Archive - 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ To keep from being kicked out on the street, a group of merchants in Main Street's embattled Commercial Block agreed to share a $6,600 utility bill that's been ignored by the Florida bank that foreclosed on the property and the Providence company the bank hired to manage it.
Jamil Safdar, the proprietor of Liberty Market, said he and six other commercial tenants agreed to chip in at the eleventh hour even though the bill isn't their responsibility. The deadline for payment was Friday morning.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
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.