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nagaer July 16, 2014 at 08:35 pm
The Senate President is too busy awarding Magistrate and other state jobs to her friends and donorsRead More to think about the roads.
Bob July 17, 2014 at 07:31 am
This is not news anymore, but what should be is the cops sitting in their cars on the computers orRead More cell phones at every construction detail in the state making what ???...like $59 an hour....maybe you could put those $$$ towards some road repair....
Don Thela July 20, 2014 at 08:21 am
This is due to the fact that every election we hear about what the candidates will do for ourRead More infrastructure, but our roads are worse than ever. Think before voting!
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CompassCarrier July 15, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Look who @ellenwaxman--a town council candidate--Is a big fan of...... Gordon Fox!: "SpeakerRead More Gordon Fox also deserves thanks. He was enthusiastic about promoting Rhode Island as a destination for the arts and he graciously invited me to meet with him. Rep. Donna Walsh was the sponsor of the House bill and Rep. Frank Ferri was a co-sponsor. He took the time to drive to Wickford to meet with me even though I'm not one of his constituents!"
CompassCarrier July 15, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Look who @ellenwaxman is also a big fan of: Theresa Paiva WEED: "Above all, I want to thankRead More Senate President Theresa Paiva Weed....." This is from a letter to the editor Waxman wrote to the ProJo. And by the way, when she signed her name she listed her town of residence as "Wickford". That makes me wonder if she's running to represent Wickford.....or if she has any interest in what goes on beyond that area.
Joe Smith July 16, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Crystal - I agree with you actually (or on the issues of bonds and property sales over a certain $Read More amount); however, my point is let's be more clear in saying "what the majority of the community wants, the community should get", especially when a small percentage of folks actually vote on these issues or are vocal about an issue. When the zoning board or planning commission make certain decisions, those have long term implications for the community as well.
An overhead view of the intersection of Routes 2 and 102 in North Kingstown. (Photo: Google Maps)
James LaRoche July 11, 2014 at 07:43 pm
What part of ignore do you not understand?
Crystal Ball July 12, 2014 at 07:50 am
James, "Checkmate" !
observer July 12, 2014 at 07:52 am
I respect anyone's right to post here or any other public forum. It is always interesting when a newRead More (not sure how new) resident to NK knows all about what has been going on for the preceding 6-8 years. I do not have the space to go into the particulars of the discussion here in this forum it has been well documented by others. It is a town issue that has its root cause in the TC not listening to the people. The reasons are many but boil down to one in particular. That one is the issue of the state mandated 10% low income housing. Once this threshold was met the powers to be were uncuffed from any state oversight and they began to run wild with their insider plans and schemes. No other town in South County is close to the 10% threshold nor wants to be. This is well documented and it includes many of the TC's own studies which they chose to ignore. But it goes deeper in that it is rooted in the incestuous relationships between some board and commission members as well as TC members and some business members. The connect the dots exercise is one in which dancing on the head of a pin is required to avoid ethical and moral reprimands. The age old adage if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck holds true here and those of us who have connected the dots see a very clear picture. There are still some of us old "swamp yankees" that pay attention and truly know the history of NK. Good old plain truth is hard to run away from. In the end you can't outrun yourself.
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CompassCarrier July 9, 2014 at 07:23 pm
@Rhody61: I agree!
James LaRoche July 10, 2014 at 07:50 am
Ahem--why did he get the Chair? Because he is a reliable party-line voter. You may be comfortableRead More with a NK Rep who does what the Dem leadership tells him to do--like take $10M of our money to bail out Central Falls (what's next? Providence and Woonsocket?), pay $12M Studio 38 loan instead of letting the insurance we paid for take care of it--and raise taxes/fees to pay for it. I'd prefer an independant person who votes NK interests--not Providence interests.
Stephen Lemois July 21, 2014 at 06:57 am
Craven, how much in legislative grants have you given your 'honeypot' of voters? Hmmmm?
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Matt Leonard July 2, 2014 at 08:50 am
Senator Sheehan is running unopposed in the upcoming election; therefore, he gains no politicalRead More reward from this decision. It further illustrates Senator Sheehan’s integrity and selfless service to his constituents and all the citizens of Rhode Island.
Steve July 3, 2014 at 10:33 am
Please tell us what the Senator has done for the residents of NK during his time in office?
Straight Talker July 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Yes, I have seen Colin.
CompassCarrier July 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm
You wouldn't have to ask where Colin was, if everyone was smart enough and voted him in, instead ofRead More voting in the likes of Dolan, McKay and Hueston.
NKResident1 July 17, 2014 at 03:23 pm
I saw Colin driving on rt102 a few days ago. Why the interest in Colin, is all ok or something elseRead More like winning the lottery?
NKResident1 July 15, 2014 at 08:50 am
JL, It’s interesting how a single angry and disagreeable individual ignores the facts. Must beRead More a coincidence that a select individual received tainted dollars from a project minded developer. Is it legal, is it moral, are the contributions for personal gain, will it happen again? Unlike your veiled attempt to distort the issues, I have no problems with the law but a tainted process is more than enough reason to question who is in it for what and whom. Perhaps you should review rather than ignore the many North Kingstown residents opposed to the select few residents in favor of this proposal. Perhaps you and Carol Hueston have something to gain. Perhaps both Carol Hueston’s and your vote was tainted. You'd think people were better than that.... Let us not forget example number 7 - Mark Hawkins financial backer Gary Guarriello $100 contribution to Carol Hueston.
CompassCarrier July 15, 2014 at 11:16 am
@NKResident1: :o)
Rhodeyresident0303 July 15, 2014 at 11:18 am
Ah the supplemental tax bill from the battle of the town and fire department will taste so good! CanRead More we just forward them to Liz, dick, carol, Kerry, Kevin and mike ? Enough is enough it's time every single member doesn't make it back to their seat in town hall. These clowns have done enough damage! I no longer will vote for a party instead you vote for the person. How much more can the resident possibly take. The town council doesn't care about us. They care about only the things that benefit themselves!
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Discouraged June 25, 2014 at 01:57 am
What a lot BS. Climate change won't destroy RI. Lack of decent jobs, lowering taxes and bringingRead More industry back to RI will destroy RI. Put your efforts into these areas, people. Set your priorities. Otherwise, climate change means nothing to a dead state.
Peter June 25, 2014 at 06:10 am
This sets the stage for crony capitalism and a panel of democratic political appointees who continueRead More to suck the taxpayers dry that have to fund this moronic bit of legislation. Good for the future? How about now? The unemployment rate in Pawtucket, Providence and Central Falls alone is about 35%.
Jack Baillargeron June 25, 2014 at 09:53 am
Nothing but a scam for the good old boy networks prevalent in this State.
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Abe Lincoln June 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
I am banking on Jesus Christ above to straighten out this mess! I am headed to the theatre!
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:14 pm
Not exactly correct George in my opinion. Though they were "moral Bond" which means thereRead More was risk because the State was not liable to pay the investors back. Though once one payment was made that option went out the window obviously. Good article about this here. It was all done through the RIEDC. http://www.bna.com/rhode-island-economic-development/ The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Nov. 1 filed a complaint against Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Barclays Capital PLC and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, among others, in Rhode Island Superior Court (Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation v. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, R.I. Super. Ct., docket number not available, complaint filed 11/1/12). The allegations in the complaint arise from the RIEDC's issuance of $75 million in bonds to Schilling's 38 Studios LLC, a video game development company, which filed for Chapter 7 protection June 7 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware along with three affiliates (24 BBLR 822, 6/21/12). 38 Studios is not named as a defendant in the complaint. Issuance of Bonds The RIEDC is a “quasi-public corporation created … to promote certain economic policies of the State of Rhode Island,” according to court documents. The complaint alleges that defendants Wells Fargo and Barclays acted as “placement agents” in connection with the issuance of the bonds to 38 Studios. In 2012, the RIEDC issued the bonds to “finance a loan to enable 38 Studios LLC to relocate to Rhode Island, complete production of a massive multiplayer online video game called Copernicus, and to capitalize the company's growth and expansion in Rhode Island,” according to court documents. However, 38 Studios subsequently filed for bankruptcy in June 2012. Undisclosed Risks The RIEDC alleges that 38 Studios's failure was due to “risks that had not been disclosed to the [RIEDC] board, but were or should have been known by” 38 Studios and the defendants. The complaint alleges that the defendants knew that “even with the loan from the [RIEDC], 38 Studios was undercapitalized by many millions of dollars and would not have nearly enough money to relocate to Rhode Island and complete Copernicus, and that, as a result of this cash shortfall, 38 Studios was likely to run out of money in 2012.” The complaint also alleges that “Wells Fargo was earning nearly $500,000 in hidden commissions from 38 Studios at the same time that Wells Fargo owed fiduciary duties to the [RIEDC] Board to disclose all negative material information concerning 38 Studios' business plan and financial projections, including the shortfall.” The complaint alleges 17 counts against the defendants, including, among others, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, legal malpractice, and breach of implied covenant of goof faith and fair dealing.
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Sorry still waiting for the darn patch to put the paragraph feature back lol.
CompassCarrier June 21, 2014 at 08:06 am
@EllenWaxman: You reference: "North Kingstown's eight other villages." I had no idea weRead More had eight villages....in a town this size....go figure. What are they????
ellen waxman June 21, 2014 at 09:54 am
The other North Kingstown villages are Allentown, Belleville, Davisville, Hamilton, Lafayette,Read More Quidnesset/ Quonset, Slocum, and Saunderstown.
Rickey Thompson June 21, 2014 at 11:47 am
@ellen waxman: while I respect your tireless efforts and letter thoughts, you failed to include theRead More proposed Rolling Greens –Rural Gateway village at the RT102- RT2 western intersection in your last comment. Perhaps you did not include this proposal in your comment because: 1- This proposal is not being done in a way that considers public sentiment. 2- This proposal contradicts your hope of preserving open space and the environment. 3- If the Town Council votes for this proposal, the Rolling Green – Rural Gateway commercial growth will surely detract from your aspirations for Wickford, sewers and all. Me, I am hopeful that residents will take your letter to heart and attend the public hearings for the Rolling Green – Rural Gateway scheduled for this Monday June 23 at 7:00PM at the NK Senior Center (44 Beach St.).
Ralph June 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
Minimum wage is a joke! We had minimum wage put i place to give a head-start to people entering theRead More work force, it wasn't designed to support a family. You enter the workforce and get the experience to grow within your chosen occupation not just wait around for the government to give you a raise!
PMarandola June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am
@Ralph sadly most employers only use Temp labor therefore the only raise the people get is from theRead More government! 99% of the agency's pay themselves nicely & NEVER reward the workers. I see it all day long! PIGS GET FAT HOGS GET SLAUGHTERED!
Ralph June 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Employers are hiring temps is due to our great government not allowing small business to plan aheadRead More and loading them down with new laws and regulations making it more profitable to hire temps and not pay for medical benefits etc! Minimum wage will not change that but a change in idiots sent to Washington will help!
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Jeff Crawford June 19, 2014 at 11:40 am
I am all for a Holiday Inn Express for the former Wickford El property. It could be the host site ofRead More the Wickford Art Festival each year and Alex and Ani could supply the wine.
underwhelmed June 19, 2014 at 04:34 pm
I can't believe all the negativity (reality) being spewed here about the center of NK. I can't waitRead More for the first attempt to open a late night bar or other establishment where music will be heard for 2 blocks. Remember the battle cry "built it and they will come to Wickford". I think Brown St. should be closed to trafffic at 7 p.m. and a nightly block party should begin promptly, last call at 1 a.m. Sweep the street and roll out quaint little Wickford for all the tourists and shoppers. Then at 7, oh well I'm just expressing my fervent hopes for the revitalization of the epicenter of action in NK. All aboard!!
Jeff Crawford June 20, 2014 at 07:44 am
I don't think it's negativity. I think it's more of the lack of trust on the part of the TownRead More Council when this whole idea to bring sewers, first to all of the Town waterfront areas including the residential properties to solve the pollution problems, and now, for this phase, to just the Wickford Village commercial properties and businesses. Remember, the first $1 million dollars to be put toward the bond was from the sale of the former Wickford El building and property and that fell through last week for some reason. Now, the approval for $6 million + is the price tag for bring the line into the village. Remember, the original estimate earlier this year was $3 million +. I have not heard if this includes the pump stations which will be necessary to get the waste to the main line or actually which plan was approved for the installation. Once again, and as I stated above, the whole story has not been relayed to the entire NK taxpayer family. Nine percent approved the plan and if the businesses fold or file suit to block the plan, who ultimately will pay, EVERYONE. I hope the Town is ready to open the doors to commercial businesses and corporations who have the deep pockets to pay and support the upkeep and maintenance of the system.
Jeff Crawford June 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
I am sure that someone in the Town Administration or on the Town Council, by this point in time,Read More looked into the legality of putting bonds out to vote for all the Town Voters to approve that require only the specific businesses or commercial establishments along the sewer route from West Main Street and Route 1 south and down to the village to pay for the sewer installation cost. Humm! Sounds kind of unfair and potentially fraudulent. And with news last week that the Wickford El plan has gone down the toilet, where's the extra Million going to come from for this part of the sewer puzzle?
Joesph Shmow June 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm
Vote No!
underwhelmed June 17, 2014 at 07:30 pm
@Jeff--With a few exceptions the businesses in Wickford rent from the owners of the buildings inRead More which they are located. The cost of the sewers is a levy against the property owner not the business. Granted that this will then mean increases in rent etc to the businesses not owning the property. Which means that their costs will increase significantly. When the TC and the town manager where asked for specific clarifications they did not provide any to the requesting parties, that is fact! In previous posts, on other articles, I warned the voting public to look very carefully at the bond language. One of my points was that if in fact the businesses had an opt in or opt out option who was going to pay the bill? The opt in or opt out pertains to tying into the system not the construction of the sewers. That is a per foot or in some cases the number of units a property owner has at a particular address depending on the community. None of this was made clear by the TC or the manager. It is high time that bond language be required to divulge ALL details and facts not just what the pols want you to hear. The specific bond monies must not be used for any other purpose, which has happened in the past in NK. In other words it is long overdue for the taxpayers of NK to be (God forbid) treated openly and honestly so that the expenditures are crystal clear with NO wiggle room!
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Chris Christensen June 16, 2014 at 11:58 am
How close do you have to be to be in the "vicinity." Somebody better define vicinity inRead More number of feet or yards.
Joe Richer June 17, 2014 at 08:58 am
Thanks for the support Chris. Freedom should always be the first option.
Abe Lincoln June 17, 2014 at 09:31 am
I keep an eye on Lee with my aerial balloons! They are great too if you come across a gals gone wildRead More party!
Derek Duchemin June 17, 2014 at 09:19 am
this state is so desperate for money they raise the fine to $1,000, it is like impossible to payRead More that, do you have $1,000 on hand, cause I certainly don't.
Former Ports resident June 17, 2014 at 11:38 am
Derek, then don't throw garbage out your window. And if you are caught and have no money, make it anRead More installment fine or work it off picking up litter at the minimum wage rate
William Denton June 18, 2014 at 12:53 am
Republicans be like "I'm dumpin' my trash in your back yard Makin' certain you don't noticeRead More really isn't so hard You're so busy with your guns and all of your excuses to use them."
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Lori Larocque June 14, 2014 at 08:10 am
Yo want Turkey sightings yet you sweep under the rug Mountain lion sightings.....hmmmm.....
Carlene Elaine Quaresma June 14, 2014 at 04:05 pm
I see a lot on Old North Rd. in Coventry crossing the street in the morning. They are doingRead More construction in that area. Sad. Still, they seem to hang out in a person's yard that is big, woody and quiet. I just have a feeling I won't be seeing them in years to come.
siena leoni June 17, 2014 at 01:25 pm
There has been 2 Guineafowls or hens hanging out on Route 102 in West Greenwich
Ralph June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Otto did you ever think reelecting democrats may be the primary problem with this state? You knowRead More the definition of insanity, it applies to RI elections!
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
True dat, Lt. Bil Drat! Peace, out.
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
It's not so much a Democrat/Republican issue that is destroying the state, it's everyone in theRead More General Assembly that has ties, had ties, has family with ties or just plain owes the PUBLIC UNIONS. The rest of us have no say, no representation and no voice! This state is being run like one big Public Union shop! They have too much power. If we want change, we need to elect people who are not beholding to unions for anything.
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Leave RI June 11, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Who's the guy in the middle?
glenn anderson June 12, 2014 at 05:00 pm
No one living in RI won.
mike westman June 25, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Clay Pell....the best of the rest and not beholding to anyone.
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Beth Cook June 13, 2014 at 02:01 pm
I am opposed to Questions #1 and #2, the current plan to bring sewers to only the commercialRead More properties in Wickford and a section of Post Rd. The signs on lawns say that there will no tax to residents. How are the bonds totaling $11,500,000.00 going to be repaid? Is all that money coming from the few business property owners that are going to connect to the sewers? Environmental concerns are minimally addressed. Talk about the rising water table and failed septics at businesses on Brown St. don't mention that the water table rising will also occur at residences on Main St, Pleasant St. Fowler St., and the entire peninsula that much of Wickford Village is on. Our scenic harbor that attracts many boaters will not be measurably cleaned if only the businesses get sewers and residences are not connected. This is very shortsighted. This is not an action that will protect our environment and improve the quality of life and recreation for people in this beautiful village. Beth Cook
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NK Parent June 11, 2014 at 01:57 pm
I'm going to be out of the state when the vote is held. Is there a way to do an absentee ballot forRead More the bond initiative?
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CompassCarrier June 10, 2014 at 08:36 am
I guess I'm missing the point here....who is going to be taking a shuttle into Wickford???? And IRead More don't see why people who live in Boston..which has plenty of shops and water.....would take the train to North Kingstown ("Wickford Junction"...give me a break....) so they can go to Wickford with it's handleful of shops and EXTREMELY limited dining/drinking options.
Nkr June 10, 2014 at 09:32 am
Wickford has nothing to offer!! If anything people will travel to Newport. Wickford = Boring!
NK Parent June 10, 2014 at 09:50 am
I was just talking to someone who had recently visited Wickford for the first time after seeing thatRead More it had won that award. They were not impressed. The best adjectives they could come up with were "weird" and "awkward." They seemed really put off by the lack of cafes and diversity of shops. Hopefully the sewers can help this problem.
highflyer June 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
Sheila what you said are good about walmart and the train station. The people had a good chance toRead More get honest people on the town council in the last election and did not vote for them. New faces maybe new ideas. People can vote for anyone they want. It is the system we have and I think underwhelmed said it just like it is. I am sad for NK because it looks like a sad town now.
LiveLaughLove June 13, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Are you also aware that the town of NK situation with the firefighters has also not been resolved?Read More The Town Council continues to wait hopefully for a positive decision from the RI Supreme Court, after losing their case before the State Labor Relations Board and Superior Court (twice). The bill will be stunning. It is horrifying that these people continue to be elected.
NKResident1 June 16, 2014 at 08:17 am
The Town Council has managed to push residents away from meetings and the process allowing TownRead More Council free reign for their pet projects. Residents need to be involved by attending meetings to force Town Council accountability.
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K-Stick June 6, 2014 at 10:18 am
It's not like smokes aren't available everywhere, so not selling them on base likely won't be muchRead More of a deterrent for service-members. They will however have to pay taxes for them, and to be honest, our uniformed folk need all the breaks they can get...
Steve June 6, 2014 at 10:53 am
The price of Cigerettes on Military Bases/Post are not cheap like the pre 1980s prices($5 perRead More carton). The cost is very similar to the civilian prices.
First Lady Michelle Obama was in North Kingstown on Monday during a keel laying ceremony in Quonset. (Photo: The White House)
solomon June 3, 2014 at 09:17 pm
bet there was a buffet
lee bourke June 4, 2014 at 08:46 am
When having a choice of being right or kind always choose being kind.....a pollyanna/
nagaer June 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
Even though the Obama administration has been a disaster for the United States, at least be civilRead More and respectful.
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