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Tuesday November 23rd, 2021 - 9:13 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

An emergency water main break has occurred on Braunecker Avenue. Crews are mobilizing to the area. Please note water service may be disrupted during this repair. This disruption may cause discolored water. Any further questions, call the water department. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday October 14th, 2021 - 2:09 pm
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Perhaps permanently fix the issue or do these things at night so you are not inconveniencing a part of the town 3 days a week.. or at minimum refund people some $$ for the amount of clothes that have been ruined because this seems to be constantly going on.

Tuesday September 28th, 2021 - 9:16 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

We are currently experiencing phone issues. We apologize for the inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday June 1st, 2021 - 8:21 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

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Tuesday May 25th, 2021 - 1:47 pm
Water Department - Kingston, MA

UPDATE: The River St main has been repaired and water has been restored to all affected areas. Discolored water may be an issue. Try running an outside faucet for no more than 10 minutes to remedy the discoloration. If that doesn’t work, please wait awhile and try again. Please use caution prior to doing laundry.

We appreciate your continued patience. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call the office at 781-585-0504.

Thank you!
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Tuesday May 25th, 2021 - 7:06 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

Kingston Water Dept has responded to a water main break on River St. All side streets off River St will be affected. Discolored water may be around the immediate area.

We ask for your patience as we work to repair the main.

Any questions, please call the office at (781) 585-0504.
Thank you.
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Thursday May 20th, 2021 - 12:22 pm
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Thursday May 6th, 2021 - 10:34 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

Active turtle crossings at the Elm Street bridge area. Please drive slow.Thousands of turtles across Massachusetts will be traveling to nesting sites over the next couple months. If you find a turtle on a road or in your backyard, do not move it far away. If you have the opportunity to safely move a turtle from the road, move it in the direction it was heading just off the edge of the road. ⚠️

PLEASE NOTE: Snapping turtles are fast and have very powerful jaws that can inflict a bad bite. If you must move a snapping turtle, the best way is to use a broom to coax it into a plastic tub/box. A snapping turtle can reach your hands if you lift it by the sides of its shell. Never lift a snapping turtle by its tail, as this can injure their spine.

More: mass.gov/news/why-did-the-turtle-cross-the-road
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Active turtle crossings at the Elm Street bridge area. Please drive slow.
Thursday May 6th, 2021 - 10:14 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

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Wednesday April 14th, 2021 - 2:12 pm
Water Department - Kingston, MA

The Kingston Water Department has repaired the water main break from earlier today. We are running hydrants in the affected areas in an attempt to clear out discolored water. We ask for your continued patience while we mitigate the situation. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello. It’s the next day here on River Street (near the Harbormaster) and we’re wondering if you have an update?

Wednesday April 14th, 2021 - 6:40 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

The Kingston Water Department has responded to a water main break at Crescent St and Smith Lane.

Water has been shut off to Smith Ln, Creacent St and Main St from Myettes to Crescent St.

You may experience low to no water pressure and discolored water.

Please be patient while we work to the make the necessary repair. We understand this is a massive inconvenience. We will update as necessary. If you have additional questions, our office number is (781)585-0504. Thank you.
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Wednesday March 24th, 2021 - 9:24 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

The Kingston Water Department has responded to a water main break at Kingston Collection Way. Residents in the area may experience discoloration in their water. Please be patient as our crew works to complete the repair. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday February 23rd, 2021 - 11:17 am
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Friday January 29th, 2021 - 12:39 pm
Water Department - Kingston, MA

Earlier this week we had a couple of issues that affected water quality. For example, the fire on Wright Court which used an enormous amount of water and the fire hydrant that was hit in front of the Charlie Horse Restaurant. Both of these instances forced a lot of volume through the mains. Discolored water has been experienced throughout town. We are working to resolve the issue. You may run cold water outside or in a bathtub for 10 minutes to see if the discoloration clears. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020 - 12:58 pm
Water Department - Kingston, MA

The Kingston Water Department has responded to a water leak on Ocean Hill Drive. Residents in the area may experience discoloration in their water. Please be patient as our crew works to complete the repair. If you have any further questions, please contact the office at 781-585-0504. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday December 14th, 2020 - 11:55 am
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Wednesday November 18th, 2020 - 12:28 pm
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*Special Town Meeting*
Tuesday, December 8th - 7:00PM
Kingston Collection (former K-1 Racing site)

Please plan to attend and support the construction of Kingston’s second Manganese Treatment Plant. This is crucial to the future of this project. Please refer to the information below.
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*Special Town Meeting*
Tuesday, December 8th - 7:00PM
Kingston Collection (former K-1 Racing site)

Please plan to attend and support the construction of Kingston’s second Manganese Treatment Plant. This is crucial to the future of this project.  Please refer to the information below.
Wednesday September 30th, 2020 - 7:55 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

Due to current weather conditions and power outages throughout town, our phone system is currently down. We apologize for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday September 28th, 2020 - 11:34 am
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Wednesday September 16th, 2020 - 9:11 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

💧Water/Sewer Bill higher than normal? Check out these tips! 💧 ... See MoreSee Less

💧Water/Sewer Bill higher than normal? Check out these tips! 💧
Thursday August 13th, 2020 - 8:59 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

*IMPORTANT*
Please remember to update your contact information on Blackboard Connect so that you will continue to receive emergency notifications and updates regarding the Kingston Water Department. If you have disconnected your landline, changed phone numbers or emails since you signed up – WE CANNOT REACH YOU!!
If you are not signed up to receive these notifications through Blackboard Connect, please do so now through the town’s website at www.kingstonmass.org
Please see the attached step by step instructions on how to sign up. Thank you!
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*IMPORTANT*
Please remember to update your contact information on Blackboard Connect so that you will continue to receive emergency notifications and updates regarding the Kingston Water Department. If you have disconnected your landline, changed phone numbers or emails since you signed up – WE CANNOT REACH YOU!!
If you are not signed up to receive these notifications through Blackboard Connect, please do so now through the town’s website at  www.kingstonmass.org 
Please see the attached step by step instructions on how to sign up.  Thank you!
Wednesday August 12th, 2020 - 12:14 pm
Water Department - Kingston, MA

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Water Restriction UPDATE
Friday July 31st, 2020 - 9:05 am
Water Department - Kingston, MA

Friendly Reminder - Water Restriction in place. Before 9am and after 5pm. Even numbered houses on even days, odd number houses on odd days. ... See MoreSee Less

Friendly Reminder - Water Restriction in place. Before 9am and after 5pm. Even numbered houses on even days, odd number houses on odd days.
Wednesday July 22nd, 2020 - 8:26 am
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Tuesday July 14th, 2020 - 8:16 am
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Seal of the Town of Kingston, Massachusetts, Incorporated 1726The links below go to KPL pages that show Facebook posts from Town departments. We hope to add more soon.

There’s a combined feed from official Kingston pages, with links to the actual post or page on Facebook. However, you don’t need a Facebook account to read posts on the Library website.

 
View of wetlands and trees around a spring.

Elder’s Spring

View of wetlands and trees around a spring.

“Elder’s Spring was the water supply for the house-holds of Isaac Allerton, the Mayflower Pilgrim, and of other occupants of the farm, until it came into possession of Elder Thomas Cushman, for whom the present name was given. The old spring was a lovely spot, shaded by huge willows, and boiling up from clean, white sand, a strong and steady flow. A generation ago, Mr. John Bagnell, to make a fish or duck pool, dug away the bank, cut down the willows, and so changed the surroundings of the spring, it is quite different from what it used to be.”

Trees and grass in foreground, water in the distance at right.

Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16; quote from her notes on place names in Kingston.

Kingston Photo of people buying and selling produce at the Community Market, 1917

A new idea, from 101 years ago.

Kingston Photo of people buying and selling produce at the Community Market, 1917

 

In 2018, a new farmer’s market opened in Kingston. The Library’s usually there; check us out! It’s a great new venture with some interesting echos of the past.

In  1917, Kingston also had a new community market, this one located at the Point, right where Summer Street splits from Main. The Old Colony Memorial on July 13 that year invited anyone with surplus food  to join in.

No matter how small an amount you may have to sell, you are invited to bring it to the market. Products of the garden, dairy, poultry, etc. in fact, anything you are engaged in producing…

Part of the national effort to increase local food production as the nation entered the First World War, Kingston’s market was sponsored by the Grange, the Patriotic Society and the Food Production Committee of the Public Safety Commission. There was no charge for selling: vendors just had to show up with their wares.

Within the first week the market was open, 17-year-old diarist Helen Foster wrote that “things sure were stirring there.”

Source:  Newspapers PC19; Mary Hathaway Collection MC21

Cover of The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, showing a hearse under a storm cloud

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist : a True Story of Injustice in the American South, by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington

Cover of The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, showing a hearse under a storm cloudInvestigative journalist Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington, Director of the Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi, have put together a heart-rending account of the institutional racism embedded in the intersection of law and science in Mississippi. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist of the title are Dr. Stephen Hayne and Dr. Michael West, who together held sway over the murder investigation and prosecution  for decades. Leaning heavily on an antiquated system of county coroners, complicit officials who fought hard to maintain the Jim Crow status quo and a gloss of CSI-style razzle-dazzle and jargon, Haynes  literally cornered the market on autopsies in the state and brought along his friend West, who professed expertise in a number of shaky forensic techniques.

The two became the favored experts for prosecutors. not least for their creativity and willingness to shape the “evidence” to the state’s needs.  Judges accepted the “science.” State officials refused to staff or fund a modern medical examiner’s office. Haynes and West grew rich and famous.  And innocent people, mostly African-American, went to jail.  While two of the wrongly convicted men detailed in the book were exonerated when Haynes and West eventually fell from grace, many others remain imprisoned with no systematic review of this deep injustice likely.  This is not a story with a happy ending, but one that will leave you shaking your head and whispering Mississippi goddam.

Gravestone of Edward Gray in Plymouth cemetery

In other spelling news

Gray’s Beach Park is named for Edward Gray, who arrived in Plymoth Colony in the 1642 and eventually became one of the the richest men around. He owned land along what later became Kingston’s shoreline, including as this notable land record,  the site of  Kingston’s little beach.

And we know it’s Gray’s with an A, because, yes, it’s carved in stone.

Gravestone of Edward Gray in Plymouth cemetery

This is Old Burial Hill in Plymouth, and Gray’s is one of the oldest marked stones there. The more legible of the two markers is actually a sign pointing to the original stone, which appears to be  in some kind of protective frame.  The related page on Find-a-Grave has some good modern close ups of the actual stone.

Source: The Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slide Collection IC4, series “The Pilgrim Story, Plymouth” 90 slides copyright A. S. Burbank, circa 1920.

Grimacing toddler on the cover of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness by Melissa Dahl

Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkardness by Melissa Dahl

Grimacing toddler on the cover of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness by Melissa Dahl You probably know the feeling well. You’re lying in bed, just trying to fall asleep, but images of your worst moments in junior high — the bad haircut, the wrong clothes, the time you called the teacher “Mommy” —  just will not stop tapdancing through your painfully conscious mind.

That’s the feeling Melissa Dahl investigates in Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.  To get deep inside the cringe, Dahl talks to anthropologists, sociologists, neuroscientists and advice columnists. She puts her own social discomforts, teenage angst and work dilemmas in the spotlight to illustrate and individualize scientific studies and broad research. She pores over her own online writing; attends workshops to learn to talk about race; even reads from her teenage diaries on stage.

Her eager search for compassion for her awkward self — indeed, for all the cringing selves everywhere — is deep and kind and just plain funny. You’ll cringe in sympathy, and maybe stretch your understanding of this very, very human experience.

The awkward in me sees and bows to the awkward in all of you.

*Recommended by Susan.