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Comic Relief

Mike Murray’s hearing loss inspired an unexpected talent.

“Growing up was rough, especially at the breakfast table,” says the Deaf Comic, Mike Murray of Johnston. “I’d have my head down in the bowl of Rice Krispies, saying, ‘I got nothing.’ ” But he liked alphabet soup. “That was like closed captioning in a bowl,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes, his baby blues strategically matching his…

Take a Hike

Tackle the North-South Trail for an unforgettable outdoor experience.

New Hampshire has the White Mountains. Connecticut has Bear Mountain. But Rhode Island has — what? The highest point in the littlest state peaks at a paltry 812 feet (Jerimoth Hill in Foster) and the famous Appalachian Trail (AT) swings wide of Rhode Island’s borders, so it’s no wonder many think the Ocean State isn’t ideal for long-distance hiking. But avid outdoorsmen…

Skin Cancer Scare

When getting a tan can cost you your life.

Cranston resident Lauren DeConte had turned nineteen when she visited a dermatologist because of what she described as a “little pinkish mole” on her stomach. “I didn’t think much of it, and my dermatologist didn’t either, but he took a biopsy, just to be safe,” says DeConte, who was finishing her freshman year at Rhode Island College in the spring…

Butterflies, Beetles and Fish at Bioblitz

Species Search

Every June, scientists and nature lovers converge for the annual twenty-four-hour BioBlitz, when they are set loose to explore a designated area and identify as many living things as possible. Fishermen head into marshes with nets, birders hoot for owls after dark, mammal experts set traps hoping to catch unwary rodents and biology students search for bugs. This year's BioBlitz…

Backstage Pass

Get the scoop on the local music scene from three industry experts.

Rick Bellaire, one of the founders and vice chair of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. What is one local music fact that the average Rhode Islander may not know? The singer-songwriter team of Anders and Poncia (Peter Andreoli and Vini Poncia Jr.) spent the better part of two years working with crazed “boy genius” Phil Spector as songwriters…

Debbie Sterling

The Lincoln native inspires girls with GoldieBlox, a construction toy she created just for them.

What toys and games did you play with growing up? I played with traditional girl toys like stuffed animals and dolls, but I also loved using my imagination and incorporating everyday household items into play. When we would go out to eat (my mom really loved Gregg’s) I would gather sugar packets and build towers at the table. Dress-up and…

Hot Potato

Mr. Potato Head is no couch potato. He’s been one busy tater since he was born on May 1, 1952.

1. The first Mr. Potato Head toy sold for $0.98 but it did not include a body. Kids poked real potatoes with the kit’s included push-pin hands, feet, ears, mouths, eyes, noses, hats, eyeglasses, smoking pipe and facial hair. 2. It was the first toy to be advertised on television
in 1952. 3. Mr. Potato Head wasn’t single for long. On…

May Day

Narragansett Beach has a wake-up call scheduled for May 1. Every year at dawn, a team of dancers and musicians gathers at the pavilion by the Towers to wake the Earth from its winter slumber. This May Day merriment is tradition for the Ladies of the Rolling Pin, an all-female Border Morris troupe with a domestic twist. Instead of the…

Arm Candy

There are multiple misters in designer Nicole D’Andrea’s life. When the Smithfield native travels, she sports Mr. Arrogant on her arm, but for a night on the town, it’s all about Mr. Right Now. These aren’t men we’re talking about, although D’Andrea does have a mister right now. She’s speaking about the Mister Collection for her vibrant d’andrea handbags, headquartered…

Green Goals

*Editor's note: On Monday, April 14, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced that Sheila Dormody has been named Acting Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office. She will continue to serve as the city's Director of Sustainability. Sheila Dormody walks the green walk. And eats it as well. Dormody, hired as Providence’s first director of sustainability in December 2011, has a…