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February 2nd, 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
PROVIDENCE â 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 â 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.
Young members of the cast of âTime Warp 2,â 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 âGhostbusters,â 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.
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.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council held a âstate of the budgetâ 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.
WOONSOCKET â There may be hope yet for Alexander Kithesâ embattled backyard chickens.
City Councilman Marc Dubois says heâs seriously considering a proposal to lift the ban on keeping chickens, just as other cities and towns have done.
It may be time for the zoning ordinance to reflect modern sensibilities about food as more and more people, like the Kithes, seek to grow their own for environmental and health reasons, he says.
WOONSOCKET â The Budget Commission has refused to let the cityâs plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.