For Dustin Almeida, assistant football coach at and teacher at , pulled him back to his hometown after he moved to Florida for a coaching job in 2001.
“I have had every job from picking up trash to assistant manager at that beach," he said. “I’ll tell you, the one thing that brought me home is that beach.”
He is not alone. The beaches, surfing, fishing and sense of community are just a few of the reasons that residents who have left eventually come back to Middletown.
Councilor Chris Semonelli said that although his job took him to California, once he started to have children, he knew he had to move home to Middletown to raise his children close to the beach.
“It’s not by accident that I serve on the Beach Commission,” he said. "I love the beach, and I think it's the most important asset that Middletown has."
Lifelong Middletown resident Elmer “EJ” Reynolds said what keeps him in his hometown is fishing at Easton’s Pond, which he has done since he was a child.
Fire Chief Ronald Doire commuted to Pawtucket for 20 years because he said he wanted to live in Middletown for the community and his love of surfing at Second Beach.
We want to know: What do you love about Middletown? What keeps you here or has brought you back?
Tell us in the comments section below.