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All roads lead to Block Party, but some may be restricted

August 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Several downtown streets will be closed at 4 p.m. Thursday for the city’s 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).

Sequester to cost city 30 Head Start spots

August 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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’s Center in the Park Square neighborhood, one of three Head Start facilities in the city.

Michaud declares for mayor; Ward seeks council re-election as candidate filings close

August 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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’s contest, which also includes declarations by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, David A. Fisher and Michael E. Moniz.

The Lion Roars

August 27, 2013

It was a beautiful evening in Monument Square Tuesday as another 'monument' begins to take shape with the ace crew of Al Beauparlant, Steve Casey, Jim Carey and Mike Dubois hoisting a 300 lb. tub into position some 68 feet above the streets near the Stadium Theatre. After that monstrosity was in place,which will hold some 1200 lbs. of water this Thursday, colorful flags were added high atop the scaffolding. But as the clear blue sky turned to night, a huge banner bearing a roaring lion was unfurled before a small crowd of onlookers.

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