Welcome to the site
Thanks for visiting my website, which is a bit about me and a lot about East Providence (RI) politics and governance.
Like so many East Providence residents, businesspeople and taxpayers, I've been alarmed at the steady decline of our proud city. Nearly 50 years ago, East Providence was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. The award came just a few years after the city incorporated in 1958. This was a proud time for our city – a time of prosperity and general wellbeing – and I want East Providence to regain what it's lost since then.
I ran for a seat on the City Council in the 2012 election, because I thought that, while our elected officials shared my love for this city, their best hadn't brought the results that we needed. Forty-three percent of the voters agreed with me; unfortunately, 56% didn't.
I will continue to stay active in the discussion about city governance and to voice my considered opinions here and elsewhere. For those of you who have urged me to consider running again, thank you for your encouragement.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Townie”, it refers both to graduates of East Providence High School and to long-term residents of the city.
The late, legendary Myron J. Francis, an educator of many years and superintendent of schools, was credited with coining the phrase "Townie Pride."
According to a Providence Journal article at the time of Mr. Francis' death in May 2010, "'Townie' had long been used to describe East Providence residents because the community had been the largest town in the country before it was chartered as a city in 1958. 'Pride' was what Francis wanted to instill in his students.
Those who call themselves Townies sincerely love East Providence, are proud of its All-America City past, and have great hopes for its illustrious future.
I qualify as a Townie by being a proud alumna Class of 1965 and an East Providence resident of 30+ years. I truly love this city.