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History in a Bottle

Don’t be deceived by Mark Hellendrung’s frat-boy lair. Bottle cap fishing lures and Yoo-hoo logo baseballs may clamor for desk space, but this is part of the “Hells” seduction. Few people suspect the shark beneath his gum-chewing ease: the president of Narragansett beer has the business acumen without the power suit or attitude. By marketing the amber taste of nostalgia,…

Out of the Shadows

Dr. Kathleen Carty is in charge. Standing in front of several convicted offenders inside the Adult Correctional Institutions, she forces them to talk about their abusive behavior. She asks them to check in, to say out loud the denigrating things they’ve done in their lifetime. She hands them a list of behaviors that they read from. “In my lifetime, I’ve…

On Fertile Ground

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM, but it wasn’t in a recycled jewelry manufacturing plant in Warwick. Lauri Roberts has a farm—in an industrial area off Jefferson Boulevard, a paved paradise of parking lots frequented by the rumble of truck traffic. Her place is called Farming Turtles, and when I heard about it, I couldn’t help but wonder: could this really…

Letters

More telltale Rhody signs I read your article “How Rhody Are You?” with a smile on my face. My wife and I moved to this state four years ago and find ourselves being assimilated into the “Rhodies.” I thought I’d return the favor and perhaps bring a smile to the faces of you and your readers by sharing my “Top…

Future Stock

It’s been quite a year for Danté. The young buck moved from a small farm in upstate New York to a lush Newport estate blocks from Bellevue Avenue mansions, where he enjoys great success with the opposite sex. His rakish story, however, has an unlikely twist. Danté has fathered many kids — but they may not be born for hundreds…

Bar Scene – Spats

A popular haunt among Brown, RISD and Johnson & Wales students, the comfort level at Spats is revealed by its all-too-familiar menu items: chicken wings and potato skins ($5.99 to $6.99), sandwiches and wraps ($6.99 to $7.99), and plenty of burger options, the most adventurous topped with Boursin cheese and crispy applewood bacon ($6.99). Ahh…comfort food a la the college…

Pho Paradise

Whatever image the word “paradise” conjures in your midwinter mind, the result is likely a warm, comforting one—much like a steaming bowl of Vietnamese soup at Pho Paradise. Nirvana here is served by the ladle and under the glow of a big neon sign. While there’s no mistaking the sparse surroundings for a lost utopia, soothe yourself instead with slippery…

Groundhog Day

We’ve all experienced it: that feeling we’re in a scene from Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. It’s the sensation of the numbingly familiar: the morning alarm sounds, you brew coffee, go to work and feel your life is cycling from one day into the next without a flicker of change. When it seems like the seasons are coming and going, and…

Letters

We’ve learned a thing or CO2 We enjoyed reading the Rhode Island Monthly articles, “From Vine to Wine” and “Some Like It Sweet” .  Currently, our tenth grade biology class is learning about cellular respiration. In conjunction with this, we also studied the process of fermentation and read the articles as an assignment. We found it very interesting that wine-making…

Women’s Work

It’s 2 a.m. on a rainy Saturday: nightclub rush hour, when last call pushes the evening’s revelers out of the bars and onto the roads. Two lanes are down on I-95 northbound near the Branch Avenue exit in Providence, and the whirling red glare of emergency lights illuminates what looks to be a tragic rollover. A compact sedan, the headlights…