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RID April 20, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Planet Fitness is a nice basic gym. I like it. Probably all most would need. And the price isRead Moreright. $10 per month. Can't beat that, especially compared to Gold's or Absolute Fitness.......which are crazily overpriced... (in my opinion)
Friends EG Library April 09, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Poetry Month! Celebrate at the East Greenwich Free Library: Saturday, April 12, 2-4pm with Poet Tom Read MoreChandler, and Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm ... with poets laureate Rick Benjamin and Lisa Starr. The evening program will include poetry reading and a wine and cheese reception. Call 884-9510 to reserve a seat, or just stop by! Have an original poem to share? Send it to friendseglibrary@gmail.com and will post it in our Poetry Corner (and perhaps read it aloud at an event). Support your library!
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 05, 2014 at 07:45 AM
I'm with you. We don't like one blog dominating the whole platform, either. An entirely newRead Moreplatform is in the works that will do a much better job keeping local content front and center and solve a lot of the issues that came about when the site was redesigned last year. We're a new company now and in the process of making the business sustainable. You're not the only person that has raised these issues and we're taking them to heart. The new platform will do a better job presenting local news and info separately from national content within the Patch network. As you can see, and as you accurately point out, there isn't much distinction at all and that's not fair to the users. And us editors feel the same way. The pit bull blog isn't there because we want clicks and comments. It's because the platform need to be fixed. If the platform really rewarded people for posting blogs and on the boards, that blog would be drowned out by all the great local stuff happening. But the redesign last year didn't bring about many rewards for users and that is part of what we're fixing now.
Connie Zack April 06, 2014 at 08:51 AM
We get regional and national news from all over the internet. The local Patch sites used to give us Read Morespecial local interest information and local perspectives on the news, something you couldn't get anywhere else. Now this has all changed and the site is not even worth visiting anymore. It's sad because the Patch was once filling a unique need and doing a good job with it.
Dog Lover April 06, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Mark - There's so much talk of "We're working on it", "It's going to be great", Read Moreetc. But with what looks like 2-3 editors for the entire state of Rhode Island, how can you ever expect the site to be as local and fulfilling as it once was? We all understand the need to be profitable and make money, but unfortunately this "new model" is a poor way to do that. Relying on blog posts instead of journalism is what leads to crappy articles about Pit Bulls taking over all the pages. I didn't come to Patch to read people's opinions on recipes and the business they own. I came to read about local, factual news happening in my town, which no matter how much you talk about how great aggregated content and adding more bloggers is, you're (and I mean that universally for all of Patch) no longer providing your readers that benefit. Unfortunately this will be my last visit to Patch as I can't put more time and effort into something that has continuously let down those that supported it from the beginning.
Danielle Iannone Salisbury April 03, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Thanks for posting this Tim, it's an important reminder for our athletic driven community and IRead Morethin k it's in part due to the trend to micro manage our kids. When I was a kid I rode my bike to my softball games and my parents came to watch every now and then. I'm not saying that's ideal - but it's a very different attitude toward youth sports.
Carolyn Brown March 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Actually, Steve, a lot of folks take their dogs to Scalloptown Park in East Greenwich. To getRead Morethere, at the red light on Main St. and First Ave, go straight down Rocky Hollow Rd and at the end take a right on Crompton Ave, go to the end. - Unfortunately, you do have to keep your dog leashed and also pick up the poop. But it is a closer alternative if you don't mind running or walking with your dog without dodging traffic.
Common Sense February 09, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Elizabeth McNamara was the reason EG Patch became so successful and the reason I checked it notRead Moreonly daily but several times a day. Her tireless efforts and astute, timely coverage of events here in EG will be missed, and I cannot imagine Patch will be anything close to what it was without her - in fact, the change is already evident in the week since she has been laid off, with the same headlines displayed for long periods of time. Elizabeth truly had her finger on the pulse in EG, and Patch is struggling without her.
Jim Halsband February 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Wow, I did not know that Elizabeth is no longer with Patch, I just sent her this email and itRead Morebounce d back to my disappointment, "How u bin? I baled out of EG, living in Peace Dale but still gettin' Patch'd in! What is really boggling my mind is how this Schaper troll has wormed his vitriolic bullsh_t into EG from Santa Monica, Ca. What up with that? How does this nobody sitting at his keyboard in his mother's basement have a featured blog spewing utter sewage that reaches EG. Just wondering, and it's good to see trolls like Newton flush themselves out of the conversation, too." This will serve as my last post, Patch.com is about to be deleted from my life, best wishes to Elizabeth, good night and good luck to EG in her absence. Any idiotic troll replies to this will not be read by me, so be it!
Class of 98 February 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Wow. Way too munch anger there Jim.