Cumberland, Lincoln area

Fire chief: Replacing Station 2 a top priority

Mold, cramped quarters big issues for Ashton’s 40-year ‘temporary’ station
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CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Fire Station 2 is overdue for replacement, Chief Kenneth Finlay told members of the Cumberland Fire Committee on Saturday, during a public tour of the towns’ four stations.... more

LHS coach says he was ‘directed’ to violate rules

Kent Crooks: Resigning ‘toughest thing I’ve ever had to do as a coach’
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LINCOLN – Kent Crooks had been keeping relatively quiet about his decision to resign last month as the Lincoln High School boys’ basketball coach. Crooks, who led the team for 14 years and has... more

Man arrested for placing video camera in Target bathroom

LINCOLN - Lincoln Police have arrested a man after he allegedly placed a video camera in the family restroom within Target at Lincoln Mall. Umit Cakmak, 41, of Alma Street in Providence, according to... more

B.F. Norton, Central Elementary awarded grants

Two local schools were chosen to receive classroom innovation grants totaling $4,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation, a move that will benefit students at B.F. Norton Elementary in Cumberland and... more

Houston, we have an intern

LHS grad Jacob Palladini lands mission with NASA
LINCOLN – Jacob Palladini never thought he’d land an out-of-this-world internship at NASA, but that’s just what happened. Lincoln High School alum Palladini, 21, has just returned for a second... more

‘Surprise in numbers’ hikes LHS renovation plans to $66 million

Feb. 1 deadline in jeopardy, with needed votes coming to a halt
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LINCOLN – With less than two weeks before deadline, the Lincoln High School renovation committee has learned that a “surprise in the numbers” pushed estimates for the planned project a whopping $7... more

Cumberland High continues to expand AP class offerings

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High School has once again expanded its Advanced Placement course options, pushing further an initiative to offer technology and manufacturing pathways. CHS has also become... more

‘Stomach bug’ spreads across the state

Woonsocket's Globe Park Elementary School reopens after closure to contain suspected norovirus outbreak
WOONSOCKET – Minor outbreaks happen every year, but this winter, stomach bugs believed to be caused by norovirus appear to be on the rise in Rhode Island, shutting down several elementary schools in... more

Rosenthal completes Eagle Scout project

LINCOLN – Life Scout Marc Rosenthal, 15, of Lincoln, and a member of Troop 1 Manville, completed his Eagle Scout service project at Northern Lincoln Elementary School in October. Rosenthal, along... more

Fire board meets Saturday to set goals, form subcommittees; public invited

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Fire Committee will hold a 2017 “round table” special meeting this Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9:15 a.m. in the Cumberland Public Library Community Room. This is an open meeting... more

‘Manville: Life and Tragedy’ is a tribute to village’s history

LINCOLN – The Blackstone Valley Historical Society will host a tribute to Manville’s history on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., with presenters Roger Gladu and Susan Clarke. At the “Manville: Life and... more

Lincoln natives receive Day of Portugal scholarships

LINCOLN – Two college students from Lincoln were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship through The Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in R.I. Makayla Lourenco, a freshman at Boston College studying... more


Patricia Brown, former owner of the Silver Top Diner, continues to contend she owns the right to the name Silver Top and demands that news reports refer to it as the dining car formerly called the... more

Masquerade ball benefits Johnston’s DaFonseca

LINCOLN – Megan’s Masquerade Ball fundraiser will be held at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, on Friday, Feb. 3, featuring Brass Attack, a nine-member dance band. The fundraiser for Megan... more


A story in The Breeze last week said that the old Silver Top Diner is being rehabbed in space behind the Honeywell building in Cranston. The building is now owned by Brad Dean and Dean Warehouse, and... more

Building industry scholarships available

The Rhode Island Building Industry Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications. Any Rhode Island resident who is unable to provide full payment of tuition or other costs for courses related to... more

CHS Class of ‘67 to hold 50th reunion

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High School’s Class of 1967 is planning its 50th reunion on Friday, June 16, at the Twelve Acres Restaurant in Smithfield. The reunion committee is reaching out to former... more

Mercymount lists first trimester honor roll

CUMBERLAND – The following students have been named to the first trimester honor roll at Mercymount Country Day School. Grade 8 High Honors: Abigail Daley, Ryann Spencer, Mia Zona Honors: Pratham... more

College news

Katherine Erickson, of Cumberland, qualified for the fall dean’s list at Belmont University. She is the daughter of David and Patricia Erickson and a 2016 graduate of Cumberland High School. She is... more

Arnold Mills Community House winter class signups Saturday

CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills Community House will hold in-person registration for its winter session of classes on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AMCH is located at the junction of... more

Sign up now to learn CPR and more at the library Jan. 28

CUMBERLAND – There will be a free Family & Friends CPR Class for adults in the Children’s Room of the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m... more

‘Paws to Read’ tonight at Cumberland library

CUMBERLAND – Children are invited to brush up on their reading skills tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19, by reading with a therapy dog who loves to listen to stories in the Children’s Room of the Cumberland... more

Stop in for Winter Storytime at Cumberland library

CUMBERLAND – The Children’s Room of the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, is now hosting its Winter Storytime through Wednesday, Feb. 22. Storytimes are all drop-in, no registration... more

Watch filming screenings tonight at Second Stage

CUMBERLAND – Second Stage Studio, in partnership with the Rhode Island International Film Festival, presents “Highlights from the 2016 International Film Festival – Films With An Edge” tonight,... more