Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Town council approves $80K police equipment upgrade

Boucher concerned about ‘two motorcycle gangs in Woonsocket’
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Pointing in part to recent reports of gang violence in the state, members of the North Smithfield Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, Sept. 19 to give the police department... more

Connecticut company buys P & W lines

Sale comes just as commuter train through Woonsocket wins federal approval
WOONSOCKET – Rail lines running through Woonsocket that for more than a century have been operated by Massachusetts-based Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. will soon have a new owner, and... more

Woonsocket DHS cuts staff from 36 to 14

Clients report long waits, slow processing
WOONSOCKET – The state launched a $364 million project to upgrade the Department of Human Services eligibility system last week, a change in the way it does business that resulted in 70 layoffs... more

Judge puts city’s sewer cutoff plans on hold

No. Smithfield council votes for court mediation in wastewater dispute
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Woonsocket officials can’t just off waste treatment services to North Smithfield, but instead may have to negotiate an agreement with the town over fees to use the city’s... more

Tardy rate drops 30 percent at Woonsocket schools

Administrators take aim at low graduation rate
WOONSOCKET – Brian Bouley has served as assistant principal at Woonsocket High School through some difficult times. Bouley was an administrator in the years both before and after the reign of... more

Pelletier to celebrate 60 years of ministry in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE – St. Theresa Parish Church will host a special mass on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. with family and friends of the Most Rev. Donald Pelletier to celebrate his 60 years of priestly ministry... more

Lombardi tries to build consensus to deliver new services and resources to students

NORTH SMITHFIELD – James Lombardi, a candidate for the North Smithfield School Committee said that he offers taxpayers a balanced approach to government that focuses on building consensus. “As your... more

High schoolers: Can you be Mega War champs, win $1,000?

WOONSOCKET – “MEGA War,” New England’s Largest tug o’ war competition is looking for area high school teams hoping to win prizes of $1,000, $500, or $250 as well as championship shirts and trophies.... more

Breeze offers free digital marketing seminar

CUMBERLAND – The Valley Breeze is hosting a free digital marketing seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 18, for business owners and managers looking to better understand today’s digital world. Brad Poirier,... more

Michaud drops out of council race in Woonsocket, Cartier back in the running

WOONSOCKET – The candidate who came in 15th in primary election this week used to narrow down the list of City Council hopefuls from 19 to 14 will appear on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Eric... more

Blackstone library offers Halloween-themed events

BLACKSTONE – Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., announces the following children’s programs. • The 17th annual Nightmares in the Library Halloween Party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4... more

Breakfast with the Saints set for Oct. 2

WOONSOCKET – It’s time for the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center’s biggest event of the year, the 6th annual Breakfast with the Saints. Enjoy an elegant breakfast buffet, live music, a free gift,... more

Vendors sought for Winter Wonderland

NORTH SMITHFIELD – St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., is seeking crafters for its 31st annual Winter Wonderland Bazaar and Craft Show to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.... more

Grand Marshal reception will honor Picard

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the 2016 Autumnfest Steering Committee and the Woonsocket Rotary Club invite the community to the Autumnfest Grand Marshal Reception honoring Roger A... more

Local students earn degrees at URI

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The following area students were awarded degrees at the University of Rhode Island’s spring commencement ceremony. From North Smithfield: Benjamin C. Heroux, bachelor of science in... more

Blackstone Fall-Tacular seeks vendors

BLACKSTONE – Vendors are sought for a Blackstone Fall-Tacular Craft and Vendor Fair to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Paul... more

Auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’ are Oct. 1 in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Auditions by the Heritage Ballet for the 14th season of “The Nutcracker” will be held at the Heritage Ballet Studio, 1947 Old Louisquisset Pike, in Lincoln, on Saturday, Oct. 1. Roles and... more

Seniors invited to Lunch and Learn event

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Senior Services Inc. will present a Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:30 p.m., at Scouter’s Hall, 32 North Main St. All senior citizens are invited to receive... more

Students invited to creative writing program

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Public Library, 303 Clinton St., is offering a creative writing program for students in grades 2-4 on Mondays, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. The afterschool program teaches poetry... more

Register for storytimes in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Public Library, 20 Main St., is now accepting registration for its Fall Storytime session. Class descriptions are available at www.nspl.info. Registration is... more

Pancake breakfast set for Oct. 1

WOONSOCKET – Boy Scouts Troop 2 Woonsocket will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon., at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 1409 Park Ave. The menu will... more

Holy door pilgrimage for people with disabilities planned for Wednesday

PROVIDENCE – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence invites all people with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers to join him for a procession through... more

Vendors sought for Quota bazaar

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Quota Club is seeking vendors for its annual holiday bazaar to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Elks Club, 380 Social St. For more information,... more

Tickets available for annual tourism dinner Oct. 6

PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is celebrating 31 years at its annual dinner on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., in Pawtucket. This year’s... more

St. Joseph Seniors will host dinner Tuesday

WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Senior Citizens Group will host a roast beef dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at noon in the Good Shepherd School auditorium, 1200 Mendon Road. The cost is $10 per person. Trips... more