Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â The Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded the Bernon Heights Elementary School PTO, in partnership with the Woonsocket Education Department (WED), a $15,000 Letâs Play Community Construction Grant to build a playground.
The grant is part of Letâs Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Letâs Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to promoting safe playground development.
Roland Gauvin was busy selling his photographs Saturday during the 1st annual Woonsocket Arts and Music Festival, sponsored by the Arts Guild of Woonsocket, at River Island Park.
BELLINGHAM â The story of bravery and sacrifice aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts during the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf and its ties to a Franklin family will be highlighted during a book signing at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Stallbrook Market Place at 270 Hartford Avenue on Thursday, June 27.
Author John K. Wukovits will be at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. to speak about his latest book on World War II, âFor Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts,â according to Mary Cliff, the storeâs community relations manager.
WOONSOCKET â As the Budget Commission prepares to adopt the first budget of its five-year solvency plan Monday, there are hurdles on the revenue side of the $127.9 million spending package some officials fear may be insurmountable.
The latest curveball is a proposed $1.4 million cut in aid the commission was expecting from the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee had included the money for distressed communities and pension supports in his proposed $8.2 billion state budget, but when the plan emerged from the House Finance Committee earlier this week, the aid had been eliminated.
GLOCESTER â Cannon balls will be flying in Chepachet Saturday during the seventh annual Canon Night Fire, the premiere event in the townâs annual tribute to the Dorr Rebellion (1841-1842).
The Canon Night Fire begins at dusk at Acote's Hill Cemetery (ball field side) where members of the Gloucester Light Infantry will spend an hour-and-a-half firing 30 rounds from two cannons â 15 rounds per cannon.
CUMBERLAND â Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de SĂŁo JoĂŁo will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitanaâs annual Saint Johnâs Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the clubâs headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the clubâs traditional SĂŁo JoĂŁo parade in honor of St. Johnâs Day.
WOONSOCKET â The concrete deck of the Singleton Street Bridge is getting a mini-makeover after public works crews found a hole clean through it.
City officials discovered the problem after state bridge inspectors reported there was âa potholeâ in the deck a couple of weeks ago. But Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran said that when city highway crews checked they found an opening in the deck about the size of the briefcase.
âYou could look right through it and see the Blackstone River,â she said.
WOONSOCKET â Northern Rhode Islandâs foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâs improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.
LINCOLN â Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.
WOONSOCKET â The school department and members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild appear to be coming down to the wire on settlement of a new contract.
The Teachers Guild scheduled separate ratification meetings with its 482 represented teachers and 99 paraprofessionals for late this afternoon but whether they are held as planned could depend on resolution of last-minute issues involving the state Department of Educationâs position on Basic Education Plan requirements.