Post-Gasoline Angst: I used gallons and gallons for day trip to Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I put $50 of gasoline in before I headed out of Connecticut on I-95 to Rhode Island.  At $4.19 a gallon here in New Haven, Connecticut, gasoline has become a campaign issue. 

Summer 2013: Bring your ice skates to the Jersey Shore, Westerly, Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have to assume that the parking lots in Westerly, Rhode Island are not full. Angst about global warming has mutated into spiraling commercial concern about the implications of global cooling.    This Memorial Day weekend the hospitality industry got it between the eyes with the sudden frost in the northeast. 

Buddy Cianci Was Voice Of Experience - But That Experience Also Involved Prison

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island, Buddy Cianci's campaign meme was:  experience.  But in Rhode Island, Cianci remains iconic.   Maybe that was a mistake. After all his experience included time in the slammer.

Lincoln Chafee - That He Ran For U.S. President Will Be First Line In His Obituary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Probably, at his age, the game of running for office is over for this former governor of Rhode Island. Iconoclast politico Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the campaign to become U.S. President.

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Lincoln Chafee Enters Campaign 2016 As Democrat - Guy Is Survivor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lincoln Chafee , the protean former governor of Rhode Island, has announced he is in. Should Hillary Clinton be shaking in her boots? Maybe. This time as a Democrat. He has been known for other party affiliations.

2015 65

Brand Jones Day - Reputational Crisis Continues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many recognize that name from the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance litigation days. Clients may or may not value Jones Day's access to the White House. Its former partner Don McGahn is the top counsel there.

2018 52

The Ocean: Place bets there, whether a creative or real estate agent

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, with magical thinking I did go to Westerly, Rhode Island to price real estate. Of course, the Jersey Shore is back.   Here's the coverage from The New York Times.  A safe bet is on the ocean. That applies whether we're a creative like W.B.

Artificial Intelligence in Services - Allstate's Smart Public Relations

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2005, when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial, there were former full-time journalists covering the courtroom action as "stringers" (gig workers) in order to pick up some extra money.

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More on School for Scandal.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Paul's School in Rhode Island. Long before sexual misconduct allegations rocked the entertainment and media worlds, they shook up elite prep schools. Among them had been St. Last July, RI's state attorney general's office commenced an investigation of alleged sexual abuse.

2018 52

Buddy Cianci: Ultimate role model for coming back big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and ex-con, Buddy Cianci has been voted "Best Radio Personality" by THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX. The reason why, explains PHOENIX, is "personality."

Mobile-Home Living - Roof Over Our Heads for Average of $564 Monthly

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It should approach a prestigious design school such as Rhode Island and sponsor a contest for a cool new look for a trailer. In the Southwest, friends recommend mobile-living to other friends - without apology. It's one of those rare places in the U.S. which doesn't impose stigma on this kind of lodging. As Fast Company hammers, the prejudice against what used to be called "trailers" still dominates.

Ronan Farrow, et al. - Being "Threatened" BigBrand Builder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  When I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 2005 - February 2006), I received an email threat to stop mentioning a judge in Pennsylvania. Ronan Farrow has embraced investigative journalism.

The Campbell Brand - Conduct Contest for New Name and Logo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It can be national or just limited to design schools such as the one in Rhode Island. The Wall Street Journal headlines its coverage of Campbell with the indictment that everything is going wrong there.

2018 52

Public Affairs - Will It Push Sherwin-Williams, Like Tobacco Companies, into a Type of Master Settement?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

State attorneys general, such as Rhode Island's Sheldon Whitehouse who is now a U.S. Full Disclosure: I blogged the Rhode Island 2005-2006 class action lead paint public nuisance jury trial. Sherwin-Williams and its legal team at Jones Day are waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will review its conviction as a public nuisance in "County of Santa Clara v.

Shifting Memes - What Could Become the "Next Tobacco"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I was blogging the iconic Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action trial, the formal public relations focused on advocacy. That was November 1, 2005 until February 22, 2006. 

2018 52

School for Scandal - Choate Rosemary Hall

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

George's prep school in Rhode Island. These are the kinds of allegations which upscale publication Vanity Fair frequently turns into a cover story: At an elite New England prep school, 12 former faculty members and staff have been accused of sexual crimes against students.

Lead-Poisoned Children - Public Policy/Public Relations Had Ruled Out That Possibility

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In other states, ranging from Rhode Island to California, the state attorneys general, frequently working on contingency with plaintiff law firm Motley Rice , sued former lead paint manufacturers and marketers for allegedly causing a public nuisance.

2018 52

Hold The Words: The most compelling communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those might go for a one-hour meditation to a week-long silent retreat held at its larger facility in Providence, Rhode Island. Words, words, words. That's what the prince of Denmark Hamlet lamented. He could well be the unofficial patron saint of zen.

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St. George's Settles with Alleged Victims of Sex Abuse - Yet another school for scandal featured by Vanity Fair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally elite prep school in Rhode Island, St. George's, has settled with the 30 victims of alleged sexual abuse at the hands (literally) of teachers, staff, and other students. Annual tuition and fees total about $56,000. The claims date back to the 1970s.

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Sherwin-Williams, Lead Paint, "Santa Clara" Trial Starting July 15, 2013

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Back in the late 1990s and until the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the litigation, the Sherwin-Williams brand took major hits. The elephant in the room when it comes to Sherwin-Williams is how much the latest trial over lead paint will hurt its brand.

2013 56

Facebook - Why Isn't Its Reputation Restoration Going Better?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint litigation, including Sherwin-Williams, had Prism Public Affairs, based in Washington D.C.  No smart corporations go into legal-generated controversies without top of the line public affairs representation.

2018 52

Higher Education - Art Schools Thriving, Traditional Colleges/Universities Not So

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The exception is the art school sector, such as Rhode Island School of Design. Higher education in America has long been described as a "bubble."

2018 52

Domestic Flashpoints - Too Many Ending in Suicide-Murders

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I recall interviewing the jurors for the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 1, 2005 to February 22, 2006). Yet another domestic murder-suicide has occurred. This method of dealing with a problem or chronic stress within a group living together has become contagious.    The New York Post reports that in Spring Hill, Tennessee, a mother apparently shot her four children, ages 7 to 16, to death. Then, she died of a self-inflicted shot gun wound.

2018 40

Laura Ellsworth & Linda McMahon Template

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I first encountered Ellsworth when I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance second trial (November 1, 2005 - February 22, 2006).

2018 56

Ashoka Mukpo, RI Ebola Survivor/Freelance Journalist, Pitching His Story To Editors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's no surprise that Providence, Rhode Island freelance journalist and Ebola surivor Ashoka Mukpo is pitching his story to editors. For us in writing - all branches - life is essentially a source of copy.

2014 69

Hillary's Nixon Moment - But Will She Soon Say, "You Won't Have The Clintons To Kick Around Any More"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, in Rhode Island former Providence Mayor, Buddy Cianci , kept on ruminating that he was not a member of "The Lucky Sperm Club."

2015 65

21st Century Fox, Corporate Governance. Shareholder Lawsuits

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the time I was blogging about those lawsuits in venues such as Rhode Island financial firms contacted me all the time about developments.

Roman Catholic Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School - Credible Evidence of Sex Abuse by Monks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The institution is a Roman Catholic boarding school, based in Rhode Island.  Between 1959 and the early 1980s, credible evidence exists that two monks at Portsmouth Abbey School sexually abused the students. There allegedly also had been corporal punishment.

2017 52

But an ugly girl might get more attention & put in more soul

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This enterprise in Rhode Island might not realize this.  Presentation is a tricky business.    In its Craigslist ad  it states it is seeking a pretty girl with a nice smile to get attention for the company by giving out flyers etc.    But an ugly girl might attract more interest.    Also, take it from a female who never fit with fashionable beauty criteria, we put more soul in our work.

"People V. ARCO" - Implications For Sherwin-Williams' Investors, Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams was among the three defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance lawsuit which had been let off the hook by the state's supreme court - Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.

2015 76

"That Depends" - Pivot from Certainty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In a school of zen headquartered in Rhode Island, the meditation mantra is: Clear Thinking, Don't Know.  America has been humbled. We were certain the way to beat average returns was through hedge funds. We knew who was going to win this election. Hollywood Golden Couple Angelina and Brad would grow old together like Bogie and Bacall.    That kind of absolute certainty gives way to the lawyerly phrase "That Depends."

2016 47

Talking LIke A Lawyer - That Involves Judgment Call

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the historic Rhode Island lead paint trial 2005-2006, John Tarantino, lawyer representing ARCO, presented himself as a kind of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

2016 61

Investors Listen Up: U.S. Supreme Court Refused to Review Sherwin-Williams' Public Nuisance Lead Paint Conviction

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Full Disclosure: I had blogged the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action litigation (2005-2006). It's a very dark day for Sherwin-Williams. And its stock price reflects that. The shorts could move in. Investors have to pay close attention. Today, the U.S.

2018 52

Interview: Wendy Hanson – Sassy Lady

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Pro-Track Profile Wendy recently moved from Rhode Island to Northern California and took the opportunity to enroll in the NSA/NC Pro-Track program. Wendy Hanson helps startups and legacy companies act more aggressively, create more accountability and be more innovative. By shifting the culture, she helps teams communicate more clearly and work with focus. As an entrepreneur, Wendy loves helping other women entrepreneurs.

2011 122

Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Rhode Island: We’re not an island and we don’t have many roads. Rhode Island: You Just Missed it. Our State Slogans theme was inspired by long-time subscriber and funny guy Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, California. New Joke contests are annonced on the first of each month. Look for the next contest on October 1, 2014. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). The Theme: State Slogans. ** FIRST PLACE **.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL Cuts Loose 26

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He's on the money since not only is the newspaper industry in bad shape, so is Rhode Island.  Losing a job on a newspaper can often mean the death of that career path.    There might not be any where else to get a comparable job.

Legal Representation, Resumes, and Other Items of Self-Interest

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a high-profile tossing of the case by the Rhode Island Supreme Court. For decades, BigLaw firm Jones Day has been representing Sherwin-Williams in the state-level lead paint class action public nuisance litigation.

2018 52

Recovery & Unintended Consequences: Can get into my skinny jeans

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That was the skinny jeans I hadn't been able to fit into since 2006 when the Rhode Island lead paint trial was over and I finished being in a courtroom blogging it for four months. No one I know isn't busy trying to keep up with all the new business coming in.  

First Snow Fall: New York Metro area

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 The objective was to get to know Rhode Island. The first snowfall, no matter when it happens, always seems too soon.   My adopted canine son Lee K. agrees.

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Goldilocks - Patron Saint for Class of 2018

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Way back in 2015, film-maker John Walters told the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design that they had to think and behave out of the box. Goldilocks didn't care what others thought - even if the "they" were supposedly powerful (.e.g. bears).

2018 52

CA Supreme Court Won't Reviw Lead Paint Public Nuisance Conviction - Grim Implications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the lawsuit which had gone through two trials. 

2018 52

Rickman Group, Providence, RI - Again, it posts help-wanted on Craigslist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For almost as long as I have been blogging, the Rickman Group, based in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, has been posting help-wanted ads on Craigslist. 

2016 56

Old White Men & Power - Harvey Weinstein Is Symbol of Widespread Oppression

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what I observed at the Rhode Island lead paint litigation in 2006. Harvey Weinstein has captured headlines as a symbol of the power of old white men. But, there are plenty more where he sowed his destruction.

2017 56