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February 2nd, 2013

How Cobble Rock toppled in 1977 still unknown

February 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It’s an old story now, the tale of the city’s 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 city’s 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.

KING JACE REVEALED!

February 2, 2013

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.

Fire closes Wally's Market

February 2, 2013

Woonsocket firefighters responded to a fire at 198 Front St., which houses Wally's Market and five apartments above it, on Friday just after 5:00 p.m. The fire started between the market's ceiling and the second floor and was confined to that area, according to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Shatraw. The fire displaced the residents of two apartments and the market is closed through the weekend.

February 1st

Jail time quashed for youth stabber

February 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The juvenile offender convicted in a 2010 stabbing that left an elderly man paralyzed has been excused from further prison time, but he must spend at least two more years in a mental health facility.
Jeremy Kerrigan was 16 years old when he stabbed Donald Paterson in the back, partially severing his spine. Paterson is now permanently disabled and his wife has become his full-time caretaker.

Fall River Pawnbrokers: ‘We’re entitled to’ 118 Main

February 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Despite a series of actions by the City Council to keep any more pawn shops from opening, Fall River Pawnbrokers has renewed its request for a license.
Most surprisingly, the application identifies the location of the sought-after shop as 118 Main St., even though that site has already been leased to another business, Liberty Market.
Fall River Pawnbrokers contends it has a valid lease for the building that the landlord is legally bound to honor, despite the installation of another tenant.

January 31st

Schools receive $1.8M in grants

February 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Five schools in Woonsocket and Smithfield have won $1.8 million in grants to improve student reading skills in partnership with The Teaching Studio, a nationally recognized group of consulting teachers based at The Learning Community charter school.
The grants, from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation, will provide training and other resources for over 200 teachers who will reach about 6,000 public school students, the Learning Community announced Thursday.

Blackstone introduces its new library director

February 1, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Millville's loss is Blackstone's gain.
Lisa G. Cheever, Millville's library director since 2005, is the new director of the Blackstone Public Library.
Cheever began her new duties in Blackstone on Jan. 14 and was formally introduced to the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 22.
"We have been without a library director for the past seven months and we're extremely happy to have someone who can immediately begin taking on the duties and responsibilities of library director," Mary Lou Branchaud, chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees, said in introducing Cheever to the board.

January 30th

Let's do the Time Warp again

January 30, 2013

Young members of the cast of ‘Time Warp 2,’ back row, from left, Gabriella LaPlante, Emmi Lacourse, Sophia Abramek, Gabrielle Abramek and Rayna Polacek. In front row, from left, Reagen Pollacek, Lynsie Olivier, Maggie Ozarian and Maci Maiello, rehearse a scene from ‘Ghostbusters,’ one of the many featured acts in the musical variety show directed and choreographed by Jen Maiello, at the Woonsocket High School auditorium on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. The show benefits the families of Michelle Beausoleil and Peter Rutledge.

UPDATE: Car crash splits pole on Diamond Hill Road

January 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- A car crashed into a utility pole on Diamond Hill Road, splitting the pole in half, at around 2:15 p.m. In this photo, spectators check out the scene at Diamond Hill Road and St. Leon Street. Witnesses said the lone operator of the Mercedes Benz was checking his cell phone then lost control of his vehicle, taking out the pole and crashing the car into a chain link fence at 797 Diamond Hill Road. The driver, said to be in his mid-50s, was concious but dazed and bleeding from his mouth when taken away by rescue personnel.

January 29th

Dire and ominous budget forecast

January 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The City Council held a “state of the budget” work session with administration and state officials Monday night and settled on a forecast that could only be described as dire and ominous.
Not only is the city once again looking at an operating deficit well over $14 million for the current fiscal year, it could also be dealing with that same figure each year through 2017 if drastic changes to city spending or state financial support are not made.

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