Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Tammy Shea, 34, of Woonsocket really didnât know what a scaffolding structure was doing on either side of Main Street Wednesday, but she was curious about it.
So were her children as the family walked past it on the sidewalk opposite the Stadium Theatre at Monument Square.
âI donât even know what it is,â Shea said when told the work site was part of the cityâs upcoming 125th Anniversary Block Party celebration on Aug. 29.
CUMBERLAND â A group of local World War II combat veterans will be honored Aug. 18, at the Cumberland Beagle Club, which for the fourth year in a row, is giving the public an opportunity to hear the stories and unique experiences of what Richard Souza calls âtrue American heroes.â
PAWTUCKET â The meeting place for city veterans for more than 90 years, the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 on Fountain Street has been home to blood drives, spaghetti dinners, and hundreds of other community events over the years.
But the 100-year-old city-owned building is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which needs to be replaced.
BURRILLVILLE â Four years after it was shut down because of incidents of misconduct, the town has reopened the Burrillville skate park at a new location on Chapel Street in Harrisville.
Town officials are banking on the new location, which has better visibility and is away from school buildings and residential homes, to eliminate the kinds of incidents that forced the original park to close back in 2009.
As a relatively junior Democrat in a Republican-dominated Congress, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline says he finds it âvery frustratingâ that a significant portion of the GOP âare not moving forward anything we need to get done,â in terms of the important issues facing the country.
Instead, he says, âthey seem very focused on passing bills that are used to communicate a message and speak to the most extreme members of their party, knowing that the bill in the form that they pass it is not going to be taken up by the Senate or is promised to be vetoed by the president.â
WOONSOCKET â As a broadcasting jack-of-all-trades, radio station owner Dave Richards of WOON-AM 1240 has won awards for his innovative coverage of the Autumnfest Parade, but this year he really has his work cut out for him.
He has to figure out a way to cover the parade as a radio reporter and serve as its chief dignitary at the same time.
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.