Mild Afternoons, Cool Nights

April 5th, 2014 at 7:54 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

April is that time of year when we often get nice afternoons but chilly nights.  This weekend is a great example of that.  Check out the forecast for this afternoon….



Now compare that to tonight, when temperatures will tumble into the 40s, and eventually the low 30s by early Sunday morning!





Despite the chilly start Sunday morning, temperatures will recover into the upper 50s by Sunday afternoon.

There is some potential rain on the way Monday night into Tuesday morning.  Some of the rain could be heavy, so this is something we will keep an eye on for the next several days.  Have a great weekend!

-Pete Mangione




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

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

Happy Saturday! Here’s another edition of my weekend column – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to For quick hits all week long, follow @tednesi.

1. Who is Nick Mattiello? Just before he was elected speaker, I suggested the Cranston Democrat was a moderate who might be a Republican if he was in another state. Others – particularly unhappy progressives – have suggested Mattiello isn’t really a Democrat at all. But the speaker himself rejected that suggestion on Friday. “I’m a Democrat. I’m a proud Democrat,” Mattiello said on this week’s Newsmakers. “I don’t believe that Democrats all have to be on the furthest-left outpost. There’s some people that believe that, but that is not the majority of the Democrats in Rhode Island. I believe I represent a typical Democrat.” Noting his support for “an appropriate safety net,” Mattiello said: “Middle-class values are in the middle, and I tend to politically be situated in the middle.” Asked why he appointed Republican Rep. Doreen Costa as vice-chair of House Judiciary, Mattiello said: “There’s too much raucous debate between the parties. I think that we have to respect each other more. … It doesn’t mean I’m less of a Democrat.” One reason Mattiello’s views are interesting – the speaker will play a key role in determining whether Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Clay Pell gets the Rhode Island Democratic Party’s gubernatorial endorsement. His No. 2, John DeSimone, has already endorsed Taveras.

2. Mattiello repeated his policy mantra – “jobs and the economy” – roughly 500 times on Newsmakers. But no politician campaigns against jobs and the economy, so what does the new speaker think would help? Two items to watch: Rhode Island’s corporate and estate taxes. On the corporate tax, Mattiello told us he wants to get the rate down to 7% from its current level of 9%. On the estate tax, Mattiello noted that Rhode Island currently has one of the lowest exemptions in the nation – $921,655 in 2014 – and that it has a “cliff,” where an estate valued at $1 more than the exemption triggers a tax on the entire estate (not just the amount above the exemption). “We’re looking to eliminate the cliff and possibly increase that threshold a little bit so that we can keep high wage-earners and people that have accumulated wealth in Rhode Island, rather than have them leave as soon as they retire,” Mattiello said. All that will be music to the ears of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, which has long made the case that those changes would improve Rhode Island’s business-climate ranking and cost less than, say, lowering the sales tax. But they’ll still reduce revenue in a difficult budget climate, and they’ll face serious pushback from the left.

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Rep. Gordon Fox still receiving salary, health benefits

April 4th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Newly minted Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Friday he spoke with Gordon Fox two days after the dramatic law enforcement raids that shook up the state’s political power structure, but said he remains in the dark about what the investigation is about.

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RI elections board reviewing $10K cap after high court ruling

April 3rd, 2014 at 3:34 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Rhode Island’s cap on combined campaign donations may be on the way out.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal-level aggregate limits on how much money a donor can contribute across all politicians, parties and PACs (as opposed to the limits on how much can be contributed to each one) are unconstitutional. Rhode Island is one of eight states that also has its own aggregate limit on state-level contributions, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts noted in his decision.

Rhode Island law currently caps the amount that can be donated to candidates, party committees and PACs to $10,000 a year. While Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling did not itself throw out Rhode Island’s state-level limit, the R.I. Board of Elections says it may not defend them in court if they get challenged.

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Education activist Regunberg to run for Fox’s House seat

April 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Young liberals have found the candidate they want to replace former Speaker Gordon Fox in the R.I. House of Representatives.

Aaron Regunberg, a 24-year-old community organizer known best for launching the Providence Student Union activist group, said Thursday he plans to run for the House District 4 seat left open by Fox, who resigned as speaker and announced his plans to retire after law enforcement officials raided his Gorton Street home and State House office two weeks ago.

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Play Ball !!! Opening Night at McCoy

April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Thursday night is the home opener for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the weather will cooperate….by April standards.  First pitch is at 7:05pm at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.  The PawSox will be facing the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in their first game of the year.


High pressure is nosing down from Canada.  This high pressure ‘ridge’ is promoting dry and pleasant conditions here in Southern New England.   With high pressure, you get sinking air, and with sinking air it is tougher to make clouds and precipitation.   There are some high clouds off to our west today, and we may see some of them arrive during the game, but we’ll stay dry.  You can leave the umbrellas and ponchos at home.

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Obamacare swells RI individual insurance rolls to nearly 40,000

April 2nd, 2014 at 5:52 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Rhode Island’s individual health insurance market has gotten considerably larger due to Obamacare.

Nearly 40,000 Rhode Islanders signed up for individual policies during the 2014 open enrollment period that ended Monday night, up from roughly 17,000 who did so in 2013, according to preliminary figures from the state’s new HealthSource RI marketplace and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

That total breaks down as 27,968 individuals who used HealthSource RI to sign up for plans from Blue Cross or Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, along with 11,271 who bypassed HealthSource and bought Obamacare-compliant policies directly from Blue Cross, the two organizations told

Those 11,271 direct-purchasers are important to Blue Cross because they will be combined with those who bought through HealthSource RI to make up the insurer’s 2014 risk pool for individual insurance. The size and shape of the risk pool is crucial to determining how much premiums will cost.

Gary Claxton, an expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The New York Times that “these lives count every bit as much as the ones that came in through the exchange” for insurers because of the risk pool issue.

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Center for Freedom suggests $225M to cut from RI budget

April 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A new report from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity suggests $225 million that should be cut from Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s proposed budget for next year, starting with the elimination of a $50-million increase in the historic-preservation tax-credit program.

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• Related: Gov. Chafee, quoting Taylor Swift, proposes $8.5B state budget (Jan. 15)

PEDP board to meet in private Wednesday

April 1st, 2014 at 5:01 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Board members for the Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP) are scheduled to meet behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss potential litigation involving the troubled city lending agency.

A spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras said he could not confirm the matter that will be discussed when the board enters executive session, but Target 12 reported last month that the FBI subpoenaed records related to a 2009 loan approved by the PEDP.

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Medicaid enrollment from HealthSource RI hits 56,531

April 1st, 2014 at 3:05 pm by under Nesi's Notes

From my updated story on the new Obamacare enrollment numbers:

Separately, the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services told 56,531 individuals used HealthSource RI to sign up for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income individuals, from Oct. 1 to March 22. That’s far more than what state officials had forecast, which was for 28,000 Medicaid sign-ups by Sept. 30 and 51,000 by March 2015.

At this point, then, more than 84,000 Rhode Islanders have signed up for health insurance through the new Obamacare marketplace since it opened Oct. 1 when private and Medicaid enrollment are combined. Blue Cross was not immediately able to say how many others have signed up for coverage directly through its website, bypassing HealthSource RI.

• Related: Chart: 6.5% in RI sign up under Obamacare, most for Medicaid (March 18)

Coldest March in 30 Years…and One of the Wettest

April 1st, 2014 at 1:46 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We can probably all agree that March was very cold.  Temperatures through the month were frequently well below average.   In fact, 21 out of the 31 days in the month, we had below average temperatures.   Eleven out of those 21 days were 10° or more below average.

Despite the very cold month, it wasn’t the coldest March on record for Providence.


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Nearly 28,000 in RI signed up for HealthSource RI plans

April 1st, 2014 at 12:26 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders signed up for private health insurance plans through the state’s new Obamacare marketplace before Monday night’s deadline to enroll, according to a preliminary count.

HealthSource RI spokeswoman Dara Chadwick said 27,968 individuals signed up for private plans through the new marketplace between Oct. 1 and the 11:59 p.m. deadline for 2014 enrollment, 1,840 of whom signed up Monday. The number is expected to rise as others finish getting processed.

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Slater Technology Fund’s stake in Andera worth $3M

April 1st, 2014 at 11:49 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

Here’s an interesting update to my story from last night on the Andera-Bottomline deal:

Thorne Sparkman, managing director of Rhode Island’s taxpayer-backed nonprofit Slater Technology Fund, told Slater made multiple investments worth a total of $750,000 in Andera, and its stake in the company was worth more than $3 million when the Bottomline acquisition closed.

Sparkman called the Andera deal “a nice win for Charlie, his team, investors, and Rhode Island generally,” and said Slater will use the windfall to “invest more aggressively in other young Rhode Island companies.”

For more on the Slater Fund, read my 2009 PBN deep-dive.

Republican Loughlin may challenge Cicilline

April 1st, 2014 at 10:59 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Congressman David Cicilline may have a serious challenger after all.

John Loughlin, a former Republican state representative who lost to Cicilline by six percentage points in 2010, said Tuesday he is considering challenging the two-term incumbent later this year. He said he will make a final decision in the “very near future” and could declare his candidacy as soon as next week.

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Mayoral candidates want to hire minorities, fix schools

April 1st, 2014 at 6:05 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Five mayoral hopefuls outlined their vision for Rhode Island’s capital city Monday, promising to hire more minorities and women, improve the school system and build a more diverse police force during a candidate forum at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Cranston Street.

The forum was moderated by Brown University political science professor Marion Orr and hosted by the Rhode Island Black Business Association, a 501(c)6 nonprofit founded in 2010. The candidates included Democrats City Council President Michael Solomon, former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, former Water Supply Board Chairman Brett Smiley, East Side businessman Lorne Adrain and Republican Daniel Harrop.

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Providence-based Andera bought for $48M by NH firm

March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of the best-known companies in Rhode Island’s technology sector has been acquired by a larger firm in an eight-figure deal.

Andera Inc., a Providence-based tech firm that makes software for banks, announced Monday it has been purchased by Bottomline Technologies, a publicly traded financial software firm based in Portsmouth, N.H.

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Rainstorm Moves Out…Hints Of Spring Returns.

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….

After 3 to 6 inches of soaking rains the last 3 days,  this storm will be moving out Tonight. Rivers and streams continue to be swollen with minor flooding. The only river with moderate flooding this evening is the Pawcatuck river in Westerly. Water levels will drop slowly next 24 hours. Drier air Tonight with much improved weather Tuesday.

A look back at the flooding this weekend….the “physical state” of the ground played some part in the flooding. The “sub-soil” is still semi-frozen (hard packed ground). The soil is not soft and porous like it is in late Spring and Summer. Bottom line, the soil has a difficult time absorbing the rain….net results are standing water and more runoff. Unfortunately some baseball fields are still soggy. However, drier air next several days will help out….next chance of rain arrives Friday Night into Saturday morning…..Tony Petrarca

flooded field


Over 26,000 sign up for private Obamacare plans in RI

March 31st, 2014 at 2:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The number of Rhode Islanders signing up for private health insurance plans through the state’s new Obamacare marketplace has surged ahead of Monday night’s deadline to enroll, has learned.

A total of 26,128 individuals had signed up for private plans through the HealthSource RI marketplace as of Sunday night since the start of enrollment Oct. 1, up from 19,690 as of March 8, HealthSource RI spokeswoman Dara Chadwick told

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Afternoon River Check

March 31st, 2014 at 1:33 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Little weather nugget for you….Despite all the rain on Sunday (4.14″), Providence didn’t break the daily record. The record for March 30th? It was during 2010′s historical floods when we got 5.32″ on March 30th, 2010.

We certainly aren’t looking at historical flooding here in Southern New England, but it only takes a couple inches of water to ruin a nice basement….that will make it historical for anyone (trust me, I know).

Many small streams and brooks continue to overflow their banks this afternoon…remember never let kids play near a swollen river/stream.

Here’s an update on some of the larger rivers in the area…

Blackstone River at Woonsocket


Minor flooding was occuring as of early afternoon, but a slow drop in water levels is expected through the evening…likely falling below flood stage this evening.

In a minor flooding situation, here’s what can happen (according to the National Weather Service)



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A Look at The Rivers

March 31st, 2014 at 11:07 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After 3 to 5″ of rain fell Saturday night and Sunday, we continue to see concerns along the rivers.  Here’s are the hydrographs from some of the rivers which are seeing flooding.  Please note, not all rivers have gauges on them, so we can’t pinpoint when some of them will flood.  Smaller rivers and streams especially could see some flooding through the afternoon.


In Westerly and in bordering Connecticut towns, there is moderate flooding occurring this morning, but levels are expected to drop slowly through the day…and should go below flood stage on Thursday.

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Some More Showers to Get Through; River Warnings In Place

March 30th, 2014 at 7:46 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While we are not going to see anything like we saw this morning, we will have a few more rounds of showers moving through.   First, here is an updated list of afternoon rain totals.  These are very impressive considering most of this came down in less than 24 hours! Obviously, it caused a lot of flooding this morning.



Now through Midnight: More showers will be moving through, and a few could be heavy.  However, there will also be some rain-free time.  Areas that had flooding earlier today will be at a slight risk of flooding again.  It won’t take that much rain to create problems in areas with standing water or in spots near swollen rivers and streams.

Midnight into Monday Morning: Rain showers could briefly mix with snow or sleet, but no accumulation is expected.  A few slick spots are possible, especially north and west of 295.  Winds will be gusting from the north at 30 mph and temperatures will be dropping into the 30s.

Monday Afternoon: A raw day with highs only in the 40s, and wind chills in the upper 20s to low 30s.  A few more showers will move through, but the primary flood threat should be over at this point.

 River Warnings

The Pawtuxet River in Cranston is currently in minor flood stage and should be cresting this evening.

The Pawcatuck River in Westerly and Wood River Junction is currently in MODERATE flood stage.  If asked to evacuate, please do!

Click here for more information on current river levels.

We will be back with more updates through out the evening. -Pete Mangione


Watch Newsmakers: Congressman David Cicilline

March 30th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Worst is Over, but Flood Threat Not Quite Done

March 30th, 2014 at 8:08 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog


What a crazy morning! Here is a list of rain reports as of this morning.  We have included a list of flooding reports at the bottom of this blog.  There are many streets closed or blocked off, please use caution!




An Urban and Small Stream flood warning is in effect until 5:45PM .  Please do not drive through flooded roads or intersections!

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Pawtuxet River in Cranston; flooding is possible this afternoon.  Click here for more details on this warning.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Pawcatuck River in Westerly; flooding is possible this afternoon and evening.  Click here for more details on the warning.

So the morning has been bad, any improvements this afternoon?

The threat of showers and downpours will be with us the entire day and night.  However, it looks like we will get some breaks in the rain at times during the afternoon.  Therefore, the worst of the rain is over, but we will have to monitor the threat of additional flooding in case any additional downpours fire up again. -Pete Mangione


..Flash Flooding Across Southern Rhode Island and South Coastal Massachusetts. New Bedford, MA area hit hard in past hour. Some locations like Dean, Sawyer and Weld Streets starting to recede but Rte 18 is still flooded significantly. Rte 6 by Lockheed Martin in Marion MA flooded and now receded..

714 AM: Westport, MA: Tree Down blocking Wires on Tickle Road
721 AM: Westport, MA: Portion of Bridge Street flooded by coastal flooding
723 AM: Dartmouth, MA: Smith Neck Road – significant flooding and impassable
729 AM: Westport, MA: portion of Old County Road flooded out
730 AM: Fall River, MA: 24 southbound ramp to I-195 west flooded out
740 AM: Westerly, RI: Canal Street – 2 feet of street flooding and impassable
745 AM: Bristol, RI: Franklin and James Streets flooded out
745 AM: Warren, RI: Main Street – 4″ of street flooding
745 AM: Warren, RI: Market Street by Samsonite Building – 6-8″ of street flooding and rising
745 AM: Fall River, MA: Plymouth Avenue Northbound (Globe and Swayne Street) 4 cars stuck in flood waters, devell and central street by carousel flooded out and closed
750 AM: Fall River, MA: 195 Eastbound at the base of Braga Bridge flooded out. Mass DOT notified
756 AM: South Kingstown, RI: Indian Run Brook out of its banks flooding part of his back yard. This brook runs from the Indian Run Reservoir to Saugatucket River
757 AM: Bristol, RI: Several Streets flooded out and several flooded basements
759 AM: Somerset, MA: Route 103 – one lane flooded and gras in the area is flooded with water running like a stream
810 AM: Warren, RI: 3 feet of street flooding on homestead avenue at 3rd street
813 AM: Westwood, MA: 2 left lanes of Rte 128 Northbound between exits 13 and 14 were closed due to flooding, that is now reopened at 843 AM.
820 AM: Westport, MA: Several flooded basements
825 AM: Dighton, MA: Lincoln Avenue – flooded basement
837 AM: New Bedford, MA: Philips Road by 7-11 flooded – clogged storm drain
839 AM: New Bedford, MA: River Road flooded out from Howard Avenue to Sylvia Street
900 AM: Bristol, RI: Redman Street – water flowing – 10″ deep in the area of Ward Street
902 AM: Richmond, RI: Flooded basement – 6″ of water, Kingstown Road
904 AM: Taunton, MA: County St. Rte. 140 by Pete’s Market is closed due to flooding
904 AM: Warren, RI: Long Wharf Drive and Columbus Street – one foot of street flooding
905 AM: Marion, MA: Rte 6 in the area of Creek Street 2 lanes flooded out, same condition on Rte 6 at lockheed martin. Point road – flooded basement
910 AM: Warren, RI:  Route 114 from Dyer Street to Bridge Street – flooded
915 AM: New Bedford, MA: Route 18 closed due to flooding, 4 cars stuck in flood waters on Acushnet Avenue, manhole covers popped out of road
920 AM: Bristol, RI: Chestnut Street closed due to flooding.
922 AM: Bristol, RI: Downtown area – Agave restaurant, Cataras School flooded up over the road and Thames Street, minimimum of 1 foot of water
926 AM: New Bedford, MA: Belleville Ave and Sawyer Street – 1.5-2 feet of flooding
927 AM: New Bedford, MA: Dean and Purchase Street – 3 feet of street flooding
928 AM: New Bedford, MA: Sawyer and Purchase Street – 3 feet of street flooding – cars stuck in flood waters
930 AM: New Bedford, MA: Rte 18 Ramp to Weld Street closed due to flooding – car stuck in flood waters
936 AM: Acushnet, MA: House being flooded on Gammon Road, Hamlin Street by the bridge flooded and impasable
943 AM: Bristol, RI: Rte 114 toward Mount Hope Bridge by Lobster Pot closed due to flooding
945 AM: Westerly, RI: Spring Brook in White Rock section of town is out of its banks, water approaching homes.
949 AM: New Bedford, MA: Liberty and Hunter Street – 2.5 feet of street flooding, cars trying to get through it regardless.
953 AM: New Bedford, MA: new bedford, ma: west rodney french boulevard is flooded and impassable.
958 AM: Chelmsford, MA: Boston Road near Brian Road is closed due to flooding and will remain closed until mid-week due to culvert washout
1020 AM: Marion, MA: Spring Street by Tabor Academy closed due to flooding.


Rob Macedo (KD1CY)




Rain is here, and will stick around for a while

March 29th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The rain started falling earlier today and it will keep up for a good part of the weekend.  Here is a timeline:

8PM to 12AM: Rain continues with some heavy periods of rain possible.  If you have Saturday night plans, you don’t have to cancel them but use caution; puddles on the roads and highways will create a risk of hyrdoplaning.





Sun. 12AM to 8AM: This is when I expect the heaviest of the rain to be falling.  A soaking, steady rain will have a few downpours mixing in as well.  Small streams and poor drainage areas on the roads have the potential of  minor flooding.




Sun. 8AM to Monday AM: While there will be some lulls in the heavy rain, it never completely turns off. Expect drizzle and showers to be off and on into the afternoon, night, and Monday morning.  Small streams, rivers, and poor drainage areas will still have to be monitored.




Grand totals by Monday Morning: 1.5 to 3 inches.

We will be on the air and online with more updates through out the weekend! -Pete Mangione






Saturday Afternoon Into Sunday Soaker

March 29th, 2014 at 7:39 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After a mostly rain-free Saturday morning, things will start to change this afternoon into Monday.

Some initial showers are possible from 11AM to 2PM.  These will start in southwestern areas first (around Westerly) and spread to the northeast.  Most of these showers should be light, and not everyone will get them during this time frame.

From 2PM to 8PM, the showers will come down at light to moderate levels.  Bring the umbrella or rain jacket with you if you are headed outdoors.

From 8PM into Sunday, some pockets of heavy rain will be moving through.  1 to 3 inches of rain is possible; this will lead to the possibility of some minor street flooding.  While it won’t be great on the roads for most of this weekend, an especially bad time could be Sunday morning.  Sunday morning is when the rain will be coming down the hardest with potential ponding on the roads.

From Sunday night into Monday, some additional rain is likely.  Grand totals for rain by Monday morning could range from 2 to 4 inches.

I will be posting more updates through out the weekend! -Pete Mangione






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

March 29th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

By Dan McGowandan

Happy Saturday! Ted won a shiny fellowship and is gallivanting around Denver this weekend, so I’m making sure his suits are dry-cleaned, the car is washed and his column is updated. As always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to and For quick hits all week long, follow @danmcgowan and @tednesi.

1. How do you go from declaring yourself the next House speaker late on a Saturday night to dead in the water by Sunday dinner? The rapid collapse of the leadership team led by Reps. Michael Marcello and Chris Blazejewski had a lot of lawmakers scratching their heads this week, but the consensus seems to be that once the union-backed Woonsocket delegation and most of the Republican caucus moved to Rep. Nick Mattiello, the battle was over. “When they had all those people in room on Sunday night, that’s when the floodgates opened,” Rep. Patrick O’Neill told So could it have gone differently? We know Rep. Doreen Costa – the new vice chair of the Judiciary Committee – said she simply couldn’t back a team that was supported by so many liberal lawmakers because “the progressive movement is very dangerous.” For his case, O’Neill, who fought until the end for Marcello, said the group considered several different leadership combos – including offering Rep. John DeSimone one of the top two spots – but “we went all-in on Marcello and Blazejewski on Saturday.” That’s why it was so disappointing to see Blazejewski and some of the others end up voting for Mattiello, according to O’Neill. Blazejewski chalked his vote up to “my belief that egos shouldn’t get in the way” of moving the state forward, a comment that irked more than a few of his colleagues. “That’s just very disappointing,” O’Neill said.

2. Do not miss Ted Nesi’s deep-dive on new Speaker Nick Mattiello to understand what his promotion will mean for Rhode Island. While you’re at it, make sure you read Providence Journal reporter Katherine Gregg’s hour-by-hour rundown of how Mattiello put together his team while Rome was burning last week.

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Storm Will Bring Rain For Most Of Weekend….

March 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…

Most of weekend looks wet, however it will stay dry most of Saturday morning. A developing storm this evening  over Texas will tap into some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. That storm will track towards our area Saturday evening and into Sunday and Monday.  Storm will be off the Mid Atlantic coast Saturday Night bringing heavier rain to Southern New England . Our RPM computer model (below) is hinting at 2 to 3″ of rain with isolated  4 inch amounts possible.

Storm Position Saturday Night












Rain Amounts From RPM Model….Rain Totals By Sunday 6PM

rpm rain amountys

Top DBR official placed on leave without explanation

March 28th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Angie Angers and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Louis A. DeQuattro Jr., the R.I. Department of Business Regulation’s executive counsel and deputy director for the Division of Regulatory Standards, Compliance and Enforcement, has been placed on administrative leave, has learned.

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Cicilline reached out to Gordon Fox after FBI raids

March 28th, 2014 at 5:53 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Congressman David Cicilline said Friday he has not yet spoken with former House Speaker Gordon Fox since lsat week’s stunning FBI raids on Fox’s home and office, but called the federal probe swirling around his longtime friend “very sad.”

“I think it’s very sad for our state obviously [and] sad for Gordon’s family,” Cicilline said during a taping of WPRI 12′s Newsmakers. “I’ve always known him to be a serious legislator, but this is obviously a very sad set of circumstances.”

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Alex and Ani seeking new exec to manage potential IPO

March 28th, 2014 at 12:44 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Fast-growing Rhode Island jewelry manufacturer Alex and Ani LLC is apparently considering whether to go public.

Alex and Ani has begun searching for a new director of reporting, who would be hired to “manage internal and external” U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosures and to draft “complete SEC registration statements and filings, including Forms S-1, 10-K and 10-Q,” according to a recent job posting.

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