Friday, December 11
One of the things I enjoy most about working at The Breeze is putting out our annual Christmas in the Valley section. This year's edition is our 20th, and in my opinion, one of our best, with throwback themes, staff columns, recipes, events and more. Our staff again put a lot of time and energy into bringing you stories that you'll enjoy this season. Our hope is that this edition will show in some small way how much we appreciate you the readers. All the best wishes for a safe and happy...more
Friday, December 11
Not long after my son first learned to talk, he introduced me to his best friends, Silver and Jack. I assumed, at first, that these imaginary mice would disappear after a few days, replaced by a real stuffed animal or a favorite toy. But they lived on, accompanying an imaginative little boy on his daily adventures.
For whatever reason, Jack has faded into the background in recent months, but Silver has turned into a member of our family, coming with us on trips, fixing things around...more
Monday, November 23
Kathy Gregg has an interesting piece in The Journal on the increasing number of public relations jobs in Rhode Island government. For some PR positions, pay is also going up.
My immediate thought was not about whether taxpayer dollars are being wasted, but on the ongoing trend of good journalists making the shift to the "dark side," as ...more
Monday, November 16
Proving again that there's a survey for everything, The Weather Channel asked online users to say how cold is too cold to venture outside to get Christmas shopping done. Not surprisingly, Rhode Islanders are on the tougher end of the spectrum when it comes to braving the bitter temperatures, beating even New Hampshire on what they'll tolerate.
The findings from the survey show the influence that weather conditions have on the way consumers shop and what they choose to purchase. Below...more
Wednesday, November 11
I talked this week with the proud new owners of Pawtucket's Kellaway Center, Devin Kelly and Jeremy Duffy of the Isle Brewers Guild, about some of the reasons they chose Pawtucket over Providence and other communities. I was especially interested because they were previously looking to build their brewery in Providence before their target location burned down.
Thursday, October 29
The Valley Breeze is hiring again. Want to work with us as a local freelance writer? Needed work includes:
• Obituaries. To accept and rewrite paid obituaries by e-mail from funeral directors, and place on our website as quickly as possible, and file the finished obituary and photo to our news desk. Also, to monitor other local papers for our brief death notices.
• Home of the Week: To manage and write a weekly “Home of the Week” story of about 200 words, by viewing...more
Wednesday, October 7
Plenty of politicians make promises of more transparency in government, but how many actually deliver when it counts?
The Rhode Island Press Association has joined ACCESS/RI, the Rhode Island ACLU, the New England First Amendment Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island to call for Rhode Island's version of transparency to be more than just lip service.
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical...more
Monday, October 5
Rhode Island rarely ranks very high on anything positive, so it's worth mentioning when the tiniest state mixes it up with the big boys.
With October being National Energy Awareness Month (yes, there is such a thing) and the average household spending nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills, personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of states that are doing the best on saving energy, and Rhode Island came in sixth overall, one of three New England states to break...more
Saturday, September 26
I've long been concerned about what I see as an out-of-control epidemic of people who can't seem to put their phone down while driving. When I was out one morning recently, it seemed like just about every driver I passed was fiddling with their phone, many so distracted that they couldn't stay within the lines.
It's no secret that smartphones are America's great distraction, but do you know just how bad it's gotten? New research from AT&T shows that seven in 10 people engage in...more
Saturday, September 26
There are all kinds of fun little snippets coming out after the release of the 38 Studios depositions this week. One of the "only in Rhode Island" tidbits was that Henry Kinch Jr., the court clerk who prepared the documents for release, once invited the video game company to Pawtucket when he was president of the City Council there.
In a letter back in March of 2010, Kinch urged retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to consider moving his Massachusetts-based 38 Studios to Pawtucket...more