The 800-pound “political football” in the firehouse is about to get much more attention.
By a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners Thursday night asked the newly elected Town Council to conduct a study of whether the historically independent fire district, which collects its own taxes to fund its operations, should be merged into town government.
NARRAGANSETT- Just in time for the holiday season, BayScape Nursery has opened its new retail location at 933 Boston Neck Road.
Owners Barry Mills and Ed Fishell, both natives of Narragansett who were raised just down the road in Mettatuxet, opened the doors to the public last Friday. Construction on the new building, adjacent greenhouse and surrounding property took just over nine months to complete. Bayscape was originally located about a mile north behind the Saunderstown post office.
"It's a more convenient location for everyone," said Fishell during a recent interview. "We are much more visible now and more people will see what we have to offer here. Plus it means a lot to Barry and I that we grew up so close to the place.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“As the new president of South Kingstown Town Council, Ella Whaley plans to reach out to community members and bridge the divide amongst town organizations.
Whaley has been an elected official in South Kingstown for 12 years, first working on the school committee for eight years and then working on the town council. After being elected for her third term to the council this year, the council elected her as president at the swearing-in ceremony Monday, Nov. 22.
KINGSTON - Several decorated Christmas trees from around the area will be unveiled and lit at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Center for the Arts.
The photo alongside this announcement depicts some of the 50 Chariho Regional High School students who created more than 100 ornaments as part of the school's art programs.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The South Kingstown Public Libraries are collecting LEGOs and DUPLOS for youth library programs.
"It's a growing popular program. It's successful in bringing in kids who otherwise wouldn't come to the other library programs especially boys that are school age," Tina Ladika of the Peace Dale Library said.
Ladika said with the donations, the South Kingstown Public Libraries would like to create a LEGO club. She said that it seems children are interested in the club.
Before you head out to the Fesitval of Lights in Wickford tonight, be sure to pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times Newspaper.
Why, you ask? Well, it's chalk full of information you'll need to make the most of your weekend.
Simply put, what you're missing this week is a full fledged preview to the annual Festival of Lights ceremony, not to mention updates on both the latest North Kingstown and Exeter School Committee meetings. In addition, we'll show you how local businesses are preparing for the holiday season and cover a special memorial celebration for Exeter man John Hosch.