John Palumbo

The Best of Rhode Island

RIM publisher John Palumbo riffs on "Rhody Classics" and our annual awards.

Soozie SundlunWith the Red Sox home opener days away, permit me to quote the great, late philosopher of baseball, Yogi Berra. “Nobody ever goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” That’s the “Rhodeyland” mentality about some of the state’s legacy restaurants, which have not only survived but thrived, thanks to consistency and excellence in the service and in the kitchen. Most…

March Is All About Transportation

Enjoy the Rhode, says RIM publisher John Palumbo

Permit me to paraphrase Henry Ford who was asked about the research methods — or lack thereof — for the predecessor of the so-called horseless carriage: “If I asked all my customers what they really wanted, the answer would have been faster horses.” Let’s face it: Travel, like food, health and politics, is one of those ubiquitous topics we can’t…

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…