Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” In an era of shrinking resources, the city has cut personnel, programs and perks residents have long taken for granted, but one frill that's survived the lean season is the popular municipal ice-skating rink at River Island Park.
Open seven days a week, the artificially-refrigerated rink overlooking the Blackstone River is still free, and even a kid who doesn't own a pair of skates can borrow some from the guy in the snack shed, then lace them up beside the glowing embers of a fire pit.
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WOONSOCKET â€” At the old Vermette's restaurant, a landmark banquet hall that served as a backdrop for countless rites of passage in northern Rhode Island, a wrecking crew will finish the job that Mother Nature began two weeks ago.
After rain-laden snow caused part of the roof to cave in, the city yesterday ordered the emergency demolition of the building, saying it has concluded that what remains of the structure is unsafe and cannot be saved.
King Jace XVII, far right, the Mysterious Monarch of the Woonsocket Mardi Gras, re-enacts the crowning of Mardi Gras Queen Amanda Corriveault of Blackstone as her princesses, Michelle Tessier of Woonsocket, left, and Kali Darling of Woonsocket, center, look on during the Queenâ€™s Coronation at The Cakery on Main Street in Woonsocket Sunday. This yearâ€™s coronation ceremony was dedicated to 2001 Mardi Gras Queen Donna Gallant, who passed away last summer. Her family was in attendance and was presented with a bouquet of flowers. At right is the queen and her court.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a time for looking to the future and also one to remember the past as the police department honored two of its members with promotions Friday night.
Sgt. Edward J. Doura Jr. was sworn into the rank of lieutenant by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, and Patrolman Michael Villard, in turn, assumed Douraâ€™s former rank as sergeant.
Following his introduction to gathered family members, fellow officers and friends by Capt. Edward Lee, Mayor Fontaine thanked those in attendance for helping to recognize the department members at a milestone in their lives.
BURRILLVILLE - The local community is rallying around a Harrisville family that was displaced from their home after a Feb. 13 garage explosion and house fire, which left the owner of the 505 Mount Pleasant home with second- and third-degree burns over 43 percent of his body.
A benefit pasta lunch and dinner to raise funds for 56-year-old Walter W. Andrews, and his wife, Wendy Andrews, is being coordinated by Town Councilman Edward Blanchard and town resident Brenda Keeble with the help of several town residents, including Tina Hope Copley and Kelly Klegraefe.
BURRILLVILLE - Police are seeking help from the public to determine the whereabouts of a 56-year-old Burrillville man who went missing on Feb. 6.
Lt. Kevin S. San Antonio said the police department is actively seeking information regarding Denis Chartier, 56, of Burrillville, who was reported missing by his family.
Chartier is the assistant coach of Brown University's women soccer team.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a town where cocaine has long been king, heroin could be making a push for supremacy in the illicit drug trade.
The latest statistics show the amount of heroin police seized in 2010 increased by a staggering 284 percent compared to the year before, while cocaine seizures dropped 54 percent. Marijuana seizures also fell â€“ by 47 percent.
WOONSOCKET â€“ From wrecked rims to bodily injury, the claims for damages have come pouring into City Hall after a ruinous spate of winter weather that turned streets into pothole-ridden obstacle courses and sidewalks to skating rinks.
The City Council will consider at least 11 of them when the panel meets Monday, an unhappy collection of weather-related insults to walls, fences, motor vehicles and, in at least one case, a human being.
WOONSOCKET â€” Seven weeks before the court-imposed deadline for choosing a buyer, Landmark Medical Center has signed a non-binding letter of intent calling for a Tennessee-based hospital chain to buy the Cass Avenue hospital and the affiliated Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield.