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July 24th, 2015

Judge: Suit against RISE may proceed

July 24, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Opponents of the proposed RISE Prep Mayoral Academy won big in the first round of their bid to kill the controversial school Friday when a Superior Court judge rejected the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at preventing it from opening next month.

The plaintiffs are now poised to argue a motion to do just that during a hearing set for Aug. 11, according to attorney William Wray, who represents the City Council.

“Yes,” said Wray. “It was definitely a win for the plaintiffs.”

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July 24, 2015

July 23rd

WHS students fired up over summer program

July 23, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A group of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) students from Woonsocket High School are gaining some training this summer in what could be a future career in the emergency response field.

The program offered under a partnership between the RiverzEdge Arts ELO program at the school and the Woonsocket Fire Department has a group of six students taking on training tasks they might one day experience when seeking a real job in the field. This summer’s class is the second group of Woonsocket High School students to participate.

July 22nd

New treatment plant to get airing

July 22, 2015

WOONSOCKET — After years of delays that date back to 2005, the city is finally ready to go out to bid for one of its biggest public works projects in decades, a new water treatment plant that will carry a price tag in the range of $40 million.

But before that happens, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will hold an open briefing on the project at Bernon Heights Elementary School Wednesday at 6 p.m. The public is invited and welcomed to ask questions after a brief presentation on the history and status of the project.

July 21st

City plans to take bids on ‘long overdue’ demolition of Cumberland Hill Road incinerator

July 21, 2015


WOONSOCKET – Encouraged by the City Council’s reaction to the proposal, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt intends to solicit bids to demolish the old municipal trash incinerator, a glaring eyesore on a heavily traveled entryway into the city.

July 20th

Council cool to city WACTC takeover

July 20, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The state is offering the city a chance to own the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3.1 million state grant, but that did not draw an overwhelming round of support from the City Council Monday night.

At best, members of the council indicated they want to know more about the proposal, and there is also a sentiment for not taking on ownership of a state-constructed school that has not been properly funded over the years.

July 19th

Riverboat voyaging up Blackstone to Woonsocket

July 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Long a fixture on the Blackstone River, taking tours of curious patrons through Uxbridge to Pawtucket — and seemingly all points in between — the Blackstone Valley Explorer riverboat will ride again in Woonsocket starting next month.

Built in 1993, the Explorer became the first riverboat on the Blackstone River in 175 years. In its 22 years operating on the river, the Explorer has served as a valuable educational resource for school groups and area residents, as patrons learn about the area’s history and ecology while viewing the natural beauty of the region.

July 18th

In a city library not so far away...young Jedi learn

July 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Ever since George Lucas’s legendary movie “Star Wars” came out in 1977, people around the globe have wondered what it would be like to see a battle between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance in person.

Youngsters got the chance to unleash their inner Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader at the Harris Public Library Friday afternoon, when they stepped foot inside Ed Fuqua’s Jedi Academy.

July 17th

Woonsocket man killed in I-295 wreck

July 17, 2015

CUMBERLAND– An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.

Michael F. Morin Jr., 56, of Woonsocket, was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck in which he was driving rolled over. Robert A. Choiniere, 36, of Lincoln, the driver of the other vehicle, was uninjured.

Council considers purchase of WACTC building

July 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.

The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.

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