Culture – Feature

Salty Dames

It’s been some rough sailing for the commercial fishing industry, but these Rhode Island women are up for the challenge.

Google “women” and “fishing” and up will pop lots of calendar images of smiling ladies in bikinis, cradling impressive marine specimens they probably didn’t catch. But women have long been part of the seafood industry around the world: mending nets, landing fish, stocking aquaculture ponds, harvesting shellfish, working in markets and processing plants, running seafood companies. Mostly part of small-scale…

Green Acres

Rhode Island is fringed with lush forests, farms and open spaces, but how willing are we to protect them? And how much are we ready to spend?

Above: Clay Head Trail, Block Island, with South County on the horizon. “Teakettle teakettle teakettle tea!” A tiny Carolina wren calls from a treetop in a Block Island field as Scott Comings, a bird expert by training and a land steward by profession, shows me one of his many favorite spots. It’s a chilly March day, with a pure-blue sky…

A Clean Release

A popup recovery community center inside the women’s ACI teaches inmates how to stay sober on the outside.

Tarah Dorsey gets her strength from her sisters. A powerhouse of a woman with constellations of tattoos stretched across honey brown arms, Dorsey has the presence of someone who’s been there. So when she tells you you’re worth it, you’d better believe her. “I remember this one girl, I looked at her and I could tell she was an addict,”…

Run Like the Wind

Two innovative nonprofits support young athletes as they mentor Woonsocket kids and train for their dreams.

Even in Woonsocket, a city that grabs hold of every funky urban trend, David Goodman stands apart. The lanky twenty-four-year-old popped up on city streets in late 2012, literally a stranger to all, and he’s been tearing up the pavement ever since, running eighty, ninety, sometimes more than a hundred miles a week. He’s now a familiar face along his…

My Name is Anthony

I am not dying, helpless, sick, guilty, being punished, contagious or dirty. I’m just a person who happens to be living in recovery and happens to be HIV positive.

Anthony Maselli was twenty-six when he realized that if he kept going the way he was, he wouldn’t survive. He still made it to his job at Starbucks, but he was using crystal meth heavily — something he had sworn he’d never do. He’d been up for four days, wasn’t eating and probably lost ten pounds in a week.   “It hit…

School for Supernovas

A new charter school gives pregnant, parenting and other at-risk students a shot at a high school diploma.

Kayla Rivera rummages through a pink butterfly folder, eyebrows furrowed, in search of her science homework. “I did it, I swear,” she tells Alissa Becker, her teacher. A few sheets of paper fly loose and land in Kayla’s lap, but one stands out from the rest with a torn and dimpled corner. “Look, miss, my daughter ate my homework,” Kayla…

Concrete Consequences

When will we stop paving paradise?

Everyone who lives here in Rhode Island knows what happens when it rains: Giant plumes of water leap across your path on Route 95, kicked up by every car and truck zooming past. On secondary roads, puddles stretch curb to curb, deep enough to scare you down to a crawl. When you reach a parking spot, daunting lakes sprawl between…

Unsolved Mysteries

  Was Wickford the inspiration for John Updike’s fictional seaside town in The Witches of Eastwick? Fodor’s doesn’t typically engage in speculation, but even the venerable travel guide publisher notes it’s long been rumored that John Updike used Wickford as the basis for the fictional town of Eastwick in his racy 1984 novel, The Witches of Eastwick. While the acclaimed…

The Amazing Race

Rhode Island has one of the weakest governorships in the entire nation. Our governor does not share a ticket with a like-minded sidekick, has little say on the state budget, and has an easily overridden veto — especially when representing the minority party. One 2010 ranking of gubernatorial powers tied the Ocean State in the bottom three with Texas. And it’s hard…

A Delicate Proposition

Gene Waldroup and Liberio Cortes arrive at the factory shortly before 4 a.m. They’re the first workers on the early shift at the Leavers Lace Corporation in West Greenwich, one of the last mills of its kind in Rhode Island. They flip on the lights and quickly make their way to the factory floor, with its imposing ten-foot-tall black iron…