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August 30th

Former R.I. National Guard commander Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio joins fundraising effort for new veterans park on Davison Avenue

August 30, 2014

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.

August 29th

IWC comes to aid of shut-off church

August 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – After hearing that The River United Methodist Church couldn’t afford to keep its lights on and appliances running, the Italian Workingmen’s Club decided there was only one thing to do: Give the church a check to pay the overdue bill.

“We voted to pay it in full,” 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.

August 28th

With power still out, city church takes food distribution directly to homeless

August 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

August 27th

Students report for all-day K

August 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

National Grid pulls plug on church that feeds, clothes, the poor

August 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Feeding the poor: They call it God’s work at The River United Methodist Church on Federal Street.
They’ve been doing it for years, but now they’ll 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.
“We serve a hurtin’ community,” said Lambert. “When we have a choice between turning on the lights and feeding the community we’ll be feeding the community first.”

August 25th

Cat dumped like litter; survives

August 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary is seeking donations to rehabilitate a cat that was found trapped in a dumpster on Welles Street about two weeks ago.

Deb Adam, the director of the nonprofit feline rescue agency, said she believes the cat had been neglected for some time before it was deliberately placed in the trash bin and left for dead. The animal was found by some neighbors who heard a banging noise coming from inside the dumpster, looked in and discovered the cat.

Bellingham residents stage cookout for disabled veterans

August 25, 2014

BELLINGHAM – When Denis Auger and Mickey Emery got the idea to help disabled veterans with a cookout at Auger’s Lake Hiawatha home 11 years ago, they counted on the help of the friends and area veterans to put the event together and make it happen.

Emery died in 2010, but the annual event benefitting disabled veterans from the Brockton VA Hospital and other residences was on again at Auger’s home on Saturday thanks to the help of Emery’s wife, Liz; Auger’s daughter, Nicole Auger-Gassett; and a battalion of volunteers from area veteran organizations.

August 23rd

The sandwich saints

August 23, 2014

A pot simmers on the stove inside the kitchen of the two-story colonial when Brother Alan Aubin is summoned from his chair at the dinner table by the unusually shrill clang of an old-fashioned doorbell.

A slight man with a dollop of silvery hair lopped across his forehead, Aubin opens the back door and quietly acknowledges the visitor, handing the stocky man in blue jeans a couple of sandwiches and a canned drink. It’s a transaction that lasts just a few seconds from start to finish, and it takes place with few words, uttered in hushed tones.

August 22nd

Woonsocket Public Housing Chief Robert T. Kulik reaches severance agreement with Woonsocket Housing Authority

August 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET - Robert T. Kulik, the executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and the agency's board of commissioners, reached a severance agreement Thursday.
The deal ends Kulik's employment with the WHA, effective Monday, but it allows him to collect his pay until the end of the year and includes his work vehicle as part of the package, according to Joseph Rodio, the WHA's legal counsel.
The salary amounts to $38,819.34, doled out in weekly installments of 2,156.63 starting Sept. 4.

August 21st

N. Smithfield shopping complex to add two restaurants, other businesses

August 21, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Dowling Village is entering another growth spurt thanks to the completion of agreements with several new business and two national restaurant chains— Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar and Texas Roadhouse, a chain specializing in steaks with a western flavor.

The Eddie Dowling Highway property’s developer, Brian Bucci, on Thursday confirmed town reports that construction will begin soon on the new business locations with completion expected next year.

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