September’s speaker, Paul F. Caranci (Website || Amazon) Rhode Island’s former Deputy Secretary of State (2007-2015) and North Providence town councilman (1994-2011) has dedicated his life to public service, history, and writing. He is the author of seven published books (with an 8th upcoming), and numerous magazine and online articles. He last spoke at a Varnum Continentals member meeting about his book “The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution.”
At our September meeting, he’ll speak about his book “Wired,” an explosive case of political corruption that rocked a small town, an entire state, and drew headlines across the nation. Three sitting councilmen had been arrested and accused of executing a scheme to extort bribes. And once the dust settled, as many as 10 North Providence officials were caught up in a scandal that swirled around nearly everyone in the suburban New England town that some called, “the most corrupt town in America.”
Yet had it not been for one man who worked undercover with the FBI for seventeen months — a career politician with 30 years’ experience railing against corruption — the scheme may never have been revealed. In “Wired,” Caranci shares his harrrowing personal account of how he gambled his 30-year political career, his reputation, and his family’s safety in his quest to restore good, honest government to a community that needed it most.
Join us for this not-to-be-missed presentation! As always, your guests are welcome.
Reservations must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, September 8. Call Scott Seaback at 401-413-6277 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIME: 5:30 pm (social hour); 6:30 pm (dinner followed by program)
MENU: Steak Fry! Steaks on the grill, baked potato bar, grilled veggies, salad, rolls & butter, dessert and coffee.
LOCATION: Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, 6 Main St, East Greenwich, RI, 02818.
FEE: $20/person including dinner
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