Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Town grants Material Sand $4.7 million assessment deal

Officials stop pursuing Nicholson; still no abatement report
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Editor's note: Mr. Nicholson reached out to The Breeze on Thursday, Feb. 26, the day this story was published. A follow-up will be published in the March 5 edition. NORTH SMITHFIELD - A gravel... more

After decades of service, Soares leaves Adopt-A-Family

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WOONSOCKET - For Sandy Soares, the routine may have changed and evolved a bit over the past two decades, but the hours dedicated to the monumental task have remained a constant each year. Since 1990... more

Budget Commission gives authority back to Woonsocket officials

WOONSOCKET – The state-appointed board tasked with stabilizing city finances has handed control for most major decisions back to city officials and will soon begin its exit, according to a letter... more

North Smithfield administrator asks volunteer to resign over Facebook post

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A member of the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee who questioned his motor vehicle tax in a comment on social media last month has been asked to resign from the board by Town... more

No. Smithfield Councilor Ernest Alter dies at 77

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A member of the North Smithfield Town Council died on Monday, March 2 leaving behind a legacy of involvement and passion for his town. Ernest Alter, 77, a Victory Highway resident... more

Candidates submit papers for Blackstone election April 6

Potential School Committee member falls short of needed signatures
BLACKSTONE - The 2015 municipal election in Blackstone will have few contests for political office, with only one open position attracting a choice for voters this April. Planning Board incumbent... more

Woonsocket High School seeks national spotlight with version of 'Uptown Funk'

WOONSOCKET - Theater arts teacher Jennifer Maiello led students and faculty at Woonsocket High School in a massive dance project this month to the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit "Uptown Funk!" The video... more

Officials credit community, staff with saving city hospital

WOONSOCKET - On Sept. 30, 2013, around 100 residents shuffled into the auditorium at Woonsocket High School to testify before state regulators about the importance of keeping northern Rhode Island's... more

AG: Town did not violate APRA in failing to disclose administrator's email recipients

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton did not violate the state's Access to Public Records Act when she refused to give out the names and email addresses of all of the recipients of... more

Pawtucket devastated after 'gut punch' PawSox announcement

Officials not giving up, but will seek best use if team leaves
PAWTUCKET - It was the news many dreaded and few wanted to believe: The Pawtucket Red Sox, a part of the city's cultural fabric unlike any other organization, are set to leave for what its new owners... more

Super Plunge team raises funds, awareness for Special Olympics

NORTH PROVIDENCE - It might sound unbearable: plunging into the ocean in February, once every hour for 24 hours straight with no breaks, no sleep, and no wetsuits. But that's exactly what Rick... more

Fusionworks residencies bring modern dance, new ways of learning to city youth

WOONSOCKET - In the auditorium at Woonsocket High School, students from theater arts instructor Jennifer Maiello's class shimmy and gyrate in synch, following cues from a visiting professional dance... more

Beacon Charter awarded expansion to middle school grades

WOONSOCKET - On Monday, Feb. 23, the Rhode Island Board of Education granted an amendment to the charter for Beacon Charter High School for the Arts that allows the school to begin offering... more

Mount community is ready for spring

With March quickly approaching and students returning from the mid-winter recess, the Mount community is hopeful that the cold weather and snowstorms will quickly subside. Exhausted and disjointed... more

Winter Festival at BV Boys and Girls Club

BLACKSTONE - The Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club, 115 Canal St., will hold its second annual Winter Festival on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. The free event will feature contests, entertainment... more

CCA offers CNA training

WOONSOCKET - Community Care Alliance, 55 Main St., will hold informational sessions for its Certified Nursing Assistant Training on Wednesdays, March 4 and 11, at 3 p.m. CNA training classes will... more

Birthday Club

March 4 Aunt Theresa Munroe, with love on your "special" birthday! From Kathy and Gerry XOXO March 9 Happy 22nd Birthday to our beautiful daughter and sister, Kyla. We love you! Mom, Dad, Kelsy and... more

Donate books for library sale

BLACKSTONE - The Friends of the Blackstone Library will host its Spring Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Donation drop-off times are during regular library business hours. All... more

Food pantry seeks canned chicken

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Food Pantry has announced that canned chicken is the "flavor of the month" for March. The pantry currently needs unopened cans of chicken. Any donations or... more

Mushroom hunting program in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE - Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., will host the program Wild Mushroom Hunting in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, on Tuesday, March 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ryan Bouchard and Emily... more

BV Tech to host corned beef and cabbage dinner

UPTON, Mass. - Students from the Blackstone Valley Tech Friends of Rachel Club and Culinary Arts program are hosting a series of fundraising dinners to benefit several charitable organizations and... more

Lenten services offered in Woonsocket and Blackstone

The following ecumenical Lenten services will be held at area churches on Thursdays at 7 p.m. March 5: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 871 Harris Ave., Woonsocket. Service led by the Rev. Denise E. Keltz.... more

Bereavement series offered in Attleboro

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care will offer a six-week bereavement series March 4 through April 8. This program is open to any adult experiencing loss. Meetings are held... more

Martin receives Distinguished Hospice Physician Award

PROVIDENCE - Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island has announced that Dr. Edward W. Martin has been selected to receive the 2015 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the... more