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September 5th, 2011

On Labor Day, museum remembers strike

September 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET — For most people, Labor Day is a last call for summer, a chance for one more family cookout or that final great day at the beach.
But at the city’s Museum of Work And Culture, the holiday was another chance to remember a difficult period of local history, a national textile worker’s strike that came to town in early September 1934 and claimed the lives of two city men in the process.
As part of its Labor Day Open House 2011 program, the Museum staged two performances of Raymond H. Bacon’s short play about the strike and its local aftermath.

September 4th

Area schools to start classes Tuesday

September 4, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — School in Burrillville will be open for all grade levels this Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Preschool students will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. But they should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
Kindergarteners will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. Thye, too, should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
The following is the schedule of open houses/orientations:
*Pre-school - Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.
*Kindergarten - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
*Grade 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6- 8 p.m.

Future’s unknown for Seville Dye, U.S. Rubber sites

September 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The old mill buildings of Seville Dye and the U.S. Rubber Co. (Alice Mill) along the Blackstone River on Fairmount Street were destroyed by fires and their ruins razed over the summer by a wrecking ball.
But what happens now to the more than dozen of acres of industrial land at the two sites could play a major role in the city’s economic recovery.

September 3rd

City man faces charges of sexual assault, intimidation

September 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a city man in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred this summer.
Abdoulie Njie, 34, of 62 South St., is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of witness intimidation, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office.
The crimes took place between July 10 and July 25, the indictment says.

Seniors seek to save their senior center

September 3, 2011

MILLVILLE — It was a moment that Millville's senior citizens had been waiting years for. The town's brand new Senior Center opened in June of 2007 and, for the first time, there was a bigger, more modern space where they could get their blood pressure checked, participate in a knitting groups or exercise classes or get information about Social Security benefits.
Now, that same building is slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts and a decision by voters in June to reject two Proposition 2½ override ballot questions.

September 2nd

Burrillville officer is a 'Hero Among Us'

September 2, 2011

BURRILLVILLE - A veteran cop with the Burrillville Police Department, who received the state's highest honor for lifesaving last year, was feted by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery at a Mass. Statehouse ceremony earlier this month as a 2010-2011 Heroes Among Us recipient.
Last year, Lt. Dennis C. Leahey was one of six Rhode Islanders honored for their lifesaving heroics during a ceremony at the statehouse. Then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis presented each hero with the state's 2010 State Lifesaving Medal, which are awarded every year.

Drug raid is no blast for suspect

September 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – For Neftali Melendez, Wednesday started with a bang, but it went downhill from there.
Melendez was startled awake about an hour before dawn by the sound of an explosive device blowing apart the door of his first-floor apartment at 196-202 Fourth Ave., police said.
Melendez, 25, now held at the ACI on drug charges, had been the target of an undercover narcotics operation for weeks, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.

August 31st

Much of Blackstone still without power

August 31, 2011

BLACKSTONE — Main Street in this village-like outpost on the state line usually has everything a busy mother of two needs, but lately it just hasn't been the same.
“You can't do anything in Blackstone,” said Tara Rogala as she pulled up to the drive-through at Dean Bank. “You can't do laundry. You can't do groceries. I have to drive 20 minutes to Woonsocket to do anything. Not having power with two small kids isn't easy.”

August 30th

Menard, Fontaine to face off

August 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET — She did it.
After publicly hinting of a possible return to electoral politics, former Mayor Susan D. Menard raised the stakes Tuesday, filing preliminary declaration papers to challenge her successor, incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
But the suspense isn't over. Menard may withdraw if she isn't showing satisfactory support among likely voters, she said.
“I'll be doing a poll,” Menard said. “After that I'll decide on my next step.”

August 29th

Cleaning up Irene's mess

August 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The sunny, warm weather yesterday should have helped to erase memories of Tropical Storm Irene, and that might have been the case were it not for the continuing power outages affecting area residents.
The storm’s aftermath was marked by food spoiling in refrigerators, businesses still waiting for the power to come back on, and residents seeking a respite from the dark of their homes at restaurants lucky to have been spared the loss of electricity.

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