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June 20th

Chepachet going back in time Saturday

June 20, 2013

GLOCESTER – Cannon balls will be flying in Chepachet Saturday during the seventh annual Canon Night Fire, the premiere event in the town’s annual tribute to the Dorr Rebellion (1841-1842).
The Canon Night Fire begins at dusk at Acote's Hill Cemetery (ball field side) where members of the Gloucester Light Infantry will spend an hour-and-a-half firing 30 rounds from two cannons – 15 rounds per cannon.

St. John’s Feast kicks off Friday night

June 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de São João will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitana’s annual Saint John’s Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the club’s headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the club’s traditional São João parade in honor of St. John’s Day.

Singleton Street Bridge to get mini-makeover

June 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The concrete deck of the Singleton Street Bridge is getting a mini-makeover after public works crews found a hole clean through it.
City officials discovered the problem after state bridge inspectors reported there was “a pothole” in the deck a couple of weeks ago. But Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran said that when city highway crews checked they found an opening in the deck about the size of the briefcase.
“You could look right through it and see the Blackstone River,” she said.

June 19th

Foreclosures falling locally, but still above state average

June 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Northern Rhode Island’s foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but it’s improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.

Let the games begin: Twin River holds grand opening for table games

June 19, 2013

LINCOLN – Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.

June 18th

Teachers closing in on new contract

June 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The school department and members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild appear to be coming down to the wire on settlement of a new contract.
The Teachers Guild scheduled separate ratification meetings with its 482 represented teachers and 99 paraprofessionals for late this afternoon but whether they are held as planned could depend on resolution of last-minute issues involving the state Department of Education’s position on Basic Education Plan requirements.

Hitman's humble past

June 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – He looked like he just walked off the set of the Dead End Kids, but the dark-eyed boy from Boston spoke in a soft voice without a hint of swagger.
Some of Johnny Martorano’s classmates assumed his parents had sent him to Mount St. Charles Academy in 1955 because he needed some straightening out.
“The boarders were a thing of mystery,” says John “Clem” McLaughlin, a Cumberland native who now lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. “Maybe they didn’t have a Catholic high school in their area, like me. Many parents sent their kids to Mount because the discipline was good.”

June 17th

Siblings charged in domestic incident

June 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A food fight among siblings got out of hand Saturday when a 19-year-old woman allegedly went after her brother with a fork.
Mary Gemma of 249 Grove St. was charged with one count of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony.
The brother, Christopher Duclos, 25, is also facing misdemeanor charges for pushing his sister and slapping her in the face – before she armed herself with the utensil.

Water-source test drilling on horizon

June 17, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farm’s east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.

Commission votes in favor of DBO for new water treatment plant

June 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET  Opponents went down fighting as Mayor Leo T. Fontaine narrowly won the authorization he needs to privatize a proposed $50 million water treatment plant from the Budget Commission.
The long impasse over privatization finally broke on a 3-2 vote Friday as Fontaine and Commissioner Peder Schaefer lobbed verbal grenades at each other from opposite sides of the issue.

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