October 8th, 2011
GLOCESTER â€” Already two weeks behind schedule, the $1.2 million Chestnut Hill Road Bridge rehabilitation project is now slated to be completed by the middle of the month.
That's the latest estimation by the state Department of Transportation, which says the bridge should reopen to traffic within two weeks if the weather cooperates. The bulk of the work that remains includes paving the deck of the bridge, among other tasks.
The project was supposed to have reopened last Friday, but that deadline was not met.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The 18-member commission charged with redrawing the lines for the 75 House districts, 38 Senate districts and two congressional districts is giving Northern Rhode Island the cold shoulder.
The committee this week scheduled six public hearings across the state throughout October seeking public comment from citizens about what the new districts â€“ which are being changed to reflect new population figures from the 2010 census â€“ but none of those sessions will be held farther north than the Statehouse.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 43-year-old city woman suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car while walking on Cass Avenue at about 11:15 Friday night.
Police Lt. John Picard said the victim â€” Donna Kwandranc, of Fourth Avenue â€” was hit by a 2001 Toyota Avalon as she walked in the roadway near the intersection of Cass and Dulude Avenue. The impact damaged the windshield and hood of the car and threw the victim down the road a number of yards in the direction of Mailloux Street.
Kwandranc was found near the center line of the pavement, unconscious and critically injured, according to Picard.
Luis Vargas, 10, of Woonsocket, has fun on the bumper cars Thursday night during the opening of Autumnfest at WW II Veterans Memorial Park. Autumnfest continues through Monday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a 10-year lapse, a citywide flushing of the water distribution system is under way.
According to Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran and water district transmission supervisor Michael Asselin, the project began recently in the Manville Road area, near the water treatment plant, and will spread through other parts of city in the weeks ahead.
Residents might see some brief discoloration in their tap water in areas where mains have been flushed, but itâ€™s nothing to worry about, officials say.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Trevor Bowman loves animals, but he never thought heâ€™d turn into a pushover for a predator.
When a city animal control officer told him that the abandoned alligator he had seen in the Blackstone River would probably die in the chilly water, Bowman was determined to save the scaly swimmer.
Rene Henry Cote
WOONSOCKET Rene Henry Cote, 73, of Lydia Avenue, Woonsocket, died Thursday, October 6, 2011in Oakland Grove Healthcare Center. He was the husband of Ruth L. (L"Heureux) Cote whom he married in 1962.
Born in Bellingham, MA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Claire (Racine) Cote.
Richard, Aline A.
CUMBERLAND- Richard, Aline A., 74, of Flat Street, Cumberland, died Sunday at Landmark Hospital. She was the widow of Raymond J. Richard, who died in September, 1996.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Bertrand and Florence (Phaneuf) Plasse.
Aline worked at Kirkbrae Country Club for 31 years before retiring in 1999. She was a member of AARP and a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.
Jon P. "Zack" Zachadnyk
BURLINGTON, VT- Jon Payne "Zack" Zachadnyk, 86, passed away on October 4, 2011.
He was born in Blackstone, MA son of the late Alex and Mary (Maliniak) Zachadnyk.
He graduated from Blackstone High School and Hill's Business College in Woonsocket, RI.
Zack opened his own restaurant, in Montgomery Center, VT and that was the beginning at "Zack's On The Rocks".
Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the stateâ€™s governing body for high school athletics is not turning a deaf ear when its constituents speak up.
Sticking primarily with how these tweaks impact the football side, the idea of altering everything from how often realignment takes place to the specific formula that mathematically helps place teams in one division as opposed to another is something that will surely help to keep the overall product fresh.