Sunday, April 14, 2013
They include a mother of eight and a town official.
It is the ultimate marathon, the storied marathon, the marathon every long-distance runner dreams of participating in, and it happens to take place just just up the road in Boston. There are 10 residents of East Greenwich signed up to run in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Here are three of their stories. "My first marathon was Cox in 2008 and thought I would never do another one, until I realized I qualified for the Boston Marathon," recalled EG resident Krista Jarrell. "So the next year I ran Boston. This is my third Boston Marathon. I ran my first in 2009 and really enjoyed it. I wore a shirt that had my name and said mother of 8 with their picture on the back. People were cheering me the whole way." (Jarrell is indeed the mother of eight – …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Mail ballots were finally counted Thursday and gave the Republican an 81-vote edge over Democrat Schwager.
In the end, West Greenwich handed Anthony Giarrusso victory in the contest for R.I. House Dist. 30. With mail ballots finally counted Thursday, the Republican had 3,304 votes, Democrat Mark Schwager had 3,223 votes, and independent Kevin McDonough had 904 votes. But in East Greenwich, Schwager led 3,053 to Giarrusso's 3,010, and McDonough's 826. In West Greenwich, Giarrusso got 294 votes, compared to Schwager's 170, and McDonough's 78. While there are provisional ballots still to be counted, they are too few to alter the result. "I'm really looking forward to it," said Giarrusso late Thursday about his new job. But, he acknowledged, "We're definitely going to have some hard work to do, some hard choices." The Republican minorities in the…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Your guide for life in East Greenwich today, Nov. 8.
Weather: More wet snow or cold rain and wind today (brrrr!). Highs only in the mid-40-degree range, with a low around freezing. To read about the changeover yesterday and our first white stuff, check out Harold Ambler's blog post here. House Dist. 30 race results: This seems to be "election results in three parts" – Tuesday night we got EG poll results; Wednesday afternoon we got WG poll results, now we await the mail ballot counts from both communities, sometime today according to the state Board of Elections. Anthony Giarrusso (R) is 148 votes ahead of Mark Schwager (D). Kevin McDonough (I) is a distant third. We will have the results as soon as they come available via Twitter (@egpatch) and soon after that here. For a list of EG vote …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
There are more than 500 mail ballots left to be counted in the state House Dist. 30 race, but Giarrusso leads Schwager by 148 votes.
Votes from the West Greenwich precinct that had ballot machine problems Tuesday were counted Wednesday at the state Board of Elections in Providence and the results gave Republican Anthony Giarrusso a 148 lead in the race for state House Dist. 30. Board of Elections officials said the mail ballot tally should be in Wednesday late afternoon. "It's not over," said Giarrusso, who watched the count. "Historically, it seems like absentee ballots do favor Republicans," he noted. "They would need to make up a lot of votes, especially in a three-way race." Giarrusso was referring to Democrat Mark Schwager, who was only 36 votes behind Giarrusso after the vote count was in last night in East Greenwich. The West Greenwich votes, however, make the …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ballot question on merging Fire District with Town approved.
Voters in East Greenwich returned all incumbents to office, with the five Republican Town Council members and School Committee Chair Deidre Gifford winning re-election. Newcomers Carolyn Mark and Clark Smith also won seats on the School Committee. Republican Anthony Giarrusso was leading the R.I. House Dist. 30 race by 36 votes over Democrat Mark Schwager, with more than 500 mail ballots and the portion of West Greenwich that belongs to Dist. 30 still uncounted. Giarrusso got 2,798 votes in East Greenwich and Schwager got 2,762. Kevin McDonough, an independent, got 755 votes. Ballot Question 8, a nonbinding referendum asking if the EG Fire District should be merged with the Town of EG, was approved 3,994 to 2,120. For Town Council, …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The debate, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Varnum Armory, featured candidates Kevin McDonough (I), Mark Schwager (D), and Anthony Giarrusso (R).
Video of the debate between candidates for R.I. House Dist. 30, Anthony Giarrusso (R), Kevin McDonough (I), and Mark Schwager (D), is broken up into sections. A recap of the debate can be found here. To read a profile of each candidate, click here for Mark Schwager, here for Anthony Giarrusso, andhere for Kevin McDonough. For a complete list of candidates, ballot questions, and poll information, check out the EG Patch Election Guide. The video is broken into six parts. Sadly, the final part ends just before the actual end of the debate. My apologies.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Moderated by ABC 6 newsman Mark Curtis, the debate centered on solving the state’s economic woes.
The three candidates vying to be the next state representative for District 30 met in debate Wednesday night at the Varnum Armory, moderated by ABC 6 newsman (and East Greenwich resident) Mark Curtis. Independent candidate Kevin McDonough emphasized his 30 years of business experience and his lack of party ties, while Republican Anthony Giarrusso spoke of the need for more jobs the state and few Democrats in the General Assembly, and Democrat Mark Schwager highlighted his years of town government experience and command of the issues. While the debate, sponsored by the Republican and Democratic town committees and East Greenwich Patch, was a largely friendly affair, there were moments of stark contrast between candidates. In one instance, …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Mark Curtis of ABC 6 and EG Patch's Elizabeth McNamara will moderate debates between state House Dist. 30 candidates and state Senate 35 candidates at the Varnum Armory next Wednesday.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Candidates for the R.I. House District 30 and Senate District 35 General Assembly seats will meet Wednesday, Oct. 24, in a debate sponsored by East Greenwich’s Republican and Democratic town committees and East Greenwich Patch. The debate will be moderated by ABC-6 political reporter Mark Curtis, an East Greenwich resident, and EG Patch editor Elizabeth McNamara. “The Great Debate” is set for Varnum Armory, with the State Representative candidates Anthony Giarrusso, Mark Schwager and Kevin McDonough taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and State Senate candidates Dawson Hodgson and Winter Hames taking their places an hour later. Admission is free. Town Committee chairs Tom Plunkett and Chuck Newton said the debate is an effort to stimulate voter…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
What to love and hate about living in East Greenwich this week.
RANT: Is it just me, or is National Walk to School Day the most asinine day ever? Even National Tap Dance Day (May 25, in case you have a pair of metal-soled shoes gathering dust in your closet) ranks higher, in my opinion. Seriously, though, has it come to this? We really need a day set aside to encourage kids to actually venture outside and be pedestrians? OK, I know, life today is such that younger kids are no longer allowed to do so much as eat PBJ without an adult present. I promise, I will not drone on about how, waaaay back in my day, before down, Gore-tex and fleece had been invented, we were all walking to school at all ages and in all weather – usually lagging about a half block behind older neighborhood kids to spare them …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Your guide for life in East Greenwich today, Aug. 9.
Schwager fundraiser: Mark Schwager, candidate for the state House Dist. 30 seat being vacated by Bob Watson, has a fundraiser at Meritage tonight. Donations accepted; requested tickets amounts of $25, $50, $75 or $100 are greatly appreciated. From 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean State Soccer signups: The Fall 2012 sign ups are taking place now for children ages 3 to 18. The 8-game schedule starts Sept. 8. To register, please visit www.oceanstatesoccer.org. Contact Jenn Gallagher, 222-9479 with questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org. EG Food Cupboard needs donations: People are hungry all year round, Chris and Steve Bartlett of the Food Cupboard remind us. Items especially needed are jars of jelly, baked beans, canned fruit, tuna, peanut butter, and …