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October 8th, 2011
GLOCESTER â€” Already two weeks behind schedule, the $1.2 million Chestnut Hill Road Bridge rehabilitation project is now slated to be completed by the middle of the month.
That's the latest estimation by the state Department of Transportation, which says the bridge should reopen to traffic within two weeks if the weather cooperates. The bulk of the work that remains includes paving the deck of the bridge, among other tasks.
The project was supposed to have reopened last Friday, but that deadline was not met.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The 18-member commission charged with redrawing the lines for the 75 House districts, 38 Senate districts and two congressional districts is giving Northern Rhode Island the cold shoulder.
The committee this week scheduled six public hearings across the state throughout October seeking public comment from citizens about what the new districts â€“ which are being changed to reflect new population figures from the 2010 census â€“ but none of those sessions will be held farther north than the Statehouse.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 43-year-old city woman suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car while walking on Cass Avenue at about 11:15 Friday night.
Police Lt. John Picard said the victim â€” Donna Kwandranc, of Fourth Avenue â€” was hit by a 2001 Toyota Avalon as she walked in the roadway near the intersection of Cass and Dulude Avenue. The impact damaged the windshield and hood of the car and threw the victim down the road a number of yards in the direction of Mailloux Street.
Kwandranc was found near the center line of the pavement, unconscious and critically injured, according to Picard.
Luis Vargas, 10, of Woonsocket, has fun on the bumper cars Thursday night during the opening of Autumnfest at WW II Veterans Memorial Park. Autumnfest continues through Monday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a 10-year lapse, a citywide flushing of the water distribution system is under way.
According to Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran and water district transmission supervisor Michael Asselin, the project began recently in the Manville Road area, near the water treatment plant, and will spread through other parts of city in the weeks ahead.
Residents might see some brief discoloration in their tap water in areas where mains have been flushed, but itâ€™s nothing to worry about, officials say.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Trevor Bowman loves animals, but he never thought heâ€™d turn into a pushover for a predator.
When a city animal control officer told him that the abandoned alligator he had seen in the Blackstone River would probably die in the chilly water, Bowman was determined to save the scaly swimmer.
Woonsocket Mayor Leo T. Fontaine presents the honorary Key to the City to Thomas Ward, 2011Autumnfest Grand Marshal, and publisher of the Valley Breeze, during a ceremony in his honor at the Bank of America lobby in Woonsocket Tuesday evening.
WOONSOCKET -- On Oct. 2, representatives from Saint James Episcopal Church, at 26 Hamlet Ave., reported a brass cross stolen from the altar inside the church. The cross was last seen on Saturday, Oct. 1. If anyone has information, you can call our anonymous tip-line at (401) 769-4444 or contact Det. Sgt. William Coupe at (401)767-8836. The cross is described as being 31" high with a 9"x 7.5" base.
See COMPLETE STORY in Wednesday's edition of The Call.
WOONSOCKET â€” Nearly a quarter of the 25 candidates running for seats on the City Council and School Committee are carrying account balances for various city taxes and fees that are so delinquent theyâ€™ve already been assessed penalties.
Another handful also have accounts listed as past due, but city officials couldnâ€™t be certain they were delinquent, citing a lag time involved in bank processing of receivables.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council faces a busy agenda tonight that includes requests to lease office space at City Hall to U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline and grant a tax deferment for a local mill building.
The office space lease was negotiated by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and will provide the city with monthly rent of $100, according to an ordinance submitted to the council for action Monday evening in Harris Hall.