July 8th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â As the last remaining pieces of the old beach pavilion at East Matunuck State Beach are trucked away this week, some beach goers are feeling disgruntled by the upheaval of their beach stay.
While East Matunuck beach lovers visit the state beach this summer they may be surprised to find less parking, no concession stand and only port-a-johns as construction of the new pavilion is underway up until next May 2012.
The new state budget for the fiscal year 2012 is officially in place. The bill was signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday, June 30, and passed into law just one day before the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012).
NARRAGANSETTâCustomers walk in, coming and going, to discuss they dayâs news and ask about which flowers are in season. Short, green stems are strewn about the tile floor. The phone rings and then rings again. As the afternoon sun shines upon the bonzai trees and ceramics painted with japanese characters, you meet the proprietor, Hisa Kaizumi, and notice an accent. You have just entered into Hisaâs Flowers.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâNorth Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury sat behind his desk Tuesday afternoon with a stack of papers, emails and phone messages to sift through after the long holiday weekend and, on the surface, he should have had a smile on the face.
After all, the numbers from the end of June were in and, at the close of the fiscal year, the town is set to finish 2011 with a net surplus. But itâs hard for Embury to think positively about the state of finances in NK, especially with what promises to be a long, hard road ahead in 2012 and 2013.
NARRAGANSETTâRhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist held a talk recently about the adoption of a Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) which will be integrated into the curricula of schools state-wide. Gist has identified that teaching about environmental safety in the classroom is necessary for developing a well-rounded educational experience.
Forty-four more units of affordable housing are underway in Coventry.
Construction started in January on the new units that will be behind Dollar Tree and Hyde Music on Tiogue Avenue.
Entrance to Coventry Meadows will be on Edith Street, off of Arnold Road.
Edith Street will be continued and loop around right inside the new Coventry Meadows complex.
It will be a six-building complex and the first building is now nearing completion.
The affordable housing units are being built by Coventry Housing Associates Corporation, more commonly known as the Coventry Housing Authority.
Coventry Housing was started in 1963 âto provide housing opportunities to low-income households for the citizens of the Town of Coventry,â according to their website.
The money for this new project was awarded at the end of 2010.
Coventry Housingâs executive director, Julie A. Leddy, said when they applied for the funding the fact that they were âready to goâ was in their favor.
Work started the Monday after New Yearâs Day, she said.
The main utilities for all of the buildings will be tied into the first building. That building will hold a Community Hall and laundry facilities for the whole complex.
It will be completed first and then they will go building-by-building to complete the other housing units.
The foundations of the other five buildings have already been laid.
Inside the main building that houses the Community Hall, there will also be four housing units.
When it is completed they will begin filling those units.
As they complete each of the other buildings, which will house eight units each, they too will be filled with tenants.
All the site work should be done, Leddy said, allowing them to âwork our way out.â
Theyâll start with the buildings closest to the main building, she said.
By September, they hope to have the first units ready.
The units will have one, two or three bedrooms.
Leddy explained how each unit will have its own entrance and there will be no hallways to walk through.
It will be built right into the grade, she said, that the units, though two-levels, can be accessed at ground level on each side.
Residents will drive right up to their own unit, she said.
There will also be a separate patio outside of each one, she said.
Coventry Housing has other units for the elderly or disabled and these units, though the same individuals could apply for them, are more suited for family housing, Leddy said.
Coventry Meadows will have a totally separate waiting list than The Crossroads, Coventry Housingâs other family-style affordable housing complex.
The Crossroads is located on Lacolle Lane in Coventry and has been at full occupancy since it opened. It is a 32-unit facility opened by Coventry Housing in 2003.
By DAVID PEPIN
Steps have been taken (literally) to make sure the historic steps at Town Hall will be repaired and ready to welcome visitors again by mid-July.
It may have been a holiday week in North Kingstown but that doesn't mean the news slows down.
This week, the Standard Times brings you up-to-date information on North Kingstown's 2011 budget, including what appears to be a $233K surplus when all is said and done.
In addition, we update you on the progress made by Exeter's Woody Hill School, which is undergoing a restoration. Plus, we preview this weekend's Wickford Arts Festival.
All that and more in this week's Standard Times. Pick up a copy today!
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ruth Tomlin Gronneberg was awaiting her granddaughterâs arrival from New York on June 17 on the platform of the Kingston station. The wind was strong as the train zoomed by, knocking the 91-year old South Kingstown off her feet, her husband, Edward Gronneberg said.
Well, itâs finally happened. By the time you read this weâll know whether Dr. Phil Thornton is going to stick around as the superintendent of North Kingstown schools.
He came into the job as the unanimous choice of the school committee with members like Melvoid Benson and the late Doug Roth singing his praises. Dr. Thornton has made it plain that if he goes out it will be largely due to the rancorous relationship with âsome membersâ of the committee.