Tuesday, August 25
I was glad to see my blog post on the underperforming communications office at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation get so much attention, and relieved to learn that other reporters were experiencing similar problems, but my ultimate goal in finally going public was to force some change at the DOT.
It appears we’ve made some progress.
Monday, August 24
Going to a baseball game is so much better as a 4-year-old.
It was with a little trepidation that I took my son to his second Pawtucket Red Sox game last Saturday. Some of you may remember my experience from last year, when we barely got through the sixth inning.
It helped that this was the inaugural “princess and pirate night” at McCoy Stadium, a brilliant idea if you ask me.
“Are you a scurvy pirate?” asked Snow White as Wesley pushed through the gate.
Saturday, August 22
Like many of you, I don't have the easiest time losing weight. My wife and I have been watching our diet for a while now, and I just can't seem to get over the hump.
The other day, when she told me she told me she had a breakthrough on what my issue might be, I was both glad to hear it and quite fearful at the same time.
"We're eating too much cereal," she said.
I was shocked. Wait, my half bowl of low-calorie Chocolatey Delight with 1 percent milk is keeping me from...more
Thursday, August 20
These two Pawtucket companies have achieved rapid growth as they've done their thing just a few hundred feet away from each other. There's Nuts 'N More, the company that got its big break on Shark Tank and has seen its nut butters embraced worldwide, and Foolproof Brewing Company, the local brewer that's grown its fan base with a deep assortment of flavors.
The common ingredient for these companies has been hard work from owners who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
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