Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Woonsocket firefighters down to three platoons, up to 56-hour week

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WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket's firefighters began working an extra 14 hours a week beginning this past Sunday, by order of the Budget Commission. There was no increase in pay. The commission approved the... more

North Smithfield Town Council hires firm to investigate $780K in abatements

Booth: Town tax assessor was 'unqualified'
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Richard Nicholson of the firm Nicholson and Associates will soon be in Town Hall to delve into the reasons Tax Assessor Tammy Boss announced $780,000 in tax abatements last month.... more

No. Smithfield teacher arrested, charged with stealing $6,866

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A North Smithfield Middle School teacher was arrested on Thursday, July 24 and has been accused of stealing nearly $7,000 from the School Department. Brian Chuey, 29, of Cranston... more

Former Woonsocket man pleads guilty to child molestation and sexual assault

WOONSOCKET – A man who police say molested his young relative from the time the girl was 13 to 16 years old was sentenced to 50 years, with 15 to serve after pleading guilty to six counts of second... more

Massive garage raises neighbor's ire, exposes hole in town zoning law

NORTH SMITHFIELD - There are plenty who think that a 40-by-80-foot metal structure does not belong in a quiet and well kept suburban residential neighborhood. But a gap in the town's zoning law... more

New park will give veterans a place to meet, reflect

WOONSOCKET - The United Veterans Council of Woonsocket has plans to make use of a long-ignored plot of city-owned land, and is now in the process of building a permanent park where locals and... more

Summer theater finds new home with RISE, just 'Left of Center Stage'

WOONSOCKET - First, there were "Beacon Summer Knights," a summer youth theater program funded and owned by Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. Then, there was "Shakespeare on the Mount," a... more

Primary will determine Democratic contender for Newberry's House seat

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Democratic candidate for the District 48 seat currently held by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry will be determined in a primary on Sept. 9, making it the only General... more

The week that was

Man pleads not guilty in death of Woonsocket woman A man accused of killing a Woonsocket woman in her home last April pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Wednesday, July 16. Brian Audette, 45, is... more

Casey cites achievements in seeking re-election

WOONSOCKET - State Rep. Stephen M. Casey announced this week that he is officially certified as a candidate for re-election in House District 50, citing his achievements over the past term. "Working... more

Fagnant to hold campaign kickoff Aug. 5

WOONSOCKET - Richard Fagnant, candidate for State of Rhode Island House of Representatives District 50, will hold a campaign kickoff fundraising pizza party at Olly's Pizzeria Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 6... more

College news

Alexandra Euglow of North Smithfield was named to the spring dean's list with high honors at Nichols College. Tyler Begnoche of North Smithfield and Robert Gingras of Woonsocket have been named to... more

Woonsocket High School Class of 1989 to reunite Aug. 16

WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket High School Class of 1989 will hold its 25-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Woonsocket Elks Lodge, 380 Social St. Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased by Sunday... more

Business aims to tackle the to-do list

Sue Crook and Heather Cook want to do your grocery shopping. They want to wait in line for you at the DMV and they want to plan your vacation. Take almost any task on your to-do list that prompts an... more

City implements 'Code Red' for mass emergencies

WOONSOCKET - The city of Woonsocket will be using a new mass emergency communications system that allows residents to receive important and vital notifications from their municipal government named... more

Advance America holding school drive

WOONSOCKET - Advance America is holding a back-to-school drive and raffle through Aug. 23. Donations of pencils, paper, pens, paint, notebooks, folders, rulers and box tops are being collected for... more

Junior high students earn honors at Mount St. Charles

WOONSOCKET - The following awards were presented at the Mount St. Charles Academy's Junior High Honors Night. * Excellence in Technology: Benjamin Emerson, Teresa Girard, Jacob Moschetto, Jordan... more

Trebuchet needed for Pumpkin Festival

NORTH SMITHFIELD- The Great Pumpkin Festival Committee is looking for a trebuchet, the large wooden sling-shot apparatus used to chuck pumpkins, for this year's event on Saturday, Sept. 20. The... more

Frehill K of C to install officers Sunday

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Frehill Council Knights of Columbus will be holding an installation ceremony for its new officers on Sunday, July 27, following the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. John the Evangelist Parish... more

Hunger Games course and movie at the library

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Public Library will hold a special program for children ages 10 and up on Monday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. called "Hunger Games Basic Survival Course," which is... more

Wounded Warrior Bike Run is Sunday

WOONSOCKET - A Wounded Warrior Bike Run, sponsored by Cercle Laurier and St. Joseph Veterans Association, will be held Sunday, July 27. Riders will leave from Cercle Laurier, 165 East School St., at... more

Tax bills sent out

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The first quarter bill payments are due by Friday, Aug. 15 and residents who have not received a tax bill by the end of July are asked to contact the Tax Collector's office at 401-... more

Poll workers needed for upcoming election in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Board of Canvassers seeks individuals who can serve as poll workers in North Smithfield for the primary, Tuesday, Sept. 9, and the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 4.... more

Wright's Farm named Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Department of Environmental Management announced that Wright's Dairy Farm Inc. of North Smithfield has been named Rhode Island's 2014 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the... more

Hebert to serve as alternative lending manager for Rhode Island Housing

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Tricia Hebert of North Smithfield has joined Rhode Island Housing's HelpCenter as its alternative lending manager. In this role, Hebert will support the department of Homeownership... more

Sacred Heart Church sponsors Casino/Bingo trip to Foxwoods

WOONSOCKET - Sacred Heart Church, 415 Olo St. is sponsoring a Casino/Bingo Bus Trip to Foxwoods Casino on Saturday, Aug. 16. The cost is $30 per person. Coffee and donuts will be served in the... more

KCI's event on Aug. 1 benefits Woonsocket Sanctuary Shelter

PROVIDENCE - KCI Paving and Sealing of Smithfield is hosting a charity event in Providence to benefit the Woonsocket Sanctuary Shelter at the Harvest Community Church. The shelter provides emergency... more