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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...


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...


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...


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....


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:

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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,"...


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...


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...


Wednesday, September 10

Many of our readers know that we at The Breeze believe in great local election coverage. We inform readers leading up to the vote and we dissect and analyze the results for them afterward. We know that great election coverage can mean a more engaged electorate and a better community overall.

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Friday, September 5

One of the most difficult questions to answer about the 2014 primary election in Rhode Island is how independent voters will impact it.

WPRO's Matt Allen hosted a discussion Friday afternoon asking listeners how they'll decide which primary to vote in on Sept. 9. As Allen pointed out, this year's primary is unusual even for Rhode Island as very few local races feature candidates in the general election, meaning many people will likely want to make their voice heard on the city or...