Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
WOONSOCKET â The asphalt throbbed to the pulse of amplified music, and the aroma of chicken teriyaki and roast beef wafted through the air as Jackie Archambault maneuvered her motorized scooter through the crowd, noshing on a bag of popcorn.
âIâm having a good time,â said Archambault. âThey shouldâve done more of this stuff when we were younger.â
WOONSOCKET -- Valley Transportation is dispatching two shuttle buses, including one thatâs wheelchair-accessible, to accommodate party-goers at the 125th anniversary Main Street Block Party.
The buses will pick up passengers and drop them off at the following locations on the fringes of the festival, repeating the loop at 15-minute intervals through midnight:
*Woonsocket Middle School, two stops, one at the entrance to the Hamlet Avenue building, another at the Florence Drive terminus of the Kendrick Avenue Foot Bridge.
*St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center parking lot.
WOONSOCKET â Partygoers attending tonightâs 125th anniversary Main Street block party can get a glimpse of what life was like in Woonsocket in the 1800âs by taking a stroll over to Timeless Antiques & Collectibles on Main Street where antique dealer Tammy Irwin and the Woonsocket Historical Society have set up a sidewalk display window filled with Woonsocket memorabilia and other artifacts from the cityâs past.
WOONSOCKET â Several downtown streets will be closed at 4 p.m. Thursday for the cityâs Main Street Block Party.
Thousands of people are expected at the free community event, which will stretch a half-mile through downtown.
The city says the following road closures will be in effect from 4 p.m. to midnight:
* Church Street to Boyden Street to Main Street (local access only).
* Cato Street to Boyden Street to Main Street (local access only).
* Cherry Street.
* James Street.
* Railroad Street to Arnold Street to Main Street (local access only).
WOONSOCKET â Federal sequester cuts will cost the state 370 slots in the Head Start early childhood education program, including 30 in Woonsocket.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced the effects of the sequester during a visit Tuesday to the Karen G. Bouchard Childrenâs Center in the Park Square neighborhood, one of three Head Start facilities in the city.
WOONSOCKET â Another potential candidate for mayor and two for City Council surfaced as the final day to declare candidacy for the upcoming Nov. 5 local election came and went on Tuesday.
Roland M. Michaud, of 598 Manville Road, a member of the Zoning Board of Review and a frequent speaker on topics at meetings of the City Council, tossed his hat into the mayorâs contest, which also includes declarations by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, David A. Fisher and Michael E. Moniz.
It was a beautiful evening in Monument Square Tuesday as another 'monument' begins to take shape with the ace crew of Al Beauparlant, Steve Casey, Jim Carey and Mike Dubois hoisting a 300 lb. tub into position some 68 feet above the streets near the Stadium Theatre. After that monstrosity was in place,which will hold some 1200 lbs. of water this Thursday, colorful flags were added high atop the scaffolding. But as the clear blue sky turned to night, a huge banner bearing a roaring lion was unfurled before a small crowd of onlookers.
WOONSOCKET â The city Board of Canvassers has received two more declarations from potential candidates interested in running for the seven-member City Council on Nov. 5.
Christopher A. Beauchamp, of 37 Meadow Road, and Marc A. Dubois, of 301 Brookhaven Lane, both council incumbents, filed declarations of candidacy on Monday, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
The filings leave just City Council President John F. Ward as not having declared an intention to run for re-election this fall.