Wednesday, November 26
During each of her two pregnancies, my wife ate olives like they were going out of style, hoping that by doing so her two boys would end up loving them as much as she does. I kept saying it wouldn't work, that the anti-olive genes in my taste buds would win, but she refused to believe me.
Olives of the black and green variety have always been a big staple at her family's holiday gatherings, where at mine they were considered one of those "no thank you portion" kind of items. My wife...more
Thursday, November 20
Pawtucket police are trained to deal with the unexpected, but even they are sometimes left shaking their heads. One recent incident gives new meaning to the phrase, "crime of opportunity."
On Sep. 23, a South Street resident called police to report that someone had trashed her house. Police responded to get the details and start an investigation.
It seems the woman had met a man online, and knew only his first name. After the two woke up on the morning of Sep. 23, she told the...more
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...more
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...more
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-...more
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