Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Town council withholds support 
of consolidated dispatch

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Proponents, including Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, say that regionalizing dispatch services for municipal police, fire and rescue personnel across the state will increase... more

Three longtime city priests will retire July 1

City’s Catholic churches to share leaders
WOONSOCKET – Three city reverends with more than a half of a century of combined experience in Woonsocket’s Catholic churches will be retiring next month, and due to the rapidly declining number of... more

Police on the hunt for seat belt violators this week

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The Rhode Island State Police are joining with state and local law enforcement agencies in the “Click it or Ticket” nationwide enforcement campaign just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of... more

Woonsocket man caught with stolen car in Mass.

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PLAINVILLE — A city man was arrested by Plainville police while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle this week, and was also charged with speeding and driving without a license. Tyson Walker, 20, of... more

Woonsocket man pleads no contest to rape and child abuse

Juan Silva, a 37-year-old Woonsocket resident, pleaded no contest Friday before Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers to one count of first-degree sexual assault (rape), one count of second-degree... more

Babphavong, Tran lead WHS Class of 2016

WOONSOCKET – Kelley Babphavong is the valedictorian and May Tran is the salutatorian of Woonsocket High School Class of 2016. Babphavong is the daughter of Khamsing Babphavong and Sakounluck... more

‘Slatersville’ project on track thanks to grant from R.I. Foundation

Organization will also fund light spheres at River Island Park
PROVIDENCE – Helping a filmmaker near completion on a documentary on America’s first mill village, and adding some artwork to a park at the center of a city, the Rhode Island Foundation included... more

Clinton Street DHS, DCYF office to close this August

WOONSOCKET – A state office serving some 18,175 Woonsocket residents in need of help with essential services is looking for a new home, following a decision not to renew a lease at 450 Clinton St.... more

Reilly, Jalbert head of class at Blackstone Millville Regional High School

BLACKSTONE – Griffin Reilly and Andrew Jalbert are leading the Blackstone Millville Regional High School Class of 2016. Reilly, BMR’s valedictorian, is the son of Christopher and Lauren Reilly of... more

Students and teachers work together to build uplifting walkway

WOONSOCKET -- On April 24 and 25, Woonsocket Middle School students and teachers created an uplifting walkway outside of their schools in a joint project with an educational outreach program at the... more

N.S. volunteers cleaned 7.26 tons of litter on Clean and Green Day

NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield volunteers collected over 7 tons of trash, mattresses, tires, car parts and various littered waste thrown throughout the community during the town’s Annual Clean... more

Public hearing on North Smithfield budget will be held June 13

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town of North Smithfield will hold a public meeting on the 2016-2017 budget on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in Kendall Dean Auditorium, 83 Green St. There will be time for... more

DWC creates first ‘pocket park’ on Main Street

Group seeks volunteers, donations for green up day May 31
WOONSOCKET – The Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative will be working in conjunction with the city of Woonsocket to create the first pocket park located in Woonsocket. Pocket parks are small outdoor... more

Hartnett Middle School principal chosen as Mass. Middle School Principal of the Year

BLACKSTONE – Justin Cameron, of Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in the Blackstone Millville School district, has been selected as Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year by the... more

R.I. Wind Ensemble concert at St. Ann to feature Gershwin

WOONSOCKET –The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble returns to the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. with a concert entitled “Classics.” The concert will feature one of the most... more

George Nasuti Novans Pride 5k set for Monday

WOONSOCKET – It is an event focused not only on fitness and health, but also on pride in the community, and acknowledgment of the values left behind by a respected leader. The George Nasuti Novans... more

Hearing today on power plant bill

PROVIDENCE – The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing for this Thursday, May 26, on legislation sponsored by Rep. Cale Keable, of District 47, Burrillville and... more

Head to Slatersville for the first Ranger Walkabout on June 2

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park will hold its first Ranger Walkabout, “Slatersville: An Engineered Landscape of Waterpower,” on Thursday, June 2. The program... more

Ballou Home’s Baker honored by ACHCA

WOONSOCKET – Donald Baker, the administrator of the Ballou Home for the past six years and a North Smithfield resident, has been named a winner of the 2016 American College of Health Care... more

Woonsocket residents receive EITC, benefit could increase

WOONSOCKET – More than 4,624 tax filers in the city of Woonsocket received more than $11,314,000 in federal dollars from the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2013 – providing local residents and... more

N.S. curbside yard waste collection ends June 3

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Town of North Smithfield wants to remind residents that yard waste collection will continue until Friday, June 3. In an effort to make it easier, all yard waste is collected... more

City slated to get additional pre-kindergarten classroom

WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island’s Pre-kindergarten Program is set to open more classrooms, and the city of Woonsocket has been approved for an additional site at the YWCA on Blackstone Street. The state is... more

Blackstone library looking for pint-sized parade volunteers

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library is seeking volunteers to represent the library in the Blackstone Memorial Day Parade to be held this Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m. Adults and children ages 5... more

NEA awards Riverzedge $30K

WOONSOCKET – The National Endowment for the Arts announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $30,000 to... more

Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club will host Spring Concert on June 4

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club will host a Spring Concert, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 4 with live music by Logic, Bar Fly, & Blame It on Bob. Tickets are available... more

St. Blaise Church seeks crafters

BELLINGHAM, Mass. – St. Blaise Church is seeking crafters, vendors and local civic organizations for its 4th annual yard sale/flea market at the church, 1158 South Main St., on Saturday, June 18,... more

Woonsocket High School announces third quarter honor roll

WOONSOCKET – The following students have been named to the third quarter honor roll at Woonsocket High School. GRADE 12 HIGH HONORS: Sabrina Abramek, Veronica Almeida, Emmanuela Alobwede, Yesica... more