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Saturday, November 15

Now that the November election is come and gone, I've had a chance to go back over some of the notes I jotted down as I was listening to the various campaigns. One interview I found particularly interesting was with eventual secretary of state winner Nellie Gorbea on WNRI radio in Woonsocket a few days before the election.

Gorbea talked at length about Rhode Island's diminishing press corps, lamenting the fact that government is not being held as accountable as it should be as some...


Tuesday, November 4

Police in North Providence tell me they’ve decided not to charge School Committee member Rod DaSilva with theft after he was caught Tuesday morning taking 16 of Town Council candidate Shane Piche’s campaign signs.

DaSilva was caught “red-handed” by Mayor Charles Lombardi, said Piche. He doesn't believe DaSilva ever would never have returned the signs if he hadn’t been caught.

Deputy Police Chief Chris Pelagio said the signs were pulled from the ground near the corner of...


Saturday, November 1

We at The Breeze have hosted three debates for local candidates running in general election Nov. 4. Watch them below.

The Cumberland at-large council debate:

The North Smithfield town administrator debate:

And the North Providence at-...


Tuesday, October 21

The two candidates in the hotly contested race for the at-large seat on the North Providence Town Council squared off in a lively and often testy debate Tuesday evening in the North Providence High School auditorium.

Incumbent Democrat Alice Brady went up against independent Shane Piche in a forum that featured several heated exchanges and plenty of accusations back and forth.

Brady accused Piche of being a "rubberstamp" for Mayor Charles Lombardi, calling him out for not...


Wednesday, October 15

The head of the Pawtucket GOP is calling a retweet by Republican Senate District 15 candidate Steve Lemois “idiotic” and “racially insensitive,” quickly distancing the group from the man known as the “Conservative Marine” on Twitter.

GOP Chairman Scott Rotondo said the post from Lemois got his “blood boiling."

“The Pawtucket GOP values all Americans from all walks of life and in no way, shape, or form condones the use of racially charged language or images,” he said.



Tuesday, October 14

North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi and Town Council President Kristen Catanzaro don't agree on much of anything, so it was a bit strange to see an announcement stating that both Democrats are endorsing the same candidate, independent Ernie Almonte for general treasurer.

Almonte, some will remember, was the auditor general who came into North Providence more than five years ago to help town officials weather a severe financial crisis. It was he who ordered a five-year deficit...


Thursday, October 2

The highlight for me at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual dinner and awards event Thursday evening was when Marcia Green, editor in chief of The Valley Breeze, won The Rev. William Blackstone Society. It's a prestigious honor awarded to people who have made a significant local, community and regional impact on the heritage, culture and quality of life reflected in the Blackstone River Valley.

And what an impact Marcia Green has had.

Marcia has been editing...


Tuesday, September 30

Eric Palmieri, a member of the North Providence Democratic Town Committee and son of local school board member Stephen Palmieri, seems to be gaining some traction with his Facebook page "Democrats for Healey." The group is designed to bolster freshly-minted Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey and take down Democrat Gina Raimondo in her bid for governor.

Palmieri, 30, says that while much of the focus in the governor’s race to this point has been on Healey taking votes away from...


Sunday, September 28

A recent column by Alexis Magner, style blogger and editor of The Providence Journal's Sunday lifestyle and live entertainment sections, got me thinking about what's acceptable and what's not when it comes to wearing the jersey of your favorite NFL player.

Magner, in her column titled "You're not Tom Brady -- take off the...


Friday, September 19

Smithfield High School is the latest school to respond to Shea High School's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Check it out:

Here's the original Ice Bucket Challenge from Shea:

And here's Tolman High's response to Shea:

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