Local briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Local briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Halloween Parade Thursday in downtown Westerly

WESTERLY — Trick-or-treating and a costume parade will be held in downtown Westerly on Thursday.

High Street from the post office to Canal Street will be closed from 4 to 6 p.m. Trick-or-treating will begin at 4:30 p.m. at participating shops and businesses. The costume parade assembles at the post office at 5:30 p.m. and strolls up High Street, through Wilcox Park, and back to the post office. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes

The event is co-sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, the Westerly Substance Abuse Task Force and the Westerly Police. The rain date is Saturday.

Open auditions for ‘A Celebration of Twelfth Night’

WESTERLY — The Chorus of Westerly is seeking child and adult actors, acrobats, and dancers for its annual production of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night.”

Auditions are open to everyone and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St.

The production requires cast members from all age groups. Previous acting experience is not required, and actors do not need to prepare anything for the audition. They will be given lines from the script to read during the audition. Experience is encouraged for prospective dance and gymnastic roles.

There are no advanced sign-up or audition time reservations. Prospective actors for stage roles will audition on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., and dancers and gymnasts will audition from 3 to 5 p.m. Dancers and gymnasts who are unable to attend Saturday are asked to call 401-596-8663 to arrange an audition on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. Callbacks will be held as needed on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Actors and dancers who are unable to attend auditions may send a resume, photos, and video samples to Ryan Saunders by Thursday, Nov. 7, to 119 High St., Westerly, RI, 02891.

Rehearsals will begin Dec. 26 and last through the run of the show, Jan. 10-12.

For more information, call 401-596-8663, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stonington leaf collection runs through December

STONINGTON — The annual leaf pickup program began Monday and will continue depending on the weather. Town workers will continue to collect leaves throughout November and into early December, or until the first snowstorm arrives.

The purpose of the leaf program is to keep leaves from blocking catch basins, gutter lines and drainage ditches by picking up leaves from residents and business owners who have no place to put them. Leaves on private roads or off of the town’s right of way will not be picked up.

The town uses two leaf vacuum machines that can suck up leaves within about 5 feet of the truck, so leaves should be raked into piles along the edge of the curve or pavement. Leaves should not be raked into the road or left on sidewalks because they can impede vehicular and pedestrian traffic and become a safety issue. Make sure there are no limbs, rocks, trash or any heavy objects in the leaf piles. Leaves will be brought to the transfer station where they will be composted.

Plans are to have one crew in the eastern half of town, and another in the west. To report that leaves have not been picked up in your neighborhood or for more information, call 860-535-5055. Leave a message with the date of the call and the location of the leaves.

Class of 2014 holding graduation fundraiser

STONINGTON — Comedic hypnotist Jim Spinnato will perform at Stonington High School on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. to help raise money for the class of 2014.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults in advance, and $15 at the door. For tickets, call 860-460-5074.

All proceeds benefit the class of 2014 All Night Alcohol and Drug Free Party.

Garden club appoints officers

MYSTIC — The Mystic Garden Club has announced its officers for the coming year. Candace Briggs will serve as president, Judy Salerno as vice president, Pam Alexander as recording secretary, Joy Molloy as corresponding secretary, Phyllis Ball as treasurer, and Joan Pulver as assistant treasurer.

The club meets September through June. Its major fundraiser is the Greens Sale in December to benefit the community. It also runs a plant sale in June at the Mystic & Noank Library.

The recipients of annual donations include the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, the Mystic Art Center and other community organizations. It also awards scholarships to students from Stonington and Groton.

Blumenthal endorses Haberek for first selectman

STONINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has endorsed Democratic incumbent Edward Haberek Jr. in the upcoming election for first selectman.

“I have worked with Ed Haberek for more than six years and personally know his commitment to infrastructure improvements, dedication to seniors, innovative approach to economic development, stewardship of the town during recent natural disasters, and his responsible budgeting,” Blumenthal wrote in his endorsement. “Simply, he gets results for Stonington. As we emerge from the recession, it is a time for the steady leadership and positive energy that Ed brings to Stonington. I know that Ed will continue to fight on behalf of Stonington’s families, seniors, and small businesses. That’s why I am proud to endorse Ed Haberek for re-election on Nov. 5.”


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