May Letters to the Editor
Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in on Benny's, the Art Club and Crescent Park.
My first job was at the Olneyville Benny’s with Mort Hamer as manager. Actually waited on “Benny” himself when he walked in incognito, as a customer in 1961. Great learning experience.
Third generation businesses rarely survive and the Brombergs have kept the business alive and kept it successful. It’s impressive since their competition is big box stores where a person knows that they will get 99 percent of what they need versus Benny’s where they get better service but less choice. That is extremely difficult competition. I am sure that with any business there are good revenue years and poor years, but they kept it moving forward for three generations!
Most important is that they kept Benny’s dream alive and Rhode Island and Massachusetts are better because of it. My sincerest admiration to Arnold, Judy and Howie!
Casey Nilsson wrote a very nice article on “The Art of Womanhood,” at the Providence Art Club.
The club is one of the unique treasures of Rhode Island with its fantastic history and constantly changing artwork.
“Your Town: Riverside,” March
I have such wonderful family memories of being at Crescent Park. Used to go a few times every year. Always rode the carousel. Glad to hear it’s still there.
Laurie Larsh Moody
Clarification: In the March At Home (“Animal Kingdom”), Thomas J. Principe and Sons in Warren was the project’s contractor.