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WOONSOCKET â€” It was almost an example of military organization and efficiency as the Adopt-a-Family drive began its distribution of holiday gifts to needy Woonsocket families this week at the Elkâ€™s Hall on Social Street.
Volunteers carefully checked delivered bags of donated gifts against the master list of eligible recipients prepared by Family Resources Community Action to make sure the proper number of presents had been assembled.
WOONSOCKET â€” Thanks to some conscientious motorists equipped with cell phones, the cops had the drop on two impaired motorists this weekend, but not soon enough to keep them from causing accidents.
On Saturday, a Plainville, Mass., man police suspect of driving under the influence of heroin struck an oncoming car on Cumberland Street about 6:40 p.m.
Duane A. Gero, 33, was charged with duty to stop resulting in damage to an attended vehicle, driving under the influence of liquor or intoxicating substance, laned roadway violations, operating left of center and failure to wear a seatbelt.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ A 57-year-old man perished in a house fire at 145 Steere Farm Road Monday afternoon, police said.
Police identified the victim as Robert C. Alarie, a man neighbors said was paralyzed from the waist down and who lived alone.
Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said fire crews and police responded to an emergency call about noon and found â€śsignificant fireâ€ť coming from an upstairs bedroom, where Alarieâ€™s body was discovered.
Members of the Woonsocket Police Department joined the Auger family at their home at 329 Wood Ave. Sunday evening to collect toys for the department's annual toy drive benefiting under privileged local children. The Augers hold the annual drive in the memory of Woonsocket Police Dispatcher Ron Auger, who died in 2009 after an illness. Ron had helped the police collect toys and his family fills the bed of his truck during the collection to continue that tradition.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The second of three installments in a workshop series to brainstorm ideas for Main Streetâ€™s future is scheduled for Wednesday, and City Planner Jennifer Siciliano is once again extending an open invitation to the public.
The event will be held at Stage Right Studio, 68 South Main St., from 6-8 p.m.
The aim of the workshop is to develop and refine ideas for making Main Street both business- and pedestrian-friendly, according Siciliano.
LINCOLN â€“ The Town Councilâ€™s ordinance subcommittee will consider the fate of a burgeoning local population of deer when it holds a special meeting Monday on revisions to the townâ€™s ban on hunting.
The ordinance change, under consideration by the three-member Council subcommittee for the past two months, would allow the taking of deer by archery equipment during a deer-only hunting season. The hunting of birds and animals has been banned locally since 1994.
LINCOLN â€” Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our veterans, but it wasn't until last year that the couple began to think about how their home town of Lincoln could assist the mission.
The Foxes were the driving force behind the effort last year to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21, 2011.
"It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," said Patty.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Three men got caught breaking into a house Tuesday after they mistakenly believed no one was home after ringing the doorbell.
The downstairs tenant of the two-family at 387 Park Place was indeed home, however; he simply didnâ€™t answer the doorbell because he didnâ€™t recognize the individual ringing it, he told police.
Moments later, the tenant saw two men scaling the balcony to the second story of the home and he heard their footsteps after they allegedly forced their way in through a window.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Anita Wilbur had no idea why sheâ€™d been summoned to Harris Hall, but when she found out it nearly brought a tear to her eye.
As Wilbur watched, city officials unveiled the 2012 installment of the municipal Christmas ornament, a glass sphere featuring an image of the Place Jolicoeur World War I monument.
The Cumberland Street monument, whose prominent Christian cross was attacked as unconstitutional by a Wisconsin atheist group earlier this year, was named for Jolicoeurâ€™s uncle over 90 years ago.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) are bringing attention to the dangers of texting and driving with a high school awareness tour that visited North Smithfield High School Wednesday.