Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Anne Marie Lukin has only to walk into her Planet Fitness franchise in the Diamond Hill Plaza at 2000 Diamond Hill Road to know the business potential of the location.
Her customers and those of the abutting Burlington Coat Factory and Dollar Tree stores, and nearby Ocean of Pets, GNC store, and 99 Nail Salon keep their section of the spacious plaza parking lot active and full during much of the business day.
WOONSOCKET â When a knife attack left 74-year-old Donald Paterson paralyzed in 2010, the Italian Workingmenâs Club was instrumental in raising funds to help his family buy a vehicle equipped with a wheelchair lift.
Raising funds for victims of crime and calamity, the needy, academic scholarships and youth sports have become part of the clubâs 85-year legacy.
But if the Budget Commission gets its way the IWC will be lucky if it can afford to keep the lights on, says club Chairman Mike Kind.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt proclaimed âa new day is dawningâ in this down-on-its-luck city after taking the oath of office at the Stadium Theatre Tuesday night.
âThe hard work begins tomorrow and we will not waste a minute turning this city around,â said a gleaming Baldelli-Hunt.
WOONSOCKET â A 52-year-old Woonsocket man died in a fast moving fire that
broke out in his Lydia Avenue home just after 6 a.m. Tuesday
Woonsocket Fire Chief Timothy Walsh said firefighters arrived at the scene
around 6:15 a.m. to find heavy flames in the living room area of the
one-story house on Lydia Avenue, located off Gadoury Boulevard. The fire
was contained within 30 minutes.
When firefighters entered the house they found the victim and pulled him
out, Walsh said. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was
WOONSOCKET â Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will take office with a huge popular mandate when she is sworn in Tuesday night at the Stadium Theatre.
The niece of former Mayor Charles Baldelli, she will usher in a clean sweep of City Hallâs most influential positions, bringing in a new team.
Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., with the oath of office delivered by House Speaker Gordon Fox. Her uncle, the former mayor, is to serve as master of ceremonies.
LINCOLN â Itâs time to decorate for the holidays, and Dave Sale and Dick DiMassie, members of the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee, are hoping local residents will support historic preservation with the purchase of the latest town ornament put out by the committee.
This year the ornament is a depiction of the wooden covered bridge near the Manchester Farm Road entrance of Lincoln Woods State Park.
âWe think it will bring back a lot of memories for people who have visited Lincoln Woods over the years,â Sale said.
WOONSOCKET -- Maybe it was before the rollbacks in state aid, before the Great Recession, or before the overstretched bubble of real estate values across the U.S. finally popped.
Maybe there was an era when being the mayor of the seventh largest city in the state of Rhode Island was a fun job to have, but it did not belong to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
âI think at some time when there was a lot of money floating around, being mayor might have been a fun job,â says Fontaine. âI canât say it was ever anything other than a lot of hard work.â
WOONSOCKET â Ending weeks of speculation, Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced who the key members of her administration will be, a list that includes a few surprises.
One of the biggest is the return of former Planning Director Joel D. Mathews. Except for a brief hiatus during the 1980s, Mathews had worked continuously for the city from 1973 to 2011. Trained as a landscape architect, he gained a reputation as a special projects manager and all-around problem-solver during the era of former Mayor Susan D. Menard.
WOONSOCKET â An unidentified national chain store is offering $500,000 to purchase Ayotte Field, located at the busy city line intersection of Providence Street and Great Road in North Smithfield.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik said the offer was tendered recently by a representative of the real estate firm Hayes & Sherry, who declined to identify the prospective buyer.
WOONSOCKET â On the run from the police, a stolen SUV slammed into the granite entryway of St. Charles Barromeo Church Wednesday, causing a staggering amount of damage.
âItâs really shocking,â said Rev. Gerald L. Finnegan, the pastor. âI thought the building was impregnable. Itâs stone. Granite. I thought it would last forever.â
Police arrested 18-year-old Jalen Asean Abney on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was captured after a foot chase that began following the crash, but two others escaped, including one individual Abney claims was driving.