Woonsocket, North Smithfield

OLQM summer festival turns 60, still going strong

WOONSOCKET - At the church at 1409 Park Ave. on Monday, workers had begun to arrive, the trailers that would serve as their homes for the next seven days lining up behind the rectory. The games had... more

Three bonds on the ballot, but Halliwell demolition still in question

Will fencing off the school lead to vandalism?
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Three ballot questions for bonds totaling $12 million have gained General Assembly approval, now shifting the fate of the town's roadways, schools and municipal buildings into the... more

Moody's deems Woonsocket bond rating 'stable'

WOONSOCKET – Moody's Investors Services has revised Woonsocket's bond credit rating from negative to stable, citing the city's recent expenditure cuts and an increase in revenues, adopted as part of... more

OLQM Parish Festival to host fireworks tonight, events and entertainment through the weekend

THURSDAY, JULY 31 through FRIDAY, AUG. 1 Cuisine Ronaldo opens at 6 p.m. Game Booths open at 7 p.m. Rides operate 6 to 11 p.m. Split the Pot raffle drawing will take place at 10:45 p.m. All-Night... more

Pilkington to pitch plan for charter school with green jobs focus

WOONSOCKET - Former Beacon Charter High School for the Arts Supt. Robert Pilkington has an idea for creating a new school in Woonsocket with a focus on training students in both new green technology... more

The week that was

No. Smithfield teacher arrested, charged with stealing $6,866 A North Smithfield Middle School teacher was arrested on Thursday, July 24, and has been accused of stealing nearly $7,000 in funds... more

Local baker whips up 'Simply Sweet' treats at Betty's Donuts in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE, Mass. - A favorite breakfast and lunch stop for locals just over the Woonsocket border got a little sweeter last month. Baker Sarah Gillis added her fresh homemade pastries, from... more

Four No. Smithfield teachers recognized with awards

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Four North Smithfield educators were recently recognized with state and national awards. North Smithfield High School social studies teacher Kimberly Rawson was awarded first... more

Groups seek to ensure 'high-stakes testing' moratorium enforced

PROVIDENCE - Nine organizations that pushed for the new law imposing a three-year moratorium on "high stakes testing" as a condition of high school graduation have sent an "urgent request" to state... more

Assembly of God hosts cookoff Aug. 9

WOONSOCKET - First Assembly of God Church will hold its 2nd annual Worship Arts Chowder/Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost to participate is $5 and includes 10 tasting cups... more

Woonsocket High School Class of 1964 reunites Sept. 19

WOONSOCKET - The Woonsocket High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50-year reunion on Friday, Sept. 19, at Luciano's in Wrentham, Mass. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner.... more

Learn the art of non-judgmental listening with Samaritans

PAWTUCKET - The Samaritans of Rhode Island has announced "Listening Beyond Words," a new program designed to promote active and non-judgmental listening. "At the Samaritans, we practice a... more

Good Shepherd announces graduates

WOONSOCKET - The following students graduated from the 8th grade at Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School: Nathan Asstafan, Brianna Blanchette, Maggie Bouckaert, Kelsey Bousquet, Paul Brodeur,... more

'Runaways Runaround' 5K set for Sunday

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Runners and walkers are invited to join the "Runaways Runaround," sponsored by the Runaways Running Club, on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 9 a.m. This year, the traditional 5-mile race... more

WHS names fourth quarter honor roll

WOONSOCKET - The following students have been named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Woonsocket High School. Grade 12 High Honors: Arielle Abramek; Ashley Aubin; Kamil Bahit; Anna- Marie Barnhart... more

St. Joseph Seniors list events, winners

WOONSOCKET - The St. Joseph Senior Citizens Club announces the following events: American chop suey dinner, Tuesday, Aug. 26; clamcakes and chowder dinner, Tuesday, Sept. 23; Foxwoods, Thursdays, Aug... more

National and state background check services offered for school employees, volunteers

To assist teachers, school employees and volunteers obtain the required criminal background checks mandated by state law, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is offering background check services at... more

Hope Street Childcare Center will hold open house Aug. 20

WOONSOCKET - Connecting for Children and Families is holding an open house for its Hope Street Childcare Center on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 46 Hope St. Families are invited to see... more

Pumpkin Festival buttons go on sale this week

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Buttons for the 9th annual North Smithfield Pumpkin Festival will be going on sale at several locations throughout town next week. This year, buttons will be sold for $1 each. They... more

Family Shabbat at Congregation B'nai Israel

WOONSOCKET - Congregation B'nai Israel, 224 Prospect St., will hold a Family Friendly Shabbat Dinner and Service on Friday, Aug. 1 at 6:15 p.m. The dinner will be followed by a service, led by... more

Poetry event on Monday at the library

WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket Harris Public Library will host the event Onomatopoetry on Monday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. The program will feature a fusion of poetry, storytelling, hip hop, jazz and visual arts... more

Rhode Island Red Necks to play the common Sunday

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The 2014 North Smithfield Summer Concert Series continues with the Rhode Island Red Necks playing Sunday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. on the Slatersville Church Common. Specializing in the... more

YMCA offers open swim for city residents

WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket YMCA, 18 Federal St., is offering free open swim to city residents weekdays through Aug. 22, from 12:24 to 1:45 p.m. To participate, residents must complete registration forms... more

Children invited to robot program at the library

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Public Library will hold a special program for children 10 and older on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present the... more

St. Antoine Residence holding online auction

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Starting Friday, Aug. 1, Saint Antoine Residence will be holding an online auction in conjunction with its 14th annual benefit golf tournament. Proceeds from both the auction and... more

Birthday Club

Aug. 2 Melissa Tavares, Happy 21st Birthday. Love, Dad Aug. 3 Nancy O'Halloran, Have a Happy Birthday! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze Happy Birthday Karen Buckley! From all your friends... more

New law bans trucks from village of Slatersville

NORTH SMITHFIELD - New legislation has been passed that prohibits commercial trucks with more than four axles from traveling through the village of Slatersville. The legislation was introduced and... more