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

October 25th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Clinton swings through RI to boost Raimondo bid

October 24th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Susan Campbell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo on Friday, using a campaign rally to tie Raimondo’s themes to those Clinton may run on in a 2016 presidential bid.

Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung, dismissed the Clinton rally as something that isn’t a big deal to most voters. He spent the morning visiting Brutopia, a brewery and restaurant in Cranston that he said demonstrated how his stewardship of that city has prepared him to improve the state’s economy.

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Providence cop connection eyed in mail-ballot probe

October 24th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The head of the Rhode Island State Police confirmed Friday investigators are looking into whether two men who were collecting mail ballots at the state’s largest homeless shelter were Providence police officers.

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Rain Check!

October 24th, 2014 at 10:03 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The Nor’easter which has been plaguing us with rain, wind, clouds and chilly temperatures is slowly pulling away from New England this morning.


The low will be up in Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon.  In its wake, drier air will return to Southern New England.  Today (Friday) will be a transition day as we will still have lots of clouds in our skies this afternoon.  The skies will clear tonight, and we’ll get a beautiful weekend.

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Offshore Storm Lingers Thru Friday Morning…

October 23rd, 2014 at 7:28 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Coastal storm continues to influence our weather Tonight with rain and wind. However the wind gusts should not be as strong as last Night. Damaging winds are not expected. Gusts Tonight will range from 25-35 mph at times.  A light to moderate rain Tonight with an occasional heavier downpour. Showers linger early Friday, then drier air by afternoon and evening.  Some clearing Friday Night will set the stage for brighter weather this weekend..

Storm Damage Reports From Last Night..Click Here

Rainfall Amounts Since Yesterday..Click Here

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Location of coastal storm as of 7pm

 RPM High Resolution Computer Model Shows Strongest Winds In Yellow (35-40 mph) along east coastal Massachusetts and just offshore this evening

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New Brown U. polls give Raimondo, Elorza the lead

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo has a double-digit lead over her Republican opponent Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, with less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to a new survey released Thursday by Brown University.

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By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With less than two weeks before Election Day, Democratic Jorge Elorza holds a commanding lead over independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr in the race for Providence mayor, according to a poll released Thursday by Brown University.

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Not as wild as Wednesday Night, but more wind/rain

October 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Last night was a wild night for weather! Strong wind gusts and thunderstorms brought down many branches; power was knocked out in several areas across RI and southeast Massachusetts.  There were also numerous reports of street flooding in Providence and across the rest of the state.  I have posted storm reports at the bottom of this blog.

For the rest of the day, expect strong winds to continue (gusts 30-40 mph).  For the most part, this won’t be strong  enough to create additional damage.  However, occasional downpours or thunderstorms are possible; and stronger wind gusts are possible underneath any of these storms.  Other then the occasional downpour, most of the rain will be light to moderate so I am not expecting widespread street flooding. -Pete Mangione

Courtesy of the SKYWARN network, here are some storm reports from last night:

Measured Wind Gust Reports:

Hull, MA: 60 MPH wind gust at 917 PM

Scituate, MA (Humarock Beach): 59 MPH wind gust at 924 PM/51 MPH gust at 724 PM/50 MPH Gust at 644 PM Winthrop, MA: 56 MPH Gust at 954 PM/52 MPH Gust at 939 PM/51 MPH gust at 737 PM Rockport, MA: 53 MPH Gust at 710 PM/51 MPH Gust at 625 PM Beverly, MA: 52 MPH Gust at 942 PM Bristol, RI: 51 MPH Gust at 820 PM Fall River, MA: 50 MPH Gust at 806 PM Marblehead, MA: 48 MPH gust at 809 PM/47 MPH Gust at 714 PM Charlestown, RI: 47 MPH Gust at 600 PM Fairhaven, MA (West Island South Point): 52 MPH Gust at 758 PM/50 MPH Gust at 743 PM/44 MPH gust at 713 PM Cohasset, MA: 46 MPH gust at 1055 PM Cambridge, MA: 46 MPH Gust at 602 PM Providence, RI: 46 MPH Gust at 848 PM Medford, MA: 42 MPH gust at 356 PM Sharon, MA: 42 MPH Gust at 830 PM North Grosvenor Dale, CT: 42 MPH Gust at 911 PM Barnstable (Marstons Mills), MA: 41 MPH Gust at 635 PM Newburyport, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 636 PM Wrentham, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 753 PM Middletown, RI: 40 MPH gust at 634 PM Hanover, MA: 40 MPH Gust at 810 PM


Wind Damage/Flood/Hail Reports:

555 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Tree down on Wires on Hale Street at Endicott College

600 PM: East Greenwich, RI: Tree down blocking road – Division Road

604 PM: Taunton, MA: Tree and Wires down on house on Danforth Street

612 PM: Salem, MA: medium sized Tree limb down on English Street

627 PM: Williamsburg, MA: Tree and Wires Down on Nash Hill Road

631 PM: West Peabody, MA: Large Branches down on Lake Street at Puritan Lawn Cemetary

633 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on North Quincy Street

644 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large limb down blocking one road. Tree down on Brook and Salem Streets and Tree down on Chestnut Street

650 PM: Peabody, MA: Large limb down on car Route 114 west at Gardner Street

656 PM: 2 miles off Point Judith, RI: 53 foot tug Karen Jean had a distress call with 4 people rescued, barge sunk with undisclosed contents

658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree down on West Road

658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree and wires down on East Broadway

700 PM: Gloucester, MA: Tree and Power Pole down on Mount Pleasant Street

701 PM: Quincy, MA: Trees and Wires Down

709 PM: Ipswich, MA: Tree down on High Street and Tree down on Wires on Agrilla Road

715 PM: Boston, MA: Large Tree down on Washington Street

716 PM: Cambridge, MA: Large tree down blocking Memorial Drive. Tree down on Alewife Brook Parkway at Mass Avenue

718 PM: Marblehead, MA: Large Tree down on Auburndale at Humphrey street

720 PM: Lynn, MA: Large Limb Down on Ocean Street

725 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Limb down on wires on Madison Avenue

731 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires Down on Overland Road

732 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large Limb down on Hutchins Circle

733 PM: Brookline, MA: Lancaster Terrace – Tree and Power lines down

736 PM: Fall River, MA: Several trees and limbs down

737 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Treble Cove Road and Tree down on Middlesex Turnpike

737 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down in the Bartholomew Street area

746 PM: Wenham, MA: Numerous trees and wires down

750 PM: Holbrook, MA: Tree limbs and power lines down on Juniper Road

757 PM: Wakefield, MA: Tree down on Aborn Avenue

757 PM: Roxbury, MA: Shirley Street – Tree down

757 PM: Lowell, MA: Tree down on Railroad tracks

804 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires down causing a tree fire on Nelson Avenue

805 PM: Belmont, MA: Tree and wires down on School Street at Bow Road

808 PM: Weymouth, MA: Whitman Pond area of Middle Street – Tree and Wires down

810 PM: Waltham, MA: 2 large trees down on waverly oaks road at shirley road

812 PM: Beverly, MA: Trees down on Cabot street, Columbus and Elliot Street, power outages on ellsworth avenue

814 PM: Dorchester, MA: Power lines down on Allston Street at Moultrie Street

814 PM: Ashland, MA: Tree down on 4 cars (all unoccupied) on Butterfield Drive

820 PM: Bristol, RI: Tree limbs down on Hope Street (Rte 114)

826 PM: Lynn, MA: Tree down on Maple Street into house and blocking road

829 PM: Fall River, MA: Wires sparking causing pole fire near Jerry Remy’s on Davol Street

830 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down blocking woodland road, Limb down on Boden and Oxbow

835 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down blocking Aspen Road and tree down on Billings Street

836 PM: Norwood, MA: Tree down on Winter Street

836 PM: Westwood, MA: Trees and wires down scattered across town

836 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down on Glendale Road

839 PM: West Peabody, MA: Telephone Pole down on Birch Street

843 PM: Manchester, MA: Multiple trees down scattered in town

844 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house puncturing the roof on Central Street

847 PM: Danvers, MA: Tree down blocking the road

850 PM: Carver, MA: Silva Street – Tree and wires down blocking road

854 PM: Natick, MA: Large Tree Limb down off West Central Street

854 PM: Peabody, MA: Large tree down against a house on Ruth Avenue

855 PM: Acushnet, MA: Limb down on wires on Peckham Road, large tree down on main street (rte 105) at the acushnet/rochester line blocking north bound side of road

857 PM: Dorchester, MA: 30 foot sailboat washed up on Morrisey Boulevard boat ramp with many small and large limbs down

903 PM: Ipswich, MA: power outages reported across a portion of town

906 PM: Warwick, RI: Multiple reports of pea sized hail including on Bald Hill Road by the Home Depot

907 PM: East Boston, MA: Wires down on Moore Street

909 PM: Chelsea, MA: Tree down on house Summit Avenue

915 PM: West Warwick, RI: Tree down on Natick Avenue

920 PM: New Bedford, MA: Tree down on a car on Acushnet Avenue

920 PM: Blackstone, MA: Tree down on house – no injuries

921 PM: Plymouth, MA: Tree down on Route 3a in Manomet Section, other reports of trees and wires down in town

921 PM: Plainville, MA: I-495 Northbound – Large tree down blocking breakdown lane and covering part of the right lane milemarker 35.2

921 PM: Westerly, RI: Tree down and power outage – Boombridge Road at Harwood

925 PM: Attleboro, MA: tree down on steer street blocking road, tree removed, Tree and wires on Car on Park Street at Wilmarth Street

925 PM: Duxbury, MA: Tree, pole and power lines down south street

929 PM: Foxboro, MA: Power lines down causing a transfromer fire on Spring Street

931 PM: Mansfield, MA: Tree down in backyard off Elm Street

938 PM: Coventry, RI: Perry Hill Road – Tree down blocking Road, Yale Drive – Power lines down

940 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree and wires into a house on lake shore drive

941 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down blocking Surry Lane

941 PM: West Newbury, MA: Tree down on Wires on Moulton Street

942 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on VFW Parkway and Centre Street

943 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree down on eliot at Cabot Street

944 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down on wires on Simon Street

948 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on School Street and power outage on Plain Street

950 PM: North Brookline, MA: Tree down with wires on stedman and beals street

951 PM: Medway, MA: Tree down on power lines

951 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on fence on Paris Street. Wires down on parker hill by parker street

952 PM: Foxboro, MA: Large tree down on County Street

956 PM: Needham, MA: Tree down on High Gate Street and Hill crest

957 PM: Sherborn, MA; Tree down across road in the golding street area

959 PM: Providence, RI: Charles and Orms street by the Mariott Hotel, car stuck in flood waters

1000 PM: Quincy, MA: Hancock Terrace – Tree on house. Billings Street – Tree on car

1003 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house on Prospect Street

1004 PM: Stoneham, MA: Wires down on Pleasant and Gould Streets

1005 PM: Malden, MA: Tree and power lines down samett Street, malden mill road, tree down, mountain ave tree and power lines down, canopy blown over on Gilbert Street

1009 PM: West Greenwich, RI: Frye Pond road – Large tree and wires down

1012 PM: Coventry, RI: Laurel Avenue and Washington Street closed due to flooding

1012 PM: Jamaica Plain, MA: Tree down on Forest Hills Street

1014 PM: Charlestown, MA: Large branch down in Main Street

1016 PM: Hanson, MA: Tree down across East Washington Street

1023 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Duncan Drive

1024 PM: Duxbury, MA: Trees and Wires down on Bow Street

1024 PM: Beverly, MA; Rantoul and Federal Streets – Tree down blocking street

1026 PM: Salem, MA: Large (12-18″) diameter limb down on Harmony Street

1027 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree into a house possibly due to a lightning strike

1028 PM: Beverly, MA: Medium to large size tree down on Eliot Street

1027 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on 11 Irvington Street

1028 PM: Seekonk, MA: Tree down on Wires

1028 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navoss Street, alocott street – tree down, willis street, tree down

1028 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Cambridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros avenue

1035 PM: Roslindale, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navarre Street off Canterbury

1035 PM: Braintree, MA: Tree into a house on the extended porche and broke the sky light – Oak Hill Road

1035 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree blocking Route 16 near wellesley College

1041 PM: Westwood, MA: Tree into wires andhouse on Benvenu Street

1043 PM: Charlestown, MA: Tree fell on 2 cars – henley and main street

1043 PM: Bridgewater, MA; Windmere Way – Tree limbs down on power lines

1045 PM: Malden, MA: Preston Street – tree down, power outage in the area

1046 PM: Weymouth, MA: Harding Avenue – tree and wires down – road closed

1050 PM: South Boston, MA: Tree down on L Street

1051 PM: Providence, RI: Whipple Street – car stuck flood waters. Charles at Admiral Street flooded knee deep water

1053 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Irving Street

1059 PM: Milton, MA: Large tree down blocking blue hill avenue inbound at the mattapan line

1106 PM: Natick, MA: car stuck in flood waters on route 9 westbound

1106 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down on Grove Street

1110 PM: Scituate, MA: Haverly and Grove Street – trees and wires down

1110 PM: Canton, MA: Tree down across train tracks between canton junction and route 128.

1110 PM: Holbrook, MA: South Franklin Street (Route 37) – flooded out

1110 PM: Plymouth, MA: Warren Avenue at Plymouth Beach closed due to coastal flooding

1112 PM: Pembroke, MA: Trees down on Old washington Street and Elmer Street at Route 27

1114 PM: Hanover, MA: Winter Street – power outage in the area

1114 PM: Hull, MA: Standish Avenue between beacon hill and bluff road – tree down

1114 PM: Hull, MA: Atlantic Avenue – coastal flooding closing road

1114 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on Ocean Street by the Duxbury line

1117 PM: Natick, MA: Car stuck in flood waters on north main street

1121 PM: Hingham, MA: Cushing Street just before Ward Street – Tree down

1128 PM: Hanover, MA: Large branch down on Pleasant Street

1129 PM: Dorchester, MA: Mellen Street/Ashmont Hill – One tree down damaging a car

1134 PM: Rockport, MA: Large tree down on house

1143 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down by the Pierce School

1146 PM: Georgetown, MA: Tree down on Baldpate Road in area of the hospital

1147 PM: Scituate, MA; Small Tree Branch down on Indian Trail

1151 PM: Scituate, MA: Oceanside drive – water from the ocean into the house into the back door

1151 PM: Wellesley, MA: River Street – tree down

1159 PM: Plympton, MA: Primary Wires down with a pole fire on Main Street

1212 AM: Waltham, MA: Tree down on roof of a house – Colonial Avenue, Large Tree and Wires down on Beal and Main Street

1212 AM: Brockton, MA: Tree and Wires down on Cross Street

1213 AM: Plymouth, MA: Large tree down across River Street at Bramhalls Corner

1219 AM: Scituate, MA: Irving at Norwell – Tree down

1220 AM: Dorchester, MA: Mallet Street – blocked with a tree down

1220 AM: Natick, MA: Route 9 at Route 27 closed due to flooding, route 27 at washington street, car stranded by flood waters with water halfway up the hub caps

1229 AM: Raynham, MA: Route 138 near Carver Street – flooded slowing traffic. Center street to stoneybrook road flooded and slowing traffic

1232 AM: Marblehead, MA: Tree down on house on Dodge Road – boat has broken loose off its mooring in the water near the crestwood Road area

1239 AM: Marshfield, MA: 2 Trees and wires down blocking one lane of a road way on Union Street

1239 AM: Boston, MA: Tree down on John Alden Road

1240 AM: Hingham, MA: Tree down

1243 AM: Hanover, MA: Trees and Wires down

1247 AM: Middleboro, MA: Wareham Street at the Herring Run closed due to flooding – reopened at 200 AM

1250 AM: Raynham, MA: Darrington Road flooded over the sidewalk near Campbell Court

1256 AM: Peabody, MA: Roland Road impassable due to a tree down

105 AM: Marblehead, MA: intersection of Harbor and Nanepashemet streets has tree down blocking the road

135 AM: Brockton, MA: North Montello Street at Howard Street – car stuck in flood waters

137 AM: Winchester, MA: Large Branches down on Wildwood Street



Coastal Storm Brings Rain And Strong Wind Gusts…

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Continue to monitor intensifying coastal storm south of Block Island. Bands of rain, heavy at times will move thru this evening and overnight…some embedded thunderstorms too.  Winds are picking up right now with gusts to 35 mph inland, but up to 45 mph along the coastline. Winds that gust to 45 mph have the potential to bring isolated damage to trees and powerlines. Rainfall totals Tonight thru Thursday will range from 1-2 inches across Rhode Island,  with 2-3 inches for southeastern Massachusetts where a “Flood Watch” is in effect.  A “High Wind Warning” has just been issued for Plymouth County Mass.













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Cianci files complaint against group attacking him in ad

October 22nd, 2014 at 5:59 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The race for Providence mayor has its first cease-and-desist letter.

Lawyers for independent candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci filed a complaint with the R.I. Board of Elections Wednesday accusing a prominent East Side political figure of breaking a slew of campaign finance laws, including one that prohibits third-party advocacy groups from coordinating directly with campaigns.

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Wednesday Afternoon Rainy Update

October 22nd, 2014 at 1:19 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Bristol County Massachusetts only.  This starts at 5PM and goes into Thursday morning.  This means that there is a potential for some street flooding, but there is no immediate threat.  Because of the position of the offshore storm, it looks like eastern areas will get the most rainfall.  That’s why at this point, Rhode Island is NOT included in this watch.


Even though Rhode Island is not included in this watch, ALL areas may get periods of moderate to heavy rain tonight into tomorrow morning.  When we have a lot of leaves on the ground, they can clog the drains and exacerbate any kind of flooding situation.  Therefore, please take it slow if you are on the road, especially later on tonight into the Thursday morning commute.  -Pete Mangione

Outside groups pouring big money into RI gov race

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:32 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A huge amount of outside money is suddenly pouring into Rhode Island’s tight race for governor.

In the last 24 hours, two groups with no previous history in the state – one backed by the Democratic Governors Association and one backed by the Republican Governors Association – have dropped a combined $849,014 into the race to air TV ads attacking the top two candidates, Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung, according to a review of R.I. Board of Elections filings.

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Analysis: 5 takeaways from the RI governor debate

October 21st, 2014 at 11:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

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Fung, Raimondo go on the attack in first TV debate

October 21st, 2014 at 11:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two leading candidates for Rhode Island governor questioned one another’s leadership skills during their first televised debate Tuesday evening, launching attacks at political decisions each has made in recent years while touting their plans to create jobs and turn the state’s lagging economy around.

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For Elorza and Cianci, South Side is the key battleground

October 21st, 2014 at 2:44 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With two weeks to go before Election Day, Providence mayoral candidates Jorge Elorza and Buddy Cianci are sprinting to lock up votes on the city’s South Side, the majority-minority community that campaign experts say could be the deciding factor in what appears to be a tight race.

Democrat Elorza, independent Cianci and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have spent much of the last four months attempting to make inroads on the South Side, which includes Washington Park, Upper and Lower South Providence, Elmwood and South Elmwood, Reservoir and part of the West End. In political speak, the South Side spans Wards 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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Storm Will Stall Offshore This Week.

October 20th, 2014 at 6:59 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

It still looks like various “elements”  in the atmosphere will come together  to produce a storm off the New England coast. Storm will stall for roughly a 2-3 day period, bringing a long stretch of rain and some gusty winds.  Right now I’m tracking a weak storm moving  across the upper Great Lakes.  As it moves  into Upstate New York,  a new storm will form off the coast and become the primary weather system next several days. (See Map Below). 




















5 Day Rainfall Totals Now Thru Friday Shows 1-3 Inches Southern New England, Much Higher New Hampshire/Maine.

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Mayoral candidates want to change Providence car tax

October 20th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A 2011 decision by city officials to impose a tax on all vehicles worth between $1,000 and $6,000 while reducing taxes on vehicles valued at more than $25,000 has become a hot topic in the race for mayor, with all three candidates pledging to do what they can to fix a policy they say unfairly targets Providence’s poorest residents.

Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop all say they want to reduce – or outright eliminate – the city’s current tax on motor vehicles, but none of the candidates have released a plan explaining how they’ll get it done in a city that is projecting a budget gap of between $15 million and $24 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.

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Stalled Storm to Bring Stretch of Unsettled Weather

October 20th, 2014 at 11:55 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It was the coldest morning since last April for much of southern New England with overnight lows falling into the uppers 20s and 30s.  Here’s a look at the low temperatures:

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The cold dry air that’s in place now, will give way to increasing clouds and moisture as an area of low pressure over the Great Lakes redevelops into an ocean storm that will hug the New England coast as it stalls just off-shore for the next three to four days.  Periods of rain will combine with some gusty winds to make for a gray, damp and dreary stretch of weather.  Based on the latest information, rainfall totals could reach 1-2″ in Rhode Island by the time the storm pulls away on Friday.  temp 1At this point, the storm does not look too severe for our area…. with the heaviest rain, strongest winds and potential coastal flooding hitting further north, but we’ll have to carefully watch as the storm takes shape these next few days.  A shift in the position of the storm could mean more rain and wind here.

The first rain showers are slated to move in late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

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And the steadiest of the rain could be late Wednesday into Thursday.  Some slow improvements are possible on Friday as the storm drifts further away.

Watch Executive Suite: Philip Eil, Providence Phoenix

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

GOP’s Harrop donates $1,000 to Elorza in race for Providence mayor

October 19th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – First it was the state’s congressional delegation. Now Democrat Jorge Elorza is getting financial support from one his opponents in the race for mayor of Providence.

Elorza’s campaign confirmed Sunday that Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop recently contributed $1,000 to the 37-year-old Democrat, the latest sign that the two rivals have formed an unlikely alliance to help block independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back City Hall.

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Frost Advisory and Freeze Warning Tonight

October 19th, 2014 at 9:03 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As TJ mentioned in his previous blog post, some spots may see a hard freeze tonight.  The watches he mentioned have now turned into advisories and warnings; this means that we are becoming confident in these cold conditions actually occurring.

This will likely be the coolest night of the season with temperatures near or below freezing in some areas.  Here are the low temperatures expected overnight:


Notice the upper 20s in eastern Connecticut; I would not be surprised if some spots in Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts also sneak into the upper 20s.

A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Providence, the East Bay, the West Bay, and Newport County RI.  For all inland areas away from Narragansett Bay, a FREEZE WARNING is in effect.   Basically, if you are still trying to grow something, you are going to want to bring it inside or protect it.

Have a great Sunday and bring the jacket; this afternoon it will be windy with temperatures only in the mid 50s! -Pete Mangione


Watch Newsmakers: Political roundtable on Campaign 2014

October 19th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes

Freeze Watch Sunday Night – Monday Morning

October 18th, 2014 at 11:01 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

What will likely be the coldest air of the season, so far, will move into Southern New England Sunday into Monday.

Strong northwest winds will usher in this cold beginning Sunday morning.  Temperatures on Sunday will be 15-20° colder than on Saturday when highs were around 71.  We’ll probably see more in the way of sunshine Sunday afternoon, but it will be ineffective sun as temperatures won’t budge much.


Northwest winds will be gusting as high as 30mph in the afternoon, and wind chills will be dipping into the 40s.  Those winds are expected to quiet down on Sunday night, and the temperatures will be begin to nose dive into the low to mid 30s by dawn on Monday….even in Providence!


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

October 18th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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For mayoral candidates, repetition is everything

October 17th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Buddy Cianci gets upset with Jorge Elorza during a mayoral forum, he likes to say, “This isn’t your classroom, professor.”

Elorza always has the same response. “This isn’t your talk show, Buddy.”

With under three weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election, the professor, the talk show host and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have perfected their acts, repeating the same talking points for new crowds as they travel across the city making the case for why one of them should be elected Providence’s next mayor.

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School reform advocate spending big to help Elorza beat Cianci

October 17th, 2014 at 5:49 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A millionaire charter school advocate from Connecticut is dipping his hands into the race for Providence mayor.

Jonathan Sackler, a wealthy investment manager and trustee for charter school operator Achievement First, contributed $25,000 to the 50CAN Action Fund to support Democrat Jorge Elorza, according to a disclosure filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections Tuesday.

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Three Questions about the Thursday Forecast

October 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Rain has moved through with varying intensities this morning and early this afternoon.  As of mid-afternoon, TF Green has picked up about 0.50″ of rain and Smithfield is at 0.77″.   Eastern Connecticut was hit with a lot of rain this morning with total of around 2.30″ (Willimantic, CT).  Although we are under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening, it appears we have been able to avoid major flooding so far.

Here are three questions that you may have about the rest of the day and night:

How Much Total Rain?

Taking into account what has already hit the ground, I would expect most of us to end up close to the 1 inch mark.   Some areas may not quite make it to 1″, and other areas could get a little more.  In western RI, it’s possible there are some isolated areas that get closer to 2″.

What is the Evening Commute going to be like?

A lot of the rain may be pulling out around this time, but I would still expect a slow commute as the rain may not be completely turned off yet.  Areas west of I-95 may be left with just light off/on rain so the commute may not be as slow.  However, areas east of I-95 may still be dealing with showers and downpours which could slow things down. I think our Futurecast map showing the 5PM forecast does a pretty good job.



What about the Pats/Jets game?

Bring the raincoat or poncho if you are going to the game.  There will likely be rain (some of it heavy) for tailgating, but most of the rain should be over by kickoff.  That being said, some occasional showers are possible through out the game.  At least it won’t be that cold as temperatures should stay in the low to mid 60s for most of the game.


I would say the main hazard for the rest of the day will be hydroplaning….so drive with caution.  Have a great day and enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione





GOP-union alliance scrambles RI lieutenant gov. campaign

October 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Organized labor is usually one of the most reliable constituencies for Democratic politicians in Rhode Island, but this year many unions are taking an unusual step: backing a Republican.

It reflects how the sleepy race for lieutenant governor is scrambling some of Rhode Island’s usual political alliances. A WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday showed Democrat Dan McKee leading Republican Catherine Taylor 36% to 27%, but nearly one in three voters – 31% – were still undecided.

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Rainy Day Underway

October 16th, 2014 at 9:10 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A slow moving cold front is combining with unusually muggy air to create some downpours and isolated thunderstorms for today.  Rain has be filling in this morning and additional periods of rain will be likely into the evening.  Our computer models continue to hint at 1″ of rain or more for most of our area, with amounts to 2″ possible for some, especially in any thunderstorms.  temp 2

While severe weather is not expected, isolated wind gusts over 30mph could bring down a few tree limbs or branches. It looks like the main issue, will be trying to drive through the downpours as localized street and poor drainage flooding is possible. It will be a “warm” rain for October standards with temperatures 68-73 through the day.

Rain continues through at least early evening, so if you are headed to the Patriots game at Gillette tonight, plan on wet conditions for tailgating with temperatures in the 60s.  There may still be some leftover showers at the start of the game, but latest data now shows the bulk of the rain falling BEFORE 8pm.  temp 3


Arnold donates another $100K to pro-Raimondo super PAC

October 15th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wealthy Texas billionaire who previously backed a pro-pension-overhaul group has donated another $100,000 to a “super PAC” formed to boost Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s bid for governor, with the money set to be used against her GOP rival.

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Elorza wants more youth sports teams in Providence

October 15th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Saying that sports and recreation has “simply not been a priority” for the city in recent years, Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza unveiled Wednesday a plan to expand sports programs and boost support for recreation centers in Providence during his first term in office.

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