Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ If itâ€™s been a few years since youâ€™ve laced up a pair of skates and theyâ€™re just sitting in the attic gathering dust, Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Director Elizabeth Kerrigan will be more than glad to take them off your hands.
In anticipation of re-opening the cityâ€™s municipal ice skating rink at River Island Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is accepting donations of new and used ice skates to provide families that do not have skates the ability to still use the rink, which is free and open to the public.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mary Lynn Bosiak, publisher of The Call, announced Friday that organizers of the planned Last Night celebration had reluctantly canceled the festivities.
She said regulatory conditions imposed on the organizers at the eleventh hour were the cause of the decision.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Anne Marie Lukin has only to walk into her Planet Fitness franchise in the Diamond Hill Plaza at 2000 Diamond Hill Road to know the business potential of the location.
Her customers and those of the abutting Burlington Coat Factory and Dollar Tree stores, and nearby Ocean of Pets, GNC store, and 99 Nail Salon keep their section of the spacious plaza parking lot active and full during much of the business day.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When a knife attack left 74-year-old Donald Paterson paralyzed in 2010, the Italian Workingmenâ€™s Club was instrumental in raising funds to help his family buy a vehicle equipped with a wheelchair lift.
Raising funds for victims of crime and calamity, the needy, academic scholarships and youth sports have become part of the clubâ€™s 85-year legacy.
But if the Budget Commission gets its way the IWC will be lucky if it can afford to keep the lights on, says club Chairman Mike Kind.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt proclaimed â€śa new day is dawningâ€ť in this down-on-its-luck city after taking the oath of office at the Stadium Theatre Tuesday night.
â€śThe hard work begins tomorrow and we will not waste a minute turning this city around,â€ť said a gleaming Baldelli-Hunt.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 52-year-old Woonsocket man died in a fast moving fire that
broke out in his Lydia Avenue home just after 6 a.m. Tuesday
Woonsocket Fire Chief Timothy Walsh said firefighters arrived at the scene
around 6:15 a.m. to find heavy flames in the living room area of the
one-story house on Lydia Avenue, located off Gadoury Boulevard. The fire
was contained within 30 minutes.
When firefighters entered the house they found the victim and pulled him
out, Walsh said. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will take office with a huge popular mandate when she is sworn in Tuesday night at the Stadium Theatre.
The niece of former Mayor Charles Baldelli, she will usher in a clean sweep of City Hallâ€™s most influential positions, bringing in a new team.
Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., with the oath of office delivered by House Speaker Gordon Fox. Her uncle, the former mayor, is to serve as master of ceremonies.
LINCOLN â€“ Itâ€™s time to decorate for the holidays, and Dave Sale and Dick DiMassie, members of the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee, are hoping local residents will support historic preservation with the purchase of the latest town ornament put out by the committee.
This year the ornament is a depiction of the wooden covered bridge near the Manchester Farm Road entrance of Lincoln Woods State Park.
â€śWe think it will bring back a lot of memories for people who have visited Lincoln Woods over the years,â€ť Sale said.
WOONSOCKET -- Maybe it was before the rollbacks in state aid, before the Great Recession, or before the overstretched bubble of real estate values across the U.S. finally popped.
Maybe there was an era when being the mayor of the seventh largest city in the state of Rhode Island was a fun job to have, but it did not belong to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
â€śI think at some time when there was a lot of money floating around, being mayor might have been a fun job,â€ť says Fontaine. â€śI canâ€™t say it was ever anything other than a lot of hard work.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ending weeks of speculation, Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced who the key members of her administration will be, a list that includes a few surprises.
One of the biggest is the return of former Planning Director Joel D. Mathews. Except for a brief hiatus during the 1980s, Mathews had worked continuously for the city from 1973 to 2011. Trained as a landscape architect, he gained a reputation as a special projects manager and all-around problem-solver during the era of former Mayor Susan D. Menard.