In what has become an all too familiar winter announcement this year, the cities of Providence and Newport have ordered street parking bans.
Mayor Jorge Elorza announced this afternoon that the capital city’s parking ban will go into effect at midnight Monday (March 2) and remain in effect until further notice. The mayor also said in a statement that parents should remain on alert for a possible school tomorrow. The city’s snow hotline telephone number is 680-8080.
Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer. Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.
This February is officially the snowiest on record in Providence, according to the National Weather Service. A light snowfall on Tuesday night pushed the monthly total to 31.6 inches, breaking the city record set in 1962.
Meteorologist Alan Dunham says that’s even more than the famed February blizzard of '78. “1978 is in third place with a total of 28.6 inches, for the month of February," said Dunham.
And forecasters predict the new record could get just a bit higher before the month is out. An inch or less of snow could fall this afternoon.
World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island. He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.
A union that represents the majority of workers recently laid off at Women and Infants Hospital is challenging the job cuts in federal court.
They get to stay on the job until at least Thursday. That’s when a federal judge will hear the union’s challenge. Women and Infants announced the lay-offs this week for more than 40 employees, including certified nurses assistants, imaging technicians, food and laundry service workers.
Fans of more esoteric pop music, and perhaps of a certain age, may be familiar with the 60's psychedelic rock band Autosalvage. Former guitarist Rick Turner is a small piece of rock history, and an alumnus of Moses Brown School in Providence. In addition he's a master guitar maker.
Turner has returned to his alma mater, to teach a course in ukulele making. Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host, Chuck Hinman sat down with Turner to talk about his music, life after the band, and returning to teach at his old school.
The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England. Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.