Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A group tasked with creating a vision for the contentious intersection of Route 2 and 102 has neighboring town Exeter displeased.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In last week’s Standard Times, there was a front page article in which a member of the Exeter community expressed his dissatisfaction with the visioning process being undertaken in North Kingstown at the 102/2 intersection. I believe it is important for everyone to understand what has taken place over the past few years with Schartner property at that corner and the collaboration that has occurred between the two communities. To state that North Kingstown is not committed to preserving is intersection or providing a sensible plan for development is a misrepresentation of the facts. Exeter should take comfort in the knowledge that North Kingstown has taken the initiative in developing and implementing a well thought out plan for this area. …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
What would you like to see happen to the Route 2 and 102 area?
The Town of North Kingstown is looking for input from the community and stakeholders regarding the future of the Route 2 and Route intersection 102 – one of the most controversial and contentious areas in town. The North Kingstown Planning Department is kicking off its visioning process for the area with the help of the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), a non-profit mediation and facilitation organization based in Massachusetts. The town is looking to create a scope and design process for a stakeholder group to work together on the topic. Ona Ferguson of CBI has interviewed more than a dozen neighbors, business owners, town officials and other stakeholders, gathering information ranging from current zoning to what the community hopes to …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Congressman James Langevin visited Hamilton Elementary School, promoting the state's "Farm to School" program.
Congressman James Langevin made a pit stop at Hamilton Elementary School Tuesday morning, promoting the state’s Farm to School initiative. Flanked by the Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Regional Administrator James Arena-DeRosa, Langevin heard from members of the North Kingstown community on the success of the Farm to School program in a round table discussion. Through the program, Patricia Cawley – head of the school district’s food services – buys local produce from in-state growers such as Schartner Farms, Aquidneck Honey and Narrow Lane Orchards.
Friday, December 9, 2011
A proposed development at Slocum Farm would bring a small "farming village" to the corner of Exeter and Dry Bridge Roads.
In a 5-1 vote, the North Kingstown Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation to the town’s zoning board for a proposed development at Schartner-owned Slocum Farm. All members, except Paul Dion, approved the project’s master plan. Richard Schartner, owner of Schartner Farms, is looking to develop the 26-acre parcel at the corner of Dry Bridge Road and Exeter Road, preserving 14 acres for farming and allocating the rest to 21 residential units – including six one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom residential units that would line Dry Bridge Road. Spanning two phases, the proposal would also renovate the greenhouses currently on site and add a commercial space to sell farm products. “This could be a nice little …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sorry Mr. Governor, but I'll be getting a Christmas tree this year.
Finding the perfect Christmas tree takes hard work and determination. This is a task that is not for the weak of heart. It's important that you make this a family affair. If you go by yourself, you have instantly lowered your chances to get the best tree out there. (Plus, who wants all that responsibility anyway?) Having the proper number of scouts is also imperative: you want to cover as muchg round as possible to beat out other tree seekers. But, the most important component of tree hunting is to remain patient. Rarely are you going to walk out and find the greatest tree within in the first couple of minutes of your venture. In fact, you're probably more apt to find a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Better get the Thermos of hot chocolate …
Monday, November 14, 2011
'Get Off the Couch' shows you what can go right but mostly wrong when cooking a Thanksgiving feast.
You are on your own, in your own place. Mom and Dad are far away and aren't there to cook for you. Sure, you will probably be going to go home for Thanksgiving dinner, but don't you want to cook it yourself prior to the big day? Well if you are new to the kitchen and you want to cook a pre-Thanksgiving feast (which probably ranks up there right next to a pre-Christmas feast), let me help you out. While I'm no Iron Chef, I have been known to cook a good chicken scampi for the ladies every once in a while. I am here to coach you through your Thanksgiving feast with a running diary of my trials and tribulations in the kitchen. Since it's my first time cooking for Thanksgiving, my wonderful friend Megan Barry has agreed to be my sous chef …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Chris goes in depth over his love for pumpkins.
I love pumpkins. I love everything to do with pumpkins, especially during the fall. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, carving pumpkins — you name it. If it has anything remotely to do with pumpkins, I am all over it. There is a certain order which I follow each fall as to balance out my craving for everything pumpkin. First, I get pumpkin coffee. After a few weeks, I transition to getting pumpkin pie whenever possible. My favorite part about pumpkin pie is that there are no restrictions on the acceptability of what time of the day you can eat pumpkin pie. I like to start out with one slice a day and then build up my tolerance to at least three. The last stage is going out and picking pumpkins. Pumpkin picking opens the door for many more fun …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Never doubt the literal and figurative power of the lemon...
We've all heard the saying: "When life hands you lemons..." Whatever your answer to the saying may be, lemons are actually quite amazing and you can have them at your fingertips any time of year. Lemons add flavor and depth to meats, veggies, fruit salad and beverages. They are a source of legend among small children looking to make some candy money on hot days. They take tea from normalcy to an "Arnold Palmer." (Add vodka and you get a John Daly.) The simple yellow fruit can cook meat. (Add lemon juice to raw tuna, shrimp or other seafood and you get ceviche...yup that's the whole secret). It can clean your kitchen: the acid in lemons is a powerful antibacterial agent and cuts through grease like whoa and leaves everything smelling so…