What’s in..What’s out…7-19

What’s in..What’s out.. by Joanne Giannini

Whats In…

She’s back… Fran Gallo…In a major announcement this week, Frances Gallo was chosen as interim Providence School Superintendent.  You may remember, Fran Gallo was the Superintendent 15 years  ago in Providence.  She also served as Superintendent of Central Falls school system. And for those of us who know the Providence school system from years ago, Fran Gallo also taught at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic School in Providence years ago.  She is well respected and a fighter and if anyone can get the job done, it’s her! Good luck Fran, welcome home!

WaterFire  this Saturday!…The Providence waterfront will light up Saturday commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing. The full lighting starts at sunset (around 8:15). There will be also an exhibition, science fair and demonstration area at Market Square presented by NASA RI Space Consortium from 6 to 10 PM. A big highlight of the evening will be at the Waterplace Basin Stage, as Rhode Island’s own Festival Ballet of Providence will Perform “Revolutions” at 7:45 PM. For more information in these invents, check waterfire.org.

The arrests continue in Fatal Federal Hill stabbing...A seventh person was arrested for the stabbing that resulted in the death of Stephen Cabral in Federal Hill. Cabral was stabbed to death after leaving a Federal Hill Bar.  Club Seven, the club where Cabral was prior to his murder, has been closed by the Providence Board of Licenses. Several Restaurant owners and business owners have spoken out in favor of the closure of the club. This story continues as more arrests are made and the fate  of Club Seven remains dim fo now.

Nightlife Ordinance...Councilor Rachel Miller is introducing a city ordinance that would prevent new nightlife  businesses m shingles open past midnight n Federal Hill. Miller has said the ordinance would be in effect one year as a trial to see how it works out before implementation across the whole City of  Providence.

Whats Out …

Jeffrey Epstein …. was denied bail pending his trial on child sex trafficking charges. Epstein has requested to be released to house attest at his $77 million property in Manhattan. Epstein as been charged with the sexual abuse of dozens of young girls as young as 14 years old in his Upper East side home in Manhattan and in his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach. Some of these young girls  have come forward to tell their stories.  Epstein has said he rich running a money managing  firm for billionaires by managing their investment.

Prosecutors have dropped their case against Kevin Spacey..Spacey was accused of groping a young man in a bar in Nantucket in 2016.  The accuser refused to testify in this case about a missing cellphone which allegedly had evidence of Spacey’s innocence, according to his defense lawyers. There have been other accusers who have charged Kevin Spacey with alleged sexual abuse. But for now, Spacey has dodged another charge, leaving him free.


On a personal note, I’d like to thank my readers for continuing to follow my  original weekly column, “ What’s in..What’s out.. since I started writing it four years ago! It’s been a guest article on many pages, but I am happy it’s finally home on my own blog! Please continue to follow it as it’s the real deal of what’s happening in Rhode Island! Thanks and enjoy the weekend!











Joanne’s Apple Dump Cake

This is a super easy recipe for a quick dessert. An old family recipe, I make in a glass Pyrex  dish and refrigerate any leftovers..( There are never many leftover!) . Try  it with ice cream and chocolate chips on top too!

EF54D32B-DE64-41AD-A182-550C1D40EBF1Can Apple Pie Filling

1 Box Angel Food Cake Mix (Dry)



Caramel (Opt)


Mix The Dry Angel Food Cake Mix With The Apple Pie Filling, Pour Into A Greased 9×13 Cake Pan, Sprinkle With Cinnamon And Sugar. ( optional) walnuts …

Bake At 350@ For 20-30 Minutes.

Do Not Over Bake, Cake Is Done When Browned On Top But Not Completely Set.

( If Using A Glass Pan Bake At 325@)

Remove From Oven And Serve With A Dollop Of Cool Whip.

Also Great With Vanilla Ice Cream And Caramel.

Journey to Weekapaug Inn…

4984A5E2-739F-47E7-818F-7B4B08749494 Journey to Weekapaug Inn… by Joanne Giannini

Our little state of Rhode Island is full of surprises. The older I get,, the more I learn. Who knew we have a hidden treasure getaway only one hour from Providence. Yes folks, you don’t have to get on an airplane, or travel to Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard to get away. We have the best right here in “ Little Rhody”.

The Weekapaug Inn is located in a little town called Weekapaug in Westerly Rhode Island.  A short ride of an hour or less from Providence and you can be in a part of Rhode Island that makes you feel  like you are away in another part of the country.

Picturesque and unique, the Weekapaug Inn has a lot to offer for all. The inn consists of about 36 guest rooms which are immaculately furnished and beautiful.  This in has great deal of history behind it.

Weekapaug Inn is a historic inn at 25 Spray Rock Road in Westerly , Rhode Island..

“1899, Phoebe and Frederick C. Buffum built the original Weekapaug Inn on a strip of land between the Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean in the community of Weekapaug, Rhode Island. It was destroyed by the New England Hurricane of 1938, but they rebuilt it the following year. The new structure was situated across the pond from the original site, and it reopened in 1939.The Buffum family ran the inn for the next 108 years until it closed for renovations in 2007. The Weekapaug Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.”(info courtesy of Weekapaug In)

The Inn has so much to offer, boating, sailing, quahogging, lawn games, pool, and even a beach area for beach goers. There are several restaurants and a bar with several porches and game rooms.  The inn also has planned activities everyday for you and your family. You will never be bored here. It is like being on a mini cruise on land.

If you are looking for a weekday or weekend getaway, give the Weekapaug Inn a call  for reservations. You will love it! Make your next journey a trip to Weekapaug Inn!

Relax, and enjoy this beautiful summer retreat.

Atlantic Ocean just beyond, Weekapaug Inn offers quintessentially New England accommodations that effortlessly combine  casual comfort and luxurious furnishings. Our hotel features farm-to-table dining which utilizes the finest and freshest ingAtlantic Ocean just beyond, Weekapaug Inn offers quintessentially New England accommodations that effortlessly combine casual comfort and luxurious furnishings. Our hotel features farm-to-table dining which utilizes the finest and freshest ingredients, locally sourced from Westerly and throughout Rhode Island. With inspired amenities and resort activities, Weekapaug Inn is designed to create extraordinary guest experiences.

redients, locally sourced from Westerly and throughout Rhode Island. With inspired amenities and resort activities, Weekapaug Inn is designed to create extraordinary guest experiences.

What’s in…What’s out..7-12-19

What’s in…

Wickford art festival… if it’s July and midsummer..then it’s time for the Wickford art festival which is this weekend..Festival dates are Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Sunday , July 14, 2019..admission is free.  So enjoy the best of over 200 RI artists on exhibit in Wickford village. The festival opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Frank Coletta retiring..In a surprise announcement on Wednesday night, veteran news anchor from NBC 10, Frank Coletta, states he is retiring at the end of the month after 41 years.  Good luck Frank! We will miss you, your wit and humor too! Salute!

NBC 10 celebrates 70 years on the air! The many changes of the news, the sound system, the visual effects have not changed  the continued  success of NBC 10. We all wish the entire news team the best and are proud to have these news legends on our RI Team!

What’s out….

RI ranks last for business…In a CNBC 2019 study, Rhode Island has ranked last for business in all 50 states. The categories included Workforce,Economy, Infrastructure,Cost of doing buisness,Education,and quality of life.

DCYF  Director Trista Piccola resigns.. Piccola announced Wednesday she is moving to Arizona and leaving her job as Director of DCYF. These have been turbulent times for the Department of  Children, Youth and Families with the deaths of children under state care.  After her two year stay as Director, there has been no improvement in the Department and it is under serious review.

Club Seven remains closed…The Providence Board of Licenses has met in Wednesdsy and decided to keep Club Seven closed. Police have said that at least 15 people were seen in the surveillance video verbally and physically fighting with the victim Stephen Cambra, who died in the attack. Nicholas Hemond, Attorney for Club Seven defended his client, Club Seven, saying there is “no evidence to connect his client to the tragedy.” The Board of Licenses still voted to keep the establishment closed.




Prayer to Mary




During this period of the Fatima Centennial, it’s a good time to intoduce everyone to the powers of the Blessed Virgin… Pray this beautiful prayer to the Blessed Mother, ask for her intercession and she will not fail you.

Say it three times a day for three days, and promise to publish. Believe in miracles!

Oh most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my mother.

Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech Thee from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity.

(Make your request)

There are none that can withstand your power.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. (repeat three times)
Holy Mary, I place this cause in Your hands.(repeat three times)

Finish with nine Hail, Mary’s.
May God bless you and may your prayers be answered!

Easter’s Past



Easter’s Past

Past memories of Easter Sunday leave me wishing for the good old days. Growing up in an Italian American Catholic family, Easter Sunday was an important day for my family.

In fact, the whole week before Easter Sunday was observed to celebrate the customs of my heritage and religion.

Going to a catholic school also had a lot to do with it.  St. Bartholomew’s Grammar school on Laurel Hill Avenue in Providence was the foundation of my Catholic education. Thinking back to Holy Week, I can remember going to confession in school on Holy Thursday and praying the “stations of the cross.” Good Friday was always a half day off school and mass was a must with a moment of silence at 3:00 PM, which was the time Jesus died on the cross.

At home that week, the food preparations would begin. During the week, my mom, grandmother and aunt would cook all the Italian favorites.

We all lived near each other, that was the way it was.  Grandma would be busy baking her famous Easter sweet bread and rice pie (Pastiere,). My Aunt Jean would be making her Italian cheese pie and Easter Ham. My mom would be making her stuffed Ricotta shells with meatballs, doughboys and ricotta pie. Fruit ambrosia also was a must with pastel marshmallows for Easter.

Our family observed Easter morning by going to church. I can still remember the smell of beautiful lilies in the church, as they adorned the altar. It was a memory that I will never forget.

We dressed all up in those days, wearing our new Easter outfits and always a straw hat. The church was packed, not a seat to be found. Some people would have to stand. After mass, we would all greet each other outside and wish each other a Happy Easter.

Our family tradition was to have an Easter brunch at my Aunt Jean’s house (who lived behind us) with my grandparents and cousins. The menu was better than any restaurant I have ever been to.  Antipasto, Easter Ham baked with fresh pineapple, homemade gnocchi, sausage and egg frittatas, homemade sweet bread, Italian meatballs in raisin sauce, fresh Doughboys with butter and sugar, and of course all the Homemade Italian deserts.

Grandpa always had his homemade wine on the table for the adults and we kids were allowed to drink punch. What a day full of love and memories. We were all given chocolate Easter bunnies and Easter baskets which my mom placed on the kitchen table before we got up on Sunday morning.

Th best thing about Easter week was that we spent our time together as a family.  Whether it be helping Grandma make bread, or mom stuff the Ricotta shells, we did it together. Our family has grown up with a history of wonderful family traditions and memories which we still practice today. That was the true meaning of Easter for me.

Gone are our beloved family members, my parents, my sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles but here are a new generation of children to be taught to preserve the past but pave the way for the future. Our hearts and love will continue to remember our loved ones through the traditions they taught us. We will honor them by preserving their memory in celebrating this Easter Sunday.

I wish you and your family a blessed Easter Sunday filled with love and happiness. May you remember your love ones and keep them in your heart  as we observe the true meaning of Easter.

What’s in…What’s out this week? 3-2 ..Paw sox, ethics, cancer and more…

What’s in…What’s out…




What’s in…

Speed cameras are in……Providence is adding an additional
Six new school zone speed cameras in addition to the five speed cameras already in place in various neighborhoods.
12,000 spending tickets have been given out during the first 33 days of the new school speed zone program. Nearly all the 12,193 tickets were generated from five speeding cameras in place between January 16th and February 22nd with the most coming from the Mt. Pleasant avenue camera with a total of 4,795 tickets. Other locations are on Charles street, Thurber’s Avenue, Daniel avenue and Peace street.
The Providence city council voted last May to install 15 speeding cameras at various neighborhood school locations within a quarter mile to the schools. The price of the ticket is $95.00 and you receive the notice in the mail with a picture and the fine.
The RI General Assembly passed a law in 2016 allowing the city to set up the cameras in a school zone. City officials call it a public safety measure, while vocal opponents are calling it a money grab for city revenue. These school zone cameras are in addition to the traffic light cameras that are already all over the city of Providence. So when you drive through Providence, remember to drive slowly and smile, you’re on candid camera.


Paw Sox Poll Commissioned by the Build RI Labor/Management Partnerships.…This poll done by Labor states that 56% of Rhode Islanders support a funding plan to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket. The battle continues to win support for the $83 million funding plan. No one knows where this will end up. Will it pass election year or will it be held for further study? Time will tell, but time is running out for the PawSox and Worcester May be on their shopping list.

Ethics committee finds no cause in Republicans ethics charge against
Governor Raimondo.. In a surprising ruling, the Ethic Committee will not take up an ethics charge filed by GOP chairman Brandon Bell against Governor Raimondo. This complaint came after the hiring of former Providence city chairman Patrick Ward in the Department of Human Services and after the negotiations concerning a fundraising agreement between the Providence city committee and the Governor’s campaign.The Ethics Committee has said that Ward is not a direct employee of the Governor’s staff and therefore there is no conflict.


What’s out….


Nor’easter storm…rain with mixed snow…Tell us it isn’t so! We were hoping for spring, but Friday is set to bring high winds, rain, possible sleet and snow and flooding. So stock up on bread, milk and hot chocolate.
Hopefully we won’t lose Power but be safe and don’t forget the flashlights!

Cancer, lymphoma and blood diseases..In 1971 Richard Nixon declared war on Cancer and here we are in 2018….and its still here and more prevalent than ever. We have lost so many children and loved ones to these diseases but yet we continue to hope for cures. Meanwhile Big pharma continues to rip off the sick by charging big amounts for prescription drugs and health insurers refuse to pay for pet scans to diagnose our most vulnerable. I go on record saying I will not vote for anyone who takes donations from lobbyists representing Big Pharma or Health insurers who put our loved ones a at risk . I will check every campaign report to see where the candidates get their money and if they get it from these unscrupulous companies, they will not get my vote. I may be one person but there is strength in numbers. We will never change things without taking a stand. I buried my dear sister Jean two weeks ago after she battled an illness where some of her prescriptions were $500to $600 dollars a month. There is no reason for it. Also we lost a long Neighborhood activist in Mt.Pleasant to cancer, Peter Pringle. He fought a battle too against an illness which should have a cure by now.
Our family and our friends need us to remember them by fighting for what’s important. We need elected officials to fight for our most vulnerable, the sick, the needy and the helpless. Remember that when you vote this year. I intend to.489B9000-B8BE-4BFD-BBDE-D035AA7E3ECD

What’s in….What’s out…2-23-18



What’s in… What’s out…


What’s in…

USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team! … Congratulations to the Olympic USA Women’s Hockey team for winning the Gold Medal after 20 years… In a stunning upset over Canada in a 3-2 shootout, the USA Women’s Hockey team did us proud winning the gold. What a proud moment for the USA and for the team!

Senator Nicholas Kettle resigns…… In a letter to Senate members, Senator Kettle resigned on Thursday, criticizing Senate leaders “ for not understanding the importance of due process as the cornerstone of our legal system “. In an unprecedented move, Senate leaders were planning to introduce bipartisan legislation to remove the Senate’s minority whip from office. Senator Kettle was arrested last week on allegations of video voyeurism and allegedly extorting a male page for sex. Still pending is a trial and Kettle’s day in court but the Senate had chosen to act swiftly before trial. This move would have created a new precedent in the General Assembly. Regardless of anyone’s beliefs on this subject, we can all agree that these are difficult times for General Assembly members as they weigh serious allegations and innuendos.

Providence legislation will include a bond issue to approve $250 million for school infrastructure repairs. The city of Providence will ask the General Assembly to approve a much needed bond issue to improve city schools. The schools are in disrepair and have been needing improvements for years. How can we expect our children to learn in dilapidated environments? School environmental safety is an issue in many of our crumbling schools and needs to be addressed before we expect our lower performing schools to achieve their goals.


What’s out…

The Dunkin Donuts Center or “The Dunk” was ruled as having unsafe conditions to play on Wednesday night… Wednesday night the Providence College versus Seton Hall basketball game had to be suspended due to unsafe playing conditions. The basketball floor repeatedly kept getting wet causing slippery conditions, and a Seton Hall player was injured when he fell because of the slippery floor. The Dunk Center blamed it on unseasonably warm temperatures causing moisture in the wood floor which covers the existing ice rink. This is a shame. Our Providence Civic Center was a state-of-the-art center in the 1970’s when we hosted many entertainers, sports events, ice competitions, and entertainment for all of RI to enjoy.

Let’s start to take better care of the facilities we already have in this state, instead of investing our money in new ventures. State and local leaders need to invest in maintaining and upgrading the facilities that need our help to keep operating that are already here. Let’s not forget the thousands of Rhode Islanders over the years who received enjoyment from The Dunk and work together to make it a showplace, not an embarrassment.

Kiwi fruit causes allergic reaction… 34 students in several school districts had an allergic reaction to kiwi fruit served in schools last week. Some were sent to the hospital with allergic reactions of hives, swelling of lips and tongue and itching. Some had to receive epi-pen injections, etc. This didn’t happen in one district, but in schools located in Providence, Woonsocket, Cumberland, East Providence and Pawtucket. The children were treated and the symptoms subsided, but the cause still isn’t known. When I saw this, I wondered, “why are they serving kiwi”? What ever happened to apples and oranges? I never remember seeing exotic fruit in school as a kid. Do kids know how to eat this? Were they peeled, or did the kids bite right into the skin and flesh at the same time? And let’s face it, once you peel a kiwi you’re left with a very small amount of sweet fruit to eat. Especially because we still don’t know – despite attempts to find out – what caused allergic reactions – let’s stick to the basics and be safe. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Just saying…

What’s in…whats out 2-16? Olympics, Florida’s hero,911 crisis and more…



What’s in…What’s out…

What’s in….

The Olympics….The Olympic cauldron burns strong in Pyeongchang County, South Korea as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games begin.. Taking place in a beautiful backdrop of winter scenes, the Olympics will be held till February 25th. Congratulations to Mikaela Shifrin for winning the first US gold for the giant slalom. So get the hot chocolate and popcorn ready, there is more to come!

Lillian Calderon, the wife and mother who has been in the custody of immigration officials for almost a month was allowed home to her family Tuesday. Her attorney said the lawsuit opposing her deportation must still be resolved but officials in Massachusetts decided to release her because of a motion made by her attorney.

Heroes amongst us….Aaron Feis, a popular wrestling coach and athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schook In Parkland, Fla. was a hero in Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Florida high school. He used his body to shield students from the line of fire and was fatally injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and all the victims and families affected in this horrific tragedy.

What’s out….

911 In crisis…… NBC 10 has learned that the 911 emergency call center is severely understaffed with some callers waiting up to 2 minutes and 47 seconds on hold while they waited for someone to come back on line. This is outrageous! Rep. Bob Lancia visited during the evening shift when only four workers were working even though there is a minimum staffing level of eight in past years. Rep. Lancia alerted the public about what he saw and has heard from workers at 911.
NBC 10 I-Team reviewed stats from the RI State Police showing that 20,833 calls were put on hold during 2017. This is outrageous! This is an emergency call system that the public depends on. Kudos to Rep. Lancia for staying on top of this and let’s hope the matter is investigated and fully exposed. Monies collected from 911 fees have been diverted in to the General fund instead of the 911budget. The FCC has warned the State of RI that is not acceptable and to stop doing that. Ten million dollars has been diverted into the General Fund. This is a fiasco and a terrible public safety hazard. Lives could be lost in minutes. It could be any one of us that needs that service and it should be available within seconds.

Another school shooting..The horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida on St. Valentine’s day/Ash Wednesday has left us all heartsick and upset. Teachers, students and school workers should be safe at all times. The violence and the murder of innocent lives has gone on too long.
Everyone needs to work together to change school policies, change laws and increased security at our schools. The way things are going, it won’t be long before armed guards are at our schools as well as metal detectors.
Whatever it takes to protect our kids is a must.

Killer notoriety…..Nikolas Cruz brutally murdered 17 innocent people and we keep seeing his picture everywhere on television, social media and in the newspapers. It is time to stop giving these killers and assassins the publicity they crave and so enjoy. Instead let us focus on our victims and families as we pray for them and remember their lives and stories. It’s time to stop making these killers celebrities and famous.