Dry Sat/Sun, Showers Possible Monday

August 30th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ll get a beautiful day today as high pressure controls our weather  in the low and mid-levels of the atmosphere.

 

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Southwesterly winds will strengthen this evening and overnight, and the humidity will rise.  Sunday will be stickier than today and Labor Day will be even more so.

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The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

August 30th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

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Solomon, Elorza battle in heated mayoral debate

August 29th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The leading Democratic candidates for mayor of Providence lobbed criticism at one another throughout a contentious debate Friday, while each made the case that the city can’t afford to elect independent candidate Buddy Cianci in the November election.

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• Related: Watch the full Elorza-Solomon debate on WPRI 12′s Newsmakers (Aug. 29)


Still A Rip Current Threat Today, but Waters Gradually Calm

August 29th, 2014 at 6:06 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

UPDATED AT 8:30AM

HIGH SURF ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED, BUT STILL DECENT WAVES

Good morning.  The latest observations show swells on the south coast are have now gone down to about 3-5 feet.  That is lower than yesterday, but it is still high enough to pose a danger.  The high surf advisory has expired; the surf should continue to decrease into the afternoon.

THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY

Even when the surf is no longer a threat, dangerous rip currents will be a risk.  These can sometimes be more dangerous than the high surf because it is often hard to see the rip currents.

IMPROVING THIS WEEKEND

By Saturday and Sunday, the surf should no longer be an issue but we will still have to monitor the rip current risk.  The risk will likely be lower as waters continue to calm, but make sure to check back with us through out the weekend.  It often takes a while for the rip current risk to completely go away. -Pete Mangione


Elorza campaign copied letter from Central Falls mayor

August 28th, 2014 at 11:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza is blaming a “former advisor” for drafting a letter on his behalf using language that is nearly identical to a letter that was sent in 2012 by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

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Nice Weather On Land….Ocean Waters Remain Rough

August 28th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

…HURRICANE CRISTOBAL WILL BRING DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS TO SOUTH FACING OCEAN BEACHES OF RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH FRIDAY

HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. ALSO VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER.

LARGE WAVES CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. 

A RIP CURRENT…SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW…IS A STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER AND EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT. IF YOU ARE A POOR SWIMMER AND ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…SWIM PARALLEL TO THE BEACH UNTIL OUT OF ITS PULL.

ANOTHER MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD SWIMMERS IS TO RIDE THE CURRENT OUT BEYOND THE SURF ZONE WHERE THE RIP CURRENT DISSIPATES…THEN SWIM TOWARD SHORE OUTSIDE THE EFFECT OF THE NARROW RIP CURRENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE DIRECTLY AGAINST THE CURRENT…IT CAN EXHAUST AND DROWN EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER

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East Side, Latino voters crucial in Providence mayor’s race

August 28th, 2014 at 9:36 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Jorge Elorza used Prospect Terrace Park on Providence’s East Side to announce a major endorsement. Michael Solomon chose the same location to show he’s a viable candidate in the general election.

They didn’t pick it for the view.

With 12 days remaining until the primary, the East Side has become a key battleground in the race for mayor, not because both candidates believe they can win the area, but because Elorza needs to run up the score while Solomon must stay competitive, according to campaign experts.

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Swells from Cristobal Have Arrived, High Surf Continues

August 28th, 2014 at 9:07 am by under General Talk

High Surf Advisory continues along our ocean facing beaches today as swells from Hurricane Cristobal have now reached our coastline.  We’ve been watching the surf building through the night and beach surf could reach 6-12ft today, leading to potentially strong and dangerous rip currents.  There were reports of dozens of water rescues yesterday at area beaches and conditions will be worse today, so be extra cautious if heading to the beach. temp 2

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Hurricane Cristobal is making it’s closest pass today, staying about 300miles south and east of Nantucket, so the only effects felt from the storm are in our waters.  The seas will stay unsettled into Friday with the high surf advisory through at least noon.  There could still be a moderate risk for rip currents into the start of the holiday weekend.


Elorza pitches citywide arts festival for Providence

August 28th, 2014 at 8:12 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza said Thursday he wants Providence to host a week-long arts and cultural festival modeled after the popular South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas.

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High Surf And Dangerous Rip Currents At Beaches

August 27th, 2014 at 6:36 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief  Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Hurricane Cristobal will pass well south and east of our area next 24 hours, however indirect impacts will be felt on the coastal waters with dangerous rip currents and powerful surf at area beaches

 

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…HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM EDT THURSDAY… *

LOCATION…SOUTH COAST OF RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING NANTUCKET…MARTHAS VINEYARD AND BLOCK ISLAND.

* SURF HEIGHT…6 TO 12 FEET. * TIMING…FROM 8 PM TONIGHT TO 8 PM THURSDAY NIGHT.

THIS MAY HAVE TO BE EXTENDED INTO FRIDAY. *

IMPACTS…HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. ALSO VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER. LARGE WAVES CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. FALLING INTO THE TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN RESULT IN INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

A RIP CURRENT…SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW…IS A STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER AND EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT. IF YOU ARE A POOR SWIMMER AND ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…SWIM PARALLEL TO THE BEACH UNTIL OUT OF ITS PULL.

ANOTHER MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD SWIMMERS IS TO RIDE THE CURRENT OUT BEYOND THE SURF ZONE WHERE THE RIP CURRENT DISSIPATES…THEN SWIM TOWARD SHORE OUTSIDE THE EFFECT OF THE NARROW RIP CURRENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE DIRECTLY AGAINST THE CURRENT…IT CAN EXHAUST AND DROWN EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER. HEED THE ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL AND SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES. WATCH YOUR CHILDREN. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS NEAR PIERS AND JETTIES WHERE RIP CURRENTS CAN BE ENHANCED


Bill Clinton: Seth Magaziner is ready to be RI treasurer

August 27th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former President Bill Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement of Democrat Seth Magaziner in the race for Rhode Island general treasurer on Wednesday, telling a campaign rally that the 31-year-old political newcomer is ready to do the job.

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Cristobal to Bring High Surf, Dangerous Rip Currents

August 27th, 2014 at 7:36 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Hurricane Cristobal is continuing on a track that will keep it well off-shore of southern New England with no threat of a landfall. temp 1 However, it is leading to higher surf and an increased risk for rip currents at our beaches over the next few days.  Already today, ocean facing beaches in RI and southeastern MA have a moderate risk for rip currents so be cautious if you are beach bound and plan on swimming.

By this evening, surf will build to as high as 6-9ft and there will be a high risk for rip currents.  In fact, our coastline is now under a “High Surf Advisory” from 8pm this evening through 8pm Thursday.   temp 2

Seas will begin to diminish by Friday and the Labor day weekend as Cristobal moves further away from the area.


Analysis: 5 takeaways from the Democratic gov debate

August 26th, 2014 at 11:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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Democrats for RI gov battle in aggressive TV debate

August 26th, 2014 at 8:01 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With two weeks until the primary, the three leading Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor questioned each other’s records while laying out their plans for job creation and education during a fiery debate Tuesday.

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• Related: Watch the full debate on WPRI.com | Analysis: 5 takeaways from the debate


Cristobal Will Bring Rip Currents, Possibly Late Wednesday

August 26th, 2014 at 7:12 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Tuesday evening, Cristobal is a Category One hurricane with winds of 75 mph.  Here is the latest track:

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This storm will stay far away, so we don’t have to worry about it bringing bad weather.  However, it will bring rip currents Thursday into the weekend.  Some of these rips may arrive as early as Wednesday afternoon.  Please listen to lifeguards at the beach for instructions about where it is safe to swim. -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


Cristobal Now A Hurricane: Winds: 75 mph

August 25th, 2014 at 10:34 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

 

CRISTOBAL STRENGTHENING WHILE SLOWLY MEANDERING…

SUMMARY AS OF 8PM

 LOCATION…25.0N 72.0W

ABOUT 665 MI…1075 KM SW OF BERMUDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…E OR 100 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…990 MB…29.23

 WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR… * BERMUDA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK  AT 800 PM EDT.

THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 25.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE 72.0 WEST. CRISTOBAL HAS BEEN MEANDERING IN A GENERALLY EASTWARD DIRECTION OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS…BUT A SLOW NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO RESUME OVERNIGHT. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS FORECAST TO OCCUR ON TUESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF CRISTOBAL WILL MOVE AWAY FROM THE BAHAMAS THROUGH TUESDAY…AND PASS TO THE WEST AND NORTH OF BERMUDA ON WEDNESDAY. REPORTS FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH…110 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO…AND CRISTOBAL IS LIKELY TO BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TONIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY. TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205 MILES… 335 KM…PRIMARILY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

Forecast Track For Cristobal

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11am Cristobal Update

August 25th, 2014 at 11:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Cristobal continues to show signs of slow strengthening, but upper-level winds (wind shear) continue to try to tear the system apart.

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The visible satellite picture above clearly shows the center of circulation exposed to the north of the Bahamas.  The strongest of the showers and thunderstorms remain to the east and south of the center.  The central and southern Bahamas are continuing to see heavy rain from the system, and there have been many reports of flooding on the island chain.

At 11am, Cristobal was approximately 715 miles southwest of Bermuda and about 1275miles south of Providence.

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Cristobal 8am Update

August 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center.  Cristobal was creeping northward away from the Bahamas.  The center was exposed with heavy showers and thunderstorms still impacting the southeast Bahamas.  You can see the ‘feeder bands’ of clouds working into the center of circulation while the brighter white clouds (thunderstorms) are focused to the east and south of the center.

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Here’s the 8am NHC info…

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Cristobal Latest

August 25th, 2014 at 7:03 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Cristobal is currently near the southeast Bahamas and will slowly be moving away from the island chain today.

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Back to School for Many This Week

August 25th, 2014 at 5:45 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

For many students, this is back to school week.   In Rhode Island, Barrington and Lincoln begin school today.   It looks like the weather will have little impact for those headed back to school during the next few days.

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High pressure will be building into Southern New England today both in the low levels and upper levels of the atmosphere.  This is a weather pattern which usually promotes lots of sunshine.

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Cristobal Could Affect Waters, but not Land

August 24th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Sunday evening Tropical Storm Cristobal had winds of 46 mph and was moving to the north at 7 mph.  There is a “dip” in the jet stream that seems to be interacting with the storm.   That is likely the reason it does not have that classic circular shape yet.  However, as the dip in the jet stream moves away, it’s likely that Cristobal will become better organized and turn into a hurricane.  However, this may not happen for several days.

Here is the Sunday evening track from the National Hurricane Center:

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There are 2 important things to note.  First, notice how the red, hollow tropical storm graphic becomes a “filled in” hurricane graphic from Tuesday into Wednesday.  This makes sense given that the above mentioned “dip” in the jet stream should be gone that point.  Tropical systems don’t like dips in the jet stream, so once this moves away Cristobal will have a change to organize.

The second thing to note the sharp bend to the right on Thursday.  There is actually a second “dip” in the jet stream that will bring in a cold front around this time.  This should help push Cristobal out to sea and keep it well offshore from southern New England.  However, rip currents are possible around the end of the week into Labor Day weekend.  Even if the storm is several hundred miles away, it can still affect our waters if it is strong enough.  The front itself may give us some isolated showers or thunderstorms, but we will take that over a hit from Cristobal!

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The weather for the Friday and Saturday actually looks nice and comfortable with highs in the upper 70s and low humidity.  Some showers are possible Sunday from a another wave of low pressure that may ride in from the west.

Obviously, interactions in the atmosphere between fronts and tropical systems are complex so we need to continue to watch this for any changes in the path.  Have a good night and enjoy the warmer temperatures this week! -Pete Mangione


Tropical Storm Cristobal: What does it mean for us?

August 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of Sunday morning Tropical Storm Cristobal had winds of 45 mph and was approaching parts of the Bahamas.  Conditions will be favorable for the storm to strengthen over the next few days, this could make it either a stronger tropical storm or a hurricane.

There is still a lot of uncertainty in the track of the storm.  There is a chance it could drift into the Florida or the North/South Carolina coast.  The most likely scenario keeps it near the Florida and Carolina coast but never brings it onto land.  A bend back to the northeast is then expected mid-week.  Here is the updated track from the National Hurricane Center:

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Notice that in the above track, the storm does not make it that close to southern New England.  However, we can’t rely on just one solution.  We need to account for some variation from this track; either closer or further away from southern New England.  IF the storm tries to get near us towards the end of the week, a cold front may help push it away. This front will bring the chance of showers.

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Based on all of the above, it is likely that Cristobal stays well offshore from southern New England.  That being said, some dangerous rip currents are possible as we head into the start of the Labor Day Weekend.  However, the weather itself looks OK.  We will continue to bring you more updates, enjoy the nice Sunday! -Pete Mangione

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Tropical Storm Cristobal Forms

August 23rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Updated at 7AM On Sunday

Tropical Storm Cristobal is now here.  Winds are sustained at 45 mph.  IF the storm makes it offshore from New England, we are NOT expecting a landfall.  The storm may give us some rip currents, more information is below….

There are several different scenarios involving this tropical storm.  One scenario brings the storms into the Gulf of Mexico, another scenario brings it into Florida or North/ South Carolina.    The most likely scenario (and most agreed upon by the computer models) brings it into the northwest initially, but then bends it back out to sea as shown below.

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IF the above scenario were to occur, it would likely be during the end of next week as a tropical storm or hurricane.  A front will likely be moving in from the northwest at the same time; this would help push the storm out to sea (sometimes fronts can be good!). The front could bring a few showers, but mostly dry weather is expected during this time.

That being said, we would still likely get some rip currents right before or during Labor Day Weekend.  Stay tuned as we need to see what happens with this storm over the next 48 hours to get a better idea of the path.  -Pete Mangione

 

 


Watching a Potential Tropical System Next Week

August 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There is a disturbance near the Bahamas which has a good chance of turning into a tropical system over the next couple of days.  At this point, the majority of our computer models bring the storm offshore from the US east coast into the middle/end of next week.  There is no immediate threat to our area right now, but we could be looking at some rough surf and rip currents next week.

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WHY A COLD FRONT MAY BE A GOOD THING NEXT WEEK

A great way to keep hurricanes and tropical systems AWAY from New England is to bring in some kind of weather disturbance from the west.  There is a pretty good chance that, next week, a cold front will be approaching from the northwest at the same time that the tropical system is lurking in the Atlantic.   This front would act to keep the storm at sea…although some high surf may be able to make it to our shore.

We obviously need to look at more data to get a better handle on this potential tropical system.  We will bring you updates through out the weekend and into next week.  -Pete Mangione

 

 

 


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

August 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Brett Smiley to leave mayor’s race, support Jorge Elorza

August 22nd, 2014 at 2:07 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With just 18 days before the primary, Brett Smiley will drop out of the race for Providence mayor and endorse fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Smiley, a 35-year-old East Side resident, plans to make a formal announcement at an 11 a.m. press conference Friday, but campaign co-chairman Ray Hull confirmed he was leaving the race Thursday evening. Smiley informed most of his staff of the decision during a conference call around 10 p.m. Thursday.

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Smiley wants to be the ‘best pothole filler’ ever in city

August 21st, 2014 at 5:34 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley says he wants to be the “best chief pothole filler the city has ever seen.”

Smiley, a Democrat, unveiled a plan Thursday to create a cabinet-level position that would oversee road repairs and prevent utility companies from cutting into newly surfaced roads, a chronic complaint from City Council members and residents.

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83% of Providence police employees don’t live in the city

August 21st, 2014 at 12:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It has become one of mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza’s favorite talking points on the campaign trail.

Elorza tells a story about a friend who couldn’t get rid of a drug dealer hanging out near his house. Then a police officer moved upstairs and advised the dealer to leave the neighborhood. “Problem solved,” Elorza jokes.

That scenario is far from common.

Nine years after state lawmakers scrapped what was left of Providence’s residency requirement, fewer than 20% of police department members – from trainees to the chief – call the city home, according to WPRI.com review of payroll records.

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Taveras loses campaign field director

August 20th, 2014 at 4:14 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With less than three weeks before the Democratic primary, Providence mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras has lost his campaign field director.

Taveras campaign manager Danny Kedem confirmed that Whitney Larsen, who was in charge of overseeing all campaign volunteers, resigned. He declined to give a reason for her departure or say if a new field director has been hired.

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WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Raimondo takes the lead; Pell rises

August 20th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo has overtaken Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in the Democratic primary for governor and political newcomer Clay Pell is closing in on him from behind, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Wednesday shows.

The new survey of 503 likely Rhode Island Democratic primary voters shows Raimondo in the lead at 32%, Taveras slipping to second place at 27% and Pell close behind him at 26%. The number of voters who are undecided has fallen to 13% ahead of the Sept. 9 primary.

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