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August 20th, 2011

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.

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 CALL 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

City Hall masonry work to begin soon

August 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A Providence company hired to rebuild portions of the masonry facade of City Hall that were damaged by frost is expected to begin work in a few days, says Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
RD Preservation Inc. will start by erecting scaffolding around around the Main and Court street portions of the building after finalizing the details of its $194,000 contract.
In mid-February, the city barricaded the sidewalks in those areas after large granite blocks and bricks from the facade of the building became loose, posing a danger to pedestrians.

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

New superintendent signs contract

August 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The completion of a contract agreement between Giovanna M. Donoyan and the School Committee will fill the school department’s top administrative post as the new school year begins at the end of the month.
School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said Donoyan and three members of the panel, himself and School Committeewomen Linda Majewski and Eleanor Nadeau, completed work on a three-year contract with the new superintendent at a special meeting Friday afternoon.
“A contract was signed and she is going to start with us on Sept. 1,” Dubois said.

Election deadline looms

August 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET — If you're thinking about running for public office in this season's races for mayor, City Council and School Committee, now's the time to get off the fence.
In order to secure a spot on the ballot, candidates must file declaration papers at the offices of the Board of Canvassers Aug. 22-30. The office is located on the third floor of City Hall, 169 Main St.

Switzer elevated to Eagle Scout

August 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Andrew Switzer earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Woonsocket’s Boy Scout Troop 1106, and decided it would only be fitting to celebrate that honor at the place where his troop has learned much about scouting over the years — Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, R.I. So on Friday, Switzer, his father, Steven Switzer, an assistant scoutmaster for the Troop, and Switzer’s family members held his Eagle Ceremony at Camp Sandy Beach at Yawgoog where Troop 1106 annually spends a week of the summer.

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. See SPORTS for complete coverage of Saturday’s victory.

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