This Week in EG: Town Council Vote, Touch-A-Truck & Race to the Stage

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.

Monday, April 23

Town Council meeting – On the agenda, a vote on restructuring the fire department and presentation of the 2017 audit. The meeting is preceded by a joint session with the ad hoc Advisory Town Manager Search Committee at 6 p.m. The regular session begins at 7. Both meetings take place at Town Hall.

Tuesday, April 24

Business After Hours – This month’s EG Chamber Business After Hours takes place at the Grille on Main, 50 Main St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chamber members $5, non-members $10.

School Committee meeting – Agenda items include next year’s budget and discussion of the field trip policy. Find the complete agenda here. In the library at Cole Middle School starting at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 26

Collecting Original Art The Friends of the East Greenwich Free Library will present a panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art, with an emphasis on the How, Why and What of buying art today. Panelists include Cade Tompkins, contemporary art dealer and gallery owner Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence; Richard Whitten, artist and Professor of Painting and Art Department Chairperson at Rhode Island College; Catherine A. Sammartino, Partner at the law firm Sammartino & Berg LLP in Providence; and moderator Michael Rose, art historian, gallerist, appraiser, and gallery manager at the historic Providence Art Club. From 6 to 8 p.m. East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich. Designed for all levels of the collecting experience. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and subject to capacity. For more info, contact: friendseglibrary@gmail.com or visit www.eastgreenwichlibrary.org.

Friday, April 27

Seussical Jr. – Presented by Eldredge PTG and Experiments in Theater, this musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss will be performed at EG High School Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Saturday, April 28

Touch a Truck – The Greenwich Bay Woman’s Club is sponsoring Family Open House Touch-a-Truck at the Warwick Fire Station at 225 Potowomut Road from 9 to 11 a.m. They will be collecting canned goods for a local food pantry, so donations are encouraged!

Seussical Jr. – Presented by Eldredge PTG and Experiments in Theater, this musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss will be performed at EG High School Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. 

Saturday, April 29

Race to the Stage – Performers competing for a spot on the program for Summer’s End – as well cash prizes – take the stage at the Odeum at 4 p.m. Live judges will ultimately select the winners, but audience response may help decide their fate. Tickets are $10 in Advance, and $15 at the Door.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

Recycling is OFF this week.

Volunteers Needed for After Prom! This is as much fun as you will have all year. You get to meet new people, be surrounded by amazing creativity, and help a bunch of teenagers have a terrific After Prom. Click here to learn more.

EG Police Union Is Fundraising – This is an “all points bulletin,” if you will, to let you know the EG Police Union is soliciting sponsorships to its 2018 Yearbook and Business Directory, so don’t be surprised if you get a phone call. This is in advance of their Comedy Night at Quidnessett Country Club June 28 – the directories will be available then.

EGHS Class of 1960 Reunion – The East Greenwich High School Class of 1960 will be holding their 58th Reunion on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the East Greenwich Veterans’ Firemen’s Hall on Queen Street in East Greenwich. People from EGHS classes before and after the Class of ’60 are welcome. For more information and detail contact Dan Shea (401-821-4521 or dsheajr@cox.net). To reserve your spot, send a check for $30 (per person) to Judy Briggs, 146 Sisson Road, Greene, R.I. 02827.

LOOKING AHEAD

 

Monday, April 30

CCK Community Supper – The monthly community dinner known as Christ Community Kitchen takes place in the dining room at St. Luke’s Church, 111 Peirce St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Various local churches take turns providing the food and volunteers. This month Rocky Hill School and St. Luke’s are collaborating on an Italian meal. The supper is free but donations are welcome. All are invited.

Tuesday, May 1

Together RI Community Supper – The Rhode Island Foundation is holding a series of community dinners around the state. The idea is to share a meal with other members of your community and get creative about the challenges and possibilities facing Rhode Island. It’s free. At the Varnum Armory, 6 Main Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not mandatory. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, May 4

Into the Woods, Jr. – The award-winning Cole Drama Club will perform this musical based on fairy tales with a twist at East Greenwich High School at 7 p.m. (and again on Saturday at 4 p.m.). Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door and online at https://bit.ly/2pTjkSD. Find more information on the show on the Cole Drama Club’s Facebook page here

Saturday, May 5

EG Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet – The banquet will be held at the Quonset “O” Club at 2 p.m. Read all about the honorees and get additional information here.

Into the Woods, Jr. – The award-winning Cole Drama Club will perform this musical based on fairy tales with a twist at East Greenwich High School at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door and online at https://bit.ly/2pTjkSD. Find more information on the show on the Cole Drama Club’s Facebook page here.

Sunday, May 6

May Fair 2018 – ”County Fair” is the theme of this year’s May Fair. The Barbara Tufts Co-op Preschool’s annual event features pony rides, bunnies, games, food, silent auction and lots and lots of fun. As always, at Academy Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Police Log: Arguing, Magic Mushrooms & a Deer

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March 19

8:52 p.m. – A man driving west on Kent Drive hit a deer after it ran out in front of him. He was not hurt but the deer had to be put down by police after they arrived. The front of the man’s car was damaged.

Tuesday, March. 20

3:28 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 27, on a District Court bench warrant and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms after receiving a call about a suspicious person on Queen Street. Police located the man, who said he believed there was a warrant out for him. He was right so he was taken into custody. At the police station, police found he had some marijuana on him (less than an ounce) along with the mushrooms. In addition to the arrest charges, the man was cited for the marijuana and, later, taken to the ACI in Cranston.

5 p.m. – The manager of the McDonald’s on New London Turnpike told police that the restaurant received a counterfeit $20 bill for a food order. The manager tested the bill by using a counterfeit bill detector marker, and it revealed that the $20 bill was fake. The manager said she’d approached the customer about the bill and the customer, a woman, seemed surprised and ran out. The manager reported to police that the woman drove off in a silver car with Connecticut license plates.

9:43 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 32, for a Superior Court bench warrant after police were called to the man’s home on a report of a disturbance. When police arrived, they heard two people arguing loudly. The man answered the door; routine checks turned up the warrant. He was taken into custody and taken to the station for processing. Unable to come up with cash bill, he was transported to the ACI in Cranston.

Saturday, March. 24

7:30 a.m. – Police cited a North Kingstown man, 40, for driving a car with a suspended registration after they noticed his expired inspection sticker. The car was towed; police seized the plates.




 

Corrigan Argues for 56-Hour Work Week; Interim Chief Says He’s ‘Not a Fan’

Town Manager Gayle Corrigan presents her report to the Town Council April 9, 2018.

By Elizabeth F. McNamara

Interim Fire Chief Kevin Robinson said during the Town Council meeting – after being asked by a resident during public comment – that he was “not a fan” of the 24-hour shifts required under Town Manager Gayle Corrigan’s proposed restructuring plan.

Corrigan presented her plan of action to reduce fire department overtime expenses to the Town Council Monday night, arguing that changing the shift structure from 4 platoons to 3 could allow the department to go from 36 to 30 employees while building in staff to cover for illness or injury.

That 56-hour work week plan is even now before Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl. The town sued the firefighters in December asking that the court make a declaration that the town has the right to change the structure of the department unilaterally (i.e. without negotiating the change with the firefighters union).

Corrigan wants the council to approve the 56-hour work week but put it on hold until after McGuirl issues a ruling. A hearing is set on the town’s suit Monday, April 23.

Councilman Mark Schwager asked what to expect at that hearing.

Town Solicitor David D’Agostino said the town has asked Judge McGuirl to make a “judgment on the pleadings” – in other words, make a decision using just what is in front of her, with no additional discovery and no addition testimony. The judge could rule on April 23, he said, or she could ask for additional evidence.

“I don’t know if the court is going to be prepared to rule at that time,” D’Agostino said.

Under Corrigan’s proposed three-platoon system, firefighters would work 24 hours on, 48 hours off. The plan calls for 30 firefighters – 8 plus 2 floaters per shift – down from the current 36 firefighters. She recommends laying off the extra 6 firefighters based on seniority. In a four-platoon system, firefighters typically work 10 hours on, 14 hours off, 10 hours on, 24 hours off, 14 hours on, 96 hours off.

She argued that with seven firefighters on “injured on duty” status, it’s like the fire department is already working with only three platoons and she called the proposed reorganization even more of a safety issue than a fiscal one.

After admitting he was not a fan of 24-hour shifts, Chief Robinson said the important thing was to cut down on the number of hours firefighters were working, regardless of the shift structure. In his budget for fiscal year 2019, Robinson has a $1.2 million line item for overtime. Three quarters of a year into fiscal year 2018, $573,000 has been spent on EGFD overtime. Finance Director Linda Dykeman projects the final number to be just under $800,000. Meanwhile, the number of firefighters has remained constant at 36 since 2006, while calls have gone up nearly a third.

Corrigan also outlined possible changes in fire service delivery in the event Judge McGuirl rules against the town, including allowing the chief reduce the number of firefighters on duty overnight, making the department a volunteer service or privatizing the emergency medical rescue service.

Corrigan said she will present a candidate to fill the deputy chief position on an interim basis at the Town Council meeting May 14. No vote on the plan was taken Monday night.

For more information about Corrigan’s presentation, see our earlier story. Watch the entire meeting here.




Police Log: Drunk Driving and Suspicious Speeding

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March. 12

11:51 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 33, for driving on a suspended license after pulling him over for speeding on Exchange Street near King Street. Police spoke with the driver, who said he didn’t have any identification on him. Checks on him using his name showed the license suspension. The man told police he’d been visiting friends on Duke Street; police said the house on Duke Street where the man had visited was known for drug activity. He said he knew nothing about that. He told police his license had been suspended for 10 years. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The man said he had a medical marijuana card but didn’t have the card with him and didn’t have any marijuana with him. The man was taken into custody and processed at the police department. He was later released with issued a District Court summons.

Wednesday, March. 14

11:15 a.m.  – Police arrested a Pawtucket woman, 32, for driving with a revoked license after police were called to 900 Division St. for a car accident with injuries. The driver of the first car told police his back was sore so rescue was called. The driver of the second car had told police her arm hurt so a second rescue was requested. The driver in the first car had told police he had been rear ended by the second car while he was waiting to turn left into a driveway. The woman who was driving the second car involved told police that she didn’t realize the car into front of her was slowing down to turn and she couldn’t stop in time. Both cars had to be towed; the drivers were transported to the hospital. Police did routine checks on the drivers and found the woman’s license was revoked. She was issued a District Court summons for the second offense.

Thursday, March. 15

12:41 a.m – As police were doing a routine check of the Park-and-Ride on South County Trail they had found a blue Nissan Altima with Massachusetts license plates that appeared to be abandoned. Police did checks on the car, which showed that the car was registered to EAN Holdings LLC out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but had been reported stolen to  North Providence police on Feb. 22. While searching the car, police found that the driver’s side door was unlocked and two key fobs were on the floor under the steering while. Police also noted that there were minor scrapes to the back bumper. Police did smell a faint odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. The car was a rental so police called the rental company; they said someone from the company would pick up the car.

Saturday, March. 17

1:15 p.m. – A resident from Marlborough Street told police he had received a package from Home Depot he did not order at his house on March 15. The package contained a white rope. The man told police he’d talked to someone at Home Depot who said the rope had been ordered along with a wifi thermostat. The man reported that he doesn’t have an Home Depot credit card account but someone had apparently opened up an account in the man’s name and used that account for the order. The man cancelled the card.

Sunday, March 18

2:05 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 54, for driving while intoxicated after they were alerted from another driver. The woman was heading east on Division Street toward South County Trail. The driver who alerted police continued to follow the car and police caught up with it at Cindy Ann Drive and Middle Road. As police watched, the car drifted over the center line twice and even into the opposite lane of travel. Police tried to stop the car but the driver did not pull over. Eventually, police got the driver to stop; she stopped right in the middle of the street. When talking to the women in her car, police could smell alcohol on her breath. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. When police asked her for license and registration she asked if she could go home. Police had to repeat the request several times. As the woman was getting her license out of her purse, police saw a small bottle of alcohol in it. The woman complied with police requests that she take field sobriety tests, which she failed. Police took her into custody and transported her to EGPD headquarters for processing. She was charged with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and refusal to submit to a chemical test (second offense). Police also cited her for leaving lane of travel and operating left of center.

Town Council Agenda: Corrigan Tries Again to Add Employee

By Elizabeth F. McNamara

Town Manager Gayle Corrigan will try for a second time Monday to add a position to her consolidation of the parks, senior and human services and the substance abuse counselor, even as she has been repeatedly beat the drum of a pending municipal fiscal crisis.

The Town Council, minus President Sue Cienki, voted 4-0 against adding a new position of community resource manager when Corrigan presented her restructuring plan March 12. At that meeting, Councilman Nino Granatiero suggested taking a wait-and-see approach to that position and revisiting the issue in two or three months.

Instead, it is back on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, with an expanded job description. (Find that and the resume for the candidate Corrigan wants to hire for the position, Rachel-Lyn Longo, here: Corrigan Memo on Community Resource Manager).

Also on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting, the Town Council will vote on the memorandum of agreement approved Tuesday by the School Committee that spells out specifics of a town-school finance and human resource consolidation.

They will also discuss formation of an opioid abuse task force and Corrigan will again discuss her review of the impact of the Fire District’s merger with the town.

Find the full agenda here. The panel will be back at Swift Community Center for the meeting, at 7 p.m. (with an executive session starting at 6:30).

 

 

 

 

 

Smoothie, Anyone? EGHS, Cole Step Up Breakfast Game

Parent volunteer Susan Riley (with her son at her side) offered smoothie samples to students as they got to the high school last week.

By Elizabeth F. McNamara

Students pouring into East Greenwich High School last Wednesday morning before 8 got an unusual welcome.

“Want to try a smoothie?” asked Susan Riley. Some students declined and hurried toward class, but others stopped in their tracks.

“Sure!”

The smoothies – strawberry-banana with yogurt that day – are the centerpiece of the school district’s new “Grab-and-Go” breakfast program at the high school and Cole Middle School.

Riley, a parent member of the School Committee’s Health and Wellness Subcommittee, worked with Michele Edwards, food service manager for Aramark, the district’s food service provider, on a grant to improve breakfast offerings for the two secondary schools.

“It came about after a lot of brainstorming,” said Edwards.

“We’ve been talking about improving the nutrition in the schools,” said Riley. “We started with parfaits and some “grab & go” lunches at the lower schools. At the high school and middle school level, breakfast is just such a low priority. We were trying to figure out what we could bring in to garner a little more interest and be nutritious.”

School Committee members Matt Plain and Carolyn Mark (chairwoman) and Michele Edwards of Aramark pose with the $6,500 check granted to the schools to provide a Grab & Go breakfast program. Surrounding them from left are Melissa Breene Jordan of Breene Hollow Farm; Susan Riley; an unidentified Aramark representative; Vice Principal Jeff Heath; Principal Michael Podraza; and Jane Quale Vergnani from the New England Dairy & Food Council.

They settled on smoothies and applied for a grant from the New England Dairy & Food Council and Fuel Up to Play 60, receiving $6,600 for the program.

Why breakfast?

“The Rhode Island Healthy Food Coalition just completed a study that talks about how breakfast is literally the most important meal of the day – it fuels the brain,” said Riley.

Students who eat breakfast do better in school and make fewer trips to see the nurse, said Edwards. And, she pointed out, when it comes to high school kids, it’s not about income. Even kids with refrigerators full of food at home will skip breakfast. Under this program, they can skid into school, grab a smoothie – or a bagel and juice, or a piece of fruit – pay a $1 and head to class. They don’t even need to go into the cafeteria anymore. Part of the grant money went toward buying equipment for the area just outside the cafeteria, making breakfast offerings fast and easy.

Sophomore Vanessa DiMase buys breakfast at the new hallway station.

On Wednesday, the day the program was rolled out, three times as many students got breakfast at school, according to Aramark. One of those students was Vanessa DiMase, a sophomore.

“Normally I either don’t have breakfast or I’ll come here and get something. I don’t really have much time in the morning,” she said, holding a bagel with cream cheese, a banana and an orange juice (for a dollar!).

“Last year, there was only one option,” she said, surveying the new offerings. “This is a lot!”


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Police Log: Dough Heist, Field Vandal & a Faux Granddaughter

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Feb. 12

4:32 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 30, for driving on an expired license after they stopped him because of an expired inspection sticker. Routine checks showed the man had an expired license as well. He was issued a District Court summons and a violation for the expired inspection sticker.

1:10 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 18, at his home on warrants out of EGPD and Smithfield PD. He told police he knew about the East Greenwich warrant but was unaware of the warrant from Smithfield. The man was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing. He was held overnight and in the morning he was taken to court.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

2 p.m. – A Sixth Avenue resident told police about fraudulent charges made on both her credit and debit cards. She on Feb. 5 she had received a letter from Equifax telling her that a security freeze has been placed on her credit because someone had opened up a line of credit in her name. The address that was given on the credit card was out of Norwalk, Conn.; the woman said she’d never been Norwalk. She also told police that she didn’t have internet at home and has never made purchases online. She said over the past year she’s had fraudulent charges on two accounts. Both were closed and she hasn’t used the new cards.

5 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 18, for driving with an expired license after police were called to Main Street in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts for a car accident. Routine checks on the man showed he had an expired license. He was issued a District Court summons and was told that he had 10 days to get his license renewed and bring proof of his license renewal to EGPD. His car was towed. On Feb. 16 he did provide a temporary receipt for the renewed license.

6:16 p.m. – Police cited an East Greenwich man, 44, for the possession of marijuana after police were called to 1251 Middle Road for a report of a car in the woods. While one officer was talking with the EG man, a second officer found a black golf club cover in the woods about 10 feet from the car. Inside the golf club cover, police found a small baggy full of a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. The man told police he got scared when the police arrived and threw the marijuana into the woods. He also told police he doesn’t smoke marijuana and that it was his friend’s. Police took the marijuana and gave the man traffic summons for possession of marijuana 1 oz or less. At EGPD headquarters, the substance tested positive for marijuana.

Thursday, Feb. 15

3:11 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 26, at his residence on an active warrant for for simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was placed into custody and transported to EGPD Headquarters for processing; during the processing he was uncooperative with officers. He was held overnight.

3:05 p.m. – Police were called to Dave’s Market at 1000 Division St. for a report of shoplifting after the fact. The Dave’s employee told police that at around 2 p.m., a man had stuffed a pound of dough up his shirt (the police report did not specify what type of dough). The store employee was unable to catch the suspect but did get his license plate. The employee reviewed video surveillance and saw that the man had picked eggs out of the salad bar with his bare hands, eating pot stickers from the hot bar, and olives from the olive bar. As a result Dave’s had to throw away $128 worth of products because of potential contamination. Police contacted the man, who lives in Warwick, and he agreed to pay the $128. Police issued a No Trespass order for Dave’s.

Saturday, Feb.17

2 p.m. – A High Hawk resident told police he had received a phone call from a young woman claiming to be his granddaughter. The young woman told him she had been in an accident and needed $2,100. She told him to send the money to her attorney, identified as Sammy Goldberg. The woman then told the man to call Sammy at a number she provided. The man was skeptical; he called his son and told him about the phone call scam. No money was sent.

Sunday, Feb. 18

8:11 a.m. – Police arrested a West Greenwich man, 19, for vandalism and malicious damage to property after his truck got stuck in the snow and mud on one of the EGHS athletic fields. A tow truck called to pull out the truck, it also also got stuck. A second, bigger tow truck had to pull both trucks out, taking more than two hours. The pickup truck did the most extensive damage to the field as it was being towed out. Police charged the man with malicious damage and vandalism to the field. He was processed and issued a District Court summons.

9:46 a.m. – An Ayrault Road resident told police his snow blower was missing from the shed on his property. He said he had not lent it to anyone and that he’d last seen it two weeks earlier, when he used it after a snowstorm. The man said the shed is kept locked; it is in a fenced in yard. He said the snow blower was valued at $951.


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This Week in EG: Council, School Committee Meetings; MLK Reading

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.

Monday, Feb. 26

Community Supper – The monthly community dinner known as Christ Community Kitchen takes place in the dining room at St. Luke’s Church, 111 Peirce St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This month, the dinner is provided by the EG United Methodist Church and the menu includes jambalaya prepared by the chef from Besos! The meal is free but donations are welcome. All are invited.

Town Council meeting –  Among the items on the agenda (find it here), the Town Council will weigh renewing the liquor license for The Grille on Main; Police Chief Steven Brown will talk about safety issues; and the council will get a finance update.

                Additionally, Town Manager Gayle Corrigan will review the merger of the Fire District with the town. Corrigan met with former Fire District commissioners Steve Bartlett and Bill Daly on Friday, along with former Fire Chief Peter Henrikson. The town is on the hook for upwards of $2 million in payments and interest for impact fees imposed by the Fire District that were later determined by the state Supreme Court to have been applied without due process – now those impact fees must be returned. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Swift Community Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

EG Chamber ‘Business After Hours’ – Performance Physical Therapy is hosting this month’s  EG Chamber of Commerce networking event. 5750 Post Road (across from Felicia’s). 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members $5; non-members $10.

MLK Jr.’s ‘Letter From Birmingham City Jail’Mixed Magic Theatre will present a dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter From Birmingham City Jail,” at the First Baptist Church, Sponsored by the EG Academy Foundation and First Baptist Church of East Greenwich. 7 p.m.

School Committee meeting – Agenda items include a school safety update, the second reading (out of three) on the 2018-19 school calendar, an update on the district’s fund balance and a review of collective bargaining agreement fiscal impact statements. Find the complete agenda here. In the library at Cole Middle School starting at 7 p.m.

Zoning Board meeting – Among other items on the agenda (find it here), the board will take up the planned mixed-use development for 695 Main Street, the empty lot former home of the former Sunoco station.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

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.

Thursday, March 1

Happy March! Spring is a mere 19 days away.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

Recycling is OFF this week.

LOOKING AHEAD

School Budget Workshops in March – Administration, Athletics and Facilities on March 6 at 7 p.m.; Student Services (Special Ed) and Technology on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Elementary and Secondary on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will take place in the library at Cole Middle School and the public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, March 10

Introduction to Pysanky – The Friends of the East Greenwich Library will present an Introduction to Pysanky workshop at the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Pysanky is the colorful Ukrainian folk art of decorating Easter eggs by applying layers of beeswax and dyes to the eggs. Artist Lisa Schipritt will instruct. The class is open to teens and adults. All supplies will be provided for a $5 materials fee. Everyone will take home a decorated egg. The class is limited to 20 people and registration is required. Call the library at 884-9510 to register for this popular class. For more information about the program or The Friends of the Library, contact friendseglibrary@gmail.com.

The Avengers Movie at EGHS – This is a fundraiser for the EGHS Sailing team (which gets no funding through from the school district). For just $10 you can watch The Avengers while supporting the Avengers Sailing team at the EGHS Auditorium. All are welcome.

Saturday, April 7

EG Track Club’s 7th Annual Bunny Hop 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – The East Greenwich Track Club’s 7th Annual Bunny Hop 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run is coming up on Saturday, April 7, starting at 9 a.m. at Goddard Park. Proceeds go towards fully funding the popular Summer Track Series for ages 4-14 (do not have to be an EG resident to participate) on Wednesday nights in July at the EGHS track. We’ve been able to provide the series for free for 6 years. Last summer, 300 children came out during the first week! Find out more and register here.

Councilors Approve Policy Policing Their Access to Department Heads

Town Council mtg. 2/12/18

The Town Council Monday approved a policy 3-0 regulating their interactions with town department heads. President Sue Cienki and Councilmen Nino Granatiero and Andy Deutsch supported the policy. Councilmen Sean Todd (vice president) and Mark Schwager were absent.

The policy reads as follows:

Update and discussion of Town Council Rules and Guidelines to add back and edit the requirement that, “Members of the Council may contact Department Heads directly, but the Town Manager shall be informed of the contact. Contact will be for informational purposes only.”

 

 

Police Log: Wallet Wipeout, Shed Break In

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Jan. 22

9:02 p.m. – A West Warwick woman told police cash and credit cards were stolen from her wallet sometime during a visit to Panera Restaurant at 1000 Division St. that afternoon. The woman said she’d left the purse hanging over the back of her chair and no one had left the table unattended while she and friends ate. She only discovered the theft when she went food shopping right after leaving Panera. She was missing $60 cash and two credit cards. When she called the bank for the cards, she learned the cards had already been used at the Target on Bald Hill Road, where someone had spent $899 on one card and about $1,200 on the other card.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

3:05 p.m. – A Fifth Street resident told police someone had broken into his shed overnight. This morning, he’d noticed an old suitcase on his driveway that was kept in the shed. The suitcase had been rifled through. The shed, which was unlocked, had been rifled through also. Nothing appeared to have been taken. The man told police he and his wife had heard what sounded like someone trying to get into their garage two different times the week before. Police advised the man to notify neighbors and to report any similar suspicious activity.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

4:17 p.m. – A Church Street resident told police someone had kicked in his basement door and turned on the water, which was supposed to be off because of a leak. He did not know who might have done this.

Friday, Jan. 26

6:54 p.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 37, on one charge of violating a no-contact order. East Greenwich police were notified by Warwick police to be on the lookout for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, for a possible “rolling domestic” – a domestic incident in a motor vehicle. East Greenwich Police stopped the car on Main Street and found the NK man in the car with another person – the two had a no-contact order between them but said they “didn’t care.” The NK man was taken into custody.

Saturday, Jan. 27

1:40 a.m. – Police arrested a Cumberland man, 24, for driving on a suspended license after stopping him on Main Street at King Street because one of his taillights was out.  Routine checks were done and they revealed that his license was suspended. He told police that he knew his license was suspended because he had an unpaid ticket. He was issued a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license.

Monday, Jan. 29

12:10 a.m.  – Police arrested a Warwick man, 21, for driving while intoxicated after police saw his car cross the yellow center lines twice and veer over the white fog lines while traveling north on South County Trail. He was also driving at inconsistent speeds. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car so they asked the man to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken into custody and driven to EGPD for processing.


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