Thursday, January 31, 2013
This time of year, Healey spends most afternoons at the State House, lobbying on issues important to the Catholic Church.
Father Bernard Healey took over as pastor at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church last September, but he's been the diocese's lobbyist at the State House for the past 12 years. He's the executive director of the R.I. Catholic Conference. During the legislative session (January to June), that makes for busy weekdays, with Healey traveling most afternoons from OLM in East Greenwich to the State House in Providence to meet with lawmakers and testify on bills that matter to the Diocese of Providence. "I advocate and educate on behalf of the Catholic Church," he said, ticking off the important issues: "poverty, sanctity of life, immigration, education, same-sex marriage, abortion." WPRI's Ted Nesi called Healey "an influential State House …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Considered by many around the state to be a Republican hotbed, it turns out East Greenwich attracts avowed liberals too.
Mitt Romney may have lost Rhode Island to Barack Obama by a two to one margin, but not in East Greenwich, where he won 3,649 to 3,535, one of only three towns in the state to go Romney. (The other two? Scituate and West Greenwich.) EG also elected (with the help of West Greenwich) the only new Republican state legislator in Rhode Island – Anthony Giarrusso, our new Dist. 30 representative – in a year that saw many state GOP candidate losses. Add to that the re-elected all-GOP Town Council, a GOP majority on the School Committee (4 GOP, 2 Democrats, 1 independent), and a Republican Town Moderator, and it certainly looks like East Greenwich is about as red a town as you can get in blue Rhode Island. So it's interesting to note that some of…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Former EG Patch/my02818 editor Bob Plain captures the beauty and calm of the upper Cove Tuesday.
It's easy to forget what a beautiful spot we live in here in East Greenwich. The cove isn't prominent in the landscape of the entire town. Our vision of EG is more Main Street than Water Street. But, indeed, we have a treasure in Greenwich Cove – a stretch of waterfront that includes a nature preserve, a working waterfront, several places to eat and, of course, lots of docks. Bob Plain, my predecessor at EG Patch and founding editor of (the late-great) my02818, lives near the cove and has been taking quite a few pictures of the cove and posting them to Twitter – @bobplain – with the hashtag #egriviera. Here's a link to a Storify of his pictures from yesterday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
On Equal Pay Day, EG's Carolyn Mark writes that in Rhode Island, women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The founding editor of my02818.com and EG Patch — now head of RIFuture.org — is named one of Providence Phoenix's 2012 "Local Heroes."