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Thirty-year-old Michael Connors had gotten a job on the construction team erecting a new stock-house at the Victoria Mill late in 1898 in Johnston. Nearby, a Mrs. Rieux kept a boarding house and … more
When Labor Day Weekend rolls around, people usually think of going to the beach, having a backyard barbecue or just enjoying the day off by taking it easy. In Rhode Island, folks do things a bit … more
Not that I’m in a Rut, but I have spent the last 25 Labor Day weekends at Ninigret Park enjoying the Rhythm and Roots Festival. My year officially begins and ends with the drive to … more
METRO The exterior components of a home, such as the siding and the roof, help to protect its occupants from the elements. While many roofing materials can last for decades, at some point in … more
A generous and humble man, a superb draftsman much admired for his skill as an artist and illustrator, known for his meticulously researched historical paintings and drawings, Norman Mills Price was … more
Dust off your moon altar, the Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day (PPD) festival will return to Johnston on Aug. 26.  “Johnston Memorial Park has been one of our top choices because of its … more
I blame the internet for the upsurge of disturbing news.  Years ago, just newspapers printed the news along with a few reputable magazines such as Time and Newsweek .  For the most part, … more
While the Newport Folk Festival gets all the hoopla and attention every July, the following month of August has another folk festival that’s more locally based and in just as beautiful of a … more
The image of Julia Lippitt in death is quaint and serene. Her remains were carried to the family cemetery in an old two-wheeled farm vehicle, encased in a simple coffin put together by a neighbor. In … more
If you want some originality in your Mexican food, take a trip to Providence’s Xaco Taco, where exotic cocktails, innovative food, two killer desserts, and great atmosphere greet you with open … more
The 25th Rhythm & Roots Festival anniversary will be an epic celebration of music, dance, and local food. The festival always gives off a feel good, laid-back vibe that attracts thousands back to … more
WARWICK SHOWCASE   STRAYS * * ½ Super-gross comedy Let there be no doubt about it, “Strays’ is a super-gross comedy that carries a big R rating because of its … more
New inventions are promoted every day, and I welcome the joy of progress.  One of the first things I appreciated is the progress from wearing nylon stockings that were held up by a garter belt, … more
Some of your neighbors are hungry, but a little bit of hope has popped up along Memorial Avenue in Johnston. “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” … more
The music from New Orleans has always had its own unique quality. Along with the city being the birthplace of jazz, the essence of “The Big Easy” has a knack for seeping into other … more
In Apponaug, everyone pretty much knew everyone else. Twenty-three-year-old Florence Smith watched Thomas Henry Holden pour something into a dish and cross the street. She had no idea what it was but … more
It is the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that brings us back to see “Jersey Boys” whenever it is within driving distance. The story of four guys from Jersey growing up, … more
JULES * * * (Lovely little movie for seniors) * * * * “Jules” is a lovely little movie that is both for and about senior citizens. It deals with loneliness, … more
Few musical artists possess the soul required to illuminate the entire history of a genre with their harmonies. Samara Joy, the 23-year-old jazz vocalist carrying nearly a century’s worth of … more
Believe it or not, modern sports trading cards, and even trading card games, got their start in the 17 th century as trade cards for advertising. With the invention of lithography and color printing … more
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