Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â If you havenât 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 thereâs sure to be something for everyone to dance to.
âItâs a potpourri of musical performances, from big band to oldies and jazz to rhythm and blues,â said Albert G. Beauparlant Jr., co-chairman of the event. âFrom 60s music to contemporary, thereâs something for everybody.â
WOONSOCKET â 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.
âThis is a temporary, interim appointment,â said Fontaine. âThis will give us time to go through a full search and appointment process.â
LINCOLN â 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.
Thatâs why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the schoolâs parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.
Freshmen and their parents could meet the studentsâ teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.
WOONSOCKET â When students at the high school walk into the schoolâs 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.
BLACKSTONE â 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.
âWeâre 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,â
said William Walsh, the townâs code enforcement
officer. âTheyâve become blighted areas that are having
a real impact on property values.â
A vacant house on Lincoln Street is a perfect
WOONSOCKET â 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 heâs 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 Conleyâs Wharf in Providence.
LINCOLN â A Manville manâs 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.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â 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: âCough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!â
There had to be a better way.
CUMBERLAND â The chairman of the Cumberland Fire Districtâs 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.
âWeâve got a lot to discuss,â said James N. Leonard. âWe still have to pay bills and there are things we need to iron out while all of this is going on.â
WOONSOCKET â 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. âWe took him in,â said Desjarlais, adding that Ferrio worked part-time with him in construction and a family trash-hauling business.