PROVIDENCE â€” After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 â€śshould be the year of the cities and towns.
â€śWe can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,â€ť the governor said. â€śWe've got to address it.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” When forsythia blooms in December, itâ€™s probably a bad omen for making ice.
But when the first true cold snap of the season settled over the region this week, Highway Foreman Rick Lambert knew it was time to crank up the ice-making machinery, at last.
That means the cityâ€™s municipal rink in River Island Park will finally open this year at 12:30 Saturday afternoon â€“roughly a month later than it did during last yearâ€™s more normal winter.
â€śWe started making ice when we came back after New Yearâ€™s, on Tuesday,â€ť Lambert said earlier this week.
WOONSOCKET â€” A fire believed to have broken out in the basement area of a six-apartment tenement building at 285 Cass Avenue left eight residents looking for temporary housing Wednesday evening.
Everyone was reported to have exited the three-story, wood-frame building without injury after a resident, alerted by a neighbor, ran through the structure banging on all the doors as the fire spread up from the lower level shortly after 6 p.m.