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August 13th, 2011

Snafu disrupts progress on Chestnut Hill Road Bridge; officials worried

August 13, 2011

GLOCESTER — 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.

Chief looks to create position to oversee accreditation effort

August 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET – 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 – 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.

August 12th

Landmark Medical Center planning 'small' staff cuts

August 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Financially struggling Landmark Medical Center announced Thursday that “small cuts” 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.

August 11th

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.

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.

August 9th

Soup kitchen finds itself homeless

August 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.
“I'm homeless,” she says. “I actually live in a tent in the woods.”
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.

August 8th

Rhode Island celebrates Victory Day

August 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

August 6th

Helicopter shot down, killing 30 US troops

August 6, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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.

School Committee to discuss police safety grant

August 6, 2011

CUMBERLAND - The School Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the designation of funds to match a federal COPS Secure Our Schools grant.
The Cumerland Police Department was awarded an $82,111 SOS grant in September, to be used for enhancing school safety practices including funding programs and continuation of existing programs that help prevent school violence.
The grant award period is from September 2010 through August 31, 2012.

Bernon Heights Elementary looks to build a playground of their own

August 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET – When Amy Thibault was a fourth grader at Bernon Heights Elementary School, a hopscotch grid on the pavement was all that passed for outdoor recreational facilities.
Now her daughter is a third grader at Bernon Heights, and this is what they have: Zippo. You know, as in nothing.
“They don't even have a hopscotch anymore,” says the secretary for the Bernon Heights PTO. “The children currently play on a blacktop and in a field adjacent to the parking lot.”
All that could change if the PTO wins a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to build a new playground, says Thibault.

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