Thursday, August 20
One of my annoyances as a reporter is when the subject of a story stands in a public meeting and takes a shot at my integrity or accuses me of being shady.
At Wednesday's meeting of the Pawtucket City Council, a representative for Apex, Operations Manager Joshua Glass, got up to defend the company over the shabby look of its property on Main Street (Here's my story...more
Friday, August 14
At least one North Providence resident is noticing a change in local police officers since a mandate by Mayor Charles Lombardi that they get out in the neighborhoods to meet people.
The following is a letter from resident Anthony Cardarelli to Lombardi.
"After reading your article in The North Providence Breeze about police officers interacting with the public, it happened to me.
On Sunday, Aug. 10, I was just about to cross Humbert Street to walk over to Richard Road...more
Saturday, August 8
For many years, the communications office at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has played a key role in helping us tell you The Breeze reader what is going on with your roads and bridges. Staff tell us when and how roads are shutting down, when and how they'll be repaired, and how much it will all cost you.
The office once ran like a well-oiled machine, with people like Bryan Lucier, Charles St. Martin and Heidi Gudmundson, under former chief communications...more
Thursday, July 30
I have this bad habit of picking up scratched lottery tickets on the chance that the person who bought them missed the fact that they had a winner.
I've hit on probably five or six throwaways in the past decade, most in the $5-$10 range, so it was quite a pleasant surprise when I spotted the back of a ticket on the ground outside a local convenience store that read, "Peace and Love - $20." I flipped it over to confirm that it was a $20 winner and immediately got all warm and fuzzy...more
Wednesday, July 22
I'm a bad golfer. Terrible, really. Put it this way, the four times I've ever played, I hit par on a hole exactly two times.
When my kid brother asked me last year to go play disc golf, I was fairly reluctant to join in. But he was persuasive, saying anyone could play, so we took off for the woodsy course at Borderland State Park up north.
When my very first shot (throw) slammed into the side of a tree about 20 feet away (prompting hysterical laughter from the bro), I thought...more
Tuesday, July 14
The head of a citizen group opposed to public financing of a Providence stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox is accusing Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's office of "political intimidation" through a July 7 letter reminding him to register as a lobbyist if he is engaging in lobbying activities.
"Have you ever wondered how political intimidation works?" wrote David Norton on Facebook. "Read the threat that I received from the Rhode Island Secretary of State."
The letter, from...more
Saturday, June 20
Count me as one who loves this piece from Mother Jones. I've long felt this way when watching national coverage of major events, but the story from James West puts it so well in evaluating the reporting on the horrific Charleston shooting.
"This heroic local newsroom is dominating breaking national coverage."
The local reporters know the church and its...more
Friday, June 19
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society sent out the following email on Friday after services to remember nine victims of a mass killing at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in South Carolina.
Please take a moment to pray, remember, hold up to the light, those we lost in Charleston.
Nine are gone from us.
"Ask not just who did the killing, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murder."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther...
Wednesday, June 3
A local official accused me this week of "creating drama" by reporting on the ongoing troubles of their family member when it comes to following laws and procedures. This person's main point was that the family name wasn't in the public eye much before I came along.
I suppose one could make a flimsy case that a news report on wrongdoing "creates" drama in the public sphere that wouldn't otherwise have been there, but let me be clear: The only ones who should be held responsible for...more
Tuesday, June 2
If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are serious about staying in Rhode Island, they had little choice but to strike the tone CEO Larry Lucchino struck Tuesday.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed are all smart politicians, and they know many Rhode Islanders have no appetite for finalizing a deal to build a new stadium in Providence by the end of the General Assembly session.
A stunning 98 percent of emails to...more