VIDEO: Cumberland Mayoral Debate

Candidates in the Cumberland Democratic Mayoral Primary Dan Alves, at left, Bill Murray and Manny DaCosta answered questions from Valley Breeze Publisher Tom Ward and Editor Marcia Green during a... more

EPA discloses plans for $40M cleanup of former riverside dump

But those responsible for the cost contend there's a better way to do it
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CUMBERLAND - A $40 million action plan to cap and reclaim 74 acres of polluted land along the Blackstone River is suddenly gaining traction after years of behind-the-scenes investigation and reports... more

Soccer season lures families back to the fields

CUMBERLAND - The sounds of whistles, laughter and excited parents could be heard at Diamond Hill Park Saturday morning as the Cumberland Youth Soccer Association kicked off a new season. With the... more

'Up With People' cast rolls up sleeves around town

CUMBERLAND - The cast and crew of the musical show "Up with People" arrived in Cumberland Monday and gathered at St. John Vianney Church to meet their host families for the week. As is their custom... more

Health industry professional challenging Rep. McLaughlin in House District 57

CUMBERLAND - Ruth Ricciarelli, who has a background in health care administration that began with a brief stint as an emergency medical technician in Cumberland, is challenging two-term state Rep.... more

Call-Fregeau, Tougas competing for District 1 votes

CUMBERLAND - A Rhode Island College undergraduate and a Brown University police officer are asking for Town Council District 1 voters' support in the Sept. 9 primary. Thomas Tougas, 47, ran for this... more

Child pornography arrest in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – A Cumberland man who’s employed at a school for emotionally disturbed children, Eric Bean, 32, was arrested Friday morning by the State Police on charges of possessing and transferring... more

GOP mayoral contender drops out

CUMBERLAND - Mark Dosdourian, the Republican who was in line for a November mayoral race against the winner of September's Democratic primary, told The Breeze this week he withdrew from competition... more

DOT delays restriping on Diamond Hill

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais reviewed the past two years of traffic reports last week to count 46 crashes where the Route 295 ramps intersect with Diamond Hill Road. That's... more

DaCosta wants charter school funding changes

CUMBERLAND - Candidate for mayor Manny DaCosta said this week, "Providing our children a first-class education must be a top priority. "For many years Cumberland has been short-changed by the state... more

Alves would 'lead charge' on Diamond Hill Park

CUMBERLAND - Daniel Alves, candidate for mayor, said this week in a press release, "In regard to Diamond Hill Park, there has been much talk with the residents I have visited in regard to my vision... more

Murray says he'll help restore Cumberland schools' 'elite position'

Bill Murray, endorsed candidate for mayor, says he is "committed to supporting our public schools." Murray describes himself as a "strong supporter of public education, having two daughters teaching... more

Call-Fregeau praises new park dedicated to veterans

CUMBERLAND - Endorsed Democratic candidate for Town Council Joshua Call-Fregeau said in a statement this week that he supports the proposed Veterans Memorial Park. "As the grandson and great-... more

Higgins: 'Financial stability of our town never better'

CUMBERLAND - Two years ago, says Town Council President James Higgins in a press release this week, "the major issues of the election were settling the police contract and the increasing liabilities... more

Thibodeau says he's 'uniquely qualified' for council

CUMBERLAND - Bob Thibodeau, candidate for Cumberland Town Council at-large, recently announced his plan for education in Cumberland. "Cumberland can be a leader in public education if the Town... more

Wilk promises to be 'voice of people'

CUMBERLAND - Charlie Wilk, candidate for an at-large Town Council seat, says he wants people to know him better. His campaigning began, he said, "many years ago when I ran for state representative... more

McLaughlin to state: Sell toll-collecting equipment

CUMBERLAND - State Rep. James McLaughlin says he has been a watchdog for the taxpayers at the Statehouse and he will continue in that role should he be re-elected to his House District 57 seat. He... more

Ricciarelli promises 'innovative ideas, sound fiscal skills'

CUMBERLAND - Says Ruth Ricciarelli in a press release this week, "In my professional career I was responsible for grant writing, workforce development and budget management. I administered contracts... more

Cumberland education group hosts mayoral forum Tuesday

CUMBERLAND - The focus will be on education and families at a mayoral forum hosted next Tuesday by parent-teacher organizations and the Concerned Cumberland Parents online website. The debate begins... more

Birthday Club

Sept. 1 Happy Birthday Tom "Daddy" Ward! From the loves of his life ... his kids and his wife Happy Birthday Tom Ward! From all of us at The Valley Breeze Sept. 4 Happy 13th Birthday Elijah! Love,... more

Arnold Mills United Methodist Church lists fall service, school schedule

CUMBERLAND - Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 690 Nate Whipple Highway, will launch its fall worship schedule Sunday, Sept. 7, with its traditional Sunday School Rally Day. Sunday school... more

Community Methodist Church plans brunch

CUMBERLAND - A "Welcome Back to Church" brunch will be held at Cumberland Community Methodist Church, 481 Broad St., on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. Those planning to attend are asked to call 401-728... more

Fundraiser for Alves is next Wednesday

CUMBERLAND - A fundraiser in honor of Danny Alves, candidate for mayor, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Beer and dynamites will be served at the American Legion Post 13, 396 Broad... more

OCYL plans open house, signups for fall

CUMBERLAND - The Office of Children, Youth and Learning will host an open house for its Early Childhood programs on Wednesday and Thursday,¬?Sept. 3-4, from 10 to 11 a.m. each day.¬? Instructors... more

Plant sale coming to Franklin Farm

CUMBERLAND - The Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm Preservation Association is holding a plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at Franklin Farm, 142 Abbott Run Valley... more

Cumberland Land Trust hosts nature walk and scavenger hunt Sept. 6

CUMBERLAND - To celebrate Rhode Island Land Trust Days, the Cumberland Land Trust will host a family nature walk and scavenger hunt on Saturday, Sept. 6. The free event will be held at CLT's Outdoor... more

Sign up for a library card and receive a free book

CUMBERLAND - September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Cumberland Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every... more

CHS Class of '99 celebrates Nov. 29

CUMBERLAND - CHS Class of 1999 meets for its 15-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 29, at CitySide in Woonsocket. The event takes place 6 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required, as no tickets will be sold... more