Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
BLACKSTONE ‚Äď Steven J. Seagrave of North Smithfield has worked in the high-tech industry and managed a major construction project, but these days it‚Äôs the Firehouse Tavern and Smokehouse, 200 Main St., that has most of his attention.
Seagrave has owned the Broad Street Tap in Cumberland for five years and decided to try his hand a running a full-menu sports pub by taking on renovation of the former Station House and Archie‚Äôs Firehouse business in the town‚Äôs original firehouse building off Main Street.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Even though a taxpayers group has challenged the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, collections of the one-time tax are filling city coffers at roughly the pace officials always expected, if not a little better.
Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce said that at the close of business on Thursday, the due date for the bill, the city had taken in at least $1.25 million.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The city‚Äôs Main Street business district was largely back to normal routines on Friday and someone would have to have been at the big Block Party celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the city‚Äôs incorporation Thursday evening to know just how big a change that was.
The 12 stages where bands and performing acts entertained a sea of local and out-of-town people flowing like a tide from Market Square to Monument square were dissembled and all the booths and temporary facilities of the city‚Äôs one-night birthday party extravaganza taken away.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Seventy-five-year-old Beverly Alward holds her arms outstretched and spins her great-granddaughter beneath the flashing neon lights of the Stadium Theatre marquee.
Swaying to the hypnotic hip-hop blaring from the stage near the towering replica of Paris‚Äô Arc de Triomphe, it‚Äôs not the kind of music she normally listens to, but she‚Äôs having a great time, nevertheless.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The asphalt throbbed to the pulse of amplified music, and the aroma of chicken teriyaki and roast beef wafted through the air as Jackie Archambault maneuvered her motorized scooter through the crowd, noshing on a bag of popcorn.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm having a good time,‚ÄĚ said Archambault. ‚ÄúThey should‚Äôve done more of this stuff when we were younger.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET -- Valley Transportation is dispatching two shuttle buses, including one that‚Äôs wheelchair-accessible, to accommodate party-goers at the 125th anniversary Main Street Block Party.
The buses will pick up passengers and drop them off at the following locations on the fringes of the festival, repeating the loop at 15-minute intervals through midnight:
*Woonsocket Middle School, two stops, one at the entrance to the Hamlet Avenue building, another at the Florence Drive terminus of the Kendrick Avenue Foot Bridge.
*St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center parking lot.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Partygoers attending tonight‚Äôs 125th anniversary Main Street block party can get a glimpse of what life was like in Woonsocket in the 1800‚Äôs by taking a stroll over to Timeless Antiques & Collectibles on Main Street where antique dealer Tammy Irwin and the Woonsocket Historical Society have set up a sidewalk display window filled with Woonsocket memorabilia and other artifacts from the city‚Äôs past.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Several downtown streets will be closed at 4 p.m. Thursday for the city‚Äôs Main Street Block Party.
Thousands of people are expected at the free community event, which will stretch a half-mile through downtown.
The city says the following road closures will be in effect from 4 p.m. to midnight:
* Church Street to Boyden Street to Main Street (local access only).
* Cato Street to Boyden Street to Main Street (local access only).
* Cherry Street.
* James Street.
* Railroad Street to Arnold Street to Main Street (local access only).
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Federal sequester cuts will cost the state 370 slots in the Head Start early childhood education program, including 30 in Woonsocket.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced the effects of the sequester during a visit Tuesday to the Karen G. Bouchard Children‚Äôs Center in the Park Square neighborhood, one of three Head Start facilities in the city.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Another potential candidate for mayor and two for City Council surfaced as the final day to declare candidacy for the upcoming Nov. 5 local election came and went on Tuesday.
Roland M. Michaud, of 598 Manville Road, a member of the Zoning Board of Review and a frequent speaker on topics at meetings of the City Council, tossed his hat into the mayor‚Äôs contest, which also includes declarations by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, David A. Fisher and Michael E. Moniz.