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Midsummer a perfect time to take a break

I don’t think my garden has ever made me happier than it does this very minute. After eight years of adding, transplanting, editing, and endless tweaking, its ensembles of plants and ornaments are finally beginning to show each other off without any one hogging the spotlight. There’s serendipity happening here and there, such as how

Greg Vespe releases his 1,000th striped bass (keeper size) at the Southwest Ledge, Block Island.

Local fisherman catches (and releases) his 1000th bass

Greg Vespe of Tiverton is an avid fisherman with a particular knack for catching striped bass. He is also a noted lecturer and often works with Capt. BJ Silvia of Flippin Out Fishing Charters. Here is his account (I say prayer) of his 1,000th striped bass which he caught last weekend. “Sometimes it’s all about

The Whopper makes its rounds

The Pawsox “listening tour” ensemble hit the East Bay on July 27 and created the biggest Whopper ever made since James McLamore initiated  Burger King’s version in 1957. The misrepresentations could fill many columns and will. Perhaps the biggest false claim of the evening was made by Jeff White, financial advisor for the Red Sox,

Navigating guardianship and conservatorship

Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise. If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions due to a mental disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, often called a “guardian.” Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult (the

Violet: Rhode Island is on a spending binge

One way to improve the unemployment rate is to hire more government workers. That’s what Governor Gina Raimondo is doing. She recently unveiled plans to hire an additional 10 people to work for the Commerce Corporation. The quasi-public agency already has about 31 employees. A little birdie told me she actually has plans to hire

Making a run at the hall of fame

Last weekend Red Sox great Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a fan favorite in Boston while he was a player and thrilled superfans when he returned to Boston and took a job with the organization in 2013. He was a dominant pitcher, baffling batters with his blazing fastball

Rhode Island has pension reform, right? Wrong!

Most Rhode Islanders probably think that the so-called pension reform legislation passed this year by the Rhode Island General Assembly has now resolved the unfunded liability quagmire. It has not. Originally estimated as $6.8 billion under prior accounting standards, when using GASB 68, an accounting rule which is now mandated for future projections, the unfunded

Travis Barao of East Providence with the 7.2 pound fluke he caught off Newport earlier this month.

Fishing from shore still good

Fishing from shore is still producing for anglers in the Bay and off coastal shores. Steve McKenna noted local striped bass shore angler said, “Fishing has been pretty productive both in June and in July so far compared to recent years… particularly my last three trips in July.” Steve fishes Narragansett and Jamestown shores using