Sunday Local Roundup: September 27

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Crash won’t stop local family from seeing pope

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)
(Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning. Lucky for the Elsingers that only their front end was smashed, not their faith. Read about it in The Times.

Man who unraveled mystery of C.F. war vet buried in Belgium visits city

It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research and special tributes, the story of World War II flyer Gilbert A, Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderconckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a memorial in Central Falls. Read the moving story in The Times.

Judge rules firefighter disability pension case must go to jury

A superior Court judge quietly issued a ruling in a case that could end up making it harder for firefighters who develop cancer to qualify for disability benefits. Associate Judge Richard Licht said Gary Boucher, 54, of Bellingham, must prove to a jury that his prostate cancer was work-related in order to convert his regular City of Woonsocket pension to a disability pension. The Call has the story.

WEST BAY

Union, board in court over CFD wagesCoventry Fire District SUV

The Coventry Fire District is out of money, and its firefighters have been working for free. Thursday the two sides were in court. Read more about what happened in the Kent County Daily Times.

Delegates weigh in on CFD

State representatives offer opinions on the situation facing Anthony residents and its fire district. The Kent County Daily Times has the story.

Station Foundation more than halfway to goal

memorial park station fireThe Station Fire Memorial Foundation has raised $1.2 million of its $2 million needed for a memorial park in West Warwick. Read more in the Kent County Daily Times.

Pfeiffer, Gralinski at odds over CCFD filing

The state has filed to end its receivership of the Central Coventry Fire District. Read more in the Kent County Daily Times.

Duxbury questions sidewalk repairs in Wood Estates

A Coventry councilwoman questions quality and integrity of work. Read what she had to say in the Kent County Daily Times.

EAST BAY

Backhoe during blizzard in SomersetBring it on: Tiverton certified as a ‘StormReady’ town

The town of Tiverton is officially StormReady certified, Fire Chief Robert Lloyd told the Fall River Herald. That makes Tiverton the fifth community in Rhode Island to receive that certification. StormReady is a national community preparedness program sponsored by the National Weather Service that, according to Lloyd, helps communities develop plans for handling severe weather of all types.

NORTHWEST

‘Ready for the next 100 years’: St. Brigid’s Church celebrates milestone

The small, but proud parish in Johnston celebrated their centennial with a special Mass and other presentations. Read more about it in the Johnston Sunrise.

Johnston High’s Athletic Hall of Fame prepares to induct class of 2015

The class of 2015 includes eight former athletes, two coaches and as many teams that so proudly wore the blue and white. The Johnston Sunrise has the details.

SOUTH COUNTY

Westerly teen killed in crash remembered as fun and full of lifewesterly teen killed

Westerly High School students are mourning the loss of popular classmate Felecia Bolduc, who was killed in an accident in Hopkinton on Monday night, The Westerly Sun reports. Students came together this week to remember the 16-year-old, who was in her senior year.

Friends stunned by death of town dock ‘character’

An 81-year-old fisherman died after his boat was struck and capsized by a 65-foot yacht off the shore of Watch Hill, according to reports in The Westerly Sun. Residents throughout southwestern Rhode Island were shocked by the death of Wally Krupinski, who was popular in the region and well-known for his work at the Stonington Town Docks.

Westerly Town Council’s commenting protocol is questioned

Residents are questioning whether the current policies for commenting are putting a muzzle on citizens’ voices, The Westerly Sun reported. Former councilor Patricia Douglas asked the council to reconsider the policy it established in August as it does not allow citizens to have their concerns heard in a timely manner.

PROVIDENCE

Mattiello: Special legislative session on truck toll proposal ‘less and less likely’

Speaker Mattiello speaks to reporters following the Democratic caucus.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says a special session this fall to consider — and vote — on Governor Raimondo’s controversial $1.1 billion truck-toll plan is becoming increasingly unlikely, according to the Providence Journal.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

fall river policeOne man is in custody after making a bomb threat at a Fall River Family Dollar store, according to the Herald News. Officials said the person responsible is a homeless man who was not in possession of any explosive devices when he was arrested by police. Read more in the Herald’s report.

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