Granddaughter's Rt. 28 death motivates NH politician dad; Bourne Bridge reduced to one lane; 8th Dennis Citizen's Police Academy to begin October 1, 2008

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"Those that want to walk should be able to without worrying about getting hit."
                         - Joe Duarte

Joe Duarte, 64, retired from a career in financial planning a decade ago. Since then, he's served on several town boards, helping bring what he considers helpful businesses to town. He helped a water park open in Candia, creating dozens of jobs for local teenagers, and is lobbying for a grocery store.

Heading to the NH State House seemed like a logical step."I've had a lot of people in town talking to me about running," he said.Whether he's elected or not, Duarte will also push for more crosswalks. His efforts will be in memory of his teenage granddaughter who was killed earlier this summer while crossing the street near a Cape Cod mall."Those that want to walk should be able to without worrying about getting hit," he said.

Mr. Duarte's 16 year-old granddaughter Crystal Manchuk of Hyannis.

According to reports from the driver and other witnesses at the time,  his granddaughter, Crystal Manchuk 16, whowas leaving work at the McDonald's in the mall, apparently ran into theroadway and an SUV could not stop in time. See our report here.

One lane on Bourne Bridge Wednesday & Thursday

BOURNE - Pavement repairs on the Bourne Bridge will be performed Wednesday through Friday. The work will be done from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday evening. Repairs should be completed by Friday at 5:30 a.m.

During the scheduled times for repair travel over the bridge will be limited to one lane in each direction, and no wide loads will be permitted to cross the span. The bridge will be open to all traffic from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on both days.

8th Dennis Citizen's Police Academy will begin Wednesday, October 1, 2008

DENNIS - The Dennis Police Department will be hosting its 8th Citizen’s Police Academy beginning on October 1st and running through December 10th, exclusive of November 26th.

The Academy will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm t0 10pm.

Topics of instructions include:

  • The role of the police in a Free society
  • Patrol Functions
  • Investigative Functions
  • Criminal Law
  • Use of Force
  • And other issues related to policing

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old and either be a Dennis resident or work in the Town of Dennis.

Applications can be obtained online, at the Dennis Police Station, or by calling Sgt. Mark Conant at 774-352-1432. 

The deadline for application submission is Friday, September 19, 2008.

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