About East Greenwich News

East Greenwich News provides news and information about East Greenwich and nearby neighborhoods. It’s a place to find out what’s happening on Main Street, in the schools, at Town Hall, and with the police and fire departments, as well as learn about the people, things and places that make East Greenwich, Rhode Island, unique.

East Greenwich News, originally launched as an LLC in 2014, reincorporated as a nonprofit in 2017 after a two-year hiatus. Today we are a Rhode Island not-for-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. We accept and appreciate donations to help us bring you local news you can rely on.

Mission Statement

East Greenwich News is committed to building an informed community through thoughtful, relevant and objective reporting about the people, places and events in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

“I’m so grateful for East Greenwich News. Like many residents, I rely on them to provide information on town activities, School news and Town government news. Thank you for this important service!”

– J. G.

Board Members

Lisa Sussman, president, moved to Rhode Island twenty years ago. She is a freelance writer and editor, she has served on many committees in the community. 

Odessa Cozzolino, vice president, has been a resident of East Greenwich for 10 years. She is a business owner and developer as well as an award-winning photographer. 

Greg de Groot, treasurer, has lived in East Greenwich since 1984. Greg retired from U.S. Trust – Bank of America Private Wealth Management in 2019. He has been active on a variety of boards in Rhode Island.

Heather Larkin grew up in Massachusetts and has lived in East Greenwich since 2005. She and her husband own Graphic Innovations in Warwick. She is involved in various volunteer leadership roles. 

Michael Balsamo, C.P.A., was born in Rhode Island but raised in the Washington D.C. area. He is owner and president of Balsamo Accountants based in East Greenwich.

Jody Sceery, J.D., Secretary, was born and raised in Guilford, Connecticut. She is an Attorney at Law, specializing in residential and commercial real estate closing. She has served as a board member and a volunteer in many committees in the community.

Find out more about our board members HERE.


Elizabeth McNamara, editor, has been in writing and reporting about East Greenwich since 2009, when she joined my02818.com, where she developed a deep love of community reporting. A California native, she has lived in East Greenwich since 1989. She and her husband, Neal McNamara, have three adult children.

Our Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

  • Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
  • We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
  • Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
  • Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s membership standards.

“East Greenwich News is important because its factual, insightful, and timely. If one wants to keep up with what’s going on in town it’s a must read.”

– R. B.


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