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Friday, December 11

Not long after my son first learned to talk, he introduced me to his best friends, Silver and Jack. I assumed, at first, that these imaginary mice would disappear after a few days, replaced by a real stuffed animal or a favorite toy. But they lived on, accompanying an imaginative little boy on his daily adventures.

For whatever reason, Jack has faded into the background in recent months, but Silver has turned into a member of our family, coming with us on trips, fixing things around...


Monday, November 23

Kathy Gregg has an interesting piece in The Journal on the increasing number of public relations jobs in Rhode Island government. For some PR positions, pay is also going up.

My immediate thought was not about whether taxpayer dollars are being wasted, but on the ongoing trend of good journalists making the shift to the "dark side," as ...


Monday, November 16

Proving again that there's a survey for everything, The Weather Channel asked online users to say how cold is too cold to venture outside to get Christmas shopping done. Not surprisingly, Rhode Islanders are on the tougher end of the spectrum when it comes to braving the bitter temperatures, beating even New Hampshire on what they'll tolerate.

The findings from the survey show the influence that weather conditions have on the way consumers shop and what they choose to purchase. Below...


Wednesday, November 11

I talked this week with the proud new owners of Pawtucket's Kellaway Center, Devin Kelly and Jeremy Duffy of the Isle Brewers Guild, about some of the reasons they chose Pawtucket over Providence and other communities. I was especially interested because they were previously looking to build their brewery in Providence before their target location burned down.



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...


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...