Friday, November 2, 2012
Most of town is now with power.
Four days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, power has been restored to most of North Kingstown as of Friday morning. According to National Grid, fewer than 250 North Kingstown customers (less than two percent of all NK) are still without power. During the height of the outages, more than 7,400 North Kingstown were in the dark. One of the last areas to come back online was the lower end of Post Road, just north of Wickford Village. National Grid also made large gains in Rhode Island's hard-hit communities in South County, including South Kingstown. More than 75 percent of customers in South Kingstown were without power at one point. Now, that figure has dropped to 14 percent.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Workers unemployed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy may be able to waive their one-week waiting period for benefits.
Workers unemployed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy may be able to waive their one-week waiting period for benefits, according to Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Director of Labor and Training Charles J. Fogarty. Non-seasonal employers forced to lay off workers temporarily as a direct result of recent storm-related damage are urged to apply for a waiver with the Department of Labor and Training. Only employees of businesses granted this waiver are eligible. This waiver comes from RI Law § 28-44-14, which waives the usual one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance if a worker's unemployment is caused by a natural disaster or state of emergency. Also, employers whose storm-related property damage resulted in worker layoffs may …
Check out photos from Patch sites from New Jersey to New Hampshire.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Portions of the Northeast are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast earlier this week. Patch sites up and down the coast reported the unfolding story and aftermath. Local editors and Patch users uploaded photos of the destruction. Here are just some of the Hurricane Sandy photos that ran on Patch sites from New Jersey to New Hampshire this week. Flip through to see how Sandy impacted the Northeast.
Here is how donations from North Kingstown can aid victims in most affected areas.
North Kingstown definitely felt the impact of Superstorm Sandy, but Rhode Island ocean communities were not so lucky and, of course, those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were also hit very hard. Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts. In Rhode Island, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Serve Rhode Island. To donate, RI Emergency Management recommends donations be made to a recognized volunteer agency of the individual's choice or you can call 2-1-1. Donations may also be made through the National Donation Management Network (NDMN). Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SMH-Quidnessett Elementary School will resume classes Thursday.
It's back to school Thursday for students atSuzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School. Students enjoyed a five day vacation of sorts after the school was shut down for three days this week due to Hurricane Sandy. SMH-QES opens a day later than the rest of the district, however. National Grid restored power to the school Wednesday just before noon. According to National Grid's Power Outage Map, about 1,400 customers are still without power in North Kingstown as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Almost 1,800 North Kingstown National Grid customers are without power two days after Hurricane Sandy.
Many North Kingstown residents may be spending Halloween in the dark this year. According to figures from National Grid, almost 1,800 North Kingstown customers are still without power two days after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. At the height of the outages, more than 7,000 North Kingstowners were without power due to Sandy's damaging winds. As of noon on Wednesday, more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders are still without power. The hardest hit communities were South Kingstown, Narragansett and Westerly. According to National Grid, more than 10,000 customers are without power in SK with another 7,750 in Narragansett. (Click here for photos of the effects of Sandy in both towns.) In North Kingstown, firefighters and rescue crews were …
The University of Rhode Island is seeking volunteers to keep an eye on 19 residential facilities without power.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The University of Rhode Island is seeking volunteers to serve as Fire Watch Detail in housing in Kingston, according to Serve Rhode Island. There are 19 residential facilities without power that need to be supervised 24/7. Those on Fire Watch Detail will walk the building hourly to inspect the fire alarm system and will be asked to keep an updated log. They will be expected to respond to any emergencies that might occur and to notify the fire department and building occupants as necessary. Starting today, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4 PM, volunteers will potentially be needed to work 4-hour shifts through the night, depending on when power returns to the URI campus. Shifts are: Volunteers will be asked to come to the URI Public Safety …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
All except one North Kingstown school will be returning to class tomorrow.
Only one North Kingstown school won't be holding class tomorrow following Hurricane Sandy. School Superintendent Phil Auger announced that most schools in the district will be up and running Wednesday after two days off of school following the storm. Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School will be the lone school not back online Wednesday. According to Auger, National Grid representatives said the school's power is not likely to be restored until Wednesday and that most of the surrounding neighborhood is also without power at this time.
The North Kingstown Transfer Station will be open every day until Saturday to accept storm debris, free of charge.
Residents across North Kingstown are picking up their debris from Hurricane Sandy. To help NKers with their clean-up efforts, the North Kingstown Transfer Station will be open every day until Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The transfer station will be accepting all storm-related debris from North Kingstown residents free of charge through Nov. 10. Residnets must show proof of residency and provide an address of where the debris is coming from. Contractors working for town residents will be charged for hte debris, as commercial entities typically factor in disposal costs as part of the rates they are charging. Depending on need, the town may extend business hours next week at the transfer station. There will be no curbside …
Some Wickford businesses were hard hit while others remain untouched.
Things looked bleak Monday evening in Wickford Village as the historic village encountered the worst of Hurricane Sandy. Local residents and shop owners looked anxiously on as the water rose. And continued to rise. By 6 p.m. Monday, more than two hours before the projected high tide, the water had started to crest over Wickford Bridge next to Beach Rose Cafe and over Brown Street. (Click here to check out photos of the storm.) Around the same time, the North Kingstown Police Department shut down West Main Street from Wickford Package store to Brown Street due to flooding. But Tuesday morning, with the sun beating down on the village, shop owners were out sweeping sidewalks of debris and residents were walking about. Many shops in the …