Bahjat Shariff was born in war torn Lebanon. He left his country and family behind when he was 18, and with $300 in his pocket arrived in Los Angeles, where he would enroll in Citrus College. Bahjat, who continues our “Bridge to the Future” series, has been recognized by the New England Patriot for his charitable work, raised a family, and currently is the operating partner and Senior Vice President of Operations for Howley Bread Group, a franchised chain of more than 20 Panera Bread Restaurants. Our series, “Bridge to the Future,” is meant to highlight the tremendous contributions of first-generation immigrants to the United States. Bahjat joins Frank on this edition of, The Open Forum.
Providence Journal editor Alan Rosenberg joins Frank to talk about the relationship between the Journal and the Newport Daily News, both now owned by Gatehouse; about changes in coverage at the Journal; attack on the free press; and more.
Exploring the sights and sounds of our future leaders with my seven-year-old granddaughter, Addison Kate Prosnitz. She's ready to explore the adventures that are ahead in the third grade. We also explored some great programs offered by the Small Business Administration and prepare for month-long celebrations ahead, like international pickle month.
With the Rhode Island Legislative session winding down John Marion, Executive Director of Common Cause, gives us an overview of legislative initiatives that are likely not going to be approved in this session, including early voting in Rhode Island.
Prevent Suicide Is Everyone's Business with Frank Prosnitz, Ryan Belmore and....
Jamie Lehane, President & CEO of Newport Mental Health
Melanie Varady, Senior Director/Eastern Division for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Denise Panichas, Executive Director of The Samaritans of RI
On today’s Open Forum Frank explores the world of comedy from the perspective of a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing to the announced start of truck-only tolls in Rhode Island, expected to begin next week. Kerri Louise, who will perform in a comedy show in Narragansett a week from Saturday, joins us at noon, followed by Chris Maxwell at 12:30. Chris is the executive director of the Rhode Island Trucking Association. We'll talk comedy in the age of Trump, and then about trucking in the age of a crumbling infrastructure and how governments are attempting to finance the repairs. And, of course, we explore whether the national trucking association plans on filing a lawsuit to halt Rhode Island's truck only tolls. The Trucking Association has said this as an important case, fearing if truck only tolls are embraced in Rhode Island, it could spread across the country.
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has long been viewed as among the most devastating conditions for both the afflicted and his or her family. Mary Murphy and Mary Frances Vesey, both of whom lost husbands to ALS, witnessing the courage, strength, bravery and determination of their husbands, and also demonstrating that same courage, strength, bravery and determination as caregivers for those they cherished. Both join Frank in this episode in advance of an Evening of Hope, a major event of the Rhode Island ALS Chapter, scheduled for June 22.
Rhode Island economy – bliss or abyss. A deal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium by the numbers. How do you turn around a 60 million deficit a few months ago into a 38 million surplus a couple of weeks before the end of the fiscal year? Is Rhode Island’s economy as good as the incumbent politicians want us to think, or as bad as their opponents are anxious to portray? University of Rhode Island economist Len Lardaro joins Frank for this edition of, The Open Forum, to provide us with some answers and perspective.
Mary Ann Sorrentino, the former head of Rhode Island’s Planned Parenthood, and longtime advocate for women’s rights is the guest on this edition in advance of a press conference later in the week at which she and others will advocate for passage of legislation in Rhode Island that would make Roe V. Wade the law in Rhode Island. Mary Ann will weave together stories from Ireland, where abortion has just been legalized and from Rhode Island, in fear of the “nightmare” women “will surely face” if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, which became the national law 45 years ago.
What’s fact? What’s fiction? Everyday questions are raised, a nation divided, a nation confused. Gene Emery, a former Providence Journal reporter, and PolitiFact contributor joins Frank on this edition of, The Open Forum, to help unravel the rhetoric as we approach important mid-term elections. Besides his work at the Providence Journal and PolitiFact, Gene is also a correspondent for Reuters.
Bahjat Shariff was born in war torn Lebanon. He left his country and family behind when he was 18, and with 300 in his pocket arrived in Los Angeles, where he would enroll in Citrus College. Bahjat, who continues our “Bridge to the Future” series, has been recognized by the New England Patriot for his charitable work, raised a family, and currently is the operating partner and Senior Vice President of Operations for Howley Bread Group, a franchised chain of more than 20 Panera Bread Restaurants. Our series, “Bridge to the Future,” is meant to highlight the tremendous contributions of first-generation immigrants to the United States. Bahjat joins Frank on this edition of, The Open Forum.
Blink your eyes and what you saw before is bound to change – at least when it comes to politics in Rhode Island. Candidates in what is a crowded gubernatorial field continue to jockey for position. Former Secretary of State Matt Brown, who was initially considering a run for governor as an independent, has indicated now that he’ll run as a Democrat, joining Gov. Gina Raimondo, and progressives Paul Roselli and former state Representative Spencer Dickinson. Brown is also a progressive. Dickinson joins Frank on this edition.
Blues great and Newport resident James Montgomery will be inducted into the RI music hall of fame. He is Frank's guest on this edition and talks about his 50-year career in music, the blues, his commitment to raising funds to help veterans and fight the opiod crisis.
HOME AND GARDEN FAIR
GUESTS THIS HOUR:
Mosquito Squad/ Green Systems Byron & Steve
Money Pit Tom Kreutler Heard on WADK Saturday Afternoons at 3
Planet Aid Keith Gregory- Earth Day event on 4/21 at their One Mile Corner center
A& B Appliance Jim Buchanan
Leadership At All Levels with Gail Alofsin. Guests on this show are: Laura Clark - Master Soul Coaching Practioner and instructor, Kim Fuller - Profesional Photographer, Author, Tedx Speaker and mindfulness coach, and Katie McDonald - Founder of BNourished
Len Lardaro, the University of Rhode Island economist who produces a monthly Current Conditions Index, is encouraged by the sustained growth of the state’s economy. Lardaro, who has been following the Rhode Island economy for years and has often been critical of its performance, now believes it is showing some real strength. Lardaro joins Frank on this edition of, The Open Forum
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States every year, and nearly 2,000 die. And those are the cases that are reported. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is an organization that advocates for abused children, providing legal and volunteer support for all children referred to the Family Court because of the filing of an abuse or neglect petition. Rhode Island’s program was established in 1978, the second program in the country. Cheryl Martone is the director of Rhode Island’s CASA Volunteer Program. She joins Frank on this edition of The Open Forum.
Was the first female lighthouse keeper in American from Newport? Was Newport the site of the first international polo match? Was the first murder trial of a clergyman in the United States held here? Brian Stinson’s Newport Firsts, a hundred claims to fame was just published this week. Brian joins Frank on this edition of The Open Forum.
What can Red Sox fans expect when visiting Fenway Park this year? Ron Bumgarner, senior vp/ticketing for Fenway Events and Concerts talks about the Sam Deck, a new bar at Fenway, special seating areas, and ticket opportunities for kids, on this edition of The Open Forum.
Dr. Luis-Daniel Munoz is among what appears to be a growing number of Rhode Islanders running for governor. An independent, he is focusing his campaign on education, jobs, access to health care, and fighting corruption. He joins Frank on this edition.
A million veterans suffer from 'invisible wounds,' leading to 22 veterans committing suicide each day, to divorce, to unemployment, homelessness. Jack Hammond, retired Army Brigadier General is executive director of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program that is doing incredible work to support veterans, service members and military families coping with such disorders as PTSD and traumatic brain injury. General Hammond joins the conversation on this edition of, The Open Forum
Rhode Island is making progress but still faces numerous obstacles in its effort to develop sustainable and equitable economic growth. Scott Wolf, executive director of Grow Smart RI discusses the importance of restoring historic district tax credits, improving transportation systems, and revitalizing Rhode Island's downtowns. He also talks about the proposed Green Economy bond, and the need to change direction in the development of solar farms.
Electric Boat in Quonset is looking for hundreds of new employees, many as a result of new work, and many to replace employees leaving for retirement or other reasons. Brian Howard, EB's human resource manager at Quonset, is this episodes guest. He talks about the opportunities, training, types of jobs EB needs to fill, and working conditions.
Leadership at All Levels led by Gail Alofsin. Gail's guests for this edition are: Beth Shissler - president of Sea Bags, Erika Olivier - Co-Owner of Matt's Local Pharmacy, and Sharon Weber - Founder of SHW Global
John Marion, executive director of Common Cause in Rhode Island, discusses important voting and ethics issues before the general assembly, and issues of transparency at the local level. Specifically, he talks about bills that would allow for early voting, requ9re independent redistricting, and reforming the way Rhode Island chooses its magistrates. Also talked about - transparency in local government, focusing on the Newport Councils closed-door interviews of candidates to fill a vacant council seat and a series of open meetings violations in East Greenwich.
Providence state Rep., Aaron Regunberg, a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, who is in a tough primary election with Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, talks about several legislative initiatives he's sponsoring. His bills, if successful, would make it easier for people to testify at the state house, control pharmaceutical costs, limit high capacity magazines, and create a universal health care system in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Frank on this edition. The focus is on cybersecurity, early voting and other important issues with which her office is involved.
Gorbea was elected Rhode Island’s Secretary of State in 2015, becoming the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England. Born in Puerto Rico, Gorbea is a graduate of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.