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November 8th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” Politics and family crossed paths as they seldom do last night as former state lawmaker Albert G. Brien won a seat on the City Council, besting his daughter-in-law, incumbent City Councilwoman Stella Brien.
With an official tally of 1,694 votes, Albert Brien finished seventh, or dead last, among those in the winnersâ€™ circle, but he was still 43 votes ahead of Stella Brien, according to figures released by the Board of Canvassers.
North Smithfield firefighters work to contain a blaze in an outdoor shed on the premises of 520 Buxton St. in North Smithfield at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. According North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson, the fire was called in at 9:23 p.m. and minutes later firefighters arrived to find the shed fully engulfed. Six engines and a tanker truck from Burrillville responded and the flames were extinguished minutes later. No injuries were reported. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)
Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Woonsocket area:
WOONSOCKET -- Volunteers from the Georges Dubois Veterans Exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture are planning a Veteranâ€™s Day observance at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, outside the Museum, which is located on Market Street.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony would be moved to the ITU Hall inside the Museum.
WOONSOCKET â€” If the October primary was a preview of how tomorrowâ€™s election will turn out, most of the drama will center on a handful of City Council candidates who might have a shot a finishing last.
Much of the suspense may focus on whether incumbent Councilwoman Stella Guerra Brien can improve her standing in the primary enough to knock her father-in-law, Albert G. Brien, from his seventh-place finish. Stella Brien finished ninth in the primary, but she was just 33 votes behind the elder Brien.
WOONSOCKET â€” An apparent messaging prank has put a local 15-year-old boy in line for a Family Court hearing and possible school disciplinary action, police said Friday.
The boy was taken into custody by city juvenile officers after he allegedly posted an electronic message threatening a violent incident at Woonsocket High School on Wednesday.
The threat was reported to the police department's anonymous tipline on Thursday and prompted an investigation to identify the sender.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Ten years ago, downtown Pascoag was officially designated by the town as a "redevelopment district," an area long considered blighted and substandard and in need of serious revitalization.
If you've driven through lately, you may have noticed some big changes in the downtown area, which has undergone a sort of Renaissance â€” especially over the past several months.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee says â€śthere seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reformâ€ť now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Attention, area veterans. The Call is holding a photograph session at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cumberland Monastery, hoping veterans from all over the Blackstone Valley will congregate to have their picture taken in a large group photo.
Don't be late!
LINCOLN â€” Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.
WOONSOCKET â€” A local man was charged with the theft of natural gas service after police located stolen National Grid equipment and tools at the apartment where he was staying on Saturday.
Timothy E. Ring, 34, was located in a bedroom in an apartment at 47 Paradis Ave. after police investigated a report of gas service tampering at the location at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
A National Grid employee called Patrolman Thomas Gormley III to the location after discovering that a stolen gas meter may have been attached to lines for a shutoff service at the property.