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Rhode Island’s pirates have evolved, crawling from the sea onto land and up your front porch steps. More than 300 years ago pirates spent their summers trolling the shores of New England, … more
The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, saw two huge armies meet and clash over the three days. After the battle was over, the gruesome task of burying the dead on both sides and taking care of … more
Kathleen Pletcher had a great vision when she introduced Firstworks nearly 20 years ago. She believed that the arts were for everyone and should be performed everyplace, from inner-city schools … more
Homeowners recognize that their work is never done. Homes require maintenance that runs the gamut from daily tasks like cleaning kitchen countertops to more significant undertakings like replacing … more
Accidents happen. While even the most cautious individuals are not immune to accidents, that doesn’t mean it’s not in everyone’s best interest to do everything they can to reduce … more
The desire to age in place is one I hear often from my clients. And it’s a smart idea. It reflects a growing awareness of the desire to tailor our living spaces to support our evolving needs as … more
There are numerous reasons why Small Business Saturday is a way better time to shop for the holidays than the consumer-driven miasma known as Black Friday. First off, small businesses are inherently … more
Since I wrote an entire article dedicated to the History of Hot Wheels, it only makes sense to follow it up with the story of their biggest competitor, Matchbox! Actually, since Matchbox came before … more
Thirty-one-year-old George Henry Savage surrendered to Mass. authorities on Nov. 27, 1927. The accused burglar explained that he wanted to prevent his mother’s house from being taken as … more
I have always been an obsessive bargain shopper, raised by a family that only shopped for items at a deep discount.  Which package of underwear was purchased depended upon how deep the markdown … more
I have reviewed over 25 productions of Trinity’s “A Christmas Carol.” Each director has carefully followed the script to the point where I could recite the lines along with the … more
I have to admit that I love the name. As someone who grew up in the “hippie” era and attended college in bucolic Vermont, I’ve seen my share of unusual names.  Names like … more
A few months ago, a friend contacted me about a musket and bayonet he had purchased, and since this era wasn’t really his thing, he shipped it off to me. From the few pictures that had been … more
I first met Nilton Cardenas on Nov. 8, at the opening of an exhibition he organized at the Cranston Public Library, titled “Lines of Feeling/Lineas de Sentimento.” Twenty-one black … more
The Annual Edgewood Church Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church building and grounds at 1788 Broad St., Cranston. Christmas gifts, … more
Rhode Island has an abundance of talented singer-songwriters. Hit up one of the weekly open mics or spend a night out at a local bar or music venue and chances are that’ll you’ll hear … more
Thirty-two-year-old chemist Thomas Henry Hughes settled in Johnston in 1849, established the village of Hughesdale and founded the Hughesdale Dye & Chemical Company. In 1868, he gifted Johnston … more
In this era of political turmoil, where horrendous violence is taking place worldwide, especially in the Gazza Strip and the Ukraine, where people are starving in Africa and senseless hate crimes are … more
If you attended last year’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah,” you know what a moving afternoon it was at The Vets. This year’s performance by the Rhode Island … more
First it was the pandemic. Then it was the writers’ strike, followed by the actors’ strike. The results were fewer and poorer movies at the cineplexes. We used to review an … more
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