Archive - Oct 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ State health officials have approved Seven Hills Rhode Islandâ€™s application to run an outpatient ambulatory care facility as part of a multi-million dollar pilot project aimed at containing health care costs for individuals coping with complex developmental and physical disabilities.
Seven Hills will operate one of two Living RIte centers under a $15 million grant obtained by the University of Rhode Island, according to Christine Gadbois, administrator of Seven Hills Rhode Island.
AccessPoint RI, another health care provider in Cranston, will run the other.
WOONSOCKET â€” As the fog burned off to make way for sunny skies and the temperature rose out of the 40s on Monday morning, anticipation was running high at the staging areas on Diamond Hill Road for those marching, riding and â€śfloatingâ€ť in the 35th annual Autumnfest parade.
High school bands, local businesses and politicians from across the state, congregated to get their marching orders before the 9:30 a.m. procession stepped off.
WOONSOCKET â€“ While state officials report an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the cityâ€™s only methadone clinic is struggling to keep up with demand for treatment.
â€śThe phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people in our area who are seeking treatment,â€ť said Peggy Sakosky, the director of Discovery House. â€śItâ€™s hard for us to keep up with the demand.â€ť
Methadone is one of the most widely used drugs in the treatment of addiction to heroin and other opiates. The clinic has about 550 clients, which is up about 10 percent more than last year, according to Sakosky.
LINCOLN â€“ Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnâ€™t have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.
WOONSOCKET -- Triathlon athlete Skylar Plante of Woonsocket has been training hard over the past week, working out under the watchful eye of her doting grandparents who moved the furniture around in their parlor so Plante could practice her sprinting in between episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.
On Saturday, Planteâ€™s training didnâ€™t exactly pay off â€“ she came in last place in the Autumnfest Kids Challengeâ€™s Wee Race, a challenge event for younger kids ages 3-6 â€“ but it hardly mattered.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Donâ€™t look for the Rhode Island National Guard marching band in the lead division of the Autumnfest Parade on Columbus Day.
They wonâ€™t be there.
For the first time in many years, the 40-member military contingent known as the â€śGovernorâ€™s Own 88th Army Bandâ€ť will be unable to perform in the parade â€“ and other holiday events around the state â€“ because of the partial government shutdown.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Animal control officials have been chasing after a sickly-looking fox for days, hoping to corral the furry four-legger before Autumnfest crowds begin pouring into World War II Park.
â€śThatâ€™s one of the areas it seems to be frequenting,â€ť said Animal Control Officer Doris Kay.
A policeman fired a .22-caliber rifle at the fox off Gaskill Street earlier this week and nicked the animal on the nose, but it escaped, she said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Quick, how long is a chain of 169,000 hooked-together brassieres?
Christopher Turcotte used to be a child actor in Hollywood, but heâ€™s also pretty good at bra math. Taking into account the stretch factor, he does a few quick calculations. He doesnâ€™t even need paper. He does it all in his head.
â€śYouâ€™re talking a lot of bras,â€ť he says. â€śIf you really put some stretch in there they can go two to three feet. Youâ€™re talking miles and miles of bras. Youâ€™re talking about 120 miles of bras.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ With the help of a new coalition group of city residents, candidates for City Council in the Nov. 5 election got the chance Thursday evening to express their views on how to pull the city from its current economic crisis and also finding ways for achieving a common ground plan for the future.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After nearly a year of planning and more than a month of setup work, the 35th edition of the cityâ€™s annual Autumnfest celebration appeared ready to blast off on Wednesday.
Autumnfest Steering Committee Chairman Tim Paul said he was finally feeling that everything needing to be done had been addressed or would be shortly, and all that remained was to get the festival running at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park with its opening events over the next couple of days.