East Side Monthly August 2014

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East Side MONTHLY A Taste of Summer on the Seekonk River

Open Air Markets in the Neighborhood

The Art of Renovation

Inside the RISD Museum’s forward-thinking new galleries August 2014 EastSideMonthly.com

Celebrating our 85th Year!

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Historic College Hill mansion, elegantly restored. Formal living room w/fireplace, cook’s kitchen, gym, 4 car garage, private yard/garden. A truly special home!

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Stone work enhances the beauty of this 7 room Colonial. New kitchen w/stainless appliances and quartz counters. Recent roof, windows, heat, A/C, blue stone walkway, gorgeous gardens.

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College Hill Colonial with original details and charm! Formal living, dining rooms, 5 beds, 3 1/2 baths, sunny dining area off kitchen. Landscaped double lot. Separate onsite building.

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Handsome brick Colonial in premier location! Meticulously updated, beautiful, original details. Gracious rooms, 5 fireplaces, private yard, terrace. Perfect home for relaxing or entertaining!

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A must see! Magnificent Georgian Revival w/original details. Generous master suite, hardwoods, freshly painted. All corner bedrooms, large storage area, new mechanicals.

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Rumford. Fully renovated kitchen opens to den with pellet stove. New bath, hardwood floors added to 2nd. MBR on 1st. Screened porch, 1 car adjoined garage.

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Brownstone townhouse in College Hill. High ceilings, hardwoods, fireplace mantels, pocket doors, moldings. Cook’s kitchen, patio, library. Two beds, full bath on fourth. A+ walkable location.

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Gracious brick Tudor, perfect for entertaining. Large fireplaced living, terrific family room. Recent cook’s kitchen with granite, Sub-Zero and Thermidore. Mahogany deck, brick patio, landscaped yard.

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Stylish new townhouse condo with stunning water and city views. All modern amenities, central A/C, 2 car parking. Walk to Brown, hospitals, restaurants!

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50 WOODBURY STREET Totally new for 2014: new siding, windows, roof, electrical, kitchen, baths, walls,paint and landscape. Newer gas boiler and hot water tank (2yrs). Easy walk to Hope Village, Blvd, JCC and Wayland Sq. MOVE IN CONDITION! $405,000 NEW PRICE Aleen Weiss


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49 GOVERNOR STREET Amazing 1st fl unit with tons of historic details, hardwood floors, high ceilings with original crown molding, spacious living room, formal dining room and den with fireplace plus large private lower level rough plumbed for second bath. NEW PRICE $237,000 Karen Miller

236 CAMP STREET Located One block in from Rochambeau Ave. Colonial totally renovated. 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, remodeled kitchen S/S appliances, granite counter tops, gas heat/hot water, fenced yard/deck. $287,000 Gail Jenard

93-95 ROCHAMBEAU AVENUE A great change to own a legal 3 family with a solid rental history. Vinyl siding and separate utilities. Owner occupied or investment property. $299,000 Gail Jenard

81-83 ROCHAMBEAU AVENUE Opportunity to own a legal 3 family. Great rental history, separate utilities, vinyl siding. Investment or owner occupied. $299,000 Gail Jenard

66 OAK HILL AVENUE, PAWTUCKET Classic center hall colonial located in Oak Hill. Needs some updating. Beautiful untouched hardwoods under carpeting, large rooms, fireplace living, den, sunroom. Fenced backyard, garage parking. $260,000 Aleen Weiss


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21 | New HappeNiNgs at tHe RisD MuseuM A renovation seven years in the making 25 | OuR NeigHbORHOOD OutDOOR MaRkets There’s no better season to shop al fresco

Every Month 5 | Letters



Community The political race heats up 9 | News 13 | Neighborhood News

Close to Home 42 DANA STREET Unique opportunity! Legal two family, w/ beautiful owner’s townhouse suite. Warm and inviting, 2 beds, 1 bath, nice details. Rental unit provides extra income 1 bed/1bath. Garage & adorable yard. Easily converted to a single family. Move right in! PENDING $305,000. Aleen Weiss

New measures for educational success 29 | Home 30 | Education 33 | East of Elmgrove

On the Town

Photos courtesy of RISD Museum

Waterfront cocktails in Richmond Square 35 | Flavor of the Month 36 | On the Menu 36 | Rhody Bites 41

| Calendar

Assisting Buyers, sellers And renters Aleen WeissH Jon WeissHF Howard Weiss Karen MillerH Claire sennott lauren sickel gail Jenard

The East Sider 54 | Peeking into nature with The Nature Conservancy’s director

On the Cover:

Curators Gina Borromeo, Kate Irvin and Laurie Brewer at RISD Museum’s revamped galleries. Photographed by Mike Braca. www.facebook.com/EastSideMonthly

130 NORWOOD Beautiful three family Victorian on large corner lot in Edgewood. Hardwood floors, updated kitchens and baths, replacement windows, lovely built-ins, two fireplaces and large wrap-around porch. Two car garage. Great owner occupied or investment! PENDING $295,000 Karen Miller

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Getting the Right Deal on Thayer Street As the City Planning Department continues its efforts to redesign 1950s zoning regulations to be more reflective of current day realities, it is currently weighing changes to the Thayer Street area that need especially careful consideration. With the addition of the Gilbane 257 Thayer Street project and the placement of residences there, it is clear that there will be an infusion of students coming to the street. At the same time, rules are being redrawn for the area that seem to be going down a path of encouraging mixed usage… more commercial, more flexibility to allow hotels or perhaps even more student housing. Density on Thayer Street, especially during the daytime, makes sense. But also being contemplated are regulations that would free Brown of the longtime requirement, like any other developer, to apply for special use permits when required. The school’s argument is that this slows down the process and potentially creates delays

that add to the future cost of new projects, especially should litigation ensue. What Brown now seeks is the exemption from normal C-2 requirements that would give it the freedom to convert any of its buildings to classroom use without having to seek out a special use permit. Design regulations and approved usage criteria would not be effected. The problem as we see it is that some degree of public involvement should be allowed to remain. Thayer Street is located in the center of an important residential part of the city in terms of the tax revenue it produces for the city. And while classroom conversion sounds like an innocuous activity, keep in mind the classrooms of a university as technologically advanced as Brown aren’t necessarily just blackboards (make that smart boards), desks and chairs anymore. For example, might they involve projects that produce discharges of all kinds that need to be monitored, as was the case with the Life Sciences

Building. This is not to negate the validity of what’s being proposed… only to ensure that any change of this magnitude be fully vetted. It’s especially important since it seems Brown will soon be moving more of its administration over to the old Narragansett Electric power plant, which will potentially free up a lot of space around Thayer Street for (surprise, surprise) future classroom conversions. The problem has always been that the City traditionally looks at a problem from a short-term perspective. Brown, to its credit, wisely takes a longer view. One might argue that the recent deal, that brought a much needed infusion of cash in lieu of taxes in partial return for the City ceding over public streets to Brown’s control, falls into this category. While not yet offering our take on the validity of the proposed zoning changes, we do hope this time the City will take a longer view of whatever deal it chooses to make with the university.

Letters The Other Side of the Tax Story To the Editor: I can understand the opposition of many East Side residents, who just experienced significant tax increases last year as a result of a revaluation, to the proposed reduction in the tax rate on non-owner occupied residential property (small rental property). But I think before you rush to judgment you ought to understand the full story. For the past 15 years, this city has repeatedly targeted small rental property for tax increases that are obscene. During that period I have owned my own residence and three rental properties, all on the East Side. Since 2000, the taxes on my own home have increased


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a total of 56%. During that period there have been ups and downs along the way including a 14% increase last year, but bear in mind that at this point the tax on owner occupants in Providence is close to the middle when all RI municipalities are ranked. Over that same period, the taxes on my rental properties have increased 250%! That is more than four times as much. Let me explain what has happened. Prior to 2001 all residential property in Providence was taxed at the same rate. That is the way the vast majority of municipalities across the country have always done it. Beginning in 2001 Providence city officials learned that politically the best way to raise tax revenue without subjecting owner

occupants (their voting base) to anything more than modest increases was to hit rental property (and to a lesser extent commercial property) with massive increases. In 2001 Providence adopted a two-tiered “homestead exemption,” which now made the tax rate on rental property 30% higher than owner occupants, which was an extraordinary blow to owners of rental property. Then in 2010 they did almost the exact same thing again. Faced with an $18 million cut in state funding, the City put the entire $18 million tax burden solely on owners of small rental property by eliminating the 33% “homestead exemption” rental property had been receiving (while completely ignoring that that

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33% exemption was intended to be balanced against the extraordinary 50% exemption owner occupants have gotten since 2004). Ultimately that left owners of rental property with a 28% increase in their effective rate in just one year and because it was a revaluation year, the tax on my rental properties went up by a full 40%. There is also another very important issue to consider. In the short run, it is the owners who absorb the bulk of these extraordinary increases and that is why we are trying so hard to restore some sort of fairness to the system. However, you don’t need a PhD in economics to recognize that while it is the owner who pays the property tax, it really comes from rent and it is the renter who is utimately paying it (which makes sense since they are City residents using City services like the rest of us). In effect, a tax on rental property is a tax on renters. Given that renters are often at the lower end of the economic spectrum, I believe this is the kind of regressive taxation that most socially conscious East Siders would be uncomfortable with if it was a little more transparent. This ordinance, which would not even begin to take effect until two years from now, is just trying to cap the tax rate on rental property at 160% of the owner occupant rate. I believe it is unlikely that it will lead to a substantial increase in the rate to owner occupants since that rate seems to be the holy grail of Providence politics. My hope is that this will put some addition pressure on our elected officials to make hard choices as they consider future budgets. Mike Patch Providence

Who is Subsidizing Whom? To the Editor: As a tenant and a person who cares about the city overall, I disagreed with your publication’s editorial in favor of keeping the tenant tax. It said that homeowners would have to “subsidize” tenants in order to equalize the tax rates, when it would simply mean correcting and equalizing an unfair

disparity. While I agree with the idea that homeowners are vital, I also felt the embedded counterfactual was meant to be that tenants are transitory, don’t care as much about the city or are otherwise less important. Nonetheless, I think we can end the tenant tax without taxing homeowners more. The city has a serious problem with surface parking lots, has no sustainable plan to pay for its road upkeep and is overtaxing tenants and homeowners alike. The answer is pricing parking. Pittsburgh has a 40% parking tax, which raises more funding than resident income while simultaneously encouraging greener transportation. In Providence, a tax on surface parking could offset lowering (and equalizing) the tenant and homeowner property taxes. By making it cheaper to build walkable buildings and more expensive to have parking lots, we can accentuate what is good about Providence while lessening a serious shortfall. This tax structure also has an equity advantage, since existing and new buildings would get the reduction. Only parking lots would pay more. Providence has chosen the fiscally unsound policy of funding street maintenance through bonds, which puts us on the hook for debt service and creates no plan for wear-reduction to the streets we’ve just repaved. Providence should meter its streets and return the revenue to shopkeepers. While the revenue neutrality of this measure wouldn’t bring money towards streets themselves, it would resolve the tragedy of the commons that exists around free street parking – both encouraging greener transportation to preserve our roads as well as making it easier for motorists to find a parking spot when they really need one. Commitment to affordable housing and sustainable land use go hand in hand with rebounding cities. Homeowners and tenants can work together towards a parking tax coupled to property tax reductions, rather than fighting over who will subsidize whom. James Kennedy Mt. Hope resident and co-editor of Transport Providence

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Let the Races Begin East Side candidates announce their intentions By Barry Fain Politics in Rhode Island, and especially on the East Side, is generally not for the faint of heart. People here take their voting seriously, often investing serious dollars into candidacies they feel can bear fruit appropriate to their tastes. And even if unwilling to dig into their wallets, many are at least willing to dig into their lawn space to provide all manner of signage. Even before the last minute announcement of you know who for mayor, things were already shaping up for some particularly spirited East Side races this year. There will be a threeway race for a City Council seat in Fox Point, a two-way race for state rep in College Hill, a bigger four-way race to succeed Gordon Fox in the greater Summit Avenue area and a two-candidate contest for State Senate that encompasses the entire East Side. Also, there are all the statewide races, most significantly the tightly contested race for governor with strong Republican and Democratic candidates. And then there’s Buddy. Let’s face it. The man is catnip for journalists, guaranteeing an unending source of one liners, historic bon mots from the old days (could anyone make up someone like “Buckles” Melise?) but also hopefully some interesting ideas worthy of debate on what needs to happen to improve things in our capital city. (Oh, and by the way, what’s the over/under on the date to mark the 100th time the ProJo will work the word “felon” into the lead for a story on the mayoral election?) The race for City Hall has now morphed into a two-pronged affair. Part one will be to select a Democratic candidate on September 9. Jorge Elorza, Brett Smiley and Michael Solomon will compete in the primary to move on. The winner will then face Buddy

and Republican Dan Harrop. Undoubtedly one of the most polarizing Rhode Island politicians ever, Buddy has his 40% who will follow him into the sunset as well as 40% who see him as Darth Vader incarnate. Will the election ultimately evolve into a mano-amano battle between Buddy and the winner of the primary? Or can Harrop generate enough traction to splinter the vote and make it more complicated but oh so much more interesting? And with Lorne Adrian now out of the race, where will his followers ultimately put down their new roots? Look for the answers in Mike Stanton’s new book Prince of Providence: The Epilogue. Here’s what we can look forward to over the next few weeks For City Council: Two of our current councilors, Sam Zurier in Ward 2 and Kevin Jackson in Ward 3, won the gold ring this time around and will run unopposed. Not so for Seth Yurdin. The current majority leader of the council, who has represented Fox Point since 2006, will be facing a primary challenge from Malcolm Reis, a board member of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association and resident of John Street. The winner will be opposed by Republican Michael Long, who also was born in the area. He lives in the Corliss Landing Apartments and is a policeman in Cranston. For State Representative: While Fox Point’s Chris Blazejewski gets a free ride this year, Edith Ajello, the East Side’s longest serving legislator, is being challenged. The 11-term Representative will be opposed in the Democratic primary by Nathaniel Hannah. An East Side native, Hannah lives on Waterman Street and works in manufacturing. But the liveliest action promises to be in

District 4 (Summit and some areas east of Hope Street) where a crowded field of four has filed papers to run for Gordon Fox’s old seat. Three of them will compete in the Democratic primary. Aaron Regunberg came to Providence to go to Brown and has decided to stay. He has been working as a community activist. Heather Tow-Yick is also a Brown alumna. She grew up on the East Side and currently runs the Teach for America program in Rhode Island. The third Democrat is Miriam Ross. An attorney and longtime resident of the East Side, she ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate against Rhoda Perry as an Independent four years ago. Also filing papers to run is the Independent Ethan Gyles who lives on Rochambeau Avenue. He currently is employed as an environmental engineer and plans to focus on ethics. For State Senate: Two years ago, State Senator Gayle Goldin took over the seat held for years by Rhoda Perry. The Brown Street resident will now face her first primary challenge as an incumbent as she takes on Chris Wall, a former television news reporter, who now works as a real estate agent for Residential Properties and lives on Benefit Street. For Mayor of Providence: Housing Judge Jorge Elorza, former lobbyist and Water Board Chairman Brett Smiley and City Council President Michael Solomon are obviously the leaders in the race to win in September’s primary. Perennial candidate Chris Young will be there, of course. Several other candidates have also filed papers to run but as we go to press their signatures have not been validated. While Solomon has secured the party’s endorsement, given the fractured nature of the City’s

neighborhoods, it’s unclear how much this still matters. It is likely our streets will be an important battleground in September since East Siders traditionally vote heavily in primaries. Elorza is hoping to recreate the East Side-Hispanic connection that served former Mayor Cicilline and current Mayor Taveras so well. Smiley lives on the East Side and has been very visible, gaining significant traction here. And Solomon hopes to capitalize on the endorsement of popular City Councilman Sam Zurier. Republican Dan Harrop and former mayor Buddy Cianci await the winner. For Statewide office: The statewide race that will capture the most attention here will be the one for governor. The current State Treasurer, Gina Raimondo, has lived on the East Side for years and is well respected for her heroic efforts at pension reform. Mayor Angel Taveras ran well on the East Side and has always enjoyed a high level of support here. Newcomer to Rhode Island Clay Pell lives on Barnes Street and obviously is well served by the iconic reputation of his grandfather. There should also be a reasonable turn out of Republicans given the contest gubernatorial race between Cranston mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block. In addition, Republican Catherine Taylor, who narrowly missed out on becoming secretary of state four years ago, is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. She is well known and respected on the East Side, which should help with her party’s turnout here. Also on the primary ballot will be David Cicilline as he bids for his third term in Congress, as he faces political newcomer Matt Fecteau from Pawtucket.

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top, the ability to leverage community support through organizations like the Institute of Non-Violence and the confidence that the new recruits will be taught the necessary community skills for the partnership to flourish. But again congratulations on the efforts so far.

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East Side Monthly’s Little League Team Scores Big Congratulations to the East Side Monthly little league team, which we are proud to sponsor each year, for finishing first in the Fox Point-East Side little league. Also, kudos to the team’s longtime manager Jim Engle for bringing them home. So much for all this talk about print journalism being dead. Just give us some balls and bats and get out of our way!

Taveras Vetoes Proposal that Would Likely Increase Homeowner Taxes Kudos to Mayor Taveras for vetoing this City Council measure to allow a nonoccupied property owners to score a tax break without considering how the tax concessions will be offset within the upcoming budget. In succumbing to the lobbying efforts of the rental property owners, many of whom do not live in the city, the Council shifts more of the tax burden to the city’s homeowners, not just here on the East Side, but throughout the city. It also pits sections of the city against each other. In his message, the mayor was unequivocal in his reasoning: “I will not saddle Providence’s next mayor with a $6.6 million budget item in Fiscal 2016 with the

hope that the money will be available to pay for it. And I cannot in good conscience consent to an ordinance that reduces taxes for landlords who may not live in Providence on the back of homeowners who live in our city.” The problem is that unless some City Council members change their thinking, the votes to override the veto are there. The Council has 30 days to implement an override vote. City Council President Solomon, Majority Leader Seth Yurdin, College Hill Councilman Sam Zurier and Councilman David Salvatore were the four who voted against the measure. Two more votes are needed.

Providence Wins Community Policing Award Kudos to Police Chief Hugh Clements for the honor bestowed on his officers by the New England Association of Chiefs of Police who named Providence as the “Department of the Year for Community Policing.” In accepting the award, Clements noted that the accolade is especially gratifying given his force has 76 fewer officers than they did five years ago. While some help is on the way in terms of an expanded 2014 class of recruits, the commitment to community policy depends on leadership from the

It’ll be curious to see how the very, very busy Mr. Paolino, downtown Providence’s biggest landlord, spends his time this summer and fall. Joe has two big campaigns he needs to help manage. In Providence, he has been the most vocal supporter of Buddy Cianci’s decision to enter the Providence mayoral race. He’s already organized fundraisers in support of the former mayor. But in addition he has also gone all in on an effort to buy the Newport Grand slot machine operation, though only if Newport voters agree to allow his group to expand it to include full table games. To show his commitment, Joe has pledged to go door-to-door to make that happen. Mr. Paolino has always thought big and has several years as the head of economic development on his resume, so no one can accuse him of lacking commitment to improving his home city and state. Interesting times ahead for the former mayor it would seem.

we’re talking summer here. Enjoy.

Still Prescribing the Right Medicine We would be remiss if we didn’t take note of an opportunity we all have to say thanks to one of the true treasures of our state’s medical community. Dr. Stanley Aronson is an internationally acclaimed medical educator and researcher, a founding dean of the Brown Medical School, a co-founder of Hospice Care of R.I. and the Interfaith Health Care Ministries, a prolific author and a key clinician in the establishment of the laboratory test for Tay Sachs Disease and Muscular Dystrophy. Can any of us think of anyone who has done more to improve the state of healthcare in our state? And though long “retired,” the good doctor continues his insightful medical columns on the ProJo editorial page each Monday. Brown has already dedicated a $3 million research fund in his name. Now we can do our part to acknowledge his incredible efforts by contributing to support a chair that is being established in his name at Butler Hospital. Contact www.Butler.org/AronsonChairCampaign for more information. Congratulations Dr. Aronson on a lifetime well lived.

Fifty Items that Shaped Rhode Island Though the event is at the end of July, you should receive your East Side Monthly at your home well before then. (Please call our office if this is not the case.) At any rate the Providence based R.I. Historical Society will join with the Newport Historical Society to present an unusual collaborative exhibit, Big History, Little State: 375 Years in 50 Objects, as part of the Newport Antiques Show at St. George’s Middle School in Middletown July 25-28 complete with daily lectures. To preview highlights of the exhibit you can go to the Facebook page of the R.I. Historical Society. To learn more about the event itself, go NewportAntiquesShow.com. Yes we know it’s a hike to Newport, but c’mon,

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Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square Next Meetings 7 to 8:45pm Wednesday, August 27, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street at Elmgrove, next to CVS. Free and open to all. Our Eighth Anniversary The Neighborhood Discussion Group’s first meeting as an independent association, and its first at Books on the Square, was in July 2006, when city planners explained the “Providence Tomorrow” planning workshops (the ancestors of this year’s revised Zoning Ordinance) to about a dozen interested neighbors. Books on the Square has been a very helpful, friendly and tolerant host, whether our meetings hold one or 100. Candidate Forums At our meeting on Wednesday, August 27, we hope to arrange more formal, timed debates between the candidates in our local contested Democratic primaries. At press time, challengers had declared their candidacies against Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin (1st Ward, Fox Point and Wayland Square south of Angell), State Rep. Edith Ajello (1st District, College Hill and Wayland Square north of Angell) and State Sen. Gayle Goldin (3rd District, the whole East Side outside Mount Hope and University Heights). The sitting incumbents had also declared their candidacy for re-election. After the primary on September 9 has decided the Democratic nominee for City Council (either Seth Yurdin or Malcolm Reis), we hope to invite the winner to debate the uncontested Republican candidate (Michael Long) at our September or October meeting.

Commercial Comings and Goings Peachwave, the new yogurt bar at 19 South Angell (opposited Lin’s and Minerva), held a grand opening in June with face painting and balloons. At the end of June, many of the Square’s merchants put out tables for a three-day Summer Sidewalk Sale. Southwest Passage, the art and gift shop, has left the Square for New Hampshire, but is keeping a downtown presence in The Arcade. Farmstead restaurant and cheese shop (on Wayland between Medway and Waterman) has closed as its owners move into the Boston market, but an established local restaurateur has taken over the space and will reopen a different restaurant (without a cheese shop). The former Gabrielle’s, next to Red Stripe restaurant on Angell Street, has been split in two, with the back part giving more room to Red Stripe and the front holding F. Bianco, a select women’s clothing shop. More Information Check our Yahoo! Group’s public message board (below) to stay abreast of current local events and issues. Or join the group to receive regular announcements by e-mail, including select notices of neighborhood meetings, civic affairs and cultural events. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waylandsquare -David Kolsky

Summit neighborhood Association Art Work Invites Hummingbirds A new piece of sculpture in Lippitt Park is just asking for birds to perch on it. It is The Hummingbird Palace, Providence by artist Esther Solondz and was officially opened June 27 at a wine-and-strawberries celebration attended by dozens of people. A plaque posted as part of the exhibit reads, in part, that it is “to evolve over time. Flowering vines will grow through the structure while simultaneously attracting hummingbirds.” It asks observers to “Please post images of

The Hummingbird Palace, Providence by artist Esther Solondz, in Summit’s Lippitt Park where it is designed to attract the colorful birds.

hummingbirds you see!” Solondz says, “a couple of people helped finance” the project and “the city allowed me to do it.” She adds that the plantings include honeysuckle and morning glory, which attract hummingbirds, “but they just have to get here.” The artist is also seeking volunteers, especially students and seniors, to help with the maintenance of the plants and feeders as a community project. Ultimately, the piece is designed to address “the issues of fragile systems and how they might interact with one another.” www.thehummingbirdpalace.com Music Festival Set for This Month The Summit Music Festival, which has drawn hundreds of fans in the past, will be August 23 this year. It will be from 1-6pm in Lippitt Park, at the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard. This year’s lineup is unannounced as of this writing, but will be available on the SNA website soon. Last year’s roster consisted of nationally-known The Stooges Brass Band and Marco

Benevento Trio, as well as local favorites the Extraordinary Rendition Band, Roz and the Rice Cakes, Sugar Honey Iced Teas and local singer-songwriter, Emeline Easton. Just as last year, there will be a beer and wine garden for adults and various activities for children. Craft and food vendors are being lined up and a wide menu of offerings is expected. And since this is an election year, don’t be surprised to find a bevy of candidates for political office working the crowd. Community Gardens Grow Despite Snag The plan to put community gardens into a refurbished “tot lot” on Summit Avenue is moving forward in spite of hitting an unexpected snag. Bob McMahon, the superintendent of the city Parks Department, has said that the Planning Department has objected to the use of funds from a city grant because the money would not be going to a low-income neighborhood. McMahon said, however, that he is firmly committed to the project and is seeking ways to make it happen. He predicted that there would be enough

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money built up by his department by next summer for completion of the tot lot gardens. In the interim, he suggested a phased development in which some aspects of the total plan could be implemented with the money dedicated by SNA and Miriam Hospital. He said he and the architect of the Park Improvement Plan would revisit the tot lot in July to determine which features could move quickly to the construction phase. Residents Invited to Directors Meetings The board of directors convenes at 7pm on the third Monday of every month in the cafeteria of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave. The meetings are open and neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend. Minutes of all board meetings are posted on the SNA website under “Meetings and Agendas.” Summit Neighborhood Association, PO Box 41092, Providence, RI 02940. 489-7078, sna@sna.providence.ri.us, www.sna.providence.ri.us. -Kerry Kohring

Blackstone Parks Conservancy Children’s Voices Below, Heavy Machinery Above Down on River Road by the Seekonk River, children’s voices filled the air at Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) Saturday events. Above on weekdays, workmen operating heavy machinery and wielding shovels finished the long-awaited repair and upgrade of trails in record time. BPC volunteers overseeing the events below and the project above worked long hours. And that was just June in the Blackstone Park Conservation District. In July the ever-popular Trolley Shelter concert series began. Work on the overgrown South Garden at the foot of the Boulevard started with a grant from state Senator Donna Nesselbush. It is the latest of many years of enhancements by the Boulevard Committee led by Gale Aronson.

Stewardship and Children As co-stewards with the Providence Parks Department of both the semiwild park overlooking the Seekonk and the groomed Blackstone Boulevard Park, for years the BPC has focused mainly on physical care of these historic places. Maintenance of the two parks is both challenging and absorbing because of their fragile soils and heavy use by thousands of visitors. Winning major grants from state environmental agencies made it possible this year not only to gain a meaningful foothold in the erosion-prone Conservation District, but also to finally bring education into this volunteer organiza-

Trail Upgrades and a New Entrance While the Education Committee was establishing the Conservation District as the “Go to place for kids,” the Park Committee and the Parks Department were shepherding to completion trail improvement plans that had been years in the making. Generous grants from Rhode Island’s Departments of Environmental Management and Transportation and its Coastal Resources Management Council along with assistance from dedicated staff members in both agencies have now produced safer and more enjoyable center-section trails and a much-enhanced entrance at Parkside and Angell Streets.

tion’s mission. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a natural fit. The transformation began several years ago with Rhode Island Audubon Society - Providence After School Alliance classes in Blackstone Park with Nathan Bishop Middle School students taught by April Alix. The love these 12to 14-year-olds showed for the park and their desire to protect it clearly demonstrated the Conservation District’s suitability as a place for children both to escape city pressures and to learn about nature – a place to play and learn at the same time. Fortunately for the Conservancy, an early childhood specialist, Rick Richards, stepped forward in 2012 to chair the BPC’s new Education Committee and others experienced in early child development quickly joined him. They spent months mining the rich history and biology of the Park, organizing a trove of information for trail walks and for signs that could be accessed by smart phones, ever mindful of the need to train future stewards of this precious land. They reached out to people in spheres ranging from Indian lore to music to bird banding. The committee’s months of work led to events last summer and this one that drew numbers of excited children and parents not seen in the park for many years. The enthusiasm of the committee members is contagious.

Judging from the comments of many visitors, some of whom had been anxious over the prospect of change, most people have enjoyed the improved trails and the native plants installed in eroded areas to help keep soil in place. It all fits our vision of Healthy Urban Green Space for All. Events Trolley Shelter Concerts – 6-7:30pm August 6 - Nickel Jukebox, Motown and more August 20 - Miss Wensday and the Cotillions, Jazz and Razz-Ma-Taz Blackstone Park Conservation District Family Activities – All assemble in the field opposite the Narragansett Boat Club on River Road between Angell and Irving. August 9 - August Moon Rise on the Seekonk River 4pm - Build a Bat Box for the Bats of Blackstone Park 5pm - Children’s Moon Craft Activities 6pm - Picnic Dinner in the Field 6:45pm - Moon Rise 7pm - Bat Trail Walk led by Jen Kline August 16 - Mushroom Trail Walk led by Elena Riverstone Kindly send your East Side Marketplace receipts to Blackstone Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 603141, Providence, RI 02906. 270-3014, blackstoneparksconservancy.org,

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Fox Point neighborhood Association Events this Month FPNA Board Meeting, 7pm, Monday, August 11 at the Vartan Gregorian Bath House Community Room, 455 Wickenden Street. FPNA Organizing Seekonk Shoreline Meeting The Fox Point Neighborhood Association, FPNA, is seeking input and assistance from city and state elected and governmental leaders on ways to optimize the development of the Seekonk Greenway in Fox Point. The group also is organizing a stakeholders meeting of these two sectors, plus anyone, who has an interest in the extension of the Blackstone Bikeway, which is set for completion in 2016. This important link will connect the Blackstone Bikeway to the Washington Bridge, East Coast Bikeway, India Point Park and the City of Providence. “We are hoping to hold the meeting sometime this summer, so that we could have a list of recommendations for our annual fall membership meeting,” says John Rousseau, committee chair and executive secretary of FPNA. City Councilman Seth Yurdin attended FPNA’s June Board Meeting to assist with riverfront-related projects and act as a liaison to city departments, like Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Works. In July, State Sen. Gayle Goldin and Rep. Chris Blazejewki also attended FPNA’s board meeting to offer their support in assembling the necessary officials with the State to conduct a stakeholders meeting on this emerging greenway. Similarly, the newly formed Seekonk River Park group was conducting the same type of event. Residents, who live near the River Road, formed this group several months ago, to address

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concerns, assisted by their councilman, Sam Zurier. So far, they have had two public meetings prior to the late June meeting, which consisted of assembled government officials from the city and state to offer advice on development. Like FPNA, the Seekonk River Park group would like to have their area become more recreational through greater access to the riverfront. Their effort consists of three main objectives: greater access to the river, environmental restoration and a re-allocation of River Road to include a designated bikeway lane and legal parallel parking. (Right now, the area has no signage with parking directives, allowing for only illegal in-lane parking, the group maintains.) Ideas for greater river access include a boat launch, fishing decks and scenic overlooks. If you would like to participate in FPNA’s stakeholders meeting, contact John Rousseau at fpna@cox.net. A time and place will be announced at a later date. The Seekonk River Park group can be reached by contacting Rick Richards at rickarichards@gmail.com. PJ’s Pub Withdraws Application PJ’s Pubs of Narragansett, Cranston and Johnston, withdrew their request for a 2am, BX liquor license at 244 Wickenden Street, after considerable opposition was mounted by neighborhood groups, backed by Councilman Seth Yurdin. Both Fox Point Neighborhood Association and the newly formed Wickenden Area Merchants Association opposed the application in writing and attended the meetings in June. The two groups hired an attorney in anticipation of representing them at a second meeting, before the application was withdrawn. In a letter to the Providence Board of Licenses, FPNA Vice President Daisy Schnepel said the establishment would be “more of a rowdy bar than a restaurant,” based on their existing style of operations, which can be reviewed at their website, www.pjspubcranston.com. RE-Zoning Providence Underway City planners are moving forward with


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their rewrite of the Providence zoning code, which they say will modernize and clarify local land-use rules while encouraging some new urban development. The proposal would lower parking minimums for residential buildings citywide from 1.5 parking spaces per housing unit to one space per unit. It would also allow shared parking in mixed-use areas and require bicycle parking in new construction. The draft ordinance also would create a new “transit-oriented development overlay district,” (including North Main and Broad Streets), which would have no residential parking minimum and building heights up to 70 feet. The City reportedly also wants to include often controversial drinking and entertainment spots into new categories, such as nightclub, live performance venue and ancillary live entertainment, with retail alcohol sales a separate use. While the Providence Preservation Society, PPS, praised the proposed draft ordinance as offering clearer design standards, it requested the addition of a demoliton delay ordinance to address historic properties not protected by local historic districts. Providence’s eight local historic districts currently regulate approximately 2,500 properties. However, there are over 6,000 properties on the National Register of Historic Places in Providence, according to PPS. FPNA supports PPS’s recommendations, including that language be added to the Zoning Ordinance allowing the Historic District Commission to require expert opinions, where deemed necessary. City planners hope to implement the new zoning code, with City Council approval, in the fall and intend to continue a series of public meetings to gain feedback and generate further revisions over the summer. The draft includes illustrations to make it easier to understand design guidelines. To download the proposed ordinance, visit http://rezoningprovidence.com. Fox Point Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 603177, Providence, RI 02906. 270-7121, www.fpna.net, fpna@cox.net. -John Rousseau

Friends of Gladys Potter Park Story hours for tots with the Providence Athenaeum’s Lindsay Shaw Thursday mornings at 10:30am. Come on by and check out the First Public Park little Library in Providence. Take a book, leave a book. www.facebook. com/hparkfriends, erintcasey@gmail. com. -Erin Hartnett

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Fitness Classes have started at Brown Street Park (BSP). Please check our website for full details and registration information. Mondays: Hybrid Training. 5:306:30pm, taught by Cat (catsana@ hotmail.com). Tuesdays: Yoga. 9-10am, taught by Barbara M (bmorrissey108@gmail.com). Saturdays: Parkour. 11am-12pm, taught by Jonathan (jonathanmontalbano08@gmail.com). RI Street Workouts. 11am-12pm, taught by Adam (adamdcharbonneau@gmail.com). Join us for the Free Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative. All concerts start at Bring a picnic! In collaboration with Mayor Angel Taveras, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Partnership for Providence Parks and the Parks Department, Wednesday nights at 5:30. August 13: Ravi Shavi. August 27: Joe’s Backyard Band Check the website for cancellations and updates for classes and events. To find out what other parks in Providence are doing, check out www.Providenceparks.org. Friends of Brown Street Park, 30 Pratt Street Providence, RI 02906. 454-8712, www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org, wendy@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org. –Wendy Nilsson

College Hill neighborhood Association Thayer Street Developments For up-to-date information about the

construction on Thayer Street, whether it be the 257 Thayer Street residence building or the repaving schedule, please visit the Thayer Street DMA website at www.thayerstreetdistrict.com or like their Facebook page at Thayer Street District -TSDMA Providence RI. Their new comprehensive website includes an event calendar, news and improvements. RE:ZONING Providence Next Step The revised RE:ZONING Providence zoning ordinance proposal will be presented to the City Planning Commission in August. This is a public meeting. Written comments should be sent in advance of the meeting to City Plan Commission, c/o Choyon Manjrekar, 444 Westminster Street, Suite 3A, Providence, RI 029033215. You may sign-in at the meeting to speak as well. The current proposal may be found at www.rezoningprovidence.com. Upcoming public meetings for the final version of the proposed zoning ordinance and zoning map may be on the Get Involved page of that website. Upcoming CHNA Events We are still developing our event schedule for the fall, which will include a mayoral debate. Check for all details on our new website coming soon or sign up for our enewsletters if you haven’t already. CHNA Membership To become a new CHNA member (or renew), for only $20 per year, visit our website, www.collegehillna.com and click “Join CHNA.” Checks may be made out to CHNA Attn: Treasurer, Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906. Be sure to include your email and mailing address. More on the CHNA Website Visit www.collegehillna.com for additional updates on special use permits, crime activity, local resources, events and neighborhood activities. College Hill Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906. 6335230, www.collegehillna.com, chna@ collegehillna.com. –Allison Spooner







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ow much do you think a RISD education costs? $100,000? $150,000? More? Try $12. At that level, you might not walk out with a degree or the right to call yourself a classically trained artiste, but you can learn a thing or two. Twelve dollars is the cost of a regular adult admission at the RISD Museum (and there are even cheaper options), where the recently completed Radeke Restoration Project has reinvented the sixth floor. By now, you may have heard about the extensive renovations – and they’re admittedly pretty cool. The Eliza G. Radeke Building, dating to 1926, is the core structure of the museum’s five buildings, and is listed on the National Register

Museum Technician Michael Owen (left) and Lead Museum Technician Laura Ostrander moving the mummy and coffin of Nesmin to his new home

of Historic Places. In 2006, the museum embarked on an $8.4 million renovation that addressed three public floors of galleries and teaching spaces in four phases. The completed work was unveiled on June 13, and the centerpiece of it is the restoration and reinvention of the sixth-floor galleries housing the museum’s collections of Egyptian and Asian art (two of its most popular), and costume and textiles (which have been tragically underexplored). There is a lot to like about these renovations. The RISD Museum is known for having impressive and deep costume and textile collections – in fact, they were some of the first items in the museum’s collection – yet the Radeke Restoration represents the first time these treasures have their own dedicated spaces. Costume and Textile Curator Kate Irvin shows me a piece of Filipino piña cloth, made in the mid-19th century from a pineapple leaf fiber. “This has been in the museum since 1914, but it’s probably never been displayed before now,” she notes. In addition to the new textile gallery, there is also the Donghia Costume and Textiles Study Center. Students and visitors can go on a self-guided exploration of a rotating series of work displayed in more than 20 large study drawers. iPads offer information and closer examination of the individual items. “We want the public to explore on their own,” says Irvin. “We’ve reached into the depths of our collection.” To that end, these drawers, along with many of the other exhibits in the new galleries, will be rotated every six months. Beyond the new new features on the sixth floor, what’s old is also new again – namely the museum’s two most popular exhibits: the Buddha and the mummy. The big man is finally ready for his close-up, with softer, more natural light (part of which emanates from a formerly bricked over window that was reopened during renovations) around his new freestanding pedestal. The museum has had the giant wooden statue since the 1930s, but as Museum Publicist Lani Stack notes, “This is the first chance we’ve really had to take a close look at him and see what he has to say.” In studying and documenting the work, conservator Ingrid Neuman discovered three painted Japanese inscriptions, the legible parts of which have been translated for the new display. Meanwhile, our old friend Nesmin, the Egyptian priest (you remember him from your school field trip, right?), now rests in a swanky, custom-designed display. The tiered mountings allow visitors to simultaneously examine the mummy

himself, the coffin’s exterior and the previously hidden interior with the paintings he would have looked at in the afterlife. “It’s not something most museums would show you,” Stack points out. They even brought the mummy down to a lower level so that kids can more easily have a look on those school field trips. There are plenty of other cool architectural and technological improvements, as well: a recently uncovered skylight over the south staircase; better lighting to improve views and better acoustic baffles to improve the sense of serenity; wi-fi access; and Channel: an audio program that offers a deeper exploration of the making of many items. This is where the renovation becomes truly something different. The galleries haven’t just been remodeled – they’ve been reimagined. With that reimagining comes a whole new approach to how exhibits are curated, how collections are explored and how items are displayed. “The most commonly heard reaction at the museum is, ‘Wow, how did they do that?’” says

Education Director Sarah Ganz. “We’re responding to that with the fact that we’re an art school.” Indeed, much of the focus across the galleries is on exploring the processes and motivations behind the works of art. This extends to many subtle details in the way that objects are displayed and pieces within the exhibits are arranged. Items are often grouped thematically, crossing eras and cultures to show the development of ideas and techniques. “We can show interactions and juxtapositions between old and new. You can get lost in it,” says Irvin. As an example, she takes me to the new textile gallery, where a collection of printed cottons bearing botanical motifs fills a glass case. “We wanted the first installation to be very dense and show the diversity of the collection,” she explains. The items span different countries and time periods, demonstrating how one culture informs and influences another. Beginning with a contemporary piece made by a Japanese designer from a classic British fabric, the exhibit traces the influence back to an Indian mat for a

Ancient Egyptian Galleries including the Sculptor’s Model of a Striding King seen here in the center

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sculptor to teach students the “Egyptian canon of proportions,” and that the grid was intended to show scale. The nearby Sculptor’s Model of a Striding King served a similar purpose. Stack, a dancer herself, then takes me to view Shiva Nataraja, the King of Dance, a 16th century Indian statue. It is displayed on a freestanding pillar in the middle of the room, instead of being mounted against a wall. New research by the museum revealed that this piece was intended to be carried in processions, hence displaying it in the round, so that the viewer can observe it the way it was meant to be seen. She even points out the hole in the statue where a pole would have been inserted to carry it in the procession. “These are just bits and pieces,” Stack explains. “We quite deliberately made it so you see them as fragments. What does the object itself propose, as opposed to what do we want to say overall?” Expanding on this sense of art education, Channel, the new audio program, brings the artist’s voice into the galleries in a way it never has been present before. In over 100 commentaries, artists and scholars were brought in to explain, examine, interpret and reveal the secrets behind select pieces. For instance, Shiva Nataraja’s audio includes commentary from both a dancer and a religious studies scholar from Brown, exploring both facets of the piece. It’s a great education on how and why art is really made, something you might not get from a museum that’s not attached to an art school. And all for only $12, making it the best deal in art education. RISD Museum. 224 Benefit Street. 454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org.

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What values are being instilled in the next generation? By Jill Davidson Summer, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Near the top of the list is freedom from interaction with my children around homework. To be fair, they love school and are fairly responsible about homework completion. Nevertheless, I initiate daily conversations about homework – whether and how was it done, and whether it actually made it back into the backpack ahead of the next school day. This year, our oldest son is entering high school, so I’ve been anticipating plenty of conversation about managing schoolwork in the face of expanded social life, activities and freedom. This seems like responsible parenting, yet I now wonder if this emphasis on schoolwork as well as the overt value that our family places on academic success has a downside. I started contemplating this when I read “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” a study released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project that offers valuable insights into teaching, learning and parenting. Authored by Rick Weissbourd, Stephanie Jones and colleagues, the report shares the startling indication that a “large majority of youth across a wide spectrum of races, cultures and classes appear to value aspects of personal success – achievement and happiness – over concern for others.” The primary reason for this? We – parents, teachers and other formative adults – are sending mixed messages about what we value, and these signals influence young people far more than we may realize. “The Children We Mean to Raise” points out that though adults indicate that they value caring, fairness and kindness, nearly 80% of youth surveyed reported that they believe that their parents are more concerned about achievement or personal happiness than caring for others. These young people were also three times more likely to agree than disagree with this statement: “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.” The effects of these perceptions and

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and the sun is busting through the clouds, a sign from the heavens that it’s a good time to head to the Hope Street Farmers’ Market at Lippitt Park. I yank my kids out of bed, with promises that they can fill their empty bellies with a chunk of bread or a cinnamon bun from welcoming vendors. I’ve gone to the market many times before, but rarely with my kids, and that’s a sin I aim to rectify. Here are the things you need for the famers’ market: a bit of cash since transactions happen the old-fashioned way; a tote for your purchases; sneakers for the grass; a willingness to try new things; a sense of curiosity; and a dog, if you have one. Leave your cell phone at home. This is not the mall. We park on a side street and cross Hope to a crowd of people, gabbing, browsing and eating, so much eating, everything from granola bars and apple slices to Indian fare and burritos. “Let’s roll and see what we find,’’ says my oldest, Peder. Our first stop is Rocket Fine Street Food, a food truck that had visited the boys’ school earlier in the year for a fundraiser. Peder chats it up with the owners and orders two bowls of mac and cheese – one for him, the other for his brother, Henry. If there were awards for the best mac and cheese in Little Rhody, the boys say Rocket would win. “Come again,’’ says the owner, peeking

from her window. The East Side is a cozy neighborhood. If you go to, say, the grocery store, chances are you’ll bump into someone you know. The scene at the famers’ market is no different. So many familiar faces. There’s Linda Kushner behind the Arcadian Fields booth. Myrth York is by the fountain. I see a fellow member of the Seekonk Swim Club buying fresh mushrooms. And who is that gent campaigning for mayor? By far, our best find is Jason, friend to Henry and Peder and artist extraordinaire who is selling T-shirts emblazoned with his stunning artwork. He’s a spirited 13-year-old: 50% of his profits go to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Pleasantries are exchanged, then he agrees to a quick interview, with his dog, Cody, standing by: Me: “How’s business?’’ Jason: “Great!’’ Me: “Why do you like being an entrepreneur?’ Jason: “It’s fun! And I get to be in the middle of things.’’ Yes, indeed, the farmers’ market is a business kid’s dream. Off we go, stopping at as many booths as we can jam into this blue-sky day. Peder buys a pot of basil. Henry plunks down a few bucks for a bottle of homemade black cherry soda. “Taste this mom,’’ he says. I do. “Pretty good,’’ he says. “Perfect,’’ I say.

We stop at the Beautiful Day booth to sample the best granola in the state, maybe the world. My friend, Maitham Wadia, is at the helm with his fatherin-law. They are Iraqi refugees, and the nonprofit has helped them make a start in America. Peder buys a box of granola bars. Maitham makes sure he gets an assortment, even one flavored with mango. “Nice to see you,’’ says Maitham. “You too,’’ I say. Next stop is the Seven Stars stand, swamped with customers. Peder is a man who knows what he wants, and today he wants epi bread, a baguette strung together in pieces. “Do you have epi?’’ he asks a clerk. “We do,’’ she says. Peder bites off a chunk. “It’s such cool bread,’’ he says. “No need for a knife.’’ Lunch is a creamy lemon drop cupcake from the Cupcakerie and a Del’s. Then we stroll among the artists, selling things like vases fashioned out of old Coke bottles and bracelets made from silver spoons. I’m lured to a stand offering free slices of Empire apples from Hill Orchards. Crisp yet juicy. “I’ll take a dozen,’’ I say. We all make a pact that we’ll go back the next weekend. “This is what I love about the East Side,’’ says Peder. “This shows that the East Side can get together.’’ His apple is as sweet as mine. Elizabeth Rau can be reached at erau1@ verizon.net.

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Classic Cocktails with a Local Twist Sip on an east Side Mule at the waterman Grille By Cristy Raposo Personal trainer and Waterman Grille bartender Alexis Bollwage will run as much as she needs to in order to enjoy good food and wine. This wine aficionado takes a page out of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf by developing all her selves and focuses on living a healthy balance. Quench your thirsty self with a visit to her bar any Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night.

Which cocktail best represents their commitment to locally sourced products? Old Fashioned Uprising made with American Uprising Whiskey, muddled orange and cherry, local honey, simple syrup and orange bitters. The whiskey is distilled in South Kingstown and the honey is from Aquidneck Farm. It’s a local twist on an old fashioned.

Where’d you learn your bartending basics? At 19, I was waitressing for the first time at a local pub down in Alabama. I asked them to make me a bartender. I went from there to New York and all over the country. Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked in everything from fine dining to nightclubs to dive bars and pubs to corporate.

What is your signature cocktail? One of my favorite drinks to make is a nice summer cocktail. It’s made with Maker’s Mark, soda water, bitters and lemon. My guests call it the Dragon’s Kiss.

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How did you discover the Waterman Grille? When I moved back to RI a little over a year ago, I asked everyone I knew what the best restaurant was and they all answered, “Waterman Grille.” I came in with my resume and was hired. It’s a hidden gem. It’s deceptively large yet still intimate and features an outdoor patio. Why do you think it is the best restaurant to bartend at? The picturesque view of the river is beautiful and unparalleled. We have a really good atmosphere here. I love our food and cocktails; they’re amazing. We use sustainable local ingredients from local farms. We really try to help the little man by featuring ingredients in our cocktails and food that other places don’t. That comes through in the quality of the food. Food and cocktails are consistent, which is key. I’m proud of the items I serve my guests. It’s important; I want to be proud of what I do.

What’s a cocktail original to Waterman Grille that we must try? Our take on the Moscow Mule – the East Side Mule. It’s made with cucumber organic infused vodka, ginger beer, lime and diced cucumber, and garnished with a cucumber peel. Our general manager uses his grandmother’s secret family recipe to make our own authentic limoncello. We serve it after dinner and also use it in a Lemon Drop Martini. We also make our own negroni with Fifty Pounds Gin; we make it and let the flavors meld. It’s wine-style vermouth. Our Bacon Bloody Mary features our own amazing mix and housemade chipotleinfused vodka. How would you describe your cocktail list? Classics with a twist. We change the menu about twice a year to incorporate seasonal changes. If you’re not in the mood for a cocktail, what else is available? We have a great list of wines by the glass and feature some phenomenal beers like the Two Roads Double IPA; it’s hoppy but really smooth. My favorite wine here

Alexis Bollwage on the patio of Waterman Grille

is the Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s an organic and biodynamic wine; the fields aren’t irrigated so that the grapes’ roots must grow deeper to get water. You can truly taste the minerals as a result. Their wine is just amazing. I’m just in love with it. It’s a better quality wine. What’s your most memorable bartending experience? Any time when guests leave and they give me a hug and say they had such a wonderful time because we made their birthday or made their anniversary. It makes it all worth it. This is why I do what I do. It makes me feel all glowy and good knowing I made someone’s night memorable. What are you up to when you’re not bartending? I’m a full-time biology major earning a degree in physical therapy. I’ll be bartending ’til the end of time to pay

off those student loans. I’m also a personal trainer. Weight training and running are my two favorites. I need more yoga in my life. I love fitness. That’s why I’m going for physical therapy. I want to be able to help people lead happy, fit active lives. I tore my ACL ten years ago; during the recovery process I realized that I didn’t know much about the function of my own body. I love being active but I also love good food and drink. I’ll run as much as I need to in order to drink good wine and eat good food. It’s important to focus on all aspects of life, not neglect some and find a healthy balance.

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Let Them Eat Cake

A boutique bakery opens on the west Side By Alastair Cairns Tattooed on one sleeve,

a cupcake death’s head with a cherry on top, complete with candy hearts for eyes and nose cavity; on the other, a four-tiered cake on a pedestal, inscribed, “Let them eat cake.” Kelly Dull wears the quote well, indeed she has been helping people eat cake for her whole young career. Standing behind the counter at the brand new North Bakery in Federal Hill, just a block east of its parent restaurant North, she has the excited look of someone who has arrived just where they are meant to. Stretching in front of her on a single milled piece of downed cherry are more than a dozen baking trays, and I’d like to eat what’s on all of them. Pies, cookies, cakes, macaroons, tarts, scones, all the traditions are here, but with some intriguing variations. Her lemon tart has rosemary worked into the crust. There’s a lemon cake with coffee curd for sale, lest you thought curd was just for lemons. This one is made by brewing coffee in milk and using that as a custard base. The Dan Dan handpie, a square stuffed pastry, speaks to the bakery’s connection to North. Less squid, it uses the same ingredients as the phenomenal Dan Dan noodles they make just down the block: the fat sticky chewy rice morsels, the braised goat and fermented chili, but now with pastry encapsulating the lot. Faux-reo’s are exactly what they claim to be, not so much a reverse engineered Oreo, but what a self-hating Oreo dreams it could be, were it not made in a factory. The textures are similar, but here you actually taste dark chocolate, offset by the cream filling. The sign outside announces, “Game of Scones - breakfast is coming” and at time of visiting there were two survivors, Cheddar Jalapeño and Lemon Rosemary. Despite her welcoming friendliness, Kelly is not a sweet summer child. Strangely enough, especially considering the evidence lined up before me, Kelly says she does not have a sweet tooth and prefers more complex flavors and savory baking. You can see this approach in her offerings. There are still lots of sweet things, but they are balanced, and not saccharine. Even the simple classics are a lot more thoughtful; her chocolate chip cookies are melty with generous chunks of good

Artful confections at North Bakery

dark chocolate that holds its bitterness, and they are delicately sprinkled with rock salt. Kelly has worked around the country, including learning from Wendy Kromer of Martha Stewart Weddings fame, and most recently in Chicago at Magnolia Bakery. When James Mark, who attended Johnson & Wales with Kelly, gave her a call over the winter and sketched out the project, she immediately accepted and soon after moved, much to the joy of the North restaurant staff, who were eager taste testers as Kelly developed her menu. Kelly and her team will also be offering all manner of custom made cakes for weddings and any other events. As she puts it, “I make dreams come true,” which, if your dreams are highly sculptural and involve flour and sugar, is no overstatement. The bakery is open from 7am to 6pm and in addition to all the baked goods offers North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee, one of the darlings of the boutique micro-lot coffee world. 70 Battey Street. www.northbakery.com Openings and Closings Bocado Tapas Bar opened June 20, bringing tapas and churros y chocolate to Valley Street. Bocado roughly translates to mouthful, or a bite of something; but in addition to

typical tapas plates, the restaurant also serves larger dishes like Paella. This is the second location for Bocado, having enjoyed success in Worcester since opening in 2006. Bocado is open for dinner and late night seven days a week. 60 Valley Street, Providence. 270-6080, www. bocadotapasbar.com Blue Grotto on Federal Hill has abruptly closed and gone into receivership, following on the heels of the Vintage Restaurant in Woonsocket, also owned by Mike Danahy. For some workers as well as those with party reservations, the closure came without warning in what appears an unfortunately messy end for a restaurant that under various owners has been a fixture serving Italian food Federal Hill for over three decades. Logo Competition The Hope Street Farmers Market is running a logo competition, inviting local artists to compete to design their new market logo. In addition to being able to say “do you know who I am” as they peer over a basket of heirloom tomatos, the winner will receive a $300 cash prize, along with $100 in fresh bucks market currency. Entries must be received by August 31, and an entry form and other information can be found at www.hopestreetmarket.com

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10 Prime Steak & Sushi Gourmet steaks and sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 4532333. LD $$$

Breachway Grill Classic New England fare, plus NY-style pizza. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, 213-6615. LD $$

Dragon Palace Fresh sushi and Asian cuisine. 733 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, 789-2308. LD $-$$

Guytanno’s Cafe Inspired international cuisine. 62 Franklin St, Westerly, 3846221. LD $$

2 Pauls’ City Grille Comfort food with a family feel. 315 Waterman Ave, East Providence, 228-7285. BrLD $-$$

Caprice Restaurant & Bar Upscale Italian, romantic atmosphere. 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. D $$-$$$

Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$

Hanley’s Ale House Full service pub, great fun. 52 Pine St, Providence, 8610001. LD $-$$

Andreas Authentic Greek food since 1966. 268 Thayer St, Providence, 3317879. BrLD $-$$

Casa Della Luce American/Italian bistro and gourmet pizzeria. 105 Franklin St, Westerly, 637-4575. LD $$

Enn Japanese Creative sushi and Japanese food. 600 George Washington Hgwy, Lincoln, 333-0366. LD $$

Harry’s Bar & Burger Creative sliders and cocktails. 121 N Main St, Providence, 228-7437. LD $-$$

Arturo Joe’s Italian food close to the beaches. 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 789-3230. LD $$

CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in a historic setting. 14 Imperial Place, Providence, 751-9164. BrLD $$-$$$

East Side Creamery & Diner Neighborhood diner and ice cream shop. 170 Ives St, Providence, 865-6088. BrLD $

Aspire Seasonal Kitchen Contemporary New England fare. 311 Westminster St, Providence, 521-3333. BBrLD $$-$$

Centro Restaurant & Lounge Contemporary cuisine and cocktails. 1 W Exchange St, Providence, 228-6802. BLD $$$

Fieldstones Relaxed family setting, something for everyone. 980 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, 293-5200. LD $$

Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House Classic clam shack fare, plus famous doughboys. 889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, 737-9459; 1157 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-5608. LD $

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails Tapas and eclectic cuisine and cocktails. 378 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-8855. BrLD $$$

Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 100 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 944-4900. BrLD $$$

Flatbread Company Artisanal pizza, local ingredients. 161 Cushing St, Providence, 273-2737. LD $-$$

Black Bass Grille Classic seafood, historic waterfront setting. 3 Water St, South Dartmouth, 508-999-6975. LD $$

DeWolf Tavern Gourmet American/ Indian fusion. 259 Thames St, Bristol, 254-2005. BLD $$-$$$

Giros Hometown Grille Pub-style food, friendly service. 501 High St, Peace Dale, 887-752-0794. BrLD $-$$

Bon Asian Bistro Sushi and hibachi, stylish bar scene. 1386 Atwood Ave, Johnston, 270-0777. LD $$

DiMare Seafood Fresh seafood restaurant and market. 2706 South County Trail, East Greenwich, 885-8100. LD $$-$$$

Gourmet Heaven Deli, salad bar and prepared foods. 173 Weybosset St, Providence, 536-9000. BLD $

Kon Asian Bistro Sushi and hibachi, stylish bar scene. 553 Main St, East Greenwich, 886-9200. LD $$ Lim’s Restaurant Upscale Thai and fresh sushi. 18 South Angell St, Providence, 383-8830. LD $$ Lobster Pot Serving traditional New

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Kartabar Mediterranean-style cuisine, chic setting. 284 Thayer St, Providence, 331-8111. LD $-$$

England classics and seafood since 1929. 119 Hope St, Bristol, 253-9100 Br L D $$-$$$

Paragon & Viva Contemporary dining and nightlife. 234 Thayer St, Providence, 331-6200. BrLD $-$$

Scampi Seafood and Italian with expansive water views. 657 Park Ave, Portsmouth, 293-5844. LD $$

The Sea Goose Seafood with New England and Southern flair. 265 Post Rd, Westerly, 315-0788. LD $$-$$$

Luxe Burger Bar Build your own creative burger. 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $

Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 3310003. LD $-$$

Seasons Fine dining at the Ocean House. 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, 5847000. BLD $$$

The Twisted Vine Romantic wine bar with tapas and full meals. 3 Canal St, Westerly, 596-4600. D $$

Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, Smithfield. sienari.com D $$-$$$

Two Ten Oyster Bar & Grill Enjoy fresh seafood and sushi by the salty water. 210 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield, 7820100 L D $$-$$$

Mariner Grille Creative seafood, pub atmosphere. 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284, 3282. LD $$ Meeting Street Cafe Huge sandwiches and cookies. 220 Meeting St, Providence, 273-0166. BLD $ Mews Tavern Family dining, with a whiskey bar. 456 Main St, Wakefield, 783-9370. LD $-$$ Mile & a Quarter Eclectic cuisine and wine bar. 334 South Water St, Providence, 331-1500. LD $-$$ Mill’s Tavern Historic setting for New American gourmet. 101 N Main St, Providence, 272-3331. D $$$ MuMu Cuisine Asian fusion cuisine specializing in sushi, Chinese fusion and Thai. 220 Atwells Ave, Providence, 369-7040 L D $$-$$$

Pavilion Steakhouse & Banquets Grand, banquet-hall style dining. 15A Frontier Rd, Hopkinton, 377-9900. BrLD $$$ Phil’s Main Street Grille Classic comfort food; great rooftop patio. 323 Main St, Wakefield. 783-4073 B Br L D$ PJ’s Pub Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, pub atmosphere. 135 Boon St, Narragansett. 783-3200. LD. $$ Public Kitchen & Bar American food with changing daily inspirations. 120 Francis St, Providence, 919-5050. BrLD $-$$ Rasa Authentic and contemporary Indian. 149 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2822. LD $$

Nami Fun, stylish sushi and hibachi. 198 Atwells Ave, Providence, 383-6559. LD $$$

Rasoi Vegetarian-friendly Indian cuisine. 727 East Ave, Pawtucket, 7285500. LD $$

Nonni’s Italian Restaurant Traditional Italian eatery and pasta shop. 1154 Stafford Rd, Tiverton, 624-3087. LD $$

Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 4376950. BrLD $$

Oak St. B&B Delicious, inventive burgers and breakfast. 87 Oak St, Westerly, 315-2520. BLD $

Rick’s Roadhouse House-smoked barbecue. 370 Richmond St, Providence, 272-7675. LD $-$$

Oceanside at the Pier New England fare overlooking the Atlantic. 1 Beach St, Narragansett, 792-3999. BrLD $$

Rue De L’Espoir American cooking with French soul. 99 Hope St, Providence, 751-8890. BBrLD $$

Sweet Cakes Coffee shop and gourmet bakery. 1227 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale, 789-5420. BL $ T’s Restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, 946-5900. BL $ Tara’s Tipperary Tavern Oceanside Irish-American pub fare. 907 Matunuck Beach Rd, Matunuck, 284-1901. BLD $ Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/American bistro. 16 W Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ The Cafe at Easy Entertaining Locally sourced, freshly made bites for breakfast and lunch. 166 Valley St, Bldg 10, Providence, 437-6090 BL $-$$ The Dorrance Fine dining with exquisite cocktails. 60 Dorrance St, Providence, 521-6000. D $$$ The Malted Barley Gourmet pretzels and craft brews. 42 High St, Westerly, 315-2184. $ The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn Quintessential New England fare. 25 Spray Rock Rd, Westerly, 322-0301. BLD $$$

Trinity Brewhouse Rhode Island’s original brewpub. 186 Fountain St, Providence, 453-2337 LD $-$$ UMelt Fun twists on grilled cheese. Providence and Kingston, 383-6732. LD $ Vetrano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Italian cooking like grandma made. 130 Granite St, Westerly, 348-5050. LD $$ Vittoria’s NY Pizza Best pizza north of Manhattan. 224 Post Rd, Westerly, 322-1901. LD $-$$ Waterman Grille Riverfront New American dining. 4 Richmond Sq, Providence, 521-9229. BLD $$$ Wes’ Rib House Missouri-style BBQ, open late. 38 Dike St, Providence, 4219090. LD $$ Whiskey Republic Delicious dockside pub fare. 515 South Water St, Providence, 588-5158. LD $-$$ XO Cafe Creative cocktails and New American fare. 125 N Main St, Providence, 273-9090. BrD $$ Zooma Trattoria Fresh Italian using house-made pasta. 245 Atwells Ave, Providence, 383-2002. LD $$

Worth The Drive:

Pavilion Steak House & Banquets Grand, banquet-style dining

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is alive and well in South County. Pavilion Steak House & Banquets is a classic restaurant and banquet hall nestled in scenic Ashaway. More than just a restaurant, it’s a destination unto itself, boasting its own driving range, mini-golf course and Ice Cream Depot.

This carnivore’s paradise is home to in-house cured meats, like their coffeecrusted bacon and premium steak, poultry and pork cuts. The restaurant also doubles as a destination for wedding parties and banquets. Pavilion offers an outdoor patio and its own tent for outdoor occasions.

Can’t-Miss Dish: 9oz. Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, Center Cut with choice of sauce, and potato, soup and salad bar. 9oz Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin

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On the town Calendar

by Erin Balsa

August music | performance | social happenings | galleries | sports

DON’T MISS THIS MONTH: 10 events at the top of our list

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Opera in the Park. August 3 at Hopkins Square in Providence. www.operaprovidence.org Burnside Park Music Series and Beer Garden. Thursdays at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. www.kennedyplaza.org/music-series

Design the Night: It’s a Circus. August 21 at the RISD Museum in Providence. www.risdmuseum.org/calendar The Providence Flea. Sundays at the Providence River Greenway in Providence. www.providenceflea.com

Sleeper Agent. August 1 at Waterplace Park in Providence. www.wbru.com Hope Street Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays: Lippitt Park in Providence. www.farmfreshri.org.

Pendragon. August 7 at the John Brown House Museum in Providence. www.rihs.org Ravi Shavi. August 13 at Brown Street Park in Providence. www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org Fargnoli Concert Series. August 6, 12 and 19 at Fargnoli Park in Providence. www.providenceri.com/artculturetourism

Enjoy a free concert on August 3 hosted by Opera Providence

Summit Music Festival. August 23 at Lippitt Park in Providence. summitneighbors.org


And… Action!

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Don’t miss the 18th Annual Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), which will be held over the course of six days at venues in Providence, Woonsocket, Bristol and Jamestown. Attend the whole event and see over 200 film screenings – from short films to feature films, there’s something for everyone. The popular festival attracts more than 5,300 entries from around the world, so you’re sure to be seeing the best of the best. (Several of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations!) The opening night celebration on August 5 at the Providence Performing Arts Center includes film screenings at 7pm followed by a gala soiree at 9:30. The fun continues on August 6 with a walking tour of Providence film locations, departing from the Dean Hotel. Other activities include a scriptwriting workshop, a film forum, a kids’ fest and more. Go online for details. www.film-festival.org.

Flynn Curry as Sam in Go Fish is playing at the Rhode Island International Film Festival

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COLUMBUS THEATRE August 1: Vio/Miré with Death Vessel and Micah Blue Smaldone. August 23: Wild Ones. August 27: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang. 270 Broadway. 6219660, www.columbustheatre.com.

MOHEGAN SUN August 1: John Legend. August 2: Panic! at the Disco. August 6: The Moody Blues. August 7: Fuel. August 21: Maxi Priest. August 29: Josh Groban. August 31: Prince Royce. 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 888-2267711, www.mohegansun.com. PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER August 20: Jackson Browne. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 4212787, www.ppacri.org. THE SPOT UNDERGROUND Mondays: Open Mic. Tuesdays: ReCreation. 101 Richmond Street, Providence. 383-7133, www.thespotunderground.com.

FARGNOLI PARK August 6, 12 and 19: Fargnoli Concert Series. Jastram and Smith Streets, Providence. www.providencri.com/ artculturetourism.

TWIN RIVER August 1: Gary Hoey with Gregg Hodde. August 2: Something Else. August 8: Dezyne. August 9: Bon Jersey. August 15: Air Supply. August 15: M-80. August 16: Steve Anthony and Persuasion. August 22: Creedence Clearwater Revisited. August 22: Amish Outlaws. August 23: The Nerds. August 31: Another Tequila Sunrise. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 723-3200, www. twinriver.com.

FETE MUSIC August 5: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. August 28: Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes. 103 Dike Street, Providence. 383-1112, www.fetemusic.com.

CLASSICAL BILTMORE Thursdays: Live jazz on the terrace. 11 Dorrance Street, Providence. 4210700, www.providencebiltmore.com.

FOXWOODS August 2: Sammy Hagar. August 15: Austin Mahone. August 22: Yanni. August 31: ZZ Top and Jeff Beck. 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com.

OPERA PROVIDENCE August 8-10: The Mikado. Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence. 331-6060, www.operaprovidence.org.

LIPPITT PARK August 23: Summit Music Festival. Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard, Providence. www.sna.providence.ri.us.

RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY August 7: Concerts Under the Elms presents Pendragon. 110 Benevolent Street, Providence. 331-8575, www. rihs.org.

COMEDY AS220 August 6: LuLz! Comedy Night hosted by Randy Bush. First Sunday: The Empire Revue with sketch comedy, improv, music, burlesque and magic. 115 Empire Street, Providence. 831-9327, www.as220.org. COMEDY CONNECTION Fridays: Hardcore Comedy. August 6: Nasty Show with Lenny Clarke. August 8; Larry Myles. August 9: John Valby. August 9: 50 Shades. August 15: Sullivan and Son. August 22-23: Corey Manning. August 28; Jim Breuer. August 29-30: Dave Russo. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. 438-8383, www.ricomedyconnection.com. FOXWOODS August 1: Andrew Dice Clay. August 2: Nasty Show. August 6-8 & 10-14: Last Comix Standing. August 16: George Lopez. August 23: World Star Comedy Show. 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com.

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Free estimates. Cement, brick, stone, patio, walks, driveways, chimneys, fireplaces. Repairs. Bobcat services. Insured. Lic. #29611. www.ladservicesllc.com 401-487-5118.

MalIN PaINTINg Most ceiling & wall repairs, wallpaper removal, oil-based and latex finishes, staining, varnishing. Fully insured, many local references. Safe, secure, fast service. Call 226-8332. Reg. #19226.

MasTER ElEcTRIcIaN Install, service, repair. Expert troubleshooting. Free detailed computerized estimate. Deal direct with owner. Lic. #AC 004110 & insured. Small jobs done promptly. All work guaranteed. Save $$$. Family owned & operated. Local resident. Calls returned immediately. 401-258-4793, John.


suPERB HOusEPaINTINg High end workmanship. Small jobs a specialty. Call Ron 751-3242. Reg. #18128.

Harold Greco, Jr. Plaster Perfection ★ ★ Insurance Estimates ★ Mold Inspections

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Boreal Remodeling General Home Repair, including Kitchens, Baths, Decks & Additions Reg. # 22013

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We Specialize in painting & carpentry Experts in Water Problems

From Roofs, Gutters & Basements Over 20 years of experience on historical homes Certified Lead Renovated LRM #0514 RI Reg #7320 • Fully insured gET IT dONE! call TOday!

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Petsitting & overnights, your home or mine, located on East Side, near park & woods. Dog & cat first aid certified. References. Call Nikki at 831-6187 or 301-1806.

Experienced European woman, legal resident. References available. Call 243-4483.

Very kind, patient, mature woman seeks position with elderly person. Intelligent, cheerful, reliable, with 20 years experience, including several long-term positions. Impeccable references. Please call 781-3392 or 497-3392.

Professional, reliable, experienced. Excellent local references. Free estimates. Call Marilyn at 497-8770.

HOusEclEaNER available Crystal Clean, a quality housecleaning service. We don’t cut corners. Weekly or bi-weekly. We use environmentally friendly products. Bethany 265-0960.

dOg WalKER/PET sITTER Trained to administer medications. Reliable, bonded, references available. Home visits. Call Susan 527-3914. Loves animals.

HOusE clEaNINg Experienced. Local references. Free estimates. Call Lilly, 401-419-2933.

PaWs-N-claWs, llc Dog walking/pet sitting. Professional, reliable pet care. Insured & bonded. Call 401-369-9000 or www.pawsnclawsri.com


If you need a house cleaner who is organized and with good prices & excellent references, call 401-475-3283

dIVORcE MEdIaTION A private, confidential, out of court alternative to expensive litigation. Suzette Pintard, JD, M.Ed. 401-286-9587.

PERsONal assIsTaNT aVaIlaBlE Only when you need one. Too busy to pickup the dry cleaning, shop, wait for a delivery, take the dog to the groomer? I can run your errands for you. Hire for a day or by the hour. References. Call 270-1120.


KINd caRE ~ sENIORs Appointments, errands, shopping, cleaning & maint. Refs. Safety bars installed. Reg #3052. 559-0848.



lEE’s BasIc clEaNINg House cleaning. Reasonable rates. References. 24 years in business. Call Lee, 785-1230. Basic cleaning done right.

Old, used and almost new. Also buying photography, art, etc. Call 401-421-2628. jcvp@cox.net


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Congdon St., $125 covered carport. Benefit St. (north end), $115/mo. Call Roger, 339-4068. rogernc@mac.com

Round Again Records needs your used CDs and records. Cash paid. Call 351-6292.




audIO/VIdEO HElP If you need some help with your TV, home theater or stereo, call me at 401-383-4102. Jon Bell, Simply Sight & Sound. Reasonable rates. 25 years of experience.

cHaRlIE’s KNIFE sharpening Henckles, Wusthof, VictorinoxForchner and serrated knifes, just to name a few. Local pickup & delivery, East Side. 831-6187

Work directly with seamstress and save! Purchase fabric elsewhere. Linda Toti, 508-695-2474.

PROPERTy MaNagER Available. On call 24/7. Rent collection. Rentals, evictions, maintenance. Call 421-0092.

cusTOM WINdOW TREaTMENTs and more. In-home consultation. 30 years experience. 401-949-1587.

Need your cellar, attic or garage cleaned, but... can’t quite get to it?? You can call

TAKE-IT-AWAY-TOM at 401-434-8156 Mobile 316-2273

Garages & Attics Cleaned Unwanteds Removed Small Demolitions - Garages, Sheds, etc. Appliances & Lawn Mowers â?–Motors â?–Machines â?–Batteries â?–Etc.

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or call Sue at 401-732-3100 or email sueh@rhodybeat.com to reserve your space. Deadline for East Side Marketplace is the first of the month prior.

The easT sider

Terry Sullivan shares his love of the outdoors

The Nature Conservancy’s State Director, Terry Sullivan, Gets Out Into the Wild By Nancy Kirsch

Did you grow up appreciating nature? “I fell in love with Narragansett Bay during summers at our cottage at Warwick’s Rocky Beach. In Keene, N.H., where I grew up, my parents introduced me to skiing, hiking and fishing. I saw America’s landscape through a young person’s eyes,” says Terry,


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when, as a high school student, he and his family visited many national parks during a cross-country drive.

These investments create economic benefits and offer a better quality of life for people.

Rhode Island ranks so poorly on many national indicators. Are we protecting our open spaces? “We’ve been very successful. The Champlin Foundations have donated more than $50 million in the past 25 or 30 years to open space conservation and voters consistently approve open space bonds at very high ratings,” Terry explains. Our most urban communities – including Providence and Central Falls – are strong supporters.

Any advice for East Siders about enjoying nature or favorite East Side green spaces?

“Few other states have the history of investments from foundations, individuals and government to both protect and restore natural resources that Rhode Island does,” Terry asserts.

“As the upper Narragansett Bay and Seekonk River water quality improves, I’d encourage people to get on the water,” he says. “Take out a kayak or canoe; see the land from that perspective.” This summer, the Department of Environmental Management, with TNC’s help, will open a boat ramp and dock on Gano Street (near Dunkin’ Donuts). India Point Park speaks to the value of protecting urban spaces. “Peggy Sharpe, a TNC founding trustee, has been incredible; her mother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, was instrumental in saving that

land,” Terry recalls. “With industry and poor water quality there, it took real foresight to envision and execute a plan for the area to become green space. “Blackstone Boulevard proves that people want access to places to enjoy nature, even if it’s just a strip between two streets.” Closing words? “Rhode Islanders tell us what they want for their future and TNC tries to be responsive to those visions,” Terry explains. There’s lots going on at TNC; visit www. nature.org Nancy Kirsch is a Providence-based freelance writer. Contact her at writernancy@gmail.com.

Photography: Michael Cevoli

With summer racing by, we waylaid Terry Sullivan, state director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to learn about the East Side-based organization’s role in preserving and protecting our state’s land and water. Soft-spoken, thoughtful and engaging, Terry explains that, this year, volunteers will contribute more than 6,000 hours to manage nature preserves; over the years, TNC has developed more than 60 miles of nature trails.

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BARNES Architecturally significant Colonial Revival on College Hill. Gorgeous period details include palladian windows, 9.6 foot ceilings, crown moldings. Unusually large family room plus 2nd floor study, central air. Exquisite! $998,000

WINFIELD Spectacular 1982 Contemporary with soaring ceilings & skylights. Sunny open flow through dramatic living spaces. Stunning cook’s kitchen opens to family room & huge deck surrounded by greenery. Master suite on main level. Superb. $875,000

WEYMOUTH Pierce H. Brerton ca 1925. Outstanding Tudor Revival with fine original details. Built-ins, fireplaces, beautiful patio overlooking huge yard, great gardens and garage. Versatile space in a prime location. $682,000

ELMGROVE This is a wonderful house! Thoughtfully designed, well-built, and gracious without being stuffy. Master suite with brand new bath and walk-in closet. Meticulously maintained: 50 year roof, highefficiency furnace, 200 amp electrical, and much more. $595,000

BENEFIT Private oasis on Benefit Street! This town home that has been completely renovated now offers 2 bedrooms, central air, spacious kitchen, private outside space and best of all, attached 2 car garage that leads right into your fireplaced living room! $549,000

GROTTO Appealing 1950’s ranch recently redone. New custom kitchen & 2 new baths. Sunny living room with fireplace overlooks woods. Dining room with fireplace. Hardwoods. 3 beds. Terrific master opens to deck. Private yard. A/C. $539,000

ROCHAMBEAU Gracious 1930’s Colonial with exquisite details. Hardwoods with mahogany edge. Stunning new cook’s kitchen. Lots of recent updates: roof, windows, gas boiler, gutters. Gorgeous private yard with brick patio. Garage. Central air. $499,000

SHELDON Best of old and new! Rare new construction (2011) in local historic district off Benefit & Wickenden. Open floor plan with 6 beds, 2 baths and potential master bedroom expansion space in attic. 3 car parking. Walk to all shops, restaurants, & schools. $449,000

FOSDYKE Charming 1930’s Colonial with lots of updates. New kitchen open to dining room. Living room with fireplace opens to patio & fenced yard. Sunroom. Recent bath addition with vaulted ceiling. New gas heat. 2-car garage. $459,000

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