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Play by the rules

While most Rhode Islanders don’t deal with debilitating traffic on a daily basis, almost everyone can remember an epic traffic tie-up they sat through at one point or another. When I lived in the D.C. area, I can remember several that were weather related (like a midday snowstorm) or beyond our control (the 9/11 attacks).


Girandole mirrors let there be light

During this just-past time of the year which involves so much decorating with lights and candles, I think of what it must have been like to celebrate the holidays before electricity. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has the word “girandole” defined as “a radiating and showy composition” or “circle of fire”. It has also come to mean

A team effort will ignite Rhode Island

Congratulations to Governor Gina Raimondo who made history when she was sworn in last week as the first female governor of Rhode Island. Her message was simple: It is time to stop the state’s decline and to ignite a Rhode Island comeback. The road back, however, will not be simple. Creating the climate for job

No Fluke

Ice fishing for charity The annual Kevin Thatcher Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crystal Lake. The tournament will benefit “Between the Cracks,” a local non-profit that helps families in need. Crystal Lake Golf Course, Big Bear Bait & Tackle and Ted’s Bait Shop

Score one for the terrorists

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, much of the world has responded with one voice, saying “Je Suis Charlie” in support of those journalists who were murdered by radicalized Muslim terrorists. Nearly four million people walked with leaders from around the world in a unity march. Those leaders included British Prime Minister

Garden notes bring order to the march of time

I can hardly believe it’s a new year already. It feels like mere days rather than twelve months since I waxed rhapsodic about visiting greenhouses and using candlelight to cozy winter’s dark nights. And I remember bemoaning the lateness of spring as if summer never happened. Time seems to stretch in winter like a rubber

World record tautog – Angler Kenneth Westerfeld of Bayside, NY with the 28.8 pound tautog he caught last week. The fish could be a new world record if verified by the IGFA.

No fluke

DEM stocks ponds with trout The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) plans to stock eight ponds with 3,000 trout this week for the winter fishing season. Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Olney Pond, Lincoln; Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth; and Round Top Ponds, Burrillville will be stocked with trout.

Are we ready for a comeback?

We all remember how it happened: after the disastrous 2012 season, the Red Sox assembled a team in 2013 that went from last in the league to first and became World Series Champions. With veterans, rookies and seven free agents from around the league, a team was built that not only competed, but won. Can