2010-03-04 / Letters to the Editor

Hail to the Clerk!

Living in Jamestown brings multiple joys – the ocean, the people, the beauty. Another unique benefit of our community is the sincere dedication of the people employed by the town who facilitate the daily functions of our municipality.

Jamestown has been fortunate over the years to have neighbors and friends that not only work here, but live here as well. I think that fosters a degree of pride and genuine commitment.

One personification of that work ethic is Arlene Petit, our town clerk for the past 12 years.

Last week, Arlene began a welldeserved retirement. The town will miss her. I will miss her. Arlene certainly helped me with her knowledge, patience and humor during my eight years on the Town Council. Her cheerful, professional, unflappable demeanor was always evident to the public at both Town Hall and Town Council meetings.

Last Thursday night, a capacity crowd gathered at the Narragansett CafĂ© in a surprise celebration and tribute to Arlene’s years of service to Jamestown. It was a wonderfully joyous evening and, true to her form, Arlene articulated her gracious and heartfelt gratitude. I am proud to have worked alongside Arlene in service to the town and I’m fortunate to count her and Charlie Petit as my friends.
David Jesse Long
Former council president

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