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