Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â The fledgling pro-chicken movement lands at City Hall tonight, but it will have to persuade officials to defy the recommendation of city planners to get the ban on backyard fowl lifted.
The planners have raised questions about the cityâs capacity to enforce proposed regulations, up for first passage, that would allow residents to keep up to six chickens.
Planning Board Chairman George Sargent says the board is also concerned about noise, odors and unsanitary conditions that might result from approving the proposal.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A quick look as you drive by on Route 146 north is more than enough to show that this past winter was a hard one for the historic Milk Can ice cream stand.
The relocated local bit of novelty architecture has been marred by graffiti and also lost a few of the wooden shingles on its circular roof that skirts the three-story wooden milk can.
A sign wards off trespassers but it is possible to get a closer and safer look at the old Route 146 landmark from the Valero gas station next door at 948 Eddie Dowling Highway.
WOONSOCKET â One man was rushed to the hospital following a shooting in Woonsocket late Saturday night.
It happened on the Fairmount Street bridge shortly after 10. The victim was reportedly shot multiple times, and transported to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
There was no update on that man's condition as of press time Sunday night. Woonsocket police said their investigation is ongoing.
It wasnât that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him that Dillon Falardeau has become a national-class angler.
Actually, Falardeau, an 18-year-old North Smithfield High senior, laughs while explaining his appeal to it.
âI got involved with it when I was very young; my grandfather, George Lamoureaux, loved to fish, and so did my dad (Kevin Falardeau),â he noted just before the school dismissal rang out Wednesday.
BURRILLVILLE ââ After a lapse of nearly two decades, Pascoag Council 383 Knights of Columbus proudly announces the return of its once-popular Friday Night Bingo, scheduled to resume April 5 at the Columbus Club function hall located at 98 Roosevelt Ave. Fully approved and licensed, the games will begin promptly at 6:20 p.m.; doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the kitchen at 5:00 p.m.
The bingo program will include a full complement of regular games and several higher-paying special games including a split-the-pot and weekly prize build-up game with a maximum of $1.000.
WOONSOCKET â State regulators on Friday unexpectedly suspended their review of Prime Healthcare Services application to purchase Landmark Medical Center, leaving the status of the sale in limbo.
The decision came after the 20-hospital, for-profit chain headquartered in Ontario, Calif., had submitted some 1,400 pages of additional information to the regulators after Primeâs first application was deemed incomplete.
Despite the voluminous amount of paperwork they received, the regulators said Primeâs response failed to clear up the omissions and in some cases raised even more questions.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Talk about a royal surprise -- and a well-deserved honor.
Former North Smithfield High girlsâ coach Bill Nangle was asked to come to the R.I. Girlsâ Hockey Coaches Associationâs annual banquet at Wrightâs Farm on Thursday night thinking he was going to help present a new project for the varsity sport he helped start and eventually coached for a full decade with the Northmen.
Claire R. Boisvert
MANVILLE- Claire R. Boisvert, 96, of Manville, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Holiday Nursing Home where she had been a resident for the past 6 years. She was the wife of the late Jean R. (Pee Wee) Boisvert.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Cayer) Gamache.
Mrs. Boisvert worked in several department stores in Woonsocket. She retired from the former Nyanza Mills Department Store.
Claire was a longtime communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish and enjoyed crossword and word search puzzles.
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court judge has granted a new trial to a city man who was paralyzed after diving into the now-defunct âSocial Oceanâ in 2008.
Associate Justice Susan McGuirl threw out a 2011 jury verdict absolving the state of liability in causing Brett Royâs injuries, saying she could not agree with the decision.