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November 27th, 2012

Santa puts Hasbro elves to work in Woonsocket

November 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giant’s employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didn’t come from Santa.

November 27th

Glenark deal draws City Council ire

November 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Members of the City Council had plenty to say about the potential loss of a $200,000 city loan owed by the 67-unit Glenark Landing housing complex Monday night, but also admitted that any fight regarding their concerns would be best taken to the General Assembly.
The discussion of the Glenark’s takeover by the Rhode Island Housing agency and potential foreclosure on Friday came during a council work session in the panel’s second floor meeting room at City Hall and included a number of council jabs that the agency was again hitting city taxpayers in their pocketbooks.

Ex-con goes on robbery spree

November 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — An ex-con on an armed robbery spree got caught after holding up McDonald’s in North Smithfield early Saturday morning.
Vernon Lamont Thomas, 37, of 372 Robinson St., committed three of the crimes in five days and the last two in less than seven hours, according to police.
Thomas was arrested at Grove and Logee streets about 5:26 a.m. Saturday, about a mile from McDonald’s, still carrying a heavy cash drawer witnesses had seen him lugging away from the Park Square restaurant about an hour earlier, according to reports.

November 25th

Lonsdale Drive-In featured in new Lincoln ornament

November 25, 2012

LINCOLN — The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this year’s Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the town’s observances for its 125th anniversary.

November 24th

Museum enables educators to teach outside the classroom

November 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It is certainly an advantage to have a museum in town when it comes to expanding educational opportunities for a community’s youth.
Staff members at the Museum of Work and Culture here in Woonsocket are also aware that research and planning are required for local teachers to use a museum as the best educational resource possible.
That’s why a group of local fifth-grade teachers sat with the museum’s education coordinator, Elizabeth Maynard, in the building’s upstairs conference room last week to talk about their past and future visits to the Market Square facility.

RI to foreclose to Glenark, but mayor says city is owed $200K

November 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island Housing, the owner of Glenark Landing, is taking the 67-unit, subsidized housing complex into foreclosure.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the state agency owes the city over $200,000, money lent to the original developers of the mill-to-apartment conversion project in 1988.
Fontaine said foreclosure would wipe out the debt, but the city might not give up so easily. The mayor wants the City Council to explore its options at a briefing session Monday night, including the possibility of legal action.

November 23rd

Council not sold on Jalette proposal

November 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Councilman Roger Jalette says the city sometimes assesses sewer and trash fees to dwelling units deemed unfit for occupancy, but it’s unfair to the property owners and shouldn’t be allowed.
The longtime councilman introduced a proposal to rectify the situation earlier this week, but colleagues on the City Council voted to table the measure for further study.
Councilman Daniel Gendron, vice president of the panel, said one of his concerns is that the proposal could become administratively unwieldy and open the door to abuses.

Wind in their sales

November 23, 2012

LINCOLN – The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store “maps” to help customers find what they were looking for.

November 22nd

Kitchen to serve Christmas dinner

November 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET – After running a local soup kitchen for 25 years, Pat Dempster knows there are always a few bumps that come up in the road.
Dempster’s Because He Lives Ministries experienced more than a few of those on her way to a smooth ride after losing its longtime home in the basement of the First Baptist Church on Blackstone Street and going without a home for a time.

Town sees increase in families in need

November 22, 2012

LINCOLN — It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.

 

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