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November 28th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The city is struggling financially, but that wonât stop Santaâs elves at the Police Department from doing their part to make the holidays happy and bright for local disadvantaged children.
The Woonsocket Police Toy Drive is back in operation for the 18th year and Det. Sgts. John Scully III and Kevin Greenough, drive coordinators for the department, reported Tuesday toy donations have already begun to arrive at the police station.
CUMBERLAND â Police are investigating an armed robbery at the BC Petroleum and Convenience Store at 3585 Mendon Road Tuesday night.
A man was said to have shown the clerk a gun while demanding money during the 8:30 p.m. incident, according to police.
Cumberland Police Sgt. John Cook said no one was hurt in the incident. Woonsocket police assisted Cumberland units in checking the Mendon Road area after the incident was reported.
Harvey Beauchene of Woonsocket purchases Powerball tickets at A.J.'s
Market in the city Tuesday as Powerball fever mounts with tonightâs jackpot standing at a whopping $500 million and counting.
PROVIDENCE â The planned release of a Woonsocket man imprisoned for a 1999 "thrill killing" has been put on hold while the Rhode Island Parole Board revisits the case.
The board approved a plan earlier this year to release Alfred Brissette Jr. more than 20 years before his original release date. Brissette pleaded no contest to murder for killing Jeanette Descoteaux and was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.
His release gained attention after WPRI-TV reported this week that he was due to be released next month.
WOONSOCKET â Prime Healthcare Services has asked state regulators for more time to submit an application to acquire Landmark Medical Center.
Saying it is aware the 45-day deadline lapsed on Nov. 25, the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain wants two more weeks to submit the voluminous amount of paperwork required under the Hospital Conversions Act.
âAlthough Prime Health has been working diligently on the application, we respectfully request an extension until Dec. 10, 2010,â a two-paragraph letter from Primeâs lawyers says.
WOONSOCKET â 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 giantâs 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 didnât come from Santa.
WOONSOCKET â 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 Glenarkâs takeover by the Rhode Island Housing agency and potential foreclosure on Friday came during a council work session in the panelâs 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.
WOONSOCKET â An ex-con on an armed robbery spree got caught after holding up McDonaldâs 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 McDonaldâs, still carrying a heavy cash drawer witnesses had seen him lugging away from the Park Square restaurant about an hour earlier, according to reports.
LINCOLN â 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 yearâs 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 townâs observances for its 125th anniversary.
WOONSOCKET â It is certainly an advantage to have a museum in town when it comes to expanding educational opportunities for a communityâs 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.
Thatâs why a group of local fifth-grade teachers sat with the museumâs education coordinator, Elizabeth Maynard, in the buildingâs upstairs conference room last week to talk about their past and future visits to the Market Square facility.