Rhode Island Patch’s Top 10 Blogs of 2013

Check out the editors' picks for the top blogs of the year.

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Rhode Island Patch’s Top 13 Blogs in 2013


2013 was our biggest year for bloggers on Rhode Island Patch’s 15 sites. We saw record numbers of local residents, business owners, teachers, students, law enforcement officials, athletes, etc. share their voices and stories on our sites.


We want to thank each and every one of our bloggers and those who have contributed to our sites. Patch is more than just an “online newspaper.” Patch is a community gathering place – kind of like a digital community center. Our bloggers are a huge part of the puzzle.


You may have missed some great blogs this year, so we’ve compiled our list of the top 13 editor’s picks.


Want to become a blogger? Get the skinny here.


My Beginning

By Michael Sylvia

When this East Greenwich teenager was born, doctors told his parents he only had a 50/50 shot of surviving. Thanks to advances in technology, Michael is alive and well, and blogging his amazing story on East Greenwich Patch.


CCFD Facts vs. Lies

By David Gorman

The most read blog post in all of Rhode Island Patch is dedicated to the turmoil surrounding the Central Coventry Fire Department. Gorman, a firefighter with the department, shares his perspective on the situation.


After DOMA: Financial Choices for Same Sex Couples

By Richard Streitfeld

2013 marked the year that the US Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense Against Marriage Act. Local accountant Richard Streitfeld takes a look at what this means now for same-sex couples when it comes to their finances.


Responding to NDN “Bully” Accusation

By Mike Farley

Newly-elected Newport City Councilor Mike Farley looks to set the record straight about accusations that he was “bullying” fellow members of the city council and city hall.


NECAP and Graduation: A Parents’ Perspective

By Jean Ann Guliano

The importance of standardized testing in education has been growing exponentially over the years. One parents voices her concern regarding the use of the NECAP as a graduation requirement and breaks the whole thing down.


Block Island Wind Farm: Narragansett Council’s Unenviable Position

By Abel Collins

Deepwater Wind is looking to buy a piece of land from Narragansett to run a cable from its wind farm off Block Island to the mainland. Should the Narragansett Town Council sign off on the sale? Local environmental rights advocate Abel Collins thinks so.


JFK Visiting Quonset in 1961

By the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office

The Office of the Secretary of State’s is one of our newer bloggers this year, but has posted some great stuff, including this gem found after they sifted through the State’s Virtual Archives. 


Christmas for Kids Gifts Over 425 Children at the East Bay Food Pantry

By Anita Randall

We here at Patch not only allow but encourage our bloggers to boast about their philanthropic accomplishments. This holiday season, the East Bay Food Pantry received hundreds of gifts for needy children in the area thanks to a gracious community.


I Brake for Deer (Especially in November)

By Mike Bottaro 

Attorney Mike Bottaro shares some tips and best practices when it comes to driving during deer mating season.


Not So Merry Birthday

By Lise Marinelli

Have a birthday around the holidays? Then you know of the pain of “Merry Birthday” that Barrington Patch blogger Lise Marinelli speaks.



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