Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â When those last-to-drop oak leaves finally give up the autumn ghost and talk around the office water cooler turns to turkey, it can only mean one thing in Thundermist City: Itâs time for the annual Milk Fund appeal.
Founded in 1932, the charity drive raises money through a hodgepodge of community-based promotional events, from fun runs to celebrity dinners. The proceeds are used to purchase milk for needy children and the elderly throughout the Greater Woonsocket area.
WOONSOCKET â Residents were evacuated from a one-block area of Lincoln Street for about an hour Thursday after a contractor struck and ruptured a natural gas line, according to utility and fire officials.
Police sealed off roads into the area as firefighters from Woonsocket and Blackstone went door-to-door to evacuate those residents who were home at the time the call came in at 10:45 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Shatraw.
Lincoln Street is located off of Front Street, and upon arrival firefighters quickly set up a staging area at the corner of Lincoln and Parker streets.
WOONSOCKET â Walmart, Loweâs and Shawâs have already disappeared from Diamond Hill Road. Now city officials say the entire Woonsocket Plaza, including Burlington Coat Factory, Price-Rite and a half-dozen smaller chain stores, is at risk of vanishing from the cityâs retail strip.
WOONSOCKET â Landmark Medical Centerâs proposed acquisition by Prime Healthcare Services of California will come before Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein this afternoon for a possible ruling on a closing date for the transaction.
Landmark spokesman William Fischer said on Tuesday that Jonathan Savage, the state-appointed special master supervising Landmarkâs fiscal operations, had earlier filed a petition recommending the acquisition by Prime and seeking a closing date for the transaction.
The first snow of the season to stick, even though lightly, was a reminder on Tuesday that area public works departments will soon be spending money on keeping roads safe through another winter season.
Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee said public works employees in his community knew a light snowfall might arrive with the quick change to cold weather following the weekend but did not have to go out sanding just yet.
âBut it is a wakeup call,â McKee said while noting the early snow squalls did call attention to work already being completed to ready the townâs fleet of 17-18 plows and sanders.
WOONSOCKET â Take a tour of the Museum of Work & Culture, and you will learn a lot about the city and the people who came to work in its textile mills and manufacturing plants.
And a good deal of what you will see is the result of a love of local history Raymond H. Bacon maintained through his 30 years of teaching at Woonsocket High School and his now 16 years of service as co-manager of the museum he helped to create at Market Square.
Veteransâ Day events throughout the Blackstone Valley, including Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Cumberland and Lincoln, begin this weekend before the holiday and continue through Monday.
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.
WOONSOCKET â Richard D. Fazzio, 88, knows plenty about Woonsocketâs role in World War II after participating in the first wave landings on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
But Fazzio was interested in learning more about Woonsocketâs role in the military deceptions the U.S. Armyâs 23rd Headquarters Special Troops orchestrated during the fighting in Europe and went to the Stadium Theatre Thursday evening for the Rhode Island premiere of Rick Beyerâs documentary film âThe Ghost Army.â
WOONSOCKET â Shifting gears from campaigning to governing, mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt named the head of her transition efforts and called for a meeting with the Budget Commission within 10 days.
In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, Baldelli-Hunt said she wants the state-appointed commission to brief her on the condition of the cityâs finances.
âNow that the campaign is over, itâs time to start doing the important work of preparing to take office in December,â said Baldelli-Hunt.
WOONSOCKET â Voters may be suffering from battle fatigue after enduring a long and grueling mayoral contest, but itâs too soon to climb out of the foxhole just yet.
Thereâs going to be more political flak flying around the race for the soon-to-be vacant House seat of the mayor-elect, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49). Her resounding victory over two-term incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine Tuesday means she must resign from the House so the secretary of state can schedule a special election to identify her successor.