June 1st, 2011
WESTERLY â The Y stands for healthy living and to make sure all members continue to be involved wherever they may travel, YMCAs across New England have joined together to offer reciprocal membership through their âMy Y is Every Yâ program.
A local college student is out to change the world and judging by his collegiate accomplishments thus far, heâs off to a great start.
Scott Andrews, 21 years old and a junior at University of Rhode Island, believes an individual can combine political ideals and take action to transform their communities at the same time.
Itâs because of this belief that Andrews was recently chosen by the Campus Compact as one of 135 men-of-action for its first group of Newman Civic Fellows who come from 30 states.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Nearly 90 percent of all Lyme disease cases have been reported in the Northeastern part of the United States according to the state Department of Health and with May being the time the ticks start taking their first bite, South County Hospital is hoping to do something about it.
JAMESTOWN â In his Navy service, former Wickford Middle School Principal Martin Hellewell (a 1954 graduate of WMS)âwho retired as a captainâlogged 30 years, 10 on active duty and 20 in the Reserves.
At 74, he says he was involved in Cold War activities âbig timeâ, starting after his 1960 graduation from Officers Candidate School. âI went as an engineer officer on a patrol craft escort based out of Chicago.
CHARLESTOWN â For newly appointed Town Clerk Amy Rose Weinreich, it felt like she was training for the job since her first day with the town in February 2002 as Deputy Town Clerk.
NARRAGANSETTâAs Memorial Day approaches, the fishing community gathers to commemorate fellow fishermen who have been lost at sea. The ninth annual âSeafood Harvest Festâ on Wednesday evening brought together former and current fishermen for an evening of conversation and food.
âThis event has always been a success,â said Mike Marchetti, a local fisherman. âItâs always packed and there is great food. Itâs a really great gig.â
EXETER â Even now, 44 years after he patrolled the jungles of Vietnam â a place that steamed in the daytime, becoming, cold and wet at night â Ken Fernstrom remembers the daily quest to survive.
âI think about it on a daily basis,â he says. âEverything is still crystal clear.â
Fernstrom, who served 18 years on the Town Council (he thinks that's a record for length of tenure on Exeter's governing body), was 18 in 1967 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Infantry.
CRANSTON – After months of speculation and public outrage at the news of convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee’s early release from prison, Woodmansee has agreed to remain locked up after he’s released from prison Sept. 1.
At a press conference at the ACI last Friday, the state Department of Corrections announced that Michael Woodmansee agreed to voluntarily commit himself to a locked ward at the state mental institution at Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.
NARRAGANSETTâThe town council approved the appointment of Steven Wright to the position of Beach Superintendent this Monday evening with a vote of four to one. The position will run actively from May 15 to September 30. Wrightâs main charge will be the upkeep of daily operational activities and the management of beach staff at a pay rate of $4500 per month.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Ted Johnson, 78, spent exactly three years, three months and three days in the Navy on a heavy cruiser out of Norfolk, Va. The USS Newport News CA-148 was the flagship of the 6th Fleet.
âWe went to ports that some others didnât go to,â Johnson recalls. One of his most prominent early duties was to formally welcome dignitaries visting the Admiral.