This Week in EG: Planning Board, Electronics Recycling

It may feel like winter, but the daffodils make it look like spring.

A weekly article that lists happenings in East Greenwich and nearby. If you have something you’d like to add, send your information to egreenwichnews@gmail.com.

Monday, April 16

Boston Marathon – Here are the people from East Greenwich who will be running: Brooke Andreozzi, Ross MacAndrew, Robert Bentsen, Jason Reilly, Dino Caparco, Tom Sheeran, and John Thomas, and Lisa Meehan. Good luck, everyone!

Exploring Mindfulness Meditation – Meditation at East Greenwich Free Library on first and third Mondays. No experience necessary; all are welcome. Free. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. For more information about this program or the Friends of the Library, contact: friendseglibrary@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 18

Lunch on the Hill – If you are looking for some good food and company, stop by the dining room at St. Luke’s Church on Peirce Street where you will find both. A free lunch is offered every week, sponsored by various local churches and restaurants – a different church-restaurant combination each week. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Planning Board meeting – The only project on the agenda is final plan review of an 11-lot cluster subdivision called “Frenchtown Place,” on Frenchtown Road (not surprisingly). The project gained preliminary plan approval back in 2016. They meet in Council Chambers in Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling – You will be able to recycle all sorts of electronics, including computers, TVs, keyboards, monitors, printers, window air conditioners, routers, microwaves, cables, wires, cell phones and more. And there will be a mobile paper shredded on hand too. At Office Recycling Solutions, 65 Rocky Hollow Road. Shredding costs .25 cents per pound; recycling costs $5 per item with a $20 maximum per resident, $50 maximum for businesses. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented in part by the EG Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Brent at 401-580-5132 or info@officerecyclingsolutions.com.

Saturday, April 21

Earth Day

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

Recycling is ON this week.

Volunteers Needed for After Prom! This is as much fun as you will have all year. You get to meet new people, be surrounded by amazing creativity, and help a bunch of teenagers have a terrific After Prom. Click here to learn more.

EG Police Union Is Fundraising – This is an “all points bulletin,” if you will, to let you know the EG Police Union is soliciting sponsorships to its 2018 Yearbook and Business Directory, so don’t be surprised if you get a phone call. This is in advance of their Comedy Night at Quidnessett Country Club June 28 – the directories will be available then.

EGHS Class of 1960 Reunion – The East Greenwich High School Class of 1960 will be holding their 58th Reunion on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the East Greenwich Veterans’ Firemen’s Hall on Queen Street in East Greenwich. People from EGHS classes before and after the Class of ’60 are welcome. For more information and detail contact Dan Shea (401-821-4521 or dsheajr@cox.net). To reserve your spot, send a check for $30 (per person) to Judy Briggs, 146 Sisson Road, Greene, R.I. 02827.

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, April 26

Collecting Original Art – The Friends of the East Greenwich Free Library will present a panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art, with an emphasis on the How, Why and What of buying art today. Panelists include Cade Tompkins, contemporary art dealer and gallery owner Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence; Richard Whitten, artist and Professor of Painting and Art Department Chairperson at Rhode Island College; Catherine A. Sammartino, Partner at the law firm Sammartino & Berg LLP in Providence; and moderator Michael Rose, art historian, gallerist, appraiser, and gallery manager at the historic Providence Art Club. From 6 to 8 p.m. East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich. Designed for all levels of the collecting experience. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and subject to capacity. For more info, contact: friendseglibrary@gmail.com or visit www.eastgreenwichlibrary.org.

Saturday, April 28

Touch a Truck – The Greenwich Bay Woman’s Club is sponsoring Family Open House Touch-a-Truck at the Warwick Fire Station at 225 Potowomut Road from 9 to 11 a.m. They will be collecting canned goods for a local food pantry, so donations are encouraged!

Sunday, April 29

Race to the Stage – Performers competing for a spot on the program for Summer’s End – as well cash prizes – take the stage at the Odeum at 4 p.m. Live judges will ultimately select the winners, but audience response may help decide their fate. Tickets are $10 in Advance, and $15 at the Door.

Tuesday, May 1

EG Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner – More details soon.

Together RI Community Supper – The Rhode Island Foundation is holding a series of community dinners around the state. The idea is to share a meal with other members of your community and get creative about the challenges and possibilities facing Rhode Island. It’s free. At the Varnum Armory, 6 Main Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not mandatory. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, May 4

Into the Woods, Jr. – The award-winning Cole Drama Club will perform this musical based on fairy tales with a twist at East Greenwich High School at 7 p.m. (and again on Saturday at 4 p.m.). Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door and online at https://bit.ly/2pTjkSD. Find more information on the show on the Cole Drama Club’s Facebook page here.

Saturday, May 5

Into the Woods, Jr. – The award-winning Cole Drama Club will perform this musical based on fairy tales with a twist at East Greenwich High School at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door and online at https://bit.ly/2pTjkSD. Find more information on the show on the Cole Drama Club’s Facebook page here.

Sunday, May 6

May Fair 2018 – ”County Fair” is the theme of this year’s May Fair. The Barbara Tufts Co-op Preschool’s annual event features pony rides, bunnies, games, food, silent auction and lots and lots of fun. As always, at Academy Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 13

The Gianna Cirella Memorial 5K Walk/Run

And …

Interested in Running for Office? Here’s a pamphlet from the Secretary of State’s office with everything you need to know. While the period to file to run for office isn’t until June 25-27, there are earlier deadlines, say if you want to change party affiliation before filing to run (that’s March 27-29) or if you plan to run for office but are not yet registered to vote (May 26-28). If you are planning to run and are ready to go public, contact egreenwichnews@gmail.com.

EG Boston Marathon Finishers

There were 18 East Greenwich residents who finished the Boston Marathon Monday. Congratulations to all! Here’s a list of the finishers, starting with the fastest (link here):

Michael J. Thibodeau, 43, finished in 3:03:23

Thomas N. Sheeran, 40, finished in 3:43:10

Kerry A. Peters-Rowe, 46, finished in 3:54:04

Jennifer F. Jarbeau, 42, finished in 3:56:13

Sara A. Lewis, 43, finished in 3:57:51

Judy Legraw, 54, finished in 4:12:20

Alexander B. Sowa, 27, finished in 4:18:49

Mark Schwager, 57, finished in 4:22:21

Julie A. Oh, 56, finished in 4:27:03

Leonora F. Delsesto, 42, finished in 4:28:17

Steve B. Sheally, 41, finished in 4:29:06

Sean R. Crump, 44, finished in 4:37:24

Lisa Meehan, 50, finished in 4:37:38

Anna G. Greeley, 26, finished in 4:56:17

Joseph M. Dubeau, 48, finished in 5:07:49

Amanda Demagistris, 26, finished in 5:17:47

Joseph P. Maruszczak, 47, finished in 5:35:14

Tracy A. Barron, 43, finished in 5:52:36

Here are links to other stories about the 2014 Boston Marathon:

Boston Marathon 2014: ‘A Good, Healing Day’

Returning To Boston A Year Later: EG Stories

Boston … A Poem

Boston Marathon 2014: ‘A Good, Healing Day’

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Jenn Foisy (second from left) and other “Medical Lane” volunteers at the security briefing before the race.

Jenn Foisy was back on Boylston Street Monday, volunteering at the medical lane just past the finish line for the Boston Marathon as she had in 2013. Only this year, there was no tragedy, only smiles, hugs, and lots of gratitude all the way around.

“It was an unbelievable day,” she said Tuesday. Foisy, who lives in Cumberland, is a special ed teacher at Hanaford Elementary.

While she’d been a little nervous to return, recalling the bombings and the hours of horror and confusion that followed, she was also committed: “There’s no place I’d rather be on Marathon Monday.”

And so, on Monday, she arrived at the site early in the morning. During the security briefing, three of the people who were hurt in the bombings last year were there to thank the volunteers for being there.

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One of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings thanks the 2014 volunteers during a security briefing before Monday’s race.

“‘If one of you in that yellow coat hadn’t picked me up, I’d be dead,’” Foisy said one of the survivors told them. “That was a touching start to the day.”

Another surprise came when the captain of the medical lane volunteer team handed everyone a “Medical Lane Strong” t-shirt.

Last year, the medical lane had been a couple blocks back from the finish line; this year it was moved up to Dartmouth Street, so Foisy got to see a lot of finishers, including Patriots hall of famer Tedy Bruschi.

“There was definitely tighter security,” she said. “The black hawks overhead at the beginning was unnerving.”

Foisy could see snipers on rooftops and a bomb-sniffing team from New York City was stationed right near her for the duration of the race.

“This is the new normal and everyone was ok with that,” she said. “Boylston Street was alive with activity. It was a good, healing day.”

That said, Foisy admitted it was also a long day. “It was 16 hours, I’m tired.”

Tired maybe, but also inspired. She spoke to me while she was in the middle of a five-mile run. Foisy took up running less than two years ago and has already completed two marathons, but she’s set her sights on qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

“For Boston, I need to cut one hour off” her time, “but I’m getting there, I’m going to do it.

Here are links to other stories about the 2014 Boston Marathon:

EG Boston Marathon Finishers

Returning To Boston A Year Later: EG Stories

Boston … A Poem

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Boston … A Poem

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By Bob Houghtaling

We have heard the term ‘it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon’ used on many occasions. The 2013 Boston Marathon serves as the most salient example for a number of reasons.

Boston

The ghosts of Crispus Attucks,

Samuel Adams and Paul Revere,

waited at the finish line

to offer friends good cheer.

Then smoke and explosions,

like the shells of the past,

fell hard upon the very souls

who were finishing at the last.

Brave Minuteman in uniform

rushed to where the sounds

sent scores of the innocent

hurt and to the ground.

Those who created tumult

avoiding to get caught

continued a reign of terror

which ended up for naught.

But when the dust was settled

this beautiful Boston place

maintained its Constitution

and once again did grace

thousands to the Freedom Trail

and the top of Bunker Hill,

back again to Fenway Park

where “The Splinter” showed his skill.

The memories of the fallen

will be foremost in our mind,

as will the many efforts

of helpers being kind.

The Hub is a special town

that speaks to our hearts.

It’s met many struggles before

yet never came apart.

Orr’s now singing Diamond

as are Russell, Samuelson and Tarzan Brown.

They all cheer the Patriots

who’ve traveled sacred ground.

Come again to next year’s race,

thousands in a throng.

“Please Come to Boston”

like it says so in a song.

Time can produce many changes. Landscapes are altered, people age and events become things sometimes forgotten. But what of courage, love and resilience? While the measures of time move inexorably forward, these will hold true at least as long as our species resides on this planet. On a day in April folks from around the world came to celebrate sport. History will show that much more was on display in an old New England Town. Boston, forever “the city on a hill.”