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...more
Thursday, October 16
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 jersey," makes the very succinct case that any man anywhere caught wearing a Brady jersey who's not actually suited up for the game looks silly in it....more
Saturday, September 20
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:... more
Tuesday, September 16
A recount in the at-large race for Pawtucket City Council Tuesday confirmed that Thomas Hodge was the third-place winner and Al Vitali Jr. was out. Incumbent Hodge gained 38 votes in the recount, and Vitali gained 40, leaving the incumbent Vitali just 28 votes shy of third place.
Newcomer Sandra Cano and incumbent Larry Tetreault came in first and second place in the at-large race.
Vitali said a "very careful examination" of the ballots, done "by multiple observers,"...more
Thursday, September 11
Election officials counted about 350 Pawtucket mail ballots at the Rhode Island Board of Elections Thursday afternoon, a process that decided one local race and called another one further into question.
In the at-large race for Pawtucket City Council, Albert Vitali Jr. initially missed a third-place win by just 35 votes to Thomas Hodge. Counting of the mail ballots gained Vitali two votes, meaning he's now down by 33 to Hodge. Vitali had already requested a recount even before the...more
Brian Newberry, the Republican minority leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, says he doesn't regret a decision announced a week before the Sept. 9 primary to endorse Ken Block over Allan Fung in the Republican primary. Fung ended up beating Block with 55 percent of the vote.
Newberry, a North Smithfield resident who previously served on Fung's exploratory committee for governor, says he still believes Block was the GOP's best bet in the general election (Fung will go...more