Black and White World

New Year's Eve Snowstorm, Hope Street

The snow came down so fast, I went into a house hardly noticing the few flakes, and when I got out the roads were white.

From Cranston St. to Hope St. I saw two fender benders and what looked like a bus and trolley collision. I prayed all the way home  that I wouldn’t slide into a parked car or run out of gas, and my prayer was answered.

The snow turned everything into  a pen and ink sketch, with splashes of color in the traffic and neon lights.

Happy New Year, and drive slow.

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5 responses

  1. Ninjanurse, next time you or anyone is down around Park and Reservoir and notice people walking in the street because pathway/sidewalks are not being cleared by business owners and force people to walk and take their lives into their own hands…it would be great to get these pictures too. I have complained about this for the past two years and I am hoping that we see nothing more than the typical accidents I saw today through Garden City and Glen Hills area of SUV’s smashed into fences and telephone poles – LOL! Be safe.

  2. the big vehicles were driving fast, I don’t know if an SUV grips the road better but it looked foolhardy to me. there were places where the road was especially slick and you couldn’t predict or see where that was. I hope it’s better today.

  3. MOST OF THE CITIES AND TOWNS HAVE LAWS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD CLEAN THERE SIDEWALKS BUT THE CITIES AND TOWNS DO NOT ENFORCE THEM. SO CONSEQUENTLY ONE HAS TO WALK INTO THE STREET.
    BEFORE THE 20TH CENTURY ONE WENT OUT AND SHOVELED THERE SIDEWALKS SO PEOPLE COULD GET AROUND AND NOT HAVE TO WALK INTO THE STREET.
    SINCE INNOVATION OF THE SNOW PLOW THAT HAS GONE BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE INSTEAD OF THE CITIZENS COMPLAINING ABOUT NOT BEING PLOWED ON THERE STREET THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT HAVING THERE DRIVEWAY FILLED IN WHEN THE SNOW PLOW COMES BY. AND HAVING TO DIG OUT THE DRIVEWAY A SECOND TIME. PEOPLE TODAY WANT INSTANT GRATIFICATION INSTEAD OF TAKING A LITTLE MORE TIME TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO WHEN IT SNOWS.

  4. Exactly Craig. Please see the Cranston Herald story that details this exact issue. http://cranstononline.com/pages/full_story/push?article-City+strives+to+stay+on+top+of+snow+removal%20&id=5371959#cb_post_comment_5371959

    My commentary with the Herald was: I did receive a timely confirmation e-mail from Robin Muksian-Schutt, saying she will respond as to fines collected. Upon my statement in the last paragraph in the article, I do feel we clearly we all agree it’s about public safety. This is not a new issue and not something I or you need to pick up the phone and complain about because it’s quite obvious to see folks walking in the street and further that walkways are not being shoveled around (ex: Park and Reservoir). The Administration suggested that people call in to notify them as “they see it”, and that’s not an adequate response for providing safety when they know there are inherent issues surrounding this issue as clearly stated in this article and several e-mails to them. The Highway Department has done a fine job this year and they have stayed complied with their job….why, can’t we get others to do so?

    I suggested that a new job be created for enforcing and recovering fines for not just snow removal violations, but for garbarge containers and some other obvious violations that are not enforced. I am told there is no budget, however the fees that could be collected would pay for the salary…if we dare to fine businesses. Granted it probably wouldn’t be a permanent job because after a while everyone would conform knowing the consequences.

    It seems pretty black and white to me, and this would take ithe annoyance of snow fines off the back of the police because they have more important things to pay turn their attention to. Unfortunately, I guess we will just have to wait until the potential accident and lawsuit which hopefully won’t be as big as the Valley one was. Thank you for bringing attention to this issue Meg. [END]

  5. We had about 5 inches the other day and out here, folks just put anoher log on the fire, the kids get the old tires out for sliding, or folks get out and do some horseback riding along the Rio Grande. The town will put a road grader to work clearing a path to the interstate, but nobody much cares. We are mostly lucky I figure that we have few sidewalks, lots of unpaved roads and tens of thosands of birds this time of year hanging out in fields up and down the river. In a couple of days, the snow will have vanished.

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