Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Amid the smell of fresh rubber tires, sparks fly off the rusty interior of a chrome bicycle rim as Craig Brassard buffs off some metal burrs with a portable hand grinder that sounds like a kitchen blender.
‚ÄúNo guarantees,‚ÄĚ he tells the owner of the vintage Schwinn 10-speed from which the rim came ‚Äď he‚Äôd done the best he could to address the cause of his flat tire.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Four new recruits were sworn in as probationary patrol officers by the Woonsocket Police Department on Friday.
Officers Mark Castiglione, Taylor-Rae Monfils, Manuel Salema and Craig Thompson will immediately be assigned to the field training program, which lasts about 14 weeks, according to Police Chief Thomas Carey.
More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBI‚Äôs Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Monday‚Äôs heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursday‚Äôs robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Proponents of a bill to alter the School Siting Law passed last year say it will strengthen the safety requirements for building schools on former industrial or manufacturing sites.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Melissa Murray just opened a new business in the city and it‚Äôs located in a place she sees as a perfect home for creative and innovative art and craft entrepreneurs like herself.
Murray, a city native, operates The Opulent Squid in the Le Moulin Artist Mall at 68 South Main St., selling an eclectic selection of her own jewelry designs and consignment items in mixed mediums.
They‚Äôre known as The Flying Squadron, an ever-changing group of Uxbridge veterans who have made it a Memorial Day tradition over the past 138 years to visit local schoolchildren with a simple message: The final Monday of May is not just the start of summer vacation season, but a time to honor Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The squadron, which is made up today of 20 town veterans divided into two units, will conduct its 139th consecutive visitation to town schools on Friday to kick off the town‚Äôs Memorial Day observances.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď There is no question the city has been in a struggle to survive fiscally in recent months but Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said Wednesday the upcoming 125th anniversary of the city‚Äôs incorporation should still be a time for city residents to recall all the things that make it great.
And to that end, a group of more than 100 volunteers from city organizations, businesses, and committed residents is now working on a Main Street block party everyone involved hopes will equal or exceed the celebration of the city‚Äôs 100th Anniversary in 1988.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the state‚Äôs economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled ‚ÄúThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,‚ÄĚ says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď At a time when residents‚Äô fees for curbside trash collection are expected to double in the months ahead, the city is still subsidizing the cost of trash collection in public housing projects by more than $50,000 a year, according to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The mayor is pushing the Woonsocket Housing Authority to absorb those costs, but a preliminary plan unveiled during a meeting of the Budget Commission Monday was rejected by the WHA as needlessly ‚Äúpunitive.‚ÄĚ
CRANSTON ‚Äď Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.