(High) The family of Maddie Potts wants some good to come of her death by creating foundation in her name. The Chariho High School senior collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm in September during a soccer match. In addition to two athletic scholarships and one arts scholarship of $1,100 each — in honor of Maddie’s jersey number 11 — the family’s long-range goal is to create an indoor training facility in her honor. The foundation is also raising funds for the first annual Maddie Potts Fitness Challenge, scheduled for Aug. 11. “Our hope is to get 1,100 there to get through a 45-minute workout session, staggered throughout the day. It’s going to be massive,” Stephanie Potts said. Maddie already has a rich legacy, created when the Chariho community — and beyond — embraced the family in the days and weeks after Maddie’s death, an outpouring of support the family credits with keeping them strong, focused on the future, and honoring Maddie.
(High) Westerly police officers chatted casually with residents Thursday over coffee at McDonalds during the second “Coffee with a Cop” event. Police Chief Richard Silva and others spent time with those who cared to stop and talk about anything that cropped up. The event, which departments across the country take part in, is an attempt to increase positive relationships between police and their community so the only interaction isn’t in a stressful situation. We like that our local department is participating. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 26 at Savoy Bookshop and Café, starting at 10 a.m.
(High) With the first phase of dredging in Winnapaug Pond completed the town is now working on a second, larger phase to help increase water flow and navigable areas of the popular saltwater pond. The first phase removed 5,500-cubic-yards of sand and the second, if approved by state and federal authorities, is intended to remove 64,500-cubic-yards of material. The sand is being used for beach and marsh restoration.
(High) Sounds like the Westerly Town Council is closer to completing the performance review of Town Manager Derrick M. Kennedy. All written evaluations now have been submitted and the council is expected to discuss the reviews tonight during an executive session. The review was originally scheduled to occur in November, but deadlines set by the council were extended when councilors, town staff and others, were slow to file their reviews. Infighting among councilors over the process also delayed things. Goal setting for Kennedy is now on the agenda.
(High) About 75 people attended a community discussion of aquaculture in the town of Stonington organized by the town’s Economic Development Commission. The guest speaker, Tessa L. Getchis of Mystic, an extension agent with Connecticut Sea Grant, spoke about the past, present and future of the town’s aquaculture efforts, and no surprise she was bullish on the benefits. Some residents living on Quiambaug Cove, however, are not so bullish on a Lords Point man’s proposal to put a limited oyster bed in the cove, raising concerns about property rights and the disruption the bed could cause. The proposal is currently in the process of being resubmitted, and no doubt it will go through a thorough vetting process if it is eventually approved, including public comment.