Though he spent a stint as executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation under Governor Lincoln "Missing Linc" Almond, Marcel Valois — the newly named head ramrod of the beleaguered EDC — is hardly a household name in The Biggest Little. (Unless, of course, you live in a household with a lot of people named Marcel or Valois.)
But P&J have had the privilege of working with Marcel in the past, and we couldn't have found a better appointment. He is not only intelligent and pragmatic, but he possesses an extremely rare quality in Vo Dilun politics and economic development: the ability to see things with a long-term perspective. He's also a hell of a nice guy and one that isn't going to roll over for any bozos from the State House who want to, let's say, invest $75 million in a start-up company in a highly volatile market just because the company's founder played for a local sports team. P&J have great confidence in Governor Chafee's choice to get the EDC back on its feet. Congrats and thanks to Mr. Valois for taking the job.
More kudos and congrats go to Karen Bordeleau, who has just been named senior vice president and executive editor of the Other Paper. Your superior correspondents are big fans of the BeloJo, and local lassie Karen has a good track record in Rhody journalism. We just wish that the Urinal front-page story on her selection hadn't been tarnished by the supposed need for three full paragraphs at the end giving the paper's owner, the A.H. Belo Corporation, a print b.j.
DOUGHBOYS (AND GIRLS)
If P&J had a nickel for every joke they've heard linking cops and doughnuts, they could buy out Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
So we were chuckling along with Jamestown residents who saw a mobile food truck (read: roach wagon) adorned with a huge "Fried Dough" sign parked in the lot of the Jamestown Police Department. We guess all the Dunkin' Donuts trucks were in use at other PDs around the state.
To be fair, rather than ensuring all officers got their minimum daily requirement of sugar and lard, the truck was being used for a Jamestown PD open house — no doubt a goodwill gesture by the local gendarmes who have gained the animosity of the town's residents for their hard-line tactics and petty fines. Matters had previously gotten to the point where an unnamed citizen activist printed bumper stickers reading "Free Jamestown" over a photo of a police cruiser's flashing lights.
Could we have a bit more powdered sugar on that, please?
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats will hold their first "Movers and Shakers" event to honor "Five Fearless Leaders" on May 3 at 7 pm at the Waterplace Restaurant in Providence. The honorees are State Senators Rhoda Perry and Josh Miller, State Representatives Edie Ajello and Maria Cimini, and Planned Parenthood's Paula Hodges.
If you want to honor these individuals and support progressive legislation, here's a good chance to spend some time with your political allies (tix are $40, $75 couples). Proceeds will support the Progressive Democrats' "continued efforts to work on getting progressive legislative actions passed and help to elect more like-minded individuals to our General Assembly such as the tireless activists we are honoring this year."