By Paul Marks, Special to
August 7, 2018

Salem — Three years ago, Tom and Arlene Reith moved into a slate-gray, four-bedroom colonial on a quiet street in rural Salem with their 27-year-old daughter Sarah, who has Down Syndrome and autism. They’d come from Long Island, where he was an executive at an engineering firm and she had worked as credit manager for Barron’s Publishing.

The relocation was planned with Sarah’s needs in mind. Three of their sons and a daughter-in-law live nearby and work at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Arlene explained. The couple wanted to live closer in their retirement years for everyone’s sake.

“We felt that this is where Sarah would have a circle of support,” she said.

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