Cumberland, Lincoln area

Candidates for Cumberland Town Council debate

Two of three candidates for Cumberland Town Council, Art Lambi and Bob Thibodeau, participated in a debate Thursday at The Valley Breeze offices. The debate was sponsored by The Breeze and Hamel Tire... more

In Cumberland, council seats, local questions to be decided

CUMBERLAND - The town's 25,696 registered voters may cast ballots in state and local races at one of 13 polling places as early as 7 a.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Bring along a photo identification,... more

Lincoln voters choose administrator, school board

LINCOLN - While many candidates in Lincoln are running unopposed in the general election on Nov. 4, there are five contested town and state races affecting the registered voters, including the race... more

Trick or treat

Local children are getting ready for their big night of trick or treating. We'll keep adding pictures as they come in. Send yours to

As storm approaches, crews on standby, says National Grid

National Grid announced Friday afternoon its crews are prepared for a storm bearing down on Massachusetts and Rhode Island this Saturday and Sunday. The utility company is noting that forecasts are... more

Two educators vie for Lincoln School Committee District 5 seat

LINCOLN - Voters in District 5 must choose between two educators, long-time incumbent Mary Varr and newcomer Staci Rapko-Bruckner, in the only contested race for the Lincoln School Committee. Varr,... more

Meet the candidates for Fire Committee

CUMBERLAND - Seven people will make up the town's brand-new Cumberland Fire Committee - one from each of the five Town Council districts and two representing the entire town as at-large members. This... more

Meet the School Committee candidates

LINCOLN - Mary Varr, long-time School Committee member, will face off against political newcomer Staci Rapko-Bruckner on Nov. 4. The following are profiles of each candidate. Stacy Rapko-Bruckner 8... more

Candidates for Lincoln town administrator

LINCOLN - On Tuesday, Nov. 4 voters in Lincoln will choose between eight-year Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and political veteran Louis Azar. The following are profiles of each candidate. Louis... more

Get a tour of the police station Saturday

CUMBERLAND - While the campaign for a new, $12.5-million public safety complex has been low-key, citizens can get a look at what many have called the "deplorable" state of the police station this... more

School Committee commends Mutter as he departs board

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CUMBERLAND - Jeff Mutter bid farewell to fellow School Committee members Thursday night, the last meeting before the Nov. 4 election. Mutter isn't seeking re-election and will see his at-large seat... more

McKenna challenges incumbent O'Neill for District 17 seat

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Incumbent state Sen. Edward O'Neill must fight for his District 17 seat against former state representative and president of the 1986 Constitutional Convention, Keven McKenna, in... more

In Town Council District 1, pair look to replace DaCosta in Valley Falls

CUMBERLAND - In Town Council District 1, Valley Falls, Jim Metivier, the only independent in the town election, says he's embraced the support of the current councilor Manny DaCosta after watching... more

Senate District 17 candidates

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Attorney Keven McKenna will challenge incumbent Edward O'Neill for his Senate District 17 seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The following are profiles of each candidate. Keven A... more

Meet the candidates in the state House District 46 race

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady will fight for his District 46 seat against Matthew Guerra in next week's Nov. 4 general election. The following are profiles of each candidate. Jeremiah T. O'... more

Kearns, Scullin face off in Cumberland Council District 3

CUMBERLAND - Incumbent Republican Jeff Kearns says he's hoping for a second term on the Town Council because he has unfinished projects to pursue - including a management plan for Diamond Hill Park... more

Former principal challenges incumbent in Council District 4

CUMBERLAND - Incumbent Republican Scott Schmitt sets his eyes on taxes as he looks ahead to a second term. He's noting Cumberland's upward swing - from settling its pension and retirement benefits... more

Guerra investigated by North Providence police; calls it 'distraction'

LINCOLN - Matthew Guerra, candidate for state representative in District 46, is labeling "a distraction" a Channel 12 news story Thursday that he was investigated by the North Providence police for... more

Charter change questions to go before Lincoln voters

LINCOLN - While town officials in Lincoln have varying views on the six charter change ballot questions, the decision is ultimately up to the voters during next week's Nov. 4 election. The first... more

In Town Council at-large race, Thibodeau challenges Lambi on his 'no' votes this year

CUMBERLAND - Town Council candidate Bob Thibodeau came to the taping of The Breeze's campaign debate last week with a vinyl window shade under his arm. Almost immediately, he unrolled it like a... more

GOP's Hirons challenges incumbent Costantino for Dist. 44 seat

SMITHFIELD - Though Republican Philip Hirons may be waging a self-proclaimed low-key campaign against incumbent Democrat Gregory Costantino for the House of Representatives District 44 seat, Hirons... more

Stricter deadline added to Lincoln homestead ordinance

LINCOLN - Under the newly amended homestead exemption ordinance, Lincoln homeowners seeking a reduction on their property taxes must now file an application before April 15 or lose out on the... more

Meet the Town Council candidates

LINCOLN - Lincoln Town Council incumbent John Flynn will fight for his seat against newcomer Bruce Ogni this Tuesday. The following are profiles of each candidate. Bruce J. Ogni 9 Nottingham Drive,... more

O'Neill touts accomplishments during six-year tenure

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sen. Ed O'Neill, who is seeking re-election for the District 17 seat, stated in a press release that it has been an honor to serve the people of District 17 for six years. O'Neill... more

If elected, Guerra aims to reduce gas tax

PAWTUCKET - Matthew Guerra, candidate for the House District 46 seat, stated, "Perhaps one of the most annoying taxes levied on Rhode Islanders is the gas tax." He said the state government taxes... more

O'Grady's experience in Lincoln served him well at Statehouse

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election for the House District 46 seat, said his experience serving in Lincoln's town government has helped him achieve success at the... more

If elected, Rapko-Bruckner will address parents' concerns

LINCOLN - Staci Rapko-Bruckner, candidate for Lincoln School Committee District 5 seat, stated, "People love to hear good news about our schools, but truth is more important, and this makes me wonder... more

Varr clarifies School Committee votes

LINCOLN - Mary Varr, candidate for re-election to the Lincoln School Committee District 5 seat, said she is concerned about the perception of the public relating to the School Committee's voting... more