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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 - 2021-11-18: 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. 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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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    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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    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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    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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