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Westerly, Newport wrestle with school construction needs

Nearly three years ago, a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) study, the Jacobs Report, identified schools throughout the state needing hundreds...

Gerry Goldstein: Mookie will make the most of it

The trade of Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers has split Red Sox Nation the way trading Barack Obama for Donald...

Brian C. Jones: “Charlie’s River” – A Newport artist’s tribute to her longtime partner

For 20 years, they were a couple – talented, devoted partners who individually and together reflected the rich cultural, professional and personal...

Judge calls for plan to overcome barriers in implementing RI Olmstead Consent Decree

The Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island has ordered an independent monitor to bring him a new plan...

A Layman’s View: Local Radio—Fading Signals as the “hits” just keep on comin’….

It is so sad to see IHeart Radio’s continuing cutbacks at radio stations across the country, cutbacks that have hit our Rhode...

Just my Opinion: Remembering the Blizzard of ‘78

This story was originally published on February 5, 2018, it has been republished because of its historical significance.

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Jamey Johnson will return to Indian Ranch in Webster on August 2nd

Indian Ranch announced this morning that Jamey Johnson will return for the Summer Concert Series in Webster, MA on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00...

Concert Review and Photos: Angelique Kidjo Spreads Joy at The Vets (2-22-20)

It was more a celebration than concert Saturday night at The Vets in Providence. Don’t get me wrong, the concert was exceptional,...

Artistic creativity blends with political ideology in CCRI Players’ musical adaptation of Cabaret

The following was written by CCRI Public Relations; The rise of fascism in 1930s Berlin is the backdrop of...

Photo Gallery: The Silks at Brighton Music Hall

Rhode Island's own The Silks brought their spin on rock n roll to the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA last night.

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Wickford In Bloom: Tour Wickford Village Gardens June 27 – 28

Historic Wickford, Inc. (HistWick) will present Wickford in Bloom on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to...

RI Nature Video Festival coming to URI

In a recent press release, the Environmental Council of Rhode Island announced they will host the third Rhode Island Nature Video Festival...

Newport Folk Festival: 2020 lineup announcements

The Newport Folk Festival has begun its annual tradition of rolling lineup announcements ahead of the 2020 Newport Folk Festival at Fort...

DEM: Report offers further evidence that RI forests are ecological and economic engines

The following was written by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Rhode Island’s 386,373 acres of forest...

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Jamey Johnson will return to Indian Ranch in Webster on August 2nd

Indian Ranch announced this morning that Jamey Johnson will return for the Summer Concert Series in Webster, MA on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00...

Concert Review and Photos: Angelique Kidjo Spreads Joy at The Vets (2-22-20)

It was more a celebration than concert Saturday night at The Vets in Providence. Don’t get me wrong, the concert was exceptional,...

Artistic creativity blends with political ideology in CCRI Players’ musical adaptation of Cabaret

The following was written by CCRI Public Relations; The rise of fascism in 1930s Berlin is the backdrop of...

Photo Gallery: The Silks at Brighton Music Hall

Rhode Island's own The Silks brought their spin on rock n roll to the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA last night.

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

It is impossible to talk about Portrait of a Lady on Fire without talking about women. After debuting at last year’s Cannes...

Free Dark Waters screening to call attention to contaminants

The following information was provided by the Rhode Island General Assembly. Environmental advocates will host a free screening of...

Lucy’s Hearth forms Advisory Board; ten community leaders to serve as members

Lucy’s Hearth recently announced the formation of its Advisory Board. “We are delighted to have these 10 distinguished...

Department of Health: Coronavirus preparedness and coordination on-going in Rhode Island

The following was written by Rhode Island Department of Health. As efforts are on-going at the federal level to...

Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Weekend (Feb. 21-23)

Still feeling the winter blues? We've got your prescription! No, not more cowbell ... more blues! We found some of the best...

Newport Folk Festival: 2020 lineup announcements

The Newport Folk Festival has begun its annual tradition of rolling lineup announcements ahead of the 2020 Newport Folk Festival at Fort...

Allison Faria: No Excuses – Developing strong leaders

What makes a good leader? Look on the internet. There’s a never-ending list of organizations and experts who want to tell you...

“Six Picks” Events: The Best in Local Events This Weekend (Feb 21-23)

A Bronx Tale at PPAC (Providence) A Bronx Tale, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the...

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Government & Politics

Legislative News – Feb. 18: Drunk driving laws for repeat offenders; Feminine hygiene products in public schools

The latest news and press releases from the Rhode Island General Assembly. 02/18/2020Sen. Valarie J. Lawson;Sen. Lawson introduces bill...

Westerly, Newport wrestle with school construction needs

Nearly three years ago, a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) study, the Jacobs Report, identified schools throughout the state needing hundreds...

DEM: Laz Parking will operate + modernize parking facilities at RI’s eight state surf beaches starting in May

Source: RI DEM The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that it has chosen LAZ...

Legislative News – Feb. 14: Bill on abortion coverage submitted

Source: Rhode Island General Assembly Sen. Bridget Valverde and Rep. Liana Cassar this week introduced their legislation to lift...

Legislative News – Feb. 13: Increase to minimum wage; Motion picture tax credit; and more

The latest from the Rhode Island General Assembly; 02/13/2020Sen. Erin Lynch Prata;Sen. Lynch Prata’s ‘Rhode Island Parentage Act’ passes...

RI Director of Elections to head National Group tasked with voter roll accuracy

Rob Rock, Rhode Island’s Director of Elections under Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, has been elected as the Chair of the...

Real Estate

Rhode Island Airbnb hosts earned $13 million during biggest weekends of 2019

Airbnb announced today that its Rhode Island host community earned a combined $13 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 39,300 guest...

Realtor.Com: U.S. Housing Market short 3.8 million new homes

 As the new decade begins with a strong economy and low interest rates, home buyers still face a big hurdle -- extremely...

Tyler Bernadyn: Why waiting until “Spring” to buy or sell might be a mistake

To say the Spring market is off to a hot start would be an understatement.  With a large pool of qualified buyers...

Realtor.Com: 2020 begins with lowest housing inventory in two years

December saw the largest year-over-year decline of housing inventory in almost three years with a dramatic 12 percent decline, pushing the number...

Waterfront coastal home in Westerly sells for $1.5 million

Randall, Realtors Watch Hill office announces the sale of 32 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly at $1,500,000. According to data from the Rhode Island Statewide Multiple...

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Artistic creativity blends with political ideology in CCRI Players’ musical adaptation of Cabaret

The following was written by CCRI Public Relations; The rise of fascism in 1930s Berlin is the backdrop of...

Free Dark Waters screening to call attention to contaminants

The following information was provided by the Rhode Island General Assembly. Environmental advocates will host a free screening of...

Newport Folk Festival: 2020 lineup announcements

The Newport Folk Festival has begun its annual tradition of rolling lineup announcements ahead of the 2020 Newport Folk Festival at Fort...

DEM: Youth hunters invited to free wild turkey mentored hunt this spring

The following was written by DEM. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with The Light...

Wickford In Bloom: Tour Wickford Village Gardens June 27 – 28

Historic Wickford, Inc. (HistWick) will present Wickford in Bloom on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to...

Fundraiser for homeless shelter features Rhode Island, Connecticut musicians, including a 2015 “Voice” semifinalist

Braiden Sunshine, a 2015 NBC’s The Voice Semifinalist, joins 19 other local performers on Sunday afternoon in a unique fundraiser to benefit...

Entertainment & Music

Jamey Johnson will return to Indian Ranch in Webster on August 2nd

Indian Ranch announced this morning that Jamey Johnson will return for the Summer Concert Series in Webster, MA on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00...

Concert Review and Photos: Angelique Kidjo Spreads Joy at The Vets (2-22-20)

It was more a celebration than concert Saturday night at The Vets in Providence. Don’t get me wrong, the concert was exceptional,...

Photo Gallery: The Silks at Brighton Music Hall

Rhode Island's own The Silks brought their spin on rock n roll to the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA last night.

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

It is impossible to talk about Portrait of a Lady on Fire without talking about women. After debuting at last year’s Cannes...

Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Weekend (Feb. 21-23)

Still feeling the winter blues? We've got your prescription! No, not more cowbell ... more blues! We found some of the best...

Newport Folk Festival: 2020 lineup announcements

The Newport Folk Festival has begun its annual tradition of rolling lineup announcements ahead of the 2020 Newport Folk Festival at Fort...

Dine & Drink

Clam Chowder Poll: Who makes the best clam chowder in RI?

With Clam Chowder day coming up on February 25th, we want to know: Which Rhode Island eatery makes the best clam chowder...

Brewery of the Month: Linesider in East Greenwich Tackles a Variety of Brews

This month, we revive our “Brewery of the Month” series. We’ll check out a different micro-brewery around the region and report back...

Owners of Bayberry Beer Hall opening second restaurant; Bayberry Garden coming to Wexford Innovation Center

Bayberry Beer Hall took to their Facebook Page this evening to announce that they are opening a second restaurant.

Forget Xmas in July, Think “Jaws,” in January!

Imagine finding the perfect clamcake…and there’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect. That was my thought Saturday (Jan. 18) while driving through...

People & Profiles

What’sUp Interview: Pure Prairie League’s Mike Reilly – Band to Play Greenwich Odeum Feb. 23

Pretty much everyone over the age of 50 (40?, 30?) knows the song, and the chorus by heart … “Amieeee, what you...

Brian C. Jones: “Charlie’s River” – A Newport artist’s tribute to her longtime partner

For 20 years, they were a couple – talented, devoted partners who individually and together reflected the rich cultural, professional and personal...

What’s Up Interview: Angelique Kidjo Bringing “Remain in Light” Tour to The Vets Feb. 22

Angelique Kidjo is a force of nature. She’s a four-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and a world traveling humanitarian known for her...

What’sUp Interview: Chris Difford of Squeeze – Coming to The Vets Feb. 23

If you were a college student in the early 80’s, you probably had Squeeze on heavy rotation. Their upbeat New Wave tunes were...

WhatsUp Interview: Marc Cohn, Coming to Greenwich Odeum Feb. 13

Back in 1991, Marc Cohn wrote a song that became a rock and roll anthem. “Walking in Memphis” is a classic that...

Under The Dome: Senator Lou DiPalma

With the start of the legislative session, I reached out to the area’s legislative delegation to survey what legislation is important to...