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50 Years Ago December, 1967

By Jim Ignasher Fifty years go stores everywhere advertised their Christmas sales with ads that depicted everything from Santa Claus, to winter scenes, to religious depictions of the Holy Family. One retailer advertised a solid-state portable stereo phonograph, “Designed with the teen in mind”, for $88. Another had 3-speed, reel-to-reel, mono-tape recorders for sale at…

And furthermore: Worth the wait

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. Our earliest experience with waiting might be when, as children, we are forced to endure the almost unbearable countdown to Christmas morning. Learning how to wait is an invaluable life skill, but one which, ironically, takes time to acquire. Those visions of sugar plums that danced in our heads while…

Ask an Expert Preventing Fires During the Holidays

By Tom Lopatosky As much as I hate to be a fun-sucker (someone who sucks all of the fun out of a room!!), it is extremely important to be cognizant of the variety of ways that house fires can be started during the Holidays. Fires in people’s homes are more frequent during the holiday season…

At Trinity – 40th annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ cranks up the power

Review by Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. If you thought that doing A Christmas Carol for forty years running at Trinity Rep might lead to a diminution of power, energy, and imagination, you need to guess again. After all, this is Trinity. Surprising and rousing the audience is what they live for. The 2017 version of…

August Imgard’s Contribution to Christmas

By Jim Ignasher It was a beautiful summer morning in July of 1874, when a group of about forty men and women from the small town of Wooster, Ohio, boarded an excursion train to spend the day at Odell’s Lake, a few miles distant. They arrived around 9:00 a.m., and congregated along the shoreline and…

Back Spin

By Rick Lyle ‘Tis the season to be inundated with those sounds of the season. By the time this hits the stands, you might have already had your fill of festive tunes at retail stores, offices and shopping centers, serving as a background to get you in the holiday spirit. Additionally, there will be at…

Facility upgrades and strong communication — two of many bright goals for new Superintendent of Schools

By Brittni Henderson With the intentions of becoming a problem-solving, innovative, and approachable figurehead in the Town of Smithfield, Judith Paolucci has joined the education ranks as Superintendent of Schools. This experienced woman started her career as a Chemistry teacher throughout Rhode Island, spending time at Mount Pleasant, South Kingstown High School, and Coventry High…

Game Review: Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition

By Ron Scopelliti Last month, the Fallout game franchise celebrated its twentieth anniversary. While, unfortunately, Bethesda Softworks hasn’t released a new game to mark the milestone, they have given us some updated versions of older games. The one that caught my eye, and my wallet, was the Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition of “Fallout…

IMHO Skip the sriracha, make mine vanilla

By Ron Scopelliti Cravings. We all get them. It’s part of being human. We have no control over them, and though we can choose not to act on them, we can’t simply make them go away. Lately I’m worried about my cravings. It’s not that I’m craving things that are harmful or dangerous. In fact,…

Inside the Brown Bag: The Hero

By Peg Brown We’re all had them. Individuals who are admired, idealized, courageous, have performed outstanding achievements, display noble qualities…brave…we could all add a qualifier to the long list that leads to the title “Hero.” However, the original definitions, rooted in classical literature, have certainly changed through time. As I begin my seventh decade, I…

Little Known Victorian Legends of Christmas Past

By Jim Ignasher Mention the words “Victorian Christmas”, and all sorts of idyllic images worthy of a Charles Dickens novel come to mind. And speaking of Dickens, we all know his tale, “A Christmas Carol”, but did you ever stop to think that it’s actually a ghost story? Although out of fashion today, telling ghost…

Meghan Picerno headlines ‘Love Never Dies’ at PPAC

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. If you have been wondering what happens to Christine and the man behind the mask after The Phantom of the Opera ends, you can stop guessing. Love Never Dies picks up their stories in, of all places, Coney Island, New York. The production is set in 1907, ten years after…

Navigating Healthcare

Submitted By Diane L Marolla, LICSW, MarollaConsultants@yahoo.com “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing Meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you hear” – The first few lyrics of the song Silver Bells written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans…

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movies coming out November Criminals – December 8th – Readers who’ve been following my column for the last several years know that I don’t usually highlight blockbusters (we all know Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to be the biggest one this month). I pick films that you might not know…

Powerful Christmas Season Traditions

By Patti Shaffer It’s the Christmas season and with it brings to mind many much loved traditions that are a bit magical and at the same time, quite powerful. For one thing, they bring family and friends closer together. They also help create new memories to cherish for a lifetime. Perhaps more importantly, keeping these…

Six Generations of Kin Call Katie Home

By Harry Anderson Her resume reads: graduated Class of 2006 Ponaganset High School, earned two BS degrees in international business from Northeastern and Dublin City University in Ireland, did marketing for Specialized Bike and a commercial bank – both in California’s Silicon Valley—and hiked alone the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. A “Gem” of a Meteor Shower and Other Stargazing HighlightsAnother year of enjoying the heavens is rapidly drawing to a close. We’ve been fairly successful in viewing many sky events in 2017, the best being the August 21 solar eclipse. We can only hope good weather prospects will continue…

The Chief’s Corner: Did you know?

By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA Chief Smithfield Fire Dept. Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. One-third of all…

The Inside Scoop: The Tangled web of Healthcare

By John J. Tassoni, Jr. There are many ways to deal with the loss of a person we love, but no matter how old or how sick the loved one is, it’s always a very difficult process. We often hear about the five stages of grief and loss, from denial to acceptance. I have learned…

Toyota of Smithfield Breaking New Ground

By Paul Lonardo Stephen Aylward is the general manager of Toyota of Smithfield, a dealership at 550 George Washington Highway that you probably have seen and may have known as Colonial Toyota. What Aylward and the entire Toyota of Smithfield team would like everyone to know is that whatever your past experiences at this location…