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A method to the madness of Spring

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  2 Comments

Pussy willows like this Salix chaenomeloides 'Mt. Aso' can be cut all the way to the ground after flowering to keep them from getting leggy.

Spring is finally working its way in (never mind last week’s snow). It has to be. The calendar says so. The redwing blackbirds have been back for weeks. The ***** willows are out and the maples have begun to look lightly dusted in fall colors. (It’s almost as if they’re reminding us not to get […]

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Managing expectations

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Fans at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, hang out by the ramp in hopes of catching a glimpse of a favorite player.

Last weekend I had the chance to take in a Red Sox spring training game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. It was the last game of the preseason and despite impending rain, the crowd was enthusiastic to see the team’s last warm up before Opening Day. Before the game I stood in a […]

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Speaker Mattiello off to a rocky start

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  3 Comments

You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. In selecting Leo Skenyon as his chief of staff, Speaker Nick Mattiello poked the Rhode Island taxpayer in the eyes. How soon have we forgotten the fiasco at the R.I. Traffic Tribunal during the tenure of Mr. Skenyon, its Administrator? Apparently, being […]

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Letter: Climate all-nighter deserved gratitude, not disdain

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Bob Hayden’s letter headlined, “Senate all-nighter an embarrassing spectacle” (Mar. 20) foretokened what became an embarrassing outpouring of claptrap and misinformation. As rare as was the group speak out, reporting it when it targeted climate change — already the most critical problem of our time — hardly deserves disdain. Such an effort […]

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Rhode Islanders will be on the menu when the zombie apocalypse hits

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Zombie Horde

Rhode Island will not survive the zombie apocalypse but we won’t go down first. Our Country just loves zombies. From movies and video games to TV and stuffed animals, they are everywhere. The hit AMC series The Walking Dead has made zombie mainstream. Everyone thinks they will survive the zombie apocalypse but who really would. […]

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Letter: Yet another disheartening attack on CPA

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Once again Westport residents hear how bad the Community Preservation Act is, supported with reasoning based on misinformation. It is repeated year after year, and year after year those knowledgeable about the CPA respond with facts demonstrating how beneficial the CPA has been to the community. Unfortunately, facts alone do not convey […]

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‘COOL Bugs’ Clean Bristol Park

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

"COOL Bugs," Webelo Scouts of Cub Pack 2, spent time last Saturday cleaning Independence Park of litter.

If you notice that Independence Park looks cleaner this week, thank the Webelo Scouts of Cub Pack 2 for their efforts during a swarming of the Caring Opponents of Litter Bugs—COOL Bugs—last Saturday. The scouts, along with den leader Mark Dieterich and several parents and family members, spent an hour scouring the park for litter, […]

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Wind Turbine is Responsible, Legal

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Joe Coelho, Jr., owner of Safeway Auto, installed the wind turbine behind his business two years ago.

Several people with whom I have talked are upset about the criticism leveled at the wind turbine on the property of the Safe Way Auto Body shop. From all reports, Joe Coelho fulfilled his due diligence requirements in obtaining engineers’ examinations of the site and permits from the Town of Bristol. Apparently, the family that lives behind the […]

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Letter: For many good reasons, Westport needs overrides

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: On the April 8 ballot, Westport voters will find two override questions that they must consider.  Question 1 is for a $500k Capital Stabilization fund to pay for the building repairs, operating system upgrades, vehicle replacement and equipment needs of the town; and Question 2 is for a town-wide operating budget override […]

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Cease the pointless ‘sense of the voter’ questions

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  2 Comments

To the editor: The upcoming election ballot in Westport will include four “non-binding sense of the voters” questions. This is bad practice. It’s an election, not a survey. We go to the polls to make meaningful decisions about things we, as voters, are empowered to decide. We go to the coffee shop to express opinions […]

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