Archive - Nov 2013 - News Article
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.
âI think at some time when there was a lot of money floating around, being mayor might have been a fun job,â says Fontaine. âI canât say it was ever anything other than a lot of hard work.â
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.
WOONSOCKET â An unidentified national chain store is offering $500,000 to purchase Ayotte Field, located at the busy city line intersection of Providence Street and Great Road in North Smithfield.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik said the offer was tendered recently by a representative of the real estate firm Hayes & Sherry, who declined to identify the prospective buyer.
WOONSOCKET â On the run from the police, a stolen SUV slammed into the granite entryway of St. Charles Barromeo Church Wednesday, causing a staggering amount of damage.
âItâs really shocking,â said Rev. Gerald L. Finnegan, the pastor. âI thought the building was impregnable. Itâs stone. Granite. I thought it would last forever.â
Police arrested 18-year-old Jalen Asean Abney on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was captured after a foot chase that began following the crash, but two others escaped, including one individual Abney claims was driving.
WOONSOCKET â After a five-and-half-year odyssey in court-supervised receivership, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein on Tuesday cleared the way for Landmark Medical Center to be acquired by Prime Healthcare Services of California.
WOONSOCKET â One of the busiest drug dealers police have caught in several years has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison.
A U.S. District Court judge also ordered Eddie Carasquillo to serve seven years of supervised release upon the completion of his sentence for trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a drug-related property.
Police Chief Thomas Carey said Carasquillo, 29, was running a drug house off North Main Street which led police to the seizure of more than eight pounds of cocaine and $409,120 in cash in January.
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
WOONSOCKET â The peak of the holiday season is nearly here, and with it, the annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street Dec. 11.
The event will dress up Main Street with holiday lights and decorations as part of the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus at his house in the mini-park near Harris Hall.
The tree lighting and Santaâs arrival will be held at approximately 5 p.m., and most people will start arriving for a good viewing spot around 4:30 p.m., according to Linda S. Plays of the cityâs Department of Human Services and the Main Street/Riverside Initiative.
WOONSOCKET â She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.
âMr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. Iâll never forget it,â Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.
Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiersâ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.
WOONSOCKET â City Clerk Andrea Bicki says she has learned that the incoming City Council wants to replace her â the first confirmed news of a politically driven personnel change at City Hall since the election.
The job, which pays $63,915 a year, will apparently be offered to Personnel Director Christina Harmon-Duarte, according to memos circulating about City Hall.