Showcased Home: 58 Mayflower Drive

Showcased Home: 58 Mayflower Drive

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch home may have been built in the early ’60s, but it’s been nicely updated with 2014 finishes inside and out. Among the new features are the roof, windows, doors, cedar siding, sprinklers, hardwood floors, and central air and heat. Interior spaces that have been overhauled include both bathrooms, the custom walk-out lower level, and the kitchen, which sports honed granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a four-camera security system that doubles as a television. The 30,000-square-foot lot has also been freshly landscaped for outdoor enjoyment.

58 Mayflower Drive, East Greenwich is holding an open house on Sunday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The price is $399,900. Allen Gammons of Prudential Gammons Realty has the listing. For more information, call 401-846-6100.

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Ideally, houses chosen for East Greenwich News’ Showcased Home are newer listings with Open Houses that weekend. The final decision is solely that of the editor.

Patti DePriest is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in East Greenwich. For questions or comments, please call 401-243-5041.

EG Weekend: Car Wash, LAX Final, Kroppdusters

Saturday, May 31

Best Buddies Car Wash: This is here right in the nick of time, if your car looks anything like mine, a pollen-covered mess. EGHS Best Buddies is a group that pairs typically developing kids with kids with developmental disabilities. This is their big fundraiser of the year. At Eldredge School parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 a wash.

Kroppdusters concert @ Odeum: It’s an ‘Evening with the Kroppdusters’ (with special guests The MacLean Sisters) at the Greenwich Odeum. The KroppDusters – made up of former members of one of the top names in bluegrass, The Northern Lights –will bring bluegrass, folk and Americana to the Odeum stage. Tickets are $18 (general admission seating) available online here: or at the door.

Sunday, June 1

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. At a NEW LOCATION: EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Garden lecture @ Clouds Hill: Anne Holst will talk about Estate Gardens and Landscapes on America, 1890s – 1920s. $5. 1 p.m.

LAX final: The EG Boys Lacrosse team will meet South Kingstown on Sunday at Brown in the state final. 1 p.m.

Volleyball semis: The EG Boys Volleyball team meets Cranston West in the semi-finals at Providence Career and Technical Center. 7:30 p.m.

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 The  Next-To-Last Picture Show


By Bruce Mastracchio

Everyone can remember going to the movies as a kid. For us growing up, here in East Greenwich, in the ’40s and ’50s, it was a particularly unique experience. Such a small town, we had two movie theaters, and later a drive-in, all inside 16 square miles.
The theaters were the Kent and the Greenwich (now the Odeum ). They were all a kid needed on a Saturday afternoon, or, a rainy Sunday.
This story, which comes from my old Mems and Rems ( Memories & Reminiscences ) columns, is dedicated to those people who made it possible to “follow your dreams on the movie screen.” So, to the Erinakes family; to George and Blanche and Steve … this one’s for you. Thanks for the memories.
When you think about it, who would really want to be a kid growing up today ? On one hand, they have everything. Yet, if you stop to analyze it, they really have nothing. They miss out on a lot and they have to pay top price for what they do get.  Along with all the fun things we used to have here in “Old EG,” we had The Kent and The Greenwich. You didn’t have to say “theater.” People knew what you meant.
When word got out that they were closing The Kent, and that, possibly, The Greenwich would be next, it brought out a flood of memories in me.
The Greenwich was the first theater I can remember going to. I think it cost a dime (might have even been a nickel, at first) to go there, and for that price you got a whole afternoon of fun. After handing the attendant your allowance and buying a candy bar (they were only a nickel), you hustled down the aisle to get that  “certain seat.”  Usually, it was upfront with the Big Screen looming over you. There was the usual horseplay. The usher would come down with his flashlight to calm you down.
Then the lights dimmed and it was “magic time.”
First you would get the previews of coming attractions. They would cover two or three of the upcoming, potential Oscar possibilities, or maybe, a “B” Western starring Randolph Scott. After that there would be the MovieTone Newsreel and a couple of color cartoons, usually Looney Tunes with Porky Pig or Bugs Bunny.
That was followed by a serial, either The Lone Ranger or Frank Buck, who was kind of like the Indiana Jones of his day. It always involved a nail-biter with zombies, head hunters or wild Indians coming after him, and he, hanging by his fingertips, when … “To Be Continued” – came on the screen.
Next was a “B” movie and then the Main Feature.
In those days, once you had paid, you could sit through as many showings as you wanted to. You were not thrown out like they do today.
Remember . . . Bushy had his barber shop on the second floor? It was possible to get a haircut and watch a movie at the same time. On the other side of the projection booth a dentist set up shop for awhile and drilled teeth while Atlanta burned, or Bambi went in search of his mother.
It was at The Greenwich where we first fell in love with Walt Disney and his productions. We saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Fantasia, Cinderella and The Vanishing Prairie, and many, many more. 
Even when they raised the price to a quarter, it was still a bargain. If your mom was thrifty, she would send you to the show with a paper bag stuffed with homemade cookies, or popcorn, or other goodies. Sometimes fruit. If you were lucky and had more than the price of admission, you could get candy at the snack bar, and after the show, if you had money left over, you could go next door to Hathaway’s Variety Store for a soda and ice cream. All that for less than 50 cents!
It was at the Kent and Greenwich where we saw some of our most memorable flicks. Who can forget “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” “King Kong,” “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” and “The Thing”?
My sensitive side was drawn to more thoughtful films, like “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “A Patch of Blue,” “Lilies of the Field,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Blackboard Jungle,” and “A Thousand Clowns.” Movies that had good acting, a good plot, a good story and, usually, a message.
Then, with me, of course, the Westerns, where I was introduced to a people I feel have been more wronged than any in history: the American Indians (now called Native Americans).
There were a host of others, too, mostly forgettable, that can be caught at 2 a.m. on one of the cable channels. In fact, I saw one the other night – “The Thing” – with James Arness, in his first starring role, as an alien spaceship, threatening an expedition of servicemen at the North Pole.
It was at The Kent, I believe, where we were introduced to 3-D movies. I think the first one I saw was “Fort Ticonderoga,” a forgettable flick, if there ever was one, but one that brought out the white cardboard glasses with the red and green lenses. Remember the guy sticking the fiery torch in your face?
So many memories. A little town of 3,000 people or so with two movie shows. And then, when drive-ins became the thing, the Erinakes family brought us the HillTop Drive-In. God, were those good times.
Of course, progress has caught up with us. What could be better than progress ? Senior living condos took over where the HillTop stood and they put a bank where The Kent was.
If they do away with the Greenwich, I’m really going to have a good cry. Where else in the state can you go to a movie for $2.50?  Never mind, that on Mens’ Nights and Ladies’ Nights it’s only a buck!
You can’t beat that! Especially when they charge you $8 to $ 10 for a show nowadays. I could have gone 80 or more times on what you have to pay today. So they have 60 screens in these new-fangled cinemas! Eight bucks! Eight Bucks! And candy for $5!  Divide that by 5 cents and see how many candy bars you get out of that! You could go for a whole half-year back in old EG for the prices they charge today !
. . . Well, old friend, they’ve done it to us again. First it was the buffalo, and now . . . 
Last night I saw “The Last Picture Show.”  It was us all over again. High school heroes and happy in 1955 or so. Anarene could have been “Our Town” ‘cept not so dusty. And our shows were The Kent and The Greenwich.
We even had our  Sam, The Lion. Doesn’t everybody ?
It’s funny how they put our thoughts, and deeds, and lives on film, and drive us back in time.
. . . Remember, how our minds bathed in good thoughts. The days we owned.
. . . Remember, how people thought us crazy because we saw Calamity Jane (with Doris Day – we were in love with her) five times. Loved Kim Novak ( she reminded us of Gyp – Pick’s sister); believed in Santa Claus, and love and freedom.
They stared at us when we sang Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, and watched the drunks on New Year’s Eve? All on Main Street of “Our Town.”
Movies were our passion then. And VWs, along with Patsy, Ruth, Sue, Marion, Virginia and Nancy. You left all that once to go away. And now, you’ve gone away again – forever !
It’s a good thing in a way. You wouldn’t have liked the Showcase. . . .
Writer’s Notes:
The author still loves the movies. He refuses to go to the new, modern theaters, but waits patiently for his favorites to make their way to The Greenwich, where for one buck, or, $2.50, or, thanks to Steve, nothing. There he goes and sits in quiet darkness, and watches his dreams come to life on the movie screen.
In Las Vegas this writer got a chance to be an extra in a couple of movies. It was quite an experience and he will never view movies the same way ever again.
Nowadays, he watches the old movies on TV. He has never rented a film, Blockbusted, Netflixed, Tivoed, DVD’d or anything else AND he is proud of it.

EG Farmers Market Returns Monday

The East Greenwich Farmers Market opens for the season on Monday, June 2, under the shade trees at Academy Field. Thank goodness! 
Many of the vendors we’ve come to know and love will be there and there will be a couple of new vendors – Rhode Island Mushroom Co. and Bon Appetito (which sells olive oil). There will be live music at most Mondays and there’s a blood drive June 9.
The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. from June 2 to Oct. 6. While there is some on street parking, you can also park in the St. Luke’s–municipal parking lot by the playground. 

Here’s the vendor line up:
Wild Harvest Bakery
The Coffee Guy
Pat’s Pastured
June Love
Narrow Lane
Matunuck Oyster
Bravo Wood Fired Pizza
Rhode Island Mushroom Co.
Bon Appetito (olive oil)

Abrupt Special Ed Changes At Meadowbrook Outrage Parents


Parents of special education students at Meadowbrook Farms have learned the school is losing two special ed teachers next year and some children are being moved to Frenchtown.

“We were informed over the weekend by way of a letter from Brad Wilson that our son is being transferred to Frenchtown in the fall,” said Staci Kolb. “I have since learned that this transfer decision was made without any input from his IEP team at Meadowbrook. In fact, his team was not even informed of these changes until Tuesday.”

Brad Wilson is the director of student services, which includes special education, for the district. An IEP is an “individualized education plan” – a document updated yearly that spells out every aspect of a particular student’s program (including therapies, goals and special accommodations).

Kolb said her son, who has Down syndrome, has thrived at Meadowbrook, where he was been since preschool. He is in first grade now, so he would spend one year at Frenchtown before moving up to Hanaford or Eldredge.

Consistency and repetition are so important for kids like Charlie, Kolb said. “As a result of this transfer, Charlie will be attending three different schools in an 18-month period.” She worried it would set him back two years.

Other parents are upset because their children will lose the special education teacher – Lore Gray – they see as the linchpin of their children’s program. Gray is being transferred to Cole Middle School. She has taught special education with an emphasis on autism at Meadowbrook for more than a decade. Under her supervision, Meadowbrook established a model demonstration class for children with autism.

According to the new plan, Meadowbrook will no longer have a “self-contained” class next year – a class exclusively for children with special needs.

Any K-2 student needing a self-contained classroom will be sent to Frenchtown, regardless of their address. But that leaves some children with autism at Meadowbrook without Gray.

“You lose Lore Gray and you basically wipe out the autism program,” said Saskia Nilsen, who has two children at Meadowbrook. “She really is the heart and soul and glue of that program…. She’s the one who keeps track of all the little details that make the day possible.”

Meadowbrook Principal Neil Marcaccio said Gray’s expertise would be missed.

According to Wilson, the changes come because next year there will be a greater need at Cole Middle School for special education teachers.

Nicole Bucka confirmed that Wilson told her there’s a population bottleneck working up into the middle school. But that prompted questions from Bucka that have yet to be answered: “Why was this bubble of kids never discussed? Why would you not make this more of a conversation with the stakeholders?”

The issue did not come up at recent public School Committee meetings. Wilson told Bucka as long as budget was not involved, he did not need to involve the School Committee.

Wilson did not return a request for a comment about the specific changes. Supt. Victor Mercurio said via email changes were guided by students’ IEPs.

“Staffing decisions involve assessment of student need within and across buildings on the district,” said Mercurio. “All of these decisions require the consideration of myriad factors. As it relates to any discussion and/or decision regarding the support services associated with special needs, the major catalyst for this remains the individual education plan document.”

Mercurio did not respond to a question about why parents or the EG Special Ed Advisory Committee were not consulted earlier in the process.

The EG SEAC was re-established just this spring. It is meant to be a liaison group between the school administration and parents of children with special needs.

Staci Kolb said when she voiced her concerns about the suitability of a new program for her son, Wilson told her the town must give her son an “appropriate education,” not an exceptional education.

“I question whether the Town of East Greenwich ever decided to believe that the bare minimum is ‘appropriate’ or acceptable for any of our children,” Kolb said. “How many parents in the general education population are told that the town isn’t required to do the best it can for their child, so we aren’t going to even try?”

She added, “Charlie is a success story. He is doing well. Let him stay where he is.”

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Today In EG: Farmers Market, Blood Drive, Teen Center


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Trash pickup is delayed one day this week, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Recycling is OFF; yard waste will be picked up every week this month. For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Friday, May 30

Goddard Park Farmers Market: The farmers market at Goddard Park is open for the season (through Halloween). Here’s more information about the market and vendors. Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blood Drive @ Back to Basics: The Bloodmobile will be outside Back to Basics, 500 Main St., Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Consider giving a life-saving (literally!) donation.

Teen Center: The gymnasium at Eldredge Elementary is open most every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for teenagers looking to shoot some hoops or some bull. All are welcome. To learn more, check out the F.A.C.E.S. website here.

Saturday, May 31

Best Buddies Car Wash: This is here right in the nick of time, if your car looks anything like mine, a pollen-covered mess. EGHS Best Buddies is a group that pairs typically developing kids with kids with developmental disabilities. This is their big fundraiser of the year. At Eldredge School parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 a wash.

Kroppdusters concert @ Odeum: It’s an ‘Evening with the Kroppdusters’ (with special guests The MacLean Sisters) at the Greenwich Odeum. The KroppDusters – made up of former members of one of the top names in bluegrass, The Northern Lights –will bring bluegrass, folk and Americana to the Odeum stage. Tickets are $18 (general admission seating) available online here: or at the door.

Sunday, June 1

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. At a NEW LOCATION: EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


By Bob Houghtaling

At a time when everyone is up in arms over whether or not there will be an Honors Night, some kids around the state (including a few in East Greenwich) are about to be denied a diploma due to their performance on a standardized test. There has not been so much vitriol in this town since the School Committee abolished the Gifted and Talented Program (or perhaps since the custodians had to have their pay and benefits cut back so that local students would not lose out – somehow).

The Honors Night issue has reached national proportions. Forget the Russia-China gas agreement. Forget the mess with the VA, Benghazi, gun violence and contaminated hamburger – our kids better get their awards. It has gotten so crazy that many folks are calling for firings and resignations. If this keeps up we might have to call for a special prosecutor.

Sure, I believe that we should be proud of the achievements of our kids. Sure, we should promote doing well in endeavors like sports, music, academics, etc. However, I also feel that other accomplishments and pursuits must be extolled along with those previously mentioned. Not everyone is an A student. Not everyone will make a team or be a member of the All State Band. While these are great – greatness comes in other packages as well.

What about the kid who makes it through 12 years of academic rigor despite having a significant disability? What of the student who recently lost a parent, had to get a job (over 30 hours per week) and still earns a high school diploma? Where are the awards ceremonies for them? I am often amazed at the varied talents a number of local students put on display. Most of those young people will enter prestigious schools and eventually be very successful in a chosen field. They used their talents, and also took advantage of opportunities to do some wonderful things. Their awards are earned and deserved. Their rewards are many. Some kids who might work just as hard will be asked to be happy with intrinsic rewards. In the end, isn’t that really what this should be about? Is it about the awards or is it about the value (time, effort, struggle, family support) behind the plaque or certificate?

Getting an A and learning something are two different things. The first represents hard work, perhaps talent and also an affinity for what is being taught. The latter cannot always be measured. While we often seek to standardize knowledge, there is an intrinsic value that presents itself over the years. Knowledge has become inculcated into an individual’s way of doing things. Much the same can be said for music, sports and various art forms. Most who pursue such endeavors do so without expecting awards. The Ancient Greeks had a word for all of this, arete. Maybe this is a concept that needs a bit more attention.

Parents should be proud of their children’s accomplishments. Putting a little “relish” on top by having others become aware of a son or daughter’s efforts is also normal. But, is it so important that folks should be fired for not having a ceremony? Is it so important that national media sites pick up on the news? Recognizing excellence is one thing. What constitutes excellence is another.

Some might call events like Honors Night a bar to look up to. Others might see a barrier that hinders some from recognition. Both views are often limited by the beholder. In truth, events like Honors Night are notions that represent what communities value. After all is said and done, do we really believe that the accoutrements of success equal success itself?  Hold the night, but remember its place.

It is not awards, grades and platitudes that we love most about young people. It is more about who they are, as well as the relationships we establish with them. It is the stuff that goes beyond the tangible. In many ways, the true honor is in having served or worked hard. The true honor is teaching kids that there is value in duty, sacrifice and respect. Such honor can impact a lifetime. It is a shame that such a notion rarely gets the local or national attention it deserves.

All of our children deserve to be supported, encouraged and recognized for their uniqueness. Honors Night is one such way of doing so. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all catch every kid doing something worthy of attention from time to time? It is there if you look.

At the end of the day recognizing achievements is wonderful. Ceremonies reflect the idea that there is something special in doing your best. But let us also remember what doing your best really should entail. The awards are great, the doing is even greater. Cervantes once wrote, “The journey is better than the Inn.” Let us celebrate the many journeys as well.


EG Police Reports: Trespass Or Invitation?


These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime.

Monday, May 19

11:15 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 19, for domestic simple assault and disorderly conduct, after he turned himself in at the police station for an incident May 11.

1 p.m. – An EG man told police he needed help getting his ex-girlfriend to move out. He said her name was not on the lease but that she was not acting to move out. The woman told police she was in the process of moving out but was waiting for a friend to help her.

2:35 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police her ex-boyfriend was trespassing at her home, including entering without permission. She said he recently had the locks changed on the house. The woman said she didn’t want to press charges, but asked police to speak to the man. Police reached the man and told him to stay away. The man said the woman had invited him over.

Tuesday, May 20

1:20 p.m. – Police assisted EGFD at a vehicle fire in the parking lot at 1000 Division St. The car was fully involved; firefighters were able to put out the fire, but not before it damaged to the car next to it.

3:14 a.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 28, on a bench warrant after he was stopped in the park-and-ride on Frenchtown Road after a report of a suspicious man. Routine checks turned up the warrant, as well as a suspended driver’s license. He also was charged with possessing less than an ounce of what turned out to be marijuana.

6:51 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick woman, 36, for driving with a suspended license after she was stopped on South County Trail because of one of the rear stop lights was out on her car. Routine checks turned up the license violation as well as a suspended car registration. Police gave her a district court summons and had her car towed from the scene.

Wednesday, May 21

2:29 p.m. – An employee of Karma Couture told police someone called the store saying there was an outstanding loan and she needed to buy a prepaid credit card at CVS and send it to him. Realizing it was a scam, the employee hung up, but two more calls came through and the third caller said he knew where the employee lived and would slit her throat. Police tested the phone number used in the calls and it would not take incoming calls.

7:38 p.m. – Police assisted EGFD at Scalloptown Park on the report of a car stuck on an embankment by the water. The driver told police he had been backing up and didn’t realize there was a drop off. A tow truck arrived and pulled the car free.