Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly June 2008


Soil Sisters

Female farmers may be a scarce commodity, but these women are bucking the trend, raising crops and livestock and living a job they love.

Cured for What Ails You

Those sad slices of pepperoni on pizza would give anyone the blues. If you're craving authentic Italian dry-cured meats, you'll find your fix in a surprising place.

The Advocate

State child advocate Jametta Alston is willing to protect children in DCYF custody at all costs. Even if her bold decision to sue the state for neglect forces her to commit career suicide, she’s determined to make her case for the kids.

Most Valuable Player

Sixteen-year-old Trevor Cusack was poised for varsity stardom when he was suddenly sidelined by a mysterious illness that is shutting down a crucial part of his brain, devastating his short-term memory and ability to walk, talk and eat. After scores of tests and a year under the scrutiny of the country’s top specialists, no one knows exactly what is wrong with Trevor. Only that it’s the fight of a lifetime for an extraordinary kid who still finds reasons to smile.

Season to Taste

Heady herbs are summer treats we should have close enough to pick fresh at a moment’s notice.

Sweet Relief

The Autism Project of Rhode Island’s “Bittersweet” benefit at Rosecliff featured a jaw-dropping spread of delicious brownies, truffles and chocolate-covered treats. The evening’s theme was based on the idea that chocolate, like raising a child with autism, can be both bitter and sweet.

Sold on Success

About 200 people turned out at Roger Williams Park Casino for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Capital City Auction. In all, the association netted $43,000 to support its programs and services.