Archive - 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â Twin River officials have received state approval to increase the number of table games at the 100 Twin River Road, state-supervised casino, and may be unveiling a new expansion plan even as casino plans move forward in nearby Massachusetts.
Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle confirmed on Tuesday that the casino received permission from the state Lottery Commission last Friday to increase the number of live gaming tables from 66 to 80, but noted a specific plan for an expansion has not yet been finalized.
Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. In Rhode Island, the day will be observed with a solemn ceremony in North Smithfield, where North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services Chief Joel D. Jillson and his men will raise and lower the flag to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives, including 343 firefighters.
âWhen we merged with the Primrose department six months after the event on Sept. 11, we incorporated the phrase âNever Forgetâ in Latin on our new emblem patch and make no mistake, a lot of us have forgotten, unfortunately,â says Jillson.
CUMBERLAND â Local police say they arrested nearly twice as many people for drunken driving in 2012 as they did the previous year.
Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, a whopping 94 percent increase over the 31 DUI arrests that were made in 2011, Police Chief John R. Desmarais noted in the Cumberland Police Departmentâs annual report, which was presented to the Town Council last Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET â Despite the crimp in city budgets, the Woonsocket Police Department has found a way to bring beat cops back to Main Street, at least on a limited basis.
The city allocated a sliver of its $2.1 million Community Development Block Grant â just $10,000 â to fund the departmentâs âFeet on the Beatâ program.
âWeâre still looking for ways to expand the program, but we think this is enough for us to have one officer walk the Main Street beat one night a week for a year,â said Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.
BLACKSTONE - From a distance, the 5.5 acres of cow corn at Wojcik's Farm on Milk Street looks like any other small-farm corn field.
But step inside the thick jungle of stalks and you'll find an intricate labyrinthe of paths, where on a sunny fall day you're likely to find hundreds of people scratching their heads as they navigate their way through what some local enthusiasts say just might be the best corn maze in the Blackstone Valley.
The farm's corn maze opened Labor Day weekend and between now and Oct. 27 the farm will be visited by thousands of people looking to get lost.
WOONSOCKET â Police say an East Woonsocket woman was attacked with a knife after she confronted neighbors she suspected had broken into her home.
Toni Janis, 28; and Chad Nunes, 33, both of 2229 Diamond Hill Road, Apt. E, are facing felony charges stemming from the assault, said Det. Jamie Paone.
Theyâre also charged with numerous counts of receiving stolen goods, breaking and entering, and larceny â 16 counts in all. The charges stem from the break into the victimâs home as well as thefts from the motor vehicles of three other neighbors.
WOONSOCKET â Hot on the heels of last weekâs block party celebrating Woonsocketâs 125th birthday, this Saturdayâs annual French Heritage Festival & SoirĂ©e is all about spreading Francophile cheer and celebrating the cityâs French-Canadian heritage.
And you donât have to be French-Canadian to enjoy the festivities.
Four men from Woonsocket and three from Pawtucket were among the 26 individuals rounded up in an early-morning statewide sweep Wednesday by Rhode Island State Police and charged with failure to pay child support.
The warrant sweep, conducted in coordination with the United States Marshals Service and Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, began Wednesday morning and by the end of the day, a total of 30 people were arrested, including 26 individuals due to body attachments issued by the Rhode Island Family Court for failing to appear for court proceedings and failure to pay child support.
WOONSOCKET â Just in time for the school year, the discovery of structural problems with the Hamlet Avenue Bridge prompted state transportation officials to close off two of the spanâs four lanes Tuesday morning â for the foreseeable future.
Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran said the problem is associated with the failure of an expansion grate at the eastbound approach to the bridge, which crosses the Blackstone River.
The problem was discovered by Highway Supt. Rick Lambert, according to McGauvran. The state Department of Transportation later dispatched inspectors to take a look.
More than 500 visitors stopped by the Museum of Work & Culture on Labor Day to take advantage of its offer of free admission all-day Monday and also to participate in special programs, including a new one-act play and the opening of an exhibit on the Italian Workingmenâs Club in the upstairs gallery, according to Raymond H. Bacon, museum co-manager with Anne Conway.
âIt went very, very well,â Bacon said of the museumâs 14th annual special opening for Labor Day. âI am so pleased that the IWC is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with an exhibit at the museum.â