The Westerly Sun podcast

The Westerly Sun

The Westerly Sun

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

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

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Thomas S. Garrick is a retired basketball player who played for URI and was selected by the LA Clippers in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft. He played guard in four NBA seasons. He was the head coach of the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team until he resigned following the 2008–09 season. From 2009 to 2015 he served as a women's basketball assistant coach at Vanderbilt University before moving on to Boston College for three seasons. He was the head women's basketball coach at UMass Lowell from 2018 to 2021, before he returned to Vanderbilt as an assistant to his wife, Shea Ralph, who became head coach there. Next, an event that you should know about… Tomorrow, Saturday at 6pm, The Ocean House is showing the classic Shirley Temple film, The Littlest Colonel in their Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and an assortment of bite-size candy. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we’re here again with another new job listing. Today’s posting comes from the City of Norwich. They’re looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you’re interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we’re remembering the life of Danielle Silva. She was the wife of the late Gilbert Silva. Born in Providence, Danielle was a stay-at-home mom for many years, caring for her own mother, children, and even grandchildren. After her husband passed, she worked in the Hopkinton Town Hall as an Assistant to the Town Clerk, retiring in 2002. She loved the contacts that she made in the town and the people she worked with, especially her dear friend Judy. After retiring, she supported her daughter by watching her young children. Danielle loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had a witty personality, and she loved to have fun. When her husband was alive, they loved to dance together, especially the jitterbug. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends, sports and games… especially football, the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady. Through the years she always found peace and serenity in the ocean and going to see the mountains. Recently, she became very attached to her grand-daughter's cat, Thomas. Danielle had a life of giving and caring for those around her, she will be missed by many. Danielle leaves her sons and daughters, 12 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Danielle’s life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-21: Stephen Robert Furness, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance funds, and Robert Birchell

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Stephen Robert Furness was an American defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions in the NFL, and a member of the Steelers' famed Steel Curtain defense. He earned four Super Bowl rings as a professional player and ranks 12th on the Steelers' all-time sack list. Now, for our feature story: U.S. senators from Rhode Island and Maine are asking the Biden administration to quickly send money to states for a program that helps people pay their heating bills. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said Friday they’re leading a coalition of 36 senators in urging the federal government to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program swiftly, at the highest level possible. Reed and Collins said they’re making the request now because winter is approaching and energy costs are projected to precipitously increase. The federal funding is a crucial lifeline that helps low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes, they added. About 5.3 million households nationwide received assistance through the program last year. Collins said: “This funding will help ensure that low-income families and seniors do not have to make the impossible choice between paying for heat and paying for food or medicine, especially with the sharp increase in energy prices this year,”. Last year, Maine was awarded more than $40 million to help nearly 33,000 households. Rhode Island received $24 million, plus a $30.8 million one-time boost for the program through the American Rescue Plan, and helped more than 26,000 households last year. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You’re in luck! Today’s Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They’re looking for real estate agents. You’ll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you’re interested and think you’d be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we’re remembering the life of Robert Birchell, of Naples, FL, formerly of Pawcatuck.  He was the beloved husband of Helen for 73 years. Born in New London, CT, Bob graduated from Stonington schools and started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. In May of 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen and they wed at St. Michael's Church in Pawcatuck. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, FL. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents and in 2017, Bob and Helen moved to Naples, FL. Besides his wife and children, Bob is survived by his sister, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-20: Claire Waters Ferguson, Jeep Spooktacular, and Claire Debigare

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Claire Waters Ferguson began skating at a young age and quickly became a judge at age 16, working her way up to the national and then the Olympic level. In 1992, Ferguson became the first woman in the 75-year history of the United States Figure Skating Association to be named its president (1992-1995). Ferguson was president during the 1994 Winter Olympics and the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident. Next, a fun activity to do this weekend.. The Wind Jammer Surf Bar is hosting the 4th annual Jeep Spooktacular from noon to 5pm. Bring your jeep, hang out, eat, drink, and make friends. There will be prizes, live entertainment, and food and drinks.  For more information visit windjammersurfbarri.com. See you there! Looking for a new role? We’re here to help. Today’s Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They’re looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you’d like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we’re remembering the life of Claire Debigare of Clark Street who passed away at her home surrounded by her children. She was born in Pawcatuck on December 25, 1929 and is survived by her daughters and son, eleven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Claire’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-19: The Watch Hill Lighthouse, Kate Lacroix applying as lighthouse keeper, and Robert B. Birchell

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that The Watch Hill Lighthouse has served as a nautical beacon for ships since 1745? The original structure was destroyed in a 1781 storm, and plans were discussed to build a new lighthouse to mark the eastern entrance to Fishers Island Sound and to warn mariners of a dangerous reef southwest of Watch Hill. President Thomas Jefferson signed an act to build the lighthouse in 1806, and construction was completed in 1807.  Now for our feature story: A Colorado woman who is applying to take ownership of the Watch Hill Lighthouse wants to use the historic landmark as a symbol to focus attention on poverty and ways to help women become financially stable and astute. Kate Lacroix, who lives in the Boulder area would establish residency here if she is selected to take ownership of the lighthouse. She’s applied to the National Park Service on behalf of STOCKED, the nonprofit pantry-building service she founded that teaches women how to save money on their grocery bills and invest the savings. The U.S. General Services Administration announced in May that entities interested in taking ownership of the lighthouse should apply by Thursday. Applications from federal agencies, state and local agencies, nonprofit corporations, educational agencies or community development organizations for educational, park, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes will be considered. The Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association, a Westerly-based organization, which has leased the property and acted as its steward since 1986, has also applied. The total number of applicants was unclear late last week. Lacroix has visited the lighthouse twice this year and hired a local structural engineer to gain insight into its condition. Aware that the National Park Services favors applicants with strong community partnerships, she has talked with the owners of local hotels as well as with town and business officials. She plans to continue making the lighthouse and the property accessible and will change admission to generate funds for maintenance and programming. Lacroix said she plans a lending library and has talked with the Gender Studies Department at Brown University about developing an education series focusing on female lighthouse-keepers. She also hopes to develop a storm tools exhibit in the lighthouse museum with the state Coastal Resources Management Council.  Use of the facility for weddings and other ceremonies for a fee is also on the horizon should Lacroix take ownership. Any profits that are realized would be used by STOCKED to offer grants for organizations and causes in Rhode Island that align with its mission. — For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we’re excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today’s Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you’ll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we’re remembering the life of Robert B. Birchell. He was the beloved husband of Helen Birchell for 73 years. Born in New London, Bob graduated from Stonington schools. Afterwards he started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. Then, in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, Florida. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Bob’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-18: Brad John Faxon Jr., Stonington special registration session, and Alice Anderson

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about news, the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Brad John Faxon Jr. is an American professional golfer. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour and played on two Ryder cup teams. He won the Payne Stewart Award in 2005. Now, we turn our feature story…. In an effort to make sure everyone is able to vote in November, The Stonington Registrars of Voters will hold a special registration session on Tuesday, Oct. 26th, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Stonington Town Hall, at 152 Elm St. Then, on Monday, November. 1st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a limited session will be offered to those whose age, citizenship or residence qualifications are attained after Oct. 26th for one reason or another. If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, point them in this direction. For more information, call 860-535-5054 or 860-535-5047. Stay up to date on this story and more at westerlysun.com There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we’re excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today’s Job posting comes from Cargill in Westerly. They’re looking for shipping and receiving associates. You’ll be responsible for working in a fast paced environment packing meat products. Pay is up $20.00 per hour. If you’re interested and think you’d be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=740518464e480bd4 Today we’re remembering the life of Alice Anderson, a resident of The Elms in Westerly. Born in New London, she grew up in Groton and prior to living in Westerly, she resided in Stonington for fifty years where she raised her family. She loved going camping, was an avid bowler, and participated in many leagues in her younger years. Alice also loved playing bingo, gardening, baking and playing cards, and especially Rummy. She is survived by her three children, her husband, her siblings, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild, along with many nieces and nephews.  Her family would like to thank the staff at the Carriage House and Rhode Island Hospice for the dedicated and loving care shown to Alice during her time as a resident. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Alice’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-15: Joe Exter, 6th Annual Run for the Pumpkins, and Gabriella Piver Gaultney

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Joe Exter is a retired American ice hockey goaltender? He is famous for playing two seasons with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers several months after being in a coma due to a severe on-ice collision. Next, an event that you should know about… Tomorrow, Saturday at 9am, The Westerly Track Club will host the sixth annual Run for the Pumpkins, at the Bradford Preserve at 199 Bradford Road, Westerly. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K and 8K races start at 10 a.m.; free kids run for age 10 and under will be at 11 a.m. Participants must wear at least 200 square inches of orange! Visit westerlytrackclub.org for more information or to register in advance. See you there! Next, Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we’re here again with another new job listing. Today’s posting comes from the City of Norwich. They’re looking for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and your responsibility will be to handle and keep accurate communications of calls made to the emergency system.  Pay starts at $51,000 per year. If you’re interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=c91650dde4931e5f Today we’re remembering the life of Gabriella Piver Gaultney, 91, of Stonington, who passed away in July. Gaby was bornin Stonington and lived there most of her life. Her family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with a time of remembrances at 11:00 am at the Mystic Funeral Home located on Route 1 in Mystic. Face masks are required when entering the funeral home. Please consider a donation to the Josh Piver Memorial Scholarship at the Stonington Community Center. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Gabriella’s life. Lastly, remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-14: Anthony Durante, Arrests made outside Gov. Dan McKee's home, and Robert Birchell

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island resident, Anthony Durante was an American professional wrestler best known under the ring name "Pitbull #2" as one half of the tag team The Pitbulls. The team was best known for their time in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Now, for our feature story: Police say two people were arrested during a “disturbance” outside Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's home, where protesters were rallying against the state's vaccine mandate for health care workers. The two people arrested last week were charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest. Police did not provide further details about the disturbance or the reason for the arrests. McKee announced in August that all health care workers would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. WJAR reported that protesters carrying signs and chanting “freedom, not force” marched for over a mile to McKee's Cumberland home. For more information on all things Westerly and Rhode Island, check out this story and more at thewesterlysun.com Are you interested in a new opportunity? You’re in luck! Today’s Job posting comes from Randall Realtors Compass in Westerly. They’re looking for real estate agents. You’ll need to obtain a real estate license before you start. Pay can be $100,000 or more per year. If you’re interested and think you’d be a good fit for the role you can apply using the link in our episode description. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=ca280a731c2da875&advn=7652287743140876 Today we’re remembering the life of Robert Birchell, of Naples, FL, formerly of Pawcatuck.  He was the beloved husband of Helen for 73 years. Born in New London, CT, Bob graduated from Stonington schools and started employment at Electric Boat, training as a welder. In May of 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in WWII as a Carpenter's Mate on a combat ship in the Pacific Theater. When in the third wave on Iwo Jima, his ship took prisoners aboard after landings. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Service in June of 1946 after being awarded several medals and a letter of commendation. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob met the love of his life, Helen and they wed at St. Michael's Church in Pawcatuck. Together they had six children. After seven years as a self-employed welder, Bob returned to work at Electric Boat and continued there until he retired as a Ship Superintendent in 1983. He then focused on helping people by doing odd jobs, all while keeping up with his golf game. Bob and Helen loved to travel and one of their favorite vacation spots was Marco Island, FL. They loved it there so much that in 1984 they bought a condo and became "snowbirds". In 2009, they became full-time Marco Island residents and in 2017, Bob and Helen moved to Naples, FL. Besides his wife and children, Bob is survived by his sister, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-13: Patrick Henry Duff, Pequotsepos Nature Center's Mushroom Week, and Robert Choquette, Jr.

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Patrick Henry Duff was an Irish American professional baseball player. Duff played one game in Major League Baseball, and in one at bat he didn't compile a hit. Despite his limited playing time in the majors, Duff's minor league career spanned eight non-consecutive seasons. Next, a fun activity to do today.. Tune in this morning at 10 am for a special Facebook Live as part of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Mushroom Week activities for tips on growing mushrooms at home from Farmer Craig. Learn more about growing Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, Blue Oyster, Pearl Oyster and Lion’s Mane mushrooms. For more information visit dpnc.org. See you there! Looking for a new role? We’re here to help. Today’s Job posting comes from Aramark in Westerly. They’re looking for food service workers. Experience preferred and must be able to do occasional heavy lifting of up to 25 pounds. If you’d like to learn more or apply, you can do so by using the link in our episode description.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=d06937ce8054ae33&advn=3085667542396710 Today we’re remembering the life of Robert Choquette, Jr., of Garden Street in Pawcatuck. He is survived by two siblings and a daughter. Bob was an avid bird watcher and a 43 year employee of Electric Boat. A gathering of friends will be held at the Calabrese club Westerly, RI, on Saturday, October 23, at 2:00pm. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Robert’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-12: Allen Michael Doyle, New RI Heritage Hall of Fame Inductees, and John Czerkiewicz, Sr.

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    You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now for some trivia. Did you know that Rhode Island native, Allen Michael Doyle was a professional golfer who played on the Nike Tour, PGA Tour, and Champions Tour? Despite winning numerous amateur titles, he did not turn professional until he was 46. In 1995, his first full professional season, he won three times on the Nike Tour. From 1996 to 1998 Doyle competed in 58 PGA Tour events, making the cut in 31, including two top-10 finishes. Doyle joined the Senior PGA Tour when he turned 50 and became the oldest US Senior Open Champion at nearly 58 years old, his fourth senior major championship win. Now for our feature story: The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame recently announced nine inductees for 2021. The Hall of Fame is composed of illustrious Rhode Islanders, from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to those of the present day. The Hall was created in 1965 to honor “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.” Inductees, according to board of trustees President Patrick Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here. The 56th induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 23 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The following are the inductees: Charles Butler is a Pioneering Black athlete who starred on several local integrated amateur and semi-professional championship baseball teams in the late 1940s. Timothy “Tim” Gray is A national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer, especially for PBS, and founder of the prestigious World War II Foundation. James H. Leach is a Major real estate developer and chairman of numerous public and private boards, including the Rhode Island PBS Foundation. William P. McCormick was U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and co-founder of the 93-restaurant chain McCormick & Schmick’s. John M. Murphy Sr. is a Leader of the Home Loan Investment Bank, financier, public official, civic leader, philanthropist and humanitarian. Elizabeth Morancy is a Strong advocate for social change and justice, first as a religious sister, then as a state representative and finally as a director of several important humanitarian organizations. Dr. William Oh is a Nationally prominent pioneer and researcher in the field of neonatal medicine, teacher and author of 443 peer-reviewed studies in pediatrics, most in his specialty — neonatal intensive care. William “Bill” Reynolds is a Prolific columnist and sports writer for the Providence Journal, star athlete and author of several highly regarded books on local sports, especially basketball. Louis Yip is a Major Blackstone Valley real estate developer, prominent restaurateur, humanitarian and philanthropist. For more about the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery, and the latest on all things in and around Westerly, head over to westerlysun.com. There are a lot of businesses in our community that are hiring right now, so we’re excited to tell you about some new job listings. Today’s Job posting comes from Crimmins Residential Staffing in Westerly. A couple in Watch Hill is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Pay is $35 per hour and you’ll work there 3 days per week in season and one day per week during the off-season. For more job requirements, check out the link in the description: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?l=Westerly%2C%20RI&mna=5&aceid&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpf2IBhDkARIsAGVo0D2S3gEb-328GyRpBuTTeeKPdn3-klOh0KYAsfete6MEZmI5S4qTg-4aAnQkEALw_wcB&vjk=028da372fc87d663 Today we’re remembering the life of John Czerkiewicz, Sr., of Rockville. Born in West Warwick, John was a loving devoted father. John also leaves his loving partner, Maureen Power of Chepachet. He is survived by his brother, sister along with all his loving nieces and nephews, 7 grandchildren who he cherished and enjoyed taking them for hikes, ATV rides and teaching them his love for animals and his land. John worked at Arnold's Motorcycles in Providence as their Service Manager from the 1960's till the close of business. He was a member of Arnold's Harley-Davidson Racing team and personally drag raced for Harley-Davidson, where he won and set numerous International and National records. John also would periodically assist Harley-Davidson with product design. John then continued his love for motorcycles and opened his own shop on his farm, where riding enthusiasts would come from all over the country for his expertise and knowledge of the Harley-Davidsons. For many years, John worked with the Rhode Island State Police Motorcycle Division as one of their instructors. John was an avid woodsman who enjoyed countless days with his friends hunting, hiking, ATV riding and beekeeping. His farm consisted of many animals throughout the years. His compassion to nurse and care for injured deer was witnessed by all who knew him. One of his greatest pleasures in life was having his family and friends around to share his passion. If you were John's friend, you knew you were always welcome to stop by, hang at the garage and share some stories with all the guys. The echoes of laughter from John, Randy, Mikey, Sal, CJ, Pete, and his countless other best friends (too many to name) can be heard the minute you drive up to the farm. These memories will always be treasured by all who knew him. This is just a short story of his life. John was truly a unique and amazing man, but always humble. He accomplished so much yet he lived life simply. He had so much more to teach everyone, and his Spirit will live on in the woods he loved so much. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate John’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Westerly Sun - 2021-10-11: John Clark Donatelli, Revised Comprehensive Plan, and Nancy Kondracki

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

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