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August 15th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” Andrew Switzer earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Woonsocketâ€™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 â€” Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, R.I. So on Friday, Switzer, his father, Steven Switzer, an assistant scoutmaster for the Troop, and Switzerâ€™s family members held his Eagle Ceremony at Camp Sandy Beach at Yawgoog where Troop 1106 annually spends a week of the summer.
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 Saturdayâ€™s victory.
WOONSOCKET â€” The news last Saturday that 30 American servicemen had been killed when their helicopter was brought down by enemy fire in Afghanistan touched home with Louise Desrosiers.
She has a son, Luke, 23, deployed with the military overseas, a nephew in special operations, and her brother, Robert Marcotte, is a master chief petty officer in the Navy.
GLOCESTER â€” Only a week ago, work on the $1.2 million Chestnut Hill Road Bridge rehabilitation project appeared to be progressing on schedule with a targeted completion date of September.
But a recent snafu involving the contractor for the project now has town and state officials, including Sen. Paul W. Fogarty, worried the bridge will not be completed on time.
Fogarty said Thursday that the low bidder on the project, Shire Corporation, was abruptly pulled from the project when their insurance company placed them in default. A new contractor must now be found for the project, he said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It's taking longer than he hoped, but Police Chief Thomas Carey is still pushing the police department toward full accreditation by a national organization known as CALEA â€“ the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
The department has already devoted significant resources toward laying the groundwork for accreditation by overhauling its massive catalog of policies and procedures.
Now the department is ready to move on to the next phase by hiring a worker to manage the trek toward accreditation, says Carey.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Financially struggling Landmark Medical Center announced Thursday that â€śsmall cutsâ€ť in personnel are coming to the city hospital and the affiliated Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to bring manpower in line with patient volume.
The hospital said the cuts mean services at Atwood Therapy in Johnston would be discontinued entirely. Patients will be steered to other Landmark facilities for treatment.
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€” 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.
WOONSOCKET â€” One by one, they file past the chow line to pick up a ham sandwich and some soup served up in paper plates and Styrofoam cups. Many vanish after picking up the free meal, while others enjoy a seat at one of the picnic tables under the gazebo at nearby Veterans Memorial Park.
But it's no picnic for Suzanne Billington. It may be her only meal of the day.
â€śI'm homeless,â€ť she says. â€śI actually live in a tent in the woods.â€ť
She's not the only one. The organization that provides this basic relief to some of the city's most destitute citizens is on the street, too. Literally.
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.