlers' Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20. The event will feature... more

As town readies to fix streets, which ones are on the list?

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CUMBERLAND - Spending on local street repairs that will total $2.5 million will begin soon, Mayor Bill Murray is indicating, but he isn't ready to disclose exactly where. Murray said the final list... more

Tax assessor, Public Works director confirmed by council

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland's new tax assessor is Kenneth Mallette Jr., who served as assessor and tax collector for Warwick from 1993 to 2013 before opening his own consulting service. Mallette... more

Garden yields towering sunflowers in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND - When Angelo LaGreca Jr. and his wife, Brucene, moved into their home on Massasoit Pass 30 years ago, there was no vegetation on their property. Today, one entire side of their lawn is... more

Jasper School celebrates 50 years of training young dancers

CUMBERLAND - Fifty years after the first 12 little girls took lessons in her parents' basement on Saturday mornings, Arlene Gilbert's Jasper School of Dance is marking its silver anniversary this... more

Ninety and lively, these seniors kick up their heels at community birthday party

CUMBERLAND - When the party invitation went out to all those 90 years and older, Karen Kane, social director of the Cumberland Senior Center, wasn't sure how many would respond. Maybe a dozen or so,... more

St. Ambrose Parish readies for annual clambake

LINCOLN - St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 191 School St., Albion, will hold its annual Parish Clambake on the parish grounds on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for this annual... more

College news

The following Cumberland students were recognized during the 2015 commencement exercise at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Andre Lussier graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering;... more

Camp Braveheart helps children deal with loss

SCITUATE - Local children dealing with the loss of a loved one found solace at Camp BraveHeart, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island's summer camp program designed to help children cope with grief... more

'Krafty Kids' at the library on Wednesdays

CUMBERLAND - The Children's Room of the Cumberland Public Library resumes its Krafty Kids program on Wednesdays starting Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children ages 10 and under are invited to... more

Cub Scout Pack 12 recruitment night Sept. 3

CUMBERLAND - Cub Scout Pack 12 Berkeley-Ashton will be holding "Hooked on Scouting," a recruitment and sign-up event, on Thursday, Sept. 3, in the parish hall of St. Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road.... more

Teens invited to learn computer, game coding

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Public Library Teen Coding Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library. Coders of all abilities are welcome. The club gives students in middle... more

St. Aidan Senior Group will meet Sept. 4

CUMBERLAND - St. Aidan Senior Group will meet Friday, Sept. 4 at St. Aidan Parish Center, Diamond Hill Road. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. A luncheon of shepherd's... more

Sisters of Mercy fundraiser at PPAC

CUMBERLAND - The Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community announces this year's "Celebration of Mercy" will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Broadway show "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" at the... more

Lifespan opens new Lyme Disease Center

PROVIDENCE - Lifespan has announced the opening of its Lyme Disease Center at the Newport Hospital. The first of its kind in the state, the center unites academic and clinical infectious diseases... more