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August 26th

A Block-buster entertainment lineup

August 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – If you haven’t practiced your two-step in a while, the time to brush up is now.

The Main Street Block Party, just two days away, will feature a dozen stages with different kinds of music going on all at once, and there’s sure to be something for everyone to dance to.

“It’s a potpourri of musical performances, from big band to oldies and jazz to rhythm and blues,” said Albert G. Beauparlant Jr., co-chairman of the event. “From 60s music to contemporary, there’s something for everybody.”

Dep. Chief Walsh named acting chief of WFD, effective Sunday

August 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Deputy Chief Timothy Walsh of the Woonsocket Fire Department will succeed retiring Chief Gary Lataille on an interim basis after the chief retires at the end of the week.
Walsh will assume the title of acting chief of the WFD on Sunday, said Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
“This is a temporary, interim appointment,” said Fontaine. “This will give us time to go through a full search and appointment process.”

August 25th

Lincoln High’s newest Lions ‘Roar’

August 25, 2013

LINCOLN – Starting out as a freshman student in high school can be much easier if there are a few familiar faces at the school when the first day of school arrives.

That’s why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the school’s parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.

Freshmen and their parents could meet the students’ teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.

Woonsocket High athletic facilities get pumped up

August 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – When students at the high school walk into the school’s gym when the new school year begins on Wednesday they may not believe their eyes.

The gym floor was refinished this summer and looks as shiny and new as it did when the school was opened in 1972.
School Department Facilities Director Peter Fontaine said the work was part of several improvement projects completed at local schools over the summer and will be eligible for 81 percent state aid reimbursements.

Abandoned property plaguing Blackstone

August 25, 2013

BLACKSTONE – The town is ramping up efforts
to get tough on eyesore properties and recoup a
whopping $170,000 in delinquent fines owed by
the owners of more than a dozen blighted, abandoned
properties in town.

“We’re seeing a rise in these abandoned, vacant
properties, where the windows are broken and boarded
up and the lawns and yards are unkempt and overgrown,”
said William Walsh, the town’s code enforcement
officer. “They’ve become blighted areas that are having
a real impact on property values.”

A vacant house on Lincoln Street is a perfect

August 24th

MAIN MAN -- Beauparlant hopes Main St. block party kicks off resurgence of city

August 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The first house he ever bought as a real estate investment was the one he grew up in on Cass Avenue.

Albert G. Beauparlant Jr. did a little work on the property and sold it to his brother, nearly 30 years ago.

It was an auspicious beginning.

The self-employed real estate developer and member of the Woonsocket Redevelopment Agency says he’s been involved in hundreds of development projects since then, from the 1980s rehab of the landmark Longley Building on Main Street to the $6.2 million Conley’s Wharf in Providence.

August 23rd

Lincoln PD: Pit bull mauls pet to death

August 23, 2013

LINCOLN – A Manville man’s pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.

Opportunity coughs: City woman’s idea trains kids to stop spread of infections

August 23, 2013

By RUSS OLIVO

WOONSOCKET – During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.

The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: “Cough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!”

There had to be a better way.

August 22nd

Investigation stuns Cumberland Fire District official

August 22, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The chairman of the Cumberland Fire District’s Board of Commissioners Thursday said his board was slated to hold a closed-door meeting last night to discuss an ongoing State Police investigation into missing money from the Cumberland Fire District.
“We’ve got a lot to discuss,” said James N. Leonard. “We still have to pay bills and there are things we need to iron out while all of this is going on.”

August 21st

Man dies in three-alarm tenement fire

August 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A man died in a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged a four-family tenement near Landmark Medical Center early Wednesday morning.
Neighbors identified the victim as Jim Ferrio of 38-40 Dulude Ave. He was in his late 40s, they said.
Roland Desjarlais said Ferrio lived on the second floor with him and other members of the Desjarlais family. “We took him in,” said Desjarlais, adding that Ferrio worked part-time with him in construction and a family trash-hauling business.

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