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September 2nd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” It might seem like an unlikely place for a party, but the Lachapelle Funeral Home has been the scene of several lively and enjoyable post-Irene gatherings.
For three consecutive nights since the storm knocked out the neighborhood's power, Christine Lachapelle-Miller and her husband, Bill Miller, have hosted a large-scale cookout at the funeral home at 643 Main St. in Woodlawn. The couple and their four children also make their home above the family business, which was started by Christine's father, Robert Lachapelle, over 50 years ago.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Fire Chief Joe Klucznik said Wednesday evening that Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials had taken control of a clean-up operation after approximately 24,000 gallons of home heating fuel spilled onto Valley Street and covered two nearby buildings earlier in the day.
The cause of the accident: A backhoe operated by a Cardi Corp. construction crew member punctured a 16-inch, high pressure pipeline, propelling the fuel 30-40 feet into the air.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The exact cause has yet to be determined, but Fire Department officials believe that a candle was likely to blame for a Monday night tenement fire that displaced 12.
According to acting Fire Chief John Garvey, the fire was reported at around 8:37 p.m. in a three-story house at 138 Railroad St. The entire house, like much of the surrounding neighborhood, was without power.
PAWTUCKET â€” As the power outages continue throughout many neighborhoods in Pawtucket, Mayor Donald Grebien and the police and fire chiefs say they are still largely in the dark as to when National Grid will have the electricity for the entire city fully restored.
Following a statewide conference call on Tuesday for city officials statewide, the Grebien Administration issued a memo saying that the latest news was that supplemental National Grid crews arrived at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick that afternoon and crews had been arriving in the city throughout the day.
PAWTUCKET â€” There are hundreds of residents without power, toppled trees and downed wires, and several major intersections with no traffic signals. Yet, as Mayor Donald Grebien stated at an emergency management meeting with city officials and department heads on Monday afternoon, â€śWe're dealing with the aftermath, but thank God, it was not worse.â€ť
Because six of the city's public schools were still without power as of late Monday afternoon, Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke pushed back opening day for students to Thursday now, with teachers and staff to report on Wednesday.
High winds and waves pummel the south coast of Rhode Island as Hurricane Irene makes its closest pass early Sunday morning.The National Weather Service in Taunton, Ma. issued a flood warning for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket from late Sunday night to Monday afternoon or until the warning is cancelled, after heavy rains due to the storm that fell Saturday night and Sunday. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 5.9 feet. Flood stage for the river is 9 feet, and minor flooding is forecast.
Hurricane Irene hits the south coast of Rhode Island with hurricane force winds, heavy rains and a storm surge which inundated Salty Brian State Beach and the parking lot near George's of Galilee early Sunday morning. The breachway between Galilee and Jerusalem, behind, had 4-6 ft. waves during the incoming high tide and the water contributed to flooding on Great Island, and the docks in and around the state piers.
STORM SURGE-Waves from Hurricane Irene crash into the seawall at Narragansett Pier at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, flooding nearby Beach St. which runs in the foreground of the photo. High winds, heavy, pelting rains and high waves pounded the south coast of Rhode Island, resulting in numerous power outages and many trees being blown down as the storm made it's closest pass before being downgraded to a Tropical Storm later in the morning.
MIAMI (AP) â€” Weaker but still menacing, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
PROVIDENCE â€“ State Rep. William San Bento and Matthew Gunnip, both of Pawtucket, are the two northern Rhode Island representatives on the 18-member commission that will redraw the stateâ€™s 75 representative districts and 38 Senate districts in advance of the 2012 election.
Sen. Michael McCaffrey, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Stephen Ucci will be co-chairman of the panel, officially called the Special Commission on Reapportionment.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Call this a tale that will tug at your heart strings. If not, your mouth, for sure, will water.
Chris Gomes has such love for his daughter, 24-year-old Crystal Gomes, he not only helped her buy the Original Tom's Deli & Catering, LLC, located at 1137 Charles St., but also found someone to help teach her about the business.
That expert just happens to be Tom Procaccini, the same man who turned his small variety store into this â€śHome of Italian Specialties.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Anyone looking to â€śeat, drink, and be merryâ€ť should head to the Slater Mill site in downtown Pawtucket on Friday, Sept. 9, when the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival officially gets underway with the opening night Gala. The event, held rain or shine, will run from 6 to 11 p.m.
The main event will be the annual â€śTaste of Pawtucket,â€ť where, for a $10 entry fee, participants can sample food specialties from over 50 local restaurants, markets and vendors. Beverages are also available for purchase a la carte and include various soft drinks, beer and wine.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
â€śI reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,â€ť laughed Grebien afterward. â€śThe 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.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” If there was ever a night to celebrate the hometown spirit, itâ€™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.
LINCOLN â€” 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 â€” the owner of Sunset Stables at Lincoln Woods State Park â€” became worried. Whenever she walked him on nearby trails, he would become overly belligerent with his own kind.
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Krystal Durkinâ€™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 daughterâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE â€” As decision day looms for RIPTA, the stateâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
LINCOLN â€” 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.