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Letters: RIers of the Year, a Rear View

Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in.

Current, December Thank you so much for initiating the piece, “Neighborhood Crime Fighter.” Hopefully, it will encourage other neighborhoods to start similar actions. Cheryl Simmons Providence   “Rhode Islanders of the Year,” December Thank you for highlighting the work of Dr. Hank Wietsma, Dr. Ernie Finocchio and the newly opened Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic in your December issue. We…

Ann Hood on Tragedy, Fame and Her Favorite Stories

The Rhode Island-based author has a gift for exploring the human condition.

Life has been good to Rhode Island native and author Ann Hood. She is a prolific, popular and more-than-occasionally bestselling writer of novels like The Obituary Writer, Places to Stay the Night, Waiting to Vanish, and many more, her success taking her around the world to talk about the books her readers embrace. But life has also been unimaginably hard….

The Rhode Island Red Awards

Our annual guide to the dumbest moments of the year.

There are so many deserving recipients of this year’s Red Awards dedication, we were stumped over whom to single out. The Warwick cat running for president? The yoga pants guy? The ill-fated Pokemon hunter? Then, like a devoted parent, we realized that they, and the rest of the Reds we’re saluting, are first among equals for recognition. Thanks guys, and…

Five Places to Get Wings

Sink your teeth into some wings while you watch the Pats take on the Steelers this weekend.

As a child of health-conscious, no fast/junk/bar food parents, chicken wings were a luxury. Every Superbowl (well, if I was lucky and the Pats were playing and my family was motivated enough to actually care) a glass platter would be heaped with glistening chicken wings shellacked with Frank’s Red Hot. Each bite of the still-hot wings was a spicy hit…

Small Businesses in Rhode Island

These family companies have what it takes to withstand the test of time.

Photography by Mike Cevoli, James Jones and Chris Vaccaro   If small business is the backbone of our economy, family-owned businesses are its connective tissue, passing down entrepreneurial success from one generation to the next. Whether it’s fashioning jewelry from lustrous Tahitian pearls or serving up spicy wieners all the way, these Rhode Islanders share their ups and downs and…

Living Like a Local in Quaint Tiverton

The town has four distinct personalities — all unmistakably Yankee.

Tiverton has always been just out of reach. As a Kent County girl who considers venturing anywhere north of Cranston a trek, it’s always been a little too far for my Rhode Island sensibilities. However, I bite the bullet and drive on over to Tiverton, to a town that has its own charms and quirks and that is worthy of…

Long Live Beerworks Celebrates One Year

They are turning one and are celebrating with food, fun and, of course, beer.

Craft breweries in Rhode Island seem to proliferate like Italian restaurants, and one of the newer kids on the block, Long Live Beerworks, is celebrating its one year of existence with a beer-soaked shindig this Saturday. To get the scoop on LLB's first year, we caught up with brewer Armando DeDona to see what went down this year and what…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Jan. 12–18

Learn how much an unladen swallow weighs, hear storytellers weave their magic, drink beer and more.

Long Live Beerworks Anniversary Party Long Live Beerworks is one of the newer craft breweries in our beer-soaked state and it's celebrating its one-year anniversary of existence with quite the shindig. Not only will there be a special Saturday cask and featured keg and samples of Hurry Sundown, its barrel aged imperial stout, but there will also be food by Great…

Life on Coggeshall Farm

Life after tragedy goes on, as it always has done.

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride in 1775, but he was also an accomplished silversmith and iron worker. In 1798, he cast four bronze cannons for the state of Rhode Island. They live on at the armory on Clarke Street. It’s home to the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest militia still in continuous service in the…