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July 21st, 2015

City plans to take bids on ‘long overdue’ demolition of Cumberland Hill Road incinerator

July 21, 2015


WOONSOCKET – Encouraged by the City Council’s reaction to the proposal, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt intends to solicit bids to demolish the old municipal trash incinerator, a glaring eyesore on a heavily traveled entryway into the city.

July 20th

Council cool to city WACTC takeover

July 20, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The state is offering the city a chance to own the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3.1 million state grant, but that did not draw an overwhelming round of support from the City Council Monday night.

At best, members of the council indicated they want to know more about the proposal, and there is also a sentiment for not taking on ownership of a state-constructed school that has not been properly funded over the years.

July 19th

Riverboat voyaging up Blackstone to Woonsocket

July 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Long a fixture on the Blackstone River, taking tours of curious patrons through Uxbridge to Pawtucket — and seemingly all points in between — the Blackstone Valley Explorer riverboat will ride again in Woonsocket starting next month.

Built in 1993, the Explorer became the first riverboat on the Blackstone River in 175 years. In its 22 years operating on the river, the Explorer has served as a valuable educational resource for school groups and area residents, as patrons learn about the area’s history and ecology while viewing the natural beauty of the region.

July 18th

In a city library not so far away...young Jedi learn

July 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Ever since George Lucas’s legendary movie “Star Wars” came out in 1977, people around the globe have wondered what it would be like to see a battle between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance in person.

Youngsters got the chance to unleash their inner Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader at the Harris Public Library Friday afternoon, when they stepped foot inside Ed Fuqua’s Jedi Academy.

July 17th

Woonsocket man killed in I-295 wreck

July 17, 2015

CUMBERLAND– An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.

Michael F. Morin Jr., 56, of Woonsocket, was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck in which he was driving rolled over. Robert A. Choiniere, 36, of Lincoln, the driver of the other vehicle, was uninjured.

Council considers purchase of WACTC building

July 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.

The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.

July 15th

Deli owner's looking for a few good workers

July 15, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say they’re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.

J’s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:

“Due to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.”

July 14th

Picard not swayed after verdict overturned for man accused of daughter’s murder

July 14, 2015


BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.

“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.

On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.

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July 14, 2015

July 13th

Tempest conviction vacated

July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.

But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasn’t the truth that got him there – it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.

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