In this very space last week, we here at The Post noted how every time it seems East Providence makes some significant progress,takes “two steps” forward, we often tend to digress in some shape or form, take a proverbial “step back.”
Thankfully for the sane among us, this past week revealed a few of those forward steps we so often crave and need.
Spurred by Riverside resident Dennis Carrier, the local Pepsi Bottling Co., based out of Cranston, came to East Providence last weekend to help begin/continue the ongoing revitalization process at the high school.
Mr. Carrier, a Pepsi Co. employee, led a group of his fellow workers and volunteers who splashed a fresh coat of paint on several classrooms. The crew also started the much-needed refurbishment of the EPHS gymnasium, removing some of the facility’s 60-year-old bleachers in anticipation of the installation of newer seats donated last year by Providence College.
At different locations in the city Monday, April 29, two other groups of city residents displayed the type of caring, of activism we sorely need.
The East Providence High School golf team and head coach Bill McEnery presented ailing former Townie standout Devin Quigley and his family with proceeds from an event the squad held earlier this year, money that will help the Quigleys offset any of the difficulties they face as Devin rehabilitates from the devastating effects of a near-fatal car accident 18 months ago.
A few miles across the city, the EPHS softball team and head coach Rob Traverse formally opened up their sparkling refurbished diamond on the school grounds. Coach Traverse, greatly responsible for the project, nonetheless took great pains to thank and acknowledge the many volunteers, businesses and politicians who helped create a gem of a facility to be used by current and future softball players for generations to come.
These three acts of selflessness, of working and thinking about the great good rather than worrying about one’s own self interest is what the nature East Providence could and should be. In fact, it actually is who most of us are, despite what any number of the negative headlines may lead us and others to believe.