BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Westerly. I’m a local boy who never left
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Coaching cross-country for St. Pius X Regional Academy and preparing for the 89th annual Mount Carmel Celebration.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: With my family and friends and at this time of year, preparing for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My two children, Luke and Giovanna.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My involvement with the Mount Carmel Feast committee and for being a nice guy.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel to Calabria and visit the house where my grandfather was born.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A prayer card.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I always knew I wanted to be involved with the Mount Carmel.
PERSON WHO OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My grandfather, Joe Cozzolino. He always took the time to teach me new things.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Bill O’Reilly.
I AM READING: “The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” by Alexander Rose.
I AM LISTENING TO: AC/DC or any classic rock.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Honeymooners.”
FAVORITE PET: Mambo my crazy dog (but don’t tell the cats or the rabbit).
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Homemade pasta, can’t get enough of it.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Too much.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Dishonesty.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: Give it up to the Lord.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: So versatile with the beach, the park, and the revived downtown. And ,of course, our annual celebration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I restore statues.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Good manners go a long way.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Put my wife in charge.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Share it with my family.
I DRIVE A: 2003 Volvo XC70
I WISH I DROVE A: Brand new Ford F250 pickup truck.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Lemonade.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: George Washington, I would love to get more information on the Culper Spy Ring he started.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro