Saturday, December 8, 2012
Hundreds visited downtown Woonsocket for annual Christmas celebration.
A few minutes after Mayor Leo Fontaine led a crowd of children in a count down to the tree lighting, St. Nick arrived aboard a horse-drawn carriage that pulled in front of the park near City Hall. Santa dismounted and made his way through the crowd to a small house set up for him to recieve the long line of children anxious to met the Christmas icon and give him their holiday wishes. Carriages began running between the depot at One Depot Square and the Museum of Work and Culture, past carolers, a fire dancer, vendors and a number of shops and restaurants open for the night with special offers for the night.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Festivities bring throngs to sidewalks, storefronts Thursday night.
Smiles shone from under hats and above scarves Thursday night as Mayor Leo Fontaine led a crowd of children counting down for the Christmas Tree lighting, then a warm welcome for Santa. No one knew what direction Santa would arrive from, said Holly Gill, there with her daughter, Hailey Kipp, 5. "That's what makes it a joy. That's what makes it easy to come here every year," Gill said, "It's the best time of year. It's great, I love it." St. Nick arrived aboard a horse-drawn carriage that pulled in front of the park near City Hall. He performed a careful dismount and made his way through the crowd to a small house set up for him to recieve the long line of children anxious to met the Christmas icon and give him their holiday wish list. …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lights, decorated windows and storefronts brightened up by volunteers and city personnel.
A team of city personnel and volunteers have spent the last few days getting Woonsocket ready for tonight's Holiday Stroll, starting at 4:30 p.m. with Christmas Tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Next to City Hall, Jeff Lambert, an employee with the Highway Department, was hooking up lights for some Christmas decorations Wednesday afternoon in the small memorial park. Nearby Joe Therien and Andy Tetlow, IBEW Local 99 electricians from Nolin Electric in North Scituate were busy wiring the lights for Santa's House. City Hall's windows were brightly decorated in white, red and green paintings of candles, snowmen and winterscapes, thanks to the generous donation of the time and talent of Ron Deziel of North Smithfield. He also spent some…
Its' a festive Thursday, Woonsocket - check out these things to know, and set aside some time tonight for the Holiday Stroll.
Stroll - Get ready for the Holiday Stroll tonight, starting with the Christmas tree lighting with Mayor Leo Fontaine at 4:30 p.m. - the evening promises carriage rides, free cookies and popcorn, singing, a play, and Icon will hold skate demonstrations in the municipal lot across from the Woonsocket Call building. Weather - Today will be sunny, with a high of 40 degrees. Tonight, temps drop to about 28 degrees with a slight wind at 3mph. Dress warmly for the holiday stroll - it'll be perfect weather for a cozy carriage ride. Christmas lights: The lights are up on a bunch of local homes, and a lot of them look really nice - why not shoot a photo of yours and enter our Deck the House contest? You could win $100,000 for your local school …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
It's time to check out some things to know if you live in part of the city that has recycling. Or Christmas.
Bye, bye BLUE carts - Attention, Woonsocket residents: The City of Woonsocket has sold the BLUE recycle carts. Collection of the carts will begin on Monday Dec. 17. The carts will be collected as they are emptied. Please leave the BLUE cart out in the sidewalk area. The BLUE carts will no longer be used in the collection of recyclables. Residents in the city program will only use the GREEN cart each week for recycling. Property owners and tenants are not allowed to keep the BLUE carts; they are city property. Any carts that cannot be collected; either lost, missing, stolen or are withheld by the property occupants will be invoiced to the property owner at $40.00 per cart. Questions can be directed to the Solid Waste Division at (401) 767…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Annual downtown tour back for its fourth Christmas celebration.
The Holiday Stroll, Woonsocket's annual Christmas festival, repleat with live acts, carriage rides, food and song, gets rolling Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m. with a tree lighting next to City Hall. Mayor Leo Fontaine will turn on the lights for the Christmas tree in the small park next to city hall. The Ocean State School of Performing Arts will entertain with music and dancers, then Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive via horse-drawn carriage. After dropping off Santa, the carriage will offer rides from Market Square to Woonsocket Depot, where people can enjoy singing by the Homestead Group and shopping at Polar Express Gift Shop. Performances will include Spogga The Firedancer, The Very Merry Dickens Carolers, local youth singining and …