Woonsocket, North Smithfield

School bus parking plan hinges on zoning approval

Planning Board votes down idea for parking on school grounds
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NORTH SMITHFIELD - A contract signed this year between the School Department and DATTCO Inc. for student transportation services through June of 2017 included needed repairs for a town building, and... more

Curtains close this year for Theatre Works

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WOONSOCKET - They've spent 32 years bringing laughter, joy and more than a little drama to Woonsocket's theater fans. Their troupe has spawned romances, at least one marriage, and has helped to... more

Blackstone woman held without bail in infant death case

BLACKSTONE, Mass. - Police discovered the remains of three infants in a condemned home at 23 St. Paul St. on Thursday. Erika Murray, 31, was arrested in connection with the case. Murray was... more

Sharing the real story behind the ALS Bucket Challenge

Bob Morris of Slatersville Congregational prompts townwide event
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NORTH SMITHFIELD - To the millions of people who have helped to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, through the Ice Bucket Challenge, Bob Morris has a message:... more

Poitras to receive 2014 Francis L. Lanctot Award

WOONSOCKET - Larry Poitras will be the recipient of the 2014 Francis L. Lanctot Award and will be honored at a gala on Thursday, Oct. 23. The award is presented by the Stadium Theatre Foundation and... more

Riverfest celebrates the Blackstone with a night and day of fun

WOONSOCKET - It's a celebration of life on the Blackstone, and this weekend, it will offer plenty of fun for both artists and outdoors enthusiasts, as well as music aficionados and beer connoisseurs... more

Woonsocket man breaks U.S. power-lifting record

WOONSOCKET - City resident Chuck Berthiaume has been competing in bench press competitions for decades, but his proudest moment as a competitor came last month, at the age of 57. Berthiaume broke the... more

Gamache wins Democratic primary election for District 48

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Political newcomer and city firefighter Steven Gamache beat out former Woonsocket wastewater superintendent Michael Connolly in a primary race for the right to face incumbent... more

Autumnfest's huge tug-of-war, kids' races taking applications

WOONSOCKET - Autumnfest 2014 is gearing up for the Columbus Day weekend of Oct. 11-13, and two big events, the "Mega War," New England's largest tug-of-war competition, will be held at the World War... more

YWCA's Women of Achievement luncheon is Sept. 30 in Lincoln

WOONSOCKET - YWCA Rhode Island will host its 10th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln. The public is... more

Elks collecting items for veterans

WOONSOCKET - The Veterans Committee of the Elks Lodge 840 are collecting bath towels, hand towels and face cloths for homeless veterans and low-income veterans in the area. Donations can be dropped... more

NSHS school year is off to an action-packed start

Amanda Levenson, a senior at North Smithfield High School, is the school's new Valley Breeze student correspondent. She is the daughter of Susan Tiller and Jay Levenson. She is involved in the... more

General Moylan K of C will install officers Monday

WOONSOCKET - The General Moylan Assembly of the Knights of Columbus will hold its Installation of Officers on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., in the All Saints Parish Hall, 323 Rathbun St. The event is... more

Pumpkinfest to be held Sept. 20

NORTH SMITHFIELD- The 8th annual North Smithfield Pumpkinfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Smithfield High School grounds on Greenville Road. Bands, booths... more

Firm Foundation Church celebration

WOONSOCKET - Firm Foundation Christian Church invites all area residents to celebrate five years of God's faithfulness on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., at 84 Cumberland St., in St. Ann Arts and... more

Autumnfest volunteers needed

WOONSOCKET - The Autumnfest Steering Committee is seeking people to volunteer their talents for the Autumnfest this year. The Autumnfest celebration is held every Columbus Day Weekend at World War... more

Curbside waste collection begins Oct. 4 in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - For residents without a yard large enough for yard waste to be deposited, the town of North Smithfield will begin its annual curbside yard waste collection on Oct. 4. Each Saturday... more

CVS holds free health screening event, donates $100,000 to help youth live smoke-free

WOONSOCKET - Representatives from CVS Health, the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health joined elected officials for a Project Health event in Woonsocket last Wednesday... more

Brigido's Fresh Market will hold electronics and textiles recycling event Saturday

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Brigido's Fresh Market will hold an electronics and textiles recycling event at its Slatersville location, 900 Victory Highway, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All... more

Invest in NS Bond committee to meet weekly

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Invest in NS bond referendum committee will be meeting weekly to develop public education opportunities for the upcoming $12 million bond issues that voters will have before... more

Deadline approaching for Pumpkinfest vendors

NORTH SMITHFIELD - There is still time for vendors to register to have a booth at the 8th annual North Smithfield Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested businesses... more

East Quaker Meeting House will hold Ecumenical Service

BLACKSTONE - The East Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Historical Association will host an Ecumenical Service on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the historic Meeting House at 197 Elm St. The Rev.... more

Barbecue fundraiser will benefit the Scottie Wright Memorial Fund

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Scottie Wright Memorial Fund will host its third fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27. The barbecue, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the Smithfield Elks Lodge, 326 Farnum... more

Scouter's Hall will get updates

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has announced that Scouter's/Municipal Hall in Pacheco Park will undergo much needed updates. The hall, which has been an institution in the... more

Correction: Atlantic Footcare purchased ATP assets

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In the Sept. 3 edition, we reported that ATP Manufacturing was purchasing the property at 229 Quaker Highway. Atlantic Footcare, a separately run company out of Oakland, R.I., that... more

St. Andre K of C hosts dinner Sept. 20

BLACKSTONE - The St. Andre Bessette Knights of Columbus Council will host a ham and bean dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Saint Paul Parish Center's lower hall, 48 St. Paul St.... more

North Smithfield Seniors end meetings

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Senior Group's 40-year reign came to a close on Aug. 19. Declining membership was the primary cause of its closure. Cecile Jasmine, president, wished everyone... more