Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Potowomut private school estimates damage from the hurricane could cost up to $70,000.
Rocky Hill School's spectacular location – at the mouth of the Greene River where it flows into Narragansett Bay – is usually a selling point. But for two years in a row, the school has suffered damage at that hands of severe storms, first Irene, in 2011, and then Sandy, in October, precisely because of that prize location. "We're on the water. Narragansett Bay is right there," acknowledged the school's business manager, Mark Buckley. But they do appear to be in line to get some help with the possibly $70,000 in damage from Sandy, following last week's federal disaster declaration for Kent County. Sandy hit RHS harder than Irene. Both brought down tree limbs, but Sandy managed to pull up and peel back the rubber roof liner on the school's…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Town Manager Sequino gives updates on the power situation and trash and debris pickup, post Sandy.
While many in East Greenwich who lost power in Superstorm Sandy had gotten it back by Thursday morning, but more than 400 households were still in the dark, reported Town Manager Bill Sequino. Of those, he said, half were "small pockets" that National Grid may not even know about. Because of that, Sequino encouraged anyone who has a neighbor still in the dark to contact National Grid. The power company focuses first on the power lines that affect the largest number of customers, Sequino said, but now that the major outages have been fixed, crews can turn their attention to smaller outages. Meanwhile, trash pickup is now delayed one day, after collection for both Monday and Tuesday was taken care of Wednesday. So, if your trash is usually …
Here is how donations from East Greenwich can aid victims in most affected areas.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
East Greenwich was largely spared from catastrophic damage from Superstorm Sandy, but Rhode Island ocean communities were not so lucky and, of course, those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were also hit very hard. Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts. In Rhode Island, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Serve Rhode Island. To donate, RI Emergency Management recommends donations be made to a recognized volunteer agency of the individual's choice or you can call 2-1-1. Donations may also be made through the National Donation Management Network (NDMN). Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I took a few photos this morning, but I know there's a lot of damage I missed.
If you've got storm damage, or have been out with your phone/camera today and got some good shots, share them here. Thanks!
The boatyard and marine store building is flooded and loses its roof.
Pat Norton looked dazed Tuesday morning as investigators surveyed the extensive damage done by super-storm Sandy to the building that houses her boatyard office and marine store. The building flooded during the storm and the roof came off, landing in part on the train tracks behind. The Norton family has owned and operated a shipyard and marina in East Greenwich since 1966. Pat took over the business from her father, who founded it. Just last year, Norton's hooked up to the Warwick sewer system after an 8-year-long odysessy. By Tuesday, the catastrophe that was Sandy was a bitter blow, even if, as Pat herself acknowledged, Norton's was the lowest point in town. The drama took place Monday. "I was standing in front of the lift and all of…
By day three of Sandy school-less-ness, we could all use a few new ideas....
The kids may be thrilled to have another day off, but for parents and caregivers all that free time can wind up being something less than positive. Especially if there's no power. We can't help with the power, but we can offer a few ideas of what to do. 1. Visit Boesch Farm and the animals of Pat's Pastured. Did you know there are sheep and cows and chickens and pigs and turkeys and ... well, you get the idea. It's a wonderful place and it's right in East Greenwich on South Road. 2. Have a pumpkin-seed-spitting contest. It sounds gross and is gross but really what's better than gross for kids? 3. Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo. It's open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the temperature will be in the 60s today. 4. Tour an EG cemetery or two. It …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Water "higher than ever seen" on Water Street, but worst damage from wind; Norton's loses roof.
By 8:30 p.m. Monday night, the water was 15 inches high on Water Street by Rhode Island Clam and Harbourside. But Robert Smith was feeling a bit optimistic or, at least, he wasn't panicking. The owner of Rhode Island Clam, Smith had gotten a call that the water was up to the door. It was short of that and from across the street Smith decided he had seen enough. "When we left it today, we left it so it would take water. For Irene, we gutted it," said Smith. When someone asked if he was going to go in, Smith declined. "It is what it is. Whatever it is now, it will be a 9 o'clock tomorrow morning." Still, Smith said the water was the highest he'd ever seen it on Water Street. At Norton's, the situation was not as good. At about 6 p.m. …
Your guide for life in East Greenwich today, Oct. 30.
No School: For the second day in a row, school is cancelled. School officials have not yet decided if Thursday, Nov. 1, will remain a day off but we’ll keep you posted. Town offices will be open: As of Monday night at 10 p.m., town offices will be open and senior services and Parks & Rec programs will go on as scheduled. No trash pickup: There is no trash pickup Tuesday. Trash for Monday and Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday. The remainder of the week will have a one-day delay. No yard waste will be picked up this week. Town crews will resume yard waste pickup once emergency cleanup is over. If you are out of power: Contact National Grid at 800-322-3223 or contact the Police Department at 884-2244 to let them know of outages. …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A gallery of Hurricane Sandy photos sent in by our readers.
The storm is starting to ramp up. If you have photos or video you'd like to share, upload them here. Add a caption if you can. Thanks!
With Hurricane Sandy continuing to pummel the region, Supt. Mercurio makes the call at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
With Hurricane Sandy still raging up and down the Northeast coast Monday evening, East Greenwich Supt. Victor Mercurio made the call to cancel school Tuesday. School was also cancelled Monday. It's unclear as of yet if the planned day off Thursday, Nov. 1, for teacher conferences will take place in light of the two unexpected days off. "We're still working on that as a possibility," said Mercurio Monday. "Nothing's been firmed up yet one way or another." EG Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.