Zen Center attracts people from around the globe to Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – People come from all over the world to a Pound Road landmark, the Providence Zen Center, where meditation retreats and practices have been going on since the late 1970s. The center,... more

McCourt's Masterson is state's top secondary school principal

CUMBERLAND – Jason Masterson, principal of McCourt Middle School since 2012, was named the 2016 Secondary School Principal of the Year, it was announced Thursday by the board of directors of the... more

New signs in works for town properties

CUMBERLAND – Signs that identify town buildings and properties will be getting a new look, says Mayor Bill Murray, beginning with Town Hall and the entrance to Tucker Field. A $10,000 grant from the... more

Cumberland voters go with Trump, Sanders

CUMBERLAND – Some 6,800 Cumberland residents found their polling places Tuesday to support Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a rare event – a... more

Alex Marszalkowski looking at MacBeth’s District 52 seat

CUMBERLAND – Alex D. Marszalkowski, a lifelong Cumberland resident and one of the town’s few remaining farmers, announced this week his plans to run for the District 52 House of Representatives seat... more

Fire district paying off truck that sparked a taxpayer revolt

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CUMBERLAND – The elected board of the Cumberland Fire District was expected this week to approve paying off the 2009 Pierce engine that was refinanced in 2010 during a North Cumberland district... more

20 years ago: McLaughlin Field dedicated by John J. himself

The “mayor” of Cumberland Hill himself, John J. McLaughlin, was on hand for the dedication of the sports complex behind the elementary school that would later be named for him. McLaughlin, then 84... more

CHS students can take free courses for college credit

Tenreiro: High school expands AP class offerings, participation increasing
CUMBERLAND – Not only is Cumberland High School doubling its advanced placement class offerings for students, but since the school has become a member of the Rhode Island Advanced Coursework Network... more

Cumberland college student learns power of Holocaust-era ‘Nazi money’

CUMBERLAND – Marisa Natale of Cumberland, a senior at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., understands the power of money, and the evil it can bring. As a research intern at Clark, Natale was... more

Council OKs offices on W. Wrentham

CUMBERLAND – Town Council members gave the go-ahead last week for an office building with one apartment at the site where a succession of restaurants have failed at 48 West Wrentham Road. Approval... more

Mercymount School trio wins Rhode Island Elks essay contest

CUMBERLAND – Several students from Mercymount Country Day School were chosen as winners in the statewide essay contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Elks Association. The three middle schools... more

CHS senior’s art earns Sen. Reed’s ‘staff pick’

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High School senior Jean Amore’s artistic work, titled “Deviated Septum,” was honored and chosen as U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s “staff pick” for the 2016 High School Arts Competition... more

Unexplained ‘open space’ changed to residential

CUMBERLAND – A 2.5-acre lot on Curran Road that was mysteriously given an open space designation at some point over the years was affirmed for residential singe-family use by Town Council members... more

Road paving moving along in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland’s road project is moving “at a pretty good pace,” says Public Works Director Bob Anderson, with the first asphalt pavement expected to be laid by J.H. Lynch & Sons today,... more

College news

Sean Leeming and Ryan Krohto, of Lincoln, have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ithaca College. Kara Lukasiewicz, daughter of Tony and MaryEllen Lukasiewicz, is currently working on her... more

Collection at St. John Vianney for pregnant women, new moms

CUMBERLAND – At the Masses at St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, on the weekends of May 8 and May 15, a collection of new baby items will be taken to aid pregnant women and new mothers... more

Cumberland Relay for Life sets meetings

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Relay for Life will hold general meetings for all team captains on Wednesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the community room at 2176 Mendon Road. Participants... more

Birthday Club

May 1 Happy 3rd Birthday, Wendy! Your playful exuberance brings so much joy to our lives! Happy Birthday! May 2 Happy Birthday, Ethan Shorey! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze May 3 Barbara... more

St. Joseph hosts annual chopstick auction May 6

CUMBERLAND – St. Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road, will hold its third annual Family Chopstick Auction on Friday, May 6. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Auction begins at 7 p.m. Chopsticks cost $20 for a... more

EPA invites public comment on future of Superfund site

CUMBERLAND – The federal Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled what it calls a “community visioning session” on the Peterson/Puritan Superfund Site for Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the... more

Governor Raimondo in Cumberland today for public forum

CUMBERLAND – The topic tonight is all about building 21st-century skills as Gov. Gina Raimondo kicks off a series of community conversations at Cumberland High School at 5 p.m. Joining her will be... more

Library celebrating Money Smart Week

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will celebrate Money Smart Week on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., by partnering with the Rhode Island Small Business Development... more

Cumberland Parks and Rec announces summer camp sign-ups

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department will hold sign-ups for its 2016 Summer Camp on May 25, 26 and 27 at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road. There will be two... more

Cumberland collecting hazardous waste, electronics on Saturday

CUMBERLAND – The town of Cumberland, in conjunction with Rhode Island Resource Recovery, is hosting a one-day recycling event this Saturday, April 30, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Highway Garage... more

Mount St. Charles entrance exam is May 7

WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy will hold its May entrance exam on Saturday, May 7, at 8:15 a.m. Prospective Mount students entering grades 6 through 9 are invited to take the test, as well... more

St. John Vianney Church hosts grief retreat May 14

CUMBERLAND – St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, in collaboration with The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, is hosting a one-day grief retreat on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to... more

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Trump, Sanders take Rhode Island primaries with ease

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Donald Trump scored a resounding win in Rhode Island's GOP presidential preference primary, taking 63.6 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. The win in Rhode... more