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August 27th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a rocky political fight that goes back months, a new era of full-day kindergarten got off to a smooth start Wednesday as the first batch of little pioneers reported for classes.
About half of some 450 kindergartners arrived on the first day of school, and the other half arrives today in a staggered start to the year for the youngsters, according to Kindergarten Coordinator Donna Coderre, principal of Leo Savoie Elementary School.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Feeding the poor: They call it Godâ€™s work at The River United Methodist Church on Federal Street.
Theyâ€™ve been doing it for years, but now theyâ€™ll be forced to do it without an essential ingredient: electricity.
National Grid cut power to The River Tuesday because the struggling church has fallen into arrears on its bill by almost $1,000, according to Pastor Rebecca Lambert.
â€śWe serve a hurtinâ€™ community,â€ť said Lambert. â€śWhen we have a choice between turning on the lights and feeding the community weâ€™ll be feeding the community first.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary is seeking donations to rehabilitate a cat that was found trapped in a dumpster on Welles Street about two weeks ago.
Deb Adam, the director of the nonprofit feline rescue agency, said she believes the cat had been neglected for some time before it was deliberately placed in the trash bin and left for dead. The animal was found by some neighbors who heard a banging noise coming from inside the dumpster, looked in and discovered the cat.
BELLINGHAM â€“ When Denis Auger and Mickey Emery got the idea to help disabled veterans with a cookout at Augerâ€™s Lake Hiawatha home 11 years ago, they counted on the help of the friends and area veterans to put the event together and make it happen.
Emery died in 2010, but the annual event benefitting disabled veterans from the Brockton VA Hospital and other residences was on again at Augerâ€™s home on Saturday thanks to the help of Emeryâ€™s wife, Liz; Augerâ€™s daughter, Nicole Auger-Gassett; and a battalion of volunteers from area veteran organizations.
A pot simmers on the stove inside the kitchen of the two-story colonial when Brother Alan Aubin is summoned from his chair at the dinner table by the unusually shrill clang of an old-fashioned doorbell.
A slight man with a dollop of silvery hair lopped across his forehead, Aubin opens the back door and quietly acknowledges the visitor, handing the stocky man in blue jeans a couple of sandwiches and a canned drink. Itâ€™s a transaction that lasts just a few seconds from start to finish, and it takes place with few words, uttered in hushed tones.
WOONSOCKET - Robert T. Kulik, the executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and the agency's board of commissioners, reached a severance agreement Thursday.
The deal ends Kulik's employment with the WHA, effective Monday, but it allows him to collect his pay until the end of the year and includes his work vehicle as part of the package, according to Joseph Rodio, the WHA's legal counsel.
The salary amounts to $38,819.34, doled out in weekly installments of 2,156.63 starting Sept. 4.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Dowling Village is entering another growth spurt thanks to the completion of agreements with several new business and two national restaurant chainsâ€” Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar and Texas Roadhouse, a chain specializing in steaks with a western flavor.
The Eddie Dowling Highway propertyâ€™s developer, Brian Bucci, on Thursday confirmed town reports that construction will begin soon on the new business locations with completion expected next year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Patrol officers seized heroin, cocaine and more than $2,800 in cash as two men, both with prior trafficking convictions, were arrested Monday in the Fairmount section.
Steven Kevin Bergeron, 29, of 262 Second Ave., and Jason Andrew Lennox, 28, of 18 Cynthia Drive, North Smithfield, were charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former U.S. Congressman Fernand J. â€śFreddyâ€ť St Germain, a favorite son of the city who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in the country, has died.
Family members said he passed away at home in Newport on Saturday of kidney failure. He was 86 years old.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For members of the Cumberland American Little League team it was likely a game of the ages, and Saturday nightâ€™s 8-7 win over the Tennessee team during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., hasnâ€™t been overlooked back at home.
The teamâ€™s stunning final inning walkoff victory thanks to a home run by CJ Davock was the talk of the town Sunday, and had many wishing for more success by their local Little League representatives.
â€śIt was absolutely amazing,â€ť Cumberland Police Sgt. Brandon Vadenais said of Saturday nightâ€™s game.