AGE: 63. OCCUPATION: Recently retired from 18 years serving the Town of Hopkinton as the deputy town clerk. RESIDENCE: Ashaway. BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Hope Valley. RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Finishing the last phase of a 20-year project. I have researched and am now compiling a comprehensive 500-plus-page history of the Town of Hopkinton, which I hope to publish in 2020. FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: With my family and friends. PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being married for 38 years to my husband, Joe, and raising our children. I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My sense of humor. TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Publishing the history book. ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Nothing. WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I thought I’d just take life as it came and roll with it. It was a good choice. PERSON WHO HAS MOST INFLUENCED ME: My father, Irwin Tarket. FAVORITE AUTHOR: Local author Thomas A. Helmer. I AM READING: “The Dirt Eater,” by Thomas A. Helmer. I AM LISTENING TO: Live 105. FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Last Book of Eli.” FAVORITE TV SHOW: “America’s Got Talent.” FAVORITE PET: Abbie, our 9-year-old Cavalier King Charles. FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Peanut butter, chocolate or cake (in no special order.) AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Very little. TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness. PET PEEVE: Rudeness. FAVORITE QUOTATION: “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost, from “The Road Not Taken.” MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: It’s quiet and peaceful. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family and friends. LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I am an oil painter. BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Don’t do anything you wouldn’t be proud to see on The front page of The Westerly Sun. ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: See above. IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make sure every veteran had the best of everything. IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Take care of family and friends and make sure Hopkinton had the very best library. I DRIVE A: White 2013 Ford Escape.
I WISH I DROVE A: I love the car I have. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Fruit and yogurt. IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: My late father, Irwin Tarket, my late father-in-law, Joseph Arruda Sr., and my late friend, Gayle White. — Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro