Woonsocket, North Smithfield

No matter the outcome, Super Bowl big win for businesses

Few events provide more of a boost to certain businesses than the Super Bowl, and having the local team in the big game only takes that to another level. Having the New England Patriots in Sunday's... more

Former finance director questions text message firing

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - A finance administrator who served the town for eight years says she was fired last week via text message. Now she's questioning if the process is part of the town's new human... more

North Smithfield lawyer, former cop arrested for fraud

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A former North Smithfield police officer was arrested this week for allegedly receiving tuition benefits for his children that were meant for the unemployed while working as a... more

Woonsocket man arrested for intent to sell heroin, cocaine

WOONSOCKET – A Woonsocket man was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 21 after state police reportedly found him in possession of 1,980 grams of cocaine and 556 grams of heroin. Francy Pimentel, 28, of 240... more

Woonsocket implements parking ban

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Emergency Management Agency implemented a parking ban starting at 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 in preparation for a blizzard headed for the Blackstone Valley. The National... more

Storm aftermath: 'Exhausting but smooth' say officials

A statewide decision to ban vehicular travel during a massive blizzard that pummeled the Northeast this week allowed North Smithfield and Woonsocket officials to focus their efforts on coping with... more

North Smithfield schools to keep February vacation

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - Students and staff in the North Smithfield school district will continue to enjoy a vacation every February, at least for the foreseeable future. School Committee members voted... more

North Smithfield Town Council considers zone change for Farm Street property

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - The owner of a Farm Street property that abuts a conservation area is seeking a zone change for his land, and has hired Attorney Eric Brainsky to represent him in the petition... more

Blake's opens at former Box Seats

WOONSOCKET - The co-owner of a successful Providence-based restaurant has purchased the building that previously held Box Seats, and opened last week with a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches,... more

'Skyward' goes live at Woonsocket schools

WOONSOCKET - An outdated information system that has needed replacement for the past two years was finally updated this week giving parents, students and teachers in the Woonsocket School District... more

The week that was

North Smithfield lawyer, former cop arrested for fraud A former North Smithfield police officer was arrested this week for allegedly receiving tuition benefits for his children, that were meant for... more

House of Brides to close next month

WOONSOCKET - It has been a city staple for more than 60 years; the go-to place for generations of New England women, young and old, in need of clothing for their most special occasions. But soon,... more

Yellow floating heart, invasive aquatic plant, discovered in Scituate pond

SCITUATE - While invasive aquatic plants are not new to Rhode Island, the Scituate Conservation Commission just learned last week of the presence of yellow floating heart - a perennial floating plant... more

Serving our country

Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony T. Jackson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jean and William Jackson Jr. of North... more

Date changed for free technology event

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Public Schools' Technology Department will be hosting its first ever free technology event on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m. The event, originally scheduled... more

Food pantry seeks baked beans

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Food Pantry has announced that baked beans are the "flavor of the month" for January. The pantry currently needs unopened cans of beans. Any donations or... more

Genealogy program offered at the library

NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield Library will host a genealogy program on Monday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the methods of research and tools of the trade from a local professional... more

Womens' Hall of Fame inducts Snead

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Cheryl W. Snead, founder, president and chief executive officer of Banneker Industries and a leading national advocate for the advancement of women and business, was inducted into... more

DOT approves improvements for Great Road in No. Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry, a Republican representing District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville, announced that his request to improve traffic flow at the... more

Parade Committee seeking floats, booth for Memorial Day celebration

BLACKSTONE - Following a successful 2014 celebration, Blackstone's annual Memorial Day Parade and Field Day will be held on May 24 this year. Tony Catalano will be contacting businesses for possible... more

NSHS students earn first quarter honors

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The following North Smithfield High School students have been named to the first quarter honor roll. Grade 12 High Honors: Brianna Andreoni, Tracy Ayotte, Jessica Blakemore,... more

WHS names first quarter honor roll

WOONSOCKET - The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Woonsocket High School. Grade 12 HIGH HONORS: Alexandrina Almeida, Victoria Andrews, Brandon Beaudry, Anina... more

CCA receives $70K to expand services at Landmark

WOONSOCKET - Community Care Alliance has received a $70,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to expand its psychiatric hospital diversion services at Landmark Medical Center.¬?The one-year... more

NRICA honors Gahan

BELLINGHAM, Mass. - The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts honored member Joan Gahan at its annual board of directors meeting at the Coachmen's Lodge. Gahan, a member of NRICA since 1978, was... more

Historical Society's new mug features Chan's

WOONSOCKET - The Woonsocket Historical Society announces the introduction of a new mug in its series featuring famous Woonsocket landmarks and people. This year the mug features Chan's Fine Oriental... more

Phongsavanh selected for leadership program

WOONSOCKET - Former School Committee member Vimala Phongsavanh is one of 14 people selected by the Rhode Island Foundation to participate in a program that will help prepare them for leadership... more

Father Holland Catholic School lists first trimester honor roll

BURRILLVILLE - The following students have been named to the first trimester honor roll at Father Holland Catholic School. High Academic Achievement with Distinction Grade 5: Samantha Robinson Grade... more