Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Greenwich Cove has been inundated by moon jellyfish this spring.
[Ed. Note: This story has been edited since it was first posted.] If you are walking along the shore of Greenwich Cove and happen to look, really look, at the water, you'll notice first one, then two or three, then dozens and dozens of jellyfish floating by. These baby moon jellyfish. Moon jellys are fun to watch move through the water. You can watch them in the short video attached, or head down to the cove to see for yourself! Moon jellyfish are but one type of jellyfish to enhabit Narragansett Bay. Come summer, a phosphorescent type of "comb jellyfish" often enters the cove – they glow at night. Imagine hundreds of nightlights just under the surface of the water. As Tom Kutcher, Save the Bay's Narragansett Baykeeper, said, "It is …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Greenwich Cove chronicler and R.I. Future editor Bob Plain snaps some pics of a gorgeous blue heron by the granite arch railroad bridge.
Storms can mess people up. Birds too, it seems. Bob Plain (former editor of this site, now the editor of R.I. Future), who frequently takes pictures of life on and around Greenwich Cove, came upon a heron Saturday morning who was a little out of its element. He wrote: "I haven’t seen a blue heron since the fall, but evidently this youngster got snowed out of his winter hiding spot. He was hanging out by this old granite arch railroad bridge, built around the 1840s, to cross over the Maskerchugg River." Plain took several photos Saturday morning as the blizzard of 2013 was making its way out of town. It's not the first time. He has a whole catalog of photos you can look up on Twitter by searching #egriviera. Plain considers Greenwich Cove…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Scalloptown Park may be a wildlife refuge, but waterfowl hunting is still allowed by state law below the mean high tide line through Jan. 20.
When last we met, I had posed the question, "So, are the hunters pictured here are in Warwick?" It turns out I was asking the wrong question. The question should have been, "Are these hunters below the mean high-tide line?" in reference to the photo that accompanied that article. Sadly, I don't have a definitive answer, but after reading all the comments on the first story and talking to Town Manager Bill Sequino and Deputy Chief Kurt Blanchard of the state Department of Environmental Management, I do have more information. First of all, despite the fact that the area in question – the East Greenwich portion at the southern end of Greenwich Cove – is named Scalloptown Park and Wildlife Refuge (emphasis mine), hunting is indeed allowed on …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The question is, where does East Greenwich begin and Warwick begin?
The hunters were crouched in the reeds nearby the lower trail at Scalloptown Park and Wildlife Refuge. A brace of ducks were on the water just in front of them. What were they waiting for? Shoot the ducks! Upon closer inspection, I realized the "ducks" were decoys. Of course! But is duck hunting allowed in East Greenwich? No. It's not. "The town does have a provision in the ordinances in regards to no discharging of any firearms east of South County Trail," said Lt. Paul Narhgang via email. But it's not quite that simple. He continued: "The hunters that have been in the area have been on the Warwick side of the bay at the inlet that abuts Forge Road. The regulations that govern that are covered under the regulations set forth through …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Former EG Patch editor Bob Plain captured some beautiful shots during a couple of walks on the cove Monday.
Few people have taken as many photos of Greenwich Cove in the last couple years as Bob Plain (ok, Jeff Stevens, maybe you!). And he almost always uses just his trusty iPhone. Yesterday he shot pictures during a morning walk to Scalloptown Park and an afternoon walk at Goddard Park, and posted them on his website, RI Future. If you are interested in seeing more of Bob's Greenwich Cove pictures, he usually tweets them with the hashtag #egriviera. And, for some of Bob's pictures of the Cove from June, you can check out his Storify on it here. Thanks, Bob, for the great photo series!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Former EG Patch/my02818 editor Bob Plain captures the beauty and calm of the upper Cove Tuesday.
It's easy to forget what a beautiful spot we live in here in East Greenwich. The cove isn't prominent in the landscape of the entire town. Our vision of EG is more Main Street than Water Street. But, indeed, we have a treasure in Greenwich Cove – a stretch of waterfront that includes a nature preserve, a working waterfront, several places to eat and, of course, lots of docks. Bob Plain, my predecessor at EG Patch and founding editor of (the late-great) my02818, lives near the cove and has been taking quite a few pictures of the cove and posting them to Twitter – @bobplain – with the hashtag #egriviera. Here's a link to a Storify of his pictures from yesterday.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
In the blink of any eye, the morning's clear view of Greenwich Cove and the Goddard Park shoreline is masked by the sudden visit of a thick mist swept up from the ocean.
The great American poet Carl Sandberg wrote: "The fog comes on little cat feet." He evidently had not observed a bank of gray pea soup rushing up Narragansett Bay lest he'd suggest that "fog comes galloping up on the hooves of steeds" - as it did this morning when, in an instant, a clear view of Greenwich Cove and Goddard Park was obliterated by a thick low cloud rushing in from the south. The benefit of this sea change was that one's eyes regained their focus on the little things around the misty cove: how the surface tension of the water is left unbroken by the floating leaves, the sea grass still offering a safe harbor for small fish and crabs, and two shellfishermen engaged in a spirited discussion as they haul a dock up to the head of…
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The East Greenwich contingent of the Audubon Society's annual anti-litter event take an inventory of debris cast away on Greenwich Cove's shore.
"Soda straws." "Check" "Two more beer cans." "Check." "Condom wrapper." "That's 3, so far" These weren't a couple of college kids taking stock after a frat party. Instead, Sandra Saunders and Fred Griffith talleyed the take of litter they found on the shore of Greenwich Cove by the EG Town Dock and Scalloptown Park and Wildlife Refuge as part of the annual Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup last Saturday. For the past five years, Saunders, a former URI public health and dental hygiene professor, and Griffith, a neurologist, recruited volunteers to collect hundreds of pounds of trash from among the dried seaweed and shore grass and compile information on the type of debris they encountered. They then would hand off the …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Your boating and beach forecast for the week
Every Thursday we’ll bring you all the information you need to plan your next sailing, boating, or fishing adventure. You’ll find the wind, weather and ocean swell forecast, tide times and ocean temperature – all in one place! What’s biting: Sea bass, scup, fluke, and bluefish Ocean temperature: 73 degrees Thursday (9/1) Seas: 1 ft or less Wind: 10-15 mph E Weather: High – 77 / Low – 58, partly cloudy, 10% chance of precipitation Tides: Friday (9/2) Seas: 1 ft or less Wind: 5-10 mph NE Weather: High - 76 / Low – 58, sunny, 10% chance of precipitation Tides: Saturday (9/3) Seas: 2 ft Wind: 10-15 mph SSW Weather: High – 79 / Low – 68, mostly sunny, 10% chance of precipitation Tides: Sunday (9/4) – First Quarter Moon…