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August 20th, 2011
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.
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.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” 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.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cranston Mayor Alan Fung said he was so â€śhighly impressedâ€ť 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
â€śThey were astonished I was leaving for L.A.,â€ť Baron smiled Friday afternoon. â€śI 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.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
LINCOLN â€” 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.
LINCOLN â€“ 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.
LINCOLN â€“ 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 â€śan execution.â€ť
O'Donnell told reporters the car was found off the shoulder near the Twin River Road entrance to the park.
PAWTUCKET â€” Taking her eyes off the road for a minute proved costly to a city woman whose 2011 Suzuki struck a utility pole and a fire hydrant near 8 Randall Street on Monday just after 4 p.m., police said.
Pawtucket Police Sgt. Roy Clary said that when police arrived, they found the Suzuki resting on the sidewalk and a fire hydrant that had snapped from its base underneath the vehicle. A severely damaged utility pole lay about 20 feet behind the car.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometimes it pays to take a complaint to the top. Twelve-year-old Sara Arno was becoming dismayed by what she was finding at the Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School playground when she would bring her younger brother and sister. Litter, broken glass, and beer bottles were bad enough, but there were also kids her own age and older teenagers who were hanging around, smoking, drinking and sometimes harassing the younger children.
PAWTUCKET â€” It is sometimes said that being the only state in the nation that marks Victory Day with an official holiday gives Rhode Island a distinction of a dubious sort, but for John Leclair it is anything but.
As the city man attended a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the occasion at Veterans Park Monday, he brought with him two type-written pages detailing the horrors his father endured after the World War II Army medic was captured on the Philippine island of Battan in 1942.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€” Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.
Bobby Miller, 12, Michelle Houle, 14, and Eric Dench, 13, all of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on the Cliffhanger on the opening night of Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday night. The fun continues all
weekend with gates opening at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.