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May 29, 2014

Saluting the force behind Carriage Towne

After 3 decades, Alessio readies to embrace next chapter, leaving the paper she nurtured in good hands

From the start, Electra “Ellie” Alessio was one of the more unlikely residents of Kingston.

After all, she was a true city girl.

The daughter of Greek immigrants, she was raised in the inner-city Boston neighborhood known as Dorchester and later on Massachusetts’ South Shore. Boston was her playground, first as a child roaming the city’s historic library in Copley Square and the Museum of Science and later in its clubs and coffeehouses as an undergraduate at Boston University.

It was in one of those clubs that she met her late husband, Constino “Buddy” Alessio, soon after earning her college diploma in 1970. Three months later, they married and within a year, he was given the chance to run a grocery store in New Hampshire. In 1971, they were crossing the border into Kingston.

Alessio might as well have been sent overseas. Kingston was foreign territory to the then 23-year-old. And she was a veritable Greek fish out of water. She spent a lot of that first year homesick and in tears.

Four decades later, it’s hard for most — Alessio included — to imagine she belonged anywhere else.

She has served Kingston in countless capacities — as its town moderator for more than 25 years, member and former chairwoman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment as well as co-chairwoman of the Kingston Community Profile Project. She was named its Citizen of the Year in 2008.

A proud lobbyist for the Equal Rights Amendment, she has been a staunch advocate for women, especially those in business. She is a charter member of both the Kingston Business and Professional Women’s organization and Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange and a dedicated member of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce. For six years, she served on the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women.

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