Archive - 2013 - News Article
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
WOONSOCKET â It is that time again â time to buy your Autumnfest button.
Tim Paul, chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee, was putting out that message on Friday, even as the city cleaned up from a big and successful Main Street Block Party celebrating the cityâs 125th anniversary.
CUMBERLAND â From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
BLACKSTONE â Steven J. Seagrave of North Smithfield has worked in the high-tech industry and managed a major construction project, but these days itâs the Firehouse Tavern and Smokehouse, 200 Main St., that has most of his attention.
Seagrave has owned the Broad Street Tap in Cumberland for five years and decided to try his hand a running a full-menu sports pub by taking on renovation of the former Station House and Archieâs Firehouse business in the townâs original firehouse building off Main Street.
WOONSOCKET â Even though a taxpayers group has challenged the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, collections of the one-time tax are filling city coffers at roughly the pace officials always expected, if not a little better.
Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce said that at the close of business on Thursday, the due date for the bill, the city had taken in at least $1.25 million.
WOONSOCKET â The cityâs Main Street business district was largely back to normal routines on Friday and someone would have to have been at the big Block Party celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the cityâs incorporation Thursday evening to know just how big a change that was.
The 12 stages where bands and performing acts entertained a sea of local and out-of-town people flowing like a tide from Market Square to Monument square were dissembled and all the booths and temporary facilities of the cityâs one-night birthday party extravaganza taken away.
WOONSOCKET â Seventy-five-year-old Beverly Alward holds her arms outstretched and spins her great-granddaughter beneath the flashing neon lights of the Stadium Theatre marquee.
Swaying to the hypnotic hip-hop blaring from the stage near the towering replica of Parisâ Arc de Triomphe, itâs not the kind of music she normally listens to, but sheâs having a great time, nevertheless.