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Raising some clams for Pearlington

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 4, 2007 10:26 AM


In the 19 months since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi gulf coast, volunteers from Needham Cares have sent money, supplies and helping hands to the residents of communities like Bay St. Louis and Waveland.

Meanwhile, the folks of tiny Pearlington have suffered quietly in the shadows. But Needham Cares President Bill Tilburg has pledged to focus more of this year’s initiatives on Pearlington, a town of 1,684 people before the storm.

A representative from the Pearlington Recovery Center, Laurie Spaschak, will update Needham residents on March 22 on the conditions and needs of the coastal town, which is located 25 miles west of Biloxi. She will speak at Needham’s annual Inter-Service Club dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on Cabot Street.

The event is open to the public, with tickets costing $30. Anyone seeking more information is urged to visit Needham Cares online.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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