HistWick’s Annual Pot Luck Dinner: Sunday Dec. 4th



When: Sunday December 4th –5:30 – 8:30IMG_1382

Where: St. Paul’s Parish Hall 56 Main Street

Who: All members of HistWick and the Wickford Community

What: A time to gather for wonderful food and good company

Why: To meet new people, catch with old friends and celebrate the holidays

Please bring your favorite dish to serve 10 people.

HistWick will provide cold drinks and dessert.

A – L Main Dish

M – Z Salad or Side Dish

Histwick Supports The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation




14716120_312354115813006_5264513938856561773_nNorth Kingstown was well represented at the annual Rhody Awards celebration.

The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, presented by Preserve Rhode Island and Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, is an annual celebration of historic preservation. This year’s ceremony took place at the beautiful Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Sunday, October 16.

Both Grow & Preserve North Kingstown and Historic Wickford, Inc. (Histwick) were recognized for their generous sponsorship of the event.

The sold-out event was well attended by historic preservation supporters from North Kingstown, some of whom are shown here enjoying the reception prior to the awards ceremony.14711433_312355625812855_3428524490933763961_o

HistWick Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 2nd



img_2153When viewed from afar, some people are prone to say nothing ever changes in Wickford. Nothing could be further from the truth. Half of the the homes on Main Street have had new owners in the past decade, there are three new houses on Pleasant St. and several carefully planned restorations are underway. On the municipal side, ongoing meetings about town hall, Wickford El development, sewers, and “comprehensive plans” potentially impact our surroundings require monitoring and occupy many an evening.

All of this underscores the importance of maintaining HistWick as a source of information to you about what is going on and, when appropriate, speaking up about the values and features we believe are important to maintaining the neighborhood we all have chosen to live in.

We held our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd , 6:30 pm at the Wickford Yacht Club 165 Pleasant St., Wickford, RI. Following a wine and cheese reception, we held our Annual meeting:

  • President’s Remarksimg_2143
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Board of Directors
  • Update on Historic Markers
  • A “snippet” of local historian Tim Cranston’s film about Sea Captains’ Homes of Wickford
  • Update from the Wickford Art Association on plans to move to old town library on Brown Street

Reception for New Residents



The HistWick Board hosted a reception for new residents in June.  Our Secretary, Mary Ann Hackett hosted the event at her West Main Street home.

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Renovation cheaper than moving, historical preservation experts say



A recent article (April 7)  in the Northeast Independent reported on a meeting of the Asset Management Commission.  Click to see full image

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Local residents urge Town Council to extend the historic district…




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Update on Town Hall/WES Issues



Recent letters to the editor in the Northeast Independent provide additional information and differing viewpoints:

  • “TIF-funded project should be rejected”  Click here
  • “TIF financing is not something to fear” Click here
  • “Kinnecom has some explaining to do” Click here
  • “Group questions Wickford El plans” Click here
  • “NK was too quick to abandon Town Hall” Click here

Also of interest are a posting by the Grow and Preserve North Kingstown group about the March 31st Asset Management Meeting.  

Rickey Thompson to North Kingstown Government Fact and Fiction (April 3 at 3:30pm)

Mar 31 Asset Management Committee meeting IMPORTANT POINTS of INTEREST:
At the behest of the NK Asset Management Committee, Preserve RI Executive Director Valerie Talmage and (State Agency) RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Executive Director Ted Sanderson and Historical Architect Virginia Hesse attended this meeting. Being aware of recent NK events, Ms. Talmage, Mr. Sanderson and Ms. Hesse offered much insight about our Historic Town Hall building including “manageable code violations” to potential “negative impacts” once our Town Hall is relocated out of Wickford. Their points and thoughts were interesting and educational.
One can only guess WHY – that during the Town Hall and Annex building issues and discussions, our Town Officials did not solicit assistance from these willing and readily available experts. Even more surprising was the council majority’s resolve that these concerned agencies not be allowed involvement during Town Council discussions and or decisions. They wanted to help!
PLEASE click on the below link to hear Ms. Talmage, Mr. Sanderson and Ms. Hesse concerns.
A respected friend recently offered that – “A COMMUNITY WILL FALL INTO PERPETRUAL DECLINE WHEN THE LIBRARY, SCHOOL AND TOWN HALL ARE REMOVED”.

March 31 Asset Management Commission meeting video link: http://northkingstown.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…  Note: You may need to open in Windows Media Audio/Video File Player

“Building and Preserving South County”—the 31st Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference



Saturday, April 30, 8:15am – 6pm

$40 includes all activities plus morning coffee, lunch, closing reception

This year’s statewide preservation conference considers the distinctive sense of place and culture in South County and looks at the social, economic, and cultural history expressed by the built environment. The event gets underway at Wickford Middle School with a keynote speech on how the institution of slavery indelibly shaped South County. The speech is followed by 12 workshops, 3 walking tours, 3 boat tours, and 7 bus tours of historic places in Exeter and North Kingstown, including farms, factories, houses, wharves, cemeteries, and museums. Presented by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in cooperation with HistWick and other local partners, the annual conference is a great opportunity to explore the field of historic preservation.

For more information (and to register), visit http://www.preservation.ri.gov/conference/16overview.php or call (401)222-2078. Pre-registration is open until April 20; on-site registration will be available on April 30.

Asset Management Commission fails to place high priority on Town Hall problems



Dianne L. Izzo, Asset Management Commissioner, in a letter to the Town Council, explains “I voted not to approve the Asset Management Commission (hereafter”AMC”) Capital lmprovement Plan (‘CP”) Cover letter in the form presented on February 25,2076 because of errors, omissions, and a tone I found inappropriate. The AMC cover letter also lacks the appropriate emphasis on the Town Hall and Town Hall Annex.

Read the full letter.

Town Council voted to amend the Comprehensive Plan with language that allows the TC to establish a Redevelopment Agency



Grow & Preserve North Kingstown Post – March 15G&PNK LOGO

“Regretfully, last night, the Town Council voted to amend the Comprehensive Plan with language that allows the TC to establish a Redevelopment Agency, a decision driven by the requirement for the $10 million TIF in the option to purchase agreement for Wickford El. The amendment language also identifies the Wickford Elementary School property for consideration for redevelopment under RI Redevelopment Agency law.

Voting “YES”: Jason Albuquerque, Carol Hueston, Kerry McKay,
Voting “NO”: Kevin Maloney, Ellen Waxman

On a positive note, some new voices weighed in with their concerns over the proposed redevelopment plan for Wickford El, and, Councilor Waxman presented a list of concerns she has over the scale and financing of the proposed project.

Stay tuned for information regarding the Town Council’s upcoming hearings to establish North Kingstown’s first Redevelopment Agency. Public input during this process is critical.”

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