Monthly Archives: May 2016

Guest-speaking: To Be Compared to Her is ‘Heaven,’ Indeed

“Colleen, you’re like the Erma Bombeck of Rhode Island education.” That’s what one person said who reads my regular educational Op-Ed’s in the Providence Journal. I loved the fact he compared me to a witty lady who had a wonderful, … Continue reading

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Even Milltown Kids Dance

With Brylcream-slicked hair and Mom-pressed shirts, the boys stood against the auditorium wall, as if they were about to be shot by a firing squad. In a metaphorical way, they were. Soldiers each, they were about to embark on the … Continue reading

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Our Mill Town Jobs Helped Make Us Who We Became

 “Colleen, we’re taking you off the floor and putting you into screen-printing,” said my shift supervisor at Oresman Bros. Factory, on Pulaski St., in the Crompton section of town. He apparently had great faith in my ability. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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A West Warwick Native Walks Back into Her Childhood

‘The Principal’s Daughter’ As Guest-Speaker, I Don’t Plan on ‘Pulling a Larry Wilmore’…   You know—the alleged comedian of “The Nightly Show” fame who some say ‘bombed’ at the 2016 White house Press Conference Dinner, as he skewered several, with … Continue reading

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To Me, Poles Are ‘Fancy People’

Walking Back into My Childhood In preparation for the PBS, “Our Town” focus on West Warwick, to be aired in the fall, West Warwick native and author, Colleen Kelly Mellor, writes of her memories of childhood, growing up in this … Continue reading

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My Personal Invitation to You

  My stories are ones that will echo your own memories—all the more if you were raised in a milltown in Rhode Island. If you weren’t one of those fortunate ones (I say with a wink), perhaps my stories will … Continue reading

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