Residents brave cold, wind on snow day

Jan 5, 2018

From fun in the snow to cleaning it up, Dartmouth is slowly getting back to normal after a winter Nor’easter forced many to hunker down indoors.

The icy streets of Padanaram were noticeably quieter than usual with less cars parked along Elm Street, but that didn’t stop businesses, customers, and residents from stepping outdoors despite weather at 15 degrees and a wind chill into the negatives.

It’s less than a day after a powerful Nor’easter dumped between six and eight inches of snow in Dartmouth, and many main and secondary roads with an icy slush DPW crews are still working to clear.

Among those working in the cold temperatures was Mitchell Estaphan. Although not a snow shoveler by trade, he was making the rounds in his neighborhood helping his neighbors shovel snow from walkways and driveways - although it was quite the task.

“It’s all ice,” Estaphan said. “It needs to be broken up with a pick.”

Others, like Sheena Dipetrillo, walked the icy sidewalks of Padanaram determined to keep an appointment for a haircut. The previous day was busy, as Dipetrillo kept her Rhode Island coffee shop open all day for first responders who needed a place to stay warm - and a fill-up of hot coffee.

Despite the cold, children and teens still broke out the sleds - genuine or makeshift - to conquer Dartmouth’s toughest hills. Plenty of footprints, and several kids were out at St. Mary’s Church enjoying the weather as schools were closed.

For sixteen-year-old Izaiah Farr, it was the perfect antidote to his case of cabin fever, not bothered by the cold of the day.

“We’ve been stuck inside too long,” he said after completing one trek on a sled down a hill.

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