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November 24th, 2013
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
WOONSOCKET â The peak of the holiday season is nearly here, and with it, the annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street Dec. 11.
The event will dress up Main Street with holiday lights and decorations as part of the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus at his house in the mini-park near Harris Hall.
The tree lighting and Santaâs arrival will be held at approximately 5 p.m., and most people will start arriving for a good viewing spot around 4:30 p.m., according to Linda S. Plays of the cityâs Department of Human Services and the Main Street/Riverside Initiative.
WOONSOCKET â She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.
âMr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. Iâll never forget it,â Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.
Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiersâ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.
WOONSOCKET â City Clerk Andrea Bicki says she has learned that the incoming City Council wants to replace her â the first confirmed news of a politically driven personnel change at City Hall since the election.
The job, which pays $63,915 a year, will apparently be offered to Personnel Director Christina Harmon-Duarte, according to memos circulating about City Hall.
WOONSOCKET â The still-unidentified policeman who fired his gun in front of the police station Saturday apparently did so when a motorist allegedly attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the officer.
That driver was identified for the first time Wednesday as Angel Luiz Perez, 48, of 175 Sixth Ave. Police say they intend to charge him with several crimes, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon â a motor vehicle.
WOONSOCKET â After serving 13 years of his 35-year sentence, thrill-killer Alfred A. Brissette Jr. was paroled from the state prison Tuesday to a halfway house in Narragansett.
Dave Mellon, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, criticized Brissetteâs release, calling it âa get out of a jail free cardâ issued by the parole board.
âThis is worse than good time,â he said. âThis is just the parole board showing no accountability.â
WOONSOCKET â A woman was taken by ambulance to Landmark Medical Center after she was hit by a car while crossing the street in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say the woman was using a crosswalk when she tried to cross Main Street around 3:25 p.m. A woman was driving a BMW heading towards the traffic light when she allegedly hit the woman, described by witnesses as being in her mid-30s.
âThis lady was crossing and all of sudden she got hit and dropped to the floor,â said one witness. âShe was lying on her side screaming, âIâm hurt.â
WOONSOCKET â A 32-year-old city woman was raped repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend and forced to eat food on which he had urinated â all in the presence of her 4-year-old son, police say.
Reinaldo Diaz, 34, was ordered held without bail Monday at the Adult Correctional Institutions on three counts of forcible rape, including an act of sodomy; two counts of domestic assault; and other charges. He was arrested Friday afternoon after another of the victimâs children, a daughter, called the police about a quarrel at home.
WOONSOCKET â The train whistle of the Polar Express will soon be sounding from the former Providence & Worcester Railroad Depot at Depot Square as another holiday season of rides to the North Pole begins on Sunday.
Bob Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council said yesterday that the final touches of putting the Polar Express Station together at the Depot will be completed early this week and the local recreation of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic ready to take off on its first run Sunday afternoon.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Slatersville Congregational Church has a lot to celebrate. One hundred and seventy five years, to be exact.
One hundred and seventy five years of a historic building that has hosted community worship services, baptisms and weddings and Sunday school. But most of all, 175 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.