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Thursday, October 29

The Valley Breeze is hiring again. Want to work with us as a local freelance writer? Needed work includes:

• Obituaries. To accept and rewrite paid obituaries by e-mail from funeral directors, and place on our website as quickly as possible, and file the finished obituary and photo to our news desk. Also, to monitor other local papers for our brief death notices.

• Home of the Week: To manage and write a weekly “Home of the Week” story of about 200 words, by viewing...


Wednesday, October 7

Plenty of politicians make promises of more transparency in government, but how many actually deliver when it counts?

The Rhode Island Press Association has joined ACCESS/RI, the Rhode Island ACLU, the New England First Amendment Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island to call for Rhode Island's version of transparency to be more than just lip service.

Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical...


Monday, October 5

Rhode Island rarely ranks very high on anything positive, so it's worth mentioning when the tiniest state mixes it up with the big boys.

With October being National Energy Awareness Month (yes, there is such a thing) and the average household spending nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills, personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of states that are doing the best on saving energy, and Rhode Island came in sixth overall, one of three New England states to break...


Saturday, September 26

I've long been concerned about what I see as an out-of-control epidemic of people who can't seem to put their phone down while driving. When I was out one morning recently, it seemed like just about every driver I passed was fiddling with their phone, many so distracted that they couldn't stay within the lines.

It's no secret that smartphones are America's great distraction, but do you know just how bad it's gotten? New research from AT&T shows that seven in 10 people engage in...


Saturday, September 26

There are all kinds of fun little snippets coming out after the release of the 38 Studios depositions this week. One of the "only in Rhode Island" tidbits was that Henry Kinch Jr., the court clerk who prepared the documents for release, once invited the video game company to Pawtucket when he was president of the City Council there.

In a letter back in March of 2010, Kinch urged retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to consider moving his Massachusetts-based 38 Studios to Pawtucket...


Saturday, September 19


Owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox announced Saturday evening that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has determined that the I-195 site on the Providence River is not suitable for construction of a new ballpark, and is urging the team to look at alternate locations. The club will therefore suspend its pursuit of that parcel, and it will cease its public campaign for the I-195 riverfront site, according to a release.

"We believe the site along the Providence...


Thursday, September 3

Pawtucket residents who have been waiting for a glimmer of hope that they might be able to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox may have gotten it Thursday.

News broke during the day that Brown University officials will be seeking fair market value for a building that would need to be torn down to make way for left field at a new Providence stadium, and that the university wouldn’t sell unless state leaders and residents support the stadium. As it turns out, Brown won't really be needing the...


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.

Reporters and...


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.

Wes, his...


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...