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You’ve surely heard the expression, “Only in Rhode Island.” I’m not talking about the state being near 50th on the list of states when it comes to unemployment, corporate taxes or a litany … more
MARIE BADESSA
The Thursday afternoon call seemed to be routine. The caller wanted information about submitting a letter to the editor. Was there a limit to the number of words? How soon after submission could … more
The dining room table glittered. Candles were reflected in the glasses as the late afternoon sun cast shadows across the room. Erica was ready to serve Christmas dinner. She and her mother Sharon, … more
I found myself asking, “Is there enough snow?’ What could I be thinking? We’ve had nothing but snow and I was wondering if the dusting on Friday night was enough. Maybe it was an inch, not … more
The Providence City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would stop convicted murderer Nicholas Gianquitti’s disability retirement payments so long as he remains incarcerated. The … more
“Let’s have breakfast at Block Island.” I don’t pass up invitations like these from Claude Bergeron. I’ve had breakfast at several different airports with Claude, and Block Island is one … more
CRANSTON TRASH CONTAINERS: City services are supposedly paid for by normal city taxes. If enough money isn’t collected in taxes to pay for the services, then the tax rate is increased. Extra fees … more
Few things command admiration than gadgets that get the job done. And there always is a new twist on an old gadget. Take the corkscrew. It started out as a simple devise: a three-inch section … more
What is it that intrigues us so much about traffic ticket stories? Is it that just about every motorist has a story about being stopped for some infraction and about the interaction with the … more
Like most men my age, my father and uncles were members of what news anchorman Tom Brokaw termed “The Greatest Generation.” They were men who risked everything to preserve our rights as … more
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