WOONSOCKET â Saturdayâs annual French Heritage Festival & SoirĂ©e is all about spreading Francophile cheer and celebrating the cityâs French-Canadian heritage.
And you donât have to be French-Canadian to enjoy the festivities.
WOONSOCKET â Acting against the advice of the Planning Board, the City Council repealed the ban on backyard chickens Tuesday, reversing itself in the process.
The council voted 4-3 to allow residents to keep chickens in the least populous neighborhoods, a little more than a year after defeating a similar proposal. The new measure requires a follow-up vote of affirmation in two weeks to become law, but Councilwoman Melissa Murray, the lead sponsor, doesnât expect officials to change their minds.
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WOONSOCKET â What started out as a loverâs quarrel morphed into a foot chase and a wrestling match before it ended with the seizure of more than $14,000 in cash and prescription pharmaceuticals by the police.
By the time it was over, Edwin DeJesus Jr., 27, of 110 Alice Ave., and Ariana Z. Roman, 19, were facing a string of charges, including domestic assault and battery, obstructing police, one count each of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Read the full story in Wednesday's newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â After the Budget Commission got a rancorous lecture from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt last week about overstaying its welcome, the City Council has followed up with a proposed resolution asking the state-appointed overseers to pack their bags.
Introduced by Councilman Garrett Mancieri, the resolution asks state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly to disband the commission and replace it with a fiscal adviser, who would have far less power to control local decisions than the commission.
WOONSOCKET – The United Veterans Council has announced that Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, adjudant general emeritus of Rhode Island, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, have been named as co-chairpersons of fundraising for the development of a new veterans park on Davison Avenue.
WOONSOCKET â After hearing that The River United Methodist Church couldnât afford to keep its lights on and appliances running, the Italian Workingmenâs Club decided there was only one thing to do: Give the church a check to pay the overdue bill.
âWe voted to pay it in full,â said IWC Chairman Mike Kind.
IWC members handed over a check for $1,000 to Pastor Rebecca Lambert on the steps of the Federal Street Church on Friday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â The line of people, some disheveled and weary-looking, formed behind a red pickup truck that backed into a weed-strewn lot off Social Street.
When the tailgate dropped, it was plain to see why they were there: One by one, they approached to retrieve a sandwich, a slice of pizza or a bread roll from stacks of provisions piled in the bed of the pickup. Others picked through used pieces of clothing and secondhand shoes from a cardboard box.
WOONSOCKET â After a rocky political fight that goes back months, a new era of full-day kindergarten got off to a smooth start Wednesday as the first batch of little pioneers reported for classes.
About half of some 450 kindergartners arrived on the first day of school, and the other half arrives today in a staggered start to the year for the youngsters, according to Kindergarten Coordinator Donna Coderre, principal of Leo Savoie Elementary School.
WOONSOCKET â Feeding the poor: They call it Godâs work at The River United Methodist Church on Federal Street.
Theyâve been doing it for years, but now theyâll be forced to do it without an essential ingredient: electricity.
National Grid cut power to The River Tuesday because the struggling church has fallen into arrears on its bill by almost $1,000, according to Pastor Rebecca Lambert.
âWe serve a hurtinâ community,â said Lambert. âWhen we have a choice between turning on the lights and feeding the community weâll be feeding the community first.â