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WOONSOCKET â Animal control officials have been chasing after a sickly-looking fox for days, hoping to corral the furry four-legger before Autumnfest crowds begin pouring into World War II Park.
âThatâs one of the areas it seems to be frequenting,â said Animal Control Officer Doris Kay.
A policeman fired a .22-caliber rifle at the fox off Gaskill Street earlier this week and nicked the animal on the nose, but it escaped, she said.
WOONSOCKET â Quick, how long is a chain of 169,000 hooked-together brassieres?
Christopher Turcotte used to be a child actor in Hollywood, but heâs also pretty good at bra math. Taking into account the stretch factor, he does a few quick calculations. He doesnât even need paper. He does it all in his head.
âYouâre talking a lot of bras,â he says. âIf you really put some stretch in there they can go two to three feet. Youâre talking miles and miles of bras. Youâre talking about 120 miles of bras.â
WOONSOCKET â With the help of a new coalition group of city residents, candidates for City Council in the Nov. 5 election got the chance Thursday evening to express their views on how to pull the city from its current economic crisis and also finding ways for achieving a common ground plan for the future.
WOONSOCKET â After nearly a year of planning and more than a month of setup work, the 35th edition of the cityâs annual Autumnfest celebration appeared ready to blast off on Wednesday.
Autumnfest Steering Committee Chairman Tim Paul said he was finally feeling that everything needing to be done had been addressed or would be shortly, and all that remained was to get the festival running at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park with its opening events over the next couple of days.
WOONSOCKET â Decorated with lush indoor plants and filled with the sweet scent of potpourri, David and Debra Lennoxâs property at 108 Parker St. has the cozy, warm feel of home.
Youâd never guess the two-family is a funeral parlor for the American Dream.
After purchasing it near the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, they now owe the bank more on their house than itâs worth. They struggled to keep a responsible tenant in the spare unit to help pay the mortgage, without much luck. But the last straw was a two-pronged round of tax hikes that will push their annual bill close to $5,000.
WOONSOCKET â George White was more than a little bit perturbed when he left the Middle School polling place Tuesday night after voting in the cityâs nonpartisan primary election for mayor and City Council.
âIâm person No. 41,â White said as he walked across the schoolâs parking lot. âNobody was voting.â
WOONSOCKET â Even though last nightâs City Council primary ended up being inconsequential - no one was eliminated from the race - it did show what place the 14 remaining candidates came in and how many votes they received, which could be a barometer of how well their campaigns have been going and how they may ultimately fare in the Nov. 5 election.
The City Council candidates with the seven highest vote tallies last night included five incumbents and two challengers.
WOONSOCKET â Call it the Lisa Landslide.
Backed by an angry electorate demanding change, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) finished far ahead of the pack in a four-way primary for mayor last night, outdistancing incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine by a margin of better than 3-1.
WOONSOCKET â Call it the Lisa Landslide.
Backed by an angry electorate demanding change, State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) finished far ahead of the pack in a four-way primary for mayor last night, outdistancing incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine by a margin of better than 3-1.
Fontaineâs collection of 881 votes gave him a distant second-place finish next to Huntâs 2,746 â good enough to keep him alive for a general election showdown against Hunt on Nov. 5. But it was the kind of good that had jaws gaping and heads shaking in disbelief as the results were clocked at Ciroâs Tavern.
WOONSOCKET -- Campaign volunteers for Mayor Leo Fontaine, and candidate for mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, hold signs and wave to passing motorists on Tuesday afternoon. Poll workers reported there has been a steady stream of voters so far today for the primary. The polls close at 8 p.m.