Thursday, June 30
There's been a good deal of discussion about whether John Arcaro can run against Mayor Don Grebien in Pawtucket under the "Sick of Scandals" party he listed on his declaration form.
Gonzalo Cuervo, chief of staff in Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's office, initially told me Thursday that Arcaro, who previously ran as a Democrat for state representative, would be listed as an independent on the ballot, as the state only recognizes Democrats, Republicans and Moderates. But Cuervo...more
Thursday, June 23
Back in March, after our story on Pawtucket Sen. Jamie Doyle failing to pay Scituate businesswoman Melissa Bruno, we reached out to Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed to ask her about Doyle's status on the Senate Finance Committee. Either way, whether Paiva Weed thought he should stay or go, we felt she should say something on...more
Thursday, June 16
The new Donald Trump parody account, @CTownDonald, is pretty funny. The fake Donald doesn't have a ton of followers yet, but he/she is pretty clever in striving to "make Cumberland great again."
The following is a brief assortment of some of Cumberland Trump's tweets:
• Have heard bad things about next year's freshmen -- I suggest we hold them back! Make the Class of 2020 Gr. 8 Again!
• Parents concerned about...more
Saturday, June 4
There's been some confusion about why Pawtucket Sen. Jamie Doyle won't be held personally responsible for his debt to Scituate business owner Melissa Bruno, despite initial claims otherwise. (read my most recent story here). Bruno originally agreed to a new payment plan from Doyle in part because she would be able to sue him personally, and not...more
Saturday, June 4
Congratulations to Pawtucket's own Foolproof Brewing Company for making Paste Monthly's 50 Most Underrated Craft Breweries in the U.S.A. list.
The publication is making it clear that this isn't a list of unknown breweries.
"When we say 'underrated' here, we’re talking about breweries that are largely known commodities, but ones that perhaps don’t...more
Tuesday, May 24
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will hold a campaign kickoff event at Slater Mill Tuesday night to announce he'll seek his fourth term as mayor. For now it looks like he doesn't have to worry much about someone unseating him.
One of the people most often connected to a possible run at Grebien is former City Council President Henry Kinch Jr., his opponent in the 2010 election and someone who has been highly critical of the mayor on many fronts. Kinch tells me he won’t be running for...more
Wednesday, May 11
In March I wrote about how Pawtucket dancer Raul Soto had won a chance to dance with Justin Bieber on the star's "Purpose" tour in Boston. On Tuesday night, Soto's dream came true. I believe that's him doing all the crazy flips around the two-minute mark.
Soto, a Central Falls youth who dances at Dancin Spirit Performing Arts in Pawtucket, won a #...more
Thursday, May 5
Students at Shea High School are taking exception to my blog post about Principal Don Miller. A letter sent by senior Patience Adegboyega and signed by the "Shea Raiders" defends Miller as a leader who cares about students. It reads as follows:
Dear Mr. Shorey,
On behalf of the student body at Shea High School, I would like to express our outrage at...more
Saturday, April 30
What a shame for the students of Shea High School.
On Friday night, I was scrolling through Twitter and saw some mediocre photos of the annual Shea Fashion Show popping up from an account run by outgoing Principal Don Miller. The Breeze has given the front-page treatment to the show in the past and it’s one of our favorite events to cover.
But as has been his practice for the entire 2015-2016 school year, Miller didn’t invite us to take pictures of the show, and...more
Friday, April 15
Fridays for me are pretty busy days of rushing around gathering stories to write over the weekend. One little hiccup in the schedule, like someone being late to an interview or an unexpected meeting, can really put a crimp on the productivity.
So when I scrambled out of an interview today in North Providence only to find that I’d locked my keys in my car, I was pretty frustrated, thinking it could set me back by hours. The roadside assistance hotline sent two guys to help, and I was...more