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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Friday, September 19

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...


Thursday, September 11

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...