Articles by

Joseph Pinciaro

07/26/15 8:58am

Back when I was a teenager, my friends and I used to call my mom “the night owl.” It’s kind of a redundant term if you think about it.

As late as I’d try to sneak in some weekend nights, there she would be: up on the couch, watching TV, waiting to give me “the look.” What I didn’t realize at the time was that somehow, her night owl genes would become a part of me. (more…)

Ken Wagner (Credit: NY Department of Education video image)

Ken Wagner (Credit: NY Department of Education video image)

A former principal and administrator in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, who rose through the ranks in the New York Education Department after leaving the district in 2007, was tapped to lead Rhode Island’s Education Department last week. (more…)

07/09/15 5:59am
Doug Wald and Ernie Townsend at the Yankees game they went to in late June. (Courtesy photo)

Doug Wald and Ernie Townsend at the Yankees game they went to in late June. (Courtesy photo)

Ernie Townsend and Doug Wald come from different backgrounds.

Ernie, 68, grew up on his parents’ farm in Kingsport, Tenn. He recalls walking over a half-mile to school when he was a kid and singing from the top of his lungs while driving his daddy’s plow. Doug, 49, is a Queens native whose father owned a car dealership. When the family moved out to Riverhead and Doug attended Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, there was very little, if any, walking to school or driving a plow.

Despite where the two came from, how old they are or which school they went to, they share a pair of very strong common bonds: music and sports. Specifically, karaoke and baseball. Even more specifically, karaoke at Outerbanks and the New York Yankees. (more…)

07/02/15 5:59am
(Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

(Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After the Supreme Court ruled last week that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage, the phrase “love wins” quickly hit the airwaves and social media as a testament to the fact that over everything else — even in the face of the nation’s highest court — love can prevail at the end of the day.

But for the family of one local couple who has been mired in a lawsuit with their former disability providers, the ruling came as a reminder that in the end, love has not won for them in the eyes of the law. At least not yet. (more…)