Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A fire was extinguished at 27 Lawton Brook Lane on Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters from three area communities extinguished a fire at a seven-unit condominium complex in Portsmouth Wednesday night. Only one of the units was occupied at the time. Portsmouth firefighters received a 911 phone call at 8:49 p.m., reporting a kitchen fire at 27 Lawton Brook Lane. "Because of the fire extending up to the second floor, they struck a second alarm," said Portsmouth Fire Deputy Chief Michael O'Brien. "The fire was quickly knocked down." Crews from the Middletown and Bristol Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist. "We have high levels of carbon monoxide in all of the units at this time," O'Brien said. "We're going through and ventilating all of the structures." Fire crews ventilated all seven units …
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will install open-road toll booths by Memorial Day weekend.
An open-road toll system will be installed on the new Sakonnet River Bridge by this Memorial Day weekend, reports ABC6.com. Despite pending legislation against the bridge's transfer, a lawsuit filed by the town of Portsmouth and widespread local opposition to tolls, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority plans to install an open-road toll system before the holiday weekend, according to ABC6.com. The cost to install open-road tolling totals as much as $2 million, the RITBA chairman previously stated to Patch. The cost for the arbor, or arch over the bridge, costs about $400,000 alone. Costs are added for the transmitters, cameras and other electronics in the arbor. RITBA previously approved a toll schedule of $.75 for vehicles…
A snapshot of Aquidneck Island’s property transactions
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A docked boat burned to the waterline Wednesday morning.
A privately owned powerboat docked at Newport Onshore burned down to the waterline around 5:30 Wednesday morning, according to the Newport Fire Department. No injuries were reported. A witness said, when investigators were on scene, the boat was emitting black smoke and flames. The boat's name is reportedly Plan B. The boat has been towed to Newport Shipyard where will be pumped out. The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently under investigation by the Newport Police and Fire Departments.
Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms will develop again this afternoon.
Thunderstorm enthusiasts rejoice: more severe weather is on the way. The National Weather Service out of Taunton is predicting another wave of thunderstorms will hit Southern New England Wednesday afternoon. The severe weather is expected to begin around 2 p.m. as it heads east from New York. The NWS warns that some of the storms, which will go into the evening until about 9 p.m., may be severe at times – especially tot he north and west of I-95. The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds. Those with outdoor plans this afternoon and evening sould have a safe place to go, such as a vehicle or indoors, if the storms approach. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck my lightning.
Portsmouth delegation attends ceremony and meets with delegations of Portsmouth’s sister cities from Maizuru, Japan; Caen, France; and Duisberg, Germany.
A 1993 hypertext novel by Portsmouth science fiction writer John G. McDaid is among the works to be studied under a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.
A Portsmouth resident's 1993 hypertext novel will be studied under a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant awarded to the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), the group announced on their Web site last Friday. According to ELO, the NEH awarded a $52,000 digital humanities grant to explore and preserve the first generation of digital texts, many of which preceded the World Wide Web. Among the works chosen were Portsmouth science fiction writer John G. McDaid's "Uncle Buddy's Phantom Funhouse" (1993). "I'm delighted to see the Funhouse included," said McDaid. "This was written on the Macintosh using multimedia software called HyperCard, and it was an attempt create a new kind of non-linear fiction entirely through …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A slow-moving thunderstorm brought a light show to Portsmouth Tuesday night.
A severe thunderstorm brought quite the light show to Portsmouth Tuesday night just before 8 p.m. Frequent lightning streaks, like the one seen in the above video, were visible on the west side of town near West Main Road and Carnegie Tower. Just before the storm got too close, I filmed the lightning streak seen above and quickly got inside. Residents should closely monitor weather conditions. More thunderstorms are likely to develop Thursday into Friday, according to the National Weather Service. While it's extremely unsafe and dangerous to take pictures during a thunderstorm, I understand some storm hunters live for storms like this one. If you did take pictures during the storm, you can add them to this gallery by clicking the …
Residents advised to monitor weather and seek shelter in event of hazardous weather.
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Special Weather Statement for the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Thunderstorms have already been forming in Southern New Hampshire and additional storms are expected to develop across Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island during the afternoon hours. Some of these storms will produce damaging wind gusts, hail, lightning and heavy rainfall. The main threats will be gusting winds and heavy downpourts, according to the NWS. Residents should closely monitor weather conditions during the afternoon hours and take shelter immediately should dangerous weather develop.
Enjoy photos from the welcome home party that took place at Rosecliff in Newport.
Enjoy photos of the hundreds of family, friends community members and lawmakers that gathered at Rosecliff Sunday to welcome home Newport resident Heather Abbott. After Heather was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, doctors were forced to remove her left leg from the knee down. Her smile and positive attitude has inspired not only the Newport community, but all Americans, as the country recovers from that tragic day. The event was sponsored and organized by Newport Patch and the Newport Buzz. Thank you to Jen Carter for donating her photography services. Other sponsors include the Preservation Society of Newport, Russell Morin Fine Catering, Maher Garden Center, musicians Sean Rivers and John Erikson, among the many small …