39-Year Softball Veteran Frank Forster Steps Down

After 39 years as a member of the East Greenwich adult softball league – 25 of those years as commissioner – the great Frank Forster retired Wednesday night, following the final game of the fall season. Eleven Forty-Nine Restaurant won, by the way.

Forster grew up in East Greenwich and was an accomplished athlete while at East Greenwich High School. He graduated from Tufts University and received the Tusk Award and the Triple Letterman Award. After college, Forster returned to Rhode Island and had a successful teaching career and coached high school basketball and football. He also umpired high school softball games throughout the state.

After earning his umpire certification he became an umpire for the EG Adult Softball League and assigned the officials. In 1989, he was promoted to  league commissioner for both the men’s and women’s divisions. Forster was instrumental in expanding the league to include a fall ball season in 2010. Forster saw fathers and sons come through the league. Several of the players at Wednesday evening’s presentation that they were toddlers or not yet born when Forster started as the league commissioner.

Forster has been duly recognized by area associations for his commitment to sports and to East Greenwich. In 2009, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was inducted into the East Greenwich High School Wall of Honor.

More importantly, said EG Parks and Rec Director Cathy Bradley, Forster ensured that the league’s original intent of being a local recreational league, with the emphasis on “recreational” was sustained. He ran a fair, competitive, yet fun league where all levels of play were able to compete. In a tradition often performed by wrestlers who are retiring or who fought a hard battle, Forster left behind his umpiring shoes on home plate.

“Those are certainly some big shoes to fill,” Bradley said.

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The fall softball winning team Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant.

EG Weekend: Fall Fest, ‘Night in City,’ Bye-Bye Daylight Savings

Saturday, Nov. 1

Fall Fest: The Village Lower School and Sweet Peas Village will be hosting the 9th annual Fall Fest on from 12 to 3 p.m. at 836 Middle Road. Come over for holiday shopping, hay rides, fall crafts, face painting, and a petting zoo. Open to the public.

‘A Night in the City’ @ Odeum: “A Night in the Story” brings the much anticipated return of Michael DiMucci, Phoebe Madden, Ritchee Price, and David Marshall to the Odeum with an entirely new show. The November 1st concert features a variety of musical selections that a visitor might experience in New York, “the city that never sleeps.”  The jazz club scene, torch songs in an intimate night club, the allure of grand opera at the met (think Pavarotti), and of course, the best of Broadway.   Add to the team Brandon Carrita and Philip Martorella on percussion and keyboard plus three young local singer/dancers Kayla Carcieri Cassidy, Holly Gerber George and Sophie Rodgers and you have three generations of talent on one stage.   Join us for “A Night in the City”, certain to be a highlight of the Odeum season.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Daylight Savings Time ends (i.e. FALL BACK!)

3rd Annual Stephen Marra Foundation 5K: The race honors the longtime owner of The Grille on Main – and several other restaurants – Steve Marra, and benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The course wends through downtown East Greenwich. Register online here. $25 preregistration, $30 on the day of the race. 9:30 a.m. start.

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road, Cowesett. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Showcased Home: Pratt Tri-County Split Level at 127 Cedar Avenue

If your children go to Cole Middle School, your life could get a lot easier with this Tri-level that also offers water views of Bleachery Pond from its back yard. The home features beautiful hardwood floors, 3-4 bedrooms, 1 full and one half bathroom in 1,310 square feet of living space. The sturdy structure with a versatile floor plan is just waiting for you to make it your own.

There will be an Open House on Sunday, November 2, from 12 to 2 p.m.

The price is $249,900. Allen Gammons of Prudential Gammons Realty has the listing. For more information, call 401-742-6050.

 

If you would like a home to be showcased on East Greenwich News, please e-mail a high resolution (400×600) exterior photo and details about what makes it unique to patti.depriest@nemoves.com.

Ideally, houses chosen for East Greenwich News’ Showcased Home are newer listings with Open Houses that weekend. The final decision is solely that of the editor.

Patti DePriest is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in East Greenwich. For questions or comments, please call 401-243-5041.

Cross Country Captures Freshman States & Class Championship

EG takes off strong. Credit: Missy Sommer

The Freshman Boys Cross Country team blew the competition off the course last week during the Freshman States meet at Goddard Park, with 5 in the top 13 finishers for a total score of 34. Second place Barrington scored 98. In another strong show, both the boys and girls teams won their Class C Championships.

“They absolutely dominated. It was actually one of the more impressive things I’ve seen while I’ve been in high school,” said senior team co-captain Tommy Sommer of the freshman boys. “They’ve been running well all year. They were projected to win their state meet, but they put on a show last week and it was pretty much unprecedented by any team.”

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Freshman Boys at the start. Credit: Missy Sommer

The top finisher for EG was Dante Prosseda, who came in second. Matt Plympton placed fourth, Jeffery Pedersen came in eighth, Cebastian Gentil place twelfth and Alex DeLong came in thirteenth. Only the top five finishers of the team earn scores, but Andrew Blessing was right behind Delong placing fourteenth.

“Dante  is our Number 1 freshman,” said Sommer. “But, really, they have so much depth. There are guys who consistently do a little better but any of them on any day could be a top-five runner.”

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EGHS Freshman Boys Cross Country team after they won the state championship. Credit: Carolyn Blackman

Last weekend, the EGHS Boys and Girls teams won the Class C meet at Ponaganset High School. The boys scored 32 points with Smithfield coming in second with 86 points. The girls scored 46 with the second place team, Burrillville, scoring 64.

Seniors Margaret McCaffery and Noah Barreto both placed first in their Class C meets.

For the girls, coming in behind McCaffery was senior Thedita Pedersen in 5th place, freshman Rachel Berman in 6th, senior Sophie Cooke in 16th place and senior Caroline Blessing in 18th place.

In the boys race, following Barreto was junior Dylan DePriest in 4th place, junior Joe Higgins in 5th place, sophomore Jackson Cronin in 10th place, sophomore Jack Sommer in 12th and Tommy Sommer in 14th.

This weekend they will compete in states (against all the schools) and Sommer played the optimistic realist.

“Honestly, our team is a little banged up this year, but I’m excited,” he said. “Feeling like I’m in better shape than last year.”

Meanwhile, the Cole Boys Cross Country team earned their state title at Goddard Park over last week. Can you say “dynasty”?

Congratulations to all the teams and good luck this weekend!

 

Taken the Academic Calendar Survey Yet?

The school year starts before Labor Day and ends, some years anyway, in late June. Every year, there’s grousing – why before Labor Day? Why so late into June?

Well, now’s your chance – the School Committee wants to hear what YOU want in terms of the academic school year. Do you hate that school starts before Labor Day, or is that OK with you? Instead of February and April breaks, maybe just a week in March? Or, how about having school on Rosh Hashanah or Good Friday?

Here’s a link to a survey put out by the school district: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iQo3bERBeOxIDSZBmQ-UYNUEXQSayiTfx1fAbXoCY28/viewform

Fill it out!

 

 

Today In EG: Vampires and Broadway Tunes

Recycling is OFF; yard waste pickup is ON (yard waste is being picked up every other week). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Thursday, Oct. 30

EGHS Cabaret 2014: Drama students will perform popular Broadway songs both Wednesday and Thursday night in the auditorium. Everyone’s invited to this community event. Tickets are $10 at the door. 7 p.m.

‘Vampirism in New England – The Dark Ages of Medical Science’: The library at New England Tech is hosting a presentation featuring experts from the world of vampires – Christopher Rondina, author of “Vampires of New England” (formerly titled “The Tillinghast Nightmare”) and director Alec Aston. The event will include a screening of “The Tillinghast Nightmare” followed by a panel discussion with Asten and Rondina. Admission is $10. Mr. Rondina will be available to autograph attendees’ pre-purchased copies of the “Vampires of New England”  – these books will NOT be available for sale at the event. For more information regarding this evening of haunting happenings, contact NEIT reference librarian, Anthony Loffredio, at 401-739-5000, ext. 3578, or go to https://library.neit.edu. One New England Tech Blvd. 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31

Halloween!

Last of the Year Goddard Park Farmers Market: Among the vendors at the Goddard Park market, several farmers, bakers (both for humans and dogs!), crafts, fish and poultry. Fridays through Oct. 31. 375 Ives Road. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

School Committee Mental Health Subcommittee: The panel meets in the guidance department’s conference room at East Greenwich High School. Find the agenda here. 10 a.m.

Trunk or Treat: Christ Church’s parking lot (1025 Main St, E.G.) will have loads of cars with their trunks decorated in a variety of fun themes and filled with candy. At 7 p.m. there will be prizes given out for the best trunk, best costume and best carved pumpkin (bring your own). Everyone is invited to stop on by and go “trunk or treating” in a fun and safe environment.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Fall Fest: The Village Lower School and Sweet Peas Village will be hosting the 9th annual Fall Fest on from 12 to 3 p.m. at 836 Middle Road. Come over for holiday shopping, hay rides, fall crafts, face painting, and a petting zoo. Open to the public.

‘A Night in the City’ @ Odeum: “A Night in the City” brings the much anticipated return of Michael DiMucci, Phoebe Madden, Ritchee Price, and David Marshall to the Odeum with an entirely new show. The November 1st concert features a variety of musical selections that a visitor might experience in New York, “the city that never sleeps.”  The jazz club scene, torch songs in an intimate night club, the allure of grand opera at the met (think Pavarotti), and of course, the best of Broadway.   Add to the team Brandon Carrita and Philip Martorella on percussion and keyboard plus three young local singer/dancers Kayla Carcieri Cassidy, Holly Gerber George and Sophie Rodgers and you have three generations of talent on one stage.   Join us for “A Night in the City”, certain to be a highlight of the Odeum season.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Daylight Savings Time ends (i.e. FALL BACK!)

3rd Annual Stephen Marra Foundation 5K: The race honors the longtime owner of The Grille on Main – and several other restaurants – Steve Marra, and benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The course wends through downtown East Greenwich. Register online here. $25 preregistration, $30 on the day of the race. 9:30 a.m. start.

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road, Cowesett. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

And …

Pajama & Coat Drive: The EGHS club All Children Matter thanks those who donated and supported the Halloween Costumes drive. They are still collecting new pajamas (gently used will also be welcomed) and gently used coats and winter items, such as gloves, mittens, sweatshirts, snow pants, and boots will be collected at all elementary schools and  EGHS until Dec. 5.  All sizes welcome! There is a special need for teen and adult sizes. Thanks!

EG Rotary Citrus Drive: It’s that time again – time to purchase that box of oranges or grapefruit that will see you through the darkest days of winter. Or perhaps apples or pears strike your fancy – you can order them, too. Order online atwww.egrotary.org or call 885-­4650. Order deadline is Nov. 28.

Veterans Day Parade volunteers needed: Town Clerk and parade organizer Leigh Botello is looking for a few people to help out with the East Greenwich Veterans Day Parade, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Specifically, she’s looking for help with logistics for the memorial ceremony at Cliff Street. If you are interested, contact Leigh: lbottelo@eastgreenwichri.com or (401) 886-8604.

‘Wonders of the Wurlitzer’ free concert: Come join the East Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department for a Wonders of the Wurlitzer concert at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Monday, Nov. 17, at 1:15 p.m. This concert will be performed by renowned organist, conductor and composer Peter Krasinski, as he plays on PPAC’s pride and joy the 1927 mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. The trip is free, but pre-registration is required as space on the bus is limited. For additional information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 401-886-8626, ext. 1.

Register for next historic cemetery cleanup: The EG Historic Cemetery Commission has just come off the heels of a successful cleanup, grateful to over 60 volunteers. If you want to join either of the next cleanups – Nov. 15 or Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon – sign up now. Contact egcemeteryvolunteer@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

Obituary: Jacob ‘Jake’ Kornwitz, 23

Jacob “Jake” Kornwitz, of Deerfield Dr., died unexpectedly Saturday, October 25, at home. The beloved son of Dr. Norman and Risa (Guttman) Kornwitz, he was a lifelong Rhode Island resident.

Jake was a graduate of Skidmore College, Class of ’13 and was attending URI. Dear brother of Jenna Yosefa Kornwitz of Austin, Texas. Loving grandson of Arlene Guttman of East Greenwich and Framingham, Mass., and the late Alfred Guttman and Jacob and Rose Kornwitz. He loved his pet labradoodle, Ziggy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the ASPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, R.I. 02915.  Funeral services were private. Shiva will be observed at his late residence Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 and Friday 3 to 5 p.m. For online condolences, please visit ShalomMemorialChapel.com.

 

EG Police Reports: More Odd Tanning Behavior & A Debauchery Check

These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime. EG News does not identify those arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Monday, Oct. 20

7:06 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 33, for driving with a suspended license after she was pulled over for speeding on Post Road. Routine checks turned up the license violation. She was taken into custody, processed at the station and released with with a 3rd District Court summons and a speeding ticket.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

11:07 a.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she was the subject of a threatening post on Facebook and wanted a no-trespass order against the poster, who lives in West Warwick.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

12:21 p.m. – The manager of Exotic Tans told police she wanted a no-trespass order against one of the store’s patrons because the patron appeared to have placed urine in the small trash can of one of the tanning booths. The manager said she has had this issue before with other clients. Police were not immediately able to make contact with the patron.

Thursday, Oct. 23

5:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich resident told police her family was going away for several days but that her 18-year-old son would be remaining at home. She asked police to check the property to “ensure there are no incidents of debauchery” at the house, according to the report.

Friday, Oct. 24

11:43 a.m. – The building manager for 1351 South County Trail told police someone drove into one of the brick pillars in front of the building, damaging the pillar and the beam that holds up the front awning. The town building inspector arrives to inspect the damage and said it was safe for now but would need repair and inspection.

1:32 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman was notified earlier this month after Massachusetts police told EG police about a ring from the EGHS Class of 2008 found on a suspect in North Dartmouth. The suspect had numerous pieces of jewelry on her at the time of her arrest and EG police alerted the resident, who was able to positively identify four pieces of jewelry, including the class ring. It was unclear in the report when the items went missing.

3:48 p.m. – A Walnut Drive resident told police the nursing assistant hired to care for her father had allowed her boyfriend to come to the house, but then called 911 to have him removed from the property. The resident said her father did not realize the boyfriend was there, but had told her that was probably why the CNA kept going outside. Police escorted the boyfriend to a local bus stop.

Just Sold: Five Homes Sell This Week

A property report of the homes purchased in East Greenwich, Cowesett and Potowomut from October 23 to 29, 2014.

464 1st Avenue

464 First Avenue, EG

Date: 10/23/14

Sale Price: $205,000
Seller: Simms Family Living Trust
Style: Ranch
Approx. Total Living Area: 1,017 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1

Baths: 1

1 Signal Ridge Way

1 Signal Ridge Way, EG

Date: 10/24/14

Sale Price: $550,000
Seller: James T. and Lori A. Lynch
Style: Colonial
Approx. Total Living Area: 3,750 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2.1

10 Mayflower Drive

10 Mayflower Drive, EG

Date: 10/29/14

Sale Price: $365,000
Seller: John W. and Janet P. Searles
Style: Split Level

Approx. Total Living Area: 2,810 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2.1

46 Misty Oak Drive

46 Misty Oak Drive, EG

Date: 10/29/14

Sale Price: $410,000
Seller: Timothy W. Harrington
Style: Colonial

Approx. Total Living Area: 3,344 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2.1

80 Sandro Drive

80 Sandro Drive, Warwick-Cowesett

Date: 10/28/14

Sale Price: $225,000
Seller: Ryan M. Desmarais
Style: Ranch

Approx. Total Living Area: 1,118 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 1


Just Sold homes listed on East Greenwich News are arranged by town and closing date as provided by the Rhode Island Multiple Listing Service. Cover art is solely the decision of the editor.

Patti DePriest is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in East Greenwich. For questions or comments, please call 401-243-5041.

Kentish Guard Celebrates 240 Years W/Parade – Of Course!

Photos courtesy of Sara Doherty

Residents of the Hill were delighted when a surprise parade came marching by Saturday afternoon. It was no surprise to the Kentish Guard, who were celebrating 240 years since they were chartered in 1774.

People on Somerset Street streamed out of their houses when they heard the Guard’s distinctive fife and drum corps.

“What a fun and unexpected minute of marching and music!” wrote Sara Doherty in an email. “I was in the house and I said to the girls that it sounds like there is a band in our front yard and I step outside and voila! – a flipping band is marching by our house!”

Usually, the Kentish Guard uses Academy Field for their formal review but this year soccer was on the field, so that’s why they took to the streets! Later, they continued the celebration with an anniversary dinner.

Congratulations, Kentish Guard – you are a town treasure!

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