(It’s a) Farmers’ Market

Local agriculture is thriving, bringing good food to our tables and keeping household spending in the hard-driven local economy. Here’s how farmers and consumers are both getting some green.

Good Service

AIDS Project Rhode Island bestowed awards to seven locals who have helped in the fight against HIV/AIDS at their annual Red Ribbon Community Service Awards Dinner. Held in honor of World AIDS Day, the dinner — complete with silent and live auctions and entertainment by the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus and the Imperial Court of RI — helped the Project raise funds for prevention and education.

Sewage Soiree

Hundreds of Save The Bay supporters turned out to the Foundry for “The Bay Bash: The Light at the End of the Tunnel.” Partygoers (treated to tunes by ska and reggae band The English Beat) celebrated the completion of the Combined Sewer Overflow Project, a tunnel system that captures runoff and raw sewage otherwise bound for the bay. The event raised $180,000 to protect and restore Narragansett Bay and its watershed.

Salary Survey 2009

Want to know what your neighbor makes? How about your best friend’s husband? We steamed open hundreds of local paychecks, so you can see how your salary stacks up. And, no doubt, just how overdue you are for a raise.

Stalking the Perfect Parsnip

Locavores say we should only eat food that’s locally grown, which is easy enough in the summer. But what about the wintry depths of February? One woman rises to the culinary challenge.

Sweet Spot

The Arts and Business Council commandeered two penthouses at the Residences at the Westin for their Sweet Suite Soiree, a bash featuring live music and hors d’oeuvres passed by the Providence Roller Derby. VIP guests then headed to Tiffany & Co. for a private dessert reception and local art exhibition. The $6,500 raised will support the Council’s programs and services.

A New Day

Mariska Hargitay, a.k.a. Olivia Benson, sex-crimes detective on NBC’s hit drama “Law & Order Special Victims Unit,” headlined Day One’s thirty-fifth anniversary luncheon at the Westin. The event, attended by more than 400 supporters, helped to raise awareness and money for Day One’s (formerly the Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center) treatment, intervention and prevention services.

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