Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Matt Moylan needed a game plan.
As fundraising chairman for the Woonsocket Main Street Block Party, he faced the daunting task of quickly raising $50,000 from individuals, small merchants and larger corporations to underwrite the bash.
In a city where the pool of potential donors has nearly been tapped out, Moylan knew it would be a challenge. But the solution turned out to be as plain as 140 light poles â the decorative ones on Main Street.
A handmade banner bearing the portrait of the late Pope John Paul II hangs above the counter at the Krakow Deli in Woonsocket, a gift Marta Samek received from her brother who brought it back from Poland 25 years ago.
âIsnât it beautiful?â asked Samek who manages the family-owned deli along with another brother, Kristian Przybyko, and father, JĂłzef.
WOONSOCKET â Advocates for the poor are casting a wary eye across the border as the Massachusetts legislature backed a requirement for photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards used by welfare recipients, but others say Rhode Island should follow suit.
âI would be a hundred percent in favor of that,â said Terrence Gorman of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Enforcement, who contends the stateâs welfare benefits are a magnet for illegal aliens.
WOONSOCKET â The Budget Commission voted 4-0on Monday afternoon to implement the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, acting on the authority provided by state lawmakers.
The supplemental bills for fiscal 2013 are due to be issued retroactively on July 26, raising an extra 18.7 percent on motor vehicles and 4.7 percent on real estate, excluding single-family homes and condos.
WOONSOCKET â A policeman was nearly run over during a brief but wild motor vehicle chase that ended in the arrests of three men, including one who was subdued with a stun gun.
The episode began with a report of a confrontation among patrons who were exiting a bar on Arnold Street shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. Initial reports led police to believe that the participants might be carrying firearms, but those reports turned out to be unfounded.
BURRILLVILLE â The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has recommended the closure of Spring Lake Beach Facility (50 Old Hillside Drive, Glendale) to swimming after a group of people who swam there on July 4 became ill with bloody diarrhea. HEALTH has not yet identified the source of the illness, but has taken water samples to test for bacteria. This facility has no history of high bacteria counts.
Hordes of blood-sucking mosquitoes are just waiting to take a bite out of your summer fun, but the good news is that, so far this year, none of those mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Rhode Island â at least not yet.
WOONSOCKET â Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish is busy preparing for its 2013 Summer Festival. This yearâs festival is being organized by co-chairs John and Monique Cote. The Rev. Maurice Brindmore, Father Ernest Blanchard, Beverly Jolicoeur, Melissa Mathurin, Gerry Houle, Jeff Houle, Paulette Gamache, Jackie Pelleitrer, Paulette Gamache, Jackie Pelletier, Paula Berard, Bill Dundulis Jr. and Bill Dundulis III are also part of the festival committee.
FRANKLIN â As part of the townâs Fourth of July observance, the annual Childrenâs Day celebration will be held today.
The Fourth of July festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, July 3 and will run through Sunday, July 7, features food stalls and amusements opening at 11 a.m. today with events throughout the day and evening.
The Childrenâs Parade will step off at noon. Vic and Sticks (family entertainment) runs from 1-2 p.m., followed by a performance by Flippo the Clown.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A Fourth of July party turned into a scene of chaos and panic when a pit bull went on a biting rampage that didnât end until the animal was shot dead by police.
Five people were taken to Landmark Medical Center with bite wounds, some serious, after the pit bull was killed about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, said police Capt. Glenn G. Lamoureux.