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.
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.
Heather Larkin, president, grew up in Massachusetts and has lived in East Greenwich since 2005. She and her husband own Graphic Innovations in Warwick. She is a member of the EG Juvenile Hearing Board and has held volunteer leadership roles in various EGSD PTGs, including organizing all six separate PTGs into a single 501(c)(3). Heather loves East Greenwich and East Greenwich News. And, fun fact, her grandfather served on the EG Town Council in the 1970s!
Odessa Cozzolino, vice president, has been a resident of East Greenwich for 10 years. She has two children, one in Cole Middle School and one in EGHS. Odessa has started and sold a number of businesses, beginning with an organic cleaning company that she founded at the age of 19.
Odessa also built the My Body Gallery (MBG) web properties from the ground up. At present, the sites receive approximately 3.5 million global monthly page views, promoting healthy body image for women and men. My Body Gallery has been covered by Jezebel, Good Morning America, Yahoo! News, and Vogue, and many other media outlets. Odessa is also an award winning photographer who has had her work shown in galleries and museums. Odessa was the primary photographer for the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s think/able national campaign.
Michael Balsamo, C.P.A., treasurer, was born in Rhode Island but raised in the Washington D.C. area. A graduate of the University of Maryland, with a degree in accounting, he owns Balsamo Accountants based in East Greenwich. He and his wife, Erica, have four children. He enjoys sailing, football, playing guitar, and cooking.
Alan Clarke is a lifelong local resident, historian and columnist. Notable accomplishment, he is the only person ever known to have been kicked OUT of the Old Kent County Jail, most residents wanting to but not being successful. His present challenge is the East Greenwich representative to the R.I. Advisory Commission on Historic Cemeteries, an organization devoted to honoring those who were here before us by taking better care of their final resting places. For any questions on cemeteries he’s your guy. Email email@example.com.
Jody Sceery, J.D. was born and raised in Guilford, Conn. She attended the University of Rhode Island and then pursued her Juris Doctor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has been practicing law for 25 years, helping clients navigate through the sometimes arduous task of buying and selling residential and commercial properties. She has been married to her husband Chris for 25 years and has two children, Claudia, a senior at the College of Charleston ad Sean, a sophomore of the University of Tampa. She is a true believer in volunteerism, serving on many boards in East Greenwich over the years.
Lisa Sussman has been a resident of East Greenwich for 20 years. A freelance writer and editor, she has served on many committees in the community, including Summer’s End, the Cultural Organization of the Arts, the Friends of East Greenwich Free Library, The Odeum, Movie Nights on Academy Field, and the East Greenwich Arts Festival.
Elizabeth McNamara, editor/publisher, 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. She then went to work for East Greenwich Patch between 2011 and 2014.
She has a BA in English from Regis University in Denver, Colo., and worked as a freelance writer in Rhode Island for several years. Before that, she worked as a copy editor at the Providence Journal and for magazines including Rhode Island Monthly, Conde Nast Traveler, American Health, and Food & Wine. A California native, she has lived in East Greenwich since 1989. She and her husband, Neal McNamara, have three adult children.
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“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.