Tuesday, September 13
Those who have followed the North Providence mayoral race have seen two candidates with dramatically different approaches. Challenger Kristen Catanzaro has characterized the town as an undesirable place in need of having its beauty restored. Incumbent Charles Lombardi has emphasized what he says is going right, including the saving and beautifying of the former Camp Meehan property as the town's biggest park.
The candidates' strategies were again apparent during a Sept. 9 debate on...more
Thursday, September 1
Rico Vota, communications and constituent affairs officer for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien since February of 2015, has landed a new position in Gov. Gina Raimondo's office as the new "community affairs & outreach manager." He starts the new job Sept. 6.
Vota, who previously ran the successful campaign for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea in 2014, will report to Gabe Amore, the governor's director of public engagement. Norm Birenbaum has transitioned out of Raimondo's outreach...more
Thursday, August 25
Most of the attention in North Providence these days is on the mayoral race between Democrats Charlie Lombardi and Kristen Catanzaro. But a third candidate, independent Brian Quirk, says neither of those two will bring real change for North Providence.
Quirk, in a post on his new Facebook page Thursday, promises "cultural change in government" he takes down the winner of the Sept. 13 primary.
In his campaign announcement in June, Quirk invited residents to "be part of something...more
Thursday, August 4
Saturday, July 30
For those who don't know already, I had a life-changing experience this week. On July 24, at 1:46 a.m., my little angel, Añalia Elizabeth Shorey, came into this world.
Seems people care about length and weight, so I'll get that out of the way. She was six pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches long. The real story is she's the most perfect little bundle I could imagine.
It's easy to get down about the troubles of this world, to get overwhelmed by the tragedy and the heartache, but...more
Wednesday, July 6
Independent Kevin Crawley is asking Pawtucket residents to help him decide whether he should actually challenge Mayor Donald Grebien in the 2016 election, proving once again that filling out a declaration of candidacy form does not mean that someone is definitely going to run.
"I need your help. I have to make a final decision whether to run for mayor," wrote the retired city police officer on his Facebook page Wednesday. "This is an enormous task. I don't recall an elected incumbent...more
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