Culture – Feature

Amos House Helps Families Reunite

Moms get back together with their kids in a former bed and breakfast.

A Victorian former bed and breakfast with a turret and gables is home to thirteen formerly homeless women and their young children. The Providence home was purchased five years ago by Amos House with grant funding to launch its Mother-Child Reunification Program. The women who live here have overcome substance abuse issues and many have open cases with the Department…

2016 Leading Women Awards

Women exemplifying the Girl Scout mission, in partnership with Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England.

In partnership with Rhode Island Monthly magazine, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England is proud to honor the following women within our local community. These women are shining examples for our young female leaders of tomorrow. The 2016 Leading Women Awards showcases women that lead by example and exemplify the Girl Scout mission of developing girls of courage, confidence and…

Sierra Barter Wants to Get Connected

The Lady Project cofounder is linking up women around the country.

Many people may think they have a pretty cool party trick, making a coin disappear or picking a card out of a deck or drinking the most beer with a ping pong ball in it. But Sierra Barter’s is a beauty. It’s her bellybutton or, to be more precise, the lack of one. Barter, twenty-nine, cofounded the Lady Project in…

Enjoying a Neighborly Existence in Edgewood

NYC transplants learn the joy of knowing the people next door.

When we fell in love with the house we live in now, we knew very little about the neighborhood. We were moving from Brooklyn, New York, to Rhode Island, and we were pretty sure we wanted to live in the capital city, Providence. “Let me just show you this one house in Cranston,” our realtor suggested. “But we don’t want…

What Does Your Town Say About You?

We pick where we live in part based on similarities to our neighbors.

Maybe you picked your town because it has good schools and your kids can play soccer on weekends. Or perhaps hopping in a boat docked nearby is essential. Or you just love being able to walk to the latest restaurant. Where we decide to live says a lot about us. And whether you realize it or not, you’ve made a…

Below the Surface With Underwater Archaeologist Dave Robinson

He recently discovered Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard.

Dave Robinson pulls into Bold Point Park before low tide on a November morning, his friend Pete Manning’s kayak strapped on top of his Toyota SJ Cruiser and a Grateful Dead logo containing the outline of Block Island on the back. The park is at the end of Waterfront Drive in Riverside, near old trailers, the East Providence Yacht Club…

How Clean is Narragansett Bay?

Hundreds of millions have been spent on improvements.

At Conimicut Point Park, a humble little patch of grass and dunes hidden behind an old Warwick neighborhood, you can stand at the very tip of a sandy point, with a beach stretching behind you to either side and the classic Conimicut Lighthouse right in the middle of the bay before you. This spot is a dividing point: To your…

The Rhode Island Red Awards

Our roundup of the dumbest moments of 2015.

Some years it’s hard to decide who’s most deserving of our awards dedication, but not this time. This year our recipient, Kevin Lewis of Chepachet, explodes out of obscurity to claim the prize. Mr. Lewis, you may recall, was pulled over during a traffic stop by a Glocester patrol officer who detected a strong smell of acetone coming from his…

Our Favorite Places in Rhode Island

From a tucked-away path to a neighborly pub, these destinations don't disappoint.

It’s been said that Rhode Island is like nowhere else on the planet. We have our own language (bubblahs and cabinets, anyone?); our own test question (“Rhode Island — it’s not a road, it’s not an island, discuss”); even our own T-shirt (“Rhode Island: 3 percent bigger at low tide”). As Rhode Islanders, we also define ourselves by our physical…

The Ups and Downs of Mayor Jorge Elorza

Inside the Providence mayor's first year.

Was the 2014 Providence mayor's race a hallucination? It often felt that way. From the moment Buddy Cianci announced his candidacy on June 25 — live on-air during his News Talk WPRO 630 radio show, as the minutes ticked down to the paperwork-filing deadline — Providence seemed to descend into a fever dream. National news outlets, including Esquire, the New…