Thursday, January 29
School officials in Pawtucket are celebrating this week after the latest round of data from the state shows another leap in local graduation rates. The four-year graduation rate in 2014 is 80 percent, up from 63 percent rate in 2011.
The four-year rate at Tolman High School was 79 percent, the rate at Shea High was 88 percent, and the rate at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts was 92 percent. Shea's rate in 2011 was 68 percent, while Tolman was at just... more
Thursday, January 8
Since news of his death broke on Tuesday, many have fittingly referred to Jim Baron as a "legendary" reporter with an unquestioned work ethic. This was a man who wore out more than his share of shoes to get the stories that held officials accountable, to bring up the tough questions that others might be too afraid or oblivious to ask.
But Baron was more than that. He was supremely gracious, and exceedingly humble. He had a way about him that instantly made you feel at ease.
Thursday, January 1
Let me take a moment to wish all of our readers a happy, safe and healthy 2015. From all of us here at The Breeze, you can expect an ongoing commitment to bringing you the news you care about where you live. Please don't hesitate to contact us to share your story this year.
Tuesday, December 30
The pleasant temperatures that prevailed for much of December are gone and likely won't be back for quite a while. Northern Rhode Island should see highs in the low 20s for New Year's Eve, and temperatures aren't likely to reach 40 for the rest of the week.
Tuesday, December 23
UPDATE: My boy got his vacuum, and the picture from just after he opened it says it all.
With Christmas approaching, I decided to revive a little piece I wrote for the special Breeze Christmas section this year. Please enjoy.
If the experts are to be believed, 3-year-old boys this year are dreaming of John Deere deluxe talking toolbelts, Batman cape sets, Mr. Potato Head Transformers Mixables, and something called a Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit.
Monday, December 22
The chance of a white Christmas in 2014 is near zero. High temperatures for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are expected to reach the mid-50s, with a strong chance of rain both days. Rain could be accompanied by thunder on Dec. 24.
Thursday, December 18
Gas prices in the Ocean State continue to plummet, a welcome trend to those looking for extra spending dollars during the holiday season. Prices were down another 11 cents as of Monday, Dec. 15, and continue to fall at gas stations across the area.
Reports from some of my Twitter followers:
• Dan Meuse, a health policy and tech nerd, shared a price of $2.39 in Cranston.
• Eric Rueb, a freelance journalist, claimed a price of $2.49 at a... more
Tuesday, December 2
Are Rhode Islanders doing a better job of holding their government accountable? Is government just messing up more than usual?
According to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, the state is on pace for more open meetings and open records complaints in 2014 than in any of the previous four years, with 114 complaints filed with that office as of Dec. 2, compared to just 89 complaints in all of 2013.
Pawtucket attorney Mark McBurney told The Breeze he's... more
Representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket are officially launching the public portion of their "Building Better Futures Campaign." The funds raised will help pay for the expansion and renovation of organization's new clubhouse, due to be finished in January. Even a $10 gift will make a big difference, according to staff.
Thursday, November 27
This year I'm thankful for a whole lot of things, but I want to take a moment to offer a note of gratitude to our readers, the people who make The Valley Breeze and all it represents possible. Thank you, and a very happy holidays to you and your family.