Jen McCaffery

Was Middletown’s George Mendonsa the “Kissing Sailor”?

This past Sunday, February 17, Middletown resident George Mendonsa died at age ninety-five. He became famous for his claim that he was the sailor captured kissing a woman in a nursing outfit in Times Square after World War II ended.

This past Sunday, February 17, Middletown resident George Mendonsa died at age ninety-five. He became famous for his claim that he was the sailor captured kissing a nurse in Times Square after World War II ended.

A Charmed Existence

Carolyn Rafaelian has turned Alex and Ani into an international success story.

Photographed by Reena BammiJewelry manufacturing in Rhode Island has nearly disappeared, but Carolyn Rafaelian has bucked the trend, turning Alex and Ani into an international success story — with a little help from the stars. Workmen are still drilling at the future world headquarters for Alex and Ani the morning of November 21, but company owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian, as always,…

Honoring Servicemen and Women with Patches

One man's collection boasts more than 6,500 patches.

At first glance, police and firefighters’ uniforms might look a little, well, uniform. But look a little closer at the patches public safety workers wear on their right shoulders, and you’ll see some personality. Donald Palumbo has long been a fan of patches, often embroidered with symbols of a specific place or unit. A VIN inspector for the Providence police…

Mindaugas Bauzys Takes a Bow

The Festival Ballet vet now teaches company dancers.

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride in 1775, but he was also an accomplished silversmith and iron worker. In 1798, he cast four bronze cannons for the state of Rhode Island. They live on at the armory on Clarke Street. It’s home to the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest militia still in continuous service in the…

RI Food Organizations Honored by James Beard Foundation

The Good Food Organization Guide highlights work in all fifty states.

Ten Rhode Island organizations have been  recognized by the prestigious James Beard Foundation, Food Tank and a group of experts in the Good Food Organization Guide, which “highlights organizations that are doing exceptional and dedicated work in all fifty states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity…

Day Nine at Johnson and Wales University

Culinary students submit their creations.

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride in 1775, but he was also an accomplished silversmith and iron worker. In 1798, he cast four bronze cannons for the state of Rhode Island. They live on at the armory on Clarke Street. It’s home to the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest militia still in continuous service in the…

TEDxNewport Coming in November

The event will feature some of the City by the Sea's best innovators.

Newport is known as the City by the Sea, and now you’re going to get the chance to hear from some of its most innovative thinkers. TEDxNewport is coming to the Jane Pickens Theater on Saturday, November 5. Organized by Alyssa Bottone, the theme is "Tides of Change," and the list of speakers includes scientists, artists, authors, activists and even a…

Watch the "Bridging the Divide" in Rhode Island Panel

How are efforts to teach people new skills in Rhode Island going? Tune in to a panel discussion tonight on Rhode Island PBS.

There’s been a lot of discussion about getting people jobs in Rhode Island. Aside from the monthly reports on the unemployment rate and the jobs numbers, how is it actually going for folks looking to develop new skills to get jobs? You can find out more about that tonight by tuning into a panel discussion called “Bridging the Divide: Fixing…