Mayor's Message

As a 50-plus year resident and having raised five children, all of whom benefited from our top-rated schools, Cumberland is a great community, in which to live, work and raise a family.  We offer an abundance of green open space, recreational space for sports, walking trails, biking trails and pathways along the beautiful and historic Blackstone River.

We are proud to offer many historic sites to visit in town such as Franklin Farm, located on Abbott Run Valley Road.  As part of our open space, Franklin Farm is an historic farm with a great deal of history that continues to operate with the help of many dedicated volunteers.  Because of their efforts, Franklin Farm is a leading supplier of produce to many food banks throughout Rhode Island.  The farm also is recognized for its outstanding educational enrichment for our school students, impressing upon them the value that comes with service to the community.

As Mayor, I have dedicated my term in office to the continued effort of moving forward with a financially sound town.  On top of my list of priorities is ensuring an open, efficient, and responsive staff to service our residents and guests.  “Our residents are our number one customer.”  We are pro-business and place a great deal of emphasis on being a business- friendly partner.  Streamlining our permitting and application process has saved both time and money for all.  Workshops and training sessions are also available to our business community.

Safe streets and neighborhoods is another priority.  Thanks to our nationally accredited police department, this, along with our outstanding rescue and fire services, provides responsive services for the safety and welfare of our residents and guests.

Our Cumberland Public Library, located on the historic Monastery grounds, has received numerous awards and offers a multitude of programs and opportunities for the entire community to enjoy.

A proud tradition, dating back to 1927, is the Arnold Mills Parade in celebration of Independence Day each year.  Known by many as the “Ancient and Horribles Parade”, this iconic parade is a family tradition that has been attended by many generations of family.  In addition to the parade is the Arnold Mills 4th of July Road Race that assembles and finishes prior to the parade.  The four mile road race has been part of the parade day since 1969 and is one of the oldest running races in New England.

As Mayor, I am very interested in your constructive input to make our town the very best we can.  Moving forward collectively will continue our path to success.

Kindly contact my Administrative Assistant, Heather Borges, to express your comments or request assistance, she may be reached at 401-728-2400 X132.  

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