Jen McCaffery

Help Wanted

After high school, the system loses track of people with autism. But armed with an associate’s degree, Ondrea Robinson is making the transition to an independent life.

Ondrea Robinson really wanted the job. The opening was for a circulation assistant, helping out in the children’s room at the Harris Public Library in Woonsocket. She’d just graduated with an English degree from CCRI, where she had loved working in the library, shelving books and greeting people at the front desk.   Employment prospects in Rhode Island weren’t plentiful,…

He's Got a License to Peddle

Jim McCarthy just launched a mobile business selling vintage bikes curbside in Providence.

You know all about food trucks, but how about a big green truck traveling to farmers markets and festivals in Providence–selling vintage bikes? Jim McCarthy just launched a mobile business called Curbside reCycles. Stationed near the Hope Street street festival in Providence Saturday, McCarthy showed off his classic Schwinns as passersby stopped to check them out. He thinks he's the…

Journalists Honored for Diverse Coverage

Stories about refugees, schools on landfills and voting were among the winners.

Journalists from around Rhode Island were honored today by some of the people they have written about at the Metcalf Awards for Diversity in the Media. Organized by Rhode Island for Community and Justice, the awards are named for a former Providence Journal publisher named Michael Metcalf. Here is a list of the winners, along with some highlights from the…

The Best Streets to Live On

Whether it’s a saltbox on a winding country road or a townhouse overlooking a cove with bobbing sailboats you’re after, you can find it here.

We’ve all heard of curb appeal, but deciding where to live goes way beyond pretty landscaping. To determine some of the most desirable roads to live on in Rhode Island, we consulted realtors and residents, then drove all around the state considering factors such as attractiveness, proximity to amenities including libraries, parks, restaurants, shopping and beaches, and looked for value. …

StyleWeek Northeast: Red on the Runway

Designers partnered with the American Heart Association for a benefit again this year.

StyleWeek Northeast teamed up again with the American Heart Association for a benefit in honor of people who have been affected by heart disease. This time, designers created ensembles for doctors, a nurse, a firefighter, several people who lost family members to heart disease or experienced it themselves, and StyleWeek founder Rosanna Ortiz Sinel's father, a heart attack survivor. Judges…

A Fiendish Good Time

Check out this annual Halloween parade this afternoon in College Hill.

Grab your favorite little devil and come out this afternoon to the fifth annual Fiends of Brown Street Park Children’s Halloween Party and Parade. The event in Providence’s College Hill will feature Halloween-themed games and crafts, then a parade to the music of What Cheer Brigade. Snacks and pizza will also be provided.   The party kicks off at 4…

Building Schools from Scratch

Jeremy Chiappetta’s running a new type of charter school in Rhode Island, overseen by mayors instead of school committees. The results have been impressive, but some have questioned whether mayoral academies create a two-tiered educational system.

It's just after 11 on a rainy June morning in the basement of a former parochial school in Cumberland, and Jeremy Chiapetta wants to hear some results. The school year is winding down and Chiappetta, the executive director of Blackstone Valley Prep, is meeting with two staffers and Steven Corrales, who grew up in Central Falls and recently earned a…

Mary Donnelly

Mary Donnelly has spent more than half a century caring for Block Islanders — and she’s not ready to retire yet.

Mary Donnelly has never been the sort of person to let a pothole get in her way. Block Island’s famous visiting nurse is making her daily rounds one February morning when she encounters the potential obstacle. She’s just turned off Mohegan Drive onto the rutted dirt road leading to Madelene Salster’s house. “This is one of the worst,” Mary says….

State House Rally Against War on Women

Advocates, politicians, musicians and students came out for the April 28 event.

Rhode Island advocates, clergy, politicians, musicians and students set up at the State House Saturday for a rally to protest what organizer Lauren Niedel described as the growing war on women's rights. "This rally is to unite men and women in the state who are fighting against the growing war on women in the states and nationally in regards to…