Woonsocket, North Smithfield

No. Smithfield council terminates town buildings bond project

Board tells PBIC ‘cease and desist’
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NORTH SMITHFIELD – It will be at least several months, and perhaps much longer, before residents see any bond-financed repair work performed on town facilities after a vote by the Town Council on... more

WHS concert Jan. 27 will help well-known city family recover from tragedy

WOONSOCKET – Ernest ‘Pete’ Picard has been the co-owner of a popular city business for some 32 years, an active member of St. Joseph’s parish, and enthusiast supporter of local causes, from Girl... more

Blackstone man arrested in connection with murder of 83-year-old father

BLACKSTONE – A 48-year-old Blackstone man was picked up by police in New Jersey this week as a suspect in murder of his 83-year-old father. Glenn Armstrong of 36 Summer St. was arrested in Mount... more

Woonsocket man arrested for possession of $30,000 in cocaine

WOONSOCKET – A city man was arrested this week for possession of some $30,000 worth of cocaine. Dennys Mitchell, 25 was arrested on Monday, Jan. 9 by Woonsocket police. According to officers, the... more

Woonsocket school closes due to 'noro-like virus'

WOONSOCKET – A city school will remain closed until Thursday of next week due to a "Noro-like Virus" according to a post on Friday, Jan. 13 on Rhode Island Broadcasters Network. Globe Park Elementary... more

Woonsocket man indicted on multiple counts of larceny, arson

WOONSOCKET – A city man accused of a week-long crime spree in 2015 that included setting fires in multiple occupied buildings and attempted robberies at five homes, was indicted this week by the... more

Woonsocket couple arrested for assaulting each other

WOONSOCKET – Boyfriend and girlfriend Jeremy Virella, 23, and Ashley Alvira, 26, both of Woonsocket, were each arrested for felony domestic assault, according to Woonsocket police. Alvira allegedly... more

Woonsocket police to pay $25K in settlement with deaf man

WOONSOCKET – A deaf man who was arrested at City Side night club in 2015 for allegedly making obscene gestures and who was not provided an interpreter has settled his suit with the Woonsocket Police... more

Town Council requests DOT study of Sayles Hill Road

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Plans on the table to widen the intersection of Route 146 and Sayles Hill Road don’t do enough to resolve a growing issue with traffic according to town officials, who voted... more

‘Stomach bug’ spreads across the state

Woonsocket’s Globe Park Elementary School reopens after closure to contain suspected norovirus outbreak
WOONSOCKET – Minor outbreaks happen every year, but this winter, stomach bugs believed to be caused by norovirus appear to be on the rise in Rhode Island, shutting down several elementary schools in... more

DeSimone confirmed as Woonsocket solicitor

WOONSOCKET – Former House Majority Leader John DeSimone will serve as city solicitor following a unanimous confirmation this week by the Woonsocket City Council. DeSimone, a Democrat who served in... more

Plan to decommission Halliwell could address mold, water issues at NSES

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Supt. Michael St. Jean presented his plan to decommission Halliwell Elementary School at a public hearing last Wednesday night, detailing a proposal that could see six new modular... more

Morin appointed deputy majority leader, chairman of subcommittee on public safety

STATE HOUSE — Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello has appointed Rep. Michael Morin, a Democrat from District 49 in Woonsocket, as a deputy majority leader for the 2017-18 legislative session.... more

Clarification: N.S. schools received last increase in 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – In our Jan. 12 article “No. Smithfield schools look for increase,” we reiterated a statement from the executive summary of the North Smithfield School Department’s proposed budget... more

Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket welcomes new physicians

WOONSOCKET – Thundermist Health Center welcomes three physicians to its practice. Dr. Prajakta Kulkarni as a pediatric physician in Woonsocket. Kulkarni earned a degree in medicine at the Government... more

CORRECTION: Smartphone workshop to take place Jan. 26

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A headline in the Jan. 12 edition erroneously stated “Student-led smartphone workshop to be held at NSHS Jan. 28” The event, in which a group of students and staff will run a “Free... more

Homeschooling seminar in Blackstone tonight

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library will host the program, Getting Started Homeschooling, today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Topics to be covered include an overview of homeschooling,... more

Landmark awarded CAP accreditation

WOONSOCKET – The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to Landmark Medical Center based on results of recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’... more

Benefit to support troops set for Jan. 28

UXBRIDGE, Mass. – Uxbridge Supports Our Troops will host a benefit to support troops serving overseas on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Uxbridge VFW Post 1385, 16 Cross Road. A patriotic... more

AFGS offers class on Hessian soldiers

WOONSOCKET – The American French Genealogical Society will hold a presentation on the “untold” story of the more than 550 marriages between French-Canadian women and German-Hessiam soldiers who... more

Building industry scholarships available

The Rhode Island Building Industry Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications. Any Rhode Island resident who is unable to provide full payment of tuition or other costs for courses related to the... more

Mount announces first quarter honors

WOONSOCKET – The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Mount St. Charles Academy. Grade 12 Excelsior Honor Roll: Justin Aquilante, Charles Berg, Thomas Cahaly, Isabel... more

College news

Catherine Waclawik of Blackstone was inducted into the Assumption College Honors Program in October. Denisha Arsenault of Woonsocket received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cum laude, from Roger... more

Riverszedge Arts offers free classes

WOONSOCKET – Riverzedge Arts ​is currently offering three free classes through the Rhode Island Department of Education Advanced Course Network. These spring classes are open to high school students... more

Valentine dance at Elks Lodge Feb. 11

WOONSOCKET – A valentine dinner dance will be held at the Elks Lodge Hall, 380 Social St., on Saturday, Feb. 11. A cash bar will be open at 6 p.m. and a family-style chicken dinner will be served at... more

YWCA hosts Funda Fest 19 tonight

WOONSOCKET – YWCA Rhode Island, 514 Blackstone St., is partnering with Rhode Island Black Storytellers to host a family storytelling concert as a part of Funda Fest 19 on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6:30... more

St. Joseph Seniors announce events, winners

WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Senior Citizens Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Good Shepherd School auditorium, 1200 Mendon Road. Trips to Foxwoods Casino will be held Fridays, Jan. 27 and Feb... more