This Week in EG: Council Meeting, Tree Lighting (& Santa!) at Town Hall

A weekly article that lists happenings in East Greenwich and nearby. If you have something you’d like to add, send your information to egreenwichnews@gmail.com.

Benny’s third – and final – East Greenwich incarnation, at 5600 Post Road.

Monday, Nov. 27

EG Benny’s closes Come 5 p.m., the venerable Rhode Island chain will close doors in East Greenwich for the last time. If you missed it when it ran originally, be sure to check out Mark Thompson’s excellent remembrance of Benny’s in EG.

Community Supper – Christ Community Kitchen offers a free monthly dinner for any and all who would like to meet and dine in community. This month, the menu is turkey! Dinner is served starting at 5 and everything wraps up by 6:30 p.m. In the dining room at St. Luke’s Church, 99 Peirce St. Donations are accepted.

Town Council meetingOn the agenda, the council will be voting on annual victualing and liquor licenses. The council must approve all such licenses and business taxes and sewer fees must be paid up. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Swift Community Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Zoning Board meeting – On the agenda, Ocean State Veterinary Hospital is seeking a variance to add onto its building on South County Trail and the owner of Kai Bar on Main Street is requesting that the board review its earlier decision on valet parking. That same owner is also seeking parking relief for 205 Main St. (former site of Flex Appeal), where the owner is looking to open a hookah bar. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Lunch on the Hill – If you are looking for some good food and company, stop by the dining room at St. Luke’s Church on Peirce Street where you will find both. A free lunch is offered every week, sponsored by various local churches and restaurants – a different church-restaurant combination each week.From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.Learn more and check out the full schedule here: Lunch On The Hill Info Sheet.

Planning Board meetingOn the agenda is a discussion and recommendation to the Town Council on changes to the zoning ordinance pertaining to medical marijuana. In particular, the board will be looking at amendments of the “Terms Defined,” “Table of Permitted Uses,” and changes to the standards of review for “cooperative cultivations.” The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Friday, Dec. 1

Town Hall Tree Lighting … and Santa! – The annual tree lighting events start at 5 with live music. Santa arrives at 6 to light the tree and then kids can visit with the jolly fellow in Council Chambers and get their picture taken. [Editor’s Note: The original date posted with this item was incorrect. We apologize.]

Saturday, Dec. 2

Fall ’17 Festival of Little Plays – The St. Luke’s Little Theatre presents three short plays, “Death Knocks,” by Woody Allen; “Checkout Time” by Tom Maguire, and a scene from “The Little Flower of East Orange,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The event is free but donations to benefit Loaves & Fishes RI will be accepted. 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3

“Fezziwig” Fundraiser – The East Greenwich Academy Foundation’s annual “Fezziwig” fundraiser (as in Mr. Fezziwig, Scrooge’s generous and fun employer from A Christmas Carol) takes place at Frank & John’s Pizza on Main Street. $10 per person (or more if you can manage it) and open to all. Meet new friends, enjoy delicious pizza and raise money for the cause of your choice.

Fall ’17 Festival of Little Plays – The St. Luke’s Little Theatre presents three short plays, “Death Knocks,” by Woody Allen; “Checkout Time” by Tom Maguire, and a scene from “The Little Flower of East Orange,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The event is free but donations to benefit Loaves & Fishes RI will be accepted. 3 p.m.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

Recycling is ON this week. Yard waste will be picked up through Dec. 8.

Register for email updates from the town – Sign up through the town’s Notify Me system and you can receive anything from a weekly email listing meetings and events to targeted emails about specific boards and commissions you are interested in. In addition, you will be notified in case of emergencies (i.e. parking bans, other important information). Click here to get started. And, for those who signed up before August, revisit the link if you have specific topics about which you’d like more information.

Town Holiday Donation ProgramFamilies in need should contact Department of Senior / Human Services (DSHS) as soon as possible.  Those needing assistance in providing gifts for their children during the December holidays can complete an application at the Department’s office, located at the Swift Community Center, 121 Peirce Street or call 886-8638.  The deadline to complete an application is Friday, December 1st.  Applications received after December 1st will be matched with donors contingent on availability. Donor and recipient personal information is strictly confidential.  Gifts will be delivered, unwrapped to the Swift Community Center by Monday, Dec, 18.  Each adopted family will be contacted to make arrangements for gift distribution.

December Holiday Meals – The town’s Senior Services offers holiday meals to needy residents. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Dec. 6. To see if you are eligible and to register, contact Carol Tudino at ctudino@eastgreenwichri.com or 401-886-8638.

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