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 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
Sometimes we do crazy things with the conviction our pets are so much a part of our world that they must think like we do. I suppose it’s understandable. How is it that they know we could … more
STORY OF THE WEEK : Will the real Rhode Island stand up? Is it the place where Gov. Dan McKee’s latest budget proposal “will help ensure our state reaches its fullest potential,” as … more
It’s rare that I’m early to an event. Just ask Lauren Slocum at the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce or the mayor’s office, which schedules in the course of a year anywhere … more
When Karen Daniel of Los Angeles l and her film team suggested visiting the Beacon offices Sunday I imagined she hadn’t followed the forecasts of a possible snow storm. I was wrong. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The Rhode Island General Assembly returned to business last week, with the usual feeling of something akin to students returning to the classroom for the first day of school. House … more
It was a rhythmic clanking like snow chains only barely audible. We put down our forks and looked at each other across the dining room table. My first thought was that it was a new sound from our … more
We’re ready to get engaged. Actually, Carol and I were engaged more than a half century ago and now we’re going to do it again. Yet, this is a first for us.  In the past there … more
Okay, after all the news about the Washington Bridge and stories of three-hour long traffic jams, you’re going to think we’re crazy to have purposely driven to East Providence on Sunday. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK : The emergency closing of the westbound part of the Washington Bridge put Gov. Dan McKee — and how he performs during a crisis — under a microscope. McKee was initially … more
I wish I had taken physics, because I might better understand what happened to my dinner. I never got to eat it, or for that matter see it, although it was there. Carol expected I would be late, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: As Rhode Island edges closer to 2024, policy and politics are converging in a way that could influence the 2026 race for governor. Attorney General Peter Neronha, who is … more
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