Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 8, 2009

He’s Baaaack

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 6:03 pm

I try not to do too much cross posting – but  this is sooo sweet I can’t help myself. Get those tips flowing.


Contact: Parker Lacoste
P.O. Box 2401
Providence, RI 02906
Tel: 401-228-6691

Hummel Returns to Investigate Waste and Corruption
Ocean State Policy Research Institute Partners with WPRO to Launch Investigative Report

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Ocean State Policy Research Institute announces that it is partnering with former ABC 6 reporter Jim Hummel and WPRO radio to launch the Hummel Report, which will investigate waste and corruption in state and local government.
Hummel’s investigations will debut on WPRO radio and its Web site and be posted in video form on once a week.
“We’re excited to partner with WPRO, Jim Hummel and the dedicated Rhode Islanders that sponsor this important work,” said William Felkner, Director of Operations for the Hummel Report and President and Founder of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI). “This partnership is exactly what is needed to expose the government waste and corruption that has mired and embarrassed our state for decades.”

Added WPRO Program Director Paul Giammarco, “Jim Hummel’s association with our award-winning news team and Web site creates an outstanding opportunity for all Rhode Islanders to see and learn first-hand about corruption and government mismanagement. Hopefully these reports will inspire Rhode Islanders to become more aware so that we can begin to facilitate systemic change.” 

The Hummel Report Web site, which will feature its first report on October 15, also will provide a daily compilation of links to state, local, and town news and access to a database of municipal salaries, benefits, public employee union contracts, state legislative voting records, and other public document databases provided by OSPRI. Hummel will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hummel Report.
Hummel, who has nearly three decades experience as a television and newspaper reporter in Providence, brings a depth of institutional knowledge to the project. Hummel was a reporter for the local ABC affiliate, WLNE-TV Channel 6 in Providence, from 1995 to 2008. In the 1990s he led the station’s coverage of corruption at Providence City Hall. He also reported from Washington, DC on issues pertinent to Rhode Island. In 2004, he became the chief reporter, managing the station’s political and investigative unit and hosting the Sunday morning show, “Six News on the Record.”
Hummel also resurrected the “You Paid for It” news segments. In 2007, he won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reportingfor a story on the North Kingstown school administration, which spent restricted federal special-education funds on food and drinks for a staff retreat. His two-part series, “Steak and Lobster,” prompted state and federal investigations into the district, resulting in the ouster of two top officials. The state concluded that the district had misspent nearly $250,000 in federal dollars.
Prior to joining ABC 6, Hummel was a reporter for the Providence Journal, where he was a reporter, editor, and manager for 13 years. While at the Journal, Hummel covered local politics, crime, the courts, the state General Assembly, and the Governor’s office. He also managed three of the newspaper’s local news offices.
“It’s great to be returning to the Rhode Island as part of such an innovative project,” Hummel said. “The combination of online media and talk radio formats, partnered with an organization that is committed to making government operations transparent, provides an outlet for information that is unequaled in the market today.”
Further distinguishing the Hummel Report from other media sources is its formation as a non-partisan, nonprofit entity. Dedicated to exposing waste and corruption for the people of Rhode Island, the Hummel Report is funded by tax-deductible donations.
“I’ve always felt that I worked for the people of Rhode Island,” said Hummel. “Now I really do. I take that as a great honor and responsibility and I will maintain the integrity and vigilance to my job that the public has come to expect.”
For more information, including how to donate, visit
About Ocean State Policy Research Institute:
Founded in 2007, OSPRI is a 501(c)(3) research institute that advocates for sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values. We offer timely research and analysis on important issues for elected officials, the media, business leaders, community organizations, and citizens. We also maintain the Transparency Train-public financial and legislative information repository.
About The Hummel Report:
The Hummel Report is a non-profit 501 C-3 organization dedicated to exposing waste and corruption for the people of Rhode Island. Its investigative reports, produced by veteran reporter Jim Hummel and debuting on WPRO, will combine with news and public information to offer the first local multimedia news outlet of its kind at
About WPRO:
WPRO is the dominant news and talk radio station in Rhode Island. WPRO operates simultaneously broadcasts on 630 AM and 99.7 FM. With 167,000 listeners a week, WPRO has the largest audience in Rhode Island.


  1. on to more relevant stuff…..any town issues you can discuss? That affects me much more than this stupid stuff. After all, you are on the town council but say absolutely nothing about HOpkinton. Being on the council should be more than just being about you.

    Comment by any? — October 9, 2009 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

    • “This partnership is exactly what is needed to expose the government waste and corruption that has mired and embarrassed our state for decades.”

      Do you pay any state tax? If so then this affects you.

      Comment by RS — October 9, 2009 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  2. is he on the town council? or is he just there for show? how bout talking about town issues for once??

    Comment by any? — October 9, 2009 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

    • Do you read the TC agenda/minutes? That would give you more information than 1 council person on a blog. If you do then state specifically what subjects you desire discussion on. The councillors I have emailed, phoned, and spoke with in person have all been willing to dicuss the issues.

      Comment by RS — October 9, 2009 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  3. and what are you, his lackey???

    Comment by any? — October 9, 2009 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

    • Believe it or not I develop my own opinions and have fiscal conservative views developed from a moral, ethical, Christian upbringing. The definition of lackey is “a servant” and I serve only one. My motto is “Pro Deo, Familia, Patria”.
      I’ve said before, BF can stand on his own, he’s a big boy…..unlike some who post here.
      What are you a “tax and spender”, union stooge, recepient of others hard work, or just an idiot*.

      *Idiot” originally referred to “layman, person lacking professional skill”, “person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning”. Declining to take part in public life, such as democratic government of the polis (city state), such as the Athenian democracy, was considered dishonorable. “Idiots” were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters.

      Comment by RS — October 9, 2009 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  4. very unique there RS. so unique in fact, that I’m going to print your saying and hang it on my refridgerator. BTW, do you have anything in life you contribute to other than this blog? Youre on this thing 24/7 like you just stare waiting for someone to post. In other words, do you have a life or is this your life?

    Comment by any? — October 9, 2009 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

    • It’s called effeciency, multitasking, and time managment….in other words I have a work ethic and the ability to deliver. Want to follow me around for a few days…….bring your hush puppies and no whining….I’ll show you how the productive sector of America gets it done.

      Comment by RS — October 9, 2009 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  5. Any ? There is a show on during this blog Jonestown on CNN currently viewing. Hopefully your watching. If you are, we can look forward to no more postings. Please drink the koolaid.

    Comment by Ralph Cramden — October 10, 2009 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  6. Lets hope in 2010 that this site is ‘cleansed’ and only by people of Charlestown Richmond and Hopkinton can and will appear. First name, last name etc. Be well Richmond and Hopkinton and former residents that were financiality put on their knees by William Day of Richmond (a history of stupidity and low end Bev Kenney of Hopkinton)

    Comment by Ralph Cramden — October 12, 2009 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  7. class act there ralph. class act. are you gonna post your name?? at least RS abbreviates his. Real Stupid.

    Comment by any — October 12, 2009 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

    • It actually is an advertisement for allowing the NEA stooges to teach your children…..RoyallyScrewed.

      Comment by RS — October 12, 2009 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  8. 10 min on the dot for that reply. unbelievable. you do stare at the blog.

    Comment by any — October 12, 2009 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

    • No need to stare if you understand computer automation……get some NEA lackey to teach you.

      Comment by RS — October 12, 2009 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  9. I LOVE the NEA.

    Comment by hillbilly jim — October 12, 2009 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  10. gonna cook some chicken marsala tonight

    Comment by mr. purdue — October 13, 2009 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  11. Hi!
    1.BOTH Jim Hummell and Bill Felkner are among “players” in the state and have their followings whether people like them or not. Hummell is a journalistic player and his credentials speak for themselves. Not only a local official Bill Felkner “travels” in circles were policy is really discussed on the state wide stage. He took the time to organize his “think tank” OSPRI and it presents a view that is contrary to the generally promited view in Rhode Island. I think they should be looking into the Westerly School Supt. situation in our local region, and related matters.
    2. General news in our community and region:
    A. South County Republican Coalition Breakfast- 8 A.M., this Saturday, Oct. 17Th, at Camden’s at the bowling alley in Wakefield. South Kingstown turn to host. Political discussion.
    B.Masonic Lodges Open House 10 to 4,this Saturday morning and afternoon,October 17Th. Locally Charity Lodge in Kenyon, near mill, on Route#2, in Charlestown. My own lodge Franklin Lodge at 20 Elm Street in Westerly.
    C.Tea with Prudence and Sarah,Sunday Octber 18Th, no charge, program with portrayals of Hope Valley native Prudence Crandall and her student, provided by the two libraries in Hopkinton and the local historial association. 2-4 P.M.,. Held at the old church building, 2 Townhouse Road, Hopkinton, across from Hopkinton Town Hall,.
    D. Ashaway Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners Monthly Meeting-7 P.M., Ashaway Fire Station, 213 Main Street, Ashaway,. There is a public forum/comment section. Tuesday, October 20Th,.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 15, 2009 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  12. When you do number# seven, when you do.

    Greg K

    Comment by Ralph Cramden — October 15, 2009 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  13. SBH – Bill felkner is not a player in the state. Hes a wannabe with a stupid blog and a “research institute” that nobody gives any crap about. ALL I see is a bunch of hot air and no results. WHAT HAS HE DONE ON THE COUNCIL???? Quite possibly, less than you accomplished.

    Comment by no — October 15, 2009 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

    • One might agree about the player comment since most of “the players” seem to feed on corruption, greed, I got mine, and how can we screw the taxpyaer next while keeping the unions voting for us.

      Comment by RS — October 15, 2009 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  14. Hi!
    If they were numbered it would be six not seven. In addition to this Hopkinton Republican Town Committee at Hopkinton Police Station at 7 P.M., Sunday, October 18Th, and Hopkinton Town Council Meeting, Town Hall, 7:00 P.M., Monday, October 19Th,. If I just do a listing of events or points, I will just number them.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 15, 2009 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  15. yes. you have to be more careful scott bill. because of you messing up, i was going to go to the wrong meeting.

    Comment by please do — October 15, 2009 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  16. Hi!
    I don’t see the problem but I will try to be clearer in the future.
    Two other things:
    1. The Westerly Sun has an article on fire protection issues and costs in Rhode Island and locally. It was in last night’s paper.
    2.Richmond Historical Society has Robert Grandchamp on “The Boys of Adams’ Battery G”, concerning Chariho men in the Civil War. Sunday, October 25, 2 P.M., Clark Memorial Library, Pinehurst Drive, Carolins, Rhode Island. Information 401-364-6100,.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 16, 2009 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  17. SBH- who attends these foolish events that you list???????

    Comment by be there or be square — October 16, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  18. Hi!
    1. The Charlestown Town Council has appointed Stephanie Brown to fill the vacancy on the Chariho School Building Committee to succeed Kevin Thibodeau who resigned. It is my understanding one of the Hopkinton Town Council appointees to the building committee has poor attendance.That person I have heard has not resigned.
    2.Ashaway Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners meeting tonight at 7:00 P.M., at fire station, 213 Main Street, Ashaway, R.I., should not be a typical meeting.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 20, 2009 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  19. glad to see stephanie brown back in the mix. she was great on teh school committee and deserves to be back in the fold. she sure made you look stupid SBH in the paper a couple years ago!

    Comment by glad — October 21, 2009 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  20. That must have been SBH when you called for the $2 million dollar cut and it turned out the cut should have been $2.8 million which was the break even point. Sorry, lackeys like glad must bring files in the cakes to the Ex’s who is either still incarcerated or finally out. Yes, GLAD you are a prize. GLAD, Explain your genius as well as hers when she said MANDATES are so SUBJECTIVE. MANDATES ARE MANDATORY AND NOT SUBJECTIVE! If I had a dollar I would give it to you so you could buy a clue. If you have the article you refer to educate me and the rest of us. Refer to the article or time frame, bring it on Glad (Rag, Bag . . .)

    Hopefully she meet someone on one of the web sites she used to post on.

    Comment by StephB — October 22, 2009 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  21. wow SBH….eerrrr i mean, stephb. sounds like youve got some sort of obsessive complusive behavior towards stephanie brown. i didn’t think she did a bad job. maybe when she chaired the school committee, she must have gotten you mad at some point. i look forward to another tirade in your response. its actually comical in a sad way. Oh and by the way, pretty sad you don’t have a dollar. Maybe you should have strived to have earned that GED. Its still not too late.

    Comment by seems like — October 22, 2009 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  22. Hi!
    Trading insults does not really count, but Ms. Brown represented Hopkinton. Transparency is a requirement for credibility. when she said to then Town Councilor From Hopkinton and I believe her response was on how much to meet the mandates was “If told you that that’s all you would give this to run the schools”, this quote is close if not exact.
    While I appreciate the fact she was not charged with her former husband’s criminal activities, a number of people realistically would be interested in how much she really knew.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 23, 2009 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Who besides you, Scott?

      Comment by CharihoParent — October 23, 2009 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  23. sbh – who the hell are you to inquire about someones personal buisness?? From what i’ve heard on the streets, you have your own skeletons so you should keep your mouth shut. talk about the issues and not her personal life.

    Comment by is that your biz — October 23, 2009 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • The best way to deflect attention onto yourself is to have the masses looking at someone else.

      Comment by CharihoParent — October 24, 2009 @ 9:59 am | Reply

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