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October 7th

Cooler prompts bomb scare

October 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Traffic was detoured around the junction of Pond and East School streets for nearly two hours Monday morning as the state bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package left on the sidewalk.

Detective Jamie Paone, a spokeswoman for the police, said the package turned out to be nothing more than an ordinary picnic cooler. Nothing suspicious was found inside the cooler, though Paone wouldn’t elaborate on what, if anything, was.

Voters head to polls today

October 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After a stormy night forecasters were calling for sunny, dry weather today – perfect for voters heading to the polls to cast ballots in the citywide primary for mayor and City Council.

It’s a four-way contest for the top spot at City Hall as incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine squares off against State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49), newcomer Dave Fisher and Michael E. Moniz.

October 5th

Cumberland pitmaster enjoys taste of victory at BBQ contests

October 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND – On a night out at Wes’ Rib House nine years ago, Christopher Clegg of Cumberland got his first taste of authentic ‘que.
Clegg was so impressed with the restaurant’s fall-off-the-bone moist baby back ribs and tender wood-smoked chicken, he went out and bought a smoker at an end-of-season sale with big ideas of replicating the kind of rib house-quality barbecue he had experienced dining out.

‘Corn Crop’ dress survives eighth trip down the aisle

October 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her “corn crop dress.” The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakley’s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her mother’s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided The Times with wedding photos to prove it.

Autumnfest beer garden offering craft brews, Patriots tailgate party

October 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the coordinator of the Autumnfest beer tent, Michael Dubois of the Rotary Club has been on a three-year quest with a simple aim: Keep the beer tent a friendly, safe and wholesome part of the annual festival.

As his mission comes to an end in 2013, Dubois is glad to report that he accomplished his goals. And this year, he says, the beer tent will be bigger, better and – yes – craftier than ever.

October 4th

Ex-Woonsocket police chief hopes coffee will lure drivers to pull over

October 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND — For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isn’t time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.

Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.

The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.

New business group aims to carry forward tradition

October 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Three young professionals who helped make the Main Street Block Party a success have formed a new organization designed to support existing businesses and nurture startups.

The Woonsocket Pothier Foundation is the brainchild of real estate developer Albert G. Beauparlant Jr., Matthew Moylan and Eric Cartier.
The nonprofit organization was named in honor of Aram Pothier, an early twentiethcentury mayor and state governor often credited with turning the city into the boomtown of the textile era by recruiting industrialists from France and Belgium.

Baldelli-Hunt attacks, Fontaine defends redevelopment plan at Call mayoral debate

October 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Mayoral candidates Leo T. Fontaine, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and David A. Fisher skirmished Friday night over economic development in the city, the state-appointed Budget Commission, and the challenges facing education in the city in the third debate before next week’s primary election.

October 3rd

Call mayoral debate tonight

October 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Call’s mayoral debate will take place tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall. Mayor Leo Fontaine, candidate Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Dave Fisher will take questions from a panel of reporters and broadcasters. A Mount St. Charles Academy senior will also join the panel with questions for the candidates.

Burrillville police heading the ATV route

October 3, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — In an ongoing effort to catch and prosecute dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle riders who disregard traffic laws and ride on posted property, the Burrillville Police Department has been given the green light to purchase two 4-wheel drive ATVs instead of the two dual sport motorcycles originally approved by the council last year.

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