September 30, 2014
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Service project
Photo courtesy of Pegee Malcolm

Recently students from Timothy Hayes’ Urban Sociology class at Toll Gate High School met with Mayor Scott Avedisian to discuss their community service project. They are working with the Warwick Commission on Historical Cemeteries cleaning and improving several cemeteries throughout Warwick. When they met with the mayor they had already cleaned Cemetery 144 on Commonwealth Avenue. This cemetery contains the graves of several members of the Arnold family. They are in the process of cleaning cemetery 112, the Carpenter-Wightman Lot on Nanci-Karen Drive. While there, they unearthed the previously unseen footstone for Mary Carpenter, and the headstone for a child named George, who died at the tender age of 1. This cemetery also contains the graves of two Revolutionary War soldiers and one Civil War soldier. After resetting several damaged headstones, the group will tackle cemetery 57, the John Clemmons Lot on Route 2, which contains the only schist gravestone found in Warwick. Students wishing to perform community service in Warwick’s Historical Cemeteries, should contact Susan Cabeceiras of the Warwick Planning Department at 738-2000, ext. 6286. Pictured are Ethan Dujon, Mayor Avedisian, Gabe Zabatta, William Jackman and Nathan Sandin.


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