Affordable housing coming to Albion Road

16 apartments planned at Mendon intersection
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CUMBERLAND – Over the objections of town officials and following years of hearings, an acre of land on the corner of Mendon and Albion roads is being cleared for 16 apartments that will be dedicated... more

District 45 race heats up with local, national issues

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CUMBERLAND – In the District 45 House seat, held by incumbent Rep. Mia Ackerman, candidates aren’t holding back on talking about issues, and some of those points of concern are in the national... more

Planning Board bars a 25th lot in McKee subdivision

Developer’s attorney warns move is illegal
CUMBERLAND – It was when developer Jim McKee made moves to expand his 22-lot subdivision for a third time, to 25 lots, that the town’s director of planning and community development, Jonathan Stevens... more

Cumberland native serving on destroyer stationed in Hawaii

A 2008 Cumberland High School graduate and Cumberland native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy. Petty Officer 2nd Class William Lomax is a hull... more

Pearson: Municipal fire dept. on horizon

CUMBERLAND – Sen. Ryan Pearson, who in 2013 wrote the legislation that governs the town’s unified fire district, said this week he’s looking ahead to the work of transitioning the independent fire... more

Matt’s on Mendon barbershop relocates, expands

CUMBERLAND – Matthew Lussier knew it was time for a new place when his barbershop outgrew a historic home at 3261 Mendon Road, but he didn’t have to move far. Now, his shop has nearly doubled in size... more

Cumberland native, Woonsocket resident promoted at (add)ventures

PROVIDENCE – Multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures named two advancements in its video/animation and strategy/marketing teams. Michaela Kellogg of Hopedale, Mass., a... more

Cumberland forum on Invenergy power plant proposal is Oct. 27

CUMBERLAND – The Burrillville Land Trust, in conjunction with the Cumberland Conservation Commission, is holding a public forum to discuss the Invenergy proposal in Burrillville on Thursday, Oct. 27... more

Wagner promises ‘free flow of information’

CUMBERLAND – Wayne Wagner, candidate for Town Council in District 1, said this week, “I read with interest an article in this past week’s Valley Breeze regarding RI DOT paying Cumberland to fix state... more

Metivier ‘focused on solutions’

CUMBERLAND – James Metivier, candidate for Cumberland Town Council in District 1, says he will bring more than 25 years’ worth of management experience to the role of town councilor. Having managed... more

Beaulieu promises ‘stronger voice,’ urges residents to complete online survey

CUMBERLAND – Lisa Beaulieu, candidate for Town Council District 3, said she feels the district needs a stronger voice. “As I go door to door, I hear from many residents who feel forgotten or... more

Scullin: One bill for all town services

CUMBERLAND – Jim Scullin, incumbent candidate for Town Council in District 3, said one of his goals if reelected is to continue to move for a town-operated fire department. Scullin, who is also... more

Schmitt: Opponent ‘taking my voting record out of context’

CUMBERLAND – Says Scott Schmitt, incumbent candidate for Town Council in District 4, “My opponent in this election is campaigning on a platform which is based on taking my voting record out of... more

Thibodeau wants faster action on roundabouts

CUMBERLAND – Bob Thibodeau, Democratic candidate for Town Council District 4, this week is calling for an end to the traffic bottleneck at the Routes 295/114 exit. “Simply put, our residents have... more

Dennen: ‘Keep the positive momentum going’

CUMBERLAND – Bill Dennen, incumbent candidate for an at-large School Committee seat, said this week, “I have served on the Cumberland School Committee for the past two years. I enjoy representing the... more

Freedman supports strategic planning

CUMBERLAND – Karen Freedman, School Committee candidate for District 2, said she understands the importance of gathering input from all stakeholders in the strategic planning process. In her... more

Freedman cites professional experience

Editor’s note: This press release from Freedman failed to run in last week’s Valley Breeze. CUMBERLAND – Karen Freedman, candidate for School Committee in District 2, is commenting that “Cumberland... more

Aubin says he would reduce fire district costs, increase services

CUMBERLAND – Richard Aubin, who is noting 45 years of public service, is asking District 1 voters to support him in the Cumberland Fire District race. Aubin has been serving on the Cumberland... more

Koutsogiane: His spending figures higher than board chair’s

CUMBERLAND – Phil Koutsogiane, incumbent candidate for the District 4 Cumberland Fire Committee who previously was chairman of the North Cumberland Fire District Board, is expressing “different... more

Lemois: ‘Promises have been met’

CUMBERLAND – Says Bruce Lemois, incumbent candidate for the Fire Committee in District 2, “In my announcement two years ago, I made promises that included merged budgets and labor contracts, strong... more

MacDonald: Initial firefighter contract more expensive than needed

CUMBERLAND – Says Harry MacDonald, candidate for the District 3 seat on the Cumberland Fire Committee, “I was a trustee for the North Cumberland Fire District during the last 3 1/2 years of its... more

Pereira pledges he’s a ‘very serious’ fire board candidate

CUMBERLAND – Says Paul Pereira, candidate for Fire Committee, “Change is needed and I will bring that change. My name is Paul Pereira, and I am running for Fire Committee. I am running for the at-... more

Ackerman plans initiatives in workplace readiness

CUMBERLAND – Rep. Mia Ackerman, a Democrat, says she’ll continue her commitment to serve as an advocate for seniors and the youth if re-elected, will expand workforce readiness programs for high... more

Santoro critical of Rep. Ackerman’s toll vote

CUMBERLAND – Paul Santoro, an independent candidate for House District 45, criticized Rep. Mia Ackerman’s vote on truck tolls. He said, “Many voters are concerned that eventually the state will toll... more

Cannon promises ‘fresh ideas,’ and ‘unique insight’

CUMBERLAND – Dr. Lisa Cannon, candidate for House District 52, says she will bring “independent thinking and fresh ideas to the Statehouse. “The distressing deployment of the new Department of... more

Marszalkowski focuses on ‘positive campaign’

CUMBERLAND – Alex Marszalkowski, the Democratic candidate for House District 52, said he is “running a positive campaign and is strictly focusing on the issues that are important to Cumberland voters... more

Charette criticizes Pearson’s PAC funding

CUMBERLAND – Senate District 19 Republican candidate, Bill Charette, is campaigning without union or political action committee, or PAC, funding, he said this week. “I want to earn every person’s... more

Pearson focused on reducing car tax, increasing local aid

CUMBERLAND – State Sen. Ryan Pearson, incumbent Democrat in District 19, stated this week: “A key part of my work in the Senate has been to secure funding for the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln.... more

Reminder: No political attacks in Nov. 2-3 Breeze editions

Keeping with its longstanding policy, The Valley Breeze will not print any last-minute attacks against political candidates, in either advertisements or letters, in the Nov. 2-3 editions. Those ads... more

Skawinski completes Marine boot camp

CUMBERLAND – PFC Nathan J. Skawinski, 18, of Cumberland, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, on Friday, Oct. 14. Skawinski successfully completed... more

Brunch Bunch Toastmasters welcomes new members Saturday

CUMBERLAND – Are you looking to build confidence, grow as a leader or improve your communication skills? The Saturday Brunch Bunch Toastmasters club welcomes new members at its meeting this Saturday... more

Fall fairs and holiday bazaars

If your nonprofit organization is planning a fall fair or holiday bazaar, submit the information for inclusion in this listing, to or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone... more

CHS Class of ’76 plans 40th reunion Nov. 25

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland High School Class of 1976 is planning a 40 year reunion on Friday, Nov. 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion Hall Post 14, 695 Broad St., Cumberland.... more

College news

Allison Mastin, daughter of George and Patricia Mastin of Cumberland, was named to the fall and spring semester dean’s lists at Roger Williams University. Monica Weil of Cumberland was named to the... more

Sponsor a Christmas tree at the Monastery display

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland’s Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting Christmas tree sponsorship requests for its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held Sunday, Dec. 11, on the Monastery... more

Scout pasta dinner is Nov. 5

CUMBERLAND – Scout Troop 12 Berkeley Ashton will be hosting its annual pasta dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center, 1303 Mendon Road. Tickets will be available at... more

Cumberland schools hosting flu clinic tonight

CUMBERLAND – Flu vaccination clinics for students and family members ages 3 and older are scheduled for this Thursday, Oct. 20, and Monday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland High School.... more

St. Aidan Seniors meet Nov. 4

CUMBERLAND – St. Aidan Senior Group will meet Friday, Nov. 4 at St. Aidan Parish Center, Diamond Hill Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. A roast beef luncheon will be... more

Friday night feature: ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at the library

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library will be showing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to celebrate Halloween this Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Watch the cult classic with a group and learn to do... more

Halloween party at Legion Post 14 Oct. 28

CUMBERLAND – American Legion Post 14 will hold a Halloween costume party on Friday, Oct. 28. The event will feature food and a raffle from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by music. Tickets are $10 and can be... more