Today In EG: Library & Cove Meetings

Recycling is OFF; yard waste pickup is ON (yard waste is being picked up every other week through September). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Wednesday, Oct. 1

EG Free Library board meeting: The library’s board of trustees will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss long-range plans. 82 Peirce St.

Cove Commission meeting: The panel meets at 4:30 in the conference room across from Council Chambers, Town Hall. Find the agenda here.

Frenchtown Elementary open house: If your child’s a student at Frenchtown Elementary, then head to the school for 6 p.m.

And …

Halloween costume drive: The All Children Matter club at EGHS is holding a used Halloween costume drive, together with DCYF and Foster Foward. Bring your gently used costumes to the high school front entrance through Oct. 13. They are also collecting pajamas, coats and other winter items through Dec. 5. Questions? contact Paula Glod, advisor, at crimson.eghs@gmail.com.

EG Basketball Association 2014-15 registration: Register by the end of September and fees will be the same as last year. On October 1st, a late fee of $25 will be added to each registration. Registration closes Friday, October 17th. To register, go to eghoops.com and click on the Registration tab.

Register for next historic cemetery cleanup: The EG Historic Cemetery Commission has just come off the heels of a successful September cleanup, grateful to over 60 volunteers. If you want to join the next cleanup – Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to noon – sign up now. Contact egcemeteryvolunteer@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Cole Middle School open house: If your child’s a student at Cole, then head to the school for 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Goddard Park Farmers Market: Among the vendors at the Goddard Park market, several farmers, bakers (both for humans and dogs!), crafts, fish and poultry. Fridays through Oct. 31. 375 Ives Road. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Blessing of the Animals: St. Luke’s is holding a blessing of the animals, with music thrown in. Jacqueline Devillers and friends will perform animal-inspired music and pets will be blessed, rain or shine, at St. Luke’s, 99 Peirce St. Donations for the EG Animal Protection League will be collected. 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Last Day to Register for Nov. 4 Election: The Town Clerk’s office is open 1 to 4 p.m. today for voter registration. Enter from Peirce Street.

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. EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road, Cowesett. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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EG Police Reports: Stealing Shrimp, Pumpkin & Fresh Corn

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. EG News does not identify those arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Sunday, Sept. 21

5:33 p.m. – The manager of Dave’s at 1000 Division St. told police a man left the store pushing a cart full of food he did not pay for and the man fled, leaving the cart, when approached by the manager. The items in the cart – shrimp, fresh corn, potatoes, a large pumpkin, parmesan cheese, and sesame oil – totalled $51.68. The manager gave police a still photo of the suspect from the surveillance video, which showed an older white man with curly dark, graying hair. The car, however, came back registered to an Asian female from Providence. EG police asked Providence police to contact the owner about the incident.

11:49 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 21, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Division Street east of First Avenue because his car did not have a front license plate. Routine checks turned up the license violation. Police gave the man a 3rd District Court summons and had his car towed from the scene. The man walked home.

Monday, Sept. 22

12:54 p.m. – Police documented several instances of left-facing swastikas in the London Street underpass, as well as symbols of drug use. The Dept. of Public Works was notified.

10 a.m. – A resident of Eagle Lane told police her dog bit a child in the arm who went to pet it. The injury was minor. The dog’s owner came to the station to sign a quarantine order and brought proof of rabies vaccination.

1:45 p.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 65, in a shoplifting incident that took place on Sept. 21. The suspect was found after police google-mapped the address on the car’s registration and could see the car in the driveway of the residence. While talking to one of the residents, police saw a man who looked like the man pictured in the surveillance video. Police gave the man a 3rd District Court summons and told him he needed to report to EGPD for processing before his court date.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

4:15 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 19, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant after he was pulled over on Main Street because a rear window was broken and a brake light was out. Checks of the occupants turned up the warrant for the West Warwick man, a passenger. He was processed at the station and taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. The driver was let off with a warning.

6:26 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 57, for domestic simple assault and disorderly conduct after she was seen pouring a beer over and hitting a man in the face on Water Street. The alleged victim refused medical help. The suspect was arraigned at the station by a justice of the peace and released.

10:10 p.m. – An East Greenwich man told police his car had been vandalized – front and rear tires slashed – while it was parked on Main Street.

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3 Trees For EGPD – Autumn Arbor Day

There’s been a subtle shift in front of the East Greenwich Police Department, one you may not really appreciate until spring, when the three crabapple trees planted there last Saturday will be covered in magenta blossoms. The trees were planted by the EG Tree Association in its first official act since forming as a group last spring. (Full disclosure: I am a member of said group.)

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Town Council Michael Isaacs (in green) was on hand for the tree planting Saturday, as was Main Street Association member Jason Beaumier. Photo credits: EG Tree Association


The group was formed to help establish a municipal tree farm, to encourage the replacement of trees downed by storm or disease, and to provide advice to residents and the town on tree types that will do well in the area.

Money to pay for the trees (since the town does not yet have its own tree farm) came from the Cindy-Wood Garden Club, which got a $250 grant from the R.I. Federation of Garden Clubs and matched it. The Main Street Association also helped out, providing additional money to cover the cost of the delivery and pay for watering bags. Watson Mulch donated one cubic yard each of compost and mulch for the planting.

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Cindy-Wood Garden Club members (from left) Dottie Calvano, Susan Curado and Gloria DiPaola.


The idea to plant trees in front of the EGPD seemed straightforward enough, especially since the grassy area in front of the station has no power line interference.  However, come planting time last Saturday, the task proved more challenging, both due to the dry weather and the nature of the soil.

After some dogged work by member Doug Brown and his son, Jesse, that included using a pickax, the first hole was dug. The next two came a bit easier. Other helpers included Gene Dumas and MSA’s Wendy Leonard and Jason Beaumier.

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From left, Elizabeth McNamara, Wendy Leonard, Jason Beaumier, Doug Brown and Jesse Brown.


If you are interested in joining the EG Tree Association, or in making a donation, contact emac6660@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Today In EG: Voter Registration Ends Sunday

Recycling is OFF; yard waste pickup is ON (yard waste is being picked up every other week through September). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Eldredge Open House: If your child’s a student at Eldredge, then head to the school for 6 p.m.

Voter Registration Ends Oct. 5: If you want to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, you must register by Sunday, Oct. 5. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. THIS Sunday only), or at the EG Police Department THIS Sunday only, 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call (401) 886-8603.

Wednesday, Oct. 1

EG Free Library board meeting: The library’s board of trustees will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss long-range plans. 82 Peirce St.

Cove Commission meeting: The panel meets at 4:30 in the conference room across from Council Chambers, Town Hall. Find the agenda here.

And …

Halloween costume drive: The All Children Matter club at EGHS is holding a used Halloween costume drive, together with DCYF and Foster Foward. Bring your gently used costumes to the high school front entrance through Oct. 13. They are also collecting pajamas, coats and other winter items through Dec. 5. Questions? contact Paula Glod, advisor, at crimson.eghs@gmail.com.

EG Basketball Association 2014-15 registration: Register by the end of September and fees will be the same as last year. On October 1st, a late fee of $25 will be added to each registration. Registration closes Friday, October 17th. To register, go to eghoops.com and click on the Registration tab.

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Cole Cross Country Cleans Up at Recent Meet

The Cole 8th grade boys strike a pose after winning their age division. Photo credits: Dana Gee


 

The Cole Cross Country team ran well at the Ocean State Invitational Meet Friday, placing in four divisions and the 8th grade boys winning first place.

The Cole team, comprised of 68 runners, trained hard, according to Coach Julie Oh. “I am fortunate to have great runners!” she said.

Highlights of the meet: 

8th grade boys 1st place team award, out of 210 participants, including Michael Del Sesto (5th place) and Luke Wagner (10th). See photo, top.

8th grade girls earned 3rd place team, out of  168 participants, including Emma MacDonald (3rd place) and Kalie Bremer (11th), pictured below:

Bremer

7th grade boys earned 4th place out of 259 participants, including Cody Therault, pictured below)

Cody

7th grade girls 3rd place team award (199 participants)

Bryn Shunney 17th place

Ana Caliri 29th place

6th grade boys:  8th place (190 participants)

6th grade girls got the 2nd place team award out of 191 participants

Grace MacDonald 1st place (pictured below)
Lindsey Wagner 12th place

Grace

 

Town Employee Laid Off To Help Fund Senior Tax Credit Fix

When the Town Council voted earlier this month to restore the former Fire District senior tax credit that lapsed when the district merged with the town, Town Manager Tom Coyle knew he would have to find $98,000 to make up the difference. On Friday, he made up $38,000 of the total by laying off Planning Department employee Julianna Berry King.

King, a planning technician with four years on the job, was the newest member of the Planning Department. She staffed the Municipal Land Trust and Affordable Housing boards and helped staff the Planning Board and Technical Review Committee. She also helped with the Main Street Association and on special projects such as Earth Day is Every Day and Schoolyard Habitat.

“She was very good. She had a good work ethic,” said Coyle Monday. He said the decision had been difficult.

“I’d been anticipating this coming. I’d been sitting down and looking at all the possibilities,” he said. “I knew I would have to come up with something. Coming up with $98,000 is a pretty tough plan.”

Coyle said the rest of the money needed to pay for the senior tax credit would come from not filling the police officer vacancy made when Stanley “Skip” Cirella was named deputy chief in July.

“Minimum manning will be met, but I’ll have one less patrolman in the ranks. Somebody’s going to have to fill in that shift, but at the end of the day, when you include benefits, it’s cheaper sometimes to pay a little bit of overtime versus hiring a person and paying for the training,” said Coyle.

He said he looked at the Planning Department with its three employees because work to update the town’s Comprehensive Plan – work completed by an outside contractor and members of the Planning Department – was finally completed.

The layoff caught town employee union president Mike Pacillo by surprise.

“It was unexpected,” Pacillo said. “The union’s reaction is that although we are not by any means happy that one of our bargaining unit positions was cut, we also realize that the town manager is within his management rights to do so.”

Town Council President Michael Isaacs declined to comment, deferring to the town manager.

Longtime land trust board member Doug Brown praised King, noting she even went to the work day at one of the land trust properties Saturday, after she was laid off.

“Juliana did a wonderful job as EG Planning Department liaison to the EG Land Trust,” said Brown. “She worked ambitiously to help coordinate numerous activities including property management, grant applications, trail maintenance and capital improvement projects. She will be greatly missed.”

In Countersuit, Odeum Corp. Accuses Erinakes Of Conflict of Interest

The Odeum Corporation has filed a countersuit against Steven Erinakes – who filed suit against the nonprofit theater in August – claiming Erinakes’s loyalty was divided between his own self-interest and that of the Odeum Corp., an entity he helped to create.

Erinakes, in his suit, claimed the theater has denied his claim of ownership over the building.

At issue is a promissory note for $500,000 given to Blanch Erinakes, Steven’s mother, in 1991, when ownership of the theater building at 59 Main St. was transferred to the Odeum Corp.

Erinakes, who has never collected on the note, argued in his lawsuit the promissory note and mortgage “remain in full force and effect.”

The Erinakes family owned and operated three movie theaters in East Greenwich for several decades in the 1900s, including the Hilltop drive-in on Post Road (where St. Elizabeth’s Home and The Seasons now sit), and the Kent and Greenwich theaters on Main Street. The Greenwich Theater, at 59 Main St., was the last to close, in 1990. After the closure, Erinakes decided to turn the theater into a nonprofit venue for live events.

The Odeum Corp.’s first attempt at securing federal nonprofit (501 c3) status failed. To satisfy the IRS, Erinakes arranged to sell the building, which was believed to be owned by in his mother Blanch, to the Odeum Corp. After Blanch transferred ownership of the building to the Odeum Corp., the IRS granted it nonprofit status.

In its countersuit, the Odeum Corp. alleges:

  • there was no action taken by the Odeum board – of which Stephan Erinakes was president and treasurer – to authorize the promissory note or the mortgage;
  • in 1991, the fair market value of the Odeum Theatre was “substantially less” than $500,000, the amount of the promissory note;
  • the note and mortgage were never referred to in any of the Odeum Corp.’s corporate records or financial statements during the years Stephan served on the board (until 2012);
  • Blanch owned only 62 percent of the theater building at the time ownership was transferred and the other owners were unaware of the transfer;
  • for 21 years, Blanch and, after her death, Stephan, never tried to collect on the promissory note, rendering it void;
  • and Stephan Erinakes tried to sell the theater building in 2012, even though it was held by the Odeum Corp., which had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations for repairs and renovations since 1991.

Erinakes has said he never sought payments on the promissory note because he knew the theater had no money.

Odeum President Kevin Muoio said the board decided to file a countersuit because Erinakes, as a board member from 1991 to 2012, had failed in his fiduciary duty to the Odeum.

“The Greenwich Odeum started to uncover issues with the promissory note a while ago. What appeared to be a simple mortgage transaction between Steve Erinakes and The Greenwich Odeum is anything but simple, “ said Muoio via email.

“I personally wanted to avoid this trouble but Erinakes served us with this lawsuit and we now have to act in good faith for the organization and consistent with our duties as board members,” he said. He noted the board is made up of volunteers.

Muoio conceded the suit and countersuit could cast a pall over the Odeum.

“The last thing the Greenwich Odeum, its supporters and our community needs is any negativity surrounding this East Greenwich landmark. In a year where we are slowly but surely making ground on shoring up the Odeum’s finances and making improvements to the patron and artist experience (such as an extensive acoustics remediation project), this has the potential to be a real diversion,” he said. “But in light of Steve filing the lawsuit our hands are tied and we are required to respond in court…. The actions taken in this lawsuit have been vetted and the board is committed to continue to do the right thing regardless of how difficult it is.”

In particular, Muoio referred to the need to safeguard money that individuals and organizations have donated to the Odeum over the years, including a $142,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations in 2012 and grants from the Town of East Greenwich ($68,676 in total) and the state ($54,00 in total).

According to the countersuit, the Odeum has received more than $600,000 in public and private donations and tax exemptions since its inception.

Attempts to reach Stephan Erinakes for a comment were unsuccessful.

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Today In EG: Farmers Market, Community Supper

Recycling is OFF; yard waste pickup is ON (yard waste is being picked up every other week through September). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Monday, Sept. 29

EG Farmers Market: This is the best time to visit the EG Farmers Market – tomatoes! apples! baked goods! ready to eat Pat’s Pastured burgers & sausages! seafood! corn! dahlias! and more! From 3 to 6 p.m. at Academy Field. Read more about the market here.

CCK Community Supper: Christ Community Kitchen is back – a community supper for anyone who’d like to share a meal with others. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dining Room of St. Luke’s Church. Free, but donations are accepted.

EGHS Open House: If you’ve got a student at the high school, the open house starts at 6 tonight.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Eldredge Open House: If your child’s a student at Eldredge, then head to the school for 6 p.m.

And … 

Halloween costume drive: The All Children Matter club at EGHS is holding a used Halloween costume drive, together with DCYF and Foster Foward. Bring your gently used costumes to the high school front entrance through Oct. 13. They are also collecting pajamas, coats and other winter items through Dec. 5. Questions? contact Paula Glod, advisor, at crimson.eghs@gmail.com.

EG Basketball Association 2014-15 registration: Register by the end of September and fees will be the same as last year. On October 1st, a late fee of $25 will be added to each registration. Registration closes Friday, October 17th. To register, go to eghoops.com and click on the Registration tab.

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EG Police Reports: ‘Unwanted Intoxicated Female’

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. EG News does not identify those arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Monday, Sept. 15

11 a.m. – A West Warwick man, 34, was arraigned in 3rd District Court on a misdemeanor charge of violating a no-contact order after the state Attorney General’s office dismissed a felony charge from May 25. Bail was set at $1,000 with surety and a no-contact order was issued.

12:35 p.m. –  A Kirker Drive resident told police someone left a bicycle (a black Bridgeway NEXT model) on his property and he thought the bike – parked between two large evergreens – had been left in such a way so it would be hidden from view and able to be retrieved later. Police took custody of the bike.

3:25 p.m. – A Church Street resident told police his Acer laptop computer and a Playstation 3 were missing from his residence. There was no sign of forced entry. He said his door had been locked but police noticed the door lock could be easily manipulated by jiggling the door.

4:30 p.m. – After EGPD was notified of the escape of Keurys Pena, who was serving prison time for a breaking and entering in East Greenwich in 2012, police got in contact with the resident of the home that was broken into. She had arrived home while Pena and two others were in the driveway carting out goods from the house. The woman quickly pulled out of the driveway and escaped, then called 911. Police said they would have patrols keep a check on the property. Pena was taken back into custody Sept. 17 after being found in Providence.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

2:38 a.m. – A Larkspur Drive resident told police a drunk woman came into his house and lay down on the living room sofa. He and his wife had been sleeping when they heard someone walking on the front porch. He said he found a woman, in her late 20s, lying on the porch then got up and came inside to the sofa. According to the police report, the “unwanted intoxicated female” – identified by her license – lived nearby, so police delivered her home. The caller said he did not want to press charges.

Thursday, Sept. 18

10:58 a.m. – An EG resident told police she was being harassed by another woman because she had told the woman’s boyfriend she was cheating on him. Since then, the other woman had been texting and called the EG woman and the EG woman wanted it to stop. Police spoke with the other woman, who agreed to stop contacted the EG woman.

7:43 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 27, for stealing from Waterford Laundry, on Main Street, where he had been employed until the owner fired him Wednesday. According to the owner, the EG man had pocketed money meant for the cash register. The amount taken was $31.40. The owner said he wished to press charges and to have a no-trespass order issued to the EG man.

Friday, Sept. 19

9:47 a.m. – The manager of McDonald’s on New London Turnpike reported the driver of a U-Haul truck struck two drive-through poles and fixtures while trying to go through the drive-through despite a clearly evident 9’ clearance sign. The incident took place at 11:45 p.m. Thursday and was captured on surveillance video. However, the truck’s license plate and registration were not visible. The manager estimated the damage to be $10,000.

Sunday, Sept. 21

1:55 p.m. – An West Warwick man was bit by a dog after he tried to pet it. The animal, a large, black dog, was on a leash and being walked by a boy at the time of the incident. The police report did not contain information about where the man was at the time of the bite. Police talked to him while he was being treated at EGFD Station 1 on Main Street.

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Showcased Home: Completely Renovated 17 Bridge Street

This newly-listed Colonial is located in the heart of EG’s Hill and Harbor District and has been updated throughout. The 3 bedroom and 2.1 bathroom home has a granite and stainless steel kitchen, gleaming hardwood floors, and a nice sized backyard. The gas heating system, windows and roof are new, as well, leaving nothing for a new owner to do but move in and enjoy.

17 Bridge Street is holding an Open House on Sunday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The price is $330,000. Jason Corsini of Northeast Realty Associates has the listing. For more information, call 401-935-8082.


If you would like a home to be showcased on East Greenwich News, please e-mail a high resolution (400×600) exterior photo and details about what makes it unique to patti.depriest@nemoves.com. 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.