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May 2011

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Contents May 2011

This Month 20 Multi-Tasking Moms

Profiles in balancing professional and family life

25 Happy Birthday, Providence

The city prepares to celebrate its 375th

27 Glass Act

A peek inside Brown’s Creative Arts Center

30 Book Review


Tempting Providence and Other Stories

37 Dining Guide

55 Calendar

Your resource for eating out

All the info on May’s happenings

51 The Malcontent

39 Art

62 East of Elmgrove

A new student-run show at RISD

The critters come out to play

Getting the colleges to pay their share

44 Education

Every Month 10 Letters/Editorial 14 Other Side 17 Community News 35 On the Menu Meals on wheels

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47 Movies Source Code reviewed

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49 Pajama Monologues Cover Photography by Amy Amerantes

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53 Finance Is cash still king?

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Important Safety Information What is the most important information you should know about Dysport? Spread of Toxin Effects: In some cases, the effects of Dysport and all botulinum toxin products may affect areas of the body away from the injection site. These effects can cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. Symptoms of botulism can happen hours to weeks after injection and may include swallowing and breathing problems, loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, or loss of bladder control. Swallowing and breathing problems can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children and adults treated for muscle spasms, particularly in those patients who have underlying medical conditions that could make these symptoms more likely. The toxic effects have been reported at doses similar to those used to treat muscle spasms in the neck. Lower doses, in both approved and unapproved uses, have also caused toxic effects. This includes treatment of children and adults for muscle spasms. These effects could make it unsafe for you to drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. Do not have Dysport treatment if you: are allergic to Dysport or any of its ingredients (see the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients), are allergic to cow’s milk protein, had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Botox,® or have a skin infection at the planned injection site. The dose of Dysport is not the same as the dose of any other botulinum toxin product. The dose of Dysport cannot be compared to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product you may have used. Dysport may not be right for you if: you have surgical changes to your face, very weak muscles in the treatment area, your face looks very different from side to side, the injection site is inflamed, you have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds, deep facial scars, thick oily skin, or if your wrinkles can’t be smoothed by spreading them apart. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have: a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-

Eaton syndrome), allergies to any botulinum toxin product or had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past, a breathing problem (such as asthma or emphysema), swallowing problems, bleeding problems, diabetes, a slow heart beat or other problem with your heart rate or rhythm, plans to have surgery, had surgery on your face, weakness of your forehead muscles (such as trouble raising your eyebrows), drooping eyelids, or any other change in the way your face normally looks. Patients with a disease that affects muscles and nerves who are treated with typical doses of Dysport may have a higher risk of serious side effects, including severe swallowing and breathing problems. Human Albumin This product contains albumin taken from human plasma. Steps taken during donor screening and product manufacturing processes make the risk of spreading viral diseases extremely rare. In theory, there is also an extremely rare risk of contracting CreutzfeldtJakob disease (CJD). No cases of spread of viral diseases or CJD have ever been reported for albumin. Allergic Reaction to Injecting in the Skin It is not known if an allergic reaction can be caused by injecting Dysport into the skin. The safety of treating excessive sweating with Dysport is not known. Common Side Effects The most common side effects are nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and other natural products. Using Dysport with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines while taking Dysport without talking to your doctor first. Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months, have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB) or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) in the past (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received), have recently received an antibiotic by injection, take muscle relaxants, take an allergy or cold medicine, or take a sleep medicine. Use In Specific Populations Dysport should not be used in children or in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor if Dysport is right for you.

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Editorial Replacing Maydays with May Days Over the last few weeks, desperate calls for help reverberated throughout the capital city. Our school superintendent resigned. The head of our Building Authority quit. All our teachers got fired. Four more of our schools were put on probation. Our bond ratings continued to tumble. Even our beloved Red Sox seemed to be stumbling. Fortunately, just when you think things can’t get much worse, along comes May. It’s a month when Providence really does come to life. The month starts off on the fifth with bang (well actually with a tequila) as locals, led by seniors preparing to graduate, celebrate Cinco de Mayo. A few days

later, we all get to celebrate (or at least recall) the wonderful efforts of our mothers. As the month rolls on, things only get better and better. The first WaterFire of the year is lit. The beaches officially open. The first outdoor concerts of the year are held. Here on the East Side, the handsome Van Wickle Gates make one of their rare openings to allow the Brown Class of 2011 to make that final march down to the First Baptist Church before returning to campus for their well-earned diplomas. In its wisdom, Brown has always scheduled graduation for Memorial Day weekend, obviously aware it’s when

the East Side is at its best, fully in bloom, never more gorgeous. So here’s the plan: rather than dwell on what’s wrong, let’s join with the graduates and speculate on what might be. We have a new mayor who’s trying hard. We have a lot of new City Council members who haven’t yet lost their energy or enthusiasm (one hopes). We have a city about to celebrate its 375th anniversary with music, dance, WaterFires, essay contests, performance art, festivals and who knows what else. It’s been a pretty rough couple of months. Here’s hoping we get the magical May we deserve to help rekindle our spirits. We’ve earned it!

To the editor: Last month’s edition of the East Side Monthly featured a cover story that claimed to outline the facts surrounding the city’s financial condition (“Is the City Broke?”). While not interviewed for the story, I certainly welcome the opportunity to respond now. Five days before my election to Congress, I said the City of Providence was in “excellent financial condition.” Today, Mayor Taveras faces critical deficits, and people want to know whether I was delusional, not paying attention, or not telling the truth. I want you and your readers to know the answer. It was none of the above. I said Providence was in solid financial shape because, in the face of the worst economy our country has experienced since the Great Depression and crippling cuts from the state, the city had managed to balance its budget and, as recently as November 2010, had its A bond ratings reaffirmed. We made tough decisions – reined in city spending, cut hundreds of positions from city government, obtained union concessions, and enacted serious financial reforms such as requiring employees for the first time in the city’s history to contribute to their healthcare, and initiated long overdue pension reform. All around us, cities and towns were in far worse shape. Over the last three years, the brutal national recession, the foreclosure crisis,


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and dramatic cuts in state aid imposed a set of external conditions on the City that are difficult to imagine, never mind prepare for. For the last several years, in the middle of the City’s fiscal year, the state cut a total of more than $50 million in revenue to the City. In the last year alone, $22.58 million was cut. I urgently petitioned the state legislature repeatedly against these cuts, testifying in detail about the grave consequences this would have on the City of Providence. In the face of these devastating cuts, we moved through this time and made decisions focused on the people of this city, finding a way to protect city services, ensuring our investments in education, and holding the line on taxes at a time when residents could least afford to bear another burden. Were Providence’s finances hit by the recession? Of course they were. Despite all of our work to strengthen our city’s financial position, strong external forces compelled us to take even more difficult actions. And while I understood that some people would disagree with our approach to navigating these difficult times, the truth is we were able to weather these hardships because our finances were in solid shape going into it. We chose to address the City’s financial challenges through a combination of budget cuts, revenue enhancements, use of the rainy day fund, and strategic borrowing. We made tough decisions that got us through some of the worst

years of the recession. I knew there would be a budget gap and more tough decisions necessary in the future. That’s why, during the transition, I made sure my team shared the same information they provided me, including the actions we took to close the budget gap for FY10, the status of labor contracts, and anticipated deficits for FY11, to the new Mayor and his team. Due to the unsure economy, it is clear that some of the budget projections have now changed and, of course, the recession continues. I know Mayor Taveras’ administration will tackle these challenges, just as I did. The underlying strength of what we did in the last eight years remains and I have tremendous confidence in the future of our great city. Congressman David Cicilline Former Mayor of Providence

Providence Needs an Angel To the editor: With a $180 million structural deficit facing Providence, I don’t know how much worse things can get. This budget mess will surely be felt by all of us – as tax payers, business owners, and parents who send our children to city schools. However, especially in politics, the popular or easy decision is rarely the best one. At least we have an honest mayor who isn’t afraid to make the tough decisions. It won’t be easy, but I have faith

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that Mayor Taveras can bring our city together to address this crisis. George Mangalo Tenth Street Providence

On Presenting RISD Student Views To the editor: Thank you for running Mike Fink’s piece in the April 2011 East Side Monthly (“The Inside View”). I was wondering about one other thing, however. RISD Graduate Student Alliance President Jason Huff and RISD Undergraduate Student Alliance president Naomi Mishkin were surprised to see an internal email they had sent to fellow students published on your letters page (as was I when I saw it positioned that way). If possible, could you please run a correction in the next issue stating who submitted the actual letter to the editor, and clarifying that the two of them did not actually submit anything for publication as a letter to the editor? I understand the nature of electronic communications – that they can and will be shared freely, whether intended to be or not – but if people didn’t send a letter to the editor as such, their names should not appear at the bottom of the post as if they had submitted it for publication. Thanks for your attention to this matter. Jaime Marland Director, Media Relations Rhode Island School of Design Editor’s note: We actually received several copies of the student email, two of which specifically asked that it be run in the magazine because they felt it accurately represented what many students feel about the current dispute between the faculty and administration – that the emphasis on the importance of student education not be jeopardized in the process. They suggested (and we agree) that this was an important point to be emphasized and that the internal letter presented this position well. We were careful to explain how we got copies of the letter and made sure the wording of the letter was not changed to reinforce that this was an internal, though now very public, student-to-student piece of communication.

Hamilton House Says Thanks To the editor: Thank you for the story and photos you ran on us in your last month’s issue (“A House That’s Become a Home,”

April 2011). You really captured Hamilton House and I congratulate you on your creative writing and journalistic skills. It was a stupendous article. We began getting calls about our classes almost immediately, not realizing the article was out. I am so appreciative, as were the members of Hamilton House. You covered everything, skillfully drawing information from the five of us who met you in our library. Hamilton House means so much to us, and I was sincerely touched to read about our treasure here on 276 Angell. Jessica Haley, Executive Director Hamilton House 276 Angell Street Providence

Which Way North Main? To the editor: Has East Side Monthly ever done an article on the prospects of urban redevelopment and community building on North Main Street? Perhaps you could do a piece on all the abandoned properties  and ask  people what alternative uses they could imagine  for them – a wish list if you will.  A Trader Joe’s or the return of the Rhode Island Auditorium at the  Sears site are two cool possibilities. How about  an art house movie theater like the Avon where Ethan Allen or Miko is? Or a bowling alley where the underground bowling alley was (and actually still is). It would be a fun story that might help start a significant and very useful conversation for the community. Thanks. Pete Gallant Providence Editor’s note: Excellent suggestion and we’ll get right on it – especially since we now have a vested interest in the area. We have just relocated our newspaper offices to the nearby Providence/Pawtucket line.

In Praise of Pawtucket To the editor: I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading your positive comments regarding Pawtucket in the “Other Side” section of East Side Monthly (April 2011). I have been a homeowner there for the last two, going on three years and in my opinion, it’s a pretty decent city. Taxes are not bad, and city services are excellent. Super convenient location. And the downtown is really trying. Hope you keep Pawtucket in the magazine once in awhile. Anthony W. Hollingshead Pawtucket

Is the Drive-Thru Through? To the editor: A very large thank you to the citizens of the East Side’s many neighborhoods who testified at the Providence Zoning Board meeting 61 strong on March 16. At issue was the demolition of the much-loved Clarke Flower Shop on Hope Street. The present owner (Tim Schartner) sought to sell the parcel to a developer, who wanted to demolish the 1890s structure and erect what David Brussat of the ProJo called a “faux-village, of the Home Depot shelf character” drive-thru chain coffee shop. The lot is zoned R-3, a type of residential, so development could not go forward without permission from the Zoning Board. Having recently fought drive-thrus in both Wayland Square and Fox Point, the issue touched a nerve in the community as four hours of impassioned testimony came from many individuals and neighborhood groups. A stack of letters and emails an inch thick supported those in attendance and it soon became clear that the only folks in the room in support were Schartner, the coffee shop owner and their lawyer. They argued that this area of Hope Street was already hopelessly commercial and that the character of the street was conducive to much heavier commercial use. In truth, as anyone living in the immediate area knows, most houses are owner-occupied, one- to three-family homes. Fortunately, the Zoning Board agreed and voted 4-1 to deny the use variance. Now the community waits and watches to see if the case is appealed before the Superior Court. Meanwhile, “We Are Moving Sale” signs have appeared on the dear old building, raising speculation that the doors will soon close on Clarke Flowers. Other flower stores owned by Schartner have closed and their phone lines have been redirected to a single shop in South County, so it is unclear if “moving” really means “consolidation.” Ideas abound as to what could be done with the building, and we hope to work with Mr. Schartner to find a use we can all agree to. Do you have a great idea? We want to know. Join the conversation on our web site or our Facebook page, Preserve Providence’s Hope Street. Our warm thanks to the literally dozens of people who helped spread the word, wrote letters, knocked on doors and testified in person about this proposal. The following individuals and organizations voiced their objections: Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson,  Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier, Providence Preservation Society, College Hill Neigh-

borhood Association, former Providence City Councilman Cliff Wood, Summit Neighborhood Association, Senator Harold Metts, Senator Rhoda Perry, Greater City: Providence, East Side Monthly, Fox Point Neighborhood Association, Providence City Councilman Seth Yurdin, David Brussat of The Providence Journal, Representative Chris Blazejewski, Hope Street Merchants Association and many individual neighbors. This was a true community-wide effort. Thank you. Neighbor Peter Thornton Providence

The Joke’s On Whom? To the editor: I picked up my April East Side Monthly, saw the cover with its darkened clouds over Providence and figured it must be time for your annual April Fool’s joke. So I read and I read about the financial problems facing our city, waiting and waiting for the punch line. But the news just kept getting bleaker. Then when it was over, I got it. The way Cicilline left the city – that was the joke. So why am I not laughing? Charles Hudson East Side

Mayor Off to a Great Start To the editor: Mayor Taveras has shown a remarkable combination of honesty and hope in tackling the fiscal crisis the City faces. His clear explanation of the City’s economic problems at neighborhood meetings, accompanied by handouts, a PowerPoint presentation, and straightforward responses to questions, creates just the kind of constructive civic dialogue we need in these difficult times. If you haven’t been to one of his meetings yet, I highly recommend attending when you can. The Mayor’s Office at 4212489 can give you the schedule. I am glad the mayor is meeting with our friends on the West Side to address their very understandable concerns about school closings in their area. It’s important to put ourselves in their shoes and support them, just as they have supported us on waterfront and zoning issues in the past. As the mayor’s refrain goes, if we work together, with all of us making sacrifices to share the burden of putting the City on a solid economic footing, we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. Thank you, Mayor Taveras, for the guts and smarts you have shown in your first months in office! David Riley John Street, Providence May 2011 East Side Monthly


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Changes Coming to the Square New Irish pub to open; food upgrades at Ruffuls How Dolce It Is! To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Home and Hospice of Rhode Island is planning what promises to be One Sweet Party. Basing itself on the classic Federico Fellini film classic La Dolce Vita (“The Sweet Life”), party planners are going all out on what organizers promise will be a “gala unlike no other ever held in Rhode Island.” Okay, you’ve got our attention! With Café Nuovo as a backdrop, the always elegant restaurant will be transformed into a 1960s movie set with red carpets, studiostyle searchlights, Venetian masks and an outdoor piazza. Add great passed hors d’ouerves, food stations and music and you can’t miss. Call 415-4217 for tickets ($60/person) or visit (Please note tickets will not be sold at the door). Which leaves us with one final question: who’s going to play the Anita Ekberg role?

Ruffuls Dials It Up a Notch We’re happy to report that Ruffuls, that classic lunch spot in the Square, is now under new ownership and is committed to dialing up their product a notch. We stopped in last week to check out their claim and can report the food really has gotten better. (Don’t worry, their prices are still very reasonable). Also unchanged is the wonderful wait staff (including Dotty, of course), who have been there forever. So drop in and say hello to new owner Colin Meehan, who ran the successful Kountry Kitchen in Greenville for years. He promises fresher ingredients, a new lunch menu, baked instead of boiled ham – you get the picture. It’s great to see an old East Side tradition get even better. P.S. We understand a name change may be coming too.

McBride’s Coming McSoon While we’re on the subject of Wayland Square, we’re happy to report another new bar/restaurant will be opening at the end of May. McBride’s will open next to Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, complete with a handsome new patio area.


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We haven’t been inside yet, but we’re told the new spot will be set up as an Irish pub. More details as we get them.

This Old House Seeking Your Old House? The PBS television This Old House is looking for its first old house from Rhode Island to profile. Producers hope to find a “dynamic family with a classic old house in need of help with plenty of things to save and update.” Ideally the house will not require a complete renovation, but rather one that could be done in about six months and would be completed by December. The selected house will appear on several shows in early 2012. The deadline for consideration is May 15 and must include a description of the project; the year, style and location of the house; low-resolution digital photos of the interior and exterior; a description (with photos) of the owners; the proposed starting and finishing time of the project; and the project’s budget. The show notes that the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not by This Old House, though the show coordinates product discounts and donations where possible. Send email submissions to, or by regular mail to: This Old House Project Proposals, P.O. Box 130, Concord, Massachusetts 01742.

It’s a Small World After All Rhode Island will come together for a wild, comprehensive, two-day multicultural concert that will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 1:30-8:15pm and Sunday, May 29 starting at 5pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA) and Cultural Center. Called “Together at The Vets: Multicultural Festival 2011,” the weekend extravaganza will bring together a broad range of entertainment to reflect and honor the diverse cultural heritage of our community. Among some of the groups to be featured: Laotian dancers, Cape Verdean storytellers, dragon dancers, Bolivian dancers and more. For

more info call 421-ARTS. Tickets are only $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Get a Good Read, Do a Good Deed The Friends of Rochambeau Library will be holding their annual used book sale from May 2-7. It’s your chance to score a used book, audio-visual item, puzzle or perhaps stumble upon what the group calls “a rarity,” while at the same time helping out a great community resource. Call 455-8110 for specific times and details for what’s up for grabs. You can also visit It’s a longtime East Side tradition worthy of our support.

Mother’s Day Freebies Now we know you wouldn’t even dream of trying to cut corners financially in terms of honoring your mom, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention there are at least two freebies out there. The Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering free admission both Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 to all moms. (We also know there’s a special brunch for moms on the Sunday, but we’re sure you need to pay for that.) Then there’s the Children’s Museum, which is offering free admission on Sunday as well. In fact they’re generously extending their offer to include grandmothers too. Hope all you moms enjoy the day.

Stringing Us Along? Steve Martin must have a thing about Rhode Island. Not only did he play the Newport Folk Festival last year, but he’s back again this year to do a one-man show at PPAC on May 25. Called “Conversation with Steve Martin,” the evening event is billed as an impromptu session with the talented Mr. Martin. It’s also being called “the first U.S. session of its kind.” Not sure exactly what that means, but Steve Martin prides himself on still being “one wild and crazy guy,” so who knows. Call 421-ARTS for tix.

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History On Display

The Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association is honoring Marlene Cutitar, M.D., as this year’s Woman Physician of the Year. The association is celebrating its 30th anniversary by honoring Cutitar for her outstanding work as a surgeon, both in solo practice in Providence and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She currently works as a surgeon at The Miriam Hospital. Cutitar’s practice focuses on the examination and treatment of malignant breast conditions, in addition to colorectal screenings. She has been in the medical field for over 20 years and has been recognized not only for her skills but for her compassion towards the patients she treats. An alumna of Brown University’s seven-year medical education program and its surgical residency program, she received her medical degree and completed her surgical

On May 4, from 5-7pm, the Providence Art Club will be celebrating the city of Providence’s 375th anniversary by presenting an exhibit of restored original portraits of Rhode Island governors from the 17th to 21st centuries. This event is held to honor the history of Rhode Island, its leaders and the artists who contributed their talent. The show will feature portraits completed by James Sullivan Lincoln, founder of the Art Club and its first president in 1880, as well as other Art Club members. Many of the portraits to be displayed have been restored (25 of 71) and shown at several Rhode Island venues in the past, such as the Newport Art Museum and Vareika Gallery in 2008, Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture in 2009, and the Old Bristol State House in 2011. Since 2008, the Rhode Island Restoration Society has presented these restored portraits of governors in a traveling exhibition called Governors on Tour. These portraits were created

degree when she graduated Brown in 1986. She is a board member of the American Medical Women’s Association, Rhode Island Medical Society and Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of New England Surgical Society and American Society of Breast Surgeons. Aside from being the Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cutitar is also a speaker for numerous community events. The RIMWA Woman Physician of the Year Award recognizes a local woman physician each year who has demonstrated excellence and a high level of commitment to medicine, as well as the community. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at the Providence Marriott Hotel at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. Attendance is open to the medical and general community. The cost for RIMWA members is $45 and $55 for non-members. Contact Jane Coutu for further details at 3313207. –Carlee Carbone

to represent the governors’ and their hometown. Former members of the Art Club restored 17 of the 36 portraits that have been hung on the walls of the State House over the years. The Gallery of Governors recognizes leaders who were in office from 1648-2010. The most recent portrait will be of Governor Donald L. Carcieri, by Harley Bartlett, a former Providence Art Club president. Iona Dobbins, the Art Club project coordinator says of the exhibit, “I’m not from Rhode Island. I grew up in Massachusetts, so this is really fascinating to me. I learned a lot about the history of the state and the past governors.” The Rhode Island State House Restoration Society is a nonprofit organization created to address the preservation of the State House along with its collection of portraits. For further information contact Iona Dobbins at 741-7336 or visit –Carlee Carbone



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College Hill Diane Greco Josefowicz College Hill Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 633-5230 Website: Email Address: Mailing Address: CHNA, P.O. Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906 Mayor Taveras Meets with the Board CHNA’s most recent Board meeting convened on Monday evening, April 4 at Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street. Attending Board members included Allison Spooner, Alex Payson, Diane Greco Josefowicz, Sara Bradford, Ed Bishop, Yvonne Schilling, Heidi Heifetz and new Board member Ted Trafton. At this meeting, Mayor Taveras introduced Stronger Providence, a citywide initiative to address the city’s structural deficit, based on the findings of the Municipal Finances Review Panel. Michael D’Amico, the new director of administration and chairman of the panel, was also on hand to offer insight and field questions. The panel, which Taveras convened shortly after taking office, has conducted a comprehensive review of the city’s balance sheet. The Panel’s findings are available online, in a

report that may be downloaded at As everyone knows, the city’s fiscal picture is not pretty. According to the report, the city’s structural deficit for FY2011 is approximately $70 million, and is expected to rise to $110 million next year if nothing is done to increase city revenues and curb spending. Severe underfunding of the municipal pension system is another looming problem. The Stronger Providence plan identifies sources of municipal loss and expense and offers a number of options for containing them. In terms of ambition, these options run the gamut, from renegotiation of union contracts and increasing support from tax-exempt organizations that utilize city resources, to turning on parking meters after 3pm and on weekends. (Did you know that the city spends $500,000 annually to remove discarded mattresses from sidewalks?) Austerity measures are already underway. Taveras himself took a ten-percent pay cut, and employees in his office will see their salaries reduced by the same percentage next year. The cancellation of a city contract with a benefits administration company will save the city $900,000 this year as the service is brought in-house. But, Taveras warned, not all belt-tightening measures will be so straightforward. Four Providence schools have already been closed, and 40-70 teacher positions have been or will be eliminated. These measures will save another $8 million this year, but the longterm effects of such cuts on the city’s students are harder to project. D’Amico stressed that the city’s expenses have already been cut to

the bone. If further savings are to be realized, they will have to come from restructuring pensions, reassessing labor contracts, and seeking ways to increase revenues and state aid. and RI’s Hardest Hit Fund At CHNA’s March meeting, the Board hosted a presentation by Arthur Warren of Jobzle is an online community-based labor exchange in which local college students advertise their availability and skills to potential employers. While businesses like GTECH use the site to recruit interns and employees from area schools, the site is also useful for individuals seeking help with odd jobs like gardening, housekeeping and babysitting. Students who post profiles and offers on the site must have a registered, active university email address. Warren, a Brown graduate, stressed the utility of this feature, which distinguishes the site from other online labor exchanges like Craigslist. At the same meeting, Allison Spooner brought to the Board’s attention RI Housing’s Hardest Hit Fund, a resource for homeowners who have a documented financial hardship and have exhausted their options in maintaining mortgage payments and avoiding foreclosure.  To learn more, call 457-1148 or visit, where you’ll find program information and a schedule of meetings open to the public. Cocktails on College Hill You will soon receive a notice about CHNA in your mail, along with an invitation to a cocktail party held by one of your neighbors! Cocktails on College Hill, a series of cocktail par-

ties to be held in May, is a CHNA-supported activity intended to strengthen our vibrant community by bringing neighbors together in an informal setting to share news and ideas. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet CHNA Board members and join CHNA. Anyone who joins or renews their membership at one of these parties will also receive CHNA’s welcome packet, which includes coupons for goods and services offered by local vendors. (If you use the coupons, your membership pays for itself.) You can also join CHNA in the usual ways: online or by mail. Membership is $20 per year and includes invitations to events, as well as timely email crime alerts and our free, mostly monthly e-newsletter which reports on neighborhood news as well as CHNA’s activities. All new members receive a welcome packet. To join (or renew) your membership, visit our website,, and click “Join CHNA.” Or send a check for $20, made out to College Hill Neighborhood Association, to the Treasurer, Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906. Be sure to include your email address.

Blackstone Parks By Jane Peterson Blackstone Parks Conservancy Phone Number: 270-3014 Website: Mailing Address: PO Box 603141, Providence, RI 02906

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Photography exhibit, co-sponsored by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy, the Narragansett Boat Club, and Friends of Blackstone Woods. June 5, 4-7pm. See our new website (above). Scenes from Blackstone Parks What do you see when you walk in the woods? On June 5 at the Narragansett Boat Club you can find out what some amateur photographers see in the Blackstone Park Conservation District and along the Seekonk River. The exhibit Through Our Eyes: Woodland and Water pulls together people who care about the park and river. Fighting Soil Erosion This spring you can see what was hidden by all that winter snow: gullies in the making where the leaf litter and some topsoil were washed downhill by a torrential December storm. In these potential gullies Conservancy volunteers will stake absorbent materials to lessen the damage: slowing runoff and erosion so rainfall can soak in as close as possible to where it falls. These are stopgap measures suggested by the Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Management. The Conservancy’s vision is healthy urban green space for all. With help and guidance from volunteers, the Parks Department, and state agencies, we can make real headway. Please send East Side Market receipts to our P.O. Box (above). They really help.

Summit Neighborhood By Ben Grisi First Meeting of the North Main Street Merchant Association Twelve merchants attended the first meeting of the recently created

North Main Street Merchant Association. The Association will meet regularly to tackle issues and explore opportunities that will make North Main Street more vibrant and attractive to businesses and the community. Attendees discussed how to increase on-street parking, assorted building prospects, and other ways to beautify the street and make it a more frequent shopping destination.

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Summit Music Festival 2011 Grant Submitted The Summit Neighborhood Association has submitted a grant for the City of Providence Performing Arts Initiative to hold a second annual music festival in Lippitt Park. Last summer, the SNA organized the first Summit Music Festival, a well-attended concert that included local vendors, a magician and performances by some well-known local groups. If the grant is approved, the 2011 festival will be held on August 7, with a rain date of August 14. Performing artists will be announced later this spring.

Monthly Meetings: Wednesday, April 27 and Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm. Books on the Square, street level, 471 Angell Street (at Elmgrove, next to CVS). Free and open to all. Future meetings will be at the same place and time on the fourth Wednesday of each month through October.

Farmer’s Market and Open Market Dates The Farmer’s Market will be held in Lippitt Park at Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm beginning on June 4. The 2011 Providence Open Market of crafts and collectibles will operate from June 11 through September 24, also on Saturdays, with selling times from 10am-2pm. After the winter we’ve endured, strolling the markets in June cannot come fast enough. Bowen Fountain Ribbon Cutting The City of Providence engineers are hard at work laying pipe and performing other tasks in order to get water running in the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for May 21. For more details about this event and any of the others mentioned above, drop by www. on a regular basis.

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Bicycle Racks At our meeting on March 23, several neighbors and merchants got together with City Councilman Sam Zurier and a representative of U.S. Open Cycling to work out the practical problems of installing some new bicycle racks or hitches around Wayland Square. Since many bikes now are chained harmfully around young tree saplings or the poles that carry the new “Shop Wayland Square” banners, the merchants and neighbors found they share a common interest in finding better hitching posts. The City of Providence has said it has four bike hitches it can install in the Square, and the meeting tentatively picked out four or five safe locations that are likely to attract to bike owners without adding to sidewalk clutter or impeding the paths of wheelchairs and baby carriages. Once the consent of the abutting merchants and their landlords is obtained, installation arrangements can be made with the city. Providence 375 If you have any ideas for tying a Wayland Square event with this year’s six-month celebration of the 375th birthday of Providence (founded 1636), please share them. See the Fox Point and Summit columns in this section for some of the projects they plan to associate with “Providence 375”, or visit the city’s anniversary website at

m Balancing Acts By Barry Fain and Alyssa Smith


Seven impressive East Side Moms who combine parenting with their passions

Many women start off with well-defined career or personal goals. With motherhood, some continue this path. Some suspend it. Others search for a plan B. Carrie Cook, one of the women profiled in this story, summed it up rather poetically: “Women basically have to compose their lives,” she suggests. “We put things together but then have to rearrange them as life changes with the family. The dance always seems to change.” In honor of Mother’s Day we’d like to share the stories of seven fascinating East Side women who seem to have found a way to combine commitment to their families with a rich and satisfying personal life. We hope you enjoy their stories.

Continuing Your Creativity Carrie Cook builds on her career as ABC News producer


reativity and flexibility have always been the buzzwords for Carrie Cook, who moved to the East Side from Princeton, New Jersey about ten years ago. Arriving here with her husband and two children after a 12-year career with ABC News in New York, Cook continues to explore new and exciting projects in both New York and locally. “If you think about it, women with children are always reinventing themselves.” Depending on their ages, their interests, their needs, she acknowledges the time available for one’s career is forever changing. With her youngest now a junior at Wheeler, she expects things will begin to change again for her as an empty nester. Her 20 year-old son is now a student at the American University in Paris. She notes how women start down one career path – in her case as an award-winning television producer (four Emmys and a Peabody) – only to find changes of direction inevitable. Upon relocating to Providence, Cook worked as Vice President for Branded Content for Hill Holliday, a large Boston-based advertising agency,


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worked on a bracelet project for families of victims of first responders of 9/11, and co-founded a Healthy Child Healthy World Environmental Project. “Fortunately I was able to coordinate travel schedules with my husband.” One of her favorite projects allowed her to get her children involved as well. While working with Good Morning America, viewers were asked to submit one-paragraph synopses of their lives that would then be converted into a book by a professional writer – sort of an American Idol competition for autobiographies is how she describes it. “We got over 8,000 submissions that were forwarded to me here in Providence. What was special was that I was able to have my children involved in the screening process, which probably explains why they both now have a real interest in journalism. Ultimately a wonderful book was produced from the project.” Cook has enjoyed the last decade on the East Side. “There’s something rather eccentric

about Providence,” she notes. “Maybe it’s our deep tradition of religious freedom and tolerance. Maybe it’s because there are fewer job opportunities so you have to live by your wits and creativity. I love it though.”

Start by Solving a Problem It’s how Grace Welch began a national business from her home


race Welch is the most recent of the arrivals to the East Side. Raised in Philadelphia, she went to school in New York, then ended up living in San Francisco. Now the mother of four children, her life took a decidedly sharp turn in 2004. Always entrepreneurial, with a background in marketing and design, Welch was changing the diaper of one her children, grousing about the difficulty of matching a traditional rectangular changing pad to a squirming child. Cue the light bulb. Soon she was sketching out a new design for a colorful circular changing pad with pockets that could fold away neatly into a carrying case. Within months, she applied for patents – first for design, then for usage – and a new cottage industry was born. “My husband Marty and I lived in a large house in San Francisco where we could live and raise the kids in the front area, while we ran our business in the back.” They called the new company Patemm, a blend of Patrick and Emma, their two oldest children. Using guerilla marketing techniques and selling almost entirely via the internet, the product began to gain an almost cult following. “We had several West Coast celebrities who were using the product and the word-of-mouth was terrific,” Welch recalls. Articles appeared in places like People magazine. Then came lift-off. “I received a call from an Oprah producer out of the clear blue.” Within a few weeks she was off to Chicago and the rest is history. “We’re still trying to keep control over the distribution of Patemm and we still don’t go to many trade shows,” she notes. But their success may be difficult to stop. This past November, Grace received a call from Minneapolis, the main headquarters of Target, which has just signed on to distribute the product. So, why Providence? “I rarely plan things very far in advance; they just seem to happen,” Welch explains. It turns out many of the materials she needs for the pad come from the East Coast, so it’s less expensive and easier to get things done in nearby Fall River. There’s also an important local connection. Welch’s sister, Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, a PhD from Brown, is now special assistant to President Ruth Simmons. “We’ve always been close and, in fact, Hanna played a key role in giving me practical advice as we first developed the product.” And the transition so far? “I love living on the East Side,” Welch says. With Fall River so close on the one hand and New York, where she frequently has to visit, on the other, Providence is perfectly situated. The Welch’s know they could mass-produce more in China, but that’s not what they want. “My husband and I want to simplify our lives. Our number one priority, however, remains to be good parents.”

Making Connections Anisa Raoof uses technology to keep kids engaged


f you’re a hip mom looking for something to do with your kids in Rhode Island, chances are you’ve accessed the website sensation for an idea. Surprisingly though, the woman behind this resource, Anisa Raoof, isn’t a Rhode Island native and didn’t start off behind a computer screen. Originally from Buffalo, then Cape Cod, Raoof gravitated to Providence for its vibrant arts scene. “I came here as a metalwork artist and was attracted by the studios and the size,” she explains. Raoof and husband Douglas settled on the East Side, choosing this section of Providence for its combination of urban vibe and neighborhood atmosphere. Raoof started her career in Providence, working with a fellow artisan to create the Providence Craft Show, all while connecting with other artists and community players. When she became pregnant with her twin sons, Raoof says she felt overwhelmed by being both a parent and an artist.

Wanting to expose her children to the same artistic Providence scene she grew to love, Raoof was determined to find kid-friendly concerts, restaurants and galleries. After amassing the information for several years and realizing the power of the internet, Raoof began blogging her findings, creating KidoInfo in 2007. The popularity and changes in the website surprised Raoof; KidoInfo evolved from a blog about one mother’s quest to find excitement in the city, to a collection of voices from fellow parents. With a growing number of contributors, a weekly newsletter, panel discussions, and sponsored events, KidoInfo now boasts over 2,500 followers. Raoof continues to enjoy Providence for its local businesses, parks and libraries. In line with her passion for connecting local parents, Raoof’s next KidoInfothemed event will be a panel discussion at AS220 on May 25 about raising community minded kids. May 2011 East Side Monthly


An Artful Home Cade Tompkins brings her life and her career under one roof


f walls could talk, Cade Tompkins’ East Side home would say that it’s a place where people coexist with art. Owner of her namesake Cade Tompkins Projects, her house near Wheeler School doubles as the space for her gallery, which holds an array of paintings, sculptures and installations. A contemporary art dealer for 28 years, Tompkins first started her career in New York, working for the Brooke Alexander Gallery for 12 years and as a private dealer creating special exhibitions for artists. Tompkins was also the first in the Upper East Side to start producing “pop-up galleries,” leasing townhouses and other spaces for the sole purpose of temporary art exhibitions. Though she considers herself a New Yorker, Tompkins went to boarding school in New Jersey and frequently spent her summers on the beaches of Rhode Island. After marrying and having her first child in New York,

Tompkins and her family moved to Providence in 1998. While being a mother and adjusting to a different city occupied her time, Tompkins didn’t want to leave the art world behind. She began to frequent other artists’ studios and galleries, toting her two children around while making important connections. After developing a rapport with local artists, Tompkins opened her project space in September of 2009. Now showcasing local, national and international works of art at her gallery, Tompkins says the East Side specifically and Providence as a whole have proved to be “a small gem of a city.” Tompkins may have entered the city a transplant, but she has established herself as a fixture on the East Side and in the local arts community. The next exhibition at Tompkins’ gallery will be from Tayo Heuser. Her work will be on display from April 16 to May 29.

“If you think about it, women with children are always reinventing themselves.” – Carrie Cook

It Takes a Village Wendy Lawton gets by with a


endy Lawton admits her first months in Rhode Island were pretty horrible. “I had this terrific job in Portland, Oregon working for a daily newspaper when my husband at the time decided he wanted to relocate here for a better opportunity,” she recalls. “I dutifully went along and bam.” Two months later, Lawton was separated from her husband, forced to sell the house, without a job and responsible for their ten-month-old daughter. Ten years later, Lawton has turned things around. She describes her current life on the East Side as “rich but chaotic.” She cherishes her time with her now eight-year-old who attends Vartan Gregorian Elementary School (where she sits on the PTO Board), and enjoys a challenging job as associate director for science and technology in Brown’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.


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Translated for us non-academics: she’s in charge of getting grants and funding from corporations and foundations to support science and technology projects at the university. While the job is demanding, Lawton has created an impressive support system –she calls it a “posse of friends”– that allows her to function beautifully in her multiple roles. She even has enough time left over to produce a food blog. “Whatever else I do, I love sharing the kitchen with my daughter in her little apron,” she proclaims. Wendy admits she’d prefer to not have to be dependent on a full time job to provide for the family, but as a single mom she still manages to get everything done that needs doing. “I even have a social life,” she laughs. With a good job, a great daughter and an incredible support system, Lawton has come to terms nicely with her adopted home.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All Alice Boss Altman suggests women seek out different paths


lice Boss Altman represents a generation of women who grew up in the days when the options available to young mothers were limited. “I was fortunate,” says the native born Rhode Islander, who initially went to school in Boston and then onto New York to work for several years in the garment industry. “When I got married and returned to raise a family, I lived a life that would not have allowed me to pursue a career,” she remembers. “Which is not to say, you have to turn off your passions. I took courses at RISD during those years, did some interior design work, even started a small jewelry design firm for a few years.” Altman admits there are different challenges today. “The key question I believe for women to answer, is how do they define success?” To her, there is no right answer. Is it staying at home full-time? Landing the dream job? Working out of the home? “It doesn’t matter,” she declares. “I think we women have to embrace the decision of our sisters. None of us know what formed the basis of these very individual decisions. But I do know that women need to have a raft of support from their peers.” Altman has retained a creative curiosity that has fueled her entire life. She continues doing interior decorating, though of course she has found a way to put her own unique spin on it. “I charge my few clients a set upfront charge made out to a fund at Lifespan that supports a program called ‘Healing in the Arts,’ enabling artists to work with cancer patients.” She also remains engaged in fundraising for many local nonprofits, including the Met School and WaterFire. Again, she puts her own spin on these efforts. “Once a month I meet for breakfast with a bunch of Met School students just to talk about their goals and futures. I like to think we all find it useful.”

“The key question I believe for women to answer, is how do they define success?” – Alice Boss Altman

The Birth of an Activist The East Side is in Allison Spooner’s blood


hough Allison Spooner has a Rhode Island connection as a descendant of Roger Williams, she and her husband Nick were unaware of all East Side had to offer when she relocated from New York to College Hill in 2003. “Our realtor set it up for us to see all of Rhode Island within three days,” she recalls. “We saw our house and loved it but didn’t know that much about the area.” It didn’t take long for Spooner to become involved with the community to which she was genetically linked. In 2004, she joined the boards of both Friends of the Brown Street Park and the College Hill Neighborhood Association, two nonprofit organizations about which she’s become passionate. The former is the abandoned space behind Hope High that, through a combination of city grants and sweat equity from parents, has become a wonderful and vibrant kid-friendly urban oasis. Then a year-and-a-half ago, Spooner was elected as President of the College Hill Neighborhood Association. This has given Spooner the opportunity to take a leadership role in her neighborhood, but she’s also felt it’s important to bring the different neighborhoods of Providence together as well. Under her watch, several of these meetings have been held for discussions of important citywide issues. During this time, she was pregnant with her first child. Through connecting with other mothers-to-be in Rhode Island, Spooner realized she wasn’t alone in not knowing all her birthing options. From 2005 to 2009, Spooner worked as a childbirth educator, co-creating a curriculum designed for mothers wishing to be more active in their birth experience. Her work has evolved into a nonprofit, the Rhode Island Birth Network, an online resource for expecting mothers and their families. Spooner is now a birthing consultant, assisting anyone who needs information about giving birth in Rhode Island. Raising her family and continuing to be hands-on in the community, Spooner says she will work from the ground up to make the East Side one of the best places in Rhode Island to live. May 2011 East Side Monthly


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A Cause for Celebration Happy 375th birthday, Providence by Andrew Brennan In 1636, Roger Williams, facing arrest for promoting his belief that civil liberties and religious freedoms should be separate, left the Massachusetts Bay Colony, headed down the Seekonk River and took shelter among the native tribes. The Massachusetts Bay Colony later forced him to move further west, and Williams built a new settlement on land provided by the natives. He named the settlement “Providence.” This year, the Roger Williams National Memorial, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Rhode Island Foundation and, of course, Providence Media, your humble publishers of Providence Monthly and this publication, are working together to organize Providence 375, a sixmonth-long series of events around the city to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Providence and celebrate Roger Williams’ legacy along with the wealth of art, culture and history found in today’s Providence. “For us it’s a way to add an extra spotlight on the wonderful things that happen, and to really promote the arts and cultural resources that are here in Providence,” says Stephanie Fortunato, Special Projects Manager for ACT. The events will be brought under the umbrella of the 375th anniversary by incorporating one or more of the celebration’s four themes of hope, freedom, roots and ingenuity. The list of potential events and programs the organizers hope to showcase is long. Among those already confirmed are a special WaterFire, a series of concerts at Waterplace Park, art installations and other events at the Roger Williams National Memorial, and much more. A list of events will be featured in the official Providence 375 guidebook, which will be free and available city-wide in early June, as well as at, which will be updated throughout the season. “We’re trying to have a mix of events that are sort of staples of every season,” explains Jennifer Smith, site manager at the Roger Williams National Memorial. “The city-wide concerts, the neighborhood block parties, the things that go

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on at Burnside Park, the skating center – all of the perennial events that happen, we wanted to capture those.” The anniversary will celebrate more than just the artistic and cultural resources of Providence. A canoe trip organized by Rhode Island Blueways will retrace the route that Roger Williams took to get here on the Seekonk River. The Rhode Island Historical Society and the Providence Foundation are pairing up to put on four walking tours which will showcase Roger Williams various parts of Providence’s history reflecting to each of the four themes. “It’s not your traditional ‘historic celebration,’ so to speak,” notes CVB President Martha Sheridan. “It’s celebrating everything about Providence that is wonderful. It’s about the creativity of the city. It’s about the natural resources in our city. It’s about the culture of the city.” The anniversary has also presented the opportunity to bring attention to equally creative, but perhaps lesserknown groups. “What we were looking for was being able to provide some support to an organization that doesn’t have the resources in this economy, but has the desire to be involved,” Smith says. The Rhode Island Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to seek out different groups and help them develop new programming specifically for the 375th anniversary. After the planning committee received several proposals from a wide variety of groups and organizations, Smith says, “We picked four and decided we would split the $10,000 four ways.” The Rhode Island Black Storytellers will be sharing stories rooted in the four themes. The Tomaquag Indian

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Memorial Museum will have educational programs that showcase native dress, dance, and other aspects of native culture. Poetry in Public Places, a program put on by spoken word artist Christopher Johnson through the Mt. Hope Learning Center, will have several poets perform pieces in different areas of Providence. The Rhode Island Songwriters will create and perform several new songs relating to the four themes of the anniversary. The groundswell of involvement has encompassed groups and communities across the city, and continues to grow. Providence 375 hopes to give a boost to all the organizations involved – especially helpful as the city finds itself in the midst of a less-than-stellar economic situation. “The rising tide raises all boats,” Smith stresses. “We’re sharing resources in what had been looked at as the year we might not have been able to pull this off, just based on everything that’s going on around us. Because we’ve brought everybody to the table and we’re sharing resources I think we’re going to pull off a pretty cool year of events.”

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When it comes to architecture, Brown University and I have frequently found ourselves on collision courses. I am an unabashedly traditional preservationist. I live in an 1820 house. I generally like brick over glass. And I often resent the fact Brown tends to build their lower height edifices on their main campus while putting the larger ones (think Life Sciences) into the adjoining residential areas of the East Side. But that was then. Now Brown seems committed to expanding in areas off College Hill – the new Knowledge District, for example, or along the commercial areas of South Main Street and downtown. So when I was invited to attend the opening of the new Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Angell

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Street a few weeks back, I welcomed the chance to see if the newest addition to the core Brown campus was a step forward, backward or somewhere in between. I’m happy to report the new building is wonderful, an exciting adventure in glass, steel and concrete that has something for everyone – even stubborn traditionalists like me. Built as part of the new walk that is designed to connect the old Pembroke campus with the Green, the new Center for the Creative Arts certainly grabs your attention early. Sheathed in ribbons of gray zinc, the southward-facing rear of the building has a stealth-bomber, high-tech feel to it. Providence Journal architecture critic Dave Brussat (who admits he’s never met a modernist building he didn’t

hate) quickly took umbrage with this newest addition to the Brown campus, finding it more appropriate for Darth Vader than an Ivy League undergraduate. Obviously the “force” of the building’s design was not with Mr. Brussat. However, I would take issue with that assessment. First off, the building is scaled properly for the neighborhood that surrounds it. Only 76 feet tall, it actually seems to blend in with the brick buildings to its north, and the traditionally stand-alone clapboard university buildings to its south. One reviewer actually suggested that the ribbon design acknowledges the horizontality of its clapboard neighbors. That may be a bit of a reach, but it certainly does not offer jarring contrast to the neighborhood. The building’s designers, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (overreachers, “plucked from the celestial reaches of (New York) starchitecture” sniffed Brussat), are noted for their ability to blend academics with creativity to produce visually exciting, but wellthought out projects. Among the latest achievements on their rapidly growing hits list: The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the spectacular High Line Project in New York, which converted an abandoned overhead subway line into a walking park that has become a must-see site in the city. The purpose of the new Creative Arts Center, according to Richard Fishman, Professor of Visual Art and Director of the Creative Arts Council, is to bring together different disci-


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Martinos Auditorium plines within the university “to create new modes of dialogue between departments.” The building is not home to any one discipline. Any faculty member is allowed to use its space to teach a course as long as it “explores the interconnectiveness of art with some other field.” The genius of the building’s design is that the facility has been engineered to facilitate just such collaboration. This becomes apparent when you view the building from its northern or front side. The Center’s four-story façade looks like it has been deliberately cut into two halves with the left side then pushed up half a story. But this is no attempt to just draw attention to itself; rather it is reflective of the collaboration that is at the heart of the structure. A central stairway goes up the center of the edifice. At each landing, there are chairs and sofas to sit upon, adding a human scale to the project and reinforcing the hoped-for collaborative nature of the projects inside. For example, during the opening, a theatre group was working with medical students to help improve patient interview techniques while statisticians were tabulating results to compare against national performance models. From the landings one can look both up and down into adjoining studios. If you turn left and look up, you might see the feet of dancers in one studio; turn right and look down and there’s a theatre company doing something with puppets. The energy and opportunities are obvious. Brown and the designers deserve a standing ovation for engaging in this creative architectural risk-taking. At a cost of over $50 million dollars, which includes over $12 million for operating endowment and $2 million

more for development, the building offers a lot more than just architectural razzamatazz. The acoustics are state of the art throughout the building, but in particular, in its handsome 200-plus-person auditorium. Brown utilized some of the best audio experts in the world to implement its sound system, causing one wag to proclaim that “there isn’t a bad sound in the house.” The ceilings are mounted with the latest digital projection units. At the opening, Rocco Landesman, the Broadway producer and chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, was on hand (along with Stephen Sondheim and others, by the way) to wish the building good luck. In his remarks, he stated how much he loved what he called “the unexpected adjacencies” of the unusual interior space and hoped it would encourage students to take risks, as had the designers of the building, even if it meant failure. “Failure is the key to innovation,” he argued. “When failing is fun (as it clearly it will be in the Granoff Center), then it’s okay to try again.” Kudos to Brown on this wonderful addition to their campus. Nicolai Ouroussoff, architectural reviewer for the New York Times perhaps said it best: “Brown’s new Center for the Creative Arts adds contemporary glamour to a campus of solemn brick buildings and converted clapboard houses. But it does so without the over-the-top effects that could have offended the aesthetics of conservative neighbors.” As one of those conservative East Side neighbors, but one who thinks he knows a good building when he sees it, thank you, Brown, for doing it so well this time. As you expand into the downtown areas of the city, here’s hoping you continue to stay on track.

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Tempting Providence and Other Stories By Jonathan Thomas Hippocampus Press 261 pages

My brother read horror comics, and when he was done with them, they were mine. Looking back, I wonder why I read them, because they certainly terrified me. Now I find myself enjoying Jonathan Thomas’ Tempting Providence, a collection of offbeat, otherworldly short stories that bend towards horror. What is the appeal? I look to the author for clues. Thomas was born in Providence’s Lying-In Hospital, and he suffers from a common local affliction. He loves his native city, the bygone one most of all. In the title story, the narrator, Justin, pursues the ghost of H.P. Lovecraft, the same apparition he saw one night at the List Art Building when he was a student. Lovecraft’s home was on that very site before Brown moved the old house to another location. The story takes the read-

Jonathan Thomas er all over the East Side passing familiar landmarks. The opening story, “Dead Man’s Shoes” reminds me of Lovecraft’s unanticipated twists of horror, even though tension had loped along from page to page. Then there is “A Different Kind of Heartworm” that presents a tray of puzzling conundrums about the limits of love between husband and wife. As the narrator says, “Too much honesty is like too much oxygen. Things blow up to no good purpose.” Thomas has a striking gift for metaphor. In the same story: “Surprise faded from his eyes like light bulbs cooling off.” A few more favorite lines: “Civility was deep in an unmarked grave,” and “She could no more harbor second thoughts than a wheel could stop itself rolling downhill.” His take on the bizarre throughout each story reveals a consistent voice – his own, intelligent and entertaining. Again, what is the appeal of horror stories? Halloween has dissolved into the recent past, and one might ask, “Why did we celebrate monsters, decay, menacing figures, the

dead rising up one night a year?” The famous Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, believed that fairy tales depicting evil magicians and the like were a way of organizing children’s anxieties into a narrative that could then be dismissed as false, as make believe. Fair enough. Maybe that’s why I read horror stories: to give free-floating fears a story line. In this collection, most of the tales involve encounters with a ghost, of spirits come to haunt former places, or to right a wrong. Once in awhile, as in “The Lord of the Animals,” Thomas hints that sightings of the departed are simply a fond memory intensified. Perhaps, way down deep, below the rational mind, one yearns for proof that there is an afterlife. And if ghosts were real, we would have a handy way of communicating with the dead through séance, mediums, gypsies – or even just a one on one with an apparition. I hope Jonathan Thomas sticks with the genre that sets him apart from other writers of fiction. He certainly is a worthy successor to our own H.P. Lovecraft.

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SucceSS Stories Jennifer L. Powers, Realtor, Residential Properties, LTD Proprietor, Powers Pub Powers Pub, 27 Aborn Street, Cranston • 714-0655 • Residential Properties, 140 Wickenden Street, Providence • 553-6325 • Jennifer Powers knows what it takes to turn a dream into reality! Three years ago, at the age of 31, she opened Powers Pub, a piano bar located in “The Heart of Historic Pawtuxet Village.” As owner and visionary, Jennifer renovated raw commercial space into a warm and inviting atmosphere where she has recreated the intimacy of the living room concert. In addition to being the proprietor of Powers Pub, Jennifer is also a conscientious, productive, and professional Realtor with Residential Properties. Yet in spite of Jennifer’s goal oriented nature and business acumen, it is the quality of her relationships with clients, as well as with friends and family, that she considers her greatest accomplishments. Raised by a single mother and being the oldest of six siblings, Jennifer certainly knows the importance of teamwork and sacrifice. She holds a commitment to giving back. Some of Jennifer’s favorite charities include Doctors Without Borders, The American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity, Human Rights Campaign & Roger Williams Park. While Jennifer is a businesswoman and real estate professional, she is also a humanitarian who strives toward personal growth, as well as professional success.

Emily Hostetler, Christina Chandler and Grace Dugan Rock-Paper-Flowers 174 Wickenden Street, Providence • 539 Flowers: 454-4400, Paper Moss: 632-4426, Dugan Jewelers: 277-2998 If you’re looking for a one stop shop for your nuptial needs, these women have created the perfect place. Rock-Paper-Flowers is a unique wedding co-op that caters to every bride’s needs of engagement rings, wedding stationery and floral arrangements. Grace Dugan, Emily Hostetler, and Christina Chandler came together two years ago to share a space on Wickenden Street where they could each run Dugan Jewelers, Paper Moss, and Studio 539 Flowers under one roof. While Rock-Paper-Flowers is essentially three separate businesses, they function together to provide the best service possible to each bride and groom that walk in the door. The ladies of this co-op find that brides love the idea of being able to access three vendors in the same space and take care of details all at once. They aim to provide every couple with a personal experience and custom products; as service in the wedding industry can take anywhere from months to over a year, they take the time to get to know the brides very well and provide them with products that fit them perfectly. Emily, Grace and Christina believe that the most important part of running their businesses together is efficiently representing each other – which they do, and they do it well.

Michelle Struckholz, Co-Owner and Personal Trainer Momentum Fitness 222 South Water Street Providence • 272-8900 • It’s all about building trusting relationships. During the past twelve years, Michelle Struckholz has come to love the private work-out environment, the sense of community and intimacy, and the personal relationships she has built with her clients. Her greatest accomplishment so far: opening Momentum Fitness on South Water Street where she and her business partner, Rob Daly, provide intelligent personal training. Michelle focuses closely on each individual client’s specific needs and goals, while making sure that they are moving with the best form possible. It is imperative, she says, that her clients feel comfortable, that they trust their trainer, and that they fully enjoy themselves while training with her. She has created a relaxed atmosphere in a unique sophisticated health club which reminds her of the small neighborhood health club she worked at in San Francisco for ten years. This 36-year-old professional modern dancer believes that being present and passionate about her work are the most essential aspects of being a successful businesswoman, and it shows. Michelle’s hard work pays off in her knowing that she’s making a difference in people’s quality of life, overall health, and fitness.


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Joyce Traini, Owner and Manager Femme Fatale 500 Angell Street, Providence • 457-5000 • An extraordinary vision, keen sense of the fashion industry, and a passion for people, has kept Joyce Traini at the leading edge of the ever-changing market and trends unique to the beauty industry. Overseeing the daily operations of a busy salon, Joyce is also a stylist and master colorist. Opening Avanti Dezigns, a small salon on East Avenue, Joyce quickly became hugely successful after Cosmopolitan magazine featured her as one of four women in the country who had made it on her own. Business boomed, and the salon relocated and expanded. Joyce was suddenly in the vanguard of the “Day Spa” – a bold and innovative move in the early 90’s - riding a wave of facials, pedicures, and edgy styles to dizzying heights. As the millennium approached, the beauty industry became more tentative – “bigger” was no longer necessarily “better.” Small skin care and medi spas were popping up all over. Nail salons were on every corner. But in this cloudy environment, Joyce saw a clear opportunity in the Capitol Center Project – the “new” downtown. Providence Place was opening, and in her usual style, Joyce was right there to meet the future head-on. She sold Avanti to an employee, and opened the very upscale boutique, Salon Milano, where she quickly added bankers, lawyers, and other professionals to her already substantial following. Accepting an offer to buy her location, Joyce, once again, saw her market changing, the economy beginning to flag. But ever aware that in a declining economy the beauty industry thrives, she was already brainstorming her next concept. It was time to return to the East Side – and “return to glamour.” Girls wanted to be girls. So Joyce gave them a place in Wayland Square – and aptly named it Femme Fatale. A space with the feeling of SoHo, where gilt-edged baroque meets avant-garde. As usual, the salon swiftly became a stunning success. As achievement demands, owning her business is a major part of Joyce’s life, but it would be impossible without the unwavering support of her husband and children. She is ever grateful for the loyalty of her clientele, particularly the many East Siders who have been the lifeblood of her business these past twenty-five years. She credits her business with providing financial independence and an educational experience second to none, all without any sense of actually working. Joyce’s secret continues to be her innate ability to anticipate changes in beauty industry trends, and adapt to them at exactly the right moment. While reallocating her time between colorist and manager, her vision for the future is to balance her roles with enjoying the rewards her success has provided.

Tuni Schartner, Owner and Principal Designer and Consultant 3 Sisters Design 140 Glenwood Drive, North Kingstown • 996-7822 • As a single mother of three and the owner of a landscape design business, Tuni Schartner feels like Cinderella. It isn’t easy to jump-start and manage a business in this economy, take care of your children, and somehow still find time to go hiking, riding and learn how to fly. Tuni can do it, though, with the support of her family and friends. She is the owner and principal designer and consultant of 3 Sisters Design, a full-service landscape design, installation, maintenance and consulting company. 3 Sisters provides its customers with consultation and design on small or large projects, on everything from planting containers to storm water compliance. As the owner, Tuni is able to do what she loves and loves what she does. Even though she already runs a successful business doing something she enjoys, she feels that continually educating herself by attending seminars and workshops is one of the best things she can do for herself and her company. What she enjoys the most about her work: her gardening projects, and, most importantly, the relationships that develop into friendships with her clients.

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SucceSS Stories Sally Lapides, Owner/CEO Residential Properties Ltd. 140 Wickenden Street, Providence • 553-6309 • Location, location, location. That’s what you usually hear from a Realtor. But not from Sally Lapides, owner of Residential Properties®. For her, it’s relationships, relationships, relationships. That has always been the driving force for her in business. She believes that the most successful people in business are smart, determined, and understand how to relate to people. She knows how important it is to surround herself with those people; she hires the top professionals in the real estate business, whose wisdom, she says, helps and supports her on a daily basis. Sally didn’t always want to be a realtor, though. After graduating college, she began working at an art gallery. When the gallery closed after only three months of her employment, she decided to get her real estate license and rent apartments for a few months until graduate school. As it turned out, Sally found her passion; she sold twenty houses, and today, her company is the number one real estate company in the state. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Residential Properties hopes to continue to stay on the cutting edge of technology and expand their marketplace. With a CEO as strong as Sally, they are sure to stay the leading real estate company in Rhode Island.

Abby Cabral, Owner and General Manager DownCity @ 50 Weybosset 50 Weybosset Street, Providence • 331-9217 • Competitive. Driven. Passionate. These are qualities that describe Abby Cabral, owner and general manager of DownCity @ 50 Weybosset, and qualities that she feels have led to the success in her life. Abby started her career in the restaurant business at the age of 16 as a waitress at Howard Johnsons in Seekonk. Twenty-seven years later, she purchased the original DownCity Diner in February of 2005; when that restaurant unfortunately burned down in May 2006, Abby had to find a new location. Being as determined as she is, she found one: 50 Weybosset. DownCity’s grand reopening was held in September of 2007 and business has been building ever since. As the owner and manager of a restaurant, Abby knows how time-consuming her business can be. Add in a devastating fire and the pressure of Kitchen Nightmares’ Gordon Ramsey, and it can become pretty demanding. But, as Abby says, doing the very best at what she feels passionate about is what led her down the road to success. So, what’s in store for Abby and the future of DownCity? She hopes to take her business on the road and put one in every major city in the region. With her determination, hard-working staff and a passion for what she’s great at, DownCity is sure to remain a city favorite.

Denise Chakoian-Olney, President and Founder Core-Center of Real Energy Fitness Studio 469 Angell Street, Providence • 273-CORE(2673) • Denise Chakoian-Olney, president and founder of Core-Center of Real Energy Fitness Studio in Providence, left her job of 14 years in the corporate world to do what she loves: change people’s lives, through fitness. Five years ago Denise sold a piece of property to open up her own fitness studio, and ever since, has been providing customers with group fitness classes, one on one training, and small group training. She runs a unique fitness studio; clients can “drop in,” there are no membership fees, and clients get a personalized workout service. Denise says that her biggest accomplishments by opening her own studio have been being able to make a change in her clients’ lives on a daily basis and being able to fully dedicate herself to them. When her clients meet their goals, so does she. Besides her family, the clients are also her greatest supporters, from the ones who have been with her since the first day to the ones who continue to walk in the door. Denise hopes to continue to give her clients the very best in health and fitness in the future, and to continue to teach the staff to be the best in what they do.


East Side Monthly May 2011

On the Menu

by John Taraborelli

Karen Pace and her Goody Goody bakery and food cart

On the Road Again

Photography by: Laurel Mulherin

Gourmet sweets are back on wheels Few people prepare food – especially baked goods and sweet treats – with the loving dedication of Karen Pace. Her passion for creativity, her thoughtful attention to ingredients, her commitment to wholesome, locally sourced products, are evident in every bite of one of her cookies or scoop of her ice cream. That’s why it was so sad to see her beloved little shop in downtown Pawtucket, Kafe’ Lila, close last year – and why it is so encouraging to see her back with a new business. Goody Goody is not so much a brand new endeavor for Pace as it is a return to form. Before there was Kafe’ Lila, she had a bike-powered mobile cart from which she peddled her gourmet ice cream, once a familiar sight at farmer’s markets. Now, Pace is back on the move with Goody Goody, a wholesale bakery and food cart (“with plans to get back into ice cream,” she assures me). By taking her show on the road, she’s returning to her roots. “I’m excited to go back to being mobile,” Pace enthuses. “I wanted things to be simpler, for my life to be simpler and to actually get to do what I love: make food and drinks for people to enjoy.” While opening a bricks and mortar storefront seemed like a natural progression for her, the experience with Kafe’ Lila taught Pace that the grind of trying to succeed as an entrepreneur

can take away from the joy of being a chef or baker. “You get little time to be creative,” she notes. “Running the whole show takes a lot out of you.” With Goody Goody, Pace is back to the basics that inspire her. The cart will mostly be parked in front of Rocket to Mars, the charming vintage shop at 144 Broadway run by friend and like-minded business owner Jennifer Ricci. She also currently sells her baked goods at the Thayer Street pizzeria Nice Slice. “I want to focus on the things that I did really well at the cafe, plus have a venue to share new creations,” she explains. To that end, the popular coldbrewed ice coffee that drew people to Kafe’ Lila in the first place will be back at Goody Goody, along with a pastry of the day. As she gets a feel for the new business, new items will be tested on customers and added to her selection. “I hope to do small batches of ice cream sandwiches and novelties I’ve been dying to try for years,” Pace offers. Beyond expanding her selection, Pace holds out the possibility of returning to a more fixed setting, possibly incorporating a cafe into Rocket to Mars. “This is a way for us to test run the idea and see how business can work at that location,” she explains. “We think we can offer a really unique experience by combining a middle of

the century vintage store and cafe.” For the moment, however, you can find Pace out front peddling her wares. For updates on hours and menu items, check the Goody Goody Facebook page. Finally, as a fan of Kafe’ Lila, I had to ask Pace the all important question any of her regulars would want to know the answer to: will she be bringing back her amazing salted chocolate cookie, the Salty Chocolate Lovin’? “Absolutely.” MORE DELICIOUSNESS ON WHEELS For several years now I’ve gazed longingly at Kogi BBQ, the Korean food trucks that have become famous in L.A. and caused near-constant fawning in the national food press. Finally, someone in Providence is trying to answer back. Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ is a mother and son operation (the son is a Brown grad) that has been operating on College Hill for lunch (corner of Brook and Waterman Streets), dinner (corner of Thayer and Waterman) and late night (location posted on Twitter and Facebook in real time). I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but stay tuned for more info when I do. For now, stay updated at Got food news? Send it to John at

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Mom’s Meatloaf w/ Gravy

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The idea to curate a show initially belongs to Veve. He mentioned the idea of taking advantage of the opportunity given to RISD students to curate a show in the Gelman Gallery. He and Leung casually discussed their attraction to the thoughts of post modern and structural philosopher Jean Baudrillard and other ideas that could be brought together to assemble a thought provoking, unique final exhibit. Gerstley was a natural addition to the project, and pretty soon their proposal was submitted and accepted. They had an open call for submissions, which brought in over 100 works from artists all over the world. Unfortunately, due to the Gelman Gallery’s rules, they had to limit the show to works from artists who had a RISD connection. The show was then edited down to 30 or so artists. When asked if they would be showing any of their own work, they shook their heads and stated the exhibit itself was a work of their art. The polygamous artistic union between the three of them also brings together different interests within the show, which they have combined to create one united voice. Gerstley is interested in the element of reality, explored not just through new media work and sculptural works, but also paintings done in the vein of trompe l’oeil, which is a very traditional technique that creates a two-dimensional false reality. Leung focuses on

the use of different materials throughout the exhibit to keep a sense of balance and, like a mystic matchmaker, Veve is drawn to the marriages formed through juxtapositions, which was his initial attraction to creating the show. Despite these various interests, they all still work to remain objective and keep the big picture in mind. They have allowed all of the artists the opportunity to have a studio visit with the three of them and the ability change their submission if needed. Being artists, they understand how much can happen creatively between the time they asked for submissions and opening night. Studio visits also allowed them to see a work that might fit in better than the one that the artist initially chose. So the inevitable question, the difficult one they will perhaps spend the rest of their lives figuring out, remains: What are you doing after graduation? Although all three are keeping their future horizons vast and undetermined, the experience of Digital Plastic gave each of them a bite from the curatorial apple. As their art school years come to an end, it is clearly just the beginning for three bright futures and the art world’s continued love affair with new media.


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Step up to the counter at the new Better Burger Company on Thayer Street and you will see this isn’t a typical restaurant: colorful murals of Providence decorate the walls and interesting tile work abounds. A close look at the menu reveals attention to top ingredients at affordable prices. There is the grass-fed organic burger, and all of BBC’s regular certified Black Angus burgers come in three sizes: 5.3-ounce, 8-ounce and the nap inducing 10-ounce patty. General manager George Panagou describes how attention is paid to everything. “We aspire to be far more than just a burger place,” George explains. “We are passionate about serving wholesome American food at great prices.” All of the burgers are hand packed and seasoned only with a little bit of pepper and salt. If you want to explore beyond the Traditional (lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese), try the Chipotle Burger topped with smoked cheddar, bacon and chipotle sauce. All of the burgers are open flame broiled, which gives the meat that great exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender. BBC is developing their own signature ketchup, and they only uses Italian olive oil for their fryers so the fries have a real delicious and distinct flavor. There is the popular house made salmon burger and there is a falafel burger, which is blended with seasoning, fresh onions and parsley. The menu boasts an assortment of wraps, salads and a traditional Gyro in a pita with house made tzatziki sauce. BBC also offers breakfast beginning at 8:30 every morning using only organic eggs and serving New Harvest coffee. Tuck into a savory breakfast burrito, an egg sandwich or try one of their fresh fruit pancakes, like blueberry or strawberry. BBC also delivers all over the East Side and downtown starting at 11am ($8 minimum order). A small garden patio in front is coming soon which will be perfect for enjoying the summer weather and people watching. They are open until 12am weekdays and until 1am on weekends. Walk into BBC and see why they aim to offer the best food —served fast.

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As a curious neighbor, parent of a prospective student, and journalist, I recently visited Hope High School to appreciate some of the good things that I believed must be happening for students within Hope Arts and Hope Information Technology, the school’s two learning communities. Anyone with a passing awareness of local public education knows that a collective of Hope students have attempted to preserve the block schedule and accompanying adequate teacher common planning time, an endeavor that has met with frustration. As that situation unfolded, my present curiosity focused not only on teaching and learning as demonstrated (or not) by NECAP scores, but on what else was happening inside Hope. The morning I set aside to spend at Hope started in Laura Maxwell’s Advanced Placement English class, one of four AP offerings at the school, where I joined the 12 students to study the construction of persuasive essays. I spent several more hours with teachers and students, although I needed several more days to check out all the list of programs and opportunities for students that Laura and her colleagues had assembled. In the time that I had, I got to know a bit about three programs that are clearly creating powerful opportunities for engagement and success for students. First, I visited Hope’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, run by teachers Lieutenant Colonel Raoul Archambault and First Sergeant Alan Kushner. Formerly part of Hope Leadership, which no longer exists as a separate learning community, the JROTC program continues to thrive. Enrolling 130 students in grades 9-12 – nearly a tenth of Hope’s student body – JROTC combines academics, leadership and teamwork training, service learning, health and physical fitness, and more. I saw young people

learning in a unique classroom, with desks on one side, a workout area on the other, and ample resources to support their JROTC commitment. The only school in Providence with a JROTC program, Hope receives federal funding for uniforms, materials, and a 50 percent subsidy for instructor salaries. JROTC students’ strong academic achievement, high rates of graduation, and higher education success repay the investment. Students I talked with said that they were grateful for the program’s structure, high expectations, and opportunity to

share their skills with the city. If you see a military color guard at a Providence Bruins game or a Providence Public Schools high school graduation, you’re likely looking at Hope JROTC students in action. I next met with art teacher Valerie Kline, who spent her lunch break sharing details of Hope’s partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design. In its eighth year, the partnership offers Hope Arts students the opportunity to pursue serious arts study and career preparation. Students participate in RISD’s Project Open Door program, which provides learning opportunities and mentors for students from Hope and several other urban schools from eighth grade through college. Hope students can earn RISD certificates – a professional credential – in a variety of fields, and RISD students and staff work at Hope to support students as they hone their skills and build their portfolios. RISD places three Master of Arts in teaching candidates at Hope for training and RISD students and staff members actively participate

in Hope’s robust afterschool offerings. The Hope-RISD partnership also assures that up to two Hope Arts students per year are eligible for full, fouryear RISD undergraduate scholarships. My last stop took me to Christine Auxier’s drama studio, part classroom and part stage. Auxier and 15 of her theater students were preparing for the following evening’s preview performance of Laurie Brooks’ Triangle, a play focused on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire disaster and its parallels to current-day immigrants’ issues. In August, the Hope High School Theater Company will perform Triangle in Edinburgh, Scotland at the American High School Theater Festival, which takes place in conjunction with the city’s renowned Fringe Festival. Hope is a repeat visitor, having performed there previously in 2000 and 2004, and this year is Rhode Island’s only representative. It’s an incredible honor, the result of many years of dedicated effort and tradition within Hope’s theater program. There’s so much more. I wish I could tell you about Hope Information Technology’s certification offerings for students, about Hope’s athletics program, about Hope’s student journalism successes. While what I observed may not be the experience of all students, it certainly represents what is possible and what we as a neighborhood and a city must celebrate and expand. P.S.: In February’s column, I didn’t yet know which middle school my oldest child would choose as he moved from elementary school. People have wondered about what we decided, so I’m happy to report that once we get through the rigors of fifth grade and the delights of summer, he will be a student at Nathan Bishop Middle School. Jill Davidson can be reached at or her blog,


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ters to succeed. Gyllenhaal’s probing of Farmiga to find out the why and how of his involvement creates a genuine level of intimacy. That stretches Source Code beyond the effectiveness of its action and romance, dramatizing and humanizing its heady ideas. Watch the always wonderful Farmiga’s expressive face subtly shift under questioning. Beginning as an objective military operative, she becomes a sympathetic human being drawn to a soldier just trying to do the right thing and get out alive. Gyllenhaal is no slouch himself, as he juggles his desire to obey orders, get his humanitarian assignment right, and deal with the implications of his questionable existence, all while occasionally slipping back to the young, confident, soldier he was when he was somewhere else, taking a few precious seconds here and there to flirt with Monaghan. Source Code successfully bridges the gap between action and ideas. Someone, possibly the studio, has tacked on a second ending that pushes the film’s spaced-out logic perhaps a bit too far, in what appears to be an attempt at mass appeal. But when you’re portraying parallel universes, can there really be one too many? Source Code is a train trip and a head trip that stays on the right track from beginning to end.

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Just My Type Memories of a copy boy For no particular reason,

I’m remembering a sound I realize I have not heard for several years, a sound that might never be heard again. I’m talking about the unique clickity-clacking of a manual typewriter. Sure, these computer keyboards have a softer, somewhat similar click, but they’re kind of “spongy” to the touch. There’s nothing quite like the metallic Thwap! Thwap! Thwap! of the keys on an old Royal or a Remington manual typewriter. Just out of college, I got a job as a “copy boy” with one of New York City’s major newspapers, The Daily Mirror. My first day, I walked into the City Room and was met by a staccato sound wave of racketing typewriter keys accompanied by the buzz and slam of the manual “return bars.” It sounded like a roomful of tap dancers on a tile floor. I looked out across three rows of metal desks where a team of rewrite men (and one rewrite woman) was arduously typing away with both hands while holding a phone receiver against their ears with hunched shoulders. Most usually had a cigarette hanging from their lips. Reporters from out in the field were calling in their news stories to the Rewrite Desk. Every few minutes one of the rewrite guys would shout out, “Copy!” The first thing I learned was that when I heard that cry, it was my job to run to whomever it was that made it, grab a handful of typewritten pages from them and hustle it over to the City Desk – a distance of about 18 feet – where a half-dozen editors sat, smoking and drinking coffee from paper cups. The guys at the City Desk (no ladies here) looked like the cast from a Damon Runyon movie. Editor-in-Chief Big Eddy Markel sat there in the middle seat with his shirtsleeves rolled up, necktie askew and wearing a widebrimmed fedora. I’d drop the handful of copy off to him and he’d glance through it casually, scribble a few things on the page and pass it over to whichever editor seemed free. After the copy was cut and pasted together and edited, there’d be another call for “Copy!” which meant a copy

boy would bring the story over to the Headline Desk where it would be summed up in four or five handwritten words, then shoved into a plastic cylinder and popped in a tube that shot it down to the composing room on the second floor. The composing room was where the typed copy was miraculously transformed into metal type by guys seated at huge black machines that looked sort of like the Eiffel Tower with a keyboard. These machines sounded similar to typewriters only much louder. One day during my first week at the Mirror, my boss, Ralph, handed me a sheaf of papers and said, “Here. Take these up to Winchell on four.” It wasn’t until I walked into his office that I realized it was in fact the world-renowned gossip columnist and media personality Walter Winchell. He looked just like his publicity photos: white shirt and tie, suspenders, grayhaired and wearing a wide-brimmed fedora tilted back off his forehead. There was a beat-up looking Remington typewriter at the side of his desk, with a half-written story hanging from its roll bar. Winchell sat with his feet up on his desk reading some copy and puffing a Chesterfield. He did not seem to notice me as I dropped the copy into his in box, but as I turned to leave he said, in that familiar radio voice “Hey, kid.” I turned and faced him. “Yes, Mr. Winchell?” “Ya want some tickets to the ballet?” “Sure. Thanks!” I replied with no idea what I’d done to merit ballet tickets. Winchell called to his secretary, “Marion. Give ‘em two of the ballet tickets.” When I got back down to the City Room, I looked closely at envelope Winchell’s secretary had handed me. Neatly typed on it were the words “Two Third Row seats. Town Hall. For The Indian Ballet.” Good morning. Bob Mariani and his brother, John, have published a memoir, Almost Golden, about growing up in the North Bronx in the fifties. Available at www. or on

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Is Cash Still King? Assessing options for your cash reserves It is not unusual for me to see a balance sheet with $200,000 sitting in cash and CDs. In some cases the $200K resulted from individuals bailing on the markets in 2008 and remaining on the sidelines. In other cases, a house or securities might have been sold or an inheritance received, and the owner doesn’t know what to do with the money. When cash is king, its performance trumps all other assets. During the first decade of this century, cash reigned for a number of years. More recently, it has been dethroned by the stock market. Real (inflation adjusted) returns for cash have been negative, although nominal returns (what you see on your statements) have risen marginally. Meanwhile stocks have surged ahead as the economic recovery has taken hold. With memories of 2008 looming large in some minds, stocks don’t always look appealing. Nor do bonds, if interest rates rise significantly. Those clinging to cash are increasingly frustrated by the less than one percent return they are receiving for money markets and short term CDs. Yet they are loath to pull their money out of the banks and expose themselves to more risk. What to do with cash? Below are some relatively conservative options to consider for those who want to venture away from bank deposits but who are not ready to wholly dive into the stock market. But, first, a couple of caveats: • Don’t invest your emergency reserves in the stock market or in an illiquid asset. You need to be able to count on this money when the unexpected happens. Emergency reserves should total three to six months of non-discretionary expenses when you are working and 12 months non-discretionary expenses when you are retired. • Consider whether the cash should be used to pay down debt and thereby reduce your expenses. • If your debt is manageable, then measure your risk tolerance. It is extremely important to find the right amount of risk you are willing to accept. Too little risk and you may increase your chances of running out of money before you die. Too much risk and you could find your nest egg reduced and your lifestyle jeopardized.

Options: Below are three options for those pondering the move out of cash and seeking relatively little risk exposure. Please note that there is risk in every opportunity in spite of the reputation that some alternatives have of being “safe.” 1. Keep your money in cash and cash equivalents. Who says that you have to invest the money? If you have saved enough to last your lifetime (let’s make it age 95) regardless of the return, then it doesn’t

matter how much you earn in the money market, even if the amount is exceptionally low. If you don’t have to take on risk, then our advice is often, “Don’t.” 2. Buy a product that offers a guarantee. Usually products with some form of guarantee are sold by insurance companies. In return for taking on risk (and being paid a fee), the insurance companies provide a set interest rate return (fixed annuity), or upside potential with no loss to your principal (fixed indexed annuity), or a life/long term care insurance benefit, that also allows access to your principal (benefit-linked product). There are also riders (add an extra cost) that offer guaranteed payments for life. These can be tied to fixedindexed annuities or variable annuities. We prefer the fixed variety, as there is usually more transparency, less overall volatility and fewer expenses tied to the product. A recognized risk of guaranteed insurance products is their lack of liquidity. The bulk of your money is often tied up for five to ten years. If you pull out more than 10% during any one year,

you are likely to find yourself subject to hefty surrender fees. Any form of annuity or insurance can be complex and/or confusing, so understand the fine print before you invest. 3. Dollar cost average into the market Let’s say you are willing to take on a modest amount of investment risk, but are afraid you could misjudge your entry. One solution is to dollar cost average back into the market. If your goal is to invest $100,000, you might put $25,000 to work on four different occasions. If you invest the first $25,000 and the market goes down, the next $25,000 will benefit from the entry point of a lower price. If the market rises after the first installment, so much the better for you; you were in the right place at the right time for at least a portion of your investment. At the end of the four installments, the full $100,000 has been put to work. Another solution is to gradually add risk to your portfolio. I hardly ever recommend that a client who has been sitting in cash for an extended period of time jump into a portfolio dominated by stocks. I fear they will retreat again if the markets correct. Instead I recommend that they move from cash to a conservative investment strategy. After six months to a year, if they are feeling more comfortable with their investments, they can progress to a more growth oriented investment strategy. The object is to reduce the level of fear that drives emotional, not disciplined, investing decisions. Most people have to take on some risk in their investments in order to meet their longevity goals. But moving out of cash can be scary for those who are uncertain about their future. The best approach is to first determine the amount of growth that you need to take in order to meet your financial goals. Then pick a strategy that allows you to reach for that level of growth while staying within your risk comfort zone. Betsey Purinton, CFP® is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at StrategicPoint Investment Advisors. You can e-mail her at

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FUNDRAISERS ARTHRITIS WALK May 14: Providence Arthritis Walk at Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park. CHILDREN’S FRIEND WALK AND FUN RUN May 7: Walk and fun run to benefit Children’s Friend. Also includes new children’s activities. At the Carousel at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 276-4300, PURPLE STRIDE WALK FOR PANCREATIC CANCER May 15: Inaugural 5K walk. At Goddard State Park, 1095 Ives Road, Warwick.

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GALLERY Z Thru May 7: Alan Metnick: A Delicate Karma; Recent Thoughts and Conversations. 259 Atwells Avenue. JOHN HAY LIBRARY AT BROWN Thru May 31: Activism: Methods for Achieving Equality, an exhibition that explores contemporary and historical activism. 20-34 Prospect Street. 8633723, PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE May 1-Jun 24: 4th annual Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition. PAC Gallery, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket. www. PROVIDENCE ART CLUB May 1-20: Margery Pustell and Marian Sachs in Dodge House Gallery; and Al Albrektson, James Myette, and Robert Venditto in Maxwell Mays Gallery. May 22-Jun 10: Suzanne Volmer in Dodge House Gallery; and Carole Kenny and Judith Skoogfors-Prip. Moitle in Maxwell Mays Gallery. 11 Thomas Street. 331-1114, RI CONVENTION CENTER May 19-Jun 14: RISD Graduate Exhibit. 1 Sabin Street. RISD MUSEUM Thru Jun 5: From Dover to Penzance: Watercolor Views of the English Channel; and Changing Poses: The Artist’s Model. Thru Jul 31: Cocktail Culture, the first multi-disciplinary exhibition to explore the social ritual of drinking and entertainment through the lens of fashion and design. 224 Benefit Street. 454-6500,

KIDS +FAMILY PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM May 8: Mothers Day: Free admission for moms and grandmoms. May 14: Happy Birthday, Rhode Island! program: Meet Rhode Island red chickens and chicks from Casey Farm and drink a glass of coffee milk. Tuesdays & Thursdays in May: Where in the Wild? program, including outdoor challenges and discovering the museum’s Children’s Garden. 100 South Street. 273-5437, www. PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER May 5: Disney’s Imagination Movers’ In a Big Warehouse. 220 Weybosset Street. 421-ARTS,

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East of Elmgrove

by Elizabeth Rau | illustration by Jessica Pollak

Close Encounters It’s critter season on the East Side Not long ago,

my son and I pulled into our driveway and discovered a mouse attempting to mount our stone wall. He was up on his hind legs, poking his whiskered nose into an airy crevice, oblivious to the headlights showcasing his feats. He looked well-fed, but not plump. His coat was shiny – another sign of good health – and he seemed perky. He reminded me of a Drew, the convivial high school quarterback who shows up at the party with a keg of beer. “Look,’’ I said to Peder. “A mouse.’’ He got all jittery and wondered whether he should tiptoe or bolt into the house. “Oh please,’’ I said. “It’s just a mouse.’’ Peder knew, of course, what we all know: If you have one mouse you have a dozen and they are all scurrying around your grounds, sniffing their way through pinsize openings in your ancient windows to reach the trash can, stinky from those pitiful kidney beans you tossed out the night before. Honestly, I can’t get too uptight about mice. Spring has sprung. This is the East Side. The critters are out. I dare any East Sider to come forward who has not had a harrowing experience with a wild thing. Every spring, I hear stories about the frenetic squirrel with the bad fur that sprinted through an open kitchen door or the loony bat that mistook the boudoir for a dank cavern. The woodsy town of Foster probably has a lot of critters, but I suspect the men up there, in their steel-toe boots and flannel shirts, catch the creatures themselves, probably with leftover shiners. Around here, we call the experts for help. We call Critter Control, known affectionately at our house as CC. The guys – always guys – race over with their putty guns, ladders and nets to calm us. You will depart with thousands before they drive off. My earliest memory of a critter was back in ’02, when Peder and his younger brother, Henry, were still in diapers. I was nodding off when I heard a rapping inside my chamber walls. I didn’t think much of it, until I heard it again the following


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night and the night after that. The next morning, I called CC. Dave was a gentleman. I described the noise – “tiny claws on a treadmill’’ – and he asked me to direct him to the backyard. He winced when he looked at the top of a picnic table. “Bat s--t!’’ he said. The news was not good: Bats in the belfry. He eyed Peder and Henry waddling around in their Pampers and casually tossed out a word guaranteed to instill panic: rabies. “Cream in your coffee?’’ I asked. He caulked a few holes in the eaves, covered

the vents with wire and disposed of eight dead bats that he said had “mummified’’ in our hot and still attic. (Thank you, Dave, for that tidbit.) I don’t remember the exact cost of the job, but I do recall that it was more than the tangerine-orange Golf I bought in 1986 from an environmental lawyer who lived on Long Island. Later in the week, I called my friend Denise to apologize. During a visit years earlier, she claimed that she had been jolted awake by a bird fluttering around her face in the middle of the night. “Sure,’’ I said dismissively, certain she’d had a bad dream. Thanks to Dave, the truth suddenly revealed itself: Denise’s bird was a bat. Another time, I was lying on the sofa and noticed a bump moving swiftly under the insulation on our water pipes. I screamed, but by the time my sons and husband arrived the bump was

gone and no one believed me. I called CC anyway. Dave rushed over with soothing words, assuring me that, no, it was not a rat – more likely a mouse. I can deal with a mouse. A rat would’ve sent me over the edge and into a hotel. Dave inspected the house from top to bottom and then did something in the basement that would not go over well with the PETA people. My most disturbing encounter with a critter involved squirrels. We have two century-old towering silver maples in our backyard that squirrels inhabit throughout the year, nesting inside the gutted out parts of the trees and frolicking like schoolboys amid the branches. Years ago, I was playing in the yard with my sons, still toddlers, and a squirrel fell from a branch and landed at my bare feet, plop. It died instantly. I am skittish when it comes to dead squirrels, so I called the nearest male relative, Great Uncle Gordon, who ended his gin game prematurely to provide assistance. He showed up with his Uncle Alfie’s  woodhandled shovel and nudged the squirrel into a trash bag, which, mercifully, he took home. A few weeks later, the same thing happened. This time, I performed the grisly task myself. Not all critters are a nuisance. Take Rocky, our family raccoon. He lives inside the maple that is so close to our house we can practically pet his snout from our third-floor window. He emerges at dusk when he smells the bacon sizzling on the skillet and at dawn when the boys are getting ready for school. One morning, we saw Rocky and his significant other, Ruby, scaling the tree together, strolling back to their nest, a picture of domestic contentment. Henry snapped a photo and took it to school. He wowed his classmates with our new neighbors. Pretty soon, we saw little ones peeking from the nest. Babies! I did not call CC. After all, I’m a mom too. Elizabeth Rau is an East Side resident who can be reached at

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