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February 6th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â The few merchants left in Main Streetâs prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.
BURRILLVILLE â As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâs incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâs also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâs daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâs heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PROVIDENCE â With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.
WOONSOCKET â After projecting that the city would incur a growing deficit on track to reach $95 million by 2017 the Budget Commission yesterday endorsed a still-sketchy, five-year plan to crawl back into the black, mainly through supplemental taxes, changes in union contracts and cuts in pension and other retirement benefits.
WOONSOCKET â It was a night of fun and revelry for the 19th Annual Mardi Gras event held Saturday in Woonsocket.
Festivities took place at two locations with shuttle service bringing partygoers to and from each site âSt. Ann's Art's and Cultural Center, where the crowds were entertained by Bob Leonard's Slippery Sneakers Band, a local zydeco band who has been entertaining at the Woonsocket Mardi Gras for many years, and the Elks Hall, where Jeff Gamache and his orchestra entertained the crowd. Gamache has been a local entertainer for many years including at the Woonsocket Autumnfest.
WOONSOCKET â The driver in a crash that knocked out power across a wide swathe of the city last week admitted he lost control while he was on his cell phone, but there isnât much the police can do about it.
âHe was preoccupied by dialing his phone, but he wasnât texting,â said Lt. Brad Scully of the Woonsocket Police Departmentâs Accident Prevention Bureau. âThe law says you have to be texting while driving to be cited. Itâs very specific.â
WOONSOCKET â The police department revived a past tradition Friday evening when it handed out 196 recognition awards to its members.
The ceremony at the Father Marot CYO Center at 53 Federal St. also included awards for community members and organizations such as the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition that have worked with the department over the years to improve the quality of life of local residents.
CUMBERLAND - State Rep. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45 Cumberland, Lincoln) is in talks with officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) after learning that the Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland-Lincoln line will have to remain closed until the end of April.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs an old story now, the tale of the cityâs once famous Cobble Rock, but also one that continues to spark fond feelings of times gone by among those who remember it.
That is how Paul Durand, 64, of Crepeau Court was feeling while visiting the site of Cobble Rock in the cityâs Fairmount woods during unseasonable warm weather on Wednesday.
A number of trees have been cut down near the historic spot at the North Smithfield town line and a new radio tower stands in the field bordering it, behind the Saint Antoine Residence off Rhodes Avenue.
The infamous King Jace has been revealed: John Gregory, president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, is King Jace 2013. His Queen: Sandy Paul, center, who did the unveiling at The Elks Hall during the festivities Saturday night along with her court, princesses Kayla Guilbault, left, and Jo-Ann Maurice. Correct guesses to his identity were entered into a split the pot drawing and the winner was Sally Brett.