Week in Review
Here's a look back at the snowy week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2.
Here's a look back at the week of Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 2, 2011:
The snow fall may have slowed significantly from the weekend storm, but gusty winds and blizzard conditions continued on Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of "heavy snow and potentially damaging winds...with considerable blowing and drifting of snow."
Freezing temperatures and gusty winds couldn't keep homeowners from clearing driveways and shoveling snow off cars Monday morning. A blizzard, which began on Sunday, continued into early Monday, leaving a foot of snow covering the town. The cleanup from the weekend blizzard began Monday morning, but luckily most residents and children were home for winter break. A few residents of West Main Road braved freezing temperatures and wind gusts (some projected to reach 45 mph) to remove the white stuff that piled up overnight.
Some Island Park youths used Sunday and Monday's blizzard as an opportunity to make some cash by shoveling driveways, while other residents decided to tackle the hills at Hathaway Elementary School for the season's first sledding experience.
Officials gathered for a press conference this morning at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) to discuss the positive benefits hosting the 34th America's Cup event would have on Newport and Rhode Island's economy. The briefing included speaker Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Stokes gave an update on the benefits of bringing the event to Newport, which include large-scale improvements to Fort Adams, increased tourism and over 8,000 jobs for Rhode Island workers.
On Thursday, we learned where to skate safely over winter break. According to Portsmouth Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Bento, the Portsmouth Fire Department "does not test local ponds for ice safety" and "does not recommend any ice-skating on outdoor ponds." However, man-made rinks, such as the one at The Portsmouth Abbey, offer an alternative skating venue over winter break.
The Portsmouth High School Patriots (4-2) played host to the Rogers High School Vikings (1-3-1) in a Division II South matchup at Portsmouth Abbey. The Vikings scored first and fast, within the first 27 seconds of the game, but the Patriots ultimately prevailed, 3-1, in this league matchup.
Saturday and Sunday
This weekend, we welcomed in the New Year in style...and with splashing. The Island Seals once again held their annual New Year tradition of plunging into the waters across from Flo's Clam Shack on Park Avenue. In Newport, the Polar Bears also made a "splash" with their efforts to raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation.