Some Newport residents have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to buy a new sign for the African burial cemetery known as “God’s Little Acre.” The original sign was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The new sign is estimated to cost 55-hundred dollars.
The cemetery is also the subject of a new website.
The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to reopen to the public this week.
The three-and-a-half mile trail was badly damaged in the storm. Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power said repairs will cost $3.5 million.
"It eroded a lot of the walkway near Ruggles Avenue which caused some of the sidewalk to cave in. It took a chunk of the actual stone out at Doris Duke’s estate which we had to go back and fill in. It tore a lot of the fencing behind Miramar," said Powers.
The Providence Public Library has opened a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The exhibit is a traveling one that has been making its way around the country for the past couple of years.
The traveling Lincoln exhibit is a series of panels that encircle the reference room at the Providence Public Library. Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason said the focus is on the constitutional challenges Lincoln faced as he took office in 1860.
Ah, yes. Good old Chris Durang. What’s he gotten into now? Over the years he’s been known for such ideosyncratic shows as “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” and, of course, “The Idiots Kasamazov.”
But Durang’s nicely into his 60’s now. Perhaps he’s calmed down a bit?
Well, no. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” concerns Bucks County, PA., Snow White, licking postage stamps, movie stars, the theatuh, voodoo, pricks, getting old and the significance of the blue heron. Among many other things.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Marcel Valois. They discuss the EDC’s small business loan program and why slow and steady wins the race.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.
It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.
Five hundred Pawtucket families are enjoying a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
On Tuesday, food baskets were delivered to needy families under the auspices of the Pawtucket Holiday Baskets Drive. Its chair, Laureen Grebien, the city’s first lady, said the typical recipient is a family that has fallen on hard times.
"It’s probably a family of two or three kids and somebody that, you know, is struggling with whether they got laid off or they just somehow can’t seem to make ends meet," said Grebien.
October was another good month for home sales in Rhode Island.
The sale of single family homes in Rhode Island rose 19 percent between October 2012 and October 2013. During the same time frame the median price rose from $200,000 to $204,000. Sales of condos rose 11 percent over the year and the median price is up 17 percent.
Rhode Island Association of Realtors president Robert Martin said growth in the housing market is slow and steady with no negatives.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses is calling on the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Black Friday.
Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers have to be behind their cash registers and waiting on customers. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses is asking the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday. The hearing has to do with employers’ right to pay workers bi-weekly. Bill Vernon speaks for the NFIB in Rhode Island.