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WOONSOCKET â€“ Executives of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which includes The Call and The Times of Pawtucket, announced that longtime newspaper professional Paul V. Palange has joined the staff as general manager and director of advertising for the newspapers.
The announcement by Jody Boucher, publisher for RISN, was as much a welcome back as a welcome aboard for Palange, a familiar face in the northern Rhode Island newspaper scene for many years and a former publisher of both The Call and The Times. Boucher said she was especially pleased to have secured Palange for the position because heâ€™s intimately familiar with the operations of both newspapers and is well-acquainted with northern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
Palange became publisher of The Times in 1999 and held the position for five years. During that tenure, he also served as publisher of The Call for one year. He resigned in 2004 to found Senior Digest, a free monthly newspaper geared to readers 50 and older.
But Palangeâ€™s roots in Blackstone Valley newspapering go back decades. In one of his first newspaper jobs after graduating from college, Palange joined the staff of The Call in 1978 as a correspondent before being hired to work full-time as a staff writer a year later. He covered Woonsocket and a string of suburbs in Massachusetts, including Mendon, Blackstone, Northbridge and Uxbridge.
â€śIâ€™m thrilled to be back at The Call and The Times and I look forward to providing our readers and our advertisers with the highest quality publications in the area,â€ť he said. â€śI feel right at home, and Iâ€™m very confident about the things we can accomplish to keep our community newspapers vibrant, informative and customer-oriented as we move into the future.â€ť
A 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, Palange majored in magazine journalism and sociology before he began newspapering in earnest at a community newspaper in Hudson, Mass.
In addition to serving as publisher of The Call and The Times, Palange has also held other administrative-level editorial positions at both papers. He has served as managing editor of The Times; executive editor of the Norristown Times-Herald in Pennsylvania; and as executive editor of the Fall River Herald News.
He and his wife, Andria, a freelance graphic artist and sea-glass jewelry-maker, live in Seekonk with their daughter, Olivia, 16. They also have son, Jonathan Barry, a social worker who lives in Boston.