John Palumbo

Pet Peeves for Pothole Season

Publisher John Palumbo on potholes and more.

This month’s cover story, “Best Towns,” by associate editor Jen McCaffery, is all about living in Rhode Island. Psychographics and a plethora of other research methodologies, like Prizm clusters, tell us that people of similar lifestyles, interests and demographics tend to live in places they consider more homogenous rather than the contrary. There are some well-chronicled stereotypes that our local…

The Most Important Meal

Publisher John Palumbo talks breakfast, the cover story in our February issue.

There have been volumes written about deteriorating family values. Many of us Boomers are aghast with (and contribute to, I might add) the pace and protocol of life. Folks with younger children are held hostage by sports teams, dance recitals and the seemingly endless array of opportunities we heap upon kids no matter the cost (financial and personal). Empty nesters…

From The Publisher: Game Changers

Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. –Margaret Thatcher

In this issue, we profile thirty women who personify that quote. If you have done business, volunteered for a not-for-profit or worked on something for the public good, chances are you have crossed paths or worked shoulder-to-shoulder with more than one of them. I, for one, am proud to know many of them in all of the above, and always…

From The Publisher: Class Act

Bill Renyolds is a Class Act

I was probably fifteen years old in tenth grade. The bell had just rung and I thankfully found the classroom where I was assigned English class. Since puberty had hit full force, I was concentrating on sitting next to the pretty girl I had seen earlier in the day (of course, no conversation nor even eye contact would ever be…

From The Publisher: Back to School? OMG!

I have long lamented the assault on the English language being waged in the ever-increasing world of social media. WeAreSocial.com.au, an Australian research group, conducted an in-depth study of the new and often foreign language emerging each day. Managing director, Julian Ward, says the increased and preferred use of abbreviated slang offers the appeal of being in the know and…

From The Publisher: Summer Memories

Remembering Rocky Point and the Looff Carousel

It was the ’60s; my parents took me and my siblings to Benson’s Wild Animal Farm in Hudson, New Hampshire. They were dying to get a photo of us on the elephant with the painted face (the farm gave rides) but it scared the heck out of me — so they had to settle for the concrete statue nearby. Our summer guide…

From The Publisher: Keep on Keeping on

By perseverance, the snails reached the ark. –Charles Haddon Surgeon While it’s certainly not illustrative of the speed at which things move around here, given the release of the movie Noah late last month, this quote about moving forward despite adversity seemed timely. May marks the conclusion of our twenty-fifth year in the publishing business, most notably for Rhode Island…

From the Publisher: Dad's Tools

A local antiques dealer complained about the dreary business of house clean-outs. The downsizers routinely over-valued that to which they had clung for decades. It was his unpleasant duty to explain that sentimental and market value aligned only rarely. Meanwhile, they didn’t want it; their families didn’t want it; nobody wanted it. “We have too much stuff,” he said. That…

From The Publisher

’Tis the season of resolutions (as opposed to the jolly one rapidly vanishing as time marches on). Many folks with good intentions make them — whether they be health-, heart- or mind-focused — and then life sometimes gets in the way. At the gym in January it seems as if the crowds have doubled. Many in their newly gifted workout attire come in with…

From the Publisher

Associate editor Jen McCaffery has done her usual exemplary job of researching and reporting this month’s cover feature, “Unsolved Mysteries & Curiosities,” beginning on page forty-seven. Rhode Island is ripe with “You gotta be kidding me” type stories (often dealing with our government) although, in this case, the feature takes a look at all kinds of unexplained oddities around the…