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Violet: Has anything really changed?

Former Common Cause executive director, Phil West, is making the rounds at local bookstores to promote his book, “Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island 1986-2006″. Recently, he was at Barrington Books. Much of the presentation that evening focused on the “secrets” behind the scenes where legislative loyalty to conflicted General Assembly leaders led to catastrophic

Capt. BJ Silvia of Flippin Out Fishing Charters, Portsmouth, with a huge 13 pound tautog he caught when fishing off Newport last week.

DEM’s “Lean” initiative big success

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?  It did last Thursday night at the URI  Graduate School of Oceanography as commercial fishermen met at a Department of Environmental Management (DEM) workshop and public hearing to discuss summer flounder (fluke), scup, black sea bass and monk fish regulations for 2015. In the past fisherman

Medicaid protections for your home

People that come to my office are sometimes afraid. Often, they or their spouse (or both) are elderly and afraid they will lose their largest asset, their home, to the cost of a nursing home. Especially when an individual is married and one spouse continues to live in the home, there is no cause for

Turkey Tech: apps to get you through the feast

The food. Quality time with friends and family. The all-day football. There are plenty of reasons to be thankful Thanksgiving is coming up soon. But for all its fun, planning the perfect turkey day has its stresses. That’s why we’re highlighting some great mobile apps that will help make your Thanksgiving perfect. Let’s consider some

Splitting up: who gets the Picasso?

When couples begin divorce proceedings, some of the biggest fights are over artwork or antiques. Emotional attachments can be greater than financial (or perceived financial) values. Some tips to consider for a peaceable and equitable split: 1. Make an inventory of all personal property (of significance). Include dates of when and how they were acquired.

Can we get real?

Last week the Providence Journal reported that the state of Rhode Island has an estimated $21.7 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1, with the next projected shortfall for July 2015 projected to be even higher. Two articles appeared in the illustrious newspaper within 24 hours of this story, which caused

Chris Panerillo from North Kingstown with a nice brace of tog to nine pounds he caught Saturday aboard the Lady Frances party boat out of Pt. Judith.

How much is a fish worth?

“U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent from 2011 to 2012,” according to an April NOAA Fisheries economics report. In regard to the value of a pound of

There’s no team in Obama

The weeks between the end of an election and the start of a new congress are filled with activities similar to those going on behind the scenes with a major league baseball team. Returning players are taking time off before the new season and the leadership is putting together plans for the next year. Upcoming