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This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

1 hour ago
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins.  For some this is a compulsion, a deep and understandable yearning for identity.  Most of us have a head start when we decide to trace our roots, knowing as we do our biological parents and some key elements of their lineage.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass power plants in the state. 


For our "20 Years of Sound + Vision" event, RIPR CEO Torey Malatia talked with a few of the artists who performed or presented their work during our 2-day event.

Storyteller Len Cabral was the curator for our event and served as MC on Saturday night.

Rose Weaver was the headlining performer on Saturday night with her Honeysuckle Rose Band.

India Association of Rhode Island performed classical Indian dance as well as contemporary dance styles inspired by Bollywood. Rupa Datta and Ratuja Patil represented the association.

Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Pearl Macek

After two weeks at Fort Adams State Park, boat crews in the Volvo Ocean Race will embark Sunday on the ninth leg of the race. The around-the-world sailing challenge is nearing a finish in June in the Netherlands.


Scott Avedisian is leaving after nearly two decades as Warwick’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with Avedisian last week on his final day in office.

The Rhode Island School of Design explores the story and history of the Rosa Parks House Project from the viewpoint of art, preservation, and memory. RISD's Interior Architecture Department will host the symposium, called Everybody’s House, on Friday at Waterfire, where the display is located.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's move to legalize sports betting -- an expected windfall for many states -- and the controversy over the Fane tower proposal in Providence.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

A poll commissioned by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign shows Whitehouse with a 58-point lead over potential rival Lincoln Chafee among likely primary voters, according to a polling memo obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio.

Dante Bellini

Plans for what would be the tallest building in Providence hit a bump in the road recently. The Providence City Plan Comission voted against recommending approval of zoning changes for the controversial 46-story Hope Point Tower. 

The commission’s vote came despite a planning staff report that found the project complied with the city’s comprehensive plan, which encourages mixed-use development downtown.

In a statement, Fane Organization spokesman Dante Bellini said, “We will take time to reflect upon their decision and any next steps.”

This I Believe New England: Hospice Care

May 15, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It may seem all too hackneyed to say that death is a mysterious, often anxiety-producing, subject. The truth, of course, is that so many of us struggle to wrap our hearts and minds around the meaning of dying and death. When will I die?  How will I die?  Will I have the opportunity to choose to die on my terms? Some of us are able to confront these questions. Others of us shy away from them, whether for psychological, cultural, or spiritual reasons. Dr.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

A routine hoof procedure turned out to be not so routine when a takin named Har-Lee managed to escape his enclosure around 9:05 Tuesday morning. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo said the recapture team was immediately activated with tranquilizers and backup rifle, never losing sight of Har-Lee following him to a point where they could safely sedate him.

The issue was resolved at 9:55 a.m. and the zoo opened for regular business 20 minutes later. 

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