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The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2022-01-04: Joe Soares, Newport mansions to require vaccination, Donald Balla

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 3:30


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 raised, Joe Soares, is a former all-star wheelchair rugby player for the United States and a Paralympic gold medallist, who later coached the Canadian paralympic team after he was cut by the U.S in 1996? This episode figures prominently in the award-winning 2005 documentary film Murderball. Now for our feature story: Visitors to Newport's ornate gilded-age mansions will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before being admitted starting Monday. According to The Preservation Society of Newport County, visitors who purchase tickets or memberships onsite will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at time of purchase, People who already have tickets, and members, must provide proof of vaccination at the entrance. The rule applies to people age 5 and older. Starting January 15th, the Preservation Society will also require visitors to the mansions to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot for all those eligible to receive it. The same requirements — which also include face coverings indoors — will also apply to employees, including volunteers and interns. CEO Trudy Coxe said in a statement: “We continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID, and we intend to be flexible and responsive to evolving conditions. Our goal, first and foremost, is to help protect the health of our visitors and our staff." The nonprofit Preservation Society oversees 11 historic properties in the city, including The Breakers, The Elms and Rosecliff. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of Donald Balla. Don was born in Westerly and lived most of his adult life in New York City, returning to Westerly 10 years ago. Don will be dearly missed by his partner of 47 years, George, his sister, his niece, his nephew, great-niece, his loyal friends and cousins, whom he enjoyed spending the Christmas holidays with. If you met Don, you were not likely to forget him. Quirky and unique, Don carved out a life filled with all the things he loved. Music from one of his vintage Victor Talking Machines would often be heard at his door. His apartment was filled with records, books, films and memorabilia that he collected over a lifetime. Don had a generous spirit, a kind nature, a passion for good conversation and a love of all things antique. The Balla and Cardounel families wish to thank Pace of Westerly for helping Don and his family navigate this last very difficult chapter in his life with compassion and dignity, and to Dr. Sarah Petrides at the Westerly Hospital along with the nurses and CNA's who treated Don with the utmost care and respect during his final days. Don's favorite saying was "your health is your wealth". Truer words were never spoken. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Don'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2022-01-03: Albert Henry Soar, Expanding COVID testing capacity, and Joan C. Anderson

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 3:44


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, Albert Henry Soar was an American football running back and defensive back in the National Football League who went on to have a long career as an umpire in Major League Baseball? Soar played nine seasons for the New York Giants, and caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the 1938 NFL Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds. Now, we turn our feature story…. Gov. Daniel McKee said Rhode Island is expanding its coronavirus testing and vaccination capacity as record numbers of new cases continue to strain the state. To get more people vaccinated, and to give residents a chance to get their booster shots, the state will reopen a mass vaccination site at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence by mid-January. He acknowledged that many people are frustrated with long waits for tests, and long turnaround times, a situation he witnessed firsthand in Central Falls this week. McKee said “We can do a lot better." The state has hired a second lab to accelerate testing and to turn PCR tests around more quickly, and a third one will be brought online to get testing turnaround times down to 48 hours, officials said. Testing sites will also be open on New Year's Day rather than stay closed for the holiday, he said. Rapid tests are also being distributed to high-risk areas. Several protestors could be heard at some points outside the briefing shouting and blowing air horns. The processing of tests for nursing homes and schools continues to be prioritized. The governor also said that there are no plans to delay the start of school reopenings after the holiday break and no plans to switch to remote learning, although some districts “may take a phased approach” to bringing students back into classrooms. For example, students in the Providence public schools will return to in-person learning after the holiday break on a staggered basis. “This phased approach will allow the district to conduct testing as students return to prevent potential exposures”. Pre-K, kindergarten and grades 1, 6 and 9 are now scheduled to return on Jan. 3. Grades 2, 3, 7, 10, and 11 will return on Jan, 4, and grades 4, 5, 8, and 12 will return on Jan. 5. The district, the state's largest with about 22,000 students, said all teachers and staff, regardless of the grade they work with, will be required to return in person for the first day of classes. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Joan C. Anderson of Westerly. Born in Warwick, she was employed in assembly at the former Leviton Manufacturing in West Kingston for over 12 years until the factory closed. She previously was a head waitress at the former Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Hope Valley for 10 years. Joan was a former member of the VFW Post #12, North Kingstown Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her children, her sister, and by 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Joan'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-31: Albert Smith, Annual Penguin Plunge, and Joseph B. Bliven

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 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, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Albert Smith is a former football player, coach, scout, and executive? He served as a part-time scout for several NFL and USFL teams before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1986, serving as a scout and executive for them for 14 years. With the Bills, the team won four AFC Championships. He joined the San Diego Chargers in 2001 as a director of pro personnel, and was promoted to general manager and executive vice president for them two years later. He stayed with the Chargers until being fired following the 2012 season. Happy New Year's Eve! Next, an event that you should know about… It's New Year's Eve. And now is traditionally when we'd tell you about all the parties and fun things going on in the community. But Covid is spreading again. Be safe, have fun, and ring in, hopefully, a more hopeful 2022. Tomorrow at noon, The Warm center is hosting their annual penguin plunge at the Windjammer surf bar to raise money for those in need in summer rhode island. Tickets are $25. We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Joseph B. Bliven, loving husband and father. Joe was born in 1942 in Westerly. During his youth, Joe was known by his middle name Brian. He had four daughters by his first marriage and on July 14, 1974, he married the love of his life, Alice combining their two families into one. Joe enjoyed working with his hands and spent most of his professional life as a press mechanic, most notably for Harris Seybold and Dartmouth Printing. He also worked as a machinist and after retirement, spent many hours in his workshop, making beautiful wood creations to sell at craft fairs. He was especially proud of his intricate marble machines. In 1978, Joe and Alice moved to Enfield, New Hampshire with their six children. Joe loved working with large animals and spent many years traveling in New England with his oxen as a member of the New England Ox Teamsters. After a move to Vermont, Joe owned horses and learned to drive carriages for competition. Late in his life, Joe and Alice went on a "great adventure" and lived in Greensburg, KY for several years until Joe's health made it necessary to move back to be nearer family. Joe was a kind and humble man. He was always willing to show and teach about things he knew, or things he did, but never one to brag of his accomplishments. Always the quiet one in the conversation, Joe never drew attention to himself but willingly shared his wisdom with those who needed it. Joe is survived by his wife, his daughters, his sons and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, his mother, and his brother. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Joe'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-30: James Siwy, Redistricting commission's decision to appoint law professor in question, and Helen Perreault

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 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, James Siwy is a former pro baseball player and police officer? A right-handed pitcher, Siwy had a brief Major League Baseball career with the Chicago White Sox, playing in two games for the club in 1982 and another in 1984. His seven-year career in the minor leagues started in 1981 and ended in 1987. After his baseball career ended, Siwy worked with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for over 20 years. Now, for our feature story: Republican members of the state's bipartisan redistricting commission want the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to tap a Stanford University law professor to help redraw congressional districts after the group couldn't reach a bipartisan agreement and missed its deadline this week. The four commission members, all state legislators, filed a motion that requests Nathaniel Persily not serve as the court-appointed expert or special master and that two special masters instead be appointed “to preserve the public's confidence in the fairness of the redistricting process.” The motion came hours after the state's highest court issued a notice announcing it had appointed Persily, who previously served as special master in 2011 during the last reapportionment process when Connecticut lawmakers also couldn't reach a bipartisan agreement on congressional district boundaries. The Republicans noted that Persily's name was not on the list of three possible special masters they had submitted for the court to consider. However, he was mentioned publicly by Democratic Senate President Martin Looney as someone the Democrats would recommend to the court. Ultimately, the Democrats did not submit any names. The court has not yet responded to the Republicans' motion. According to a notice issued Thursday by the State Supreme Court, Persily is ultimately required to submit his plan to the justices on or before Jan. 18. The court will then accept submissions up until Jan. 24 and a hearing before the court is planned for Jan. 27. The court is expected to file its redistricting plan with the Office of the Secretary of the State by Feb. 15. For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Helen Perreault of Westerly. Helen was a graduate of Westerly High School in 1947, with aspirations of attending the Rhode Island School of Design. After working a couple of years at Moore's in Westerly, she then married her husband, the late Roland Perreault, Sr.  Helen was a communicant at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hope Valley, RI, where she was a very active in the Rosary and Alter Society. She was known for her hard work and frank opinions and her smile was always contagious! She served her community by being a Girl Scout leader in Richmond, a member of Women's Business Organizations in Naparee and Chariho, and from time to time a volunteer at Westerly Hospital. She was a devoted mother to her 3 surviving children, as well as her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, and nieces and nephews. Helen lived on Switch Rd. since 1949 and was an essential part of her family farm for over 50 years. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Helen's life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-29: James Silva, Weekapaug Inn New Year's Eve Dinner, and Richard Davis

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 1:57


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-born, James Silva is a former college and pro football player who was a safety in the NFL for three seasons? He played college football for Boston College, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Next, a fun event this week.. The Weekapaug Inn is hosting their annual New Year's Eve Dinner from 5:30 to 11:30 PM on Friday. Ring in the New Year with a six course meal, entertainment, and more. Tickets are $250 per person. We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Richard Davis, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, who passed away peacefully at The Windsor Reflections Memory Care Facility.  He was born in Hartford in 1933 and was raised in Quonochontaug. Richard served in the U.S Army achieving the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged after two years of service. He retired from General Dynamics as an electrician. Richard is survived by his son Todd of Sarasota, Florida. He is pre-deceased by his loving wife Starlyne "Muffy" Davis, son Mark S. Davis and daughter Tracey A . Pacsosa. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Richard'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-28: Bertrand Shurtleff, Maddie Potts Fieldhouse permit fees, and Ralph “Tony” O'Connell

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 5:26


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, Bertrand Shurtleff was a pro football offensive lineman who spent three seasons in the NFL with the Providence Steam Roller and the Boston Bulldogs after playing for Brown University? Later he was a professional wrestler, teacher, public speaker, and author. Now for our feature story: Members of the Town Council have rejected a request seeking to have each of Chariho's three towns pay for a third of the permit fees for the construction of the Maddie Potts Fieldhouse at Chariho Athletic Stadium. Hopkinton is now the second of the three Chariho towns to refuse requests to reimburse the Maddie Potts Foundation for fees already paid. Council Vice President Sharon Davis and councilors Scott Bill Hirst and Bob Marvel all voted to deny the request during a meeting on Monday evening. Council President Steven Moffitt Jr. and Councilor Michael Geary were unable to attend Monday's meeting. Each of the three council members expressed different concerns with the matter and who should pay, but all three were in agreement that either Chariho or the Town of Richmond should be responsible for sorting out any confusion and settling the matter. The fees were paid for by the Maddie Potts Foundation after Richmond officials said the town's policies did not allow for it to waive building permit fees. Davis, who led the meeting in Moffitt's absence said: “When the motion was approved to move forward with this project, it was made clear that there would be no use of public funds on this project. Paying for this would constitute use of public funds. As far as I am concerned, the foundation was supposed to pay for everything, and that was what everyone agreed to. That's how it should remain.” All three officials, who spoke against the measure before voting to deny the request, said they have nothing but respect and admiration for the Maddie Potts Foundation and what the organization is doing. They said volunteers and family have been wonderful in working with the towns and providing nonprofit services for the school community. The concern, however, was that perhaps the town should not have charged fees for a project that will improve the value of public property, or the foundation and Chariho School District should have agreed that the district would pay those fees before getting underway on the project. “My concern is that the school district won't pay these fees and they have been put on the town, but this project directly supports the students and the school system,” Marvel said. “We have an opportunity here that is worth it, but I think the School Committee should be willing to front money for this.” Inflation and building costs have skyrocketed since preliminary estimates were provided, which led to a 100% increase in building costs. When the project kicked off, Maddie's mother, Stephanie Potts, said the foundation was looking at an estimated $600,000 build. The projections now call for a $1.2 million price tag to complete the work. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of Ralph “Tony” O'Connell, M.D., husband, father, grandfather, friend, psychiatrist, and educator. Born in Manhattan, he grew up in the Bronx and Larchmont. Married to Jane O'Connell for 58 years, he was a genuine and devoted New Yorker. He was intellectual, with a dry and sometimes irreverent sense of humor, a steadfast faith, a curious mind, and a generous heart. A lifelong sailor, he taught sailing at the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett. He was a music lover who enjoyed opera, classical music, and The Beatles, and who enthralled many generations of Burke and O'Connell children with his seemingly effortless ability to play piano by ear. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, he received a fellowship at Oxford University Medical College and completed a surgical internship and psychiatric residency at Saint Vincent's Hospital where he was chief resident. He was a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps and Chief of Neuropsychiatry at Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox. After residency, he was vice chair and clinical director of Psychiatry at St. Vincent's until 1996 when he was appointed Provost and Dean of New York Medical College, where he had been a faculty member since 1980. Prior to his association with New York Medical College, he was Associate Professor at Cornell University Medical College. He published extensively in scientific journals and authored many book chapters and papers and served as the editor of Comprehensive Psychiatry. He was a member and president of many societies, clubs, associations, non-profits, and charities.  Tony was active at the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill and enjoyed swimming and sailing his beloved "Aunt Dolly" in the Atlantic and walking on the beach. He made a tradition of swimming on Memorial Day, and sometimes New Year's Day, "to make sure your heart was working." He will be remembered for his sense of humor and intellect, his values, and finely tuned moral compass, his love of dogs, and all things family. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Tony'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-27: Bobby Sewall, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center's food panty, and James Wilgis

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 4:51


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, Bobby Sewall, pro football wide receiver. He played college football at Brown University and was recognized as one of the best athletes in Ivy League Football history. Sewall scored more points than any Ivy League player during his tenure at Brown. As a sophomore against Dartmouth, he tallied 18 catches, 15 rushes, 4 touchdowns, and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass. It was the best individual performance in the history of the Ancient Eight. The 18 catches in one game bested the entire nation (at all levels) that season. He played professionally for the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonvilee Sharks, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, we turn our feature story…. If there is one service that has grown ever more important in helping meet the town's food insecurity concerns over the past five years, it's the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center's food pantry. When the shelves are full of recently donated or purchased inventory, the center bustles like a small town grocer on a Friday morning, with staffers packing up food for residents in need and supplying parents with supplemental weekend food for their children as part of the PNC's backpack program. Down the hall, clients are able to take advantage of a household goods “store” that provides health and beauty products, jackets, bathroom essentials and other similar products. The variety of options and filled-to-the-brim shelves tell two different stories. The first is that “feel-good, holiday classic” of community members giving back — the other, a less warm-and-fuzzy tale of the growing need for assistance. PNC Executive Director Susan Sedensky said: “When I started as executive director, in 2017, people who used our services seemed to be ‘hidden.' Our region is geographically so beautiful, and many neighborhoods are wealthy, and as a result, most people seemed unaware that there were people living in their own community who were food insecure”. She continued: “Since COVID, the general public seems to be more aware that local hunger exists. People seem to realize that kids, many who go to school with their own kids, may be food insecure and are in need of food for the weekend when school meals are not available.” For clients of the PNC, efforts over the past five years have led to ever-expanding opportunities. When Sedensky took over, those who received assistance were able to come just once per month. That expanded to twice per month, and the backpack program was introduced prior to the pandemic. Then the public health emergency forced a significant change in the center's operations when community needs skyrocketed and state regulations forced the PNC, as it did so many other organizations, to close their building over safety. To keep the food pantry available to residents, it also meant moving forward without volunteers. The PNC had previously relied heavily on retirees who had the time to help but shifted immediately to hiring paid staff and providing curbside assistance so that services remained available. Those staff members are and will continue to be an important part of operations moving forward, Sedensky said. Once vaccinations were available, she said the center also saw a rise in volunteers from a new group of residents who became aware of the need as a result of the pandemic and their own experiences. More importantly, she said, business owners and residents continued to provide generous donations to meet the growing needs. “It just resonated with people. The pandemic made them feel, and in some cases even see first-hand, that this could be anyone.” Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of James Wilgis. He was the husband of Carmela Wilgis who predeceased him in 2020. Born in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, he devoted his life to serving in the US Navy as a submariner, including overseas during the Vietnam War, later retiring as an Electricians Mate Master Chief Petty Officer. Jim then graduated from URI and worked at the Underwater Sound Lab until retiring. He was a life member of the Westerly Yacht Club, and also a member of the U.S. Power Squadron earning a full certificate. Fishing and boating were his passions, but he loved to spend time with his grand and great-grandchildren at family gatherings. He is survived by his two step children, two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Jim'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-24: Mathieu Schneider, Santa at the Ocean House, and Tami Culotta

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 1:57


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, Mathieu Schneider is a former professional ice hockey player? Considered an offensive defenseman, Schneider played 1,289 games in the National Hockey League with ten different teams, scoring 233 goals and totaling 743 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Montreal Canadiens. Schneider was one of a handful of Jewish players in the NHL. Merry Christmas Eve! Next, an event that you should know about… On Saturday, December 19th, enjoy brunch with Santa at the Ocean House, grab photos, and enjoy bottomless mimosas. Slots are limited. Book yours by calling. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for kids. We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Tami Culotta, of Tower Street in Westerly. She was the wife of the late James J. Culotta. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, she was the daughter of the late George J. and Jane E. Traendly. Tami was employed at Bake Fresh Bakery and White Rock Hospitality Hotel. She leaves behind her brother Thomas and his wife Cindy of Westerly and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Tami'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-23: William Sandeman, Westerly Public Schools registration, and Robert "Bobby" Clarke

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 2:55


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, William Sandeman was an offensive tackle in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons? He played college football at the University of the Pacific and was on the original New Orleans Saints expansion team. He retired from pro football in 1975. Now, for our feature story: Westerly Public Schools kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year begins Monday, January 10th. Children must be 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2022, to be eligible for kindergarten. Families with siblings currently attending a Westerly Public School elementary school are encouraged to register their child by Febuary 15th. Registration packets can be downloaded at westerly.k12.ri.us. To receive a registration packet in the mail, contact student registration at 401-315-1502. The completed packet and all supporting documents must be presented at the time of registration and incomplete packets will not be accepted.. For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Robert "Bobby" Clarke of Westerly.  Born in 1944, Robert retired from the Harris Graphics division of Heidelberg Press after 44 years of service as an expert machinist, frequently traveling out of the country to repair and install printing presses. During his retirement, he worked for Cherenzia Excavation and Rawson Materials as a weight scale operator. Bobby was very involved in the Dunn's Corners Fire Department as an active lifetime member. Bobby was known for his quick wit as well as his calm demeanor. He was a former softball player in the Westerly mens' leagues, and as a lifelong member of RIMS, Bobby also enjoyed driving on the beach, watching NASCAR, and socializing with his many friends as a member of multiple clubs in Westerly. Bobby especially enjoyed Wednesday nights at the "senior center". Robert leaves behind a brother, a sister, his wife, Joyce, of 40 years who he loved very much, his children, step-children, mother of his children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bobby'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.

The Westerly Sun
Westerly Sun - 2021-12-22: Aileen Muriel Riggin, Chorus of Westerly & POPS, and Irene Allen

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 2:04


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 Rhode Island-born, Aileen Muriel Riggin, also known by her married name Aileen Soule was an American competition swimmer and diver. She was Olympic champion in springboard diving in 1920 and U.S. national springboard diving champion from 1923 to 1925. After retiring from competitions, she enjoyed a long and varied career in acting, coaching, writing and journalism. She was a swimming celebrity in Hawaii and the United States and an active ambassador of women's swimming well into old age. Next, a fun event this week.. On December 18th at 7pm and December 19th at 3pm, The Chorus of Westerly and The POPS Festival Orchestra will be performing concerts at the George Kent Performance Hall. Tickets start at $15. Join them for holiday music and merriment! We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Irene  Allen of Sisk Drive in Pawcatuck who passed away at the age of 78. Born in Westerly, she was the daughter of the late John J., Jr. and Bertha Allen. Irene worked for Charter Oak Credit Union for many years and was a lifelong communicant of St. Michael Church and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She will be dearly remembered by her two brothers, Roger and Raymond Allen, and many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Irene'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-21: Joe Reed, RI airports receive infrastructure deal funding, and "Jack" Donohue

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 4:54


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, Joe Reed, is a former pro football quarterback in the NFL. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1972 to 1974 and the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1979. He also recorded an album of standards with the 49ers' cheerleading squad, then known as the Niner Nuggets, in 1974. Now for our feature story: Rhode Island airports have received the first portion of funds from the $1 trillion infrastructure deal. U.S. Senators. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline said the fiscal 2022 funding from the infrastructure bill totals about $9 million, which can be used to upgrade facilities and improve airport operations. The state's airports will receive about $45 million from the bill over five years. President Joe Biden signed his hard-fought infrastructure deal into law in November, declaring that the new infusion of cash for roads, bridges, ports and more is going to make life “change for the better” for the American people. The bill will bring a total of more than $2.5 billion to Rhode Island to rebuild the state's physical infrastructure, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. Rhode Island's main airport, T.F. Green International Airport, is getting $6.5 million of the $9 million. Westerly State Airport and Block Island State Airport are each slated to receive about $1 million. The rest is going to Quonset State Airport, North Central State Airport and Newport State Airport. “Our airports are important economic engines for the state,” Reed said in a statement. “This infusion of federal funding will help airports improve passenger experience and accessibility, replace aging infrastructure and upgrade terminals and facilities. This is a smart investment in enhancing connectivity and creating economic opportunity.” Langevin said that while the state has some of the best airports in the nation, they've been awaiting overdue renovations for years. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of "Jack" Donohue, of Pawcatuck. Born in Westerly, Jack was the eldest of five children and became the man of the house at the age of 7 when his father passed away. Raised in Pawcatuck by his mother and Aunt, Jack attended St. Michael's School and graduated from St. Bernard's High School in 1963. Following his schooling, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was assigned to serve on the U.S.S. Brush DD-745. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and received the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous service medals during his three tours. In 1967, Jack married his sweetheart Patsy. Following his honorable discharge, Jack worked for for Electric Boat for 34 years. He began as a Test Mechanic in the Shipyard Test Organization and rose to the rank of Chief Nuclear Test Engineer. He retired as a Site Manager. After a few years of retirement, Jack returned to become a full-time employee as a consultant for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Later, Jack continued to serve as an Engineering Operations Consultant. While working and raising his family, Jack earned an Associate Degree from Thames Valley State College, a Bachelors and MBA from the University of New Haven. Jack served his community as a volunteer firefighter from 1975 to 1985 and was on the Stonington Board of Education for two years. Jack was a lifelong communicant of St. Michael's Church and volunteered as a CCD teacher for the parish youth. Jack was accomplished on the golf course and was a PGA certified teaching instructor. He even joined the exclusive hole in one club at the 6th hole at Winnapaug Country Club. He relished time on the golf course with his friends and sons and was most recently a member at Elmridge Golf Club. Jack was also a NRA firearms instructor and loyal fan of the Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys. One of Jack's favorite places to be was in Jupiter Florida, where he golfed and enjoyed time with his wife, family, dear friends and dogs. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, two brothers, four sons, seven grandchildren, and by many loving nieces and nephews and extended family. 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.

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-20: David Quinn, State investigation receives recognition, and Nicholas Utter

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 4:00


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, David Quinn, is an American ice hockey coach and former player?. He is the former head coach of the New York Rangers and was the former head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL, an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche, and the head men's hockey coach at Boston University. Now, we turn our feature story…. A state investigation that brought together 36 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and led to charges against 23 individuals who have all since been found guilty for various roles in an organized drug-distribution ring was recognized this week with a national Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces award. The U.S. Department of Justice recognized 10 individuals with the OCDETF honor. The recipients included personnel with the U.S. Postal Service, Pembroke, Massachusetts Police Departments, the Rhode Island State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office. Among those who received recognition were Richard Atwood, James Burns, Mario Cerullo, Kristopher Dees, Daniel Hernandez, Alexander Koumanelis, Sam Masiello, Andrea Metz, Michael Rusciano and Lindsay Beltzer. U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said: “I am pleased to see the team deservedly recognized with this award. This award is a testament to two things: the results that flow from effective coordination among our law enforcement partners, and the commitment of those agencies to dismantle and disrupt significant drug trafficking in our state and region,”  Cunha said in a news release that the eight-month Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation, dubbed “Operation Panamera,” relied on the combined expertise of different Rhode Island police units and task forces, whose joint work dismantled a drug-trafficking organization that imported hundreds of kilograms of fentanyl and cocaine from Mexico and Puerto Rico and redistributed them to drug dealers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. The investigation culminated in the seizure of 13 kilograms of fentanyl, 11 kilograms of cocaine, 11 kilograms of marijuana and two kilograms of psychedelic mushrooms. In addition, law enforcement also seized $60,000 in cash, 10 vehicles and a handgun. All 23 individuals charged, including several from the greater Providence area, have since been judged guilty in the U.S. District Court in Providence and sentenced to federal prison. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Nicholas Utter of Westerly. Educated in the Westerly schools, a graduate of Tabor Academy and URI, Nicholas was commissioned a 2nd Lt of Infantry from ROTC at URI. He served as an infantry officer and then as an air defense artillery officer in the 197th Infantry Brigade from 1971 until 1974 at which time he left active service as a lieutenant and joined the reserves. Upon return to Westerly, he joined his father at The Westerly Sun and The Utter Co. as manager of Sun Graphics becoming co-publisher of The Westerly Sun. His service to the community was demonstrated in his dedication as past president of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Westerly Lions Club, as a board member of the Westerly Hospital, and as a member of the Westerly Economic Development Committee. He was a member of the Watch Hill Yacht Club and his beloved Low Cleveland Poker Group. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, two sons and daughter, brothers, and five grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Nicholas'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-17: Gerry Philbin, Brunch with Santa, and Glenn Sherman

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 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, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Gerry Philbin was a former football defensive tackle and four-year starter from the University at Buffalo where he earned several honors including second-team All-American. Drafted by both the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets in the third round of the 1964 draft, he joined the Jets and became an immediate starter and perennial All-AFL selection at defensive end. He was selected as an AFL All-Star in 1968 and 1969. A ferocious pass-rusher, Philbin recorded 14½ sacks of opposing quarterbacks in 1968, helping the Jets win the AFL Championship. In 1973, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles for one season and finished his career in the short-lived World Football League. Next, an event that you should know about… On Saturday, December 19th, enjoy brunch with Santa at the Ocean House, grab photos, and enjoy bottomless mimosas. Slots are limited. Book yours by calling. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for kids. We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Glenn Sherman, 59, of Westerly. Born in South Kingstown, he was the son of the late Maurice and Shirley Sherman. Glenn was autistic and lived in group homes for thirty years, but that never stopped him from enjoying life. Glenn enjoyed going for walks, taking car rides, eating snacks, and going to visit his mother every Sunday. He also enjoyed spending time and getting into mischief with his housemates and the staff at his group home in Westerly. He is survived by his brother, his sister, and his sister-in-law. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Glenn'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.

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-16: Vinny Paz, Fewer pull-overs and tickets, and Arthur Johnson, Jr.

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 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, Vinny Paz, formerly Vinny Pazienza, is an American former professional boxer who held world titles at lightweight and light middleweight and was only the second man to do it. The 2016 film “Bleed for This” is based on his comeback from a devastating spinal injury. Now, for our feature story: Connecticut State Police are pulling over law-breaking drivers at less than half the rate they were at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Troopers pulled over about 76,000 motorists in 2020, compared with about 157,000 in 2019, according to statistics compiled by the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at the University of Connecticut and reported Saturday by the Hartford Courant. Traffic stops have further dropped this year, despite data showing motorists are driving faster than ever. State police stopped about 59,900 vehicles from January to October, statistics show. Troopers also are writing fewer tickets — 105,000 in 2019, about 45,000 in 2020 and about 27,600 in the first 10 months of this year. Andrew Matthews, executive director of the state troopers' union and a retired state police sergeant, said three factors in the drop in enforcement have been decreased staffing, worries about contracting the virus and low morale caused by new police accountability laws. Because of retirements, he said there are about 300 fewer troopers than there were about 15 years ago, when staffing peaked at 1,283. Gov. Ned Lamont and Bridgeport state Rep. Steven Stafstrom, both Democrats, said staffing is a concern, but they doubted the accountability laws are to blame. The laws have limited police immunity from lawsuits and expanded the reasons officers' state certifications can be revoked, among other measures. Traffic fatalities in Connecticut are on track to total more than 330 this year, which would be the highest annual number since comprehensive records began being compiled in 1994, state officials said. For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Arthur  Johnson, Jr., of Westerly. He was the loving and devoted husband of Eileen. Born in Worcester, MA, Mr. Johnson had a long and distinguished career with Polaroid Corporation and retired as Chief of Personal Security at Polaroid. He received his Bachelor's degrees in horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and from North East University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Arthur grew up on Cape Cod where he excelled in sports and had played pro-baseball in his youth. He later went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Marine Corp. After he and Eileen built their home in Westerly he maintained his life-long love of sports. He was a member of the Winnapaug Country Club and Senior Club Champion and was a member of the Westerly Yacht Club. He enjoyed his home and gardens and was an avid book reader. Besides the love of his life, Eileen, he leaves his loving and devoted yellow lab Jody Rose who along with Eileen was by his side until the end. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Arthur'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-15: Les Pawson, Holiday Concerts, and Freda Pope

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 2:26


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-born, Les Pawson, was an accomplished marathon runner. Pawson worked in the mills of Rhode Island and for the city of Pawtucket parks department while he was one of the finest road runners in the United States. Pawson won the Boston Marathon in 1933, 1938, and 1941, becoming the second runner to win the race three times. After his running career, Pawson returned to his daily life in Rhode Island working until he was 75 years old. He died in 1992 at the age of 87. A road race and his former training ground in Rhode Island are named for him. Next, a fun event this week.. On December 18th at 7pm and December 19th at 3pm, The Chorus of Westerly and The POPS Festival Orchestra will be performing concerts at the George Kent Performance Hall. Tickets start at $15. Join them for holiday music and merriment! We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Freda Pope of Hopkinton. Born in Washington D.C., "Joanie" graduated Suitland High School in 1962 and married A. Wayne Pope on December 15th that same year. She joined her husband as he entered the ministry - initially serving in Illinois and Texas - eventually settling in North Stonington, where they ministered at Second Baptist Church. Joan was employed by the US Postal Service where she delivered mail in North Stonington and retired in 2005. She was an avid cat lover, Red Sox and Patriots fan – and cherished spending time with her family, and church families. In addition to her parents, Joan is predeceased by her brother James B. Sappington (Torrance, CA) She is survived by her sister Phoebe, three children 13, grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Joanie'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-14: Donald Panciera, Westerly Hospital's turnaround, and Ralph Parise

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 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, Donald Panciera, was an American football quarterback, halfback, and defensive back in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League? He played professionally for the New York Yankees, the Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Cardinals. In college, he played for the Boston College Eagles and the San Francisco Dons. Now for our feature story: The numbers tell the story of Westerly Hospital's turnaround and resurgence during the five years it has been part of the Yale New Haven Health system. Patrick Green, the hospital's president and CEO, discussed strides the facility has made during a recent interview. At the start of Yale's ownership in September 2016, Westerly Hospital posted 2,500 patient contacts per year. The number has grown to 4,580 this year. Outpatient patient contacts have grown from 102,000 in 2016 to 128,000 year. Surgeries performed at the hospital on Wells Street have increased from 280 to 700 per year, and the average daily patient census has grown from 29 to 62. Green attributes the growth to the Yale system's commitment to the Westerly region through expansion of programs and services, physician recruitment, investments in new medical equipment, as well as in renovations and other physical plant improvements. Green said: "Everything that we've done has really been following through on our commitment to this growth in Westerly Hospital and making it a viable hospital for the people of Westerly,"  In addition to new facilities, the hospital has added a state-of-the-art hospital pharmacy that meets the needs of both the cancer center and the hospital at large, acquisition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System robot, and a complete upgrade of the cardiac catheter laboratory. In all, the Yale system injected more than $78 million into the facility during its first five years of ownership. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of Ralph Parise. He was the devoted husband of Natalie for 59 years. Born in Westerly, Ralph worked locally as a union mason for many years until his retirement. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church and a US Army Veteran. Ralph was a life member of the Westerly Yacht Club, the Calabrese Society and the Westerly Lodge of Elks BPOE #678. He was also a member of the North End Social Club. His days were filled spending time with his family especially his granddaughter Grace. He always said "she was his angel from heaven". He will be dearly missed by his wife, his two children, his granddaughter as well as many nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Ralph'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-13: Chuck Palumbo, First RI case of omicron, and Nora Gray

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 3:27


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, Chuck Palumbo is a mechanic, reality television personality and former professional wrestler? He is best known for his WCW and WWF  wrestling appearances in the late-1990s and 2000s, where he held the WCW World Tag Team Championship and WWF World Tag Team Championship. He also hosted the Discovery Channel series Lords of the Car Hoards. Now, we turn our feature story…. Rhode Island's governor reported the state's first case of the omicron variant of coronavirus in an adult who recently had traveled out of state. Gov. Dan McKee and state health officials said Saturday that the person is in their 20s, lives in Providence County and recently returned from travel in New York. They completed a primary vaccination series and had no record of a booster shot. Officials are working on contact tracing. The case was identified through the ongoing genomic surveillance program coordinated by the State Health Laboratories. Officials were expecting cases of omicron, given that the variant has been detected elsewhere in the region. McKee said in a statement: “Rhode Island is prepared. This is not cause for panic.” McKee plans to announce a set of actions next week to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases and alleviate pressure on the hospital systems, while keeping schools open for in-person learning and preventing economic disruptions to small businesses. McKee and the health department encouraged residents to get vaccinated, get a booster shot if they're already vaccinated, get tested and consider wearing a mask in crowded public places. McKee and state health officials are encouraging residents ages 16 and older to get a booster six months after their first vaccination. The state has had a high level of transmission since August. A holiday-season spike in cases and hospitalizations has hit even New England, one of the most highly inoculated corners of the country. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Nora Gray of Pawcatuck. Nora grew up in New London and attended Chapman Tech. She was married to the love of her life, Jared, for over 50 years, and she spent her life devoted to her family. After her children were grown, she entered the workforce cleaning houses and eventually joining The Westerly Hospital's Housekeeping Department. Nora retired after many years of dedication. She is survived by seven children, 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother Robert. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the special caretakers who sincerely loved and tenderly cared for Nora during her final days: BNA/Beacon Hospice, Cari, Yvonne, and Alicia. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Nora'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-10: William Osmanski, Ice cream social... with penguins, and Marcelle Hausammann Rosenfeld

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 2:56


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, William Osmanski, nicknamed "Bullet" Bill, was a professional football player and coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and in 1977 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. He was a four time NFL champion, 3 time pro bowl player and is considered one of the greatest Chicago Bears players of all time.  Next, an event that you should know about… On Sunday, December 12th the Ocean House is holding an ice cream social with the Mystic Aquarium Penguins stopping by for a visit. Bring the kids and have an enchanted afternoon, eat ice cream, and learn about what it's going to take to preserve these special creatures. We'll see you there! Today we're remembering the life of Marcelle Hausammann Rosenfeld of Westerly. Marcelle was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1931, the youngest of three daughters. Her beloved husband Benjamin passed away earlier this year. At the age of 17, Marcelle became a business student in Neuchatel, located in the French part of Switzerland. After graduating she worked for a bank in Zurich where she met her first husband Will Seiler. They married in 1953 and raised their two daughters, Renée and Jill. Will passed away in 1977 after a lengthy illness. Marcelle then provided for her family by working as a foreign language correspondence clerk for many years. A couple years later, she met Ben who had come on vacation to Davos, from the UK. They married in 1985 and Marcelle moved to Manchester England. In the fall of 1986, Marcelle and Ben immigrated to the United States, settling in New York State where Marcelle worked for several years at the Nyack Library before starting a distinguished career at the New City Library. In 2000, she and Ben made their home in Westerly to live permanently by the ocean. Marcelle loved their frequent travels to the Adirondacks to go skiing or hiking. She was a lifelong avid reader and loved classical music. Before Alzheimer's dimmed it, her eyes sparkled with a bright joy of life. She was equally charming and kind, always up for a conversation. Her vibrant personality left a lasting impression on anyone she met. She is survived by her daughters, her step children, and her beloved cat Ginger. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Marcelle'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.

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-09: Chester Nichols Jr., Relief funds for rural health care providers, and Loretta Brown

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 2:43


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, Chester Nichols Jr. was a professional baseball player? He was a pitcher for nine seasons with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. In 1951, he was the National League earned run average champion as a 20-year-old rookie, and was the runner-up to Willie Mays for the league's Rookie of the Year Award. He was the son of former major league pitcher Chet Nichols Sr., a right-hander who appeared in 44 games for three National League clubs between 1926 and 1932. Now, for our feature story: Rural health care providers in Rhode Island are getting more than $650,000 in federal relief funds to help improve care and make up for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Senator Jack Reed: “The federal grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can be used to pay salaries or recruit workers, purchase supplies or equipment, make capital investments, or cover other expenses related to preventing and responding to the pandemic.” The federal funding will make 88 payouts to local health care providers and suppliers who serve rural communities and deliver care to Medicaid, Medicare, and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. Reed said: “COVID-19 impacts us all and this federal funding will help ensure that health care practitioners who serve patients from rural areas can continue to reliably serve them and help combat this pandemic.” For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Loretta Brown of Pawcatuck, beloved wife of Norman for 54 years. Loretta was born in Montville, Connecticut, and worked as a Certified Nurse's Aide for Mary Elizabeth Nursing Home for many years. In addition to her husband, she leaves her daughters, granddaughter, and two step-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Loretta'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-08: John Mellekas, A Christmas Carol: Ghost Stories in the Park, and Dorothy “Sue” Brodeur

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 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 for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island-born, John Mellekas was an offensive lineman in the NFL. Mellekas played 4 years of football and basketball at Rogers High School in Newport and was named as an inaugural inductee into the Rogers High School hall of fame in January 2008. He then then played college football at the University of Arizona and was a 4th round selection in the 1956 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Following his career, he was employed by the Newport school department as a PE teacher for 36 years, retiring in 1996. Next, a fun event this week.. On Saturday December 11th from 3 to 6pm, The Granite Theatre is hosting a free performance of A Christmas Carol: Ghost Stories in the Park. See Ebeneezer Scrooge and company from a whole new perspective. We'll see you there.! Today we're remembering the life of Dorothy “Sue” Brodeur of Largo, Florida where she and her husband Jean resided for the last 18 years. The family previously resided in Westerly. Sue was born in Newport and graduated from St Augustin's School, Rogers High School, and Bryant College. She was a Deputy Sheriff in Westerly for many years. She and her husband spent many years traveling in their RV all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. They were also avid tennis players and boaters in their earlier years. She had a wonderful sense of humor and will be dearly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her spouse of 56 years, her daughter, two sons, grand-daughters, her brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Sue'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-07: Raymond Monaco, Virtual forum on educational issues, and Wendy Lou Causgrove

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 2:39


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, Raymond Monaco was a guard in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins in 1944 and the Cleveland Rams in 1945. He attended Holy Cross. Now for our feature story: State Senator Heather Somers from Groton and State Representative Greg Howard from Stonington will host a virtual forum on Wednesday, December 8th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss a wide range of educational issues. Area school officials will participate in the forum, including Van Riley, Stonington superintendent; Mary Anne Butler, Stonington assistant superintendent; Roy Seitsinger, Preston superintendent; Sean McKenna, Griswold superintendent; and Glenn LaBossiere, Griswold director of teaching, learning and innovation. Somers and Howard said: "We encourage parents to join us and to ask any questions they may have. This is an important conversation which will touch upon civility and communication, education curricula, COVID recovery and accelerated learning. We thank our area school administrators for taking the time to be a part of this informational discussion.” For access to the Zoom meeting and to submit questions, contact Eddie.Aledia@cga.ct.gov or info@housegop.ct.gov. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of Wendy Lou Causgrove, of Haswell Street in Westerly. Born in Buffalo, New York, she was the beloved daughter of Kenneth and Mary Causgrove of Ohio. Wendy was a licensed massage therapist in Rhode Island. In addition to her parents, Wendy leaves her daughter, her three siblings, as well as several nieces and nephews. Wendy was predeceased by her brother. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Wendy Lou'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-06: Thomas Mellor, Failed labor agreements, and Daniel J. Brough

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 3:27


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, Thomas Mellor was a professional ice hockey defenseman. He had a distinguished career at Boston College twice being named the team's Most Valuable Player. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1973 and represented the US at the 1972 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal. Mellor was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. Now, we turn our feature story…. Negotiations that started last winter on a new labor agreement between the School Committee and the town's public school teachers have failed to yield a new contract. The Westerly Teachers Association, the union that represents the educators, has so far turned down two proposals. School Committee Chairwoman Diane Chiaradio Bowdy said Agreement on several points, including compensation and length of work day, has proven elusive. She said the district's current length of day is the shortest of any neighboring community. The two sides have also been unable to agree on "professional responsibilities and expectations." The teachers are currently working under a three-year contract that expired Aug. 31. Colleen Saila, president of the Westerly Teachers Association and a teacher in the district, said she could not answer questions for this article because she was “bound by the ground rules agreed upon by both parties to make no public disclosure or comment." The School Committee prepared to vote on a proposed contract in late August and again last week but in both cases never voted because the union did not ratify the contracts. Following the union's vote in late August, the WTA asked for mediation help from Retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams. Bowdy said: "The WTA leadership, National Education Association Rhode Island chapter leadership, and the mediator himself recommended ratification to the members, the members again voted against the proposed agreement”. "We are currently at an impasse but remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached in the near future. Until this occurs, the latest agreement remains in force." Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of Daniel J. Brough of Ashaway, beloved husband of Deborah. He was 46. Born in Westerly, he was the owner and operator of DMD Electric. He served in the National Guard as a Staff Sergeant and also served on the Bradford Fire Deptartment as a Lieutenant. He was a member of the North End Social Club and the Ashaway Sportsman's Club. Danny was a longtime Miami Dolphin fan and an avid golfer. Daniel leaves behind his loving wife, his son, step-sons, two siblings, and a grandchild. He also leaves three nephews and two nieces. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Daniel'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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Episode 136 with Austin Cilley Amateur Golfer and Westerly Middle School Assistant Boys Bball Coach

The Rhody Runback

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 30:54


Austin Cilley joins the show. Austin talks about his basketball journey from playing in high school and college, what it has meant to him to be on the top scorers in Westerly High School history, his time playing basketball at RIC, an injury that changed his sport path to golf, what it has been like being an amateur golfer. He also discusses his time coaching basketball and much more!

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-03: Ken McDonald, "Find the Buoy" Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and Irene C. Bessette

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 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, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Ken McDonald is a professional and college basketball coach, currently working as a special assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. He previously served as a head coach with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League and at Western Kentucky University. Next, an event that you should know about… In honor of the incredible Lobster Trap Tree going up at the Stonington Town Docks, The Stonington Borough Merchants Association, with support from The Ocean Chamber of Commerce, is excited to host the Find the Buoy Holiday Scavenger Hunt. One lucky winner will receive one week of 1/2 day camp at New England Science and Sailing and one lucky winner will receive a wreath courtesy of The Stonington Historical Society decorated with gift cards courtesy of participating Borough shops and restaurants worth more than $700! Two winners will be drawn from postcards received and contacted in January, 2022.   Pick up your scavenger hunt card at the Stonington Free Public Library or other designated locations. We'll see you around town! Today we're remembering the life of Irene C. Bessette, 73, of South Broad Street in Pawcatuck, who passed away at The Westerly Hospital on Sunday, November 21st. She was the wife of the late Frederick L. Bessette. Irene was born in Westerly and was the daughter of the late Frank and Irene DeBragga. She leaves two sons, William J. Bessette of Yantic, Connectict and Fred L. Bessette of Jewett City, CT. Irene also leaves her grandson Adam. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Irene'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.

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-02: Peter Manfredo Jr., Rhode Island law enforcement grants, and William Hoffman

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 4:08


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, Peter Manfredo Jr. is a former professional boxer and former IBO middleweight champion? Known as the “Pride of Providence”, he has challenged twice for upper-level world titles, at middleweight and super middleweight, as well as having won the NABO, IBU and European Boxing Association light middleweight titles. Now, for our feature story: The Department of Justice has issued more than $750,000 in grant funding to Rhode Island law enforcement agencies including the Richmond Police Department to assist with the hiring and retention of officers to focus on community policing. Richmond is one of five agencies that was selected during a competitive process, the department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, said in a news release. The COPS Hiring Program provided more than $139 million across all 50 U.S. states in the latest grant funding, with direct funding going to 183 agencies. In the latest round, Richmond will receive $125,000 to be used specifically “to hire new or rehire additional career law enforcement officers, thereby increasing their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts”. Although the town's population has grown over both the past decade and considerably over the past two years, the Richmond Police Department has remained the smallest law enforcement agency in Washington County with just 14 sworn officers, including Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson Jr. In addition, the agency has maintained jurisdiction over the Chariho campus, which houses both the middle and high schools and is home to approximately 3,000 students and staff.   “In the Chariho area, one of the best community policing models is the School Resource Officer program, where thousands of our students are congregated daily during the school year.” Johnson said the grant money, which the chief applied for in June, would be used to provide the department with an additional full-time sworn officer. The federal funding, if approved by the Richmond Town Council, would provide 75% of pay, training and benefit costs for the new position over three years. The town would be required to finance the remaining 25% of the cost as well as being financially obligated to retain the position for at least one additional year at the end of the three-year grant period.   The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing.  Since its creation in 1994, COPS has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing. For more information on jobs and employment, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Today we're remembering the life of William Hoffman. He was the beloved husband of Sandra for 64 years. A proud United States Navy veteran, Bill served as a Sea-Bee in the Korean War. Bill is also survived by his four loving children, grandchildren, sister in law, and several nieces, nephews and many great grandchildren. Bill, also known as Barney, owned and operated Coveside Marina in Stonington and later, Hoffman construction company. Bill loved his family, fishing and running his machinery which is where he felt the happiest. 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.

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Westerly Sun - 2021-12-01: Davey Lopes, Kids' Letters to Santa, and George Franklin Miner, Jr.

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 2:40


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-born, Davey Lopes is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros… Later, he was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. During his career he was a 4 time all star, 2 time world series winner and won the golden glove award in 1978. Next, a fun event this week.. From today until December 11th, head over to the Westerly Library to help kids mail their letters to Santa. There's a special mailbox in the Kids' room where children can drop their letters and wishlists. Make sure to put your address on the back because Santa may even find the time to write back. Thank you! Today we're remembering the life of George Franklin Miner, Jr. of Hendersonville, North Carolina.. Franklin was a Stonington High School graduate who lived in North Stonington before retiring to North Carolina. He was a retired dairy farmer of Maple Dawn Farm and was a lifetime member of the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department. His interests included Grange and Southern Lights Square Dancers. In his free time, he was an avid maple syrup producer, woodworker and gardener and also enjoyed collecting, restoring and pulling tractors. He will be dearly missed. Franklin was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost fifty years. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, son, grandchildren, a sister and brother, as well as many nieces, nephews, and special friends. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Franklin'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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Westerly Sun - 2021-11-30: David Littman, Grants awarded to districts to support homeless students, and Patricia Arrow

The Westerly Sun

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 3:33


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 Rhode Island native, David Littman is a former ice hockey goaltender. At Boston College, he was captain of the Eagles held the BC record with 2,548 saves for many years.  He played three games in the National Hockey League: two with the Sabres and one with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now for our feature story: Rhode Island's education department has awarded grants to eight districts to support homeless students. Governor Dan McKee and Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced Wednesday that the department awarded more than $336,000 in McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Education for Homeless Children and Youth sub-grants to eight school districts. McKee said: “It is critical that we support our most vulnerable students in Rhode Island's recovery. These funds are specifically geared to help students and families experiencing homelessness and will make a positive difference in many lives during a time of great need.” Infante-Green said that students experiencing homelessness were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is their duty to ensure these students are provided the support needed to get ahead. The latest round of sub-grants is part of the third year of a three-year award that each of the selected districts received, totaling more than $970,000. The money comes from a federal grant administered by the state. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. Today we're remembering the life of Patricia Arrow, of Charlestown. Ms. Arrow danced with the State Ballet of Rhode Island and taught ballet in her dance studio located on Main Street in Wakefield for several years. A woman of many talents, she was a fiber artist and made colorful, whimsical quilts, constructed using organic cotton cloth which she hand-dyed. She perfected her work during a summer workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her quilts were shown at the Hera Gallery and are on display at Hasbro Children's Hospital and other commissioned locations. She was a talented landscaper and gardener, enthusiastic decorator, and wonderful cook and baker. Patricia was also known for her constant sense of humor, making everything, including the most mundane of chores "fun." Wearing plastic nose & glasses was a favorite gag of hers. Ms. Arrow is survived by Russell Kolton, her sons, her beloved sister, her grandchildren, as well as her dear friend and former daughter in law, her 'Lil Outlaw. 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.

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

The Rhody Runback
Episode 127 Meg Beal Setter and Sara Ridler Outside Hitter for Westerly High School Volleyball Team

The Rhody Runback

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 23:46


Seniors Meg Beal and Sara Ridler from the Westerly High School girls volleyball team. Meg and Sara talk about this season compared to last season, what it is like to go on winning streaks, their favorite matches and much more!

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

The Westerly Sun

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.

Nighttime on Still Waters
By Swede-Lantern Light

Nighttime on Still Waters

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 29:26


Tonight, you join me on a wild October night with the rain rattling against the cabin roof - so there is a little background noise in some places. But it's warm and dry inside. Penny is snoring in front of the stove. Settle back as we look at life and Halloweens through the flickering light of a swede-head lantern of my childhood. Journal entry:“26th October, TuesdayGloaming. Civil Twilight. The ash in the south field is losing its denseness;     Filigree silhouette, like a Victorian cut paper artwork.Westerly wind. Buoyant and roguish. All at once, hundreds of leaves lift and rise up Caught on the bandit wind. Slowly transforming into rooks and jackdaws    They take wing and beat strong across          A crowing sky.”       Episode InformationThere is a lovely article about swede and turnip head lanterns on the BBC News website: Do turnip lanterns still haunt Halloween?For those interested in the history behind them, this is an interesting blog post: Jack o' lantern and Will o' the wisp.  General DetailsIn the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at archive.org. Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River Weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded to Freesound.org on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence. Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.All other audio recorded on site. ContactFor pictures of Erica and images related to the podcasts or to contact me, follow me on:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/noswpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/nighttimeonstillwaters/Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoswPodI would love to hear from you. You can email me at nighttimeonstillwaters@gmail.com