(High) After five straight years of losses in what many consider the biggest game of the season, the Westerly Bulldogs came away with a win in the Thanksgiving Day rivalry with the Stonington Bears. And they did so in convincing fashion, claiming a 34-13 victory — and on the Bears’ home field to boot. The Chariho Chargers also won Thursday, beating Narragansett 38-7 on the Mariners’ home field. Now its Stonington’s turn to spend a year working toward redemption.
(High) The Westerly Ambulance Corps has begun using its’s newest vehicle, a 2017 Ford Police Ingterceptor SUV fitted out with equipment to save lives. Known as a “fly car,” the vehicle is intended to deliver rapid response to all medical calls and is specifically outfitted to improve cardiac-related responses. Half the cost of the $37,500 vehicle was provided by the Alfred M. Roberts Jr. Foundation, which has supported the corps since at least 2003. Roberts Jr., was a decorated Navy commander.
(Low) The Westerly Town Council spent time at last week’s meeting discussing how to communicate appropriately with Town Manager Derrik Kennedy and Town Solicitor William Conley Jr. Both complained about receiving emails from individual councilors and in some cases being asked not to share with other councilors a question or concern expressed. Kennedy said he felt he was being put in the middle of disagreements among councilors and reminded the council that he works for all seven councilors as one unit. Conley said he could not uphold his duty to act in the best interests of the town by communicating separately with each councilor.
(High) Stonington Selectman last week signed papers to provide an easement to utility company Eversource, which will allow the company provide power to the hurricane protection system on Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck. The easement will allow workers to run lines via conduit from the street to the pumphouse for the first time. The system is adjacent to the former Yardney mill, which formerly supplied power for lights and to open the mechanism that allows flood water to be pumped into the river. But the mill has been closed for several years, forcing the town to rely on generators or manual operation if necessary.
(High) In this season of high consumer spending on holiday gifts we feel it’s important to call readers’ attention to a story that might have been missed in all the planning and cooking and traveling last week. On Thursday we ran a piece about a report listing toys parents should avoid. Published by the Public Interest Research Group, the list includes not just toys that pose physical dangers, but toys that can steal personal data too. As the story noted, “One of these toys got hacked and more than two million customers' personal information was available online including recordings.” The item was a teddy bear — pretty innocent right? But that’s a big part of the toy environment in 2017. Items on the list include toys with high levels of lead and dangerous batteries. The group’s 32nd annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report is available at www.uspirg.org.