Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse answered questions ranging from federal spending and the national debt, to the need for infrastructure improvements to Obamacare and global climate change from more than 100 area residents who attended a community dinner at the Portuguese Social Club Thursday.
The second-term Democrat said âit is a challenging time to be in Washingtonâ because the nation is only slowly coming out of the recession and the recovery is particularly slow in Rhode Island.
Autumnfest is celebrating 35 years in 2013 and is proud to announce its 2013 headliners.
Saturday night Oct. 12 at 6 Autumnfest presents a Doo Wop Spectacular starring The Legendary Teenagers, The Chiffons, and Dicky Doo and The Don'ts, featuring Gerry Granahan, all performing with the Coast-to-Coast band emceed by Todd Baptista. The show will run from 6-9 p.m. followed by a meet-and-greet with all the performers to allow the public a chance for autographs.
WOONSOCKET â Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
Itâs all part of the cityâs 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.
WOONSOCKET â As this struggling French-Canadian enclave 40 miles south of Boston marks its 125th anniversary, itâs putting out a defiant message of hope by building its own version of Franceâs iconic Arc de Triomphe.
The Woonsocket Arch of Triumph will be an exact one-third size mockup of the original â small next to the Parisian version, but still massive in comparison to most of the neighboring local architecture â 68 feet high and 50 feet wide.
WOONSOCKET â A colony of feral cats near St. Germain Manor is creating problems for the owners of the high-rise â and heartache for at least one of its tenants.
The Woonsocket Housing Authority says itâs worried that the cats are creating a health hazard for more than 150 tenants of the high-rise, including some who live in the new assisted living wing.
Duncan Speel, the deputy director, says the WHA was forced to order an 82-year-old woman who lives in the high-rise to stop feeding the cats recently.
WOONSOCKET â Even 35 years ago, when this was a more robust city, Phyllis H. Thomas was a rare breed â a doctorâs wife who became a social activist instead of socialite.
After her death Thursday at the age of 93, itâs unlikely the city will see her kind again any time soon, says John Dionne, a former president of the City Council who knew her well.
âYou donât find dedicated people like that,â he says. âPeople donât want to get involved anymore.â
CUMBERLAND â Itâs mid-summer and the town-owned Metcalf-Franklin Farm on Abbott Run Valley Road in Cumberland has already harvested 10,000 pounds of vegetables and is well on its way towards an anticipated annual yield of 34,000 pounds by the end of the growing season.
And every ounce of it goes to nearly a dozen food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency food centers from Woonsocket to Pawtucket to Central Falls.
WOONSOCKET â The die-hards are checking their maps and adjusting their GPS coordinates. Theyâre doing the math and inspecting the lay of the land.
These competitive athletes are quietly trying to figure out the secret of the biggest event of the year in outdoor cross-training races: the exact route of the Blackstone River Greenway Challenge.
WOONSOCKET â Janette Adams was asleep in her first floor apartment at 7 Veterans Way when she heard a crash Thursday morning that nearly knocked her out of bed.
Squinting through the blinds of her bedroom window, Adams did a double-take when she saw the front end of a late model Winnebago-style motor home stuck in the mangled front porch of the multi-family apartment building.
The 20-foot-plus RV slammed into the front of the building just after 11:30 a.m., lodging itself in the front porch, which was nearly torn off the building.
PROVIDENCE â The man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal governments on Wednesday changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.
Jason Pleau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence in the September 2010 killing of David Main, a Woonsocket gas station manager shot to death as he was walking into the Citizens Bank branch at 1675 Diamond Hill Road to deposit the Diamond Hill and Mendon Road Shell station's weekend receipts.