Labor Day - Monday is Labor Day in a city with a rich history of organized labor, and The Museum of Work and Culture isn't letting that happen without a celebraton — The Annual Labor Day Open House. Admission is free all day beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.
According to History.com, Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. The Museum’s signature event is in commemoration of Woonsocket’s first Labor Day celebration in 1899. On that day workers from Woonsocket and surrounding communities marched in and watched a parade and participated in day-long activities at Cold Spring Park. The occasion featured labor speeches and a sports competition among the several mills of the Blackstone Valley.
Among several other events, a play titled “Finlay’s Corner” about three textile mill workers discussing labor problems in 1931, will be presented four times during the day: at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Trash pickup - On Saturday Sept. 1, and Monday Sept. 3, in the observance of Labor Day the Woonsocket Recycle Facility will be closed. The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Central Landfill) in Johnston is closed on Monday, Sept. 3
Curbside pick-up of rubbish and recycling for the week of Sept. 3 to September 7, 2012 will be delayed by one day.
Residents are reminded that any overloaded trash cart(s) or recycling cart(s) placed at curbside will not be collected. In those cases, it is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to properly dispose of the waste at their own expense.
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Register to vote - Oct. 7 is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election, and Oct. 16 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot. If you're an unaffiliated voter, you can vote as either Republican or Democratic in the Sept. 11 primary - just ask the poll worker to to dis-affiliate you on the way out after to return to independent status. This election season voters will also be required to show a voter ID.
Weather - The long weekend is forecast to be sunny and only a little cloudy. Today starts out with a whopping 90 degrees, followed by a more sedate series days in the seventies. No, not the bell-bottom seventies — the kind that's measured with mercury. (No, not the planet Mercury.)