John Palumbo

February Is All About Beer

Don't worry, be hoppy, says RIM publisher John Palumbo.

Almost anyone I know who experienced Greek life in college during the ’70s can appreciate the bizarre happenings, outlandish stunts and characters in the 1978 cult classic, Animal House. From John Belushi’s portrayal of the ne’er do well, Bluto, to Donald Sutherland as the pot-smoking philosophy professor, the movie took every stereotype to the most outlandish and humorous extreme. The…

The January Issue Gets Down to Business

Publisher John Palumbo praises the grit of small businesses in the Ocean State.

The three As as they were called —Apex, Ann and Hope, and Almacs — were locally owned family businesses that have either disappeared or faded from former glory. The advent of big box stores and the “mall-ification” of our state fueled the demise of some and amplified the struggles that all family businesses face. These have been replaced with names…

The December Issue Plants Seeds of Hope

Publisher John Palumbo tackles Rhode Islanders of the Year and the ProJo's legacy.

Society grows when old men plant trees for shade they will never see. –Greek proverb For the more astute, that is the same quote (one of my favorites) that I used to frame up our inaugural Rhode Islanders of the Year issue last December. I use it again because the phrase sums up what this issue and the folks we…

Rhode Island Leads in Offshore Wind Development

Publisher John Palumbo suggests we celebrate our accomplishment.

Whether it was the picture  of the Providence College men’s hockey team after they won the NCAA Frozen Four or Warwick North little leaguers after they clinched as New England champs, the euphoria of victory or success is instinctively expressed by a simple raised hand in a “we’re number one” gesture. Not exclusive to sports, a couple of years ago,…

Bridging the Skills Gap in Rhode Island

What will it take to match employers needs with well-paying jobs?

There has been a lot of focus on attracting new business to our state, creating jobs and, through academic resources and collaboration, creating a workforce to fill those jobs. Whether high skilled, high tech, entrepreneurial opportunities or a trade, I think most Rhode Islanders hope for a future where our sons and daughters can find opportunity here and not have…

Finding the Best in Rhode Island

Publisher John Palumbo considers what it takes to be the best.

The secret to parenting these days, I’m told, is somewhere in the Bermuda triangle between Hyperbole, Hysteria and Hypothesis. These are complicated times with children emboldened, enlightened and empowered by technology that eclipses anything imaginable a mere ten to fifteen years ago. There are those who proudly plop a tablet into the arms of a toddler, tripping over themselves to…

Independent Spirits and Summer Dining in Rhode Island

Publisher John Palumbo on independence days.

This month we celebrate 240 years since our founding fathers declared independence from the Crown (and in fact called the King guilty of crimes that, well, would make him feel right at home here in the smallest of the original thirteen). In actuality, the bands and floats in Bristol should be queuing up on July 2, as that is the…

Keep Perspective With Our June Issue

Publisher John Palumbo suggests you appreciate the little things.

At 6:30 a.m. on Monday, gray haze descends upon me with overcast drizzle. I am being towed by my canine companion and on remote. There is just enough chill in the air to add to the internal, darkening cloud. Whether early morning fatigue or simply self-pity, I am engulfed in the challenges in my life, from the tedious aggravations to…

Top Docs Issue Showcases Place of Pride

Publisher John Palumbo looks at the May issue.

I imagine in every household in the state, with children growing up, the refrigerator door does double duty as the “place of pride.” Often the artwork, a test that has been passed easily or homework with colorful stickers and gold stars, is placed prominently on the door as a reinforcement of parental pride and support. I know many of the…

Let It Go, Let It Go

Publisher John Palumbo clears up confusion about Rhode Island Monthly's role in the recent state tourism rollout.

That’s the refrain (with a nod to Demi Lovato and Disney’s “Frozen”) that has been playing in my head since the cooler and warmer fiasco hit the fan in the past few weeks, but I can’t. I won’t proffer my opinion on the campaign or perceived missteps. What I will do is defend vehemently the reputation of this company, my…