Archive - 2012 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ At a cost of $1.04 million over four years, the city hired a watchdog firm to oversee the planning, design and construction of a new, $36 million wastewater treatment plant.
The Budget Commission voted unanimously Thursday to hire the wastewater consulting firm Weston & Sampson of Peabody, Mass., on the recommendation of Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission yesterday instructed Police Chief Thomas Carey to see whether a Fall River-based pawnbroker ran afoul of any laws at a shop in Danvers, Mass., before it decides whether to consider granting the company a license to do business here.
Vincent Mesolella Jr. appealed to the commission after the City Council rejected Spindle City Pawnbrokersâ€™ application for a second-hand dealerâ€™s license last week.
WOONSOCKET â€” Say so long to the blues â€” blue trash carts, that is.
The familiar 64-gallon bins will begin disappearing from sidewalks after next weekâ€™s trash collection rounds begin on Monday. Their burgundy and green companion bins will be left behind as the longstanding trio of the cityâ€™s waste pickup formula is broken up for good.
Deemed obsolete in the age of single-stream recycling, the blue bins â€” an estimated 10,300 of them in all â€” have been sold off to the neighboring town of Cumberland for $14 each.
LINCOLN â€“ A Lower River Road womanâ€™s amicable relationship with her ex-boyfriend turned sour on Friday when he allegedly became violent during a domestic disturbance and bit her face.
Patrolman Steven M. Tellier reported finding the 39-year-old victim with red marks on her face consistent with a bite after responding to the 2:35 a.m. disturbance at 864 Lower River Road with fellow police officers.
WOONSOCKET â€” The History Channel better look out â€” its Pawn Stars reality show may be getting some competition from a real life pawnshop drama playing out in this town.
Call it Pawn Wars.
The battle kicked into high gear again yesterday after Fall River-based Spindle City Pawnbrokers upped the ante in its bid to secure a Main Street pawnbrokers license.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was almost an example of military organization and efficiency as the Adopt-a-Family drive began its distribution of holiday gifts to needy Woonsocket families this week at the Elkâ€™s Hall on Social Street.
Volunteers carefully checked delivered bags of donated gifts against the master list of eligible recipients prepared by Family Resources Community Action to make sure the proper number of presents had been assembled.
WOONSOCKET â€” Thanks to some conscientious motorists equipped with cell phones, the cops had the drop on two impaired motorists this weekend, but not soon enough to keep them from causing accidents.
On Saturday, a Plainville, Mass., man police suspect of driving under the influence of heroin struck an oncoming car on Cumberland Street about 6:40 p.m.
Duane A. Gero, 33, was charged with duty to stop resulting in damage to an attended vehicle, driving under the influence of liquor or intoxicating substance, laned roadway violations, operating left of center and failure to wear a seatbelt.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ A 57-year-old man perished in a house fire at 145 Steere Farm Road Monday afternoon, police said.
Police identified the victim as Robert C. Alarie, a man neighbors said was paralyzed from the waist down and who lived alone.
Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said fire crews and police responded to an emergency call about noon and found â€śsignificant fireâ€ť coming from an upstairs bedroom, where Alarieâ€™s body was discovered.
Members of the Woonsocket Police Department joined the Auger family at their home at 329 Wood Ave. Sunday evening to collect toys for the department's annual toy drive benefiting under privileged local children. The Augers hold the annual drive in the memory of Woonsocket Police Dispatcher Ron Auger, who died in 2009 after an illness. Ron had helped the police collect toys and his family fills the bed of his truck during the collection to continue that tradition.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The second of three installments in a workshop series to brainstorm ideas for Main Streetâ€™s future is scheduled for Wednesday, and City Planner Jennifer Siciliano is once again extending an open invitation to the public.
The event will be held at Stage Right Studio, 68 South Main St., from 6-8 p.m.
The aim of the workshop is to develop and refine ideas for making Main Street both business- and pedestrian-friendly, according Siciliano.