RI beaches http://ripr.org en Hey RI, lighten up its summah aftah all http://ripr.org/post/hey-ri-lighten-its-summah-aftah-all <p>Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.</p><p>Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:37:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 19440 at http://ripr.org Governor's Bay Day means free parking at RI state beaches http://ripr.org/post/governors-bay-day-means-free-parking-ri-state-beaches <p>An old Rhode Island summer tradition – Governor’s Bay Day – will be celebrated Sunday July 28th with free parking at all state beaches.</p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee will host an event at Colt State Park in Bristol that will feature a free neighborhood barbeque hosted by the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team. Vini Ames and Sh-Bop will provide music.</p><p>The events at Colt State Park will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. A farmers market, healthy cooking classes, a martial arts demonstration and a free electronics recycling drop-off are among the features.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:59:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 18713 at http://ripr.org