Monday, November 26, 2012
Three vacant town buildings are up for sale starting this month.
For sales signs have gone up outside three vacant buildings owned by the Town of North Kingstown. Among them is Wickford Elementary School, site of Rhode Island's first public school, with a selling price of $1.1 million. The former elementary school closed down in 2005. The North Kingstown Town Council and School Committee attempted to bring the building back to life last year with a proposal to convert the former school into a joint town hall and school administrative office. Last September in a special election, voters shot down a $3.85-million bond to convert the building – but approved a question that would allow the town to sell the building. Wickford Elementary School hits the market with two other town-owned buildings – the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The town is drafting up a five-year lease between the Town of North Kingstown and the NK Food Pantry for Little Red Schoolhouse.
The Town of North Kingstown is taking steps to draft a five-year lease with the North Kingstown Food Pantry for the vacant Little Red Schoolhouse on School Street. For the past few months, volunteers with the food pantry have been forming a fundraising group to help move the food pantry from the North Kingstown United Methodist Church outside of Wickford to the larger space at Little Red. The building closed down last year after the preschool program, Children’s Workshop, folded due to financial hardships. The group is working to secure funding for the building, which needs extensive upgrades. According to Karla Driscoll (the former executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce who is now spearheading the initiative to move…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
JW Graham thanks its customers for helping to raise $3,117.67 for the food pantry.
In August, JW Graham kicked off its "Feed the Pantry" fundraiser – benefiting the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Throughout the month, JW Graham and Yes! Gallery offered discounts for those who donated to the pantry. Customers who donated $10 received a 10 percent off coupon; $20 for 20 percent off; and $30 for 30 percent. This year, the food pantry was at an all-time low with the shelves nearly empty as summer vacation kicked off.
Friday, August 3, 2012
A fundraiser that raises money and blood sugar.
Mix one part sugary confestions, one part creativity and one part charity for this fundraising recipe. The Cupcake Wars Fundraiser kicked off its inaugural year recently, hosted by 13-year-old Samantha McGrath of North Kingstown at her home on Beauchamp Drive. McGrath and others cooked up their sugary creations to raise money for the North Kingstown Animal Shelter and the North Kingstown Food Pantry. A panel of judges had the challenge of ranking the cupcakes. Nicolette Naya, 13, won "most Creative" with her Del's lemonade cupcakes. The event raised $125 for shelter.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Five things to know for Aug. 1.
1. Join Chef Normand Leclair for cooking classes at the North Kingstown Free Library tonight. Chef Leclair will teach participants how to make Reuben chicken, apricot-horseradish salmon and sweet potato pancakes – to new a few. Starts at 6 p.m. Registration is necessary. For more information visit: NKFL or call (401) 294-3306. 2. Sewer work on Camp Avenue is under way. From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., residents in that area are asked to use Circuit Drive to exit/enter the neighborhood. Learn more about the sewer project with the town's Powerpoint presentation, found here. 3. During the month of August, JW Graham & Yes! Gallery will be rewarding their customers for donating to the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Through their "Feed the Pantry" …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State Rep. Doreen Costa is organizing an event to restock the North Kingstown Food Pantry's shelves.
The North Kingstown Food Pantry began this summer in the worst way possible – with completely bare and empty shelves, having to turn away needy families for the first time ever. Though the community mobilized in getting the word out and soliciting donations, the growing need for the food pantry is putting a strain on its shelves and help is still needed. After seeing the empty cupboards at the pantry, State Rep. Doreen Costa (R - North Kingstown, Exeter) has organized a food drive on July 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Sonoma Pub in North Kingstown. "Even though North Kingstown is known as an affluent community, we still have people in need and we have to help them too." said Costa. Those looking to donate are encouraged to drop of non-…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Could the food pantry be moving in to the Little Red School House?
North Kingstown’s food pantry may be migrated north, if a group of volunteers work their magic. At Monday’s town council meeting, Karla Driscoll – former executive director of the NK Chamber of Commerce – shared her vision for the future of the food pantry – and for one of North Kingstown’s vacant buildings. Driscoll, Council Member Carol Hueston and others are looking to form a fundraising group to help move the food pantry into the Little Red School House on School Street. The town-owned building was closed down and winterized after the preschool program, Children’s Workshop, closed down due to financial hardships. Driscoll says the food pantry has outgrown its current location at the North Kingstown United Methodist Church on Boston …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Locals came out in droves to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry and feast on a spaghetti dinner.
Droves of spaghetti-loving locals came out Tuesday night to support the North Kingstown Food Pantry – and feast on a delicious spaghetti dinner, of course. It's the second food pantry fundraiser for Tim and Jamie Sharp of Beach Rose Cafe who put on 4Hours 4Hunger in October 2010 – a cocktail party of sorts that featured raffle items from Wickford merchants. Just like 4Hours 4 Hunger, the idea for the spaghetti dinner began while Beach Rose Cafe regulars enjoyed their morning joe at the cafe. The Sharps, North Kingstown Harbormaster Ed Hughes, Arthur Hardman and Rev. Patrick Greene of St. Paul's began discussing the event back in November. Coordinating with food pantry director Bonnie Smith, who also is a Sunday school teacher at St. Paul'…
Monday, February 6, 2012
Five things to know for Feb. 6.
1. Case of the Mondays? We have just the thing. Head over to the North Kingstown Free Library tonight for a free (yes, free) viewing of Oscar-nominated "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Starts at 6 p.m. 2. The North Kingstown Historic District Commission discusses the issue of 23 Washington Street and its controversial modifications tonight. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at town hall. 3. Spaghetti dinner? Yes please! Join Beach Rose Cafe for a spaghetti dinner and open mic tomorrow night, benefiting the North Kingstown Food Pantry. The dinner is free, but a $10 donatin to the pantry is suggested. Learn more here. 4. Also tomorrow night, the North Kingstown School Committee meets at the high school at 7 p.m. Check the agenda here. 5. Today: …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Five things to know for Feb. 5.
1. Looking for a venue to catch the big game today? Check out our Super Bowl guide for fun festivities happening right here in North Kingstown. 2. Who doesn't like a free movie? Head over to the North Kingstown Free Library tomorrow night for a free (yes, free) viewing of Oscar-nominated "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Starts at 6 p.m. 3. Also tomorrow night, the Historic District Commission takes on the controversial modifications made to 23 Washington Street. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. at town hall. 4. Help the North Kingstown Food Pantry and enjoy some delicious spaghetti at the same time. Head over to St. Paul's Parish for an open mic and delicious dinner, courtesy of Beach Rose Cafe. The event is free, but a $10 donation to …