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September 29th, 2015

Autumnfest's dynamic duo honored

September 29, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Lorraine and Paul Jacob were honored by a gathering of family, friends and longtime Autumnfest volunteers during the Grand Marshal Reception at St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center Tuesday evening.
The couple was honored for their own longtime volunteering with Autumnfest, each with separate roles at times, and for also working together on projects.

Kilmartin all-in on fight against drugs, overdoses

September 29, 2015

PROVIDENCE — In a press conference on Tuesday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced that with 37 signatures from his colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats alike, the National Association of Attorney Generals have made support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act official policy.

September 28th

Cumberland school board to name new superintendent

September 28, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The School Committee at a special meeting Wednesday is expected to name assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell as the district’s new superintendent of schools.

Mitchell succeeds Philip D. Thornton who was hired last week by the Warwick School Committee to lead that district. 

“We knew Dr. Thornton wasn’t going to stay here forever,” said School Committee Chairwoman Lisa Beaulieu. 

For complete story see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.

Elks Club hosts first classic car charity fundraiser

September 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – As a first time endeavor, the Woonsocket Lodge of Elks 850 had a pretty good turn out of classic cars for its car show at the Social Street lodge on Sunday. About two dozen classic car owners brought their vehicles to the Elks parking lot and helped the organization fund its upcoming charitable work for the coming holiday season, including a holiday party and toy drive.

“We pulled this together in a month and a half so it went well for the first time,” Raymond Vilandre, an Elks member organizing the event, said. 

Blackstone war vet reminisces during visit with vintage planes

September 28, 2015

LINCOLN – Bill Reynolds is 91 and turning 92 at the end of October but his age didn’t stop him from heading over to North Central State Airport on Monday to see the Collings Foundation World War II warbirds fly in and land. 

Reynolds, a Woonsocket native now living in Blackstone, donned his old Eighth Air Force jacket to go see the planes with his son Edward and grandson, Patrick, 18.

“I loved the B-17 but my favorite plane was the B-25 Mitchell,” Reynolds said at the North Central tarmac. 

September 27th

Another reason to smile

September 27, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Peter Bouley of Chepachet, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran who recently received $10,000 in free dental work from Aspen Dental in North Smithfield as part of a larger initiative by the company to offer dental care to veterans, recently received another big surprise.

Veteran arriving at North Central in B-17

September 27, 2015

LINCOLN – When Bill Purple flies into North Central State Airport today it will be with a lot mixed memories of his youth.
Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.

Father, son hurt in fall off city porch

September 27, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A 30-year-old city man and his five-year-old son were hurt on Sunday after they toppled off a third-floor porch at 397 Ninth Avenue.
Police said the victims were transported to Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital by rescue personnel where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

September 26th

Stadium Theatre supporters drink to the arts at annual Beer Fest

September 26, 2015

WOONSOCKET – It was an evening to have fun and also help the Stadium Theatre Foundation Thursday as Beer Fest 2015 welcomed the fall season.

The event hosted 22 beer, hard cider, and wine vendors to let patrons sample their products and there was also food to sample from Kay’s Restaurant on Cass Avenue, Edible Arrangements on Park Avenue, River Falls at Market Square and Ciro’s Tavern on Cherry Street. 

Crew members of Cumberland’s Haunted Hill prepare for their 14th straight season

September 26, 2015

CUMBERLAND – A meat shop featuring human body parts. A school bus filled with Michael Myers look-alikes. A room with narrowing walls, and fog so thick that you can’t see the hand in front of your face. It isn’t the description of the next Hollywood blockbuster horror movie, but it is what visitors to Cumberland’s Haunted Hill will experience come opening night Oct. 2.

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