Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Many turned out for this year's Polar Plunge, did you?
We want to see photos of you braving the cold at Easton's Beach or any other beach, including a certain Portsmouth beach where the Island Seals took a dip this weekend! All you have to do is click the button above the photograph that says "Upload Photos and Videos" and attach your best shot to share with the community!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Here's a look at where to find a Polar (or Seal) Plunge on Jan. 1, 2013.
Looking to greet 2013 with an icy stare? Hope to dare the odds and freeze your butt off this New Year's Day? Lucky for you, there's plenty of polar plunges happening in and around Portsmouth! Here's a look at Polar (and Seal) Plunges happening this Tuesday, Jan. 1: Portsmouth New Year's Plunge — Participants meet just before noon at The Beach House, 500 Park Ave. This plunge will be the first event celebrating the town's 375th anniversary this year! Volunteers hope 375 residents "take the plunge!" Tiverton The second annual Tiverton Yacht Club's Penguin Plunge — The plunge will take place at noon at Grinnell's Beach, Main Road and Lawton Avenue in Tiverton. The event is free and open to public. A $10 donation will be accepted to …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Portsmouth 375th Anniversary Committee plans to begin the celebratory year, 2013, with “375” hearty souls jumping into the Sakonnet River on Jan. 1, but they can't do it without your help!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Here's a look at where to find a Polar (or Seal) Plunge on Jan. 1, 2012.
Looking to greet 2012 with an icy stare? Hope to dare the odds and freeze your butt off this New Year's Day? Lucky for you, there's plenty of polar plunges happening in and around Portsmouth! Here's a look at Polar (and Seal) Plunges happening this Sunday, Jan. 1: Portsmouth Island Seals New Year's Plunge — Participants meet just before noon at The Beach House, 500 Park Ave. Little Compton Penguin Plunge at South Shore Beach — Plungers should meet at noon on South Shore Beach, Little Compton. The fee to participate is $10. Tiverton First annual Tiverton Yacht Club's Penguin Plunge — The plunge will take place this Sunday at noon at Grinnell's Beach, Main Road and Lawton Avenue in Tiverton. The event is free and open to public. …
Monday, January 3, 2011
The Polar Plunge might have reached its highest numbers to date.
Thousands of people turned out for the Polar Plunge on New Year's Day in Newport. Easton's Beach was overrun with around 1,000 swimmers and thousands of supporters. This year may have been the biggest turnout for the plunge ever, according to one organizer. The Newport Polar Bears raise money for A Wish Come True, Inc., a local nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island and areas of southeastern Massachusetts. Participants headed into the ocean in uncharacteristicly warm weather for the season. Some people even braved the water more than once. Volunteers scoured the beach with contribution buckets during the plunge. "I've never seen anything like this," noted Charlie Wright, one of the founders…
Saturday, January 1, 2011
"Plungers" from all over the island headed down to Easton's Beach to take a dip into the frigid waters for charity.
Easton's Beach was flooded with Polar Plunge participants Saturday afternoon to take the frigid dip into the Atlantic. The Newport Polar Bears kicked off the new year on a charitable note, raising money through the fundraiser for A Wish Come True, Inc. The annual plunge took place at noon when plungers walked and ran into the water for charity. Donations were accepted to help raise awareness for children with life-threatening diseases. After everyone was dried off the crowd made their way to the Atlantic Beach Club for an after party that included raffles, an auction, food, and music. The after party also benefited A Wish Come True and attendees were encouraged to donate to the worthy cause. Also benefitting from the event is Ellary Rose …
Island Park Seals gathered for the annual New Year's Day plunge into the icy Sakonnet River Saturday morning along the beach at Island Park.
The mild temperatures and sunny skies of New Year's Day brought a record crowd down to the beach at Island Park Saturday morning for the annual Island Park Seals' Plunge. The Beach House bar on Park Avenue hosted a pre-plunge gathering with hot coffee and doughnuts for all the swimmers, although a few partook in bartender Carrie Deus famous Bloody Mary's. Bar owner Ken O'Brien believes this is the biggest crowd ever, possibly due to the mild temperatures, but added, "it just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year." Featured below are photos from Saturday's plunge: Did you take pictures at the Island Park plunge? Add them to the photo gallery below or e-mail them to Sandy@Patch.com.
Dozens of Island Park residents welcome in 2011 by taking a dip into Portsmouth's freezing waters.
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- Sandy McGee
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Island Park residents welcomed in the new year on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, by taking a dip in the freezing waters of the Sakonnet River. About 40 to 50 men and women braved the cold temperatures and jumped into the water across from Flo's Clam Shack on Park Avenue shortly after noon. They quickly exited the waters as nearly a 100 spectators watched from the beach with towels in hand. According to the National Weather Service, the water temperature in Newport on Saturday at 1 p.m. was 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The plunge is an annual tradition, which is held every New Year's Day in Island Park. The event is organized by the Island Park Seals. However, following the event, members discussed changing the group's name to the Island Park Sea …
Meet Ellary, the little girl from Portsmouth whose special wish to go visit the princesses could very well come true after Saturday's benefit Polar Bear Plunge.
Ellary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kinnane of Portsmouth, and big sister to three-month-old Rylan, has nemaline myopathy. She is a bright, happy three-year-old. Ellary is a very strong little girl with a big smile. Cindy, her mother, held back tears as she spoke one late December evening after the big snowstorm. She described how Ellary loves people and music but with a prognosis of wait-and-see, it is a tough diagnosis to hear. She just left the hospital after being there September to November. Ellary cannot walk or eat and breathes with the help of a ventilator, but she can sit with her baby sister Rylan and give her hugs and kisses. She loves her baby sister so much, says Mom. Her speech is garbled but her mother can understand her …
Friday, December 31, 2010
Here's a look at what's happening on Aquidneck Island this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Happy New Year Portsmouth! This weekend is sure to be extra fun and freezing with many Polar Plunges planned (say that three times fast). The Island Seals will be braving the waters once again this year, while Newport holds its annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. However, a cold splash is not the only thing in store for this weekend. Here's a look at the events happening on Aquidneck Island this Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Polar Plunges Sunday Elsewhere on Aquidneck Island