Bill Fischer

In a sign of the continuing financial struggles within  Rhode Island’s golf industry, members of the Pawtucket Country Club have voted to sell the legendary  course to three members who have pledged to keep the course open and make capital investments to upgrade the 113-year old club.

The three purchasing members are David Rampone, Benny Martin and Gary Reis, according to a club statement.

Bill Fischer, who has brought communications discipline to the early phase of Clay Pell's Democratic gubernatorial campaign as Pell's spokesman, is transitioning out of the campaign this week.

"I'm certainly proud of what we accomplished with Clay, working with his team to get the campaign off the ground successfully," Fischer told RIPR Wednesday afternoon.

Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.

Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell  IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.

Beacon Atop Superman Building Won't Go Out

May 2, 2013

The beacon light atop the tallest building in Rhode Island will remain on for the time being. But the owner of the so-called “Superman Building” says that could change if state leaders don’t approve a $39 million package of tax credits. State leaders are decidedly lukewarm to the idea.


A spokesman for the owner of the Bank of America building in Providence says there are no plans to tear down the iconic building.  

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said in a recent television interview that the 26-story art deco building – popularly known as the Superman building - might have to be leveled now that Bank of America is leaving it.

But Bill Fischer, a spokesman for building owner David Sweetser, says demolition is not on the drawing board.