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Rain Now, Freeze Later, Council Talk, Clear your Walk

The view from Main Street facing Stadium Theater Friday. The couple on the right walking in the street were among several pedestrians sharing the road with cars in lieu of cleared walkways. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
The view from Main Street facing Stadium Theater Friday. The couple on the right walking in the street were among several pedestrians sharing the road with cars in lieu of cleared walkways. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
Rain today, ice tomorrow: Rain forecast for the area was supposed to begin overnight, with a quarter of an inch of rainfall expected today and temperatures in the snow-melting 50 degree range. If you still haven't cleared snow away from your walks, some outdoor elbow grease may be necessary today, unless you own a pair of ice skates — temperatures are expected to fall below freezing again for the next few days.

Council meets - The Woonsocket City Council meets today, 7 p.m. at Harris Hall in City Hall. Among the items on their agenda is a report from Acting Director of Planning and Development Joel Mathews, on a plan for addressing about 32 boarded up, vacant properties in the city. 

The plan involves attempting to engage property owners in addressing the eyesores, then acquiring the delinquent properties in a June 2014 tax sale and waiting a year before petitioning Superior Court to demolish them using Community Development Block Grant funds. The latter process, Mathews points out in a letter to the Council, is lengthy, including an environmental impact study for each property. 

Bring out yer' trees... The City of Woonsocket's Public Services Division will be picking up discarded Christmas Trees  through Friday, Jan. 17. 

Take off the decorations before you set them at the curb.

Special Election -The special election brewing to fill the Dist. 49 seat vacated by new Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will pit three candidates against each other in the Jan. 21 primary.

Ghost Army - Now through Jan. 31, the Museum of Work & Culture, in conjunction with the BVTC, present a special Ghost Army Exhibit, at the Museum, located at Market Square in Woonsocket. See special interpretive display telling true story of city's connection to a secret World War II mission. Information at Rhode Island Historical Society website.  

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