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Letters

Go greenJust wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed the green coverage “How Green Is Rhode Island?” . Of course, we were entirely too late with news of our client, Newport Harbor Corporation’s switch to wind power, but it’s great to see that this topic is garnering so much attention lately.Lisa M. Doucet-Albert…

Sound Bites

WEDNESDAY MORNING AT NINE O’CLOCK, as the day begins, I’m glued to my computer.I’m not working. Well, let’s say that I am not giving work my undivided attention. Instead, I’m listening online to Andrew Garrison Shotts — cookbook author and owner of Garrison Confections in Providence — describe how to make chocolate truffles, on Jen’s Dish, a weekly, hour-long radio…

Market Watch

Bliss Natural Grocer & Cafe

Lisel Woods, co-owner (with Alex Hart Nibbrig) of Newport’s Bliss Natural Grocer & Cafe, concedes that just maybe she should have put cafe before grocer for top billing. Undoubtedly, it’s the prepared foods that draw the summer crowds to this small corner eatery. The counter is crammed with flaky ham and cheese twists and breakfast calzones whose insides have oozed…

An Ordinary Guy

Anyone traveling down Woonsocket’s Arnold Street in the afternoon or evening will likely see a few hard-looking women making eye contact with passersby, each hoping a lonely guy will stop to help her collect the freight for one more toke on the pipe. Occasionally a deal is struck, and — seeming oblivious to the risk — a woman rides off…

From Down and Out to Up and Coming

Downcity Providence is poised to take off as the next urban revitalization success story. It’s been on the precipice for years, receiving steady infusions of hope here and there, but this time advocates say it’s really happening. “We’re on the cusp of something extraordinary,” says Mayor David Cicilline. City planners, developers and politicians have been diligently putting the puzzle together…