“Lights out at the Apple Valley Cinema,” published in the Valley Breeze & Observer, Sept. 7, 2006
In 2009, the town of Johnston, Rhode Island, celebrated its 250th anniversary, and the local “Johnston Sunrise” published this special insert in March, 2009, to commemorate the year. For this story, I got to combine my love of local history with genealogy as well as photography.
Published in the former “Smithfield Observer” on Aug. 9, 2001, this was my first published theatre review: Trinity Repertory Company’s Summer Project Shakespeare production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” … sponsored by Foster Foundation for the Arts
Published in the “Smithfield Observer” – owned “Johnston Sun Rise” on Aug. 12, 2004: I was driving west-bound on Hartford Avenue in Johnston, when I spied this unique vehicle, and stopped to chat with its owner. What a story he had to tell!
Up until 2001, I had been working as a photographer for the local “Smithfield Observer,” which also published the “Johnston Sun Rise” and the North Providence “North Star.” In November, 2001, I was looking for what the paper called “an enterprise” shot – something not assigned, but fun or noteworthy. I had heard a report on the local evening tv news about a pig on the lam in Johnston, Rhode Island, and the next day, I thought I’d go see if the pig was still around to photograph. I got the photo – and some details. My editor at the time, Larry Sasso, suggested I write something. What, me a reporter?? I told him there was more to the story that I had returned with – he had his daughter Lauren call around and get the rest of the story (update) – and this was the result – my first published story (I think Lauren really wrote most of it). I continued to write and take photos for the “Smithfield Observer” until it was sold in 2006 to the “Valley Breeze.”
On assignment back in February, 2006, taking photos of a press conference regarding the flooding on Fletcher Avenue in Cranston: Editor Elizabeth Seal said to me, “I didn’t know you were going to write a story too …” – it appeared on the front page of the “Cranston Herald” the following week.