Local briefs: Oct. 17, 2013

Local briefs: Oct. 17, 2013


West Greenwich man dies after Richmond crash

RICHMOND — A West Greenwich man died Sunday afternoon at Rhode Island Hospital following an early morning crash in Richmond. Henry LaPlume, 86, of 745 Nooseneck Hill Road, was the sole occupant in the car involved in the 4:45 a.m. crash.

Richmond police said LaPlume’s vehicle left the northbound lanes near 368 Nooseneck Hill Road and struck a tree on the left side of the roadway. LaPlume was transported from the scene by Hope Valley Ambulance Corps. Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson Jr. said the cause of death is believed to be “driver fatigue.” He was wearing a seatbelt according to a police report.

Westerly man facing felony drug charges

WESTERLY — A 23-year-old Beacon Street man was charged Tuesday with two felony drug counts.

Ryan T. O’Farrell, of 6B Beacon St., Apt. B, was charged with two counts of manufacturing/possession/delivery of narcotics as the result of an investigation by Westerly police.

Police said they entered O’Farrell’s apartment with an arrest warrant on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. Police indicated they seized a bag containing 8.3 grams of heroin from the residence. Oxycodone and marijuana were also seized by detectives.

O’Farrell was processed at the Westerly police station and later presented in 4th Division District Court where no plea was entered to the felony charges. He was released on cash bail with a court date scheduled for Nov. 16.

— A.J. Algier

Harvest Festival at church

PAWCATUCK — A free Harvest Festival will be held at the Lighthouse Community Baptist Church, 22 Pequot Trail, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be face and pumpkin painting, a rock wall, moon bounce, children’s games and crafts. Food and beverages will be available as well as baked goods for sale.

Visit lighthouse-community.org/ for more information.

Hopkinton EMA looking for volunteers

HOPKINTON — The Town of Hopkinton Emergency Management Agency will hold a recruitment drive for volunteers to participate in the Medical Emergency Distribution System Point-of-Dispensing Plan. The recruitment meeting will be held at the Hopkinton Police Station, 406 Woodville Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. The plan ensures the town can maintain the ability to respond to a public health emergency by receiving, distributing, and dispensing medical countermeasures and supplies.

Volunteer positions include greeters, people to assist others in completing forms, delivering or moving supplies, helping with communications, and set-up. Licensed medical providers such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and EMTs are also welcome. Training will be provided and volunteers are usually given any medications first for themselves and their immediate family during real public health emergencies if they are volunteering at an emergency distribution event.

Potential volunteers will be asked to fill out an application form and also sign a waiver for a criminal background check. Email ema@hopkintonri.org or call Ron MacDonald III at 401-377-2100 for more information.

Ballato to host oncology benefit

GROTON — A benefit concert will be held for Women and Infant’s Hospital: The Program of Women’s Oncology in the Fitch High School auditorium on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students.

Linda Ballato, a science teacher at the school, will host the benefit. She is an accomplished musician who has traveled and performed across the country after graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is also in her first year of remission from breast cancer. While on medical leave, she developed the idea of the concert. Ballato will perform music by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Martina McBride, Adele and Bette Midler as well as a few of her favorite jazz standards. The Fitch High School Women’s Choir will back her up on a few of these songs, also joined by the Chamber Choir, faculty musicians and the trio Sol Music.

The Gallery at Lighthouse features Rembetski

GROTON — An artist’s reception for Lori Rembetski will be held at The Gallery at Lighthouse, 744 Long Hill Road, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Her exhibit featuring canine characters will run through Nov. 22. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday by appointment. Rembetski will also present a demonstration of her work and discuss the development of her canine characters on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Call 860-445-7626, Ext. 108 for reservations. The artist’s talk is free and open to the public.

Cancer Center holding an open house

NEW LONDON — Lawrence + Memorial will host a community open house at its new Cancer Center at 230 Waterford Parkway South, in Waterford, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to this free event.

During the open house, guests will have the chance to tour the facility and interact with staff who will be on-hand to answer questions.

Built in affiliation with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, the new Cancer Center opened for patient care on Oct.1. The 50,000-square-foot facility was built at a cost of $34.5 million.


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