Open Space Opportunity in Cranston

Here is the latest update from Steve Stycos, successful Democratic candidate for City Council in Cranston (winning with 66% of the vote in the primary!):

CRANSTON TO CONSIDER OPEN SPACE

The Cranston City Council will consider Mayor Fung’s proposal to protect 50 acres of forest and farmland at its September 27 meeting at 7 PM at City Hall. The Moreau property is on Natick Avenue. If approved, 20 acres will remain a horse farm, while the city will promote passive recreation on the other 30 acres. The project will cost $1.2 million of which the city will pay $300,000 from accumulated building impact fees. The US Natural Resource Conservation Service will contribute another $600,000 to protect the land, and the Moreau family will donate the final $300,000.

Protecting 50 acres for $300,000 of city money is a cheap. Contact your city council member with your opinions or attend the meeting.

CANDIDATES DEBATE

The Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates will debate Tuesday September 28 at the Slavin Center at Providence College at 7PM. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To sign up, call 621-8048 or email environmentcouncil@earthlink.net. The questioners will be members of several environmental groups.

COVE MEETING

Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association will hold its annual meeting Monday October 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the William Hall Library Community Room. There will be a discussion of a proposed landscape plan which would remove and plant trees in the park next to the Stillhouse Cove.

FALL FOLIAGE CANOEING

Fall colors on the Pawtuxet River should be at their peak for Friends of the Pawtuxet’s October 16 canoe trip. Canoes are available for an hour to paddle the calm Pawtuxet and enjoy the bright yellow, orange and red leaves of maple, black gum and poplar trees. Great blue heron, turtles and muskrats are also commonly seen. If you are nervous in a canoe, we will supply a guide. Trips leave at 9, 10 and 11 AM. Adults $3 and children $1. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 573-7054. The event is part of the annual Pumpkin & Paw Paw Festival at the market.

COMPOSTING

Elizabeth Coombs’ composting workshop will be Saturday at 10 AM at the market. Sign up email ab02905@yahoo.com or just show up. About 20 people attended our first market pot luck last Saturday at the Aspray Boat House.

LIBRARY OPEN THURSDAYS

Starting September 23, the William Hall Library will be open on Thursdays from 12 noon to 8 PM. Currently on display at the library are photographs by Gerardine Cannon entitled “Swans of Stillhouse Cove.” Other fall programs are listed below:.

September 25th, 10 – 1 PM: Register for Citizenship Classes.

October 2nd, 2 PM: The Historical Fatima. Learn the history of the Fatima and the impact on the Catholic Church. Free and open to the public.

October 4th, 3 – 4:30 PM: After School Lego Club meets first Monday of the month. For children ages 6 and older. Call or email Megan for registration information.

October 4th, 7 PM: The Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association Annual Meeting.

October 19th, 6 PM: The West Bay League of Women Voters will be hosting a “Candidates’ Forum.”

See you at the market.

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