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August 7th

Block party will rock

August 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
It’s all part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.

City to get Arch of Triumph

August 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As this struggling French-Canadian enclave 40 miles south of Boston marks its 125th anniversary, it’s putting out a defiant message of hope by building its own version of France’s iconic Arc de Triomphe.
The Woonsocket Arch of Triumph will be an exact one-third size mockup of the original – small next to the Parisian version, but still massive in comparison to most of the neighboring local architecture – 68 feet high and 50 feet wide.

August 6th

Tenants: Please don't feed the cats

August 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A colony of feral cats near St. Germain Manor is creating problems for the owners of the high-rise – and heartache for at least one of its tenants.
The Woonsocket Housing Authority says it’s worried that the cats are creating a health hazard for more than 150 tenants of the high-rise, including some who live in the new assisted living wing.
Duncan Speel, the deputy director, says the WHA was forced to order an 82-year-old woman who lives in the high-rise to stop feeding the cats recently.

August 5th

‘Feisty fighter’ mourned

August 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Even 35 years ago, when this was a more robust city, Phyllis H. Thomas was a rare breed – a doctor’s wife who became a social activist instead of socialite.
After her death Thursday at the age of 93, it’s unlikely the city will see her kind again any time soon, says John Dionne, a former president of the City Council who knew her well.
“You don’t find dedicated people like that,” he says. “People don’t want to get involved anymore.”

August 4th

Community garden is a dynamo of produce production

August 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND – It’s mid-summer and the town-owned Metcalf-Franklin Farm on Abbott Run Valley Road in Cumberland has already harvested 10,000 pounds of vegetables and is well on its way towards an anticipated annual yield of 34,000 pounds by the end of the growing season.

And every ounce of it goes to nearly a dozen food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency food centers from Woonsocket to Pawtucket to Central Falls.

August 3rd

Local athletes set sights on annual Blackstone River Greenway Challenge

August 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The die-hards are checking their maps and adjusting their GPS coordinates. They’re doing the math and inspecting the lay of the land.

These competitive athletes are quietly trying to figure out the secret of the biggest event of the year in outdoor cross-training races: the exact route of the Blackstone River Greenway Challenge.

August 1st

RV crashes into building in Woonsocket

August 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Janette Adams was asleep in her first floor apartment at 7 Veterans Way when she heard a crash Thursday morning that nearly knocked her out of bed.
Squinting through the blinds of her bedroom window, Adams did a double-take when she saw the front end of a late model Winnebago-style motor home stuck in the mangled front porch of the multi-family apartment building.
The 20-foot-plus RV slammed into the front of the building just after 11:30 a.m., lodging itself in the front porch, which was nearly torn off the building.

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