Archive - 2013
HARRISVILLE- Minerva Fernandez, 64, of Harrisville, formerly of Woonsocket, died Wednesday afternoon at Hebert Nursing Home in Smithfield.
Born in Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Joaquin and Andrea (Santiago) Castro. Minerva was raised in Puerto Rico and came to the United States as a teenager. She lived in Pennsylvania and Waltham, MA and had been a resident of Woonsocket for many years before moving to Harrisville several years ago.
Mrs. Fernandez was employed in the local textile industry prior to retiring.
More than 500 visitors stopped by the Museum of Work & Culture on Labor Day to take advantage of its offer of free admission all-day Monday and also to participate in special programs, including a new one-act play and the opening of an exhibit on the Italian Workingmenâ€™s Club in the upstairs gallery, according to Raymond H. Bacon, museum co-manager with Anne Conway.
â€śIt went very, very well,â€ť Bacon said of the museumâ€™s 14th annual special opening for Labor Day. â€śI am so pleased that the IWC is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with an exhibit at the museum.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ It is that time again â€” time to buy your Autumnfest button.
Tim Paul, chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee, was putting out that message on Friday, even as the city cleaned up from a big and successful Main Street Block Party celebrating the cityâ€™s 125th anniversary.
PAWTUCKET â€” Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâ€™s apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
CUMBERLAND â€“ From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Steven J. Seagrave of North Smithfield has worked in the high-tech industry and managed a major construction project, but these days itâ€™s the Firehouse Tavern and Smokehouse, 200 Main St., that has most of his attention.
Seagrave has owned the Broad Street Tap in Cumberland for five years and decided to try his hand a running a full-menu sports pub by taking on renovation of the former Station House and Archieâ€™s Firehouse business in the townâ€™s original firehouse building off Main Street.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Even though a taxpayers group has challenged the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, collections of the one-time tax are filling city coffers at roughly the pace officials always expected, if not a little better.
Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce said that at the close of business on Thursday, the due date for the bill, the city had taken in at least $1.25 million.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When Dave Houle returned from a vacation to Florida's East Coast back in the fall of 1990, he greeted fellow Gator's Pub co-owner Tom McGee with what he deemed a â€śfantastic ideaâ€ť to bolster interest in their new venture.
â€śHe had watched some beach volleyball down there outside a restaurant, and he thought it'd be great to start one of our own,â€ť McGee explained recently of his former partner's notion. â€śHe just raved about it. What sold us was there was nothing like it in our area at the time. We were out here in the boonies, and we needed to put ourselves on the map.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s Main Street business district was largely back to normal routines on Friday and someone would have to have been at the big Block Party celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the cityâ€™s incorporation Thursday evening to know just how big a change that was.
The 12 stages where bands and performing acts entertained a sea of local and out-of-town people flowing like a tide from Market Square to Monument square were dissembled and all the booths and temporary facilities of the cityâ€™s one-night birthday party extravaganza taken away.
WOONSOCKET â€” Forget the 10-minute drive to the High Ridge courts in Lincoln. Mount St. Charles only had to walk across Logee Street and step onto its brand new six-court complex for its Injury Fund Tennis Challenge.
Joined by the teams from La Salle Academy, the Prout School, and the Wheeler School, as well as a large gathering of fans and alumni, the Mounties, head coach Marissa Pitrone-Marsh, and athletic director and former coach Richard Lawrence conducted a small ceremony opening the courts on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon.