September 17th, 2015
WOONSOCKET – An ordinary-looking street crowd milled about the sidewalk in front of Joe’s Deli as a gray Honda Civic rolled slowly past the convenience store on Main Street.
“Cut!” someone yelled, and the Honda stopped abruptly, just past the flowers stacked neatly in front of the store.
“Reset!” the voice barked, setting in motion the identical sequence of events another time.
WOONSOCKET – Francophones, and Francophiles, from the local area will be joining a new effort to preserve French heritage that will kick off in Quebec City this fall.
Anne Conway, director of the Museum of Work & Culture and a French speaking former resident of Quebec, will be heading a group of area officials and residents planning to participate in the inaugural event of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 in Quebec City.
WOONSOCKET â€” The question of whether Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. may be released on bail while the state appeals a lower court ruling vacating his 1992 conviction for the murder of Doreen Picard is due to reach the Supreme Court on Thursday, but it could be a day or more before a decision is announced.
LINCOLN – New head football coach Sean Cavanaugh doesn't know exactly how many starters Lincoln High has returned from a squad that finished fourth (5-3) in all of Division III last season – and earned a rare playoff bid.
He has two reasons for that: First, he wasn't involved with mentor Dave Waycott's staff a year ago; and, second, he's more intent on looking ahead.
CUMBERLAND – It's a new era for girls' tennis at Cumberland High, with long-time head coach John Jasionowski now mentoring at Tolman and Fore Court professional/instructor Kevin Hartmann taking the reins, but the Clippers haven't missed a beat.
They continue to win, as evidenced by Cumberland's 5-2 victory over Mount Hope in a Division II/Met B showdown at the Tucker Field courts on Tuesday afternoon.
With the verdict, Hartmann's bunch raised their league mark to 4-1, and is looking forward to greater things later this fall.
WOONSOCKET – If you’re traveling by motor vehicle through the downtown area tomorrow, be on the lookout for Hollywood production crews – and possible traffic delays.
As the makers of the thriller “Purge 3” set up shop in Kwik-Mart, a Main Street convenience store, traffic could be rerouted or delayed between High and Arnold streets, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The street will be closed to through traffic on Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., and more interruptions are expected next week.
WOONSOCKET – After trying to get the attention of local officials for more than two years, skateboard activist Susan Kirwan finally senses an opening at City Hall – and she couldn’t be happier.
It came late last week when Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt unexpectedly announced that the city would study the feasibility of building a facility for skateboarders, BMX bikers, scooter-riders and rollerbladers.
NORTH SMITHFIELD — Late last November, after North Smithfield High had compiled a 5-3 record in Division IV and tied for fourth place with North Providence, head coach Wes Pennington's bunch earned a playoff spot due to a head-to-head victory over the Cougars.
As the fourth seed, however, the Northmen had to travel to top-ranked and unbeaten Burrillville, which manufactured an easy quarterfinal triumph en route to a perfect 13-0 mark and the D-IV state championship.
The Blackstone Valleyâ€™s water supply outlook seemingly improved with the arrival of a steady rainfall on Thursday and again overnight Saturday.
The immediate relief will likely be a greening of heat-dried lawns and vegetation, but water officials were also looking to the rains to recharge aquifers and reservoir water supplies.
â€śThere is a drought right now, and the state is in the middle of it,â€ť Marc Viggiani, water superintendent for the City of Woonsocket, said after the rains finally appeared late last week.