Fire budget petitioners still considering language

Jackvony's job among decisions challenged
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Updated Friday morning. CUMBERLAND – A citizen group that gathered last Wednesday in hopes of launching a petition drive to force a townwide referendum on the July 1 fire budget was still... more

Committee approves $7.3 million fire budget

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CUMBERLAND - Although contracts are not settled with either the firefighters or Chief Kenneth Finlay, the Fire Committee voted 4 to 3 Monday to adopt its first spending plan of $7.3 million. It's a... more

Fire legislation includes a taxpayer override plan

CUMBERLAND - This week's second vote on the fire budget, expected to have happened on Wednesday, May 20, may not have been the last word. The legislation that created the consolidated independent... more

Fire board rejects crowd's pleas for Chief Jackvony

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CUMBERLAND - An email read aloud at the fire budget hearing Monday night suggests that some seeking a seat on the new Cumberland Fire Committee were motivated by a desire to block Brian Jackvony from... more

Cumberland schools issue list of threatened programming

Sports, band, math teachers and more on chopping block
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CUMBERLAND – A press release issued after the school board’s Finance subcommittee meeting Monday - and quickly spread by social media – seems to suggest there’ll be a contentious budget debate at... more

Andrews, Fernandes hold top spots at CHS

CUMBERLAND - Madeline Andrews has been named the valedictorian, and Shianne Fernandes the salutatorian of the Class of 2015 at Cumberland High School. The school's top achievers were announced during... more

Families displaced in Titus Street fire

CUMBERLAND – A carelessly discarded cigarette was the likely cause of a fire that broke out in a multi-family home at 35 Titus Street in Cumberland around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Cumberland Chief Kenneth... more

Schools list $2.1 million in cuts - if council doesn't boost mayor's budget plan

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CUMBERLAND - A press release issued after the school board's Finance subcommittee meeting Monday - and quickly spread by social media - seems to suggest there'll be a contentious budget debate at... more

Health, safety projects at schools total $4.9 million; proposal sent to RIDE

CUMBERLAND - Health and safety upgrades needed within the Cumberland school district will cost $1.1 million more than previously thought, says Business Manager Alex Prignano, bringing the final total... more

For 'Teacher Appreciation Week,' CHS students make over faculty lounges

CUMBERLAND - A group of students at Cumberland High School painted walls, reupholstered furniture and added their own personal touch to the teachers' lounges at school earlier this month as a way to... more

Girl Scouts look to achieve Bronze Award by raising chicks

CUMBERLAND - For three members of Girl Scout Troop 415, raising 18 chicks at home before giving them to Franklin Farm is the "most exciting way" to earn their Bronze Awards. To receive the highest... more

Competitive Edge offers training classes

CUMBERLAND - After outgrowing its original location inside a garage in East Providence, Competitive Edge has moved to a renovated mill in Cumberland, where owner Phil Marques is looking to "change... more

School volunteers recognized for more than 30,000 hours of service

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland School Volunteers celebrated National Volunteer Recognition Week on April 15 at its annual volunteer recognition breakfast. School Supt. Phil Thornton, Mayor Bill Murray and... more

Cumberland Veterans observance at the Monastery

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at The Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Refreshments follow the ceremony at the American... more

Cumberland Conservation Commission has opening now

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Conservation Commission is seeking a new member to serve until Jan. 31, 2016 following the resignation of one of its members. This commission consists of seven members... more

Teen volunteers wanted for summer at Cumberland Library

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Public Library is looking for teens ages 12-18 who would like to volunteer at the library this summer. Volunteer jobs include shelf straightening, program preparation and... more

Community School plans comedy night fundraiser

CUMBERLAND - Community Elementary School is holding a Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night fundraiser on Friday, May 29, at the Lusitana Club, 10 Chase St., Valley Falls. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show... more

OCYL accepting registration for children's summer programs

CUMBERLAND - The Office of Children, Youth and Learning is now taking online registrations for summer programs. The following is a list of the offerings. Visit the website at for... more

Cumberland High is top Pennies for Patients fundraising school in R.I.

Cumberland High School is the top overall fundraiser in the state for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies For Patients 2015 campaign. Cumberland High School raised $7,079.62. The remaining... more

St. Aidan Seniors meet June 5

CUMBERLAND - St. Aidan's Senior Group holds its next meeting on Friday, June 5, in the parish center on Diamond Hill Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting starts at 10 a.m. Soup and sandwiches... more