In an interview with Mother Jones Magazine, singer, songwriter, and poet Ani DiFranco once said, “I’m a little hibernating animal. Anonymity is one of my favorite things.” Some of us yearn for anonymity, to be out of the spotlight and fly below radar. Others of us find anonymity and invisibility painful, especially when we’ve worked so hard to achieve something terribly important. Jane Medas Fleury shares some special thoughts about working hard in a quiet way that leads to neither fame nor fortune.
Jane Medas Fleury has worked in information technology since the days when it was called data processing, most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is now trying her hand at poetry and writing.
The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.
The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.
The state Board of Elections will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether Bob Healey can run as the Moderate party’s candidate for governor. The state GOP is fighting the Moderate party’s move for Healey to replace James Spooner, who bowed out of the race for health reasons.
The secretary of state’s office says the thousand signatures Spooner collected to get on the ballot can transfer to Healey, but the state GOP says that circumvents the nominating process.
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.
A Rhode Island Army Reserve intelligence headquarters unit is moving to Arizona. Officials at Fort Huachuca say the headquarters of the 1st Brigade of the 100th Training Division will make the move from Providence to Sierra Vista, Arizona, in October.
Fort Huachuca Media Relations Officer Tanja Linton says the Army Reserve is trying to make training as effective and realistic as possible.
In a sign of more labor support for Gina Raimondo's Democratic gubernatorial run, Service Employees International Union, 1199 NE, has endorsed Raimondo. The union represents more than 4,000 healthcare and service workers in Rhod Island.
In a statement, 1199's executive president, Patrick Quinn, says, “Gina Raimondo understands that the private sector and the public sector need to work in tandem for the economy to grow. Strategic investment in people and industries are the way to grow the RI economy and close the growing income gap."
Rhode Island's Race to the Top Steering Committee held its final meeting on Monday, as Rhode Island enters the final year of spending from the $75 million federal education grant. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist presented a review of how the money has been used. Slightly less than $10 million remains from the grant.
Bird populations are declining across many keys habitats in the country, according to the most comprehensive report of the health of our nation’s birds, the State of the Birds 2014, created by the nation’s top bird science and conservation groups.
The report brings good news, too, said Laura Carberry, refuge manager for Fisherville Brooke Wildlife Refuge in Exeter.
Carberry said the report highlights the recovery of bird populations in places where states invested in conservation. In Rhode Island, for example, the population of piping plovers is rising again.
Well, that's true. Written in 10 days when Chekhov, a newly minted physician, was 27, Ivanov has all the elements of the author's later greatness. It looks at an extended family of Russians as they struggle with their lives, their fortunes, their very honor.
The center point is one Nikolai Ivanov, a ne’er-do-well landholder, who felt he could conquer the world and then found himself accused of marrying for money. As middle-age approached he began to learn that he was a failure, and a well-meaning lout, too.
The University of Rhode Island has begun training campus police officers to carry guns after a controversial decision in April to arm the campus police force.
Public Safety Stephen Baker says the goal is to have all 27 campus officers carrying guns by the start of the Spring semester.
"State police have completed 17 of the background checks and they’ve been delivered to us. The next step in that process is to have those officers go through psychological examinations," Baker said. "Then we’ll begin the actual firearms training, and that’s planned for the month of October."