Before the next storm hits …

As of 8 a.m. today, National Grid reported 22 customers still without power in Charlestown. National Grid estimates they will get their power back tomorrow, but we hope it is already on! To report power outages call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212.

Before the next storm hits, consider signing up to be notified by the emergency notification system known as ONE CALL NOW (reverse 911). Residents can register for the ONE CALL NOW system  on this webpage

There are still things to do in Charlestown as Summer winds down. The Farmers Markets are still running and the Rhythm and Roots Festival is in full swing this weekend. See our Bulletin Board for details on these and other things to do in September and October. The Big Apple Circus is returning to Charlestown next summer after a two year absence so there will be even more to do next year.

The Planning Commission met on Wednesday, August 31 with an expert from Alteris Renewables, to begin work on Zoning Ordinance changes to allow wind energy devices scaled to power individual homes and small businesses. If you are interested in this topic or have experience with small turbines, you are encouraged to submit comments to mail@charlestowncitizens.org and we will make sure the Planning Commission sees them. The Commission has set up a sub group to work on this topic so comments should be submitted as soon as possible since the Commission hopes to wrap this up quickly.

The Rhode Island Foundation and Rhode Island Public Radio present:
The Future of Offshore Wind Energy in Rhode Island
Thursday, September 8, 2011
5:30pm – 7pm
Lippitt Hall, The University of Rhode Island

The forum will engage experts and community leaders in a discussion about the impact of offshore wind energy on Rhode Island’s economy, energy rates, and the environment.  This forum is free and open to the public. Full details are at our Bulletin Board.