Chelo’s founder now penniless; daughter fights to keep him at home

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CUMBERLAND – When Amet Chelo established the Chelo’s Restaurant with his brothers in 1955, he was adamant with his children that they were no better than anyone else and that they should never use... more

Couple thankful to first responders after shocking birth in the shower

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CUMBERLAND – With Kayli Lincoln’s first child, labor lasted 12 hours, and her second childbirth experience lasted even longer than that, so when she woke up in the early hours of Feb. 11, still a... more

Halpert raises money for sepsis research in honor of late father

CUMBERLAND – Kayla Halpert vividly remembers her dad, David, coming home from the hospital after a routine Thursday surgery and becoming feverish and delusional, passing out on the bathroom floor. “... more

Council: ‘Phenomenal’ job on Cumberland’s vaccine effort

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CUMBERLAND – Town Councilor Scott Schmitt heaped praise on the many town employees who are making Cumberland’s vaccine effort go, saying they’re doing an outstanding job in an area that’s often been... more

Council taking another look at exclusive rights for food trucks

CUMBERLAND – Town Council members are rethinking specifics of a local ordinance governing food trucks after Councilor Bob Shaw raised questions about it during a Feb. 17 meeting. Shaw, who also... more

Cumberland makes revisions to rules on road surfaces, lights

CUMBERLAND – Pending revisions to the town’s code of ordinances on streets and sidewalks will better define certain requirements for those restoring local roadways after utility work is done. Public... more

Costa out in search for next BMR principal

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BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone-Millville Regional School District is reopening the search for a new high school principal after none of the remaining three finalists proved to be the right fit,... more

Land Trust offers ideas for winter walks

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Land Trust is offering several trails to combat cabin fever. New featured properties are: • Burlingame, Gold Star, James J. Bland Preserves, and the White Cedar Swamp... more

Owners of J. J. Duffy frustrated with restrictions

CUMBERLAND – Owners of the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home in Cumberland say they hear stories every day from people “how utterly and viscerally enraging” it is to have to pick and choose which family... more

Birthday Club

March 1 Happy Birthday, Emma Gaulin! 18 years old, wow! Love, Grammy XOXO March 2 Happy Birthday, Nicole Dotzenrod! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze! March 3 Anna Thorpe, we wish you a very... more

CrossCountry Mortgage and Society of Financial Service Professionals announce new partnership

CUMBERLAND – CrossCountry Mortgage LLC, a nationwide mortgage lender headquartered in Brecksville, Ohio, announced it is joining forces as a corporate partner with the Society of Financial Service... more

Town of Cumberland receives grant from Office of Healthy Aging

CUMBERLAND – As part of its digiAGE initiative, the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging announced $200,000 in grants to 10 local organizations, who are working to connect more older adults and their... more

College News

Heidi Knipfing, Edward Rigano and Bradley Robinson, all of Cumberland, have been named to the fall 2020 semester dean’s list at Dean College. Cormac Sullivan, of Cumberland, has been named to the... more

College News

Alex Drezek, of Lincoln, earned a Master of Professional Accountancy in Accounting from Bryant University. Colleen Enestvedt and Mackenzie A. Vallely, both of Cumberland, have been named to the fall... more

College News

Gwenyth Hultquist, of Lincoln, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester at the University of New Hampshire. Victoria Jakubiak, Jessica Vincent, Seth Trottier, James Haupt, Jordan... more


A story last week on the planned return to in-person classes in Cumberland included a schedule from Supt. Bob Mitchell from before he revised it. The following is the corrected schedule that Mitchell... more

OCYL opens online registration March 3

CUMBERLAND – The Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Learning, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 2, will open online registration at noon on Wednesday, March 3, for Early Childhood Literacy and Number... more

El Abuelito recall expanded to include all cheese products

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers in a press release that the FDA is working with El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. to recall all of its cheese products (queso fresco,... more

Neronha seeks to strengthen penalties for wage theft, labor violations

PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha will testify tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Senate Labor Committee in support of SB195, a bill that would increase penalties for both wage theft... more

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens to Rhode Islanders 65 and older

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced that COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is now open to all Rhode Islanders 65 years of age and older. People ages 65 and older can... more