Highs and lows from last week

Highs and lows from last week


The Westerly High School football team wasn’t supposed to play its first home game at Sal Augeri Field until Nov. 1, as construction on the home-side bleachers continued. But after two weeks of playing home games on the road, the team got good news: The renovation project, which began in July, was complete enough, and the new bleachers and press box were fully safe for public use, allowing Westerly to host Warwick Veterans Memorial on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they lost 7-0.

Investigating a complaint, Westerly zoning official Jason Parker was denied access to the Copar Quarries of Westerly property. Parker was looking into a complaint that a blast about to be conducted at the quarry would occur outside the area on which the company is allowed to work. But when he arrived at the quarry site, Copar officials refused to allow him on the property, according to interim Town Manager Michelle Buck. The situation will be one more matter involving the controversial quarrying operation to go to court. Said Town Council President Diana Serra: “I don’t see why, if they have nothing to hide, we wouldn’t be allowed on the property.”

Hopkinton’s 80 historic cemeteries aren’t getting much upkeep, but Town Council members have agreed to transfer funds from perpetual care accounts — some $9,000 — to the finance department and ask the Historic District Commission to present a cemetery maintenance plan. “I don’t think we can go into the woods and cut all of those cemeteries over and spruce them up,” said Richard Prescott, president of the Hopkinton Historical Association and member of the town’s Historic District Commission, “but at least the ones on the road, whether they have funding or not, should look good. Let’s take pride in them.”

More than 930 Westerly High School students packed Federico Gym to cheer on one of its newest teams — the Unified Volleyball squad — on Wednesday. The unified sports movement pairs students with special needs, which range from autism to learning and intellectual disabilities, with other student partners on sports teams for training and competition. The program is meant to break down barriers, and it’s doing just that. The event “gives the student body an opportunity to all be together and just decompress,” the team’s coach, Brendan Murphy, said. “This type of activity builds positive morale throughout the school.”

Lydia Teixeira and Diana Serra were named co-recipients of the 2013 Athena Award, the first time in the award’s 11-year local history that the honor was shared by two people. Sponsored by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athena Award is bestowed annually upon an individual — or in this case, individuals — who best exemplifies outstanding community service and dedication to helping women achieve leadership roles. Teixeira, vice president of Hi-Tech Profiles and the co-owner of Hopkinton Industrial Park, and Serra, the Westerly Town Council president, were chosen from a group of seven women, the largest group of nominees ever.

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