Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Rhode Island delegation announced that Quonset Business Park will receive $6 million to make upgrades and repairs following Hurricane Irene.
More than a year after Hurricane Irene whipped through the area, Quonset Business Park is getting some financial assistance from the federal government. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representatives James Langevin and Cicilline and Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced on Monday that the business park and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation would receive $6 million in federal funding to make upgrades and repairs related to storm damage from Hurricane Irene, which whipped through the area in August 2011. The funds will go toward rebuilding Quonset's Zarbo Avenue Bulkhead which protects three marine trades industry businesses from waterfront storm surges. Seventy years after the bulkhead was built, it sustained …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A Catholic parent from NK is asking for the Jewish holy day to be once again recognized on the school calendar.
Just hours after the start of the Yom Kippur, one North Kingstown parent stood before the North Kingstown School Committee asking for another Jewish holy day to be reinstated on the school calendar. For the past several years, North Kingstown students had Rosh Hashanah off. Last year, the school department was taken away to make up for the days missed following Hurricane Irene. Last year, school started a week late as North Kingstown struggled to restore power to all schools and residents. Though no hurricane (or tropical storm) appeared this year to give students an extended summer vacation, Rosh Hashanah was omitted from this year’s school calendar once again. Cheryl Dowling, a Catholic parent of three North Kingstown students, told the …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A runaway cow, a tornado or a massive cocaine bust?
Yesterday's runaway cow on the Jamestown Bridge was pretty peculiar...but is it the oddest story to hit North Kingstown this year? What about that supposed tornado that ripped through North Quidnessett during Tropical Storm Irene? Or what about that massive drug bust on Dry Bridge Road that seized 66 kilos of cocaine and more than a million in cash? You be the judge.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The initial figures are in and Hurricane Irene looks to have cost N. Kingstown $99,115 thus far.
Though the storm itself has passed, North Kingstown is far from being done with the effects of Hurricane Irene. Despite only being in town for a day, the price tag for Irene's visit is nearly $100,000. "The numbers are still coming in," said Town Manager Michael Embury. "We're looking at that number to creep up a bit higher." Currently, the cost of the storm is $99,115.41. Embury and the town's finance department are awaiting more solid numbers, specifially from the Department of Public Works and building officials. The figure may be large, but Embury hopes 70 to 75 percent of the cost will be offset by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "It may not hurt us at all if we do get a good reimbursement from the feds," said Embury. He adds…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The U.S.D.A., Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association and DEM’s Division of Agriculture visited Narrow Lane Orchard Wednesday to champion the apple picking industry post-Hurricane Irene.
From growers to the governor, Rhode Island’s biggest agriculture advocates include apples among the state’s core crops. They note that while Hurricane Irene had thinned some early season pickings from some orchards around the state, they want Rhode Islanders to know many apple varieties are still available and ready for picking this season. On Wednesday, some of those advocates from the local, state and federal levels fanned out across Rhode Island to help get the word out. The “First Annual Apple Harvest Month Kick-Off” media campaign made stops at Pippin Orchard in Cranston, Barden’s Family Orchard in North Scituate, Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown and Narrow Lane Orchard in North Kingstown. The team of representatatives from the Rhode …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Five things to know for Sept. 6.
It may be a week late, but the first day of school is finally here. North Kingtown students' first day of school starts today after being pushed back due to widespread power outages across town following Tropical Storm Irene. It took several days for Wickford Middle School and Quidnessett Elementary School to have power restored and nearly a week for all of town to have power. Tour the University of Rhode Island's Inner Space Center for free today. This Center brings real-time oceanographic explorations to Rhode Island, and, via telepresence, the world. The 45-minute tour is free every first Tuesday of the month. The North Kingtown Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the town hall conference room. Check out the agenda here. …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Ways to get involved in future response and recovery efforts.
Hurricane Irene has passed, but many in our area are still working to clean up and get back on track. Here are some ways that you can get involved in helping now, and in future emergency situations: 1) ServeCorps Disaster Team: ServeRI, the state's hub for volunteer recruitment, has been organizing teams to assist with post-Irene cleanup. Call 401-331-2298 to see how you can still help. You can also consider becoming a member of the ServeCorps Disaster Team, a group of volunteers who are trained to help state and local municipalities in disaster preparation, response and recovery. Different levels of commitment are offered and no experience is required. For more information, please contact Serve Rhode Island: (401) 331-2298 ext. 112 or e-…
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Irene did little to dampen Wickford's spirits for Labor Day weekend.
As predictions rolled in last week, Wickford merchants feared Tropical Storm Irene would be "the big one." Shop owners hypothesized a scenario of flood-damaged stores, broken windows and thousands of dollars of damaged goods that would have put them out of business. But by Thursday, shoppers were walking the streets of the historic village with bags in hand, street parking was scarce and families were feeding the ducks over the Wickford Bridge. "Things really could have been so much worse," said Lori Lyons of Beauty & the Bath. "It was a good wake-up call." On Saturday afternoon, much of Wickford was boarded up as store owners scurried to prepare their stores for the expected high winds and storm surge. Storeowners wrote messages to the …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Power is restored to nearly all of North Kingstown. So how well did National Grid do after the storm?
Nearly 344,000 Rhode Islanders were without power after Tropical Storm Irene slammed into southern New England Sunday. Five days after the storm, that figure has now dropped to about 28,000. With 1,200 North Kingstown residents still without power on Friday afternoon, how would you grade National Grid's job performance after Irene? Are you impressed by the work they've done or incensed? Do they deserve an A? B? C? D? F? Sound off in the comments below.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Get the latest news on Hurricane Irene with our Hurricane Blog.
Thursday, 12:25 p.m. The North Kingtown Police Department would like to remind residents not to tamper, disable or remove generators that are connected to broadband and communication networks. These generators have been set up to restore "critical Internet and telephone service." Disabling or removing these generators eliminates Internet access and the ability to make phone calls, including 911 calls. Doing so is against federal law. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. National Grid now reports 2,200 North Kingstown customers are still without power. At this time yesterday, the figure was more than double that. Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. According to the National Grid's website, most of North Quidnessett – the hardest hit area in North Kingstown during …