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Human Books Return

Check out a human book and change your life. By Jenn Salcido

Books are nothing short of magical. You can travel across continents from your chair, learn a new skill and even become a better person. On March 30 from 1 to 5 p.m., you can actually check out a human book at the Human Library event at Roger Williams University. Amy Greer, chair of last year’s event and youth services librarian…

Nutty Buddies

It’s a weekday morning at Nuts ‘N More’s new 10,000-square-foot East Providence facility, and a tractor trailer is unloading 5,000 pounds of protein powder at the back door. “That protein will be gone in about two weeks,” says Neil Cameron, co-owner of the company that creates natural peanut and almond butter with fourteen grams of protein per serving without any…

Playing Chicken

The rooster, a landmark at Sollitto’s Liquor Mart in Washington Park since 1969, has found a new home. Some think it’s for the birds, but for Chris Morris, owner of Antonelli’s Poultry on Federal Hill, it’s a dream come true. He had been trying to convince Domenic Sollitto to sell it to him for decades, and he finally caved last…

Ice Time

The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza sees plenty of spins, jumps and figure-eights, but each year it also boasts a few bended knees. “Guys contact us ahead of time to arrange a little private ice time. They have their game plan set, and we just give them a hand with it,” says general…

The Dean Hotel

The Dean has passed the test. The fifty-two-room boutique hotel in downtown Providence clinched press from The New York Times and Wallpaper magazine for turning a former brothel into the epitome of chic. The historic 1912 building began as a rescue mission for the Episcopal Diocese, but in the 1960s turned into a transient hotel and strip club called the…

Ski Conditions at Yawgoo Valley

Clay Hartman is a real-life snowman. The maintenance manager at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park grooms twelve trails every morning while the sun rises. At night, when temperatures drop to ideal conditions, he and a crew of three operate the park’s fifteen snowmakers. They start the machines an hour before closing and if it’s cold enough, run them…

Curtain Call

Three local actors share tips on how to break into acting by stage, film and blockbusters.

Tony Estrella, artistic director at Pawtucket’s Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, has been acting professionally since 1996. 1. Get lots of training and continued practice. There have been very few weeks for more than twenty years when I haven’t been acting, directing or producing a play. 2. Be ruthlessly persistent and look to make your own opportunities. You also have to be…

RI Celebrity Yearbook Photos

We visited high school libraries around the state in search of old yearbook photos. Match the photos and clues below to the local and national notables.

  ➊. Tony Petrarca High School: Toll Gate High School, class of 1982 You know him as: WPRI 12 chief meteorologist Fun fact: It was his experience during the blizzard of ’78 that piqued his interest in studying weather. ➋. James Woods High School: Pilgrim High School, class of 1965 You know him as: Academy Award-nominated actor who starred in…

Trimming the Tree

Rhode Island has a long history with Christmas trees - err, Holiday trees?

But on Block Island, there’s no dispute that the festooned, towering structure overlooking the ferry dock in Esta’s Park is a lobster pot tree. Built by island artist Harold “Turtle” Hatfield (who also built the park) out of still-functioning traps borrowed from local lobsterman and restaurateur Freddy Howarth, the sculpture is bedecked with multicolored LED lights, colorful buoys found on…

Fashion Finder

A Providence stylemaker runs a thrifty business.

Jay Davani has been thrifting her whole life. She moved to the United States from Iran after the Revolution with her family when she was two years old, and they came over with just one suitcase. “My mother has always been super-thrifty, cutting coupons, shopping discount stores and sales. We never bought things full price. She instilled it in me.”…