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I was taken aback when I received a letter from Santa! There in black and white was his Christmas list of Rhode Island leaders who have been either naughty or nice. One politician dominated the naughty list. Santa asked me to let you know who is on each list. Who am I to disregard his request?

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In 1987, while I was the artist-in-residence at the University of Rhode Island, I wrote, along with my co-composer Robert Schleeter, a musical title “The Spirit Warrior’s Dream.” It was a play about a c… More

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On behalf of the Cumberland, Lincoln and North Smithfield Prevention Coalitions, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following establishments for their commitment and participation to our … More

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May I let it be known what is going on at John F. Kennedy Manor in Woonsocket, Rhode Island? According to the notice that residents receive, a company named Encore Fire Co. is doing these fire drills he… More

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On behalf of the Cumberland, Lincoln and North Smithfield Prevention Coalitions, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following establishments for their commitment and participation to our … More

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May I let it be known what is going on at John F. Kennedy Manor in Woonsocket, Rhode Island? According to the notice that residents receive, a company named Encore Fire Co. is doing these fire drills he… More

Newsletters

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Air travel has become one of the most-used forms of transportation across the globe. However, in the last two decades there have been a few occasions when it screeched to a halt, most notably after Sept. 11 and most recently during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both of these important events… More

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If my memory serves me correctly, it was about 15 years ago when I was an invited guest speaker at a dinner for professional engineers at Kirkbrae Country Club. Being that my late father was an accomplished executive in the banking security and semiconductor sectors, and an electrical engine… More

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I have served on the North Smithfield School Committee for six years. Our meeting in August became infamous based on the behavior of a small collection of people who tried to cajole the committee – and other audience members – into ignoring science and the safety of our students. More

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I see we have another $3.2 million for a new football field. I also see we have another $2 million (I may be wrong on the actual amount) to build a new playground. I see we have $800,000 to build a new animal shelter, which was promised to start six months ago by our loyal, compassionate May… More

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The men’s homeless shelter at Harvest Community Church would like to thank our friends at WNRI radio and Tommy Brien for organizing and hosting our 8th annual coffee drive on Oct. 23. We were once again overwhelmed and blessed by the support of our community as we raised over $1,100 and stoc… More

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The October broadcast of “48 Hours” was billed as “The Station nightclub fire: What happened and who’s to blame for the disaster that killed 100.” Regrettably, it didn’t fully answer either question. It fit the very definition of a “puff piece” which had to be salt in the many wounds of the … More

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We have lived in Cumberland for over 30 years and this year, for the first time, moss is growing on our roof. We’ve had another wet summer but I guess we shouldn’t complain as we’ve been free of the wildfires, floods, drought and excessive temperatures that other parts of our country have be… More

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I’ve been in an ongoing struggle with the Woonsocket Education Department. That started over administrators of Globe Park Elementary sharing children’s photos online without permission back in September of 2020. This is the situation that led to the revision of the Social Media Policy in Mar… More

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November is truly one of the nicest months of the year. And, although beautifully colored leaves are falling from trees, nights are getting colder, and winter is on the horizon, it is a month to be thankful for many things. More

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On Oct. 21, Dan Yorke felt the need to weigh in on the comments and performance of Dr. Alexander-Scott, a physician and public health practitioner. As someone familiar with public health, I took issue with some of the misconceptions presented in the article about her role and responsibility … More

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This is a decisive moment in history when America can make a critical choice to save the planet with a simple, commonsense proposition – carbon pricing. With carbon pricing, also known as a carbon tax, companies are taxed on the carbon content they emit, and the revenue is then distributed a… More

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The scene that played out last week at the North Kingstown School Committee meeting is certainly something to behold and one that could be repeated in the near future, similar to the “critical race theory” aggressive open mic protests that have popped up throughout the state and nation. More

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Pause a moment to appreciate those who volunteer for public service. It’s easy to criticize, but could we do better? Could we shape a bill as thoughtful as the Save Our Futures Act introduced by Sen. Whitehouse and cosponsored by Sen. Reed a few months ago? More

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I was dismayed by the Breeze Oct. 21 issue’s column by Dan Yorke. I watched the press event that his article referred to and saw no indication of the “public defiance” that he implies. Not only did he miss the mark on that interpretation of events, he also misinformed your readers of the ter… More

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I wanted to write in response to Ricardo Pitts-Wiley’s editorial in the Oct. 21-27 edition of The Breeze. Responses are limited to 500 words so I’m only addressing two sections of his editorial. In the third paragraph he states that people are “standing by while the center falls apart’.” My … More

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I’d like to have this opportunity to respond to an editorial that appeared in last week’s Valley Breeze concerning the proposed police station in North Smithfield. I agree with the writer, Mr. John Carroll of Slatersville, whom I don’t know. The cost and size of a new police station is outra… More

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I have this thing I do each holiday season where I try to buy the vast majority of my presents from local retailers. Sometimes I’m more successful than others, but the process is always rewarding, as I get to meet or get reacquainted with wonderful local merchants and often find fun items at… More

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Mrs. Donahue was my school librarian at Hardy Elementary School. She was kind and patient as she helped me find books such as “Where the Red Fern Grows,” just the right book for a 5th-grader to read. And she knew how to shush us in that warm but strict way that told us she wasn’t mean. More

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Domenick Fabrizio’s letter about town noise (Valley Breeze Oct. 14) made some reasonable points. However, we think his assessment of the various sources of commotion on our street in Cumberland was incomplete. More

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I’m sure we have all seen the television commercial where the elderly woman is crying out, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” I always said that will never be me. Well, on the night of Sept. 2, that was me. More

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A blatant disagreement on crucial COVID policy between Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and her boss, Gov. Dan McKee, occurred last week right in front of the comatose press and the tuned-in audience. More

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Rhode Island is a popular place to visit in the summertime. It’s known for its beaches and city life. Tourists come in from many different backgrounds and when asked about their experience they say, “That place is home to potholes and rocky roads.” More

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The Union has never been perfect for many people. It was full of flaws and loopholes that allowed the rich and thus powerful to stay rich and powerful. It supported the capitalist idea that a permanent underclass of people had to be maintained at all costs. While the Union was founded on Chr… 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 can aggravate the situation to an abnormal level. Besides the well-documented speeding is… 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 department of approximately 30 people each would have 740 square feet of workspace – the size of a… More

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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, things that scared us. So profound, these slices of time and why the picture or scene sticks may make perfect sense to us. Some remain for reasons that w… 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, starting next month, and three other columnists will be writing on other weeks, including Marc… 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 shamed and even cast out of their social networks for simply asking questions about decisions … More

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I felt mixed emotions regarding the Town Council’s decision to delay an RFP to hire a diversity consultant. Members of the Smithfield Anti-Hate Coalition have engaged in a productive and thoughtful conversation around this news. Some have rightly pointed out that a delay could provide time f… More

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As a small business owner, I have seen how hard it has been to recover from the significant economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well-intentioned safety restrictions and other measures have put small businesses, like Santoro’s Pizza, at risk of shutting our doors for good. 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 new expansion. The past year and a half has been extremely difficult on individuals and bu… More