This Week in EG: Town & School Meetings; Xmas Tree Pickup

by | Jan 7, 2018

Late afternoon sledding at Academy Field on a cold Saturday.

A weekly article that lists happenings in East Greenwich and nearby. If you have something you’d like to add, send your information to [email protected].

Monday, Jan. 8

Exploring Mindfulness Meditation – Meditation at East Greenwich Free Library. No experience necessary and all are welcome. Free. 6:30 p.m. at the library. For more information about this program or the Friends of the Library, contact: [email protected].

Town Council meeting The council will hear reports from the finance director as well as town substance abuse coordinator Bob Houghtaling, who will offer year-end statistics for his work in the community. The executive session (which is closed to the public) includes three items relating to the firefighter union, including to pending lawsuits. The council will also be discussing town manager search advisory committee choices in executive session – each member was asked to submit one name. Check out the full agenda here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Swift Community Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 9

School Committee meeting In addition to financial issues (where the district is, budget to actual; sewer bill update; the panel will discuss the website and the agenda includes a segment on “career and tech education.” School district lawyer Matt Oliverio will also be outlining what steps the School Committee could take to prepare for the 2019 budget process, including an independent audit. Find the full agenda here. In the library at Cole Middle School starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

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.

Historic District Commission meeting –  On the agenda are three residential and commercial items as well as the request by the Planning Board to render an opinion regarding the historic rehabilitation of the existing structure located at 62 South Pierce Road, part of the Coggeshall Preserve condominium development proposed for that site. The panel meets at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

‘Vaping in the Boys Room’ – A community awareness forum to focus attention on vaping in school and among school-age young people. Conducted by town drug counselor Bob Houghtaling and EGHS Resource Officer Steven Branch in the Community Room at the police department. All are welcome. 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Recycling and Christmas tree pick up are ON this week. Christmas trees will be picked up – just make sure they are bare of artificial decorations.

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Thursday, Jan. 18

An Evening of Poetry – The EG Library Lions is sponsoring an evening of poetry in the library at East Greenwich High School. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 20

First Ladies’ Fashions – From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, the styles worn by our presidents’ wives have fascinated Americans. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 20, when the Friends of the East Greenwich Library present “First Ladies’ Fashions.” Clothing historian Karen Antonowitz will examine the fashions worn by our first ladies, from Martha to Melania – those who changed contemporary fashion, followed it or had no effect on it at all. In this illustrated program she will explain how the fashions worn by first ladies reflected our society and the history of the time. The program begins at 1 p.m. at the East Greenwich Free Library at 87 Peirce Street. Light refreshments will be served.

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