WOONSOCKET – Jim Smith of Avenue A says it was almost impossible to drive on most of the street without landing in what he calls “a really big hole.”
But the ride’s soon going to be smooth as silk now that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has launched the 2015 construction season’s road-rebuilding jobs.
Smith watched happily from the sidewalk opposite Globe Park Thursday as a massive milling machine scraped a ribbon of pitted pavement off Providence Street, first on the list of repair jobs.
PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
WRENTHAM – An EF-0 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 80 miles per hour whipped through the downtown area Tuesday afternoon, uprooting an 80-foot-tall maple tree in the town common and snapping tree tops and limbs in the brief time it was on the ground.
While much of the Blackstone Valley was spared the brunt of the storm, straight-line wind gusts Tuesday afternoon knocked down a tree and ripped branches from trees on a portion of Milk Street in Blackstone.
PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.
BELLINGHAM – The story of the dramatic company stalemate and widespread boycotts of the Market Basket grocery store chain – which began a year ago yesterday – will be the subject of not one, but two film documentaries.
Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket, a documentary by New Hampshire filmmaker Jay Childs and producer Melissa Paly, is scheduled to be released later this year.
WOONSOCKET – State-appointed Municipal Finance Advisor Paul Luba has rejected the Woonsocket City Council’s recently adopted $135 million budget for FY 2016, which includes a controversial $688,000 cut to the city’s healthcare account.
WOONSOCKET – Rising Stars, a Woonsocket-based organization that works with at-risk inner city youths, is using the basketball court as another means to save inner-city children from drugs, incarceration and feelings of hopelessness about the future.
WOONSOCKET – The teenager accused of wounding four people in a shooting on River Street last Friday has also been charged in connection with an armed robbery a week earlier in which he also fired a gun at a female store clerk.
Woonsocket Police Detective Jamie Chamberland said 19-year-old Zackary Alvarado was linked to the robbery of the Metro PCS store at 1078 Social St. on June 13 by detectives investigating Friday’s shooting in front of Aly’s Riverside Pub.
BELLINGHAM – Louis Collamati is a simple man. Before he retired, he was the owner of his own small refrigeration and air conditioning business, and before that he lived on a farm on Locust Street in Bellingham. His family owned Collamati’s Supermarket in Woonsocket. He’s an avid gardener. He loves to tinker with things, and considers himself a regular old Mr. Fix-it. There’s just one thing that separates him from most people.
He celebrated his 100th birthday this past Thursday.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ In the field of law enforcement, Major Lareto â€śLarryâ€ť Guglietta has worn a multitude of hats over the years.
Corrections officer at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions. Military policeman. Acting chief of the townâ€™s 22-member police force.
Now, after nearly four decades in law enforcement â€“ including 28 years with the Burrillville Police Department â€“ Guglietta has heard the siren song of retirement calling. The last day on the job for the second-in-command of the police department will be Friday.