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R. J. Heim


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Plan would turn St. Patrick's Church building in Cumberland into affordable housing units

There are plans in the works to use the historic St. Patrick's Church building in Cumberland and turn it into affordable housing. But first, the remains of the Rev. Hugh O'Reilly and his monument on the side lawn have to be relocated. Caption: NBC 10's R. J. Heim reports that on a plan to transform a former church into affordable housing units. St. Patrick's Church on Broad Street has been… → Read More

Students at Exeter-West Greenwich High School build electric cars

With electric cars gaining in popularity, it's good timing for local high schools entering a special competition next week. The pieces came in a box, and then put together by Exeter-West Greenwich High School students off-hours as an extracurricular activity. Caption: NBC 10's R. J. Heim reports that student at Exeter-West Greenwich High School are building an electric car. One of those… → Read More

How Southern New England celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Thursday is May 5, or Cinco de Mayo in Spanish. It marks the day that the Mexicans beat the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It was a David and Goliath story that’s now morphed into an increasingly popular celebration of Mexican heritage, culture and food. Caption: NBC 10's R. J. Heim reports on how Cinco de Mayo has become a popular celebration of Mexican heritage, culture and food.… → Read More

Man, 82, remembers his years as keeper of Conimicut Light

A lighthouse keeper who literally kept the fires burning at Conimicut Light is ecstatic. The historic structure is being saved, with a federal grant worth more than $750,000. Caption: NBC 10's R. J. Heim talks with a man who has reason to be excited about the resoration of Conimicut Light. Eighty-two-year-old Fred Mikkelson was 18 years old when a series of unexpected life circumstances changed… → Read More

Coventry High celebrates Special Olympics Unified Champion School honor

Coventry High School held the celebration for being recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School on Friday, even though it actually won the honor before the pandemic. Only a handful of schools in the country get the nod for inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. Caption: Coventry High School celebrates its recognition as a Special Olympics Unified… → Read More

Coldest weather of the 2021/2022 Winter Season headed this way

So, we finally had the first moderate (and for some, major) snow of the 2021/2022 Winter Season Friday. Temperatures will moderate Sunday, which will bring mostly rain on a milder southwest flow of air. That may start as a little bit of freezing rain to the north and west of Providence, but even there, a changeover is expected by late morning. Skies will clear Sunday night, and we'll turn colder… → Read More

Quiet weekend weather, but two systems next week to bring variety of conditions

Expect near seasonable temperatures with mostly dry weather this first weekend of December in Southern New England, with highs in the low-mid 40's and variable cloud cover. However, two systems next week are being watched at this hour. The first arrives early Monday morning with some rain showers. A gusty southwest wind is expected to develop as the main area of Low Pressure rides up the St.… → Read More

Advocacy Groups & developers propose their own new all-in-one RIPTA Transit Hub

The plans to rip out the Kennedy Plaza RIPTA bus terminal in Providence, and split it up into 3 smaller hubs elsewhere have been met with a lot of resistance. So private and public advocacy groups have come up with a plan of their own. → Read More

A reunion for those who remember Club Rocket & Club Babyhead in Providence

The Providence independent music scene used to be big, with live bands featured at a half-dozen clubs downtown. One club also featured a live D. J. twice per week when the bands weren't putting on their shows, for the "Stupid Dance Party" as it was called. Now, there's a reunion taking place Friday. If you watched late-night TV back in the '80s, you might remember the commercial for the… → Read More

Dry, comfortable start to the week, but we're not done with Summer yet

The last days of the 2021 Summer season start off Monday with a taste of early Autumn: near seasonable temperatures in the low-mid 70's for highs, and a continued cool and dry night with lows near 50. It's all about the "Dew Point" Temperatures (Td). Right now they're in the upper 40's to low 50's (the temperature at which 'dew' happens = 100% humidity - a better day or night indicator of the… → Read More

Co-creator of Tribute of Light at Ground Zero reflects on how iconic memorial came about

Every year since 9/11, those Twin Towers of light beam into the sky where the World Trade Center once stood in New York City. A now Brown University visual arts professor was one of the co-creators of that art installation. There were some unusual circumstances that brought the Tribute of Light to life. Paul Myoda was an artist living in Brooklyn for 10 years on Sept. 11, 2001. He walked to see… → Read More

Southern New England families remember loved ones lost on 9/11 two decades later

Twenty years ago Wednesday, the last stages of the sneak attack were underway, to hijack four commercial flights in the U. S. , that became known as "9/11". Dozens of innocents from the Southern New England area were on those planes that became missiles that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. → Read More

Remembering Hurricane Bob as Henri lurks to our south

While Southern New England continues to monitor Tropical Storm Henri, we're mindful of a weather anniversary. 30 years ago, another storm was bearing down. The eye of Hurricane Bob screamed across Block Island, Newport, and New Bedford. Just like on Thursday, it was a warm muggy day 30 years ago. The only difference is that early that afternoon, on August 19th, all hell broke loose with… → Read More

Refreshing start to the week post-Heat Wave, but humidity will return

Dew Point Temperatures in the 50's gave many in Southern New England a breath of fresh air Sunday. The good news: that will last through Tuesday. A big bubble of fair weather "High Pressure" is responsible, slipping across New England through the time period, exiting Tuesday evening. That will allow for the southwest flow of air to return, tropical in nature. It'll be sticky starting Wednesday. → Read More

High humidity slowly going away, but still unsettled at times this week

We've had oppressive humidity for a number of days across Southern New England, with Dew Point Temperatures (the temperature at which dew happens, which equals 100% humidity) in the mid 70's, which is tropical, and about as high as it gets in this part of the country. The good news is relatively drier air for the most part will be pushing in with reinforcing cool fronts this week, that may also… → Read More

Restaurants struggle to hire workers, but solutions are on the horizon

Getting restaurant workers back to work. That’s the challenge for restaurant owners more than a year after the pandemic began. As restrictions begin to ease, there are some solutions to the shortage. As an incentive to get restaurant workers back to work, the owner of Plaza Bar & Kitchen at DePasquale Square on Federal Hill has raised wages nearly 20 %. → Read More

Storm system in North Atlantic to graze parts of the area to start the week

The only weather to speak of this upcoming week is a North Atlantic Ocean storm system that's doing a loop and making a close pass to the east coast of Southern New England Monday and Tuesday. The greatest chance of rain showers (possibly some wet snow flakes mixed in, but with temperatures above freezing, it'll be more of a curiosity than anything) are towards Cape Cod and the islands Monday,… → Read More

After a dreary Saturday, more showers develop late Sunday

We've experienced a colder than average February for the most part, but these last few milder than average days will bring the overall chapter of the month to nearly "normal" in the weather books! Saturday's rain-maker will give way to another one on the way, but the latest guidance model information suggests most rain showers Sunday will hold off until late in the afternoon or evening. → Read More

A change in the weather pattern, for now

If you take all the winter season's snowfalls over the past few decades in Southern New England, you come up with a "seasonal average snowfall to date". As of this writing, that number for February 21st is 25. 8" of snow at T. F. Green Airport, the reporting station for Providence to the National Weather Service in Norton. However, we're above that with the 2020 / 2021 winter season with 33. 5"… → Read More

Improving weather through Sunday, then mostly rain to start the week

We're in for a sunny, dry, but continued unseasonably cold Sunday in Southern New England. At least it's a break from the latest 2+ day snow event that brought anywhere from 4-7" of snow. The next system looks to be an "inside runner", leaving us on the mostly milder side Monday. It may start as a little bit of snow showers Monday morning, followed by a steadier rain in the afternoon into the… → Read More