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
Friday, April 1
Wednesday, March 30
The widespread consternation over the $500,000 spent on the design of a new “Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer logo” for the state got me to thinking about the rebranding Pawtucket officials commissioned last year.
Working with city-based Glad Works, Mayor Donald Grebien and his staff got a new website (www.pawtucketri.com), logo, and “Pawtucket: Join the Evolution” slogan for just $5,000. Grebien spokesman Rico Vota said...more
Wednesday, March 30
There’s been a lot of speculation about where the controversial “Cooler & Warmer” slogan for the comprehensive Rhode Island marketing campaign originated.
Oddly enough, the Providence-based advertising agency that created the “Rhode Iceland” video and helped with the campaign, IndieWhip, did work for another company with a stake in making people warmer and cooler.
The ”work” section of the...more
Tuesday, March 29
Like a TV show that gains steam after the first awkward episode, sometimes promotional campaigns that elicit a negative first reaction can also find their way in this world.
I’m a sucker for commercials that tell me to come somewhere. Tim Allen’s dulcet tones on those “Pure Michigan” commercials make me want to hop in a Prius for a cross-country trip. And I don’t even play golf.
I want to love Rhode Island’s new $5 million marketing campaign, and there are parts of it that show...more
Sunday, March 27
It’s hard to believe The Valley Breeze is already 20 years old. It’s even harder to fathom that I’ve been here for half of that time, with my 10-year anniversary coming up in a couple weeks.
When I first started here in 2006, I knew little about how unique The Breeze was among news publications, particularly with its relentless...more