Woonsocket, North Smithfield

No. Smithfield schools look for increase

Proposed budget would see $638K more in funding, with little for programs
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NORTH SMITHFIELD – After three years of level-funding on the local appropriation, North Smithfield schools are hoping for an additional $638,453 this year, with school administrators noting that they... more

City leaders blame rushed, ‘flawed process’ for rejection of water deal; Johnston jumps in

Burrillville power plant would get water from Johnston
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WOONSOCKET – In the end, say members of the Woonsocket City Council, they were excluded from negotiations with Invenergy, a snub that prompted them, at least in part, to turn down the water deal this... more

Blackstone man arrested in connection with murder of 83-year-old father

BLACKSTONE – A 48-year-old Blackstone man was picked up by police in New Jersey this week as a suspect in murder of his 83-year-old father. Glenn Armstrong of 36 Summer St. was arrested in Mount... more

Woonsocket man arrested for possession of $30,000 in cocaine

WOONSOCKET – A city man was arrested this week for possession of some $30,000 worth of cocaine. Dennys Mitchell, 25 was arrested on Monday, Jan. 9 by Woonsocket police. According to officers, the... more

Woonsocket school closes due to 'noro-like virus'

WOONSOCKET – A city school will remain closed until Thursday of next week due to a "Noro-like Virus" according to a post on Friday, Jan. 13 on Rhode Island Broadcasters Network. Globe Park Elementary... more

Woonsocket man indicted on multiple counts of larceny, arson

WOONSOCKET – A city man accused of a week-long crime spree in 2015 that included setting fires in multiple occupied buildings and attempted robberies at five homes, was indicted this week by the... more

Woonsocket couple arrested for assaulting each other

WOONSOCKET – Boyfriend and girlfriend Jeremy Virella, 23, and Ashley Alvira, 26, both of Woonsocket, were each arrested for felony domestic assault, according to Woonsocket police. Alvira allegedly... more

New section of greenway open, ready for winter recreation

Cleanup planned for MLK day of service
BLACKSTONE, Mass. – A 3.7-mile section of the Blackstone River Greenway was finally completed last month, marking the end of a four-year, roughly $26 million project by the Massachusetts Department... more

Small things, in great ways

Woonsocket to hold 16th celebration of civil rights leader King this weekend
WOONSOCKET – Four days of events will mark the city’s 16th celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend, with a “Community Summit” aimed at teaching people how to “lead together” at... more

‘Just keep going:’ 94-year-old bowler, tennis player shares her secret

WOONSOCKET – Every Tuesday, Pat Jillian starts her day at Country View Golf Club in Harrisville. In the evening, she’ll have a group of friends over to play bridge and Scrabble. The golfers... more

Student-led smartphone workshop to be held at NSHS Jan. 28

NORTH SMITHFIELD – In response to North Smithfield High School’s “School Improvement Team’s” community outreach goal, the team has decided to run a Free Smartphone 101 workshop. A group of... more

St. Ann Center chairman celebrating milestone Jan. 21

WOONSOCKET – On Saturday, Jan. 21, the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center will be hosting a fundraiser to celebrate the 50th birthday of its chairman, Wally Rathbun. Rathbun has become a driving force... more

North Smithfield Middle School announces first quarter honor roll

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at North Smithfield Middle School. GRADE 8 High Honors: Evelyn Albrecht, Grace Albrecht, Alexis Bogan, Haylee... more

Beacon students ‘get creepy’ with ‘Addams Family Musical’ next weekend

WOONSOCKET – Preparation for the upcoming “Addam’s Family Musical” involved far more than just memorizing lines for the young thespians from Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. Inspired by the... more

Woonsocket Sears to close in March

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WOONSOCKET – The Sears store on Diamond Hill Road will close this March, according to an announcement this week from the business’s parent company Sears Holdings. The location is among 42 Sears... more

Elvis impersonator will perform in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE – Elvis impersonator Robert Black will perform at the Blackstone Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Dressed in Elvis’ signature sequined jumpsuit, Black will perform a variety... more

WHS Music Department will hold benefit concert

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket High School Music Department will host the benefit concert, A Night of Music for Pete’s Sake, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Woonsocket High School auditorium, 777... more

Blackstone Library Lego Club meets Thursdays

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library Lego Club meets once a month on Thursday evenings and is open to ages 6 and up. Participants are given a monthly challenge with a general theme. Team up... more

CCF offers free tax preparation

WOONSOCKET – Connecting for Children & Families is opening its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site in Woonsocket. The VITA program provides free tax preparation for families with income less... more

Sign up for winter storytimes in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library is accepting sign-ups for the winter session of storytimes. Registration for Blackstone residents is ongoing. Registration for all patrons will begin on... more

Meadows Association lists events

WOONSOCKET – The Meadows Senior Housing Tenant Association announces the following events. A hot dog and bean dinner will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25. A lunch/bingo is set for Monday, Jan. 30. The... more

Museum to host Coffee with Charlene January 26

WOONSOCKET – Blackstone Heritage Corridor is hosting a community meeting dubbed “Coffee with Charlene,” at the Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main St., on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m... more

Whitinsville Christian School hosts open house

WHITINSVILLE, Mass. – Whitinsville Christian School, 279 Linwood Ave., will hold an open house on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. To register or for more information, call 508-372-3278 or visit www.... more

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation announces eco-depot schedule

JOHNSTON – The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has announced this year’s on-site eco-depot schedule, a program that provides proper packaging, storage, handling, transporting and disposal... more

Businesses invited to diabetes prevention summit

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Group on Health is hosting a summit on diabetes prevention called Sugar Rush: The Not So Sweet Truth About How Much Diabetes Costs R.I. Businesses, on Friday,... more

Harris library offers music programs

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Public Library announces two preschool music programs. • Family Music Night takes place every other Thursday evening beginning Jan. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. Anne Marie... more

Preschool storytime offered at Harris Library

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket Harris Public Library will offer its Preschool Storytime, for ages 2-5, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning Jan. 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program features... more

Meat raffle at Our Saviour Church

WOONSOCKET – Our Saviour Church, 500 Smithfield Road, will hold a meat raffle on Friday Jan. 27. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and a free light supper with beverages and dessert will be served. The... more

Catholic schools host open houses

WOONSOCKET – Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional Schools will hold the following open houses. Monsignor Gadoury Catholic Regional School, 1371 Park Ave., will be open on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11:30... more

Kennedy Manor Social Club lists events, winners

WOONSOCKET – The J.F. Kennedy Manor Social Club will hold a Valentine party on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. A pot roast dinner will be served followed by bingo. Split-the-pot winners at the Jan. 3... more

Waterview Activity Association announces events

WOONSOCKET – The Waterview Activity Association will hold a pizza party for members on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The cost is $6 for nonmembers and guests. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 30... more