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June 24, 2017

About Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz is the news editor for What'sUpRhodeIsland. Prosnitz brings several years in journalism, including 10 years as editor of Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal, to the What'sUpNewp and What'sUpRhodeIsland team. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sports writer at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal.

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A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 3)

An amazing bass player, band leader and composer, Christian McBride, the Newport Jazz Festival’s new artistic director, brings profound respect for the festival, and a keen sense of those who should be playing at it. He’s also not afraid to showcase young talent. “Some of it you just get excited by something that you hear,

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 2)

George Wein calls it artistry – that something special that sets musicians apart – that ingredient that Wein would look for when booking an act for the Newport Jazz Festival. Now it’s Christian McBride who is in search of that artistry, finding a balance, “the best of every branch of the tree of jazz.” Artistry,

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival (Part 1)

It was more than 25 years ago that Christian McBride played his first Newport Jazz Festival. Now, five Grammys later and considered among the best jazz bass players on the planet, McBride is taking on a huge challenge, following in the footsteps of festival founder George Wein and assuming the mantle as the festival’s Artistic

South County Health in serious discussions with Yale New Haven Health System

South County Health is the last independent hospital standing in Rhode Island – but maybe not for long. In serious discussions with Yale New Haven Health System, which currently owns Westerly and Lawrence + Memorial Hospitals, South County Health could be ready to decide whether to join that group by early fall. “We’ve been talking

Silvestri Resigns as President and Councilman in Westerly

With a mounting workload and deadlines fast approaching, the Westerly Town Council was shocked on Monday when its president and second term Councilman James Silvestri unexpectedly resigned, leaving the council shorthanded and pondering how to fill the council vacancy and leadership position. Silvestri, who was the top vote-getter just seven months ago, notified the council

Grow Smart RI Celebrates 2017 Smart Growth Award Winners

Albert P. Valliere, Jr. vice president and chairman of Nation Wide Construction, will receive Grow Smart RI’s Outstanding Smart Growth Leader Award at Grow Smart RI’s annual awards celebration on Tuesday at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket. Valliere is among eight individuals and organizations that will be honored for their contributions on providing sustainable and

Popular singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor to appear in July 9 performance at Aqua Blue

Popular singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will appear at a Sunday, July 9 fundraising event for Narragansett’s Congregation Beth David at Aqua Blue in Narragansett. The event is open to the public. Livingston first picked up a guitar when he was 13, going on to enjoy a career as a performer, songwriter and teacher that has spanned

Lt. Gov. McKee urges legislature to approve his Ratepayer Protection Legislative Package

Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee is urging the legislature to pass his Ratepayer Protection Legislative Package that he believes would improve customer service levels to electric ratepayers, while lowering and lower energy costs for Rhode Island small businesses and residential customers. McKee said his legislative package continues his efforts to lower energy costs that began in 2015

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