In the Easy Chair with ... Lauri Arruda

In the Easy Chair with ... Lauri Arruda

The Westerly Sun


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


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