Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Woonsocket police and fire to share dispatch services by end of 2014

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WOONSOCKET - A long-awaited plan to consolidate emergency police and fire dispatch services in Woonsocket is finally moving forward and officials say they hope to have the cost-saving change fully... more

Fighting illness, Lafleur says he will not seek reelection

NORTH SMITHFIELD - School Committee Chairman Robert Lafleur has said he will not seek reelection when his term ends in 2016 and informed town officials this week that for the past several months he... 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

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

Complaint filed with AG's office over discharge of city finance director

Officials say replacement is coming from Taveras administration
WOONSOCKET - Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt may have been calling the shots when the city decided to let go of Finance Director Thomas Bruce, but she got the OK from the Budget Commission to do it, and at... more

PetSmart coming to Dowling Village

Firestone, Aspen Dental open next month
NORTH SMITHFIELD - A pet supply and services store has plans to open up shop in Dowling Village this fall, adding its name to a growing list of tenants at the development. PetSmart has tentatively... more

No. Smithfield EMA swears in 21 officers

NORTH SMITHFIELD - A unique local agency prepared to handle both natural and man-made disasters swore in 21 members this week during a brief ceremony in the Kendall Dean auditorium. The North... more

Ward says School Board committed OMA violation

Superintendent's contract extended to 2015
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WOONSOCKET - Did the Woonsocket School Board violate the state's Open Meetings Act when members voted to both extend the superintendent's contract and approve a new contract for R.l. Council 94,... more

A fighter, helping others

Houle named 2014 honoree in Walk to Cure Arthritis
WOONSOCKET - When Renay Houle was growing up in Woonsocket and struggling with worsening rheumatoid arthritis, schools weren't required to be handicapped-accessible. For Houle, a teen attending... more

Candidate School at RIC Saturday

WARWICK - It's last call for Operation Clean Government's "Candidate School 2014" program. The event is a day-long, non-partisan educational seminar on how to run for political office. It will take... more

Donate to 'Socks for the Needy'

PROVIDENCE - Podiatrists throughout the state, along with YMCAs, the Pawtucket Red Sox and The Salvation Army, are taking part in Socks for the Needy, an effort to collect new socks for needy... more

CCF will host a Spring Fling Celebration Saturday

WOONSOCKET - Connecting for Children and Families will celebrate the start of spring with some fun and games at a Spring Fling Celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hope... more

Dispose of unused and expired medicine Saturday at CVS

WOONSOCKET - On Saturday, April 26, the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition will once again partner with the Woonsocket Police Department during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for a local drug... more

Kennedy Manor Social Club announces events, lists winners

WOONSOCKET - J.F. Kennedy Manor Social Club will hold a dessert and card party on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person at a table of four. The event will also feature a split-... more

K of C meets Monday

WOONSOCKET - The monthly business meeting of the Knights of Columbus Woonsocket Council will be held on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the All Saints Church hall on Rathbun Street.

Two from Blackstone Valley receive Jefferson Award

The Rhode Island Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a recognition of individuals who make selfless contributions to better the lives of others, were presented to Gerald Ventre of North Smithfield... more

Flea market at Parkview Manor

WOONSOCKET - A flea market will be held at Parkview Manor, 218 Pond St., on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature furniture, books, crochet items, tools, teddy bear... more

Budget Commission approves retroactive contract for police union

WOONSOCKET - The agreement will only apply for two more months, but it was the first step towards resolving ongoing negotiations between the Woonsocket Budget Commission and the International... more

Woonsocket Prevention Coalition presents 'Getting High Naturally' May 1

WOONSOCKET - The Woonsocket Prevention Coalition will present the program "Getting High Naturally" with psychologist and comedian Dr. Matt Bellace on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m., at St. Ann Arts and... more

Curbside yard waste collection to continue through June

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Saturday curbside yard waste collection continues each week until June as a free benefit to North Smithfield residents. Residents can put out a maximum of eight biodegradable paper... more

R.I. Rhythm & Blues seeks musical instrument donations for children

PROVIDENCE - The Instruments for Children Program of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is reaching out to potential donors of used or new musical instruments for children in... more

Applications available for Class of 1971 Scholarship

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Applications are being accepted for the North Smithfield High School Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is being offered to a 2014 graduating North Smithfield... more

WHS Class of 1977 to hold 37-year reunion

WOONSOCKET - Woonsocket High School Class of 1977 will hold its 37-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 16, at The Bocce Club, 225 St. Louis Ave. The event will feature a family-style chicken dinner and... more

Chamber networking at Elite Physical Therapy

LINCOLN - The Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce presents Networking at Night on Monday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elite Physical Therapy, 618 George Washington Highway. A ribbon-cutting and... more

Registration open for The Matty Fund races

WAKEFIELD - The Matty Fund will hold its Matty's Memorial Day 5K and Kids' Might Dash on Main Street this Memorial Day, May 26, with proceeds benefitting children and families living with epilepsy.... more

Meadows Senior Housing to hold May Breakfast May 3

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Meadows Senior Housing will hold its annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 10 a.m. The menu will feature eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, muffins, pastries and... more