Wednesday, October 16
PAWTUCKET – Over the summer I wrote about how Wayne Losey and Tucker Johnson, of Pawtucket-based Dynamo Development Labs, had received the $12,000 they needed through a Kickstarter campaign to launch their "ModiBot Mo" action figure line (http://bit.ly/1bX5W5J).
This week, as promised, my action figure came in the mail, and it's every bit as functional as Losey and Johnson said it would be. The molded plastic body and cool 3D-printed accessories... more
Friday, October 11
PAWTUCKET – I wrote a story this week on the impact of the federal government shutdown on two prominent Pawtucket businesses, the Comfort Inn and Collette Vacations (http://bit.ly/15tWzFy), but it turns out an upstart brewery in the city is also being hurt by the ongoing standoff.
Nick Garrison, of Foolproof Brewing on Grotto Avenue, said that the government shutdown is holding up the brewery's new batch of Revery Russian Imperial Stout.
Thursday, October 10
I’m not sure anyone who’s ever been to Pawtucket thinks of it as "a great place to gawk at fiery fall foliage as you hike or bike riverside and back-country paths..."
I’ve seen some "travel and leisure" pieces that were pretty off target, but this one http://bo.st/15hLkzL that keeps showing up in my inbox makes Pawtucket sound like the scenic cycling capital of the world.
There are plenty of reasons to come to the city, like McCoy Stadium,... more
Saturday, October 5
There's been plenty of chatter about how the federal government shutdown is a national problem that will potentially hurt the U.S. economy to the tune of billions of dollars.
But Patti McAlpine, sales manager at the Comfort Inn on George Street, told me on Friday that the shutdown that started earlier in the week is being felt in a big way at the city's only hotel.
McAlpine said she had booked a business for five rooms starting Oct. 6 and running all the way to Dec. 12. The... more
Thursday, September 19
I'll admit that I have a bit of an obsession with traffic lights. These inanimate objects hold so much power to control daily life, but we often barely notice them as we go about our business. A traffic signal left unattended, over a period of years, can get so far off its original program that it starts backing up traffic for blocks - every day.
Last June I reached out to officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to see if anything could be done about the lengthy... more
Sunday, September 15
Pawtucket school officials have issued their rebuttal to my open meetings complaint about being locked out of the Aug. 8 School Committee meeting. Among other findings to be gleaned from surveillance photos presented to the attorney general's office, I actually arrived at the door of the meeting at 6:02 p.m. and not 6 p.m. as I stated in my complaint.
School officials are basically claiming that the buzzer at the door of the central administration building was working just before I... more
Friday, September 13
Everyone is allowed a mistake or two when it comes to grammar and spelling, but a local parent was more than a little perturbed when he saw the contents of a back-to-school letter from the principal of a Pawtucket school just before the start of the academic year. The following is a paragraph from the letter:
"I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with you all of this year. I should be a great year full of fun and exciting things. If you every have a question or... more
Thursday, September 5
Pawtucket School Committee member David Coughlin thanked The Valley Breeze this week for a story informing the public about our open meetings complaint against the school board he serves on. An email from Coughlin was copied to other School Committee members and administrators.
"Had I not read this article in the Valley Breeze today I would not have known this (Open Meetings Act) complaint had been filed with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office," he wrote. "The School Committee... more
Opening day of the 2013 National Football League season is here, and with it the remote possibility of fantasy football glory. I've played enough fantasy football to know how fluky the phenomenon can be, which makes me that much more worried about this week one in the family fantasy league.
You see, I just found out I'm playing against my wife.
Most people would be thrilled to match up against a fantasy football rookie who used a decent pick to take third-string quarterback Tim... more
Monday, September 2
Lisa Pinsonneault, special assistant attorney general for the state of Rhode Island, has informed me that her office is now proceeding with an investigation of my open records complaint against the Pawtucket School Committee.
On Aug. 8, I informed the attorney general's office that I had been locked out of a School Committee meeting on Aug. 6. I repeatedly hit the buzzer at the entrance of the school administration building, an alternative site for school board meetings, and also... more