Monday Five: Wellness, Council, Trash, Trees, Plows

Welcome to the first full week of the year - start it off with some things to know:


Got something going on that people have to know about a particular morning at 5:30 a.m.? E-mail it to robert@patch.com, and ask nicely - it'll probaby make it in for the following morning.

Wellness challenge - Stage Right Studio offers a challenge starting today: whoever loses the most weight in 3 months gets a free year of wellness classes. Second Place wins three months; Third place - one month. There's no cost to enter, just a desire to lose weight, eat right, exercise and feel your best. (Weigh ins are private).

Council - The City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 169 Main St. to discuss appointments to the Redevelopment Agency (Douglas Brown, Roger Bouchard, Julie Larivee, Albert Beauparlant and Paul Gould) and plan for a Jan. 14 meeting with the city's General Assembly members. At 7 p.m., they'll move upstairs to Harris Hall for their regular meeting, where they'll reconsider  bordered by Hamlet Avenue and Davidson Avenue on two sides, and Manville Road on the third side.) to mixed-use industrial-commerical (MU2).

Winter Trash Collection: The city's Solid Waste Division warns wintertime weather could delay trash and recycling collection. Every effort will be taken to ensure prompt service however if the roadways should become a safety issue for the rubbish trucks, then collection will be delayed to the following work day. To ensure curbside pick-up, the division asks residents to shovel an area that will allow the trash and recycling carts to sit level. Cart covers should be closed, preventing snow from weighing them down.

The collection vehicle's lifting arm requires clearance: three feet on all sides and 12 feet overhead. The carts should be no more than three feet away from the curb or road edge, and the arrows on the lid must be pointing toward the street, with the hinges facing away from your street. Your recycling cart should be placed at least 3 feet from the burgundy cart.

Place carts curbside on your collection day by 7 a.m. Questions can be directed to the Solid Waste Division at 401-767-8880.

Christmas Tree Collection - The City of Woonsocket's Public Services Division will pick up discarded Christmas Trees through Friday, Jan. 18.

Trees will be picked up on your regular trash pick-up day. Residents are asked that the trees are not wrapped in any type of plastic nor have any ornaments left on them.

Calling all plows - The City of Woonsocket is interested in hiring private trucks with plows, as well as four wheel drive vehicles with plows and other snow removal equipment on an hourly rental basis. Forms of Proposals and Agreements are available at the Office of Purchasing in the City Hall Finance Dept. All interested parties, call Jessica at 401-767-9269, or email at jdesrochers@woonsocketri.org.



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