State cap on fire bills would short unified district by $1.5 million

Budget deliberations get off to a 'challenging' start
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CUMBERLAND - Individual fire districts that bid farewell to residents last year by giving them a break on taxes have set up a problem for the unified district that only a General Assembly vote can... more

AG's office: Fire board met illegally on Nov. 10

CUMBERLAND - The Office of the Attorney General issued a ruling Monday that found the new board of the Cumberland Fire District violated the Open Meeting Act on Nov. 10 when the seven new members... more

Firefighter accuses fire board member of 'taunt and bait' confrontation

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CUMBERLAND - On April 3, Cumberland Firefighters Local 2722 took the unusual step of filing a grievance against a member of the elected board that oversees the unified fire district. In conjunction... more

Santa named special education director for Cumberland schools

CUMBERLAND - Rachel Santa, the new director of special education in Cumberland, says she is thoroughly impressed by the "great programs" available to the district's special education population. This... more

Possible police station sites dwindle to a few

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CUMBERLAND - Lot by lot, vote by vote, the committee charged with finding a spot for a new public safety complex keeps crossing possibilities off its list. As of this week, the 11 members are down to... more

Council OKs three new vehicles for town

CUMBERLAND - Town Council members' split agreement last week to spend $69,000 on three new vehicles seemed to come with a couple of suggested strings attached. Councilor Peter Bradley said he'd like... more

Advocacy group for gifted students back up and running under new leadership

CUMBERLAND - Crystal and Damian LaMarche live in Cumberland, but they send their two gifted sons to The Sage School in Foxboro, Mass., a private school serving academically gifted students in... more

B.F. Norton sees success in new writing program

CUMBERLAND - With the help of a new writing initiative, students at B.F. Norton Elementary School are setting an example for districts nationwide on how to teach writing and critical thinking in the... more

Cumberland library looks to expand 'teen den,' programs for students

CUMBERLAND - What started as a quiet study room at the Cumberland Public Library has transformed into a bustling teen den where middle and high school students spend their afternoons gaming, doing... more

Shakan's Hillside Cafe has new owners, council mulls license transfer

CUMBERLAND - The old Hillside Cafe that Albert Shakan operated for years at 75 Manville Hill Road has a new owner, but Town Council members last week weren't ready to transfer its Class BV liquor... more

Cumberland serves up plenty of doughnuts and coffee at 5 a.m.

CUMBERLAND - For those in need of an early morning doughnut, a package of Pampers or gas fill-up, Cumberland has just one spot licensed to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week: the Gulf... more


CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Fire District's Chief Kenneth Finlay says it was 13 Cumberland firefighters, not members of the town's Public Works Department, who spent six hours clearing snow 5 to 8... more

'All Chorus Night' is this Thursday at McCourt

CUMBERLAND - Joseph L. McCourt Middle School will be hosting an "All Chorus Night" on Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m., featuring the McCourt Middle School Chorus, North Cumberland Middle School Chorus... more

McCourt baseball, softball players holding car wash

CUMBERLAND - The baseball and softball teams of McCourt Middle School will hold a car wash on Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dandurand Real Estate office, 599 Broad St. All proceeds... more

Team Poirier to again walk for sarcoma research May 9

CUMBERLAND - "Team Poirier" will again be participating in the annual "12,402 Steps to Cure Sarcoma Walk" at Hudson (Mass.) High School on Saturday, May 9. It has been nine years since June Poirier... more

URI Master Gardeners offer soil testing at the Monastery Saturday

CUMBERLAND - The URI Master Gardeners will start the seasonal maintenance of the Monastery Gazebo Garden on Saturday, April 18. The public is invited to stop by and enjoy the garden, which showcases... more

Celebrate Harry Potter Day this Saturday in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland Public Library will host a Harry Potter Day on Saturday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The library will have programs for all ages running throughout the day,... more

BBB to discuss scams and identity theft

CUMBERLAND - Learn to protect yourself from digital scams, fraud and identity theft at the Cumberland Public Library on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau will... more

Learn how to tame paper clutter

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Public Library will offer the program Tame Your Paper Clutter, today, Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. Kristin M. MacRae, professional organizer and owner of Organizing In... more

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner Saturday

CUMBERLAND - Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 120 Nate Whipple Highway, is holding a spaghetti and meatball dinner on Saturday, April 18, with continuous seating from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets, available at... more