MESSAGE TO RESIDENTS OF NORTH KINGSTOWN
As we approach Halloween and with Election Day (November 3rd) and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, we are already well into our Fall Season. I hope this message finds you and your families well and the days and months ahead are safe and enjoyable.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the members of our community who have lost someone they care about due to COVID or have experienced hardships as a result of this pandemic.
We continue to be at the forefront in North Kingstown in moving safely forward in this pandemic while providing the valuable and important services our residents have come to expect. This could not take place without the hard work, dedication, and contributions from the employees of North Kingstown. Please join me in thanking them!
The Municipal Office Building at 100 Fairway Drive is open 8:30am – 4:30pm (closed from noon till 1pm each day in order to adjust to the temporary challenges of COVID and provide a safe and healthy atmosphere within the building for both visitors and employees). Every visitor is welcomed by a Greeter, asked to sign-in, provide information and is then given a visitor’s badge and directions to the office they are visiting. Visitors will be required to wear a mask. If a visitor is unable to wear a mask, special arrangements will be made to insure he/she is accommodated. Everyone is encouraged to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more from others.
The Municipal Office Building will be closed for normal business on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd. The building will be open to those residents who come in for limited ballots and President / Vice President Voting.
We encourage you to utilize the many virtual, online, mail and drop box services available to you. Visit northkingstown.org and click on the department you wish to access.
The Municipal Office Building is also functioning as an Emergency / Early Voting Polling Place through 4pm on Monday, November 2nd. In addition, all nine (9) Polling Places will be open from 7am till 8pm on Election Day (Tuesday November 3rd). The Polling Places are:
Precinct 2301 Masonic Lodge, 1515 Ten Rod Road
Precinct 2302 Stony Lane Elementary School, 825 Stony Lane
Precinct 2303 Quidnessett Elementary School, 166 Mark Drive
Precinct 2304 Davisville Middle School, 200 School Street
Precinct 2305 Slocum Grange Hall, 86 Slocum Road
Precinct 2306 North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive
Precinct 2307 Beechwood Senior Center, 44 Beach Street
Precinct 2308 Hamilton Elementary School, 25 Salisbury Avenue
Precinct 2309 Wickford Middle School, 250 Tower Hill Road
Precinct 2310 / Precinct 2311MUNICIPAL OFFICES, 100 Fairway Drive
President and Vice President only
You may drop off your mail ballots in Ballot Drop Box outside of the Municipal Office Building at 100 Fairway Drive up until 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Please visit our website northkingstown.org or the Secretary of States Website sos.ri.gov for additional election information.
If you own a business in North Kingstown and need our assistance in reopening under the current State guidelines, please contact us via our viewpoint application process or by calling or emailing us. Also contact the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce for assistance or access to grant funds under the State’s Take It Outside Grant Program.
The State of Rhode Island and R.I. Department of Health also encourage local businesses to familiarize themselves with the reopening process by visiting their website(s) and reviewing the Phase III guidelines. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the grants available through R.I. Commerce. You can also feel free to call Commerce RI at 401-527-4357 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider the guidelines the State of Rhode Island has set in their attempt to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island:
• Limit gatherings to 15 people or less whenever practical.
• Wear masks and face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
• Clean common surfaces frequently.
• Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
Residents should visit the R.I. Department of Health Website for up-to-date information or call 401-222-8022.
If there are individuals or families in need of food services, please call the North Kingstown Food Pantry at 401-885-3663 and leave a message and give your name and telephone number. The Food Pantry will call you back and schedule a time for you to come to the Pantry. The North Kingstown Food Pantry is located at 445 School Street. They are an emergency food pantry and do not turn anyone away who asks for food. They do not require any proof of income but do ask for proof of residency. The Food Pantry will provide a week’s worth of groceries with the amount being determined by the family size. They are well stocked and welcome those who require their services.
Please visit our Senior Center and Library websites for their COVID-operations and reopening schedules. Our Library has re-opened and our Senior Center is in weekly discussions with hopes of expanding their virtual and in-person services and transitioning to a gradual safe reopening.
We hope this information is helpful. North Kingstown continues to be at the forefront with the reopening and moving forward that are necessary for the economic survival of our business owners and social & mental health benefits that all residents are deserving of. We hope these positive steps along with this information are helpful as we look forward to assisting you in any way possible during these challenging times.
A Ralph Mollis