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August 23rd, 2011

Pawtucket celebrates 125 years

August 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Perhaps the best way to describe the fun and frivolity folks experienced at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night is this: Mayor Donald Grebien's description of his throwing out the first pitch before the PawSox' tilt against the Syracuse Chiefs.
“I reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,” laughed Grebien afterward. “The good news is Mike (Tamburro, PawSox President) did call it one. Congressman (David) Cicilline had said beforehand that he'd give the city a million-dollar grant if it was, so I'll be calling him tomorrow for the check.”

August 22nd

Happy birthday, Pawtucket!

August 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If there was ever a night to celebrate the hometown spirit, it’s tonight at McCoy Stadium. City officials, local business leaders and volunteers have pulled out all of the stops to mark the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Pawtucket as a city.

August 21st

Keeping your dog in line

August 21, 2011

LINCOLN — You know Linda Oliveira is sincere and serious when she says she loves her massive, long-haired German shepherd Smokey, and has since she first gave him a home at seven weeks.
Still, about the time he turned 10 months old, Oliveira — the owner of Sunset Stables at Lincoln Woods State Park — became worried. Whenever she walked him on nearby trails, he would become overly belligerent with his own kind.

August 20th

GREETINGS FROM WILLIAMSPORT

August 20, 2011

Dan Glod, Chris Dugas and Brian Belisle (front, L-R), and Ryan Cannata, Mike Cannata, Dave Rosa and Conor Fleurant (back, L-R), all New England fans, whoop it up as they cheer on the Cumberland American team at the start of the World Series game Friday against Huntington Beach, California at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The locals lost their first game 11-0 and play again Saturday night.

Accident victim's family seeks answers

August 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Krystal Durkin’s mother, Cheryl Durkin, went to the Police Station looking for answers Thursday evening.
She had spent the early morning hours of Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital watching as the medical staff tried to save her 25-year-old daughter’s life. Krystal, the mother of an infant daughter, Lillianne Fay, had been struck by a car while walking across Mendon Road just after 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She suffered severe head injuries when struck and thrown a distance down the road.

Potential RIPTA cuts drawing stronger protests

August 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE — As decision day looms for RIPTA, the state’s public transit authority, to implement massive service cuts that would eliminate at least part of 39 of its 54 bus routes, protests are escalating in from riders and public officials alike.
Pawtucket is one of the hardest hit areas, with several routes reduced or eliminated altogether, and Burrillville and Glocester residents face losing an important transportation link to the central part of the state, many of whom use it to get back and forth from work or school.

August 18th

Pedestrian killed crossing Mendon Road

August 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A Cumberland woman was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night as she crossed Mendon Road in search of gasoline for her broken-down van, police said.
Krystal Lee Durkin, 25, was struck about 11:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, said Lt. Todd Boisvert, the lead investigator.
Though Boisvert said the incident remains under investigation, no charges have been filed against the driver, identified as Kevin Poirier, 32, of Cranston. He said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
See Friday's TIMES for complete story.

August 17th

Secretary of Interior tours Blackstone Valley

August 17, 2011

LINCOLN — A top Obama administration official came to Rhode Island Wednesday offering encouragement to the effort to make the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor part of the National Park System.

WILLIAMSPORT BOUND!

August 17, 2011

Gen White, of North Providence, grandmother of Cumberland American Little Leaguer Colin Cannata, waves her green pom-poms as she gathers with the team's family members at Garvin Field in Cumberland Wednesday morning before embarking on the trip to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series this weekend. The Cumberland team's new colors are green and white for the series, which begins Friday at 3:00 p.m. against California. Fifteen vehicles were given a police escort as they left early for Williamsport to make it in time for the Parade of Teams Wednesday night at 6.

August 16th

YWCA closes child care center

August 16, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Busy working parents received an unwelcome letter recently from the YWCA Greater Rhode Island notifying them that the child care center at 43 Hawes Street is shutting down.
The fact that the YWCA Learning Center's last day is August 26 took many parents by surprise, and prompted several phone calls to The Times. While wishing to remain anonymous, the parents complained about the late notice and expressed frustration about the loss of yet another option for child care, and youngsters in general, in the cash-strapped city.

Mayors rally for charter schools

August 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Cranston Mayor Alan Fung said he was so “highly impressed” with the student performance at Cumberland's Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy that it prompted him to propose a similar alternative public school for students in Cranston and Providence.

August 15th

Ex-councilman named purchasing agent

August 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — David Clemente, a former City Councilor and longtime friend and campaign worker of Mayor Donald Grebien, has been hired as the city's new purchasing agent.
Clemente, who now lives in North Providence, began his duties at City Hall on Monday. He succeeds former purchasing agent Joseph Roque, who retired July 14 after more than 23 years with the city.

Musician comes back to his roots

August 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — At the tender age of 18, Pat Baron chose to leave Tolman High School early and drive to southern California to pursue a career in music. Naturally, his parents, Albert and Diana, weren't pleased.
“They were astonished I was leaving for L.A.,” Baron smiled Friday afternoon. “I don't think they believed I'd do it. In fact, I had just got through packing up my old, beat-up van with my two buddies, and my dad was still trying to talk me out of it.

August 14th

ON TO WILLIAMSPORT!

August 14, 2011

Members of the Cumberland American Little League team representing Rhode Island celebrate their 13-7 victory Saturday over Massachusetts on Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Having now won the New England Championships, the locals play later this week in Williamsport, Pa.

August 13th

City parking garage situation irks businesses

August 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — On Friday just after 10 a.m., an employee of Artee Home said she was coming down the stairwell from the municipal parking garage when she came upon a disturbing sight. A man who appeared to be passed out was sprawled at the bottom of the first-floor landing, blocking her passage. The man had also apparently defecated and urinated in the spot. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she tried speaking to the man and was relieved to see that he was at least breathing. She called police and rescue personnel responded. The stairwell was cordoned off and later cleaned.

Portuguese Social Club Feast continues all weekend

August 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – You don't have to hail from Portugal or the Azores to enjoy their music, foods and fun.
The annual Portuguese Social Club Feast will continue Saturday (from noon-11:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon-10 p.m.) at its site, located at 131 School St., said Club President Manuel Alves.
The public is invited to take in assorted dance groups from across the area, Portuguese foods including sardines and others, American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chips and desserts, rides for youngsters and wide array of entertainment.

August 12th

Council OKs licenses for new sports pub

August 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A vacant Newport Avenue building that once housed a Chinese-style buffet will soon be taking on a new role as a sports pub.
On Wednesday, the City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved a Class A liquor license for MVP Sports Pub & Restaurant at 223 Newport Ave. Also on Wednesday, the City Council approved a victualling house license for the food side of the operation.

August 11th

Filmmaker visits home to take in some flicks

August 11, 2011

LINCOLN — Ron Truppa sat at a table in his parents' expansive, luxurious home late Tuesday morning and admitted, with a chuckle, that he one day aspired to be the governor of Rhode Island.
He never quite achieved that lofty position, though says he's having a blast as a Hollywood film writer, producer and director.
The 36-year-old former Lincolnite also owns TRUPPA Entertainment, a production company based in Sherman Oaks, Calif. that produces films, television pitches, scripts, public service announcements and commercials.

Police ID man found fatally shot in trunk

August 11, 2011

LINCOLN – The victim of an execution-style slaying whose body was found in the trunk of a car parked at the edge of Lincoln Woods State Park Wednesday has been identified as Ronny Almonte.
State police said Almonte was 25 years old and had addresses in both Pawtucket and Providence.
With hands tied behind his back with a strip of cloth and multiple gunshot wounds to the head, Almonte's body was found in the trunk of a Chevy Impala parked on the shoulder of Twin River Road after a park caretaker saw blood on the bumper of the abandoned vehicle.

August 10th

'Execution' in Lincoln

August 10, 2011

LINCOLN – The body of an adult male who had been shot in the head multiple times was found in the trunk of a car parked at Lincoln Woods Wednesday morning, the state police said.
Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, superintendent of the state police, said the victim's hands and feet were also bound. He called the killing “an execution.”
O'Donnell told reporters the car was found off the shoulder near the Twin River Road entrance to the park.

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