The eclipse in Rhode Island may have only been 67%, but the crowds at Frosty Drew Observatory in Ninigret Park on August 21 were full! Estimates on attendance range from 1500 to 4000. In Rhode Island, Frosty Drew was the place to be to experience the Great American Eclipse. Crowds starting arriving at 8 a.m. […]
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What: The 2017 Narragansett Pow Wow is open to the public and includes arts and crafts, dancing, food and more!
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13
Where: Narragansett Indian Church Grounds on Indian Church Road in Charlestown, RI.
Admission: Adults $6.00 – Children $2.00
The official waiting period after the release of the Federal Railroad Administrations’s (FRA) Final Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement ended on January 31. The FRA could have published a Record of Decision (ROD) as early as Feburary 1st, but they have received hundreds of comments, including comments from other federal agencies, tribes, and state agencies, […]
Jeff Rayner – Solar Ambassador Charlestown’s “Solar Ambassador”, Jeff Rayner, has been a firefighter with the City of Cranston for about 30 years. He has a physics and engineering background from URI. He built and wired his own home in Charlestown.
The 2017-2018 Tentative Budget as adopted by the Town Council on April 10 is as follows:
Total Municipal Budget = $13,603,364
Total CHARIHO Budget = $14,121,237 (already approved by voters in April)
Grand Total Municipal and Schools Expenditures = $27,724,601
Thank you to all who voted Tuesday. Voters approved the 2017-2018 Chariho budget during Tuesday’s referendum with 1,568 for and 1,165 against with a margin of 403 votes. Charlestown voted for 577 to 73 against. Hopkinton voted for 456 to against 468. Richmond voted for 535 to against 624. Charlestown was the only town with […]
Ken Payne is a student of the history of the structure of Rhode Island government and a recipient of a lifetime achievement award in 1998 from the Environment Council of Rhode Island for his work on rivers policy and protection.
Their consensus was that the people along the Old Saybrook to Kenyon ByPass have to remain vigilant in their opposition and continue to document their positions in both town and state plans. Those currently in positions of power will not be those who make decisions in the future, and regardless of the current decisions, the communities must create documentation that protects historic buildings, open space, farms, and tribal lands. The struggle continues.
Charlestown has the 3rd lowest tax rate in the state. Even with responsible development that will increase, but with the increased density that is often proposed, we could see much higher tax rates. We benefit from Ruth’s experience on the Planning Commission to continue to protect our environment and tax rate, as they clearly are closely related.
When: Thursday, March 30 at 7PM
Where: Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd., Charlestown
What: Status Update and Discussion on “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass”
Our guest speaker is Gregory Stroud, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Greg is also the founder of the grassroots advocacy group on High-Speed Rail, SECoast.
Links below are to letters of opposition written by organizations or officials to the Federal Railroad Administration. We don’t yet have links to all documents. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know. The opposition to the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass in the NEC Future Final EIS is truly impressive and now even includes […]
What: The public hearing on the Chariho Regional School District’s 2017-2018 budget
When: Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm
Where: Chariho Middle School Auditorium
Why: A minimum of 25 voters from each town are needed to create a quorum
Each Chariho town must have 25 voters present to reach a quorum to vote on the budget. If a quorum is not achieved, the meeting will be postponed. Please try to attend this hearing.
The original deadline to write to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was January 31. That date was extended, right up to the day that the FRA publishes their Record of Decision (ROD). They said they might publish the ROD as early as March 1, so your comments should be sent soon! If you haven’t yet […]
Despite bone chilling cold and wet and some roads still covered from an overnight snow, a crowd of well over 100 gathered in the path of the proposed rail bypass in Mystic Connecticut. The rails here would plow right through the Mystic Aquarium, part of Olde Mystick Village and other businesses in Stonington. Speakers at […]
Julie Carroccia spoke on behalf of Charlestown at the Rally against the Bypass held in Mystic Connecticut on February 11, 2017. Other speakers were US Senator Richard Blumenthal, Loren Spears of the Narragansett Indian Tribe and many others. Julie Carroccia is Vice President of the Charlestown Town Council. It’s great to see so many people […]
Because of the many and extreme negative environmental and cultural impacts that would be caused by the new rail segment known as the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” we ask that the Bypass be removed from the plan before the Record of Decision. Supporting the removal of the Bypass doesn’t mean we are against improving high-speed rail. The Acela is already traveling around 100 miles per hour in Charlestown. Keeping the train in its current alignment would save over a billion dollars in Charlestown alone. With a more practical vision we could get investment in rail in the right places and in the right way and we could get it a lot sooner without sacrificing Narragansett Tribal land, public parklands, protected open space, wetlands, tourism assets, active farms, historic mill villages, and private homes.
If you haven’t yet written or called to thank Governor Raimondo and US Representative Langevin for their support in removing the Bypass from the NEC Future plan, please take the time to do that.
Please write or write again to Senators Reed and Whitehouse and the Federal Railroad Administration and ask them to join Governor Raimondo and Representative Langevin in their efforts to drop the Bypass.
Addresses and ideas in this post.
What: Rally to Stop the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass”
When: February 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut, gather at the Caboose in the north end of the parking lot.
We are all stronger when we work together.
This video is from the January 25, 2017 Rally at the Rhode Island State House to Drop the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” from the Federal Railroad Administration Tier 1 Final EIS. The Rally began with the announcement by Charlestown Town Council President Virginia Lee that Governor Raimondo had just stated that she sided with […]
Shortly before the State House Rally to protect and support our parks and hiking trails, Narragansett Tribal land, historic neighborhoods, active farms, wetlands, homes, and more, Charlestown Town Council President Virginia Lee and other South County Town Council Presidents met with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. The Governor had looked at the maps and analysis […]
The Federal Railroad Administration’s new rail line proposal known as the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” would bisect The Nature Conservancy’s 1,112 acre Carter Preserve and leave half of its land trapped between the existing and new rail lines. We can’t understand even contemplating such a thing. We challenge our Governor, the Rhode Island Congressional […]
Maps, photos, and descriptive text by Cliff Vanover. Information in this post from NEC Future Tier 1 Final EIS – Chapter 7.12 Noise and Vibration. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has estimated the noise and vibration impacts in South County if the bypass were constructed. They’ve established a zone of 5000 feet centered on the […]
Our team is working literally day and night to get the message out about the negative impacts the Federal Railroad Administration plan will have on homes, farms, and resources of state wide importance. We are working making maps and content for the website and other publications, on Facebook, sending emails, calling all the press and […]
Going to the January 25 4:30 pm State House Rally against the Bypass and for all the wonderful things we might lose?
You can bring signs that state your objection to the Bypass, but please note that Capitol Police do not allow any handles on the placards, so they should be sturdy enough to hold up and not flex too much.
Need ideas for signs? Here are some slogans that have been proposed.