One Square Mile

About once a year, our newsroom will devote an entire week to cover one square mile of Rhode Island from a diversity of angles: politics, education, health care, the economy, its character and history.

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OSM: Woonsocket
8:28 am
Wed May 4, 2011

One Square Mile: Chan's

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

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OSM: Woonsocket
10:13 am
Mon May 2, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket & Thundermist

PROVIDENCE, RI – If you can't afford to see a private doctor in Woonsocket, you probably go to Thundermist Health Center.

Residents can use Medicaid or pay on a sliding scale for everything from check-ups to pre-natal care.

As part of our One Square Mile: Woonsocket, WRNI's Megan Hall sat down with Chuck Jones, the executive director of Thundermist's Woonsocket Health Center to learn more about the needs of the community.

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OSM: Woonsocket
10:12 am
Mon May 2, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket Primer

A mural on a downtown building welcomes visitors. Photo by: Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – As you drive into Woonsocket a sign welcomes you to a "city on the move". But a more accurate description may be a city in search of an identity.

Once the home of more than 100 bustling textile mills, Woonsocket is today a city notable for empty store fronts and mill buildings.

Its population has been falling steadily since 1950. Back then the city boasted 50,000 residents. Today it has about 41,000.

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OSM: Woonsocket
10:06 am
Fri April 29, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket

PROVIDENCE, RI –

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is known in and around Woonsocket as the "jewel of the east."

The former Catholic church is home to North America's largest collection of fresco paintings. The church closed in 2000, due to financial troubles and dwindling attendance. But community members came together to save the artwork. They consider a part of their history.

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One Square Mile: West Warwick
9:36 am
Wed June 2, 2010

One Square Mile: West Warwick

West Warwick, R.I. – Hear the hour long One Square Mile: West Warwick program here.

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OSM: West Warwick
7:53 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Did that weenie just order a hot dog?

WRNI News Director Anthony Brooks is pictured during a visit to Ferrucci's New York System. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Ferrucci's New York System is one of the bright spots in West Warwick's downtown business section in the village of Arctic. Locals gather here for breakfast - as well burgers, fries, wraps and seafood rolls. But this local eatery is best known for something else.

"Ah, weenies," says Michael Ferrucci, of Ferrucci's New York System.

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OSM: West Warwick
11:02 am
Thu May 27, 2010

West Warwick and more on this week's Roundtable

Luke Peterson, assistant to the town manager of West Warwick, is pictured during a visit to Political Roundtable.

Providence, R.I. – As part of our One Square Miles series this week, this Political Roundtable's focus is West Warwick, as well as immigration reform, the boycott of the Westin Hotel and tax reform.

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OSM: West Warwick
7:06 am
Thu May 27, 2010

A tour around West Warwick with the former RI house speaker

Former House Speaker William Murphy is seen during a tour of West Warwick. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – House Speaker William Murphy, one in a long line of West Warwick politicians to reach a leadership role at the Rhode Island State House. WRNI's Scott MacKay met with Murphy for a tour of the town, and prepared this report.

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OSM: West Warwick
6:12 am
Thu May 27, 2010

A self-styled outsider gets cold shoulder at the Statehouse

Michael Pinga is pictured in front of a van he uses to deliver bread from his bakery in West Warwick. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Michael Pinga grew up working in the family business, Westcott Baking Company, in West Warwick. So he's very familiar with the details of commercial bread baking.

"We refrigerate some of the dough, the product, at night, and then we bake it off this afternoon," Pinga says. "That's Italian bread, French bread, all different kinds of rolls, and this is our big walk-in freezer. We keep some product on hand in case customers forget to order."

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OSM: West Warwick
5:35 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

After 202 years, work goes on at West Warwick mill

Maintenance Man Harry Collard and Machine Operator George Colon are seen talking during a recent weekday at Riverpointe Lace. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Thomas Jefferson was in the final year of his presidency when Christopher and Charles Lippitt built a textile mill on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in what was then Warwick. The 1808 wood frame building is not only still standing, it's still in the textile business under the name Riverpointe Lace.

Peter Palmisciano and his partner, John Ponte, bought it in a bankruptcy auction two years ago for $300,000.

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