Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Schools look to use $450K in health care savings to retain sports

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The School Department's 2015 budget just got a needed boost and many of the cuts predicted for next year may not happen under the latest spending plan presented this week by Supt.... more

Front building in Le Moulin complex condemned, businesses search for new home

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WOONSOCKET - A once vibrant complex of arts-related businesses in Market Square suddenly went dark this week leaving some 20 organizations searching for a new home. And those waiting for all to be... more

Woonsocket mayor lets go of finance director

Officials say replacement is coming from Taveras administration
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WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt on Thursday ended the city's relationship with a highly regarded finance director who has served under three city mayors. Officials close to her say his... more

Suspicious bag at North Smithfield mosque found to be harmless

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A "suspicious" duffle bag left at Mashid Al Islam Temple at 40 Sayles Hill Road prompted church officials to notify authorities, but turned out to contain nothing but clothing.... more

Woonsocket man dies after assault on First Avenue

WOONSOCKET – A city man died this week after an assault that took place at Charlie's Bar on First Avenue, according to police. Police have not released the name of the victim in the case, but have... more

Police investigate shooting in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Officers responding to 371 Mattity Road on Tuesday, April 15 found a 48-year-old woman who had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head according to a release today from the... more

New plan for full-day K suggests more classrooms in elementary schools

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WOONSOCKET - School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has abandoned the controversial plans to accommodate all-day kindergarten by creating a 5th- and 6th-grade academy at Villa Novan Middle School. Instead,... more

Mayor, House speaker hash out final plans for World War II Park

Baldelli-Hunt aims for local control of improvement project
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WOONSOCKET - She's called the state's lack of maintenance at the facility a case of "class warfare" and the park's condition "insulting," and when World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was not... more

Brodd, Mathews could leave City Hall next month

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WOONSOCKET - Two valued members of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's administrative team will have to leave their positions next month if they don't want to lose the pensions that they earned during... more

Meat prices on the rise with no relief expected by summer

Sellers reluctant to pass on the costs, hopeful for grilling season
The cost of meat is hitting record highs, with little or no relief expected by the summer grilling season. Experts say there are a variety of factors for the unusually high prices, from bad weather... more

Dionne inducted to state Hall of Fame

WOONSOCKET - He's served as president of the Woonsocket City Council and has been head of 11 different civic organizations. He was director of human services and of public safety, and now, residents... more

URI debate asks what policies are best for failing state?

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is inviting the public to a state policy debate on Saturday, April 26 at the University of Rhode Island's Swan Hall, 60 Upper College... more

The week that was

Archeologist hired in North Smithfield charged with forging PhD An archeologist and a former University of Rhode Island instructor hired by the town in 2007 to examine property owned by Narragansett... more

K of C Moylan Assembly will meet Monday

WOONSOCKET - The Knights of Columbus - Moylan Assembly will hold a business meeting on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at All Saints Parish Hall, 323 Rathbun St.

The Burrito Company joins Dining Out for Life April 24

WOONSOCKET - The Burrito Company will be one of the many restaurants across the state to host AIDS Project Rhode Island's Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 24. Longtime NBC 10 news anchor and... more


The students pictured in last week's Valley Breeze practicing for the We the People competition were from North Smithfield High School, not North Smithfield Middle School as reported. The practice... more

Easter services

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 120 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland. Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 - Good Friday service at noon, and youth-led Stations... more

'The Way We Work' craft fair seeks vendors

WOONSOCKET - Vendors are being sought for "The Way We Work" craft fair market to be held on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum of Work and Culture, 68 South Main St. This will be... more

Adopt-A-Spot compiling sponsor waiting list

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Adopt-A-Spot Committee would like to know what local businesses are interested in becoming future sponsors for the Adopt-A-Spot locations throughout town,... more

Jedi Academy offered in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET - On April 23rd the Woonsocket Harris Public Library will present a Jedi Academy class on Wednesday, April 23, for students in middle or high school. From 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a... more

Woonsocket Aglow meets Monday

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Woonsocket Aglow will hold its April meeting on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at Grace Family Worship Center, 175 Eddie Dowling Highway.

Around 300 attend Sunday Egg Hunt

NORTH SMITHFIELD - A last minute change in the date and time of the town's annual Easter Egg Hunt didn't hurt attendance, according to town officials, and the seasonal event drew in hundreds of... more

Morin appointed to Corporations Committee

WOONSOCKET - State Rep. Michael Morin has been appointed to the House Corporations Committee by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello. The Corporations Committee considers issues relating to financial... more

DAV van offering veterans services Friday in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET - The Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be in Woonsocket at the Elks Lodge, 380 Social St., on Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All veterans are welcome to... more

Our Savior Church to host meat raffle

WOONSOCKET - Our Saviour Church, 500 Smithfield Road, will host a meat raffle on Friday, April 25. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and a free light supper with beverages and dessert will be served. The... more

MSC senior to receive Lumen Gentium Award

WOONSOCKET - Moira McCarty from Mount St. Charles Academy Class of 2014 is one of 15 recipients of the Lumen Gentium Award for Distinguished Catholic Youth from the Diocese of Providence. McCarty is... more

St. Joseph Seniors will meet Tuesday

WOONSOCKET - St. Joseph Senior Citizens Club will hold a Shepherd's Pie Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, at noon, in the Good Shepherd school auditorium, 1200 Mendon Road. A trip to Foxwoods is planned... more