Parent on lunch bills: Maintaining debt stops junk food

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CUMBERLAND – Jane Perron says her family is partially to blame for the Cumberland School Department’s rising lunch bill debt, but says she was almost forced into this situation after the district’s... more

Bill for later CHS start time actually closer to $500,000

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CUMBERLAND – As it turns out, the cost to let local high school students sleep later each morning is nearly $500,000, significantly more than an earlier suggested price tag of $260,000. In 2015,... more

Approved plan sets course for better fields

CUMBERLAND – The town’s athletic fields will have better care and more rest under a maintenance plan unanimously approved by the Town Council last week following some 18 months of debate. This joint... more

Ward will be inducted into R.I. Journalism Hall of Fame

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CUMBERLAND – Tom Ward, founder and publisher of The Valley Breeze Newspapers, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame this spring. Ward’s honor comes two years after the Rhode... more

Mutter: Budget exceeded state levy

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CUMBERLAND – The town budget approved last year exceeds the state’s 4 percent limit on tax levy increases, says Mayor Jeff Mutter, coming in at 4.72 percent. Mutter said he made the surprising... more

Martin & Associates could be brought back as needed

CUMBERLAND – A company first hired back in 2014 to provide communication and public relations services to Cumberland schools is no longer under contract, and school officials aren’t planning to bring... more

Tourism Council wins $10,000 grant from Heritage Harbor Foundation

PAWTUCKET – The Heritage Harbor Foundation gave a significant lift to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s efforts to establish an education center with a recent $10,000 grant. The Blackstone... more

Raw turkey products recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Butterball, LLC is recalling 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The... more

Cumberland High pool reopening ceremony set for Monday

CUMBERLAND – A pool reopening ceremony will be held at Cumberland High School on Monday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Cumberland High School Foyer, 2600 Mendon Road. For more information, call 401... more

URI Master Gardeners announce presentations and soil testing

CUMBERLAND – The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners start their spring presentations on Wednesday, March 27, at the Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center, Room 2, 1464 Diamond Hill Road,... more


A Feb. 28 story on payouts to former Cumberland town employees stated that the amounts were brought to the Town Council for consideration in closed-door session. The amounts were presented in open... more