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By STEVEN FRIAS Every month, Rhode Islanders pay a 911 fee on their phone bills, but most of the funds raised by this fee do not go to the E-911 system. Instead, every year, millions in 911 fees are diverted to pay for other expenses in the budget. For more
You’ve heard the expression, “Home is your fortress.” Well, I strengthened the bulwarks this Sunday. I had to; they were showing real signs of coming apart. It’s not that I fear an attack … more
What a fate. It's hard to imagine that I'm out of projects. I'm blaming it on another rainy weekend day. At this time of year when there's so much to do, I had the projects lined up from planting the garden, trimming dead branches and readying the pool more
There's something about the first cut of the season that smell, the sticky blades of grass that get tracked into the house and, of course, the hum of the mower that in itself is a shout out for summer. I was anxious to make that cut two weeks ago, but more
By NICHOLAS MATTIELLO During the month of May, the attention of the General Assembly necessarily turns to the passage of a balanced budget. It is an important undertaking and one that impacts nearly every citizen in Rhode Island. Next month I will update more
John Boiros removed his pin-studded cap to reveal, just as he said, that he doesn't have much hair. He does have a neatly trimmed salt and pepper beard, so that obviously was where he'd found enough hair to tie a fly that his fishing buddies claim is a more
It can be wonderful when the tide changes. Suddenly, what was impossible seems remotely achievable, and then with time and a combination of things - some might call it luck, and others may attribute it to the correct decisions, even skill - it is within more
It's happened several times at different times of night. For no apparent reason I wake up with the feeling I'm being watched. The room is dark. The ticking of the bureau clock seems unusually loud. I slow my breathing and listen intently. It's then that more
By STEVE FRIAS In search of more revenues, the General Assembly recently enacted legislation requiring more companies to collect Rhode Island's seven percent sales tax on items ordered on the internet. This legislation is a result of a 2018 U.S. Supreme more
Time owns us. Fear not, this is not a philosophical column on our time spent on Earth, or indeed whether it extends beyond the boundaries of the world as we know it. I'm not ready to go there. So, let's start with the kitchen, my kitchen. The kitchen more
The Lazy Susan was the final straw. For years, the corner cabinet spun in only one direction to expose half of its contents. That's just the way it was, although by wedging a knife - a butter knife, nothing sharp - where it bound and exerting some force, more
I never met Bill, or if I did it was only to say hello and to speed through the express lane at the Meadowbrook Stop & Shop. But then I only visit the supermarket when we're running out of essentials and I rush in to buy ice cream. Food shopping is a more
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