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August 6th

Tenants: Please don't feed the cats

August 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A colony of feral cats near St. Germain Manor is creating problems for the owners of the high-rise – and heartache for at least one of its tenants.
The Woonsocket Housing Authority says it’s 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.

August 5th

‘Feisty fighter’ mourned

August 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Even 35 years ago, when this was a more robust city, Phyllis H. Thomas was a rare breed – a doctor’s wife who became a social activist instead of socialite.
After her death Thursday at the age of 93, it’s 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.
“You don’t find dedicated people like that,” he says. “People don’t want to get involved anymore.”

August 4th

Community garden is a dynamo of produce production

August 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND – It’s 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.

August 3rd

Local athletes set sights on annual Blackstone River Greenway Challenge

August 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The die-hards are checking their maps and adjusting their GPS coordinates. They’re 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.

August 1st

RV crashes into building in Woonsocket

August 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

July 31st

Jason Pleau enters guilty plea

July 31, 2013

PROVIDENCE — 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.

July 30th

Arruda rejects state's plea bargain in municipal embezzlement case

July 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Rachel Arruda, the former municipal court clerk accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city, rejected the state’s offer of a plea bargain in Superior Court Tuesday, opting to fight the charges in a trial.
In trade for a guilty plea, state prosecutors told Judge Netti Vogel they were prepared to recommend that Arruda be sentenced to 15 years, with no more than 18 months in prison and the balance suspended with probation. In addition, she would have had to make full restitution to the city within 14 years.

July 29th

Woman charged with animal cruelty after dog found locked in hot car

July 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A 20-year-old city woman is facing criminal charges after an emaciated, sickly pit bull was found in a hot, locked car, parked in direct sunlight with the windows rolled up.
Keisha A. Davis was arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and animal neglect.
“Unfortunately, they’re state charges,” said Animal Control Officer Doris Kay. “I say unfortunately because I would have liked to give her a ticket myself.”

July 28th

Motorcycle run benefit planned for injured Glad Tidings pastor

July 28, 2013

GLOCESTER – A benefit motorcycle run and concert will be held in September to raise money for a Glocester pastor paralyzed in a fall three months ago.

Money from the Sept. 14 fundraiser will be used to help Glad Tidings Community Church Pastor John R. Teeter and his family with medical costs as well as future modifications to their home and transportation needs.

July 26th


July 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After insisting on their right to seek capital punishment in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors say they no longer want to put accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to death.

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WOONSOCKET – The primary mission of the George Nasuti Novans Pride 5K is to raise money...
PAWTUCKET – Mount St. Charles may have failed in its attempt to capture a third...
WOONSOCKET – When he was a little younger, Richard Fazzio, now 90, would tend to the small veterans’ memorial at Market...
BLACKSTONE – Ninety-nine-year-old World War II Navy veteran Michael Sulima sits back in a recliner at his daughter’s...
PROVIDENCE – A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his...


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