Nancy Kirsch

Tracking Crime on the East Side

How one neighborhood stays safe.

Cheryl Simmons appreciates that ubiquitous post-9/11 warning: “If you see something, say something.” A resident of Providence’s East Side since 1998, Simmons volunteers to maintain an unnamed listserve — but not a blog — for nearly 1,300 East Side residents spotlighting crime, water quality and other major community issues. Listserve members submit relevant information and questions to Simmons, who adds…

A Close-Up on Archives Ephemera and Design

With more than 200,000 items, it’s a designers' best-kept secret.

The late Abe Nathanson was no hoarder, but a passionate collector of vintage photographs, advertisements, postcards, signs, movie posters and more — perhaps more than 200,000 items strong — and one red London telephone booth. Nathanson’s company, Archives (now owned by Nathanson’s daughter, Rena Nathanson), offers architects and designers themed artwork packages and decor solutions, including wholesale custom framing services….

The Helping Power of Service Dogs

The canines assist people in myriad ways.

Many people feel healthier and happier when they caress, brush and play with their pets. But some individuals with physical and/or emotional disabilities rely on their animals in ways that most of us can’t envision. A lifelong dog lover and career military man, John DiRaimo never anticipated that one special dog would rescue him. After several earlier deployments, DiRaimo found…

100+ Women Share Hope in Rhode Island

The organization assists charities that are struggling.

A few years ago, We Share Hope, a volunteer-driven organization distributing food to those in need, faced a grim future: Its bank account totaled $75. In one fell swoop, the account was $10,000 richer after an hour-long meeting of 100+ Women Who Care in Rhode Island. “The concept is helping people who need us — the little guys,” says Marilyn…

Plight of the Pit Bull

Handsome Dan’s Rescues Unwanted Dogs.

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Lock, Stock and Daria Bruno

Meet the radio host and firearms instructor.

“You can’t vilify the firearm; it’s the person behind it,” says Daria Bruno, who teaches individual and group personal firearms instruction. A hunter who eats what she kills, the Smithfield resident also hosts a weekly radio show, “Lock, Stock and Daria,” Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon on 920 AM WHJJ. Your gun passion was triggered in Louisiana, where you…

The Dish: Chefs’ Favorite Takeout and Late Night Eats

Five chefs, four questions: When they’re not working, where do they chow down?

Where and what do chefs eat when they’re finally off the clock and done whipping up meals for us? We asked a handful of notable restaurant industry veterans whose responses may surprise, delight or inspire you.   Who: Champe Speidel, co-owner and chef of Persimmon. 31 State St., Bristol, 401-254-7474, Late-night option: Home, with a great back porch; only a few places are…