Town working on rules to make backyard fires legal

CUMBERLAND – It’s the oldest trick in the book for Cumberland residents who need to justify their backyard fire when safety officials show up: Have a rock wrapped in tin foil on hand. But technically... more

MacMillin works late, goes beyond to win Teacher of the Year

CUMBERLAND – Lifelong town resident and local school graduate Paula MacMillin was named the Cumberland School Department’s District Teacher of the Year for 2020 as perhaps the single most influential... more

Cumberland adopts plan to develop 62-acre park in Lonsdale

CUMBERLAND – A newly adopted plan lays the groundwork for the town to eventually acquire the Peterson/Puritan Superfund site, which is set to undergo a $40 million contamination cleanup. A... more

Cumberland police arrest businessman in theft of trailer

CUMBERLAND – Police said this week that they’ve made an arrest in the May 10 theft of a trailer from behind SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service on Mendon Road. Derek Smith, owner of Northeast... more

Friends raise thousands with marathon walk

CUMBERLAND – Casey Farrell, a 2019 graduate of Cumberland High School, said her original goal with a planned 26.2-mile fundraising walk around town was to raise $500 for the Cystic Fibrosis... more

With signs, Horvath shows Cumberland’s gratitude, positivity

CUMBERLAND – Kim Horvath says she really wanted to do something for her town after seeing so many people rally together during the ongoing pandemic. She decided she wanted to put some of the federal... more

Anonymous pair paying safety workers’ tabs at Phantom Farms

CUMBERLAND – Two men who describe themselves as “just a couple of old geezers” from Cumberland are showing kindness to town’s first responders this week by paying off all of their tabs at Phantom... more

Bradley case denied in court; questions on what’s next

CUMBERLAND – The legal challenge from former Town Council President Peter Bradley over his leadership post may be heading back to Superior Court after the state’s Supreme Court denied his petition... more

Portraits of CHS seniors help those affected by crisis

CUMBERLAND – Brock Geiselman wanted to find a way to help community members affected by the ongoing pandemic and support local high school seniors who are missing out on events, so the Cumberland... more

Arnold Mills Parade and Road Race revived in new ways

CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills Parade Association will be celebrating its 94th annual July Fourth Parade and 52nd Road Race in unusual ways. Because of current virus protocols, the parade will be a “... more

Senior facilities get creative to calm, occupy residents

From socially distant hallway bingo to carts delivering crafts and wine and cheese to individuals’ doors, staff at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been ramping up the... more

Travel around the world this summer with virtual tours

Dina Elhelw, director of Scituate Senior Services, wants seniors who have been stuck at home to “travel the world while sitting on (their) couch,” she said, so she’s created a program that allows... more

Office of Healthy Aging offers virtual help, connections

The Office of Healthy Aging is offering a 24/7 healthy aging “help desk,” called the Point, to assists Rhode Islanders age 55 or older, adults living with disabilities, and family caregivers.... more

East Matunuck, Scarborough state beaches open

Visitors must continue to abide by rules regarding social distancing, group size
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management has announced that two saltwater beaches will be open to visitors with new restrictions in place beginning on Memorial Day. DEM’s Division of... more

Centers helping seniors stay active

With many group classes and communal programs seniors were accustomed to now canceled, including yoga or sports leagues, it’s become more important for them to get creative on staying active, say... more

DEM issues safety guidelines for boating season

Boating safety challenge exams offered beginning May 30
PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management is asking boaters to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules and other safety guidelines at marinas and boatyards and while they’re on the... more

Attorney Gen. Neronha warns of price gouging, other scams

Attorney Gen. Peter Neronha reminds Rhode Island residents to watch out for potential scams or instances of price gouging stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19. “These are unique and uncertain... more

Raimondo outlines Phase Two of reopening, hopes to begin June 1

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined plans for Phase Two of reopening the state during a Friday press briefing. The governor said she hopes Phase Two will begin on June 1, depending on data... more

Houses of worship will begin reopening May 30

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on Wednesday that houses of worship will begin reopening the weekend of May 30, and will be limited to 25% of their overall capacity. This decision was made... more

Raimondo announces CRUSH COVID RI app

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, provided an update Tuesday on Rhode Island’s response to the coronavirus disease... more