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November 17th

All aboard for the Valley’s ‘Polar Express’

November 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The train whistle of the Polar Express will soon be sounding from the former Providence & Worcester Railroad Depot at Depot Square as another holiday season of rides to the North Pole begins on Sunday.

Bob Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council said yesterday that the final touches of putting the Polar Express Station together at the Depot will be completed early this week and the local recreation of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic ready to take off on its first run Sunday afternoon.

November 16th

Slatersville Congregational Church turns 175 years old

November 16, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Slatersville Congregational Church has a lot to celebrate. One hundred and seventy five years, to be exact.

One hundred and seventy five years of a historic building that has hosted community worship services, baptisms and weddings and Sunday school. But most of all, 175 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.

Police say officer fired gun near station

November 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred near Pond and Clinton streets about 1:20 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

The news was announced in a one-paragraph statement issued by the departmental spokeswoman at 11:08 a.m. Saturday. The release offered few details, but Detective Jamie Paone said an officer fired a weapon outdoors during an investigation described as “domestic related.”

November 15th

Time to fill up the Milk Fund

November 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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: It’s 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.

November 14th

Woonsocket residents evacuated after contractors strike pipe

November 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

November 13th

Business threatens to move if city doesn’t reduce its bill

November 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Walmart, Lowe’s and Shaw’s 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 city’s retail strip.

November 12th

Judge could set Landmark merger closing date today

November 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center’s 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 Landmark’s fiscal operations, had earlier filed a petition recommending the acquisition by Prime and seeking a closing date for the transaction.

Valley crews prepared for rough winter

November 12, 2013

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.

“But it is a wakeup call,” McKee said while noting the early snow squalls did call attention to work already being completed to ready the town’s fleet of 17-18 plows and sanders.

November 9th

His ‘Work’ done, Bacon steps down from museum post

November 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

November 8th

A weekend to remember the Valley's vets

November 8, 2013

Veterans’ 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.

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