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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 - 2021-11-30: David Littman, Grants awarded to districts to support homeless students, and Patricia Arrow

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

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

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

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

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

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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, 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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    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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    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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