The Miantonomi Park is trashed after every nice weekend. How could this problem be solved?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Newport police brought down a gunman Tuesday at the same time as lawmakers unveiled a package of gun control bills. Do you think the proposed laws could improve public saftey?
In an paradigm of coincidence Tuesday afternoon, at the same time that Rhode Island lawmakers were unveiling a package of gun control bills, Newport police were bringing down an alleged gunman. Police confirmed the suspect, 21-year-old Tyquan Mitchell, did not have a permit to legally carry a gun. The proposed laws would increase penalties and close loopholes on gun crimes, add mental-health background checks and ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. After allegedly waving the gun in the Park Holm area, police said Mitchell fled in a car to Miantonomi Park, where he was brought down by gunpoint. Police said children who were playing at the park ran from the scene. Police found a loaded .22 short caliber as well …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A reader provides her report of a recent EBEC meeting
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A new resident wants to know why the streets are in such bad condition
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Resident Roger A. Bennis writes a letter to the editor.
To the Editor: I have followed the news articles on the hardships that the Sakonnet Bridge Tolls would have upon businesses and people traveling to and from Aquidneck Island, and found them to be both an interesting foray into normally unexplored regions of investigative reporting, and a lack of understanding of the total impact of the proposed toll. While it is interesting to investigate the hardships that the toll would impose, it should also be recognized that tolls in general are a tax burden that, like all tax burdens, will be a hardship upon many people. All taxes should be investigated to determine if benefits justify the hardships; or more accurately if benefits and the spread of benefits to recipients - justify hardships and the…
Friday, March 15, 2013
TSA has announced that items that were previously prohibited will be allowed, including pocket knives.
Beginning April 25, several items that are currently prohibited on planes will be allowed, including small pocket knives, announced TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. A TSA spokesperson said the change would align them more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. The decision to allow knives has raised many eyebrows including those of Delta Air Lines’ CEO Richard Anderson who said it would increase safety risks, according to ABC news. New items that would be allowed on planes: These similar items will still remain on the prohibited items list: What do you think? Should pocket knives be allowed on planes?
Monday, March 11, 2013
A lawmaker would like to make it legal for military service members between the ages of 18 and 21 to drink alcohol
A bill expected to be heard at the State House this past week would make it legal for military service members between the ages of 18 and 21 to drink alcohol in Rhode Island. The legislation (H 5603), introduced by Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Glocester, Smithfield) would apply to active military members with a valid military identification. Last June, Middetown police issued several underage drinking summons after they responded to a farewell party for a soldier who was deployed to Afghanistan. A 21-year-old and a 22-year-old, were cited under the social host ordinance. Writing from Afghanistan on Tuesday, the solider provided the following statement on Patch, “If I'm getting shipped off to Afghanistan to fulfill my duty as a soldier, …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lent. What are you sacrificing this year?
Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday, makes up the most venerated days in the Christian calendar. Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season when Christians are asked to prepare for the resurrection of Jesus Christ through repentance, prayer, atonement and self-denial. It has become common for many Christians to sacrifice one vice they have during the Christian liturgical season. So, what are you giving up this Lent? Really addicting reality TV? Chocolate? Alcohol? Words with Friends? Or, have you decided to give up an inner bad habit, such as negativity or jealousy? For a list of Ash Wednesday services in town, click here. Tell us in the comment section below!
Monday, February 4, 2013
Did the Go Daddy commercial gross you out? Did the M&M's commercial win your heart? Tell us in the comment section below!
While many tuned in Sunday night to watch the Ravens take on and win against the 49ers, for many of us, the Superbowl is also about entertainment - namely, the Superbowl commercials. This year's roundup of multi-million dollar advertisements stretched the gamut from the awkward Go Daddy kiss, which is still abuzz on social media, to the very emotional Budweiser Clydesdale ad. However, I want to know — what was your favorite commercial of Superbowl 2013? Here's what some Patch readers said on Facebook: Karen Gauthier Ferris: Budweiser! Seabrook Watchdogs: Budweiser, "Landslide" Jacki Almeida: The farmer/dodge commercial! So proud of my farmer Thomas D Horrocks Jr.: Doritos goat Marci Ferree: Doritos i laughed so hard What was your …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America could reverse its decades-old ban on allowing homosexual members and leaders as early as next week, leaving the decision to local troops.
Just seven months after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its decades-old ban on admitting gay members and leaders, the organization said it could reverse that policy as early as next week. Scout officials announced on Monday that the organization is considering amending its policy against homosexual participation in favor of allowing local troops to decide on their own, NBC News reports. If the policy change is approved at next week's national executive board meeting the ban on gay membership would be eliminated from the scout's rules. "The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” Deron Smith, a …