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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 11-17, 2019 SMITHFIELD 5 Ron Barks at home in Scituate and the world Ron Barks grew up in Hawthorne, New Jersey. From his home on top of First Watchung Mountain he developed an insatiable curiosity about what lay beyond. "(The mountain) really had a big influence on my life," he declares. "I used to sit on the edge of a cliff and look across the Passaic River Valley to New York City. I would wonder where all the roads and rivers and railroad tracks went. I wanted to go to the city and find out about the rest of the world." In fact, he did just that and then some. Barks has traveled to 22 nations, all 50 states, and six continents and been around the world twice. He has lived in eight states, been to Japan eight times, and speaks three languages. Besides all that, he came back from a near death experience during which doctors believed he had actually died. Now 80, Ron has resided in Scituate for the last 18 years, and he still has a hunger to learn and to share what he discovers with audi- ences and groups. In fact, he regu- larly does so in public talks and sem- inars on a variety of subjects based on his experiences and his research. He offers them at colleges, universi- ties, libraries, and other facilities and has presented at the Scituate Senior Center and the Manton Library in Chepachet, among others. He says his entire life has been shaped by his family origins and the formative experiences of living on that mountain. Home to a quarry where basalt was mined for use in road construction, First Mount Watchung also yielded exquisite specimens of amethyst, prehnite, and quartz crystals. They are of such fine quality that they are included in important collections at educational institutions all across the country. Ron began collecting specimens from the quarry himself when he was 10 or 12, and he soon developed a deep interest in learning how they came into being. So much so that when it was time for college he pur- sued a bachelor's degree in geology from Princeton University. Growing up in a three-generation household where he absorbed the German language his Hungarian grandparents spoke, he also later learned French in school. His hunger for knowledge about his heritage and the cultures from which it sprang fueled a passion to learn about them. "A few months after graduating from Princeton, I married my high school sweetheart, Ruth. She became my strongest supporter and best adviser in my quest to achieve my life objectives, which she made hers as well," he notes. The Barkses have two children, Jennine and James. Following Princeton, Ron pursued advanced graduate work, earning a Ph.D. from Penn State in geochem- istry with a specialization in crystal growth. His dissertation research included growing his own crystals. It was, he says, one of the first such degree projects in the country, and he says it made him sought after pro- fessionally. Ultimately, he ended up taking a position with the Norton Company in Worcester, Mass., an international concern, becoming worldwide direc- tor of research and development in the vitrified products division. It was his work with Norton that brought him to Japan and allowed him to meet a counterpart in the company's branch in Kure who was the sole sur- vivor in his family of the atom bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima and brought an end to World War II in the Pacific. "He was on an errand about one mile away from ground zero when the bomb detonated," Barks recounts. "When he turned around and looked back, Hiroshima was gone. His family was gone." The encounter with the man in Kure almost seemed a prophetic link when Ron later got a job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico where the bomb had been developed. His time and work at the facility eventually helped him form the basis of a compelling lecture on the place and the creation of the atomic bomb. His role as director of the indus- trial applications office at Los Alamos was the start of a whole new program designed to transfer govern- ment-initiated technology to appro- priate private industry in the United States and create ways to monetize it. As far as Ron knows he was a pio- neer, the first person in America to helm such an office. It required him to qualify for a top secret security clearance, which he did. "I've had a fascinating life – a lot of firsts," he observes. He also came extremely close to not living to tell about any of them. One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. RON BARKS See SASSO, Page 11 Robert D. Oster, Esq. & Sarah Oster Kelly, Esq. 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AMENDED TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating beverages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.l., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B-VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To include outdoor seating and bar service) New Day, LLC d/b/a "Emma's", 743 Putnam Pike in the Town of Smithfield, The above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on April 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. **PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HAS CHANGED TO APRIL 23, 2019 AT 7 P.M.** By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, CMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD EXTENDED HOURS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Town Council of Smithfield acting as the Board of License Commissioners in said Town, that in accordance with the Smithfield Town Ordinances, Chapter 236: Licensing, Business § 263-3 Hours Generally, and RI General Laws § 5-24-1, an application for permission to extend the opening hours Monday through Sunday for: Greenville Donuts, LLC d/b/a "Dunkin' Donuts", located at 639B Putnam Pike, 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The above named application will be in order for hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, CMC, Town Clerk Invitation for Bid The Housing Authority of the City of Woonsocket, RI invites sealed bids for "Refuse & Recycling" for all 1,212 Woonsocket Housing Authority units. Bids will be received until 2 p.m. on May 16, 2019 at the Woonsocket Housing Authority (WHA), Attn: Susan Castrataro and publicly opened at the WHA, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. The bid package will be available on line at www.woonsockethousing.org in Bid Opportunities under the Procurement heading. Questions regarding this bid may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062. Robert Moreau Executive Director "An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer" TDD 1-800-745-6575 TOWN OF GLOCESTER ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Review on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in the Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI, at 7:30 p.m. when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following application: Thomas H., Edward T. & Patricia A. Fox, applicants and owners, property located at 54 Cooper Road, further described as Assessor's Plat 17, Lot 194, in an A-4 zone. Applicants/Owners are seeking two (2) Dimensional Variances in accordance to the Glocester Code, Chapter 350, Article III, District Dimensional Regulations, §350-13, Table of Dimensional Regulations, Lot Width (frontage requirements) on proposed sub- lot B and sub-lot C of a minor subdivision. Applicants/Owners are seeking relief of 53.72' on sub-lot B with 7.2 acres and relief of 53.72' on sub-lot C with 6.17 acres (296.28' frontage on both sub-lots) from the minimum 350' lot width (frontage) requirement. Gregory Meinertz Chairman of the Zoning Board The Glocester Town Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at (401) 568-6206, not less than 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. Hearing devices are available without notice. TDD (401) 568-1422

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