Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Commission letter: Charter schools pose 'critical risk' to city finances

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WOONSOCKET - At the final meeting of the Woonsocket Budget Commission, members voted to advise the Rhode Island Department of Education that the city could lose a net total of $2.4 million in funding... more

School Committee votes down NSTA contract

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - After months of negotiations and several appearances before the school board, a collective bargaining agreement between the town and members of the North Smithfield Teacher's... more

43-year-old North Smithfield man arrested for indecent solicitation of a minor

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 43-year-old North Smithfield man was arrested by the state police on Wednesday, March 25 for indecent solicitation of a minor after allegedly using the internet to seek minors... more

Luba begins five-year stint as Woonsocket's fiscal adviser

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WOONSOCKET - Paul Luba made it from a working class neighborhood in Chicopee, Mass., to the halls of Yale University. He's been both a psychologist in a state psychiatric hospital, and the senior... more

Improvements to begin on 'deplorable' state-owned Cumberland Hill Road

WOONSOCKET - State Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti has agreed to provide funding for the immediate upgrade of Cumberland Hill Road, according to a press release from the office of... more

Slatersville woman represents state in national movement to fund cancer research

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Three-time cancer survivor Joyce Dolbec knows that early detection saved her life, and she's spent more than 30 years on a mission to educate others and win funding for research of... more

Tax amnesty program brings in $120,000

WOONSOCKET - Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced the interim results of the city's tax amnesty program this week, stating that 204 people took advantage of the opportunity to catch up on past due... more

City councilors to attend Main Streets Conference

WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket City Councilors Garrett Mancieri and Melissa Murray will be attending the 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta, Ga., a four-day conference from March 30 until... more

No. Smithfield man arrested for allegedly stalking a school bus

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The driver of a school bus that travels in the area of Grange Road and Rocky Hill Road reported a suspected "stalker" to police last week, resulting in the arrest of a 58-year-old... more

No. Smithfield High School principal leaving in June for South Kingstown

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield High School Principal Robert Mezzanotte will be leaving the district at the end of the school year in June to take a position as the principal at South Kingstown... more

WNRI's Bouchard named to Radio Hall of Fame

WOONSOCKET - Roger Bouchard, president and general manager of WNRI, has been named to the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame, an organization created in 2008 by radio professionals to honor the men and... more

MSC students prepare for drama production, 'glow dance'

Spring has finally arrived and the Lenten season at Mount is reaching its end. Mount's Easter celebrations are nearly here and the fourth and final quarter of the school year will be beginning Monday... more

Woonsocket egg hunt postponed to April 12

WOONSOCKET - The city of Woonsocket will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Sunday after Easter, April 12, to give the snow a chance to melt. The event was originally planned for Sunday, March... more

Beals is treasurer

WOONSOCKET - An article in the March 18 edition of The Valley Breeze headlined "Beals chosen as finance director" discussed the appointment of Sue-Ellen Beals to the position of treasurer. The... more

Two Woonsocket men indicted for robbery, assault

WOONSOCKET – Two of the three men accused of committing a series of robberies in the city throughout the month of December have been indicted each with one count of first degree robbery, assault with... more

CCF offers free health care training

WOONSOCKET - Connecting for Children and Families, in partnership with Stepping Up, is offering a free health care career exploration training program for adults interested in pursuing a career in... more

Spring Party planned at Woonsocket library

WOONSOCKET - The Woonsocket Harris Public Library will host a Spring Party on Saturday, March 28. Ages 2-5 may attend from 1 to 2 p.m., and ages 6-8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event will feature... more

Small business owners forum

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Local small business owners are invited to attend a business and legislative forum at Scouter's Hall next month. State Sens. Edward O'Neill and Marc Cote will be in attendance to... more

St. Joe's Vets raffle

WOONSOCKET - St. Joseph Veterans Association, 99 Louise St., is holding a Calendar Raffle during the month of May. A total of $2,225 will be given away. Calendars can be purchased at the association... more

Woonsocket police seek help in catching robbery suspect

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a man who is believed to have committed several armed robberies, including one at a Park Avenue gas station... more

Register for spring programs at YWCA

WOONSOCKET - YWCA Rhode Island is now accepting registration for its spring session. Classes for youth and adults begin on Monday, March 30. Youth programs include socialization activities,... more

Man arrested in Woonsocket shooting

WOONSOCKET – A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Diamond Hill Road Tuesday, March 24 that left one man hospitalized. Lorenzo Dominiques Hicks-Hinson has been charged... more

Woonsocket mans pleads guilty for role in armed robbery, shootout

WOONSOCKET – One of two men involved in an armed robbery and shootout on West Park Place in 2013 has pleaded guilty in federal court to Hobbs Act robbery and firearm charges and is now facing 10... more

Briarwood to hold Family Fun Day for Kitada family March 28

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Briarwood Child Academy will host a Family Fun Day to benefit the Kitada family on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anna Kitada is a 9-year-old North Smithfield girl... more

St. Agatha Seniors lists trips

WOONSOCKET - St. Agatha Senior Group is offering the following trips: Neil Sedaka at Mohegan Sun, April 21; Mohegan Sun, July 21, Sept. 15; The Beach Boys at Venus De Milo, Sept. 22; New Hampshire... more

Learn about wild mushrooms at the library

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Public Library will offer the program "Edible Wild Mushrooms in Rhode Island" on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt will present... more

Blackstone plans Memorial Day celebration

BLACKSTONE - The Blackstone Memorial Day celebration will be held on Sunday, May 24. The event will begin with the parade setup at County and Butler streets at approximately noon and will proceed on... more