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October 9th

Underwater and overtaxed: Woonsocket homeowners financially stressed

October 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Decorated with lush indoor plants and filled with the sweet scent of potpourri, David and Debra Lennox’s property at 108 Parker St. has the cozy, warm feel of home.

You’d never guess the two-family is a funeral parlor for the American Dream.

After purchasing it near the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, they now owe the bank more on their house than it’s worth. They struggled to keep a responsible tenant in the spare unit to help pay the mortgage, without much luck. But the last straw was a two-pronged round of tax hikes that will push their annual bill close to $5,000.

Voters' desire for change spurs high turnout

October 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — George White was more than a little bit perturbed when he left the Middle School polling place Tuesday night after voting in the city’s nonpartisan primary election for mayor and City Council.

“I’m person No. 41,” White said as he walked across the school’s parking lot. “Nobody was voting.”

Brien tops City Council primary ballot

October 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Even though last night’s City Council primary ended up being inconsequential - no one was eliminated from the race - it did show what place the 14 remaining candidates came in and how many votes they received, which could be a barometer of how well their campaigns have been going and how they may ultimately fare in the Nov. 5 election.

The City Council candidates with the seven highest vote tallies last night included five incumbents and two challengers.

Baldelli-Hunt trounces mayoral primary field; faces Fontaine in four weeks

October 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Call it the Lisa Landslide.

Backed by an angry electorate demanding change, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) finished far ahead of the pack in a four-way primary for mayor last night, outdistancing incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine by a margin of better than 3-1.

October 8th

Baldelli-Hunt wins big in primary; will face Fontaine Nov. 5

October 8, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Call it the Lisa Landslide.
Backed by an angry electorate demanding change, State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) finished far ahead of the pack in a four-way primary for mayor last night, outdistancing incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine by a margin of better than 3-1.
Fontaine’s collection of 881 votes gave him a distant second-place finish next to Hunt’s 2,746 – good enough to keep him alive for a general election showdown against Hunt on Nov. 5. But it was the kind of good that had jaws gaping and heads shaking in disbelief as the results were clocked at Ciro’s Tavern.

Supporters rally for candidates

October 8, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- Campaign volunteers for Mayor Leo Fontaine, and candidate for mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, hold signs and wave to passing motorists on Tuesday afternoon. Poll workers reported there has been a steady stream of voters so far today for the primary. The polls close at 8 p.m.

October 7th

Cooler prompts bomb scare

October 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Traffic was detoured around the junction of Pond and East School streets for nearly two hours Monday morning as the state bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package left on the sidewalk.

Detective Jamie Paone, a spokeswoman for the police, said the package turned out to be nothing more than an ordinary picnic cooler. Nothing suspicious was found inside the cooler, though Paone wouldn’t elaborate on what, if anything, was.

Voters head to polls today

October 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After a stormy night forecasters were calling for sunny, dry weather today – perfect for voters heading to the polls to cast ballots in the citywide primary for mayor and City Council.

It’s a four-way contest for the top spot at City Hall as incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine squares off against State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49), newcomer Dave Fisher and Michael E. Moniz.

October 5th

Cumberland pitmaster enjoys taste of victory at BBQ contests

October 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND – On a night out at Wes’ Rib House nine years ago, Christopher Clegg of Cumberland got his first taste of authentic ‘que.
Clegg was so impressed with the restaurant’s fall-off-the-bone moist baby back ribs and tender wood-smoked chicken, he went out and bought a smoker at an end-of-season sale with big ideas of replicating the kind of rib house-quality barbecue he had experienced dining out.

‘Corn Crop’ dress survives eighth trip down the aisle

October 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her “corn crop dress.” The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakley’s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her mother’s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided The Times with wedding photos to prove it.

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