February 28th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â A new plan designed to foster economic growth on Main Street recommends that the city do more of what itâs already doing well â arts and entertainment.
âIt specifically builds off the existing businesses and strengths of Market and Monument squares by promoting the growth of additional restaurants and performance spaces,â the plan says. âThe squares are already home to several restaurants and performance venues, which attract customers and visitors from Woonsocket and beyond.â
PROVIDENCE â The recent parole granted to convicted âthrill killerâ Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket â which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers â is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.
CUMBERLAND â Basketball-wise, Tom Lazaras, Mitchell Baxter and Trent Vasey werenât going to teach Ben Bradley, Dylan Boisclair, Rob Reedy and Greg Joubert anything new. Yet in order to reach the championship destination that Cumberland Highâs basketball camp dropped anchor upon last weekend, the first group of Clipper triplets had to do some gardening.
LINCOLN - Two elderly women who were reported missing since Tuesday afternoon were found safe and unharmed early Wednesday morning on Cape Cod, police said.
Police said 75-year-old Marie Bonin of North Smithfield, and her friend Ana Marchwicki, 89, who resides at The Holiday retirement home in Lincoln, were located in Truro, Mass., on the Cape in good condition.
Truro police said the two women got lost and confused and ended up in in that outer Cape town, which is about a two-hour drive from Lincoln.
WOONSOCKET â A local woman has been cleared of wrongdoing following her arrest on charges of pointing her fingers like a gun at an elementary school teacher and pretending to shoot her.
Vanice Armstrong, 26, of 170 Cumberland St., was arrested on Dec. 18, four days after the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
District Court Judge Christine Jabour found Armstrong not guilty of disorderly conduct after a one-day trial on Monday, court officials say.
WOONSOCKET â The Budget Commission unanimously approved a draft bill for state lawmakers Tuesday that would raise about $2.5 million in supplemental taxes drawn from two sources: single-family homes, including condos, and motor vehicles.
If the legislature goes along with the plan, $2 million would be raised by reducing the homestead exemption from 39 percent to about 29.9 percent, an adjustment that translates into a $437 supplemental tax bill on the average home, according to Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.
BLACKSTONE â A fast-moving fire believed to have been caused by a woodstove destroyed a circa 1850s home at 163 and 165 Main St. Tuesday, leaving two families homeless.
No one was injured by the fire despite the residents having to flee their homes quickly when it was discovered just before 6 a.m.
The flames are believed to have spread from a woodstove on the first floor of one of two apartments in the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame building up into the second floor, the attic and roof area.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â About 26 hours after the North Smithfield High boys' hoop squad had received its R.I. Division III championship plaque inside the Pizzitola Center, head coach T.J. Ciolfi, assistant Brian Chuey and the guys congregated with parents, family members and friends inside the Gators' Pub reception room Monday night.
The fete wasn't so much a celebration of the Northmen's first-ever state basketball crown, one achieved with a perfect, historic 24-0 mark, but instead to learn which team it would face in the 16-team R.I. Open (or all-inclusive) Tournament beginning tonight.
WOONSOCKET- Joseph E. Collamati, Sr., 99, a lifelong resident of Woonsocket and well-known businessman passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Mount St. Rita Health Center, Cumberland, RI.
Joseph was the husband of the late Yvonne P. (Gendron) Collamati and son of the late Arduino and Juliette (Richard) Collamati.
Glenna A. Crowell
HOPE VALLEY, RI- Glenna A. (Andrews) Crowell, 88 of Dye Hill Road, Hope Valley, RI, died peacefully on February 25, 2013 at the Westerly Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Alfred Clifton Crowell for 63 years sadly he predeceased her on May 14, 2010.
Born in Smithfield, RI on June 6, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Alma L. Andrews.
Glenna was employed for the Washington Trust Company for over 30 years before retiring.