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Welcome to the Westerly Sun's weekday podcast coming to you from Westerly, Rhode Island. Tune in to learn about local history, fun events going on in our community, new job listings, memorials, and so much more! Remember to subscribe to The Westerly Sun at https://www.thewesterlysun.com/.

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    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-29: Ed Lee, Ali Hornung, and Anita Ames

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 5:00

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Ed Lee is a former professional ice hockey player who played two games in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques. Afterwards, he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1985 and then played for the Fredericton Express, Springfield Indians and in a German Hockey League. Now, we turn our feature story…. How many college students would embrace a triple major while simultaneously running an international foundation dedicated to advocating for and easing the suffering of childhood cancer patients? URI Human development and family sciences student Ali Hornung does just that, managing to balance her HDF studies in counseling with those in global business management and German. But her true passion lies with students much younger than her college peers. Since she was 12 years old, Hornung has been an advocate for childhood cancer fighters and survivors. She has turned that passion into a full-time endeavor, starting the Glimmer of Hope Foundation. The inspiration to dedicate herself to helping relieve the pain of the scourge of childhood cancer began with a young friend named Ella was diagnosed with leukemia at 11 years old. Ella fought the disease through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and tragically Ella passed away at age 14 in 2019. She started around the time the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. She began making masks to donate to kids with cancer, sewing thousands of masks by herself, raising $10,000 for various children's cancer charities like Talia's Legacy and the Children's Miracle Network. But she wanted to do more, especially for young girls like Ella who had inspired her so much. Hornung said: “I wanted to start a non-profit and went to Ella's parents to talk about ways to continue her legacy. They told me about how she had written to American Girl dolls to ask about a bald doll; she wanted every girl to receive the bald doll,” “They got her a bald doll at the time and she named it Hope. So that's what we ran with — Glimmer of Hope. It has taken off from there. It was our 1-year anniversary in July, and we've sent 250 dolls to girls with cancer.” The dolls cost $135 each. The foundation buys every doll and ships them around the country, including a card about Ella, outfits for the doll, cancer support resources for the family, and wellness packages, including everything from toys to toiletries. Hornung's goal is to donate 1,000 dolls in the next five years. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Anita Ames of North Stonington. Born in New London, Anita graduated from Stonington High School in 1953 and went on to receive her Associates Degree from Katharine Gibbs, taking the train each day into Providence wearing her white gloves and hat. She was quickly employed by Electric Boat in Groton, leaving there to raise a family and run the household while her husband, Charles, was out to sea. Later she became employed by the Board of Education for the town of North Stonington and worked there as the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools for over 20 yrs. After retiring from the school system she worked for the Town Probate office and the Town Police. Mrs. Ames was a life member of the North Stonington Congregational Church, where she had been an active and dedicated member, playing piano for the youth Choir and sitting on various committees. Anita was also active in civic affairs in her beloved community and was a member of the North Stonington Grange, and sat on the Juvenile Board of Review, the Board of Education, and the North Stonington Education Foundation to name a few. She was recognized for her dedication to the youth of North Stonington with an Honorary Diploma during the 2016 Wheeler High School graduation. Even though Anita loved to serve, volunteer and work, she always had time for her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt. She will be sadly missed by her three children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She also leaves her sisters, a brother, and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Anita's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-26: Ricardo Julio Ledo, Black Friday, and Juliana E. Hinkson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 3:02

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Ricardo Julio Ledo is a professional basketball player. He committed to play for the Providence Friars, but the NCAA ruled him academically ineligible to play during his freshman season in 2012. Ledo never played for the Friars that season, and at the end of the year he declared he was entering the 2013 NBA draft. Ledo played for the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and other development and international basketball leagues. Next, an event that you should know about… This is Black Friday… an extraordinarily well-known shopping holiday and the traditional kickoff to the Christmas Season. While you're looking for gifts, we want to remind you that you should shop locally first. Many of our local businesses could… well, use the business. And there's nothing like supporting our community when thinking of our friends and family first. Our local businesses are our neighbors and go stop in and say hi! We'll see you around town! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Juliana E. Hinkson, age 97, from New London. Juliana was born in 1924, in Stuttgart, Germany. She emigrated to the US in 1928. Juliana worked for several confectionary and baking companies in the New York area, including Cushman's, Horne & Hart, and Fliers. She was married to Frederick Hinkson in December of 1947, until his passing in 1978. In 1986, Juliana relocated to Connecticut from Pennsylvania to live with her daughter, Patricia Epstein, where she loved watching her children and grandchildren grow up. She was moved into a skilled nursing facility in 2017, where she remained until her passing. The family would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to the Beechwood Post-Acute Care facility for their friendship and care they gave her over the years. Juliana is survived by 4 sisters, 4 children as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Juliana's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-25: Ann Smith Franklin, State unemployment rate, and Kevin Thibdeau

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 4:07

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Ann Smith Franklin was an American colonial newspaper printer and publisher? She inherited the business from her husband, James Franklin, brother of Benjamin Franklin. Ann published the Mintunt and printed an almanac series. She was the country's first female newspaper editor, the first woman to write an almanac, and the first woman inducted into the University of Rhode Island's Journalism Hall of Fame. Now, for our feature story: Rhode Island's unemployment rate increased to 5.4% in October as the state lost 2,100 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor and Training.  The department said that these are the first job losses since December 2020. The October unemployment rate was up from the September rate of 5.2%. The year-ago rate was 7.3%. The national rate for October was 4.6%. The overall number of nonfarm jobs in the state dropped to 479,200 in October, reflecting a loss of 2,100 jobs from the revised September job count. The government sector saw the most job losses. The state lost about 108,000 jobs in March and April of 2020 when many industries were shut down or severely restricted to help control the spread of the coronavirus, but the state's economy has recovered 80,000, or 74%, of the jobs lost during the shutdown. Three sectors — construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade — have recovered all of the jobs lost during the economic shutdown, while the transportation and utilities sector has regained nearly all of the jobs it lost. For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Kevin Thibdeau, of Pawcatuck died after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kevin was born in Westerly, grew up in Pawcatuck, and attended West Broad Street School and Pawcatuck Middle School. In 1971 he graduated from Stonington High School followed by Ellis Regional Tech. In 1977, he married his loving wife of 44 years, Cindy. Kevin worked at Davis Standard and then spent 36 years working for the Town of Stonington Highway Department as an Assistant Mechanic and snowplow driver where he made many life-long friends. He loved cooking, and spending time at the Mystic Rod and Gun Club where he served as the Treasurer of the Pistol League. He loved traveling with family on vacations, showing his kids California, Colorado, Maine, and New Hampshire and catching up with anyone he met up with around town or at the local coffee shop. Kevin was an avid Denver Broncos, Boston Red Sox and UCONN Women's Basketball fan and was a long and dedicated supporter of The Jimmy Fund. He loved spending time with family and friends and always enjoyed the company of his canine companions. In addition to his wife, Kevin is survived by his three children, brother, granddaughters, mother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, He is also survived by his loving dog Cinnamon. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Dana Farber Hospital in Boston, Yale New Haven Hospital, Westerly Hospital and the Westerly Health Center for their excellent care and compassion. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Kevin's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-24: Brian Lawton, Thanksgiving!, and Mary Alice Cornell

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 2:33

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Cumberland-raised, Brian Lawton is a former professional ice hockey player, agent and general manager, who played 483 regular season games in the NHL. Drafted first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Lawton played for the North Stars, New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. He was the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager. Lawton was the first and only US hockey player to be drafted first overall in the draft. Next, a fun event this week.. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Whether you're with family, running a turkey trot, or celebrating your own way, remember that even though there's a lot of turmoil in the world, there's a lot to be grateful for too. We're thankful for our readers and our ability to serve Westerly and Southern Rhode Island. Thank you! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Mary Alice Cornell, of North Stonington.  She was born in 1937 and enjoyed spending time with her family, birdwatching, listening to country music, going to fairs, cooking, playing games on her tablet and watching Westerns. Every summer she would make strawberry shortcake for supper. She was a kind, thoughtful soul who never forgot a birthday and would frequently check in on her friends. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Mary's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-23: Henry John LaRose, Request to block vaccine mandate, and Keith Romaine Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 4:16

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Henry John LaRose was a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1978 season. He batted and threw left-handed. On September 20th, 1978, LaRose made a relief appearance against Detroit at Tiger Stadium. He allowed five runs, giving three hits and five walks without strikeouts over two innings of work. He never appeared in a major league game again. LaRose also played for the 1989 Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Now for our feature story: A group of Rhode Island health care workers is again asking a federal judge to block the state's requirement that people working in the medical profession be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. A lawyer for eight people went before a federal judge on Friday seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing the vaccine mandate, arguing that the state must provide a religious exemption if it offers a medical exemption. Lawyer Joseph Larisa Jr. said at least 365 Rhode Island health care workers are exempted on medical grounds and can continue to work while wearing N95 masks and submitting to twice-weekly testing. The same option should be offered to people seeking religious exemptions.  Larisa said: “If you grant one, you need to grant the other.” Assistant Attorney General Michael W. Field told the judge that a federal appeals court has already upheld a lower court ruling refusing to block a similar vaccination requirement in Maine, and the U.S. Supreme Court let the appeals court ruling stand. He said the mandate is intended to protect vulnerable patients. The judge did not immediately rule. The state regulation, enacted Aug. 17, required that health care workers be vaccinated by Oct. 1. The state's mandate applies to workers in state-run and state-licensed health care facilities. Those who don't comply risk losing their licenses to work in the state. Some health care workers had previously challenged the mandate's lack of a religious exemption. But the same federal judge in September refused to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the state from enforcing the mandate, saying that the workers had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Keith Romaine Brown, traditional Sub Chief of the Wiquapaug Eastern Pequot Indian Tribe of Niantic-Narragansett. He was the loving companion of Shirley Brown. Born in Westerly, in 1951, Keith worked as a machinist at Monsanto for a number of years as well as Stop & Shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and visiting Pow wows locally and around New England.  Keith was an avid genealogist and loved his culture and history. He passed many of these teachings onto his children and nieces and nephews. Keith was also a maternal nephew of the late 2-time Boston Marathon winner and 1936 U.S. Olympian Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown. He leaves his children, grandchildren, siblings, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Keith's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-22: Richard Lancellotti, Beachfront access, and Robert "Bob" Bailey, Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 5:06


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Richard Lancellotti is a former first baseman-outfielder who played for the San Diego Padres , San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox. He batted and threw left-handed. A gifted slugger who led four different leagues in home runs, Lancellotti received only limited opportunities on the Major League level to showcase the power he displayed in the minor leagues. A perennial minor-league All-Star, he played in 15 different leagues and several countries, including stints in Canada, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. Now, we turn our feature story…. Residents of Washington County told a state committee Wednesday that: The measurement approach suggested by a landmark court decision is useless to determine where the public portion of the beach begins, rights of way or paths to the shoreline are often blocked and are hard to reach, and enjoying the beach is more difficult than ever. About 60 residents gathered Wednesday for a meeting conducted at Chariho Middle School by a special legislative committee formed to study coastal access rights in Rhode Island. Residents of Westerly, Charlestown, Narragansett, and members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe described problems in those towns as well as in South Kingstown, Middletown  and Newport. They pleaded for and sometimes demanded action by the committee. Cinna Zerquera-Martin, who chairs the town of Narragansett's Coastal Access Improvement Committee, said: "We need a well-defined boundary to distinguish between public and private property. One that is easy to explain in layman's terms and by visual inspection." The state constitution guarantees residents of the state a right to gather seaweed, pass along the shore, and to fish and swim, but the vexing problem is figuring out where private property ends and where the public area begins. The current boundary, called the mean high-tide mark, is derived from a state Supreme Court case that originated with a trespass arrest made in Westerly in the 1980s. Those in attendance Wednesday said the mean high-tide mark, which is calculated based on 18.5 years worth of data, was never a good measure because it is always based on old information. Many of the speakers told of being harassed by private property owners accusing them of trespassing even when they were in the water or other areas that were clearly public. Bella Noka, a Narragansett Indian Tribe tribal elder: "As a Narragansett tribal elder, I find it very ironic that people are here tonight standing up and fighting for greater access to the beach when it was stripped from my people. We have no access whatsoever." Noka said she has been harassed while conducting tribal ceremonies, including one following the death of her mother. Noka encouraged those in attendance to unite. Jennifer Krekorian, a South Kingstown resident, said the walk she enjoyed as a child from East Beach in Westerly to the Watch Hill Light House is no longer possible because of large stones placed at the base of Taylor Swift's mansion. Rights of way or paths to the shore are blocked or monitored by security. Jed Thorpe, access coordinator for Save the Bay, encouraged lawmakers on the committee to pass a proposed bill that would decriminalize trespassing along a 10-foot swath of the Rhode Island coast. The bill was proposed by state Rep.  Terri Cortvriend of Portsmouth, who is chairing the special legislative committee. Several of the speakers pointed to Westerly as a particularly difficult place to access the shoreline due to an abundance of fire districts and other problems. Patricia Almeida, of Charlestown, said that The ocean and the beach are parts of the identity of people who live in Rhode Island, even those who cannot afford beachfront property,. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Robert "Bob" Bailey, Sr. of North Stonington. He was the beloved husband of the late Janice Shortman Bailey. Robert was born in Westerly and had worked as a Plumber at American Velvet for many years. He was a proud lifetime member of the Pawcatuck Workmen's Club.  Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He leaves two sons, a daughter, many grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bob's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-19: Louis Lamoriello, Weekapaug's Turkey Trot, and Elizabeth "Betty" Gomes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 2:41

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Louis Lamoriello is an American ice hockey executive who is the president of hockey operations and general manager for the New York Islanders. He is also the former general manager of both the New Jersey Devils and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lamoriello's tenure as general manager of the New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 2015 was the third-longest by an NHL general manager with a single team. Under his management, the Devils qualified for five Stanley Cups and won 3. He was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. Next, an event that you should know about… This Sunday, November 21st, Weekapaug's version of the classic Turkey Trot will take you on a 4-mile walk (some may race) through Weekapaug at 3pm, expertly guided by the Weekapaug Inn's Capt. Teddy, to learn the fascinating history of the area. Return to the Inn for hot cocoa after! Participation is $40. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Elizabeth "Betty" Gomes, of Plantation, Florida, and previously of Stonington. Betty is preceded in death by her husband and childhood sweetheart, Ricardo "Dick" Gomes. Married in 1961 in Stonington and relocated in 1973 to Plantation. Betty was an active member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and For over 20 years, Betty worked in Platinum Card Customer Service at American Express. Before that, she worked in the Contract Department at the Naval Submarine Base in New London. Betty is survived by her children, her grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Betty's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-18: Clara Lamore, Daniel Spring, and John Stolgitis, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 5:16

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Clara Lamore was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Lamore won a number of AAU breaststroke titles and semi-retired from swimming after the 1948 Olympics, worked for New England Telephone, then would become a nun, in The Sisters of the Cenacle. In 1964, Lamore was one of the first two women to graduate from Providence College. She later became a teacher and guidance counselor at Western Hills Middle School in Cranston. By 1980 she developed chronic back pain and resumed swimming upon advice from a doctor. She became the most decorated master swimmer of all time, setting more than 180 world and 465 American records. She was selected the Outstanding Masters Swimmer in her age group for eight consecutive years and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995. Now, for our feature story: Over the past decade, Daniel Spring has been a familiar face on Stonington's Board of Finance, providing consistency and stability while helping to establish an undesignated fund and move forward important infrastructure projects including school renovations and the construction of the North Stonington Center for Emergency Services. First Selectman Michael Urgo said: Spring's guidance has been instrumental to the town over the past 10 years and has been critical in positioning the town to continue to have financial success well into the future. “When he first began his tenure on the Board of Finance, the town had nearly no undesignated reserve fund. Through his leadership as chairman, we have built a healthy undesignated fund balance to 15.5% of our annual budget. That wouldn't have happened without him, and that's just one example.” Spring, a financial adviser and Republican who first joined the Board of Finance in 2010, was feted Tuesday evening by members of the Board of Selectmen, State Sen. Heather Somers and State Rep. Greg Howard during a surprise ceremony at the board's last meeting of the current term Tuesday night at the North Stonington Education Center. The longtime volunteer and member of the North Stonington Republican Town Committee was present to receive the honors, which included both local and state citations thanking him for his service. During his time with the Board of Finance, Spring was a proponent of balanced spending and led initiatives to implement several financial policies designed to improve oversight and help set the town on track for steady, sustainable growth. Under his leadership, officials said the town was able to achieve an A1 credit rating. He was also an essential member of both the School Modernization Committee and Center for Emergency Services Building Committee and his ability to reach across the aisle and communicate with the public helped to gain the support necessary to move both projects forward. Spring said Tuesday that he was fortunate to serve, and although the job was one that often demanded he commit a good deal of time over the years, he felt privileged to have had the opportunity to serve. He thanked his family for their continued support and understanding, and praised other members of the Board of Finance for their dedication in serving next to him. For more information on all things Stonington, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of John Stolgitis, Jr. of Chase Hill Rd in Ashaway. He was the loving husband of Mildred. John was born in Ware, MA, graduated from Ware High School and continued his education at UMASS Amherst receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Fisheries and Forestry, and a Master's Degree in Fishery Biology.  John began his career with the State of Rhode Island in 1967 working as a Fisheries Biologist. He was named Deputy Chief of Fisheries in 1978 where he served until being appointed Chief of Fish and Wildlife in 1988 and finished his 35-year career retiring in 2003. John spent his career as a staunch advocate of hunters and fishermen. As an avid hunter and fisherman himself, he never missed an opening day of trout season out visiting with the fishermen. As Chief of Fish and Wildlife, John also promoted field trial bird dogs setting up a training area in Arcadia Management Area. This has become one of the premier trial areas in the northeast. Upon his retirement, the State of Rhode Island named said area in his honor. In addition to his wife, John leaves his daughter, son, as well as his granddaughter. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate John's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-17: Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, Book Reading: "The Mercies" at Perks and Corks, and Francis Cornelius

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 2:45

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Woonsocket native, Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie , also known as Larry Lajoie and nicknamed "The Frenchman", was a professional second baseman and player-manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, and Cleveland Naps between 1896 and 1916. He managed the Naps from 1905 through 1909. Lajoie set the all-time American League single season batting average, led the American League batting average five times, had more than 3,000 career hits, and was elected the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Next, a fun activity to do this weekend.. Perks and Corks on High Street is hosting their monthly book reading on Saturday from 5pm to 7pm. This month, the book is “the mercies” by Karan Milwood Hargrave. Grab a copy and join the discussion. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Francis Cornelius, of Wintechog Road in North Stonington. He is survived by his wife, Veronica, his sons, his daughter, his two surviving brothers, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Francis was born in Newburgh, NY, and was a member of the United States Navy SeaBees, during the Vietnam War. For many years, he was an Inspector at Harris Graphics in Pawcatuck. After 30 years working in the industrial printing press industry, he retired to Florida where he was an avid golfer and enjoyed his days on the course. Frank was member of the Free Masons of Rhode Island for 49 years in Charity Lodge #23 and also completed the 32nd Degree of Scottish Rite. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Francis's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-16: Clement Labine, Brian Patrick Kennedy, and John Henry Barrett, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 5:24


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Clement Labine was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball best known for his years with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950 to 1960. As a key member of the Dodgers in the early 1950s, he helped the team to its first World Series title in 1955 with a win and a save in four games. He is one of eight players in MLB history to have won back-to-back World Series championships on different teams. He held the National League record for career saves from 1958 until 1962; his 96 career saves ranked fourth in MLB history when he retired. He also set a Dodgers franchise record of 425 career games pitched. Now for our feature story: By serving as vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, veteran lawmaker Brian Patrick Kennedy says he will have an opportunity to help ensure Rhode Island has an opportunity to influence the organization's legislative and policy agenda. Kennedy, a state representative who represents Hopkinton and a portion of Westerly, was elected to serve as vice president of the conference during the organization's legislative summit in Tampa, Florida. The bipartisan organization serves each state and U.S. territory and the nation's 7,383 state lawmakers and legislative staff. Founded in 1975, the conference works to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures. Kennedy said: "I appreciate the opportunity to serve as vice president and look forward to working with my colleagues from around the country. NCSL has afforded legislators and staff an unrivaled opportunity to learn from the experiences of other states, exchange ideas and come up with policy solutions that can help propel our respective states and, ultimately, our entire nation forward. I also look forward to working with our Washington office to ensure federal policies are in line with state priorities." Kennedy's election marks the first time a legislator from a New England state has served in one of the conference's four leadership positions in nine years and the first time a Rhode Island lawmaker was ever selected. Kennedy remarked: "I think this is big for Rhode Island. Not only do we get to be involved with helping to set the agenda and figuring out legislative priorities on a national level, but we're going to help coordinate these central policies and how they impact state priorities moving forward."  Kennedy, who is in his 33rd year in the Rhode Island statehouse, has been involved with the conference for more than 20 years. For the past five years, Kennedy has served as speaker pro tempore in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.  Kennedy will serve one year as vice president, ascend to president-elect the following year and then become president at the legislative summit in 2024. NCSL leadership alternates between political parties every year. Idaho Speaker Scott Bedke, a Republican, will serve as president-elect of NCSL, and Speaker Scott Saiki of Hawaii, a Democrat, became the 48th president of the NCSL. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of John Henry Barrett, Jr., 84, of Hudson, New Hampshire and formerly of Westerly. A retired Episcopal Priest, John celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination in 2014, and over his ministry served parishes in Westport, CT; Concord, MA; Swampscott, MA; Johnson City, NY; and in retirement as Priest Associate at Christ Church in Westerly. He is the son of the late Dr. John and Mildred Barrett of Westerly and is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Carol. He is survived by his 3 sons, 5 grandchildren, his sister, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was known to many as "Jack" and was active throughout his priesthood and his life, having served on many local and diocesan groups and committees and enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Holy Land on two occasions. He was a volunteer firefighter in Westport and served for many years as a Chaplain for the Swampscott Fire Department. Jack and his family enjoyed the outdoors and traveled every summer visiting National Parks and historic landmarks throughout the country. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate John's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-15: Paul Konerko, Plan to move 8th grade students to Westerly High, and Luigina Algieri

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 4:24

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Paul Konerko is a former MLB first baseman who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and, for most of his career, the Chicago White Sox. Konerko helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series over the Houston Astros, the franchise's first since 1917. From 2006 to 2014 he served as the White Sox captain. Now, we turn our feature story…. Proposals to move eighth grade students from Westerly Middle School to Westerly High School's Babcock Hall are getting a range of responses, including concern, opposition, support and even a call to lobby the Town Council to reconsider the $50 million borrowing cap it has imposed on a final school redesign plan. Moving the eighth grade to Babcock Hall is part of the two school redesign plans the School Building Subcommittee has identified as being worthy of further exploration. Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau recently asked the School Committee for input on the concept of moving the eighth grade to Babcock Hall. Garceau has at times discussed the idea separately from school redesign proposals, saying it might get students interested in Westerly High School by exposing them to educational and extracurricular offerings and could slow the tide of students leaving the district to attend other high schools. On Wednesday, several parents opposed to the idea spoke during a School Committee meeting. A few common criticisms emerged, including concerns that the eighth grade students would feel isolated in a "school within a school," whether such a change should be made as students continue to adjust to life in the time of COVID-19, and concerns that eighth grade students would have too much interaction with older high school students. Parents also said they were concerned about transportation, participation in sports and other extracurricular activities, and whether eighth grade students would have appropriate access to student support systems such as guidance counselors, mental health professionals and deans. Jim Nyberg, one of the parents who spoke during the meeting said: "There are a lot of known unknowns. If we are sure we want to do this, it would seem that we need more time." On Wednesday, the School Committee approved the subcommittee's request to hire JCJ Architecture, which has offices in Hartford and Boston, to serve as architect/engineer for the redesign process. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Luigina Algieri of Midland Road. She was the beloved wife of Vincenzo Algieri who predeceased her in 2015. Born in Corigliano, Calabria, Italy, Luigina proudly worked at the Westerly Hospital for 25 years until she retired in 2004. She was a communicant of the St. Pius X Church and took pride in making a warm and welcoming home. She was a talented cook and dessert maker and she enjoyed continuing her Italian traditions with her family. She loved spending her summers outdoors and enjoying her flower and vegetable gardens. She was pure definition of love and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her felt that love and compassion. She was absolutely selfless and did anything for her family and friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her four children, two siblings, her nine grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank the Westerly Hospital for their compassion, care and support during her brief illness. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Luigina's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-12: Steven Andrew King, Dashboard Confessional at Mohegan Sun, and Lucille Masse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 3:00


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Steven Andrew King was a professional ice hockey forward who played from 1991 to 2000. He played 67 games in the NHL for the New York Rangers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, as well as time in both the minor American Hockey League and International Hockey League. He played hockey at Brown for four seasons and eventually returned as an assistant hockey coach and eventually executive director of the Brown University Sports Foundation. Next, an event that you should know about… This Saturday, November 13th, legendary emo rock band, Dashboard Confessional will be playing live at Mohegan Sun at 8pm.  Their tour is celebrating more than 20 years of music. Tickets start at $19 and are available at mohegansun.com.  See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Lucille Masse, a resident of Charlestown. In 1948, she married Theodore Francis, who preceded her in death. Born in Charlestown, she raised her children and then spent many years working in the Auditing Office of Sears & Roebuck in Warwick. Upon retirement she became a sports enthusiast, playing in ladies' golf and bowling leagues as well as following ice skating, tennis, golf, and the Red Sox. Throughout her life she enjoyed the hobbies of needlework, crocheting, knitting, rug-hooking and ceramics. Her family always looked forward to her Christmas Cookie trays, stuffed shells, apple and rhubarb pies and whiskey cake. She enjoyed her recent home overlooking Paquiset Pond, loved her hummingbirds, watching storms and the seasons change. During their marriage Lucille and Ted lived in several communities from Providence to Pawcatuck and made many life-long friends. They were the hosts of innumerable card games and memorable holiday gatherings at their home in East Greenwich. For many years they enjoyed the seaside life at their cottage in Jerusalem. Lucille leaves one son, two daughters, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Lucille's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-11: Jeffrey J. Jillson, Deer check stations, and Russell Stewart

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 3:48

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Jeffrey J. Jillson was a professional ice hockey player who played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres. Now, for our feature story: With Rhode Island's deer hunting season underway, state wildlife officials are reminding hunters that deer taken during the first two days of the muzzleloader season this past Saturday and Sunday must be physically checked at one of five state-operated sites. The same rule applies for the first two days of shotgun deer season on December 4th and 5th. It also applies to deer taken with archery equipment. Check stations allow state biologists with the help of volunteers to collect samples and take data that provides insight into the overall health of Rhode Island's deer population. The check stations are located in Exeter, Richmond, Glocester, West Kingston and Tiverton. Deer taken on Patience Island, Prudence Island, and Block Island are exempt, but must still be reported using the online system. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Russell Stewart, beloved husband to June. Russ was born in New London, CT and  lived in Stonington and North Stonington for most of his life. Russ attended the UCONN where he earned a bachelors degree. He then earned masters degrees from both Trinity College and Eastern Connecticut State University. Before retiring from teaching, he earned a law degree from UCONN Law School. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in India, and numerous fellowships to universities and colleges around the country. He worked as a social studies teacher for the town of Groton for some 20 years, where he is often fondly remembered for playing piano for his students. Russ also served as President of the New London Central Labor Council in 1967 while representing the Groton Teacher's Union. Russ was an avid traveler, often with various members of his family, always with his wife. He visited over 60 countries and every state in the union consistently making new friends wherever he went. While there, he would pursue other interests such as rock and mineral hounding or genealogy. Russ traced his line back to multiple Mayflower passengers and to Charlemagne. Russ played the piano and performed many weekends in local bands. At home he enjoyed listening to all kinds of music and sharing his huge musical selection with anyone wanting to listen. He was an avid fan of the UCONN huskies, particularly the women's basketball team whom he watched in person attending their home games and following them to several Final Fours. Russell Stewart was an amazing man who touched the lives of countless people. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 65 years, his sons, his daughter, his half sister, many family members, and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Russ's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-10: Andrew Inzer, Hoxie Gallery: artist Michale Sisco, and Sheila Grover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 3:15

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Woonsocket native, Andrew Inzer, is a former pro football offensive lineman. He attended Brown University and was a practice squad member of the Super Bowl XXXVI winning New England Patriots and on the active roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002. At Brown, Inzer won an Ivy Football Championship in 1999, served as Tri-Captain in 2000, earned Ivy League all-league honors, and was awarded the university wide Zucconi Award for sportsmanship in 2001. Next, a fun activity to do this week.. The Hoxie Gallery at the Westerly Library is exhibiting the works of local artist Michale Sisco. You can check out his works any time during regular library hours during the month of November. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Sheila Grover. Born in Springfield, Sheila attended Wilbraham schools and graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in 1986. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Emerson College. Sheila had many talents. She became nationally ranked traveling across the country as part of her college debating team. She spent a semester touring Europe and visited India, Greece and Canada. After college, Sheila pursued her career in the entertainment business, working in Boston and eventually New York City. She worked her way up to Costume Supervisor for many movies and television shows, including many years at Law and Order, Criminal Intent. Her final employment was as Supervisor for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This earned her two Emmy nominations as part of the Costume Team headed by Donna Zakowska. Eventually, Sheila settled in Richmond, close to the beaches that she loved so much. Sheila was active in the Richmond community where she was elected to the School Committee. She is survived by the "Light of her life" and her greatest accomplishment, her 12 year old daughter, her devoted parents, her husband, brother, beloved step daughters, granddaughter and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Sheila's family would like to thank her "Mrs. Maisel work crew" who never forgot her during her battle with cancer. Also, the caring staff at South County Cancer Center, especially Dr. Taber. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Sheila's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-09: Christopher Iannetta, Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System test, and Carmine "Charlie" Groccia

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 4:30

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Providence native, Christopher Iannetta was a professional baseball catcher. He played for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006 to 2019. In college, he played for the North Carolina Tar Heels.  Now for our feature story: The town's teachers, school principals and administrators are analyzing the performance of each student on the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System test with an eye toward understanding how to help them improve. Like most districts in the state, Westerly saw significant declines in the recently released results. Results of the test were released to school districts by the state Department of Education on Oct. 28. Parents should receive reports on their children in the next couple weeks. The test was administered this past spring and state officials had previously decided not to administer the test in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in grades 3-8 take the RICAS, which gauges proficiency in English and mathematics. This was the third time the test was administered in Rhode Island and is based on comprehensive assessment tests used by Massachusetts' public schools. The federal government requires states to implement standardized testing or risk losing federal funding for education. Just 36.9% percent of Westerly students achieved proficiency in the English language arts section of the test, compared to 51.8% in 2019; and just 17.7% achieved proficiency in mathematics, down from 38% in 2019. Each school in the district experienced a decline in all areas of the test with the exception of Springbrook Elementary School. Westerly students who took the test did better, on average, than their peers throughout the state. A total of 33% of Rhode Island students who took the test this year were deemed proficient in English language arts, down from 38% in 2019. Only 20% of students in the state who took the test were proficient in math, down from nearly 30% in 2019. Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau stressed that until all Westerly students are proficient he will never be satisfied. "In any year, unless we are at 100% proficiency for all kids, it's not what I'm looking for," Garceau said. "... But in a COVID year I don't think anyone is surprised that everybody saw significant declines in ELA and mathematics." Still, Garceau said, he was concerned about the overall degree of decline in Westerly and the steep drop-off in performance on the mathematics section of the test both in Westerly and throughout the state. Garceau said: "We are investing a lot of energy in supporting our kids' social-emotional well being so they can attend to their academic learning."  About 20-25% of Westerly students remained in distance learning for the entirety of the 2020-21 school year. Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Angélica Infante-Green said the state Department of Education is working to assist school districts throughout the state to make up ground lost to the pandemic. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Carmine "Charlie" Groccia, beloved father, brother, uncle and companion. Charlie was born in Luzzi, Italy and was the owner of Charlie's Service Center in Westerly for many years. He was passionate about Classic Cars and Drag Racing. He leaves behind his daughter, Angela, three siblings, as well as his beloved companion Sheri of Westerly and several nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Charlie's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-08: Matthew Hyson, Daylight Saving Time, and Carol Desillier

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 4:14

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Matthew Hyson was a professional wrestler best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment as Spike Dudley, one of the Dudley Brothers. He held the World Wrestling Federation tag team championship on two occasions, the european championship once, and the hardcore championship eight times. Now, we turn our feature story…. Members of Congress are renewing the push to make daylight saving time permanent as most of the nation prepared to turn back the clocks one hour this Sunday. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, said the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act would end an antiquated and disruptive practice. In a statement Friday, he said: “Each November, the practice of ‘falling back' an hour disrupts our lives and robs us of daylight hours to enjoy ourselves. It's time for Congress to take up this bipartisan legislation to make daylight saving time permanent and give Rhode Islanders an hour of afternoon sunshine back during the dark winter months.” Whitehouse has co-sponsored the measure along with two senators, Florida Republican Marco Rubio and Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, and others. He argues that making daylight saving time permanent has economic and public health benefits. Whitehouse said evidence suggests it can lead to greater economic activity, greater energy savings and lower rates of seasonal depression, not to mention fewer car accidents and robberies with more daylight in the late afternoon. Daylight saving time generally runs from mid-March to early November. But in recent years, some 19 states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions calling for year-=round daylight saving time, a change that would require congressional approval, Whitehouse said. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Carol Desillier, 62, of Mystic who died unexpectedly from complications of COVID-19. She is survived by her beloved husband, Timothy, of 29 years. She was born in Staunton, Virginia and grew up in Mystic, graduating in from Stonington High Schoo in 1977l. Although unemployed for over a year and a half because of the pandemic, Carol was the Manager of the Westerly Hospital Gift Shop and also served as the President of the Westerly Hospital Auxiliary. She loved her store work and was hoping it would reopen in the near future. She always looked forward to the holiday season and the Lights of Love. Carol helped organize many hospital fundraisers, and the John P. Ingham Memorial Golf Tournaments to raise scholarships for high school students. Carol and Timmy loved to travel from day trips to Maine to long Florida stays. They loved to cruise ~ two of their favorite destinations being Alaska and the Panama Canal. In addition to her husband, Tim, Carol is survived by her sister, Janis, with whom they shared their home in Haley Brook Condominiums. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Fire Chief Ken Richards and the members of the Old Mystic Fire Department, Mystic River Ambulance, L+M medics and the Groton Town Police for their efforts to save Carol. Donations in Carol's memory may be made to the Mystic River Ambulance or the The Westerly Hospital Lights of Love, Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Carol's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-05: John Hynes, Ashaway Library Community Day, and Richard Alan Booth

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 3:48

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, John Hynes is a professional ice hockey coach for the Nashville Predators. He previously served as the head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Next, an event that you should know about… The Ashaway Free Library will host a Library Community Day to celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 6th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crandall Field. There will be food trucks, including The Cupcakory and Sam's New York System hot dogs, and activities for children, including an obstacle course, face painting and crafts. From 1 to 3 p.m., there will be live acoustic music. Staff and trustees will be on hand to share information on the library's services as well as its role in community history. Anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase, and everyone who attends will receive a free anniversary logo sticker while supplies last. The event, held in partnership with the Hopkinton Recreation Department, is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/ashawaylibrary. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Richard Alan Booth, 69, of Pawcatuck. Rick graduated from the University of Rhode Island, with a B.A. in Journalism in 1975. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. For 13 years, Rick worked in every newsroom capacity at the old Westerly Sun on Main Street, painstakingly learning the now largely-lost craft of small market journalism. His career spanned the period from typewriters to the internet, from black-and-white to color, film to digital imaging; a fact of which he was particularly proud. From The Sun, Rick became editor of Offshore Magazine in Massachusetts, then of First Word, working in the US Coast Guard district headquarters in Boston, where he won modest national recognition for his skills. He embedded with Coast Guard commands for deployment, including cutters Tamaroa, Eagle, and Seneca. He held several civilian Coast Guard awards, and was an honorary cutterman and honorary master chief, bestowed by the Coast Guard's New England CPOA. He remained a lifelong advocate for the service including, with his wife, sponsorship of cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. From the Coast Guard, Rick earned a post baccalaureate teaching certificate from Framingham State College, teaching English at the Wolfeboro School in New Hampshire, Foxborough Regional Charter School and the former Pilgrim Treatment Center in Braintree, MA, and from 2011 at Al-Noor Academy in Mansfield, MA, retiring from full time work in 2017. Rick was an avid amateur radio operator, with FCC call sign km1g. He was a proficient, proud user of International Morse Code. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, two sons, and three grandchildren. He also leaves a brother. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Rick's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-04: Tony Horton, Pfizer vaccine: child safety, and Marie G. Benjamin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 3:04


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Westerly native, Tony Horton, is an American personal trainer, author, and former actor. He is best known as the creator of the commercial home exercise regimen P90X and had personally trained celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Tom Petty, Billy Idol, and Annie Lennox. Now, for our feature story: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children? Yes, U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer's vaccine for younger children after millions of 12- to 17-year-olds already safely got the shot, the only one available so far for children in the country. Those ages 5 to 11 will get just a third of the dose given to teens and adults. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the kid-size doses Friday, and next the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend who should get them. A study found kid-size doses of the Pfizer vaccine were 91% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. The 5- to 11-year-olds developed virus-fighting antibodies as strong as those of teens and young adults who got regular doses, with similar or fewer annoying reactions such as sore arms, fever or achiness. The FDA assessed the safety of the kid-size doses in 3,100 vaccinated youngsters. Regulators deemed that enough data, considering the trove of safety information from hundreds of millions of larger doses given to adults and teens worldwide. So get vaccinated, get your teens vaccinated, and get your young children vaccinated. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Marie G. Benjamin of Preston. She was born in 1931 in Salem Massachusetts and married Carl Benjamin in 1952. Marie worked as an egg specialist for Spafas. She is survived by a son, a daughter, grandchildren, and a sister. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Marie's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-03: Patrick Horgan, Veterans Day Parade, and Bill Beal

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 2:51

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Newport native, Patrick Horgan is a professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He attended the University of Rhode Island on a football scholarship before switching to golf and turned pro in 1984. Horgan was a member of the PGA Tour from 1989–94 and 1997–2000 and was a member of the Nationwide Tour. He won three events on the Nationwide Tour and his best finish on the money list was 7th in 1996 when he recorded nine top-10 finishes. He also won the Rhode Island Open in 1994. Horgan was involved in one of the more unusual disqualifications seen in the PGA Tour. He shot an opening round 71 in the 1998 Buick Open, but had forgotten to register for the tournament and was disqualified after the round. Next, a meaningful activity to do this weekend.. There will be a Veterans Day Parade beginning at the Pawcatuck World War Memorial and ending with a ceremony at the Westerly Armory on Railroad Avenue. The parade starts at 9:30am. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade may contact the Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans Board of Control Chairman Dan LaPointe at dglorybound@aol.com. See you there to celebrate our servicemen and women! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Bill Beal. His life was cherished by family and friends. Bill also enjoyed volunteering at Enders Island in assisting those in need at the Recovery Residence the last few years.  He leaves behind his brother, sister-in-law, and his daughters. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bill's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-02: Thomas F. Healey, Susette Tibus: 2021 Athena Award Recipient, Fred M. Baker, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 4:49

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Cranston native, Thomas F. Healey was an American Major League Baseball player who pitched for one season. In 1878 he played with the Providence Grays and Indianapolis Blues. For his career, he compiled a 6-7 record in 14 appearances, with a 2.39 earned run average and 20 strikeouts. Now for our feature story: Susette Tibus was surprised one afternoon this summer to find Lisa Konicki, president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, and Geraldine Cunningham, a longtime chamber member, standing in the doorway to her office at Simply Majestic jewelry on Williams Avenue. She was even more surprised when they told her why they were there: She had been chosen as the recipient of the 2021 Athena Award. "What?" Tibus asked, a look of confusion spreading across her face. "What do you mean?" Then Cunningham, smiling broadly, placed an enormous bouquet of flowers in Tibus' arms and announced she had been chosen for the honor because of her efforts in helping other women achieve leadership roles and for being such a stellar community servant. Tibus, who owns the jewelry store with her husband, Chuck Sneddon, has served in a number of leadership roles for local organizations. The Athena Award honors local women who have helped other women achieve leadership roles, excelled in their careers and been active in community service. "For once in her life she was at a loss for words," Konicki posted on Facebook shortly after Tibus let the news sink in. "Stunned and humbled ... off camera she attempted to divert attention from her contributions." Maria Pucci, the Ocean Community Chamber Foundation chairman said "Susette Tibus meets all of the criteria perfectly. She has given generously of her time and talents to mentor many women over the years and has also worked to create job opportunities and advancement opportunities for women. Her community involvement is nothing short of spectacular, with dozens of regional nonprofits owing a huge debt of gratitude to her." Among her many community service roles, Tibus has served on the boards of directors for the Westerly Hospital Foundation and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, served as president of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and chaired the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. She has served as the vice-chair of the board of trustees for the Mystic Aquarium and has chaired both Stonington's Police Commission and the Connecticut Police Commissioner's Association. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Fred M. Baker, Jr. of Charlestown. He was born in Providence and graduated from East Providence High School in 1955. A retired graphic designer and photographer, Fred graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1959 with a BFA in Graphic Design. During his long career in Advertising Design, he had been employed by Horton, Church & Goff in Providence as an Art Director; and was the proprietor of FB Design, a freelance graphics studio in Providence for over 30 years. From 1989 until 2006, he was also employed as the Art Director/Photographer for Whiteco Outdoor, which later became Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Fred was a Past Master Councillor of Loyalty Chapter, Order of DeMolay in Riverside. He was awarded the honorary Degree of Chevalier and was an Advisory Board Member of Loyalty for many years. He had been an active member of the Rumford Lions Club, Providence Art Club, and the South County Conservancy, Inc. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, gardening, photography, traveling and birdwatching. Fred was very dedicated to the Episcopal Conference Center during his younger years. After the death of his mentor, ECC Administrator Canon Anthony R. Parshley in 1965, Fred co-chaired a fundraising effort and personally commissioned Norman Rockwell to sketch a charcoal portrait of him. Fred leaves behind 2 daughters, a son, a brother, five grandchildren, 2 stepdaughters and 4 step-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Fred's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-11-01: Joseph Patrick Hassett, School within a School, and Frank J. "Butch" Algiere, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 4:59

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Joseph Patrick Hassett is a retired basketball player? A 6'5" shooting guard, he played college basketball at Providence College, where he still shares a record with four other players to score at least 500 points in a season in three consecutive years. He also represented the US in the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City. Hassett was selected with the 8th pick in the third round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He was part of the Sonics' 1979 NBA championship winning team, but moved on to the Indiana Pacers the following season. In his only year with the Pacers, he ranked fourth in the league with 69 three-pointers made. Hassett is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the Providence College Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame. Now, we turn our feature story…. The School Committee will soon solicit input from community members on a proposal to move eighth grade students from Westerly Middle School to an academy or "school within a school" setup at Babcock Hall on the Westerly High School campus. School officials are considering the move both in conjunction with the school redesign project that the committee's Building Subcommittee is working on and separate from it. Wednesday, the School Committee conducted its first in-depth discussion of the proposal, which has been floated previously by Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau as a means to reduce the number of students who choose to attend Chariho High School and other schools after eighth grade rather than moving on to Westerly High School. Proponents of the move say eighth grade students would benefit from being able to take elective courses the high school offers in mathematics, exposure to the high school's career and technical programs, marching band, and other music and art offerings. After spending about one year reviewing several proposals and considering a $50 million borrowing cap imposed by the Town Council, the Building Subcommittee selected two potential redesign plans as being worthy of further consideration. Both plans call for moving eighth grade students to Babcock Hall. Garceau said: "Whether it's believed that either of these two proposals are going to go forward or that totally apart, Grade 8 is relocating from the middle school to the high schoo," Garceau, Westerly High School Principal Michael Hobin, and Westerly Middle School Principal Paula Fusco walked through Babcock Hall several weeks ago to begin the process of determining whether the facility could accommodate the eighth grade. The building is currently used for high school art and cosmetology classes, the district's pre-school program, and central office staff. Hobin said: "We determined that with careful planning and time, it's a possibility. We would just simply need time to make it great." If the School Committee wants the eight grade to move to Babcock Hall for the 2022-23 school year, Hobin said, a decision would have to be made by the end of the calendar year. The process, Hobin said, would involve seeking input from parents, understanding their concerns and answering their questions. The creation of an academy or school within a school, Hobin said, would help eighth grade students to have a sense of agency in their own space and address concerns about eighth grade students interacting with high school seniors. One School Committee member, Rebecca Fowler, voiced strong opposition. "I am vehemently opposed to this. I do not like this plan. I have an eighth grader and I think she is where she belongs — in the middle school." Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of rank J. "Butch" Algiere, Jr., of Winnapaug Road. Born in Westerly, Frank worked as a Machinist for Electric Boat in Groton before spending over 2 decades as a custodian for the Westerly School Department. He was a member of the Westerly Yacht Club and the North End Social Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating, mushrooming, shellfishing, diving and surfcasting. He will be sadly missed by his two children, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Butch's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-29: Paul Francois Guay, Armory Halloween ball, and Margaret Mary Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 2:53

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Paul Francois Guay is a retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Flyers, the Kings, the Bruins, and the Islanders? Paul played for the 1984 US Olympic team and scored one goal with the team. He is now a captain in the Pawtucket Fire Department. Next, an event that you should know about… Tonight from 7 to 11pm the Westerly Armory is holding a Halloween ball. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Wear a costume! See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Margaret Mary Clark. Margaret was born in Pawtucket in 1931. She married the love of her life, Jerry Clark in 1949 and they had two children together. Margaret's favorite work was as a Direct Support Professional at the Frank Olean Center. She was awarded the OSARR Direct Support Professional Award in 2003 and was proud of the fact that she worked until she was 75 years old. In addition to her daughter, she leaves behind 5 grandchildren, as well as 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her beloved granddaughter, Kayla Rae Cher-kas-Clark of Longmeadow, MA. Margaret's family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the devoted staff at the Westerly Health Center for their exemplary, compassionate care over the past six years, as well as to the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Care Team who visited her regularly. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, 15 East Beach Rd., Charlestown, RI at 11:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Frank Olean Center, 93 Airport Rd., Westerly, RI. 02891. For online condolences, please go to  Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-28: James "Lou" Gorman, Westerly High makes playoffs, and Scott Erik Dupré

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 4:10


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, James "Lou" Gorman was an American baseball executive, and the former general manager of the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox? He spent more than three decades in baseball operations, as a general manager, assistant GM, farm system director or scouting director, and at the time of his death he was the Red Sox' executive consultant for public affairs with an emphasis on community projects. He also was the coordinator of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2002. Now, for our feature story: Westerly High's football team really didn't have a signature win on its mantle heading into Friday night's Division II contest with Barrington last week. Now, it does. Westerly used an opportunistic defense and the running of junior Zack Tuck to shut out the Eagles, 28-0, at Augeri Field, clinching a spot in the D-II playoffs. Barrington came into the game atop Division II-A with a 4-1 league mark. The Eagles were 5-1 overall. Westerly coach Stanley Dunbar said: "Barrington is a good team. When you watch them on film, they are probably the hardest-playing team I've seen," "They fly around and play with great effort. Our kids bounced back from last week's loss (27-20 to Classical). They played their hearts out today." Westerly's first three league wins came against teams that are a combined 4-10. Tuck scored touchdowns on runs of 3, 5 and 55 yards. He finished with 230 yards on 26 carries and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the year. It was his third 200-plus rushing performance of the season. He now has 1,047 yards with 13 rushing touchdowns. "It was a perfect night. We wanted it and we needed it," Tuck said. "We knew we could beat these guys. They are a hard-nosed football team. But we wanted to set the tone tonight for the rest of the season." Dunbar said it was the best win of the season for the Bulldogs. "I think we are getting better. Classical is a good football team and we played them tough and could have won the game," Dunbar said. "The boys just came out tonight, stepped it up and brought it home." For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Scott Erik Dupré.  Scott was born in 1953 and raised in Jamestown. He attended elementary school there, and then in 1971 graduated from Rogers High School in Newport. Scott pursued his love of the outdoors by earning a degree in Forest Management at Paul Smith's College and graduated from The Rhode Island School of Electronics, helping him secure a position at the Raytheon Company as a Module Quality Assurance Engineer. Fulfilling yet another goal, Scott became a licensed contractor which would showcase his remarkable wood working ability. In 1996, Scott married the former Linda Beebe Keene. Until his death, he and Linda shared their passion for all things nature provided by camping, hiking and kayaking at any place their RV, "The Relentless", brought them. Scott took great pleasure maintaining their two acre homestead in Westerly. He cherished working the land and updating their small cottage house. Happily working side by side, he and Linda created their own little woodland paradise. Scott will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Scott's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-27: Adelino William Gonsalves, Fall Book Sale, and Barbara Mathewson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 2:34

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Adelino William Gonsalves was an American soccer player, sometimes described as the "Babe Ruth of American Soccer"? He spent over 25 years playing in various American professional leagues and was a member of the U.S. squad at the FIFA World Cup in 1930 and 1934. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Next, a fun activity to do this weekend.. The Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park for their much anticipated Fall Book Sale! The sale will be held up on the library's 3rd floor Terrace room and is open to the public until Saturday, October 30th during regular library hours. For more information visit westerlylibrary.org See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Barbara Mathewson, the beloved wife for 62 years of John. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-26: David Roy Gavitt, Dealing with the Potter Hill dam, and Barbara Barbone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 4:21

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Westerly native, David Roy Gavitt was an American college basketball coach and athletic director at Providence College? He was also well known as the first commissioner of the Big East Conference and as part of the committee which created the 1992 Olympic basketball "Dream Team". Now for our feature story: The Town Council is expected to select an option for dealing with the dam that crosses the Pawcatuck River at the Potter Hill Mill on Monday. The dam that once harnessed the energy of the river to run the mill was rated as being in poor condition by Fuss & O'Neill, an environmental engineering firm hired under a under a three-year grant secured by the town from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The grant's primary focus is improving fish passage along the river where several other impediments have been removed since 2005. The river is described in a preliminary report by Fuss & O'Neill as "a regionally significant river system for diadromous fisheries, including Atlantic salmon and American shad, and may also have historically supported a significant migratory brook trout population." Other migratory fish known to use this system, according to the report, include alewife, blueback herring, rainbow smelt, sea-run brown trout, as well as the American eel. The grant application calls for removal of the dam but members of the council, after hearing from residents who live on the river in both Westerly and Hopkinton, have discussed a less-intensive approach that would lower the dam and maintain the river's depth and width. The residents have complained that complete removal of the dam would devalue their property by transforming their riverfront views into mudflats and vegetation. Several of the residents are also concerned that compete removal of the dam would cause their shallow-point drinking water wells to fail. Fuss & O'Neill staff have acknowledged the potential effect on the dams and have said funds from future years of the grant could be used to replace the affected wells prior to the dam being removed. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Barbara Barbone. As a child of the depression, she moved from Pawcatuck to Glasgo, CT to live on the family farm where she began her love of jelly donuts. She spoke often of the fun times and lessons learned at the one room school house. Returning to Pawcatuck, she graduated from Stonington High School as a member of The National Honor Society. Her passion for education led her to UCONN where she joined Kappa, Kappa Gamma Sorority and completed her bachelor's in teaching at Central CT Teachers College in 1950. Babara taught her whole life, retiring from West Broad Street School as a kindergarten teacher.  Babara enjoyed family, friends, a good book and her beloved cats. Her door was always open to accept visitors. She never turned down a trip to DQ or Buttonwoods for ice cream. She enjoyed sitting in the sun watching the birds, her gardens and wildlife. A life well lived with many lessons taught to family, friends and students. Just remember when we meet again to bring the sweets, she will have the coffee waiting, and her lipstick on. She was predeceased by the love of her life Anthony Thomas Barbone, Jr. She is survived by three children, and three grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Barbara's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-25: Robert Rene Gaudreau, Disaster Declaration Request, and Helen "Penny" Collings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 5:09

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Robert Rene Gaudreau is a former professional ice hockey player? He played in the NHL from 1992 to 1996 with the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators. Internationally Gaudreau played for the American national team at the senior and junior level, including the 1993 World Championships. Now, we turn our feature story…. Gov. Ned Lamont has submitted a request for a major disaster declaration to the Biden administration, seeking federal funds to help Connecticut recover from damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The Sept. 1st storm dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on parts of the state, resulting in heavy flooding and an estimated $7.2 million in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. It also resulted in the death of State Police Sgt. Brian Mohl, whose vehicle was swept away in floodwaters. Lamont said: “The effects from the remnants of Hurricane Ida were of such severity that effective recovery is beyond the capabilities of state and local governments, and as a result, supplemental federal assistance is necessary.” Lamont's request would allow homeowners in Fairfield and New London counties, as well residents of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Nation, to receive federal reimbursements for the costs of uninsured damage to their housing and personal property. According to Lamont's request, just 8% of damaged homes in New London County and 23% in Fairfield County had flood insurance. The proposed declaration also would allow municipalities in Fairfield and Middlesex counties to receive up to 75% federal reimbursement of the costs of uninsured damage to roads and other infrastructure, as well as costs for emergency response. The governor's office said public assistance damage assessments in Litchfield, New Haven and New London counties have not been completed and his request could be updated. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Helen "Penny" Collings.  Helen, a birth-rite Quaker, was born in Lansdowne, PA. After a combined eight years of living in Boston and New Jersey, the family came back to the Philadelphia area settling in Rosemont. The family constant were summers spent in Weekapaug, Rhode Island. Throughout her childhood, competitive ice skating and sailing the sneakbox on Weekapaug pond were two joys. Helen attended Shipley School and graduated in 1943. In 1945 Penny and Clif were married and made their home in St. David's, raising their four children. Their family summers were split between Weekapaug and Squam Lake, NH. After the children were grown, Penny and Clif moved to Haverford with their later years living at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, all-the-while wintering at "The Nest" in Vero Beach, Florida. Helen's abundant love, great sense of humor and energy were focused on family and friends, but also included running for public office and her volunteer work. Growing up a Pennock meant flowers were always in her life. She won first prize at the Philadelphia Flower Show for "Individual Floral Arranging". She also was a faithful member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon for many years. During WWII she trained as a nurse's aid and continued her service during the Vietnam War. Helen volunteered as a "Grey Lady" at the Valley Forge Hospital in Coatesville, PA. Twice a week she escorted the amputees from Fort Dix, NJ to Valley Forge Hospital on an old school bus. After listening to the men in extreme discomfort during transportation Helen used her power of persuasion in Washington D.C. and Detroit to have money appropriated to build a prototype deluxe bus equipped with special shock absorbers for the amputees. That bus was nicknamed "The Collings Special". Helen was later honored at Walter Reed Hospital, outside Washington, D.C., for her insight, tenacity and accomplishment. Penny made long lasting friends wherever she went. She and Clif loved life together! Traveling the world extensively, playing golf and bridge, her fun sense of humor always on display. She is survived by her sister, her four children,  her six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Penny's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-22: Thomas S. Garrick, The Littlest Colonel at the Ocean House, and Danielle Silva

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 3:01


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Thomas S. Garrick is a retired basketball player who played for URI and was selected by the LA Clippers in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft. He played guard in four NBA seasons. He was the head coach of the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team until he resigned following the 2008–09 season. From 2009 to 2015 he served as a women's basketball assistant coach at Vanderbilt University before moving on to Boston College for three seasons. He was the head women's basketball coach at UMass Lowell from 2018 to 2021, before he returned to Vanderbilt as an assistant to his wife, Shea Ralph, who became head coach there. Next, an event that you should know about… Tomorrow, Saturday at 6pm, The Ocean House is showing the classic Shirley Temple film, The Littlest Colonel in their Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and an assortment of bite-size candy. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Danielle Silva. She was the wife of the late Gilbert Silva. Born in Providence, Danielle was a stay-at-home mom for many years, caring for her own mother, children, and even grandchildren. After her husband passed, she worked in the Hopkinton Town Hall as an Assistant to the Town Clerk, retiring in 2002. She loved the contacts that she made in the town and the people she worked with, especially her dear friend Judy. After retiring, she supported her daughter by watching her young children. Danielle loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had a witty personality, and she loved to have fun. When her husband was alive, they loved to dance together, especially the jitterbug. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends, sports and games… especially football, the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady. Through the years she always found peace and serenity in the ocean and going to see the mountains. Recently, she became very attached to her grand-daughter's cat, Thomas. Danielle had a life of giving and caring for those around her, she will be missed by many. Danielle leaves her sons and daughters, 12 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Danielle's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-21: Stephen Robert Furness, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance funds, and Robert Birchell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 4:09

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Stephen Robert Furness was an American defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions in the NFL, and a member of the Steelers' famed Steel Curtain defense. He earned four Super Bowl rings as a professional player and ranks 12th on the Steelers' all-time sack list. Now, for our feature story: U.S. senators from Rhode Island and Maine are asking the Biden administration to quickly send money to states for a program that helps people pay their heating bills. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said Friday they're leading a coalition of 36 senators in urging the federal government to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program swiftly, at the highest level possible. Reed and Collins said they're making the request now because winter is approaching and energy costs are projected to precipitously increase. The federal funding is a crucial lifeline that helps low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes, they added. About 5.3 million households nationwide received assistance through the program last year. Collins said: “This funding will help ensure that low-income families and seniors do not have to make the impossible choice between paying for heat and paying for food or medicine, especially with the sharp increase in energy prices this year,”. Last year, Maine was awarded more than $40 million to help nearly 33,000 households. Rhode Island received $24 million, plus a $30.8 million one-time boost for the program through the American Rescue Plan, and helped more than 26,000 households last year. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Robert Birchell, of Naples, FL, formerly of Pawcatuck.  He was the beloved husband of Helen for 73 years. Born in New London, CT, Bob graduated from Stonington schools and started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. In May of 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen and they wed at St. Michael's Church in Pawcatuck. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, FL. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents and in 2017, Bob and Helen moved to Naples, FL. Besides his wife and children, Bob is survived by his sister, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-20: Claire Waters Ferguson, Jeep Spooktacular, and Claire Debigare

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 2:27

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Claire Waters Ferguson began skating at a young age and quickly became a judge at age 16, working her way up to the national and then the Olympic level. In 1992, Ferguson became the first woman in the 75-year history of the United States Figure Skating Association to be named its president (1992-1995). Ferguson was president during the 1994 Winter Olympics and the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident. Next, a fun activity to do this weekend.. The Wind Jammer Surf Bar is hosting the 4th annual Jeep Spooktacular from noon to 5pm. Bring your jeep, hang out, eat, drink, and make friends. There will be prizes, live entertainment, and food and drinks.  For more information visit windjammersurfbarri.com. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Claire Debigare of Clark Street who passed away at her home surrounded by her children. She was born in Pawcatuck on December 25, 1929 and is survived by her daughters and son, eleven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Claire's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-19: The Watch Hill Lighthouse, Kate Lacroix applying as lighthouse keeper, and Robert B. Birchell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 5:06


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that The Watch Hill Lighthouse has served as a nautical beacon for ships since 1745? The original structure was destroyed in a 1781 storm, and plans were discussed to build a new lighthouse to mark the eastern entrance to Fishers Island Sound and to warn mariners of a dangerous reef southwest of Watch Hill. President Thomas Jefferson signed an act to build the lighthouse in 1806, and construction was completed in 1807.  Now for our feature story: A Colorado woman who is applying to take ownership of the Watch Hill Lighthouse wants to use the historic landmark as a symbol to focus attention on poverty and ways to help women become financially stable and astute. Kate Lacroix, who lives in the Boulder area would establish residency here if she is selected to take ownership of the lighthouse. She's applied to the National Park Service on behalf of STOCKED, the nonprofit pantry-building service she founded that teaches women how to save money on their grocery bills and invest the savings. The U.S. General Services Administration announced in May that entities interested in taking ownership of the lighthouse should apply by Thursday. Applications from federal agencies, state and local agencies, nonprofit corporations, educational agencies or community development organizations for educational, park, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes will be considered. The Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association, a Westerly-based organization, which has leased the property and acted as its steward since 1986, has also applied. The total number of applicants was unclear late last week. Lacroix has visited the lighthouse twice this year and hired a local structural engineer to gain insight into its condition. Aware that the National Park Services favors applicants with strong community partnerships, she has talked with the owners of local hotels as well as with town and business officials. She plans to continue making the lighthouse and the property accessible and will change admission to generate funds for maintenance and programming. Lacroix said she plans a lending library and has talked with the Gender Studies Department at Brown University about developing an education series focusing on female lighthouse-keepers. She also hopes to develop a storm tools exhibit in the lighthouse museum with the state Coastal Resources Management Council.  Use of the facility for weddings and other ceremonies for a fee is also on the horizon should Lacroix take ownership. Any profits that are realized would be used by STOCKED to offer grants for organizations and causes in Rhode Island that align with its mission. — For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Robert B. Birchell. He was the beloved husband of Helen Birchell for 73 years. Born in New London, Bob graduated from Stonington schools. Afterwards he started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. Then, in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, Florida. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bob's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-18: Brad John Faxon Jr., Stonington special registration session, and Alice Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 3:01

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Brad John Faxon Jr. is an American professional golfer. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour and played on two Ryder cup teams. He won the Payne Stewart Award in 2005. Now, we turn our feature story…. In an effort to make sure everyone is able to vote in November, The Stonington Registrars of Voters will hold a special registration session on Tuesday, Oct. 26th, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Stonington Town Hall, at 152 Elm St. Then, on Monday, November. 1st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a limited session will be offered to those whose age, citizenship or residence qualifications are attained after Oct. 26th for one reason or another. If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, point them in this direction. For more information, call 860-535-5054 or 860-535-5047. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Alice Anderson, a resident of The Elms in Westerly. Born in New London, she grew up in Groton and prior to living in Westerly, she resided in Stonington for fifty years where she raised her family. She loved going camping, was an avid bowler, and participated in many leagues in her younger years. Alice also loved playing bingo, gardening, baking and playing cards, and especially Rummy. She is survived by her three children, her husband, her siblings, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild, along with many nieces and nephews.  Her family would like to thank the staff at the Carriage House and Rhode Island Hospice for the dedicated and loving care shown to Alice during her time as a resident. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Alice's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-15: Joe Exter, 6th Annual Run for the Pumpkins, and Gabriella Piver Gaultney

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 2:28

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Joe Exter is a retired American ice hockey goaltender? He is famous for playing two seasons with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers several months after being in a coma due to a severe on-ice collision. Next, an event that you should know about… Tomorrow, Saturday at 9am, The Westerly Track Club will host the sixth annual Run for the Pumpkins, at the Bradford Preserve at 199 Bradford Road, Westerly. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K and 8K races start at 10 a.m.; free kids run for age 10 and under will be at 11 a.m. Participants must wear at least 200 square inches of orange! Visit westerlytrackclub.org for more information or to register in advance. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Gabriella Piver Gaultney, 91, of Stonington, who passed away in July. Gaby was bornin Stonington and lived there most of her life. Her family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with a time of remembrances at 11:00 am at the Mystic Funeral Home located on Route 1 in Mystic. Face masks are required when entering the funeral home. Please consider a donation to the Josh Piver Memorial Scholarship at the Stonington Community Center. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Gabriella's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-14: Anthony Durante, Arrests made outside Gov. Dan McKee's home, and Robert Birchell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 3:28

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Anthony Durante was an American professional wrestler best known under the ring name "Pitbull #2" as one half of the tag team The Pitbulls. The team was best known for their time in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Now, for our feature story: Police say two people were arrested during a “disturbance” outside Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's home, where protesters were rallying against the state's vaccine mandate for health care workers. The two people arrested last week were charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest. Police did not provide further details about the disturbance or the reason for the arrests. McKee announced in August that all health care workers would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. WJAR reported that protesters carrying signs and chanting “freedom, not force” marched for over a mile to McKee's Cumberland home. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Robert Birchell, of Naples, FL, formerly of Pawcatuck.  He was the beloved husband of Helen for 73 years. Born in New London, CT, Bob graduated from Stonington schools and started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. In May of 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen and they wed at St. Michael's Church in Pawcatuck. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, FL. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents and in 2017, Bob and Helen moved to Naples, FL. Besides his wife and children, Bob is survived by his sister, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-13: Patrick Henry Duff, Pequotsepos Nature Center's Mushroom Week, and Robert Choquette, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 2:21


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Patrick Henry Duff was an Irish American professional baseball player. Duff played one game in Major League Baseball, and in one at bat he didn't compile a hit. Despite his limited playing time in the majors, Duff's minor league career spanned eight non-consecutive seasons. Next, a fun activity to do today.. Tune in this morning at 10 am for a special Facebook Live as part of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Mushroom Week activities for tips on growing mushrooms at home from Farmer Craig. Learn more about growing Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, Blue Oyster, Pearl Oyster and Lion's Mane mushrooms. For more information visit dpnc.org. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Robert Choquette, Jr., of Garden Street in Pawcatuck. He is survived by two siblings and a daughter. Bob was an avid bird watcher and a 43 year employee of Electric Boat. A gathering of friends will be held at the Calabrese club Westerly, RI, on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00pm. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-12: Allen Michael Doyle, New RI Heritage Hall of Fame Inductees, and John Czerkiewicz, Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 6:01

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Allen Michael Doyle was a professional golfer who played on the Nike Tour, PGA Tour, and Champions Tour? Despite winning numerous amateur titles, he did not turn professional until he was 46. In 1995, his first full professional season, he won three times on the Nike Tour. From 1996 to 1998 Doyle competed in 58 PGA Tour events, making the cut in 31, including two top-10 finishes. Doyle joined the Senior PGA Tour when he turned 50 and became the oldest US Senior Open Champion at nearly 58 years old, his fourth senior major championship win. Now for our feature story: The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame recently announced nine inductees for 2021. The Hall of Fame is composed of illustrious Rhode Islanders, from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to those of the present day. The Hall was created in 1965 to honor “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.” Inductees, according to board of trustees President Patrick Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here. The 56th induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 23 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The following are the inductees: Charles Butler is a Pioneering Black athlete who starred on several local integrated amateur and semi-professional championship baseball teams in the late 1940s. Timothy “Tim” Gray is A national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer, especially for PBS, and founder of the prestigious World War II Foundation. James H. Leach is a Major real estate developer and chairman of numerous public and private boards, including the Rhode Island PBS Foundation. William P. McCormick was U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and co-founder of the 93-restaurant chain McCormick & Schmick's. John M. Murphy Sr. is a Leader of the Home Loan Investment Bank, financier, public official, civic leader, philanthropist and humanitarian. Elizabeth Morancy is a Strong advocate for social change and justice, first as a religious sister, then as a state representative and finally as a director of several important humanitarian organizations. Dr. William Oh is a Nationally prominent pioneer and researcher in the field of neonatal medicine, teacher and author of 443 peer-reviewed studies in pediatrics, most in his specialty — neonatal intensive care. William “Bill” Reynolds is a Prolific columnist and sports writer for the Providence Journal, star athlete and author of several highly regarded books on local sports, especially basketball. Louis Yip is a Major Blackstone Valley real estate developer, prominent restaurateur, humanitarian and philanthropist. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of John Czerkiewicz, Sr., of Rockville. Born in West Warwick, John was a loving devoted father. John also leaves his loving partner, Maureen Power of Chepachet. He is survived by his brother, sister along with all his loving nieces and nephews, 7 grandchildren who he cherished and enjoyed taking them for hikes, ATV rides and teaching them his love for animals and his land. John worked at Arnold's Motorcycles in Providence as their Service Manager from the 1960's till the close of business. He was a member of Arnold's Harley-Davidson Racing team and personally drag raced for Harley-Davidson, where he won and set numerous International and National records. John also would periodically assist Harley-Davidson with product design. John then continued his love for motorcycles and opened his own shop on his farm, where riding enthusiasts would come from all over the country for his expertise and knowledge of the Harley-Davidsons. For many years, John worked with the Rhode Island State Police Motorcycle Division as one of their instructors. John was an avid woodsman who enjoyed countless days with his friends hunting, hiking, ATV riding and beekeeping. His farm consisted of many animals throughout the years. His compassion to nurse and care for injured deer was witnessed by all who knew him. One of his greatest pleasures in life was having his family and friends around to share his passion. If you were John's friend, you knew you were always welcome to stop by, hang at the garage and share some stories with all the guys. The echoes of laughter from John, Randy, Mikey, Sal, CJ, Pete, and his countless other best friends (too many to name) can be heard the minute you drive up to the farm. These memories will always be treasured by all who knew him. This is just a short story of his life. John was truly a unique and amazing man, but always humble. He accomplished so much yet he lived life simply. He had so much more to teach everyone, and his Spirit will live on in the woods he loved so much. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate John's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-11: John Clark Donatelli, Revised Comprehensive Plan, and Nancy Kondracki

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 3:50


    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, John Clark Donatelli is a former professional ice hockey player and is the former head coach of the AHL's Wilkes-Barre /Scranton Penguins? Donatelli was a long-time minor league player in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League. He played 35 games in the NHL. Donatelli played for the American national team at several World Championships, and the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. Now, we turn our feature story…. Westerly's planning staff is working with the Town Council to tackle initiatives included in the revised Comprehensive Plan. The new plan, which was adopted by the Town Council and approved by the state Division of Statewide Planning in May, sets out goals to reflect the development and preservation priorities. Reaching the goals requires input from the town's planning, zoning and other boards as well as the approval of the Town Council. Todd Romano, the lawyer who represents the Zoning Board of Review, presented a schedule etched out by the Department of Development Services for getting proposals related to the priorities before the Town Council during the next 18 months. Council President Sharon Ahern invited Romano to make the presentation. Ahern said: "I wanted the council to see it and the public to be aware that we are working on it, so that they see that it is in the works and that there is a path forward,"  Romano said: "It it is an aggressive schedule but we all believe this council all has the experience and knowledge.”. There are five priorities: revisions to the aquifer protection overlay regulations; creation of a river overlay protection area; redevelopment of the downtown; a Route 1 study; the creation of a floodplain and special area management plan. The proposed aquifer protection zone and regulation changes are expected to be submitted to the Town Council for its Oct. 25 meeting reflecting changes in how the Department of Environmental Management monitors and manages groundwater. Stay up to date on this story at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Nancy Kondracki left this world after a long illness complicated by COVID-19. Nancy was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont and  is survived by her husband of 32 years, Steven; a sister, Bonnie; a brother, Ronnie; and her two beloved dogs, Tracker and Gabby. Nancy was a very talented and creative individual, always positive and always full of life. She excelled in doing arts and crafts. Nancy loved all of God's creatures and took care of several wild animals in need. She was a huge fan of Elvis Presley. Nancy loved social events, country music, going to the casino and fishing. She always made others feel welcome and comfortable in her presence. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Nancy's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-08: Ernest DiGregorio, Sugar at the Knickerbocker Cafe, and Michael A. Ferando

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 2:25

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Ernest DiGregorio, also known as "Ernie D.", is aformer professional basketball player? He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1973–74 season and shares the NBA rookie record for assists in a single game with 25. Due to a severe knee injury suffered early in DiGregorio's professional career, he played only five NBA seasons. A 1973 NCAA All-American at Providence, DiGregorio was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. Next, an event that you should know about… This Friday at 9pm, Sugar will be taking the stage at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. They've shared the stage with groups like Tower of Power, Kansas, Toto, The Go Go's, Men at Work, and many more. Tickets are $15. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Michael A. Ferando, Sr. of Old Hopkinton Road in Westerly.  Michael previously worked at the Arwood Company and was a maintenance man at Wal-Mart of Westerly. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pauline, his son, Michael,  his daughters, April and Amanda,  his grandchildren, his great-grandson, and his brother. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Michael's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-07: Al Del Greco, 30-day vaccine mandate extension, and Julia Felicetti

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 3:06

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Al Del Greco is a former football placekicker and a current sports radio personality. Del Greco finished his 17 NFL seasons with 347 of 449 field goals and 551 of 554 extra points, giving him a total of 1,592 points. Now, for our feature story: More than 90 health care facilities have requested a 30-day extension to meet Gov. Dan McKee's requirement to get all workers vaccinated against COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced last week. The list includes some of the largest hospitals in the state, including Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital, along with dozens of nursing facilities. A total of 92 health care facilities have requested extensions to meet the vaccine requirement, which took effect last Friday. All have plans to meet the mandate by Oct. 31, according to the health department. Another 215 facilities reported that they are in compliance with the requirement, including Kent County Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. McKee announced in August that all healthcare workers would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1. On Friday, the health department separately ordered a Cranston dentist to stop practicing after he told The Providence Journal he would defy the mandate. The agency said Dr. Stephen Skoly must stop seeing patients until he meets the requirement. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Julia Felicetti, of Granite Street in Westerly who passed away at the age of 98. She was the wife of the late Ernest Felicetti. Born in Westerly, Julia was predeceased by her daughter Linda Felicetti; and her siblings. Julia was known for her volunteer work at The Westerly Hospital and she spent over 29,000 hours crocheting blankets for hospital patients. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Julia's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-06: Sara Ann DeCosta, Outdoor music at Cross Mills Public Library, and Marlene Lajoie Donahue

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 3:24

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Sara Ann DeCosta is an American ice hockey player? She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She also played goalie for Providence College and had 2,324 saves in her college career. In 2004, she was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and in 2018 was inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame. Next, a fun activity to do today.. The Cross Mills Public Library in Charlestown will be hosting some outdoor music. Sing along to your favorite children's songs with Mr. Mike and his guitar. Please contact the library to register. Families should bring a blanket to sit on and bug spray. All ages and starts at 10am. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Marlene Lajoie Donahue, of Ledyard, CT. Marlene was born in Van Buren, Maine, was educated at St. John's University and received a B.B.A. She studied at Manhattan College, NY and Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she received an M.A. in Theology. Finally at Central CT State University and Connecticut College she was awarded an M.B.E. Marlene enjoyed teaching for twenty-six years, five of which were spent at St. Agatha High School in Maine, and twenty-one years at Ledyard High School. After her teaching career, she worked at A & T in North Stonington and Twenty Third Publications in Mystic. Marlene had previously been with the Daughters of Wisdom Community for twelve years. Marlene was a faithful communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Pawcatuck where she served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Eucharist and enjoyed singing in the choir. Her hobbies included reading, which she and her mother would do together, cooking, entertaining family and friends, and playing with her precious great niece Sydney and her great nephews Dominique and Landon. She also loved floating in Long Pond with her purple "bubble". Marlene volunteered at St. Edmund's Retreat House on Enders Island and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. She enjoyed time visiting residents at Mary Elizabeth Nursing Home and other nursing homes in the area. Her greatest attributes were her capacity to love and care for others. She is survived by her husband, her sisters, her brother, several nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Marlene's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-05: Jill Craybas, ServeRI community service, and Donald Autry Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 3:49

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more.   First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Jill Craybas, is a former professional tennis player? From the 2000 US Open to the 2011 US Open, Craybas competed in 45 consecutive Grand Slam main draws; her best result coming in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships where she reached the fourth round, which included wins over Marion Bartoli and Serena Williams. By the time she retired in 2013, she was one of the oldest players on the WTA Tour at 39 years of age, as well as the longest serving, having turned pro in 1996. Now for our feature story: Community service programs in Rhode Island will receive $1.1 million in federal funding. Rhode Island's congressional delegation said Friday that ServeRI programs will receive the money through the American Rescue Plan Act. The goal is to strengthen national service in Rhode Island and provide relief for organizations and communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The money will be spent on increasing living allowances for AmeriCorps members, stabilizing Rhode Island's AmeriCorps programs and expanding ServeRI opportunities over the next three years. ServeRI, which is administered by the state education department, awards AmeriCorps grants, promotes residents' commitment to public service and seeks to organize the collective effort of volunteer and service opportunities across the state. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said: “From education to conservation, this federal funding will help AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island tackle important challenges and make a positive difference.”  U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, also a Rhode Island Democrat, said that as the state recovers from the pandemic, these organizations must have the necessary resources to continue serving communities. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Donald Autry Sr. of Westerly. Born in Westerly, he was the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Westerly High School in 1965 and the University of Rhode Island in 1975. Donald also earned a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. He taught science at Westerly High School for 30 years. Before his retirement, he worked at Brown University for 15 years. Donald was baptized and attended Christ Episcopal Church in his younger years and he was a member of the Calabrese and North End Social Clubs. His past times and passions were horse racing and clamming in our local ponds. He is survived b That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-04: Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez, Stonington Schools Ransomware Attack, and Robert Thomas Blough

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 4:24

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2017? He is a multiple-time world champion, and the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes, from light welterweight to middleweight. In 2007 and 2009, he reached a peak active pound for pound ranking of seventh by The Ring magazine. Now, we turn our feature story…. Stonington schools staff and the FBI are working together to determine the scope of access and how it was granted after the district was targeted as part of a ransomware attack discovered last week. The district first found evidence of the ransomware around 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment Mary Anne Butler, and staff led by Director of Technology Christopher Williston took immediate action to secure the district's systems including taking the entire district offline. The nature and origin of the attack and whether information was compromised both remain the subjects of an ongoing investigation, officials said. “We don't have a lot of information at this point and we will continue to work with a cybersecurity team to determine the scope. We have taken precautions to make sure everything remains protected. Our top priority is the safety of the children.” The district first notified parents on Monday afternoon through an email sent to all families. The message, which was shared around 5 p.m., indicated to families that the district had already begun taking steps to remediate the issue including isolating the district from the internet. Ransomware is a malicious computer software that threatens to publish or block access to data, usually by encrypting it, until the victim pays a ransom fee. It was unclear whether any information was obtained, but officials indicated that the system was removed from the internet before much of the information had been encrypted. Stay up to date on this story at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Robert Thomas Blough of Pawcatuck. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Mary, and sons Robert Anthony and Kevin Michael. Bob was born in Goshen, Indiana and continued to return there to see family and revisit special places from his childhood. Last year he was honored and celebrated by the city on his final visit. Bob was a proud WWII veteran and served on 3 aircraft carriers as an Aviation Mechanic and maintained and operated the gun turret on TBM Avenger aircraft. He often said his Navy days were the best days of his early, adult life. After leaving the Navy and having a variety of jobs, he spent over 50 years in Real Estate; a career he loved and in which he received numerous awards and accolades. He opened RT Blough Real Estate Brokerage in West Hartford and was also appointed chairman of the Connecticut Real Estate Commission. He was most proud of his family, and loved being a father to his five children, as well as a grandfather and a great grandfather. He lived a joy-filled life to the fullest! He looked at every experience as a grand adventure and with his ever present, radiant smile. He leaves behind two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many extended family members. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bob's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-01: Frederick Harrison Corey, Salt Marsh Opera: Carmen, Gladys D. Fraser

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 2:31

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Frederick Harrison Corey was an American pitcher and third baseman in 1878 and from 1880 through 1885, encompassing seven seasons. He played for the Providence Grays, Worcester Ruby Legs, and Philadelphia Athletics. Corey was born in Coventry and died in Providence. He is interred at the North Burial Ground. Next, an event that you should know about… This Friday at 7pm and again on Sunday at 3pm, see the Salt Marsh Opera present Carmen at the United Theatre. Tickets start at $42 to see the most well-known opera in history.  See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Gladys D. Fraser, of Pawcatuck. She was the wife of the late William K. Fraser. Gladys was born in Westerly, and was raised from the age of 7 months by Winifred and Edward Allen of Pawcatuck. She was employed for many years as a machine operator for The Moore Company and was a member of the BPOE #678 in Westerly. She enjoyed doing puzzles and word searches, and playing Bingo. She leaves behind her two daughters, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Gladys's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-30: Mike Cloud, RI redistricting meetings now scheduled, Jack Donoghue

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 4:10

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Mike Cloud, is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the NFL for seven seasons. He played college football for Boston College, and was recognized as an All-American. He was a second-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and New York Giants. Now, for our feature story: The commission to redraw political districts in Rhode Island has scheduled its first round of meetings across the state. The Special Legislative Commission on Reapportionment is charged with drafting and reporting to the General Assembly on how the legislative and congressional districts should be reapportioned. It released its meeting schedule Friday and a website with information and data for the process. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Newport at the Community College of Rhode Island campus auditorium. Subsequent meetings will be held on Oct. 4th in the Woonsocket High School auditorium, Oct. 7th in South Kingstown in the Brookside Residence Hall at the University of Rhode Island, Oct. 18th in the Providence Career and Technical Academy auditorium, Oct. 21th in Warwick at CCRI's Knight Campus auditorium, and on Oct. 25th in Bristol at the Mount Hope High School auditorium.  All of the meetings begin at 6 p.m. The state constitution mandates redistricting for the General Assembly districts and the two congressional districts after each 10-year census. Representative Robert Phillips, a Woonsocket Democrat, and Sen. Stephen Archambault, a Smithfield Democrat, lead the commission. A second round of meetings will also be scheduled. The meetings will be broadcast on Capitol Television and streamed online. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Jack Donoghue. Jack was a graduate of Boston College and while there,  he was a member of the track team. Jack received his PhD from New York University in 1977. He was also a veteran of the Korean War and served as a Gunnery Officer on a destroyer. He mustered out in 1955. Jack was a long-time educator who taught for forty years at New York City Technical College in the Department of Social Sciences. Dr. Donoghue was a member of the Faculty Senate and active in the union He was a popular professor who dedicated himself to his students, many of whom stayed in touch with him after he retired. Following his retirement from full-time teaching in 2003, Jack moved to Charlestown, where he had bought a home after driving through the area in 1995. He became active in the community including writing numerous letters to the editor in local newspapers and a run for the City Council. He was never shy of expressing an opinion... especially if he felt the best interests of the community were not being served. Each weekday he met friends at local coffee shops, rotating between a select few including 'the Dunk" and the Corner Bakery. Before the coffee sessions, Jack would act as a Lector at St. James Catholic Chapel in Charlestown. He did the morning reading each weekday and treated the attendees to his professorial voice, projected so all could hear. Jack is survived by two nieces, Kathleen and Jaqueline. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Jack's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-29: Malcolm Greene Chace, Dr. Michael Sullo Art Exhibit, and Amber Jean Bruckschen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 2:30

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Malcolm Greene Chace was an American financier and textile industrialist who was instrumental in bringing electric power to New England?  He was a pioneer of the sport of ice hockey in the United States, and was Yale University's first hockey captain. He was also an amateur tennis player whose highest ranking was U.S. No. 3 in 1895. Next, a fun activity to do today.. The Hoxie Gallery will host an exhibit of art by Dr. Michael Sullo. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Amber Jean Bruckschen, 35, recently of Mystic who passed away unexpectedly this month at home. Born in Warwick, she was the beloved daughter of Fred W. Jacobson of Illinois and Tracy Davis and her fiancé, Donald Melzer of Mystic. She attended local schools in Rhode Island and was a graduate of Rogers High School in Newport. Amber formerly worked for the 55 Beach St. Café in Westerly for many years and was also a Certified Nurse Aide. In addition to her parents, she leaves her husband of eight years, her five cherished children, three brothers, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Amber's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-28: Thomas Garrett Cavanagh, RI coalition to allow online meetings, and Patricia Murphy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 5:50

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native Thomas Garrett Cavanagh was an American professional ice hockey center who last played with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. After playing four seasons at Harvard University, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round. Cavanagh made his National Hockey League debut with San Jose near the end of the 2007–08 season and recorded an assist on his first shift. Now for our feature story: An open government coalition is asking Rhode Island's governor to allow public agencies to hold meetings online due to the surge of COVID-19 infections. Access/RI said Friday that it sent a letter to Governor Dan McKee asking him to issue an executive order because his previous order to waive the requirement that members of public bodies meet in person expired in July. Since then, the coalition said, some public bodies have had difficulty getting enough members to attend in person for a quorum and some members of the public have been reluctant to attend. The coalition said: “Members of the public face a choice between their health and their ability to participate in our democracy,”  State legislatures in neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts codified similar executive orders to allow for online meetings until the spring, the coalition added. Rhode Island's legislature considered allowing online meetings until July 2023, which Access/RI opposed due to the length of time and the belief that in-person meetings should be the default. The letter was signed by Access/RI, the ACLU of Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, Common Cause, University of Rhode Island and the New England First Amendment Coalition. Meanwhile in Connecticut: Governor Ned Lamont got his third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend and urged others on social media to follow suit. The 67-year-old Democrat posted on Twitter saying: “Getting your booster is so easy! Same with your first shot,” along with photos of him stripped down to a white t-shirt and face mask while getting the vaccine at the Durham Fair. An estimated 270,000 Connecticut residents who are 65 years and older and who originally received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, including nursing home residents, could begin getting their third booster shot this week. Residents ages 50 to 64 with risky underlying health conditions and who received the Pfizer vaccine are also allowed to obtain a third dose at more than 800 locations across the state. Those sites can be found online. For more about the coronavirus pandemic and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Patricia Murphy of Westerly. Mrs. Murphy was born in Montclair, NJ, the eldest of seven children. As a child, Mrs. Murphy moved with her family to Wheeling, WV. In 1953, she graduated from Villa Duchesne Convent of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, where she excelled in art and tennis. At Rosemont College, Mrs. Murphy captained the tennis team and earned All-Philadelphia honors as goalie on the field hockey squad. During those years, she also won seven consecutive West Virginia state singles titles in tennis. In 1955, it was tennis that led Pat to meet J. Austin Murphy, the man who would become her husband of 63 years. After graduating from Rosemont in 1957, Mrs. Murphy was a reporter for the Wheeling News Register, the Camden Courier Post and the Columbus Little Weekly. In 1958, she married her husband. A salesman with US Steel, Austin's job required frequent relocation. Mrs. Murphy lived with her rapidly growing family-at one point, she had seven children under the age of seven-in eight different cities. In 1995, she and Austin moved permanently to the family's summer homestead in Shelter Harbor. In Westerly, Mrs. Murphy continued her lifelong, tireless work for others. She served on numerous healthcare boards, volunteered for both Hospice Care and her beloved parish, St. Clare, where she was a daily communicant. And when her husband joined the Chorus of Westerly, Mrs. Murphy did too. She dedicated thousands of hours to the Chorus, running the annual auction and managing myriad day-to-day duties. After a few years, she was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Chorus… only the second non-singing member ever to hold the post. Mrs. Murphy was old-school tough. As she committed herself to these groups full-bore, she never complained about her debilitating arthritis, complications from a battle with Hepatitis C, or the countless struggles brought on by her irredeemable offspring. She soldiered on through a great deal of difficulties, constantly mentioning how "delightful," "terrific," and "super" her life was. In addition to her husband of 63 years, Mrs. Murphy leaves seven children, 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, and her siblings, and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Patricia's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-27: Marissa Castelli, Elizabeth Beisel's Block Island Swim, and Claudia Ann DeBernardo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 4:10

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Marissa Castelli is a retired American pair skater. With her skating partner, Mervin Tran, she was the 2017 U.S. national silver medalist. With her former partner, Simon Shnapir, she was the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2009 World Junior bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion. The pair won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now, we turn our feature story…. Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel became the first woman to swim from the Rhode Island mainland to Block Island on Saturday, completing the grueling 10.4-mile route to raise money for cancer research in memory of her late father. Beisel, who competed in three Olympics and won silver and bronze medals at the 2012 London Games, reached the northern tip of the popular vacation spot in just under 5 1/2 hours. It was easily longer than any swim in the 29-year-old's competitive career in the pool. Beisel has never taken part in an open-water race, but she followed marathon swimming rules which required her to cover the entire distance without stopping to rest or receiving any assistance from her support boats. Beisel said: “I just wish my dad was here, honestly. I know that he's here in spirit. Everybody who has fought cancer and who's beat cancer, this is for them.” Beisel decided to start training for the long swim after her father, Ted, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year. He died July 1st. Her mother, Joan, was waiting with a towel and a hug when she emerged from the water at Block Island. As a native of Rhode Island, she picked the island as her goal, saying it was one of her family's favorite places to visit when she was growing up. Beisel was further inspired to complete a route that had been done previously by two men, but never a woman. Beisel has raised some $133,000 for cancer research through her partnership with Swim Across America. She had planned to hit the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, but high winds and choppy seas prompted her to push it back to the weekend. Conditions were nearly perfect on Saturday, with calm water and partly cloudy skies. Beisel left us with an inspirational note: “Hopefully, everyone who saw me do this today can be inspired to do something they don't think they can do.” Stay up to date on this story at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Claudia Ann DeBernardo, of Wyoming, who went home to Heaven last Wednesday.  Born in Providence, she was the loving wife of the late "Pat" DeBernardo for 51 years. Claudia was a 1965 graduate of Pilgrim High School and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island. Claudia served as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years in the Westerly School System before her retirement. Her caring nature made her the perfect nurse, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Claudia loved being a school Nurse and Teacher for the Westerly School System. She took great pride in caring for the children at State Street and Tower Street schools. Upon retirement, Claudia enjoyed traveling, Mahjong, and playing Bingo at the Westerly Senior Center. She is survived by her loving daughters, her beloved grandson, four nephews, one niece, and a full and beautiful extended family. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Claudia's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-24: Keith Carney, Cars and Coffee, and Kathy Jarrard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 2:50

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Keith Carney is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. He last played for the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Might Ducks of Anaheim, the Vancouver Canucks, and finished up as Captain of the Minnesota Wild. He enjoyed a long career and played his 1,000th NHL game in 2008 becoming only the 29th player to do so. Next, an event that you should know about… This Sunday, hit up cars and coffee at the Windjammer in Westerly from 9am to 1pm. Hot rods, trucks, jeeps, bikes, and of course… cars are welcome. $5 to enter and all proceeds will go to Stand Up for Animals.  See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we're here again with another new job listing. Today's posting comes from the City of Norwich. They're looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you're interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we're remembering the life of Kathy Jarrard, 54, of Pawcatuck, loving wife and mother, who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Cathy was born at The Westerly Hospital and grew up in the surrounding area and later married her husband David on June 3rd, 1989. Cathy worked in the medical field for many years where many will remember her kindness, wonderful smile and contagious laughter. Cathy was most passionate about her children. She enjoyed cheering them on at their sporting events, taking late night drives to listen to music, and planning a summer's worth of concerts. She took advantage of any opportunity to create memories and instill her infallible kindness into her kids. She will be lovingly remembered for her unrelenting strength during her illness to continue to be the best mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. In addition to her husband David, she leaves behind two children, two siblings, as well as two nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Cathy's life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-23: Jack Capuano Jr., Reorganizing the Coastal Resources Management Council, and Patricia Meagher

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 3:24

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Jack Capuano Jr. is an American ice hockey coach and former player? He is a former head coach of the New York Islanders and is currently an associate coach for the Ottawa Senator. Capuano played as a defenseman and spent parts of three seasons in the NHL in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is the brother of former NHL hockey player Dave Capuano. Now, for our feature story: A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island's lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals. House Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Jamestown Democrat, will lead the 15-member House commission to study the Coastal Resources Management Council,. Ruggiero sponsored legislation that created the commission to provide recommendations for reorganizing the council by April 1st. The nation's first offshore wind farm opened off the coast of Rhode Island in December 2016. In June, the council gave a proposed wind farm off the state's coast critical approval over the objections of the fishing industry and some environmentalists. It's the state's lead agency reviewing proposals for 19 coastal communities, including offshore wind, dredging, development, marinas and aquaculture projects. Ruggiero said she's not looking back at past council decisions, especially since some of those decisions are in litigation. Rather, she said, she's looking to the future to ensure policy decisions are made based on facts, data and science to better ensure coastal development. The commission includes other House lawmakers, municipal officials and representatives from the fishing industry and environmental organizations. It will meet on Oct. 6th in Newport and Nov. 10 in Jamestown. For more information on all things Westerly, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You're in luck! Today's Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They're looking for real estate agents. You'll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we're remembering the life of Patricia Meagher, 83, of Groton. She was born in Mystic, married Edward Meagher and together they raised their two daughters. Patricia made a career for herself in banking, she went to work right out of high school and worked her way up from bank teller to branch manager. She dedicated 55 years to her career. Her customers were like family to her and they felt the same about her. She is survived by her daughters, her five grandchildren and leaves behind many family members including lots of nieces and nephews. Her family meant the world to her. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Patricia's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-22: Dave Capuano, Francis Carter Preserve, and Laura Barnard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 2:09

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Dave Capuano is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger. Capuano was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, but grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Vancouver Canucks, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the San Jose Sharks before retiring. He coaches the Cranston Reds. Next, a fun activity to do today.. Explore The Nature Conservancy's Francis Carter Preserve this morning to look for migrating and resident songbirds and raptors. Birders of all skills are welcome but this program is best for adults. Tickets are $17 for members. See you there! Looking for a new role? We're here to help. Today's Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They're looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you'd like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we're remembering the life of Laura Barnard of Brandywine Drive in Westerly. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, five daughters, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Barnard was born in Providence in 1937 and was the daughter of the late Earl and Winifred Bagley. She will be missed. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Kim's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-21: Ernest Calverley, Rhode Island Recreational Facility Grants, and Kenneth G. Miller, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 3:05

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native Ernest Calverley was an American professional basketball player. He was an All-American while playing for the University of Rhode Island and played professionally with the Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America for three seasons from 1946 to 1949. Calverley led the league in assists and was an All-BAA Second Team selection in his first season in the league. Now for our feature story: Rhode Island is offering $4 million in grants to help communities build and expand recreation facilities. Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management announced on Friday that the outdoor recreation matching grants would be available to local municipalities and Native American tribes seeking to acquire, develop or renovate outdoor recreational facilities in their communities. Grant applications are due by Dec. 17. The money is provided through a clean water and green bond approved by voters. McKee said the state's network of bikeways, open spaces and other recreational assets help attract people and businesses to Rhode Island. “Access to green space and clean, functional recreation facilities improves health, promotes stronger social ties, and enhances neighborhood satisfaction and pride,” McKee said in a statement. Grants are capped at $400,000. For more about the coronavirus pandemic and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you'll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we're remembering the life of Kenneth G. Miller, Jr., of Pawcatuck who passed away at home surrounded by his family following a long battle with cancer. Born in New London, he was a graduate of Fitch High School in 1965 and was the beloved husband of 36 years to Candace Miller. He worked for many engineering and aerospace companies through his years of employment, most recently with QED, as a Senior Draftsman. He retired in 2017. In addition to his wife, he leaves his four children, six grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Kenneth's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Westerly Sun - 2021-09-20: Brian P. Burke, Shawn Lacey as Interim Town Manager, and Agnes Brightman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 4:18

    You're listening to the Westerly Sun's podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today's trivia is brought to you by Perennial.  Perennial's new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Brian P. Burke is an American-Canadian ice hockey executive and former analyst serving as president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins? He has also served as the general manager of the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks (with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2007) and Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames. Burke was also the general manager for the United States national men's ice hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Now, we turn our feature story…. If appointed to serve as interim town manager by the Town Council, Police Chief Shawn Lacey says he will use the time with a potential eye toward a permanent switch of jobs. The council, during a meeting scheduled for Monday, is expected to consider appointing Lacey to serve as interim town manager. The council is also expected to present a commendation to outgoing Town Manager J. Mark Rooney, who on Sept. 9 announced his intention to resign. The agenda for the meeting provides clarity that was missing following the council's previous meeting about how the it plans to handle Rooney's resignation. On Friday, both Lacey and Town Council President Sharon Ahern, said the potential interim period could serve as a trial period for both Lacey and the council and give all parties time to contemplate future steps. Ahern said: "I think it would be a two-way look for the council and for Chief Lacey. It may not, ultimately, be something he's interested in," "For now we would just like to stabilize and see how the chief slides into the position. I assume he will do very well, after all he has been in this situation before and no one knows the town better than he." Lacey, who was appointed chief by Rooney, has served brief stints as interim town manager when Rooney was out of town for conferences or when he had time off during his more than three-year tenure. Some of those stints occurred during major storms or when Lacey had to make executive decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lacey said: "I'm looking forward to the opportunity of interim manager. I'm honored that I'm being asked." In the interim role, Lacey would also continue as police chief. A 34-year veteran of the police department, Lacey said he is not yet certain he is ready to close the door on his career in law enforcement. Lacey said: "I have to weigh it out. ... Am I ready to or willing to turn in my police badge and make that giant leap of faith?" "The tenure of managers haven't always been the longest. I have to weigh that in. I enjoy the town, I grew up in town and I've worked for the police department for the last 34 years and I wish to remain gainfully employed," Stay up to date on this developing story at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we're excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today's Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They're looking for shipping and receiving associates. You'll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you're interested and think you'd be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we're remembering the life of Agnes Brightman, of Post Road in Westerly. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Brightman. Born in Hopkinton, Agnes was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bradford for many years. She was a state employee working at Chariho High School and after years of dedicated service, retired from the URI bookstore. She was a Den Mother in the 1960s and enjoyed membership with the Charlestown Senior Center. Agnes was a loving and devoted mother to three sons and Agnes also leaves her grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Agnes's life. That's it for today, we'll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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