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August 11th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Gary Fernandes is thinking big again at his River Falls Complex at Market Square.
You can see just how big from the fence overlooking the lower Woonsocket Falls section of the Blackstone River where it curves around the corner of the former Falls Yarn Mill, which is home to the Complex' River Falls Restaurant and CitySide nightclub.
Fernandes and his development company have been hard at work completing a long-planned patio and walkway around the back of the early-1800s mill building that he had started planning more than six years ago.
WOONSOCKET â Six polling places voters have been using for at least a decade have been permanently retired as part of a statewide redistricting effort earlier this year.
As a result of the remapping of voting districts, the cityâs total number of polling places has shrunk from 16 to 11, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
In addition to losing six polling places, one new one was added â Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive.
Craig Moretto and Nora Martel, both of Fitchburg, Mass., hang prizes as they set up the Punk Rack game prior to the start of the 22nd Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday evening. Severe thunderstorms and even a brief tornado watch threatened to cancel the opening night, but skies cleared in time for festivities to get underway after 6 p.m. The festival continues today, tomorrow and Monday. Visit cumberlandfest.com for a complete schedule of events.
CUMBERLAND â Town Hall employees are trying to cope with the loss of one of their own, following the death of Finance Director Steve Woerner on Wednesday.
Woerner, 61, died after being injured in a recent fall at his home, according to Mayor Daniel J. McKee.
âHe was a good man that we loved down here at Town Hall,â McKee said. âHe was very valuable to the town and a man who was close to a number of people here.â
WOONSOCKET â In a clash with the School Committee, the Budget Commission Thursday voted to adopt a $66.6 million budget to run the education department that calls for shutting down Fifth Avenue School.
The 4-1 vote, in which Mayor Leo T. Fontaine was the only commissioner who sided with school officials, came a day after the school committee approved the same budget for fiscal year 2013, with an unfunded recommendation to keep the school open.
WOONSOCKET â Robert Picard donned a piece of clothing Thursday that he probably earned many years ago: the orange windbreaker of the Grand Marshal of the Autumnfest Parade.
The honor was bestowed on Picard during the Rotary Club's meeting at River Falls and appeared to catch him completely by surprise. Picard is a longtime member and past president of the Rotary Club and has volunteered for the Autumnfest Committee in a number of capacities for more than 30 years.
WOONSOCKET â Budget constraints have forced the school district into consolidation mode, but Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan is looking for volunteers who are ready to rebuild a vibrant public school system.
The superintendent announced the effort to seat a five-year Strategic Planning Committee this week to set academic goals for the future of the school district.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A 44-year-old resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon on domestic-violence charges involving him holding a gun to the head of his elderly mother.
Brian R. Mellor, of 1350 Pound Hill Rd., was arrested after his 71-year-old mother, Carol, who lives with him, went to the police station to report that he had put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her at around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
During a search of the Pound Hill Road home, police confiscated 21 weapons including numerous firearms and a crossbow, Chief Steven E. Reynolds said at an evening press conference.
PROVIDENCE â A Woonsocket man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Tuesday for a 2007 rape that had police stumped until his DNA was collected over three years later, after he committed an unrelated crime.
Jason Nickerson, 31, was sentenced to 60 years in all, with 50 to serve on each of four counts of first-degree sexual assault and the balance suspended, the attorney generalâs office said.
WOONSOCKET â Fifth Avenue School has at least 10 outstanding fire code violations, including several serious ones that have been unresolved for years, fire officials say.
But Capt. Michael A. Morin, fire marshal for the Woonsocket Fire Department, stopped short of calling the school âa fire trap,â as Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan did recently.
âThatâs her opinion, thatâs fine,â said Morin. âThereâs no inherent danger to life there. What there are, are code violations and thereâs a process to get those corrected.â