June 8th, 2011
Woonsocket firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of the former Alice Mills complex on Wednesday morning, which was gutted by fire Tuesday night. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental, the result of workers using an acetylene torch to cut metal for salvage inside the mill. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is asking residents to conserve water as much as possible today because of the demand from firefighters at the scene of the Alice Mill fire on Fairmount Street. So much water has been diverted for the firefighting effort that pressure in outlying portions of the distribution network have been significantly affected, the mayor said. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for at least the rest of the Wednesday dousing hot spots.
WOONSOCKET â The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.
WOONSOCKET â Steward Health Care System of Boston is moving full-speed ahead on its plans for acquiring Landmark Medical Center.
A week after a Superior Court judge approved the $76 million deal, Landmark and Steward announced yesterday that they have have signed an asset purchase agreement, a core component of the sale. The agreement would make Landmark a part of Steward, parent company of the Caritas Christi Health Care network.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â If you happen to be walking down Grange Road and hear a gentle humming, don't be alarmed. Its just the alpacas.
The Pasquariello family, owners of Mamalu Farm, have just welcomed the arrival of two alpacas to their newly formed alpaca farm on Grange Road.
The familyâs primary goal is to raise, breed, and sell alpaca products. They are also interested in providing animal assisted therapy and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their products to charity.
WOONSOCKET â Maria Karen Lambert, 38, of Wilcox St,. Woonsocket, died Sunday evening at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the beloved daughter of Ernest R. and Linda A. (Zatonsky) Lambert. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
Maria was a graduate of Woonsocket High School, Class of 1991.
She was employed as a CNA for Ocean State Nursing and worked for several years at Oakland Grover Health Care Center.
Maria had a special love of all animals and kept a wide array of pets at home.
Raymond J. Corriveau, 39, of Benedict Rd., died Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Jennifer (Dolbec) Corriveau, whom he married September 11, 2004. A lifelong Harrisville resident, he was the son of James Corriveau and his wife Susan of Uxbridge, MA and Jeannine (Belisle) Corriveau of Harrisville.
Letâs begin with the one thing public and private schools have in common. Both start with the letter âP.â
After that? Letâs just say the hot-button issue regarding the classification of high school athletics in this state wastes no time in drawing battle lines.
PROVIDENCE --- Less than a month ago, reaching the winnersâ bracket final of the Division I playoffs was the last thing on the minds of Mount St. Charles Academy and head coach Cliff Matthews.
Not only did the Mounties endure a tough stretch that saw them drop five out of seven contests and fall three games below .500, but also did they lose two of their top players, pitcher Olivia Hendricks and third baseman Nicole Silva, for an extended period of time to an injury and an illness.
LINCOLN â If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or âpremium supportâ system are successful, âit will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,â Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, âwhen you would go to a friendâs house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.â That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.