Women and Infant’s Hospital held a party for four year olds Sunday.
Janessa Padella is a perfectly normal three year old with curly brown hair and big brown eyes. But when she was born in 2009 she weighed just 14 ounces. She was the smallest of the premature baby class of 2009 invited to Women and Infant’s Hospital yesterday for a birthday party. Only children who weighed less than two pounds, 12 ounces were invited.
Janessa’s mother, Vannesa Rodriguez, remembers the terror she felt that she might lose her severely underdeveloped child.
Providence restaurants did a brisk business this weekend as a convention of foodies descended on the capital city.
For the uninitiated, a taste trekker is a person who plans their vacations around food. Over the weekend some 150 of these people visited Providence for the first Taste Trekkers Convention. They listened to top chefs, heard lectures on subjects as obscure as Memphis barbecue and chocolate from Madagascar, and of course they ate. Matt Bowie came from Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Rhode Island Community Action Association is asking people who received surveys in the mail to complete them and return them. Ten thousand Rhode Islanders were selected at random to receive the surveys. The purpose, said Association director Paula McFarland is to determine if the state is doing enough to provide the human services people need.
Cranston has become the first public library in the state to offer its patrons the use of a 3D printer. The printer turns digital images into objects made of plastic. The machine cost about three thousand dollars but will be free to the public to use.
Cranston library director Ed Garcia says training sessions are filling up fast.
Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.
Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. He was assigned to company A 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces. He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.
Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism
As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm TheatreCasey Seymour Kim and Alexander Platt in "Far Away" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Tony Estrella.Edit | Remove
For decades, English playwright Caryl Churchill has been accorded Goddess stature in the upper reaches of play writing circles. Fiercely political, strongly on the left, Churchill made her mark with plays of attitude and insight.
There will be a tent set up at Saturday’s Waterfire to educate residents about Rhode Island’s growing food sector. The tent will offer samples from a wide variety of locally made foods and beverages. By luring people through their taste buds, project coordinator Melissa Withers said they can then show the public the diversity of expertise in the state’s food economy.
Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.
David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.