Baby, It IS Cold Outside: According to local weather blogger Harold Ambler (who says he learned it from WeatherBell Analytics' Ryan Maue), "the six days ending December 10 were the coldest for the whole country since at least 1979. The surprise is that it happened in early December. January and February are generally colder. It's harder for the system to generate sustained cold so early in the season." Since Dec. 10, it's only been colder – in New England anyway – since then. And snow is on the way. Ambler's prediction from Thursday: "My best guess for snowfall over the weekend, comparing various model predictions, is 4 or 5 inches. Could easily be half that, and could easily be 6 to 8. But it shouldn't be none and it shouldn't be a foot, either." We will soon find out!
NO recycle pickup this week: Just trash goes to the curb this week.
Teen Center: The Teen Center has provided a great place to hang out on Friday evenings for decades now. They meet at the gym at Eldredge School but you don’t have to play basketball to enjoy the camaraderie. From 6 to 8 p.m.
Join the town's emergency notification list: The Town of East Greenwich is looking for residents to join its emergency notification system. The town can only obtain phone numbers for households with land lines; if you have a cell phone you want the town to use for emergency notifications, you need to register it with the town. You can do that from a link on the town’s home page. You’ll find the link in the upper left corner. In addition, you can sign up to receive a weekly “eNews” email from the town. Get connected!
On Saturday …
Newtown Anniversary: One year ago, right next door in our sister state Connecticut, the unthinkable happened – 26 young children and adults were gunned down at an elementary school. People are marking the day in different ways – Patch invites you to send a note to Newtown here. Some area churches are are also ringing their bells at 9:35 a.m. If you have another idea, share it in the comments section below.
Holiday Open House: B&H Framing and Scribe are holding an open house from noon to 4 p.m., with 20 percent of selected items. Jane Parillo’s one-of-a-kind ornaments will be available (and can be personalized), as well as many beautiful framed prints. 514 Main Street.Stone Ridge Candlelight Tour: The Stone Ridge Neighborhood Association holds its annual Luminaria Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Dec. 15). The neighborhood provides an outdoor display for the holidays which includes traditional holiday decorations and thousands of paper bag lanterns decorating curbs, driveways and walkways. Last year the neighborhood was lined with over 3,000 lit lanterns. Come drive slowly through the neighborhood with headlights dimmed. Follow Middle Road west of Route 2 to second right (Stone Ridge Drive).