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Memory is a mystery. No matter how old we are, there are moments from our young lives that are vivid. Things we saw, great moments we had, thi… Read more

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The proposed cost and size of a new North Smithfield police station is outrageous. At 22,214 square feet it would be larger than Woonsocket’s which has a police force three times larger. With a departme… More

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There was a time when living in Cumberland offered a pleasant and quiet way of life. Granted, an increase in population will always change the character of an area, but a small percentage of individuals… More

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Editor’s note: This week starts our new schedule of columnists in the slot that’s typically been filled by Arlene Violet. As a reminder, Arlene will now be writing once per month in her retirement, star… More

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It is an honor to announce my endorsement of Marlena Martins Stachowiak for Pawtucket City Council District 6. The primary for the race will take place on Nov. 2. More

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Albert Einstein said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning,” but something strange and unhealthy has unfolded before our eyes during the pandemic. It has become commonplace to see people sham… More

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I was quite taken aback reading Mr. Rosemond’s recent article on “grit.” Upon finishing the article I wondered why he would refer to children only as “Him and He” which he did no less than eight times. More

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This is an open letter to the gaming executives at Bally’s/Twin River. I am writing as a poker player, town of Lincoln tax payer and new shareholder. Congratulations on finally breaking ground for your … More

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Albert Einstein said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning,” but something strange and unhealthy has unfolded before our eyes during the pandemic. It has become commonplace to see people sham… More

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I was quite taken aback reading Mr. Rosemond’s recent article on “grit.” Upon finishing the article I wondered why he would refer to children only as “Him and He” which he did no less than eight times. More

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This is an open letter to the gaming executives at Bally’s/Twin River. I am writing as a poker player, town of Lincoln tax payer and new shareholder. Congratulations on finally breaking ground for your … More

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I think it is wonderful that the town’s Economic Development Commission is planning a Savor Smithfield week. However, in your article Sept. 16-22 was it necessary to bash the farmer with Stephanie McCulloch’s opinion on the number one environmental polluters? More

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When I was growing up I remember fathers portrayed on television as intelligent, hardworking and faithful. They were depicted as the head of the family and were always present to give counsel to their children. They were not portrayed as muttering, stuttering imbeciles who had no clue as to … More

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As we continue to battle COVID-19 and recover from the pandemic, Rhode Island has been given an unprecedented economic opportunity that will shape the course of our state for generations to come. How we choose to invest the $1.5 billion we received from the American Rescue Plan will impact e… More

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As a Lincoln resident who makes frequent use of Chase Farm Park, I am deeply troubled by the news that the town of Lincoln will be cooperating with Disney to facilitate the production of a film there. I have several different concerns. More

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Nothing is more important than making sure our kids stay engaged, safe, and healthy this summer. It’s critical we remember their health goes far beyond just physical. But for families who have children with autism or other social development challenges, many need to choose: athletics or therapy. More

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With heavy hearts we see 20 years of lost lives and diverted funds based on the fiction that military force could solve the attack on the World Trade Center. Military force failed the USA in Vietnam. It has now failed the United States in Afghanistan. As much as ever, we need the promise of … More

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It’s all over the web, that “grit” thing. Seems like every day, I get some promo for a webinar on how to get more grit, project more grit, or get in touch with your inner grit. So, allow me to enlighten the reader on how to help your child acquire grit. More

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Last week, 33 legislators signed a letter written to Gov. Dan McKee essentially asking him to fold on the Oct. 1 vaccine mandate for health care workers. They suggested that none of the “heroes” who have worked the medical front lines should end up on the unemployment line because they opt n… More

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the CDC’s eviction moratorium, and now 40,000 Rhode Islanders are at risk for eviction this winter. Rhode Island has $350 million to support rent relief programs through Rent Relief RI, but it has dispersed less than $19 million. Many families have submitt… More

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As it does every year, the advent of Sept. 11 casts a pall on my soul and this year, the 20th anniversary of that dark day in history, is no exception. If anything, it brings it into even sharper relief with more media coverage surrounding it than had been generated in recent years. More

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I really don’t remember when I started writing “Poli-Ticks,” a weekly column. I think it was about 20 years ago. I surely am going to remember, however, when it ended since it is now. I have started my trek toward at least partial retirement. While I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to… More

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As the 20th year remembrance of that tragic 9/11, 2001, day is approaching, let us pause and remember the approximately 3,000 innocent people that this senseless act of terrorism took from us and the many wonderful people whose hearts were and continue to be shattered. More

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With heavy hearts we see 20 years of lost lives and diverted funds based on the fiction that military force could solve the attack on the World Trade Center. Military force failed the USA in Vietnam. It has now failed the United States in Afghanistan. As much as ever, we need the promise of … More

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On behalf of Franklin Farm, I would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the plant sale fundraiser last Saturday a big success. We appreciate the community’s support in our efforts to preserve the farm. We sold more than 350 perennial plants! More

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Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Gov. Dan McKee, earns $187,421 plus benefits. That’s why I thought it was curious when he recently resigned from his $7,500 yearly post as Cumberland’s assistant director of emergency management since 2007, stating that next to his family his second love is t… More

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I had to sign a consent form this week so that my children can take Tylenol at school. But if my child wants to be called by a new name, use different pronouns or use the opposite restroom or locker room than the one he has used his whole life, the Rhode Island Department of Education and ma… More

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In 2016 when I served on the City Council, I drafted and passed unanimously to require City Council appointments are to be publicly advertised. This was done to ensure that the government that is paid for by its citizens are allowed an equal and fair opportunity to serve their community by r… More

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This question caused me to research this particular word. Since many of you don’t have the time and/or opportunity to do research, I thought I would share some information with you. A simple definition of “vision” is the ability to have a mental picture of the future, i.e., it’s an idea of w… More

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The Woonsocket Historical Society has been awarded a Woonsocket Rotary Donation Request Grant and would like to thank out-going President Roger Bouchard and in-coming President Nicole Bourget-Brien for Rotary Club of Woonsocket’s generous support. On behalf of the Board and members of the Wo… More

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Henri has come and gone. Power is mostly restored. Damage was minor. Most of us in northern Rhode Island were relieved to have survived with a couple of light flickers and internet resets. By Sunday midafternoon we wondered why we canceled weekend travel plans. We consoled ourselves repeatin… More

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Many thanks to my Cumberland neighbor from Newell Drive (you know who you are!) for pointing me in the right direction to purchase a medical supply that I needed. More

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Last Wednesday leaders of the Rhode Island General Assembly appointed members to a commission that’s charged with redrawing the political boundaries of our state for the next decade. The creation of fair and just political boundaries – State Senate and House districts – is key in making sure… More

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We have a bridal shower coming up this weekend and my sister Bev and I were discussing what to wear. She had been rummaging through her closet for something suitable and had narrowed the choices down to three, which she brought out on hangers to show me. It needed to be something reasonably … More

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With school openings right around the corner there is much debate about requiring teachers and school personnel to be fully vaccinated as well as vaxxing up children. Gov. Dan McKee has eschewed mandatory teachers’ shot(s) and has left the issue of masks and vaccinations to attend school to … More

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Last Wednesday leaders of the Rhode Island General Assembly appointed members to a commission that’s charged with redrawing the political boundaries of our state for the next decade. The creation of fair and just political boundaries – State Senate and House districts – is key in making sure… More

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With all of the negativity going on in the country for the past year and a half, I thought I would compose something positive to share. I have been a resident of Smithfield for all 55 years of my life. I was a former student-athlete at Smithfield High School in the early ‘80s. I have been re… More