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WEB SPECIAL: Local people in the news

June 21, 2011


N On Monday, June 27th, at 7:00pm, the North Kingstown Town Council will present Toray Plastics (America) Inc. with the Spirit Day 2011 ‘We Are Proud of You’ Award. The ‘We Are Proud of You’ contest was held for the third year at Spirit Day 2011 in March. Contestants for the award were judged on the basis of plans for the use, or the future use, of renewable energy in the Town. The award was won by Toray for plans to install a 1,650 solar panel farm on its land at Quonset Point. The solar farm will provide electricity equal to the power use of 100 homes and Toray will use it in conducting its business.
At the North Kingstown Town Council meeting to accept the award will be President and CEO of Toray, Rich Schloesser and Senior Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance, Shigeru Osada. Mr. Schloesser has been with Toray since 1990 and is credited for keeping Toray in full operation even during the economic downturn of 2008. Mr. Osada has recently been working on the solar panel project; he was able to procure approval for the project from the State of Rhode Island and expects the solar farm to be commissioned in August 2011.
Toray was nominated for the award by Vin Rose. Second and third places were, respectively, Jay O’Brien of the NK Leisure Services Golf Course Subcommittee for plans to erect a small wind turbine and install solar panels on one or two golf course buildings and Lori Pederzani for her residential solar panel use as well as the use of solar panels on her mobile hot dog stand.

N Joseph W. Abarr, a teacher at Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C. in its 20th annual fellowship competition. A total of 57 fellowships were awarded in 2011. James Madison Fellowships support the further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government and social studies in the nation’s secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects.
Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights’, the fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Mr. Abarr’s course of study toward a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
Mr. Abarr was selected for a James Madison Fellowship in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories.

N Amanda Bednarick and Jacob Eland, students at Davisville Middle School, were recently honored as Middle Level Scholar Leaders. The awards were in recognition of the pair’s abilities in demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitude and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school activities.

N North Kingstown resident Amy E. Lipsitz was recently named to the Spring 2011 Dean’s List at the University of Vermont.


N The North Kingstown Police Department recently promoted officers Anthony A. Favre and Joel P. Mulligan to the ranks of lieutenant and sergeant, respectively.
Favre, who is assigned to the Uniform Division as a Patrol Commander on an overnight shift, is a resident of NK and an eight-year veteran of the NKPD. He is a 2002 graduate of Roger Williams University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors (Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice, with a minor in sociology.
Mulligan, meanwhile, has been assigned to the Uniform Division as a Patrol Supervisor to uniform personnel on the overnight shift. Mulligan is a resident of Lincoln, a 12-year veteran of the NKPD and a 2010 graduate of Roger Williams University who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In addition, Mulligan is a certified TASER instructor and has served on the Bike Patrol and as a Field Training Officer.
Officer Nick Ambrosino and Lieutenant Christopher E. Emerson, meanwhile, have been transferred to the Detective Division.

N North Kingstown’s Mary Anne K. Clarke was selected to participate in the annual Reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations this June in US Government and Politics.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP®) gives more than 1.8 million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Based on their exam performance, successful students can receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.
This year, more than 3.2 million examinations from more than 30 AP Courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP Readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, AP Readers are made up of professional educators from the United States, Canada and abroad. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between high school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.
“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Mary Anne K. Clarke.”

Nearly 25 local residents have signed up to do their part to help Save the Bay.
North Kingstown’s Kristy d’Ambrosio, Paul Bourgoin, Meave Bradley, Benjamin Evangelista, Joyce Freeman, Susan Hannel, Stephanie Hevenor, Greg Hindle, Dean Jennings, Edgar Mercado, Liam Mooney, David Nelson, Edwin Nicholson, Patrick O’Rourke, Lorena Pugh, Kimberly Rakauskas, Charlie Reilly, Ezra Smith and Tracy Smith and Exeter’s Michael Cerullo, Adriana DeSilvestro, Julie DiSilvestro and Matthew Schulde will all participate in the Citizens Bank/Save the Bay Swim, an annual fundraiser to help promote clean water.
The event takes place on July 23rd.

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