Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
Theyâ€™re 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 victimâ€™s home as well as thefts from the motor vehicles of three other neighbors.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hot on the heels of last weekâ€™s block party celebrating Woonsocketâ€™s 125th birthday, this Saturdayâ€™s annual French Heritage Festival & SoirĂ©e is all about spreading Francophile cheer and celebrating the cityâ€™s French-Canadian heritage.
And you donâ€™t 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 spanâ€™s 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 Workingmenâ€™s Club in the upstairs gallery, according to Raymond H. Bacon, museum co-manager with Anne Conway.
â€śIt went very, very well,â€ť Bacon said of the museumâ€™s 14th annual special opening for Labor Day. â€śI am so pleased that the IWC is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with an exhibit at the museum.â€ť
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 cityâ€™s 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 itâ€™s 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 Archieâ€™s Firehouse business in the townâ€™s 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.