Some local resolutions kept, others not so much

Some local resolutions kept, others not so much

PAWTUCKET - Last January we asked some city residents to give us their resolutions for 2013. We caught up with a few of them to see how they did.

Dee DeQuattro, assignment desk and web manager at ABC6, said she wanted to take her husky, Sybil, to the Pawtucket Dog Park more often.

DeQuattro: "I did. I also discovered other beautiful treasures. There is a whole culture to the dog park and regulars and people who know all the dogs by name but not the people."

City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. wanted to make a concerted effort to spend more time with my family and friends, to try something new every day, and to continue to do the right thing.

Vitali: "All went well although many people didn't understand why I wasn't attending every event in the city. I will continue to serve the city's residents with passion and do the right thing."

Scott Rotondo, chairman of the Pawtucket GOP, had a goal of interacting with more people who he disagrees with because it helps broaden one's views and prevents falling into intellectual ruts.

Rotondo: "I did pretty good actually. I found it enlightening to pick people's brains who may not have the same views that I do.

Rich Watrous, creative contact for the Downtown Art Windows Network, wanted to find a proper balance between his passion for supporting nonprofit/public art and developing creative art projects that flow through him.

Watrous: "Well the blend was much more 80 percent nonprofit to 20 percent personal. Still working on that balance."

John Sawyer, Pawtucket Purchasing Board member and community watchdog, wanted to turn his basement into a play area for his daughter.

Sawyer: "My daughter asked me about it a couple of days ago. #NewYearsFail."

Melitzi Torres, salutatorian of the Shea High School Class of 2011, planned on making her dreams come true by building her resume at Brown University to search for a job and to study abroad. Torres said she was excited to "put my words into action," motivating "underrepresented" minority students like her to achieve their college dreams.

Torres: The year 2013 was great. I am now double concentrating so there's no time to study abroad, but I'm particularly excited to tell you about my work in motivating underrepresented minorities.

I spent my entire summer in Philadelphia. I was taking a course at the University of Pennsylvania, working 40 hours as a college access/career readiness instructor in West Philadelphia, and conducting research for Brown's Swearer Center. As you can imagine, it was a very busy summer. The course I took focused on community partnerships and was taught by the director of Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships. It linked back to my work as a CACR instructor. The dynamics in West Philadelphia were completely new to me. The culture, slang, and population were all very different from little Rhode Island. My time in Philadelphia taught me a lot about myself, CACR-related work, and education. I look forward to applying what I've learned to my work in Rhode Island.

Back to Rhode Island, I spent the fall semester interning at the State House. It was tough balancing the work I was responsible for there with my classes, but I managed. I was mentored by an entire office staff who taught me so much."