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November 13th, 2012

Aldi to open in Dowling Village

November 13, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Aldi discount supermarket chain will open its fifth Rhode Island store in Dowling Village, town officials say.
Although Walmart negotiated lease covenants with the developer of Dowling Village designed to reduce the likelihood of competition for discount food, the new Aldi will be located next door to Walmart and apparently go toe-to-toe with the retail giant on groceries, said Town Planner Robert Ericson.

November 12th

A celebration 200 years in the making

November 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Americans couldn’t make up their minds about fighting the British. And some on the British side thought they were done fighting Americans during the revolution.
But by the time it was over, the War of 1812 ended up cementing America’s place in the pantheon of world powers, opening a gateway to an era of epic economic expansion for the young nation.
And, as a little side benefit, it gave us the national anthem.

November 11th

City couple tries to get gas turned back on

November 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Kevin and Jayne Donnell won’t dispute they have had trouble paying their utility bills or that their outstanding balances with NationalGrid are significant.
But the city couple also doesn’t believe they should be without heat now that the cold weather has arrived.
Kevin Donnell is unemployed and looking for work as a van driver and his wife has health issues that have left her disabled and on Social Security.

STM to consider funding requests

November 11, 2012

BLACKSTONE — Voters at Wednesday’s Special Town Meeting will consider an 11-article warrant that includes proposals to fund a solar photovoltaic energy-generating facility at the Blackstone Landfill; an elevator at the Municipal Office Building; and a feasibility/preliminary architectural study for a new senior center and recreational facility.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone-Millville Regional Molony-Sullivan School auditorium, 175 Lincoln St.

Coyne honored for act of valor

November 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Marine Staff Sgt. Bernard Coyne, a Woonsocket native and Bronze Star recipient, was recently honored for his heroic actions in Afghanistan and awarded the Spirit of Freedom Award at the 2012 United Service Organization (USO) Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, N.C
The gala, held on Oct. 27, recognized six service members.
Audricia D. McKinney, spokesperson of the USO of North Carolina, said the USO recognized Coyne, an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) technician with Headquarters Squadron, because he represents the core values of the USO of North Carolina.

November 9th

Mother, daughter charged in stabbing

November 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A city woman and her mother were charged with felony domestic assault and battery after the younger woman allegedly slashed and stabbed her mother’s husband with a steak knife Tuesday night.

Unanimous support for Ruggerio, Paiva Weed

November 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The Senate leadership team of President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio both won unanimous support of the Democratic caucus to control the chamber for another two years on Thursday.

November 8th

BRUSH WITH WINTER

November 8, 2012

Peter Potemri of Woonsocket brushes off his snow-covered car on Thursday. The city resident since 1968 was not all that surprised by the snow, saying, ‘It's November... weatherwise anything can happen.’

New exhibit at Museum of Work & Culture

November 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Museum of Work & Culture presents “A Hand in Time: The Art of Ben Butler,” an exhibition of over 30 pieces of three-dimensional work by award-winning Newport sculptor Ben Butler. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15.
An Artist’s Reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., open to the public with free admission.
In conjunction with Butler’s sculptures, UMass-Dartmouth faculty member James Alan Edwards’ documentary “Ben Butler Sculptor: Objects from Oblivion” will be screened throughout the exhibition.

Blackstone's Robert Dubois loses election bid

November 8, 2012

BLACKSTONE — Former Blackstone Selectman Robert J. Dubois Tuesday lost his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District after incumbent Republican state Rep. Kevin Kuros won re-election to the seat by a vote of 10,475 to 9,972. Dubois, a Blackstone Democrat, lost the seat by a margin of 503 votes.

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