Ex-Chief Finlay receives $65,000 severance

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CUMBERLAND – Departed Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay received a $65,840 payout under a severance agreement and release finalized on Aug. 26, according to the document provided to The Valley Breeze through... more

Area communities taking varied precautions against EEE

From shifting soccer practice times and closing parks earlier to canceling community events and dropping mosquito larvicide into storm drains, local communities are taking varied precautionary... more

Residents urged to take precautions against mosquitoes

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CUMBERLAND – As another round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes took place this week, state officials were urging residents to take precautions against the “critical risk” posed by the Eastern Equine... more

School officials considering how to ditch Durham busing

Company blames troubles on driver shortage
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CUMBERLAND – The town still has two years left on its busing contract with Durham School Services, but school officials are now preparing to move on from the embattled company when their troubled... more

Wrong use of temporary roundabout causing backups

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CUMBERLAND – Some town residents may just be too polite. It’s clear after a few days of a temporary new traffic pattern on Diamond Hill Road that there will be a learning curve as drivers grow... more

Son’s sign of love in mom’s yard leaves her in tears

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CUMBERLAND – Pat Barrie got home from a birthday dinner out with friends one night last week when she noticed something seemed slightly off with her front yard. It was getting dark and there was only... more

Town reviewing whether to remove remaining tree stubs

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CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter says he received a petition from residents of Sumner Brown Road on Monday asking the town to remove the lower portion of dead trees partially cut by crews representing... more

Revised Ashton plans up for discussion at second forum

CUMBERLAND – Revised options for expanding Ashton Elementary School will be on the menu when the School Committee reconvenes for another meeting on an $83 million bond tonight, Thursday, Sept. 19. A... more

Rules of the Roundabout

Dear reader: This area’s first roundabout was opened – in a preliminary way – last Friday on Diamond Hill Road (Route 114) at I-295. Soon, there will be two. Roundabouts might be new to you, so let’s... more

Apply by Sept. 26 for possible appointment to school board

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CUMBERLAND – School Committee member Steve Hess is ending his political run in Rhode Island this month and moving to Florida, opening the door for someone new to replace him. There will not be a... more

Chimney Hill Apartments Residents Association to hold Penny Social Saturday

CUMBERLAND – The Chimney Hill Apartments Residents Association, 2065 Mendon Road, is having a Penny Social on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with the Penny Social there will be... more

Cicilline ‘Community Conversation’ Saturday

CUMBERLAND – On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m., Congressman David Cicilline is holding a Community Conversation at The Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, 1 James McKee Way, to provide an... more

Margaret Stearns Service Award announces 2019 recipients

CUMBERLAND – The Margaret Stearns Service Award recipients for 2019 are Olivia Barboza and Leah Motta. Since 1978 members of the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church have issued The Margaret Stearns... more