Wednesday, February 17
Rhode Island mayors have been conspicuously quiet on Gov. Gina Raimondo’s "RhodeWorks" plan to rebuild Rhode Island’s infrastructure through borrowing and truck tolls. It could be a combination of being happy that state leaders aren’t coming after local taxpayer wallets directly, and seeing state roads and bridges in their communities (like the Route 146 bridge over Mineral Spring Avenue) continue to deteriorate.
North Providence Mayor Lombardi told me he’s one of those who’s not...more
Sunday, January 17
One would think that it wouldn't be that hard to find a 20-acre parcel of open land with easy highway access, says developer David Cascioli, but his plans for a water park in or near Rhode Island continue to be frustrated. This week I wrote about his latest plans falling through on the Attleboro/Pawtucket line.
Cascioli is sounding very discouraged these...more
Wednesday, January 6
For years I've listened to Rhode Island talk radio hosts and listeners complain about the condition of the state's roadways, lamenting that officials won't do more to bring them up to the standard of neighboring states. I've posted plenty of pictures myself of the potholes that dot our fair Ocean State.
Perhaps that's what made John DePetro's statements at the end of his Jan. 6 show on WPRO so surprising. He basically made the argument that leaders will have all kinds of money to...more
Tuesday, January 5
David Norton, the outspoken critic of the Providence stadium deal last year, is making it clear with his early announcement for the House District 60 seat that he's not planning to change his aggressive style.
Norton will challenge freshman incumbent David Coughlin in the primary by taking the approach of tying Coughlin to House Speaker...more
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