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Sad. That was the word that came to mind when the news hit social media that the city’s longest serving mayor, Scott Avedisian, had left the scene of a minor accident at the drive thru of … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: For a long time, it seemed as if Scott Avedisian was destined to be mayor in perpetuity of Warwick. He could be counted on to win re-election as a genial GOP moderate, even amid … more
Surely, in this age of cell phones and multiple means of communication, you’ve never felt helplessly unconnected. But that’s what happened to me last week.. No, there wasn’t a … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as accountability,” Gov. Dan McKee said last Friday, as he unveiled Max Wistow and Jonathan Savage as the lawyers who will … more
As soon as I saw Pete Fontaine open the office door, a smile spread across his face, I knew he was up to something. It was the day before Thanksgiving and everyone was pressing to meet deadline … more
Ken Block’s new book, Marty Walsh for James Diossa & our fractured media landscape. There’s no truth to the rumor that Rhode Island will be the setting for a remake of … more
You would have thought we were under attack. Ferrah bolted from her bed under the kitchen table, hackles raised, and launched herself at the glass back door. The growls rumbled, threateningly … more
In today’s world of self diagnosis with Google and instant communication via cell phone - send along a photo of that strange rash that broke out last night along with your vital readings … more
Voice a complaint about the health system and without prompting you’re bound to get nods of agreement and a tale or two that is one better than the experience you just recounted. It seems like … more
Ever notice how the most terrifying of situations can be comically funny? The movies are great at creating such humor. Moments when seemingly there’s no way of avoiding a catastrophe, you … more
STORY OF THE WEEK:  The next race for governor of Rhode Island is more than two years away, so assessing the full political fallout from the Washington Bridge saga will take time. In the … more
 My son, Ted, stopped to buy a couple of helium filled birthday balloons on his way to our house Saturday. Neither of us are celebrating birthdays nor are immediate family members. As it … more
Oh the fun the Follies would have had with the Washington Bridge! You can follow me through the week on threads and what we used to call the twitters. Here we go. STORY OF THE WEEK: Last week, … more
How is it that some seasonal observances pass so quickly and others linger well into the year? The thought occurred as my son Ted dropped by Saturday to help take down the Christmas tree. There … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Back in the day, the approach of the end of February would signal the time for the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies – the bygone annual satiric sendup of the year in Rhode … more
If you have kids, do you remember the days of the play pen? At first, in the case of your kids, the pen had a single mobile that Diana – our first of three children - would stare at for … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: During an address last week to the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Dan McKee suggested the worst traffic fallout from the Washington Bridge is in the past. “We have to … more
As long as you’re driving in Rhode Island, the Washington Bridge is the cause for every traffic delay. I found myself thinking that Saturday morning driving south on Route 4. As soon as … more
STORY OF THE WEEK After a recent news dump, when the McKee administration shared details of a federal request for records related to the Washington Bridge, Gov. Dan McKee tried to regain control … more
Well, I’m going to date myself. Do you recall the back and forth between Mayors Allan Fung and Scott Avedisian, to be followed by Joe Solomon, over who should get the “20000” … more
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