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June 3rd, 2011
By DAVID PEPIN
One was born in China, and didnât arrive in East Greenwich until he was in third grade. The other has spent her entire live here.
But East Greenwich High School Class of 2011 Valedictorian Han Xu and Salutatorian Julia Stevens have plenty in common: high achievement, friendship, and some podium time coming up Sunday.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Edward L. âTedâ Hughes has seen a lot of sunrises and sunsets during his many years as a recreational fisherman and boating enthusiast.
âMy whole life has been spent on the water,â he says. âI started at eight or nine and was fishing at 12; I began boating in my early teens and got my captainâs license in the late â80s.â
After months of back-and-forth debate on the 2012 budget for the NK School Department, voters will take to the polls this Tuesday to approve or deny a petition to increase funding for the department by $500,000.
This week, we tell you everything you need to know about the referendum. What cuts have been made? What cuts are still on the table? How will the department use the money?
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.