Cumberland, Lincoln area

Frustrated parents want solution to classroom overcrowding

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LINCOLN - Parents of students in an overcrowded kindergarten class say they feel stuck in the middle of a financial tug-of-war between school and town officials seemingly at odds about a solution as... more

School board challenges town to boost funding to 'minimum' BEP needs

But Mayor McKee says state tax cap prohibits hefty increase
CUMBERLAND - A $6 million increase for schools next year may sound dramatic, but School Committee members contend it's only enough to upgrade Cumberland kids to the minimum programming called for by... more

RIDOT plans $2M safety upgrades to prevent wrong-way driving

'High-risk' area of Route 146 in Lincoln made a priority
LINCOLN - Construction on a $2 million safety project to provide alerts to motorists driving in the wrong direction is scheduled to begin this summer, with completion set by the end of the year, a... more

Councilors vote down proposal to increase mayor's salary

CUMBERLAND - A proposed $30,000 increase to the next mayor's salary was too great a stretch for the Town Council last week - especially since four votes are needed to adopt an ordinance and only five... more

E-Verify debate ends in approval

CUMBERLAND - The citizenship status of any new employee of Town Hall will be checked from now on using the federal E-Verify data bank, Town Council members decided at last week's meeting. The vote... more

Rezoning request by O'Neill Funeral Home heads to council

CUMBERLAND - A rezoning request by the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, is heading to the Town Council on April 16 with a thumbs-up recommendation from the Planning Board. Owner John O'Neill,... more

Auclair takes reins of troubled Manville Fire District

Providence attorney pursuing residents' $300,000 truck deposit
LINCOLN - A month into his chairmanship of the Manville Fire District, Dennis Auclair is expressing exasperation with decisions of the past, but saying a Providence attorney is moving toward... more

MacBeth to head House Oversight Committee

CUMBERLAND - Vowing to call a meeting every day if needed, state Rep. Karen MacBeth, a three-term Democrat who represents most of Cumberland, says her new role as chairwoman of the House Oversight... more

Lincoln High's Student Showcase night a success

LINCOLN - The halls and classrooms of Lincoln High School were abuzz with activity last week, long after the last bell had rung. Instead of heading home on April 1, students stayed at the school,... more

School secretary at Scituate Elementary celebrates 90th on the job

SCITUATE - Lillian Zarli laughs at the thought of retirement. "Why do I want to get up in the morning and sit and just watch 'The Price is Right'?" she asked, sitting behind her desk in the North... more

CHS is state's top recycling school

CUMBERLAND - Keep America Beautiful announced that Cumberland High School is the Rhode Island state winner of "Recycle-Bowl," a national recycling competition for K-12 schools. Students at CHS... more

Letters of intent for Lincoln budget positions due April 25

LINCOLN - The deadline for filing intentions to run for Town Moderator and Budget Board seats in Districts 1, 2 and 3 is Friday, April 25. Elections will be held at the annual Financial Town Meeting... more

Eastern Connection opens Cumberland headquarters

CUMBERLAND - A ground shipping company responsible for delivering some 40,000 packages each day to locations from Maine to Virginia has moved its headquarters to town. Eastern Connection opened its... more

Easter services

Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 690 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland. Sunday, April 13 - Procession of Palms and Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday service,... more

Boys & Girls Club Beer & Wine Fundraiser is April 17

LINCOLN - The Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln will hosts its 9th annual Beer & Wine Fundraiser on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Road.... more

Recycle computers, TVs, phones and more on April 19

LINCOLN - The town of Lincoln and Indie Cycle LLC recycling company will once again sponsor a mostly free electronic waste drop-off on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Lincoln Town... more

Tea Party to host Tax Day Rally April 15

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Tea Party will host a Tax Day Rally on the Rhode Island Statehouse lawn next Tuesday, April 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event is meant to inspire Rhode Islanders to restore... more

Vasconcellos promoted at Hunter Insurance

LINCOLN - Hunter Insurance has announced the promotion of Jeannie Vasconcellos to commercial lines manager. In her position, Vasconcellos will lead the commercial insurance division and help maintain... more

Cumberland man running Boston Marathon seeks donations

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland resident Billy O'Donnell seeks fundraising help as he prepares to run the Boston Marathon this month as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team. Since the Dana-Farber... more

McCourt student art on display April 10

CUMBERLAND - Artwork by Joseph L. McCourt Middle School students will be on display at the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center Gallery on Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. This exhibit is organized... more

Build fairy houses April 29 and 30

CUMBERLAND - Students in kindergarten through grade 4 are invited to build fairy houses under the catalpa trees at Mercy Ecology at New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Road. The program will be held Tuesday, April... more

Learn to clog classes at Blackstone River Theatre

CUMBERLAND - As part of their Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will offer a two-hour clogging workshop with instructor Aubrey Atwater on Saturday, April 12,... more

Learn about 3-D printing on April 21

CUMBERLAND - Patrons are invited to the Cumberland Public Library on Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m., to see a 3-D printer in action and learn what they can do with 3-D printing. Cumberland resident... more

Safe Sitter program offered at library

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Public Library will offer a Safe Sitter program for ages 11 and older on Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is school vacation week. The cost is $45 and... more

Republican Town Committee meets April 17

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Republican Town Committee will meet Thursday, April 17, in the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room. Guest speakers will be... more

Live homework help available through library website

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Public Library now offers live online homework help for students. Thanks to and the Statewide Reference Resource Center, students in kindergarten and... more

Library hosts croquet-golf and anime movie

LINCOLN - During spring vacation on Thursday, April 24, teens and preteens ages 11-18 are invited to the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, at 1 p.m. for an hour of mini croquet-golf,... more