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September 29th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â The state Department of Transportation has begun preparing for the emergency repair of the Hamlet Avenue Bridge steel expansion joint near the intersection of Hamlet, Davison Street and Florence Drive.
The problem involving an upward movement of the metal teeth in the joint was discovered earlier this month by city Highway Superintendent Rick Lambert and reported to the departmentâs bridge inspection division. The expansion joint on the east side of the steel girder bridge has become misaligned in the past and resulted in repairs to make it passable to vehicles.
WOONSOCKET â The time for training is almost over and local kids will get to test their fitness when the Autunmfest Kids Challenge gets under way at the World War II Veterans Memorial State Park during the cityâs Columbus Day weekend festival on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Once again this year, Nancy Phillips, a Woonsocket School Department physical education teacher, and Call Publisher Mary Lynn Bosiak will be running the kid-level, mini-triathlon with the help of several volunteers and sponsors such as Simon Chevrolet and the Blackstone River Federal Credit Union at Monument Square.
WOONSOCKET â Gertrude A. Franco winces as she lifts her right arm to dust off a glass shelf lined with statues of saints, crucifixes, and other religious articles and gifts.
The longtime owner of A Special Place, a religious gift shop tucked away in a corner storefront on North Main Street, Franco, 76, is battling painful arthritis in her shoulder, a condition that has made daily operation of the shop difficult at best.
CUMBERLAND â There is a new addition to the businesses in the Ann & Hope Building at 1 Ann & Hope Way, one that will require some talented individuals adept at running a game show.
The âGreatest Deals on Earth Showâ is already being put together by the new Studio 300 entertainment services company Ed Migley founded for the Big Flea Superstore occupying the former Ann & Hope department store space in the former mill.
BURRILLVILLE â The R.I. Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on a road safety assessment report for Route 102, which could see construction of road safety improvements, including advanced dilemma zone detection systems and rumble strips, early next year.
âWe are still finalizing the Road Safety Assessment report for the Route 102 corridor,â said DOT spokeswoman Rose Amoros. âThe document will incorporate comments from all of the parties involved in the review and will be used to develop plans for improvements based on the findings.â
WOONSOCKET â Adelard Provencal, 88, got to see a lot of the Pacific Theater while serving a young U.S. Navy man during World War II and will be remembering those times while visiting the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this afternoon.
LINCOLN â Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâs Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that wonât keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.
Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle schoolâs reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.
WOONSOCKET â The Police Department is investigating another incident of suspicious men approaching students near a local school, this time the Bernon Heights Elementary School, off Logee Street.
Police reported Friday evening that the incident occurred during the day on Thursday, and parties involved contacted the department about the incident on Friday.
The incident was believed to be similar in nature to incidents reported to the department earlier in the week, according to police.
LINCOLN â YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 âWomen of Achievement,â including Woonsocketâs Jacqueline L. Dowdy and Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
WOONSOCKET â The School Department on Thursday issued a warning to parents to be on the alert after multiple incidents of suspicious people approaching local students near their schools.
Patrick McGee, director of curriculum, and Peter Fontaine, director of security and facilities, put out the warning to parents through the departmentâs communication system after meeting with Police Detective Matt Ryan on the incidents.
âDetective Matt Ryan has made us aware of suspicious male