Cumberland, Lincoln area

New chief to be elected at Monday's Fire Committee meeting in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND - Members of the Fire Committee expect to check off a critical agenda item next Monday when they settle on who will be the first chief of Cumberland's consolidated fire department. Two men... more

Lincoln High School named to AP District Honor Roll for second year

LINCOLN - Lincoln High School administration has made it a priority to expand the curriculum and encourage students to enroll in Advanced Placement classes each year, says Supt. Georgia Fortunato.... more

Christmas is coming

Hundreds of Christmas trees were illuminated last Sunday for Cumberland’s Winter Wonderland at the Cumberland Monastery. (Valley Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

President Obama signs off on national park

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With the stroke of President Obama's presidential pen, Rhode Island is now home to America's newest national historical park. Obama on Friday signed U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s legislation, the... more

Geraghtys: Doctors pushed ALS diagnosis, ignored Lyme

Family still holding out hope for a cure
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CUMBERLAND - A year ago, the Geraghty family was preparing for the holidays just like they always did, unaware of the deep, life-altering trouble to come. On Dec. 2, 2013, David Geraghty began... more

Reviving the CHS marching band

Percussion equipment is the first step
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CUMBERLAND - Some remember: The center of Tucker Field, decked out in blue and white, the Cumberland High School marching band stands at attention, instruments shimmering beneath the stadium lights.... more

In Cumberland, school communicator's hours extended, stipend increased

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CUMBERLAND - The growing workload of Cumberland school district's communications consultant has resulted in a new contract that calls for extended hours and an increased paycheck starting July 1.... more

School administration looks into increased support for ESL students

CUMBERLAND - The number of ESL students in need of intervention has continued to increase, says Supt. Phil Thornton, even after implementing additional teacher support for the district. Lou-Ann... more

Wright's Dairy Farm starts major bakery expansion

New barn beside retail operations will house modern facility
NORTH SMITHFIELD - In the week leading up to Christmas this year, Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery will use an estimated 3,000 pounds of sugar and 900 pounds of butter to create around 600 cookie trays... more

CHS senior chosen to represent R.I. in nation's capital

CUMBERLAND - Come March, Cumberland High School senior Chase Boni will be taking in the sights and sounds of our nation's capital after being chosen to represent Rhode Island as a student delegate.... more

Lincoln residents invited to town's Jan. 6 inauguration ceremony

LINCOLN - Lincoln will celebrate its 2015 inauguration ceremony to induct the newly elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, 152 Jenckes Hill Road. All... more

McCarthy wins national ASA award for research paper

CUMBERLAND - Daniel McCarthy, a Cumberland High School graduate, Class of 2009, and 2013 Rhode Island College summa cum laude graduate in justice studies with a minor in sociology, has been awarded... more

Students earn honors at Cumberland High School

CUMBERLAND - The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Cumberland High School. Grade 12 High Honors: Ronald Alexander, Madeline Andrews, John Bauer, Amamda Bernier,... more


The Teens for Jeans campaign is collecting new, used and damaged jeans at the locations listed in last week's story, not just unused jeans like previously reported by The Valley Breeze.

Chamber's Twin River event earns $12,000 for Food Bank

LINCOLN - The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 4 at the Twin River Event Center. With more than 350 guests in attendance and 21 table top... more

Smithfield's Dr. Day Care earns national accreditation

SMITHFIELD - Dr. Day Care Learning Center has earned national accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, CEO and president of Dr. Day Care, said... more

Christmas services

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 120 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland Dec. 24, Christmas Eve - Children's pageant with holy Eucharist at 4 p.m.; Contemporary service with music by Hymns & Hers and holy... more

Adventist Youth meet in Providence

PROVIDENCE - The Adventist Youth Ministries of the Seventh Day Adventists holds its leadership congress at the Rhode Island Convention Center the weekend of Jan. 23-25. Early registration is... more

Friends Bookstore names raffle winners

CUMBERLAND - The Friends Bookstore at Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center has announced the winners of its Anime figurine raffle. Abby Weiner and Maria Lage, both of Cumberland, have won. The... more

Birdfeeder craft offered to teens at Lincoln library

LINCOLN - Teens are invited to the Lincoln Public Library on Monday, Dec. 29, from 2 to 3 p.m., for a "green" craft. Students in middle and high school will be making birdfeeders from oranges, seed... more

See a movie at the Lincoln library

LINCOLN - The Lincoln Public Library will be showing a variety of films on selected Fridays of each month at 10 a.m. The next showing will be on Dec. 26. The featured movie tells the story of a... more

See 'Polar Express' at Lincoln library

LINCOLN - Families are invited to see the holiday classic "The Polar Express" at the Lincoln Public Library on Monday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. The program is for all... more

Hang some warm clothing on YWCA Mitten Tree

WOONSOCKET - The YWCA Rhode Island at 514 Blackstone St. is displaying a Mitten Tree from now until Jan. 10. All donations of mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks and other warm clothing are... more

WHS Class of 1960 plans reunion

WOONSOCKET - The Woonsocket High School Class of 1960 will hold its 55-year reunion on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. For more information, email Lorraine Bouchard Brown at or call... more

Soup Kitchen serving holiday meals

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Soup Kitchen will be serving a Christmas Eve dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. The kitchen will also be serving a breakfast on Christmas... more