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MOVEABLE TYPE Alayne White uses a collection of typewriters to encourage others to slow down and share their stories Alayne White’s collection of vintage typewriters looks like it simultaneously belongs in a museum and an art gallery: The colors are vibrant and varied, from baby blue to retro red. Some are portable, others are standard 35-pounders. And though some keys may be worn almost blank, they all work. It all started when Alayne spotted a dark black Royal in a Bristol consignment shop; she pressed a key, heard the familiar ding! and immediately thought of her grandmother. “It was a moment,” she recalls. She purchased the machine, took it home, and practiced writing letters to the typewriter – addressed “Dear Old Gal” – in what would become a daily ritual. A year-and-a-half and nearly 40 typewriters later, Alayne is determined to honor the history of the forgotten tool, and bring them back to life for 21st-century users. Last September, Alayne started attending street fairs and other events with rescued typewriters in tow. She would host workshops for kids and passersby. “I want people to slow down and tell a story to the typewriter,” Alayne explains. “Words matter, take a pause, see where it takes you.”

The result was even greater than she imagined. Kids exclaimed, “I wish we had these instead of computers!” Grandparents sat beside grandkids and gave typing lessons. People began to bring their old, dusty typewriters dug out from attics and basements to donate. However, it was the stories brought with them that inspired Alayne. There was an older gentleman who claimed a typewriter “saved his life” when it meant he was recruited for office work instead of the Vietnam frontlines. A woman in her 80s stuck a letter inside the case of one Alayne had just purchased, detailing memories of her war hero great uncle and offering to buy it back. “Each typewriter has a story,” Alayne insists. And it’s these stories that she’s determined to share, alongside the preserved machines. Alayne has begun to catalog the typewriters she’s collected; she plans on photographing each and transcribing the story that belongs to it, which she will then post on her blog for all to see and share. Visit TimeToLookUp.com to see where Alayne’s writing workshop will pop up next! -Megan Schmit

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The Point Street Grammar School was once a handsome, three-story building, with tall windows and tower-esque French roofs. The school opened in 1874, and generations of children passed through its classrooms. The institution survived a devastating fire in 1940, and more than 500 students were safely evacuated. Still, a decade later, the walls were torn down, literally paving the way for a new highway. Bombing down I-95, you would never guess that you’re driving over the resting place of Point Street. How do we know this? Because of OldPVD, an interactive website that maps the historic landmarks of our capital. Created by local author Maureen Taylor, OldPVD pinpoints (mostly) bygone architecture through the ages, dating all the way back to the city’s founding in 1636. “Photo genealogy is my life’s work, and

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it has led me to develop this new website,” says Maureen. “It’s a vast collection that now can be brought to life and accessed for free by schools, historians, researchers, and anyone with an interest in seeing where something used to be or still is.” Maureen is more than a dabbler in family trees: She has published several books, including The Last Muster: Faces of the American Revolution and its two sequels. A selfstyled “photo detective,” Maureen has been featured in an astonishing range of national media, from the New York Times to CNN’s The View. Locally, OldPVD partnered with Year of the City, a region-wide celebration of Providence’s heritage and culture. But OldPVD is more than just a slideshow of landmarks past; the website uses a crowdsourcing model to enrich its images and descriptions. Like users of Waze and Wikipedia, pretty much anyone can add notes and

commentary to the OldPVD interface. By adding dates, anecdotes, and archival photos, everyday people can build out the cartographic storytelling. The best part: It’s free. The developer is Mike Bronner, managing partner of California-based GeneaLabs. Mike had a similar interest in hyper-local history, and he created a platform called ChronoCharts, which makes the interactive maps possible. “For many years I have had plans to develop a time-based historical mapping application that allows you to explore your family tree over time with contextual historical maps,” says Mike. “I had not yet developed the software due to time and financial constraints. When Maureen brought up the idea to publish historical information about Providence, the historical maps aspect was a perfect fit.” Brace yourselves, history buffs. You’re about to enter quite the rabbit hole. OldPVD.com -Robert Isenberg

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A few years ago, the popular podcast Crimetown painted an unflattering but unfortunately mostly accurate picture of our beloved Providence as a center for organized crime. But what provided the “secret sauce” for its success were their interviews with some of the local miscreants, now out after serving their jail time. Their stories were fascinating and involved everything from getting away with murder (literally) to raising wolves as a hobby. Many sported equally fascinating nicknames: The Ghost, Baby Shacks, Buckles, and, one of our favorites, the Doctor Broad. Barbara Roberts was the physician in question and has recently written a tell-all autobiography appropriately entitled The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story. Arriving in Rhode Island in the ‘70s, Barbara suddenly found herself taking care of the infamous

Raymond L. S. Patriarca, the head of the New England Mafia. Soon, a tense showdown ensued between the feds hell-bent on putting the crime boss away for the rest of his life and the feisty 36-year-old physician dedicated to keeping him alive. The battle raged publicly for months, often ending up above the fold on page one of the Journal. But as dramatic and detailed as this battle was, it is almost secondary to the narrative of the circuitous journey it took to get her there. Raised as a “nice Catholic girl,” Barbara went to New York for college, passed the required science courses, and met a fellow pre-med student who was also the school’s star quarterback, married, and started a family, all in the next few years. But, as she writes in her book, “a tough proto-feminist was germinating inside the still-dutiful wife and

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Good Game Grill We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it! What it is: Good Game Grill is the perfect marriage of snacks and gameplay. They offer diner-inspired food and drinks, as well as a curated collection of over 200 board games for visitors to play, organized by interest, skill, and number of players. Several games are also available for sale, so customers can take home a game they fall in love with.

What makes it a Rhody Gem? Good Game Grill was opened in September 2019 by Courtney and Sadie Price, a married couple that met while working at a board game cafe in Brooklyn. Their goal is to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for friends, family, and fellow hobbyists to connect over tabletop games. Order a burger (either beef or Beyond!) and some avocado fries at the counter before delving into all the gaming possibilities. The menu offers a wide selection of options for vegetarians and vegans, including Beyond Meats and vegan ice cream from local favorite Like No Udder, not to mention a vast selection of sauces to spice things up. New England beer, cider, and hard seltzer are also on hand.

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2020 VISION Financial Foresight for the Year Ahead With a flip of the calendar, it’s January, that marker of the New Year and fresh starts. For many of us it’s also a time to return to our pre-holiday eating (put the cookies down!) and spending, and of course tax season begins to loom. We’ve assembled tips and useful information from various sources to help you set your sights on a bright 2020. In our guide, you’ll find tips on how to save money, make money, and even get money in the Ocean State.

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2020 VISION • Investing

Investing is most often thought of as synonymous with the stock market, where you can buy, sell, and trade stocks (you’re probably envisioning the bustling beehive that is the New York Stock Exchange). Stocks and bonds are both certificates used to raise money for starting or expanding a business, and often bonds are used for municipal purposes and can be tax exempt, and you don’t need to be in NYC to give it a go. Thinking of rolling up your sleeves? Here’s some information to spark ideas along with unique ways to invest.

Outside the Box Here are alternative places to invest your money and diversify your portfolio (though, experts say, these should not comprise more than 15 percent overall).

Precious Metals: When the dollar is weak, the coin reigns supreme. At least, the gold and silver kind. While this investment is not the most reliable, as is the rise and fall of the dollar, it’s worthwhile to have precious metal coins on hand in case of an economic or financial collapse, during which they can be used as barter.

Real Estate: There’s a reason flipping houses is a popular pastime beyond HGTV. Investing in a piece of property is smart for many reasons, the first being that it’s a “real asset,” a physical commodity with value. You can rehabilitate and sell for a quick profit, or rent out for monthly income. When the market is low, you can find bargains, and when it booms, you can earn a fortune.

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Citizens Financial Group (CFG) Headquarters: Providence Employees: ~18,100 Share Price: $37.80 Market Value: $16.43B Price-earnings Ratio: 9.97

CVS Health Corp. (CVS) Collectibles:

Fine art and antiques are examples of unconventional investments that pay off – if you know your stuff. Ideally, you buy a collectible for less than its worth and sell it for more, which requires knowledge of the item and its resale value. Our state is filled with estate shops, antique stores, etc.

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Stockpiling fine wines? That might sound appealing enough on its own, but you can make a pretty penny off of buying sought-after vintages and selling to wine connoisseurs. Find the right wines, keep track of when and where you purchased it, store in a temperature-controlled room, and reap the benefits of an investment that literally gets better with age.

Headquarters: Woonsocket Employees: ~295,000 Share Price: $74.66 Market Value: $97.15B Price-earnings Ratio: 22.13

Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) Headquarters: Pawtucket Employees: ~6,000 Share Price: $95.97 Market Value: $13.23B Price-earnings Ratio: 46.59

Textron Inc. (TXT) Headquarters: Providence Employees: ~35,000 Share Price: $46.09 Market Value: $10.52B Price-earnings Ratio: 12.62

United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) Headquarters: Providence Employees: ~19,000 Share Price: $7.95 Market Value: $423.89M Price-earnings Ratio: N/A

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environmental projects by buying bonds. If the idea of buying bonds sounds a bit fancy and something for the “top one-percent,” it doesn’t have to. Buying a bond is like lending money with the agreement to be repaid with interest at a later time, and anyone can do it. A website has been launched with FAQs, steps, and resources. Learn more at RhodeIslandBonds.com


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Claim What’s Yours You might not think you have any missing money, but according to the Treasurer’s office, more than 300,000 Rhode Islanders have unclaimed cash and assets waiting to be returned. Maybe it’s an old bank account (Christmas Clubs, anyone?), unused balance on a gift card, even a safe deposit box. Treasurer Seth Magaziner developed YOUR MONEY, a program that automatically reunites Rhode Islanders with missing funds. Little Rhody is only the second state to adopt this type of system; property is kept safe until it can be returned to its rightful owner. Visit FindRIMoney.com to search the database. You could be in for a nice surprise.

College Planning It’s never too early to start planning for college, right? Every child born to or adopted by Rhode Island families is eligible for a $100 CollegeBoundbaby Grant to be used for higher education. Parents apply for the grant right at the hospital (yup, that early) by checking the box on the Birth Worksheet. Parents may also complete and submit the enrollment form before their child’s first birthday or within one year of the child’s adoption date. Learn more at CollegeBoundBaby.com

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H ow to Choose a Financial Advisor Working with a financial advisor means putting your investments and finances in someone else’s hands. That takes a trusting relationship. To find an advisor who is right for you, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) recommends: Talk to family members about what you want to accomplish by working with a financial advisor. Are you seeking general investment advice? Paying for college or a house? Retirement? Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues so you have a list of advisor candidates to choose from. Research potential advisors’ websites and individual biographies. Meet face-to-face with each candidate before you sign up. Use NAPFA’s Financial Advisor Diagnostic tool at NAPFA.org to evaluate each advisor’s answers to your questions. These should include: How are you compensated? If you accept commissions, will you itemize the amount of compensation you earn from products that you recommend to me?

Have you ever been disciplined by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority? Do you provide comprehensive financial planning or just investment management?

Do you accept referral fees?

How will you help me reach my financial goals?

Are you held to a fiduciary standard at all times?

What happens to my relationship with the firm if something happens to you?

Would you sign a fiduciary oath committing to putting my financial interests first? Do you have many clients like me?

Finally, once you choose your advisor, be sure to evaluate their performance on an ongoing basis.


2020 VISION • Saving Money

5 Easy Ways to Save $5K We’re all looking to save money – but how? Take these small, easy steps to start saving dollars that will quickly add up by the next new year.

Members Only: Cancel any unused or unnecessary services and subscriptions. Do you shell out monthly payments for a gym membership or music streaming service you hardly use? Do you still pay for a landline when all you really need is a cell phone? Or maybe you’re still responsible for subscriptions you didn’t even remember you had. Double check to make sure you’re not paying for anything you don’t actually use!

Track Habits: While not anyone’s idea of a good time, gather your bills and statements and see how you’re spending your money. Are there things you can do to save? This is where creating a budget comes in. Aim for the 50/30/20 rule: 50 percent of your budget should be spent on “needs” (i.e. groceries, utilities, housing, health insurance, or transportation); 30 percent should be spent on “wants” (i.e. shopping, dining out, or hobbies); and 20 percent should be saved. Knowing what’s coming in and going out is a great place to begin.

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You can spend a lot per week on groceries, especially if you’re trying to feed a family. Tips for making that supermarket trip kinder on your wallet? Opt for buying any in-season products from farmers markets, buy in bulk, clip coupons, and pre-plan your meals (so you’re not buying anything you won’t actually eat that week!).

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invest in energy-efficient appliances and smart technologies, you can do little things to save money on your electric bill. The US Department of Energy (Energy.gov) suggests lowering the temperature to 68 degrees when you’re out of the house or while sleeping. Also, unplug any electronics when not in use.

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Meet the movers, shakers, and change-makers with big plans for the city 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year in Providence. The state is now running the city’s public schools. Property tax bills may be going up – along with a giant new skyscraper. There will be a census that may result in Rhode Island losing a congressional seat. So as we always do in January, we’re taking a look at the movers, shakers, and change-makers with the potential to make an impact in the coming year. These are the people and organizations to keep your eye on in 2020, and what they do will be worth watching.

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WATCH ANGELA ANKOMA FIND NEW SOLUTIONS TO BIG CHALLENGES…

Executive Vice President, Director of Community Investment, United Way of Rhode Island The United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) is one of the gravitational centers of the state’s robust nonprofit sector, so when it makes internal changes, the effects ripple outwards. With new President and CEO Cortney Nicolato taking the reins in 2018 and a new strategic plan nearing completion, the organization is poised to increase its impact. One of the lieutenants Nicolato will rely on to do the heavy lifting is Angela Bannerman Ankoma. As Executive Vice President and Director of Community Investment, she oversees an extensive portfolio that includes grant-making, public policy, government relations, research and evaluation, and 2-1-1. Just keeping up with the existing programs would make her influential (as would her community work with West Elmwood Housing, where

she served as president and co-founded the Sankofa Initiative, an award-winning food-access project), but Ankoma isn’t one to simply maintain the status quo. In 2020, she will oversee the Nonprofit Innovation Lab, a new collaboration between UWRI and Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG). “The Nonprofit Innovation Lab is designed to spark innovation and accelerate the development of new solutions that will enable organizations to expand their ability to create social impact in Rhode Island,” she explains. Accelerator programs and “bootcamps” are all the rage in the start-up world, like MassChallenge, 10,000 Small Businesses, and SEG’s own Accelerator; this is the same concept applied to nonprofits. Ten

nonprofit leaders will come with their best ideas to address pressing social issues and receive mentoring, resources, funding, and networking opportunities to make them happen. The goal is to create self-sustaining solutions that enable organizations to expand their reach by applying an entrepreneurial approach. The program launches this month and runs through June, when five finalists will pitch their innovation plans for the chance to win up to $50,000 in funding. Ankoma is excited about taking on a new challenge. “I like that we are supporting nonprofits to develop novel solutions to social problems that are more effective, efficient, sustainable, and just than current solutions,” she says.


WATCH KIM ANDERSON

GET MORE PEOPLE TO EAT THEIR VEGETABLES…

Creator and Co-founder, Plant City • Co-founder, EverHope Capital According to a 2016 Harris Poll for The Vegetarian Resource Group, 37 percent of Americans regularly order vegetarian meals when dining out, even if they’re not strictly vegetarian. “That’s a huge market,” exclaims Kim Anderson, co-founder and creator of vegan food hall Plant City. Perhaps that’s why such a seemingly risky proposition produced immediate success. Other food hall projects have stalled out in Providence. Other restaurants have failed in the historic Mile and a Quarter building on South Water Street. And none of them were exclusively pushing vegan food. From a chef who’s 3,000 miles away. “There was no way to know it would be successful,” Anderson explains, “but having

Chef Matthew Kenney’s terrific restaurant concepts certainly helped.” It did – to the tune of 240,000 guests over Plant City’s first six months, the majority of whom, Anderson says, were not vegan or vegetarian. Kenney is a California-based, plant-forward restaurateur who operates in 18 cities on four continents. Anderson is a serial entrepreneur who gravitates toward businesses with social conscience. She co-founded Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, an eco-friendly cosmetics company. She’s on the board of Social Enterprise Greenhouse. She’s also a co-founder of EverHope Capital, a venture capital fund investing in plant-based food companies. For her next trick, she partnered with Kenney to create the food hall Providence didn’t

know it was ready for, boasting four restaurants, a coffee shop, a market, and a community event space. “Our sole mission is to serve creative, beautiful, delicious food in a fun and interesting experiential environment, sharing what a healthy, sustainable food system for the world can look like,” Anderson says. Not content to simply prove what’s possible with plant-based food in Providence, she’s already looking ahead. “We are so pleased that community awareness and conversation around this issue is growing rapidly, adding to the numbers of plant-forward eaters in our state,” Anderson says. “It would be wonderful to build other Plant Cities to exponentially scale the impact.”


WATCH ARISE

CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO…

ARISE (Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education) ARISE was already establishing itself as a force for youth advocacy in a city that’s rich with it (see also: Youth in Action, Young Voices, Providence Student Union, PrYSM, etc.) – and then the state announced it was taking over Providence’s schools. “I am no longer afraid of speaking out and loudly voicing my concerns,” says Salimatou Kaba, one of ARISE’s Youth Leaders and a senior at Times2 Academy. “I hope by the end of this, adults are listening and being more open-minded to youth voices because this is our reality.” The organization was founded in 2017 to advocate for the Southeast Asian community. It quickly took on smart fights that drew national attention, and scored victories. Because of their activism, Rhode

Island became only the third state to pass the All Students Count Act, which ensures that demographic data used to make policy decisions more accurately reflect the struggles of Cambodians, Hmong, Laotians, and Vietnamese, among the most economically disadvantaged communities in the country. Huffington Post wrote about it. ARISE also partnered with Alvarez High School to develop a credit-bearing Student-Centered Ethnic Studies curriculum. The Providence Journal covered it. Some of its Youth Leaders serve as named plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit against the State of Rhode Island over the lack of civics education in public schools, one that’s due in court as this is going to press. Read about it in the Atlantic.

As the state takes the reins in Providence, ARISE is ready to make sure youth voices are not just heard, but listened to. Youth Leaders are already working alongside PSU and PrYSM on a campaign for police-free schools, and they’re trying to make the Ethnic Studies curriculum available to more students, not by calling for more funding, but by advocating for more culturally appropriate professional development opportunities for teachers. “We will be immersed in everything,” says founding Executive Director Chanda Womack. “Our goal is to work in authentic partnership with the school district, which means challenging the status quo and mediocre practices that have maintained the racial inequities and opportunity gaps that plague our school systems.”


WATCH JEANNINE DINGUS-EASON DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEACHERS…

Dean, Feinstein School of Education & Human Development at Rhode Island College Jeannine Dingus-Eason arrived in Providence in July, preceded by two reports that positioned her to have an immediate impact on the city’s schools. The first, issued by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in 2017, found major deficiencies in Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD). The second was the blistering Johns Hopkins report on Providence Public Schools in June. Those two moments of reckoning have created a moment of opportunity for the new dean of the school that trains more local teachers than any institution in the state. (Full disclosure: this writer is an employee of Rhode Island College.) Dingus-Eason’s first order of business

was the launch of a new curriculum at FSEHD that has been in development since the RIDE review. It is both on the cutting edge of teacher education and designed to meet the specific needs of the state. Students will get classroom experience sooner – as early as freshman year – and graduate endorsed for either special education or English language learning, two of the most in-demand skill sets for schools statewide. FSEHD will also directly address one of the specific challenges highlighted in the Johns Hopkins report: the lack of teachers of color in a district where 91 percent of students are non-white. “Research notes how teachers of color serve to motivate and yield positive learning outcomes for students of color,” Dingus-Eason explains.

FSEHD received a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to “develop a four-year plan to recruit, retain, and graduate” more teachers of color and multilingual educators, and hopes to use Mt. Pleasant High School’s Teacher Academy as a feeder. Dingus-Eason – formerly of St. John Fisher College in her hometown of Rochester, New York – comes to Rhode Island College at a moment when it’s expected to help solve one of the city’s most intractable challenges, but she believes the community is ready to work together. “In my meetings with Providence area leaders, I have expressed that now is the time for collective impact and a systemic approach to problem solving,” she says. “2020 is a transformational time. Let’s do this!”


WATCH JOHN GONCALVES BRING NEIGHBORHOODS TOGETHER…

Co-Founder/Lead Organizer, Providence Coalition of Neighborhood Associations House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello effectively pulled the plug on a Providence City Council proposal to create a two-tiered property tax structure last summer, but one could argue that Fox Point resident John Goncalves did just as much to stop it. As a children’s book author, teacher, and Diversity Coordinator at the Wheeler School, he might seem an unlikely candidate to derail a plan that had the support of both the City Council President and Finance Chair, but Goncalves knows the power the city’s residents can wield when they act collectively. “Meaningful impact and pivotal changes always begin bottom-up at the grassroots, not with top-down policies,” he says. “When engaged community members and citizens work together, we can accomplish

extraordinary things.” Providence has 25 official neighborhoods, 15 city council wards, and 19 separate neighborhood associations. As the co-founder and lead organizer of the Providence Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (PCNA), Goncalves is working to point those 19 associations in the same direction and leverage their collective power for the benefit of the whole city. The fight over the tax issue proved that it can be done. As a board member for not only his own Fox Point Neighborhood Association but also the Downtown and Wayland Square associations, Goncalves is deeply involved at the grassroots level and respected across the city – which made him a natural choice to lead this coalition. City leaders have

recognized it too: after the tax proposal stalled in the legislature, the City Council asked him to serve on a special commission to study the property tax structure. It’s not just taxes that the PCNA will be focused on in 2020. Goncalves sees plenty of common ground across the city, and opportunities for neighborhoods to work together. “If we can galvanize, not polarize, around our common goals, we can amplify community voices and address some of the looming issues and the underlying political, racial, economic, social, and systemic inequities in our city,” he says. “Together, there is a lot that we can accomplish, especially with our strength in numbers and collective influence.”


WATCH ERLIN ROGEL & NICOLE VERDI RISE IN LOCAL POLITICS…

Erlin Rogel: Chief of Staff, Providence City Council • Nicole Verdi: Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor 2022 could be an awkward year in the Rogel-Verdi household. That’s when their respective bosses – Providence City Council President Sabina Matos and Governor Raimondo’s Chief of Staff Brett Smiley* – are expected to be among the top contenders for Mayor of Providence. Of course, by then it wouldn’t be surprising if one or both halves of Providence’s Millennial political power couple are on the ballot in their own right. At the beginning of 2019, Rogel and Verdi, both native Rhode Islanders and Roger Williams Law School grads, were working as a teacher in Providence Public Schools and lawyer at Adler Pollock & Sheehan respectively. By mid-summer they ascended near the upper reaches of the org charts at

City Hall and the State House. They got there by paying their dues in local politics. Verdi was practically born into public service, the daughter of the Deputy Chief of Providence Police. She serves on the City Plan Commission and worked as counsel for the Rhode Island State Investment Commission. Rogel, meanwhile, has served behind the scenes on political campaigns – including Buddy Cianci’s in 2014 – and is a member of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee; he’s also a cofounder of Millennial RI, the networking group for Rhode Islanders of a certain age. With their newfound proximity to power, both plan to use these opportunities to serve the place they call home. “I feel

a sense of duty to make the most of my time in this position,” says Verdi. “I’m going to do everything I can to move the state forward and improve the lives of my fellow Rhode Islanders.” “I get to play a big role behind the scenes on numerous policy initiatives and community projects,” says Rogel. “I’m excited to get to work on all of it. By the end of 2020 I hope I’ve made a difference for other Prov babies just like me.” While they won’t try to predict the future (“I tend to not plan the next chapter and let fate lead the way,” Rogel says), both mentioned the possibility of running for office in the not-too-distant future. Neither would have to look very far to find a good campaign manager.

*Editor’s note: As this was going to press it was announced that Brett Smiley will become the Acting Director of the Department of Administration and Senior Advisor David Ortiz will take over as Chief of Staff.


WATCH TAPA

BECOME AN ARTS HUB DOWNTOWN…

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts “Arts are a community necessity,” says Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts Head of School Liz Richards-Hegnauer. “We are committed to being a true community space for artmaking.” In late November, the arts-integrated public charter school cut the ribbon on its new home in the former Cherry & Webb building downtown, TAPA’s fourth move in 10 years – none by choice. It was founded in 2010, serving 34 seventh-grade students in the Trinity United Methodist Church building in South Providence. After two more stints as a tenant, the school now owns 275 Westminster Street and has big plans. “It is bold to move buildings in November of a school year, but it was 100

percent the correct move,” says Assistant Head of School Andy MacMannis. “Our students and alumni deserve a permanent school building that can be their second home.” The move will not only benefit TAPA’s 220 students, grades seven through 12; the vision is an arts hub for the whole community. “We will provide classes, programming, and performance and rehearsal space for use by community groups for low or no cost,” says Richards-Hegnauer. For example, over the winter TAPA will partner with FirstWorks to host statewide, arts-integrated professional development for teachers and with RISCA to provide a venue for the GiveMe5 Student Film Lab. And TAPA students, who already help

organize PRONK, the annual street band festival, and programming for PVDFest, will now have facilities and resources to enhance their community impact. “I see TAPA as a central place for the artistic community as a whole: a place for artists to work directly with students on projects that benefit the city,” says MacMannis. “The arts are the third biggest economic driver in Rhode Island, and yet are still not looked at as being a career path,” explains Richards-Hegnauer. “We are working to ensure that people see what our students do as not only being culturally impactful, but also economically impactful. I believe that 2020 will be the year TAPA students are truly recognized as the stars that they are.”


WATCH REBECCA & DANN WEBBER WARS SPARK ENTREPRENEURSHIP… Rebecca Webber: General Manager, CIC Providence Danny Warshay: Executive Director, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Practice at Brown University In cities with thriving startup-driven economies – Cambridge, Austin, San Diego – economic activity tends to cluster around entrepreneurship hubs and innovation centers. For example, the Cambridge Innovation Center, which launched in 1999, was a major reason why Kendall Square earned a reputation as “the most innovative square mile on the planet.” In August, the Providence outpost of the Cambridge Innovation Center (or CIC Providence), the centerpiece of the new 195 Innovation District, opened its doors, providing a full suite of spaces and services for startups. A few months earlier, across town on College Hill, the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at

Brown University moved into its new home at the corner of Thayer Street and Euclid Avenue, a place purpose-built for launching student ventures. Together, the two institutions represent a major step forward for entrepreneurship in the Creative Capital. Rebecca Webber, General Manager of CIC Providence, and Danny Warshay, Executive Director of the Nelson Center, share a common goal: to create thriving, entrepreneur-driven communities around these new additions to the Providence skyline. “Opening CIC Providence represents a culmination, but it’s also a starting point,” explains Webber. “We hope to

inform larger conversations about access, community development, and opportunity by igniting economic activity and driving collaboration.” Warshay sees Brown’s new hub as an opportunity to activate more than just College Hill. “We deliberately open our doors to the broader Rhode Island communities and partner with entrepreneurship-focused organizations,” he says. “One of the valuable outcomes of our programming is that some of the startup ventures stay in Rhode Island and contribute to its economy.” In the coming year, Warshay will publish a book on his signature Entrepreneurial Process, on which he already


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Cyd McKenna, 2016 Then: Chief of Staff, Providence City Council Now: Executive Director, RI Democratic Party teaches a course at Brown, and the Nelson Center’s Young Entrepreneurs of Providence program will send student leaders out to mentor local high school students with an interest in entrepreneurship. At CIC, Webber will be hosting the 2020 Design Catalyst (a partnership between DESIGNxRI, the Department of Labor and Training, and the City of Providence) and trying to nurture new companies. “I hope CIC is seen as an important part of the community, a welcoming place for people to grow their ideas,” she says. “Much like the pedestrian bridge that connects our neighborhood to the East Side, I hope we connect a robust community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.”

Dan McGowan, 2015 Then: Digital Reporter, WPRI Now: First reporter hired as part of the Boston Globe’s new Rhode Island team


WATCH WHAT CHEER WRITERS CLUB CREATE A LITERARY COMMUNITY…

What Cheer Writers Club First Providence, then the world (or at least the rest of Rhode Island): It could be the name of a graphic novel, or it could describe the second-year ambitions of What Cheer Writers Club, a community of local writers, podcasters, and content creators. In a little over a year, an idea that began as “Coworking for Introverts” became a thriving society of more than 300 members. The club as a physical place encompasses more than 2,500 square feet of coworking space, meeting rooms, classrooms, and a podcasting studio in downtown Providence. As a community, it spans events, workshops, professional services, publications, readings, two newsletters, and, of course, a podcast. “We serve as a centralized community connecting content creators, fans, and literary

organizations statewide,” explains co-founder and General Manager Jillian Winters. “The club’s mission is to elevate the content arts in our state by providing a space where creators can focus on projects undisturbed, and also feel supported and known within a community of fellow creatives.” The club has galvanized a network of writers and podcasters that was legion, but disparate and unconnected. It celebrated its first anniversary in November and after a banner inaugural year, they’re thinking even bigger for 2020. That includes growing to more than 500 members, adding staff and extended hours, and expanding the club’s reach beyond its walls. “The club’s mission is to serve content creators across Rhode Island, not just at

our location in downtown Providence,” says Winters. “We plan to take programming on the road in 2020 to bring services and resources to new audiences.” This includes, for example, partnering with Rhode Island Latino Arts and Rhode Island Black Storytellers to bring the club’s signature Podcasting 101 class to diverse communities. “There is potential for everyone to grow and reach new audiences through cross-promotion, mutual support, sharing of resources, etc.,” says Program Manager Jodie Vinson. “What Cheer Writers Club hopes to foster this spirit of creative collaboration as we create a sustainable literary community, and, ultimately, raise the literary profile of our state.”


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Meaghan says: “Being ‘camera-ready’ nine hours a day influences my makeup, hair, food, exercise, sleep, and clothing choices. I like to keep it simple and classy, but I also love to take risks. For example: pairing unassuming patterns or dressing up casual looks with one fancy piece. I’m also a big consignor, so I consider the resale value on items. With the exception of those 30 minutes on the show where I wear pumps, it’s Vans or Nike kicks for me. Viewers don’t typically see them, but sometimes they make an appearance on my Instagram page. I’ve thrown around the idea of a lifestyle show since I joined the WJAR family, and in April 2019 I was offered the role to host. I love working with our sponsors and helping businesses share their stories. Nothing compares to working and living in your home state, where my family gets to see me on TV. And now, my family is growing here, since getting engaged to a RI native who makes living and working here that much sweeter. 46

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OPEN STUDIO When you step inside the sun-filled studio of painter Monica Lee, at first you don’t realize the scale of her work because the space is so large. Like most mill buildings enjoying a second chance as mixed-use properties, there’s an ample footprint, with high ceilings, brick walls, enormous multi-paned windows, and hardwood floors. While rooms of this size could seem cold and cavernous, Mon-

ica’s studio is warm and inspiring; 40x40 canvases with subjects like abstract florals and female figures in sultry pigments line white walls. “I love the overall square footage,” says Monica. “I like to have soft cozy surroundings. The more pillows, textiles, blankets, rugs around, the better, but I also love a good disco ball and vintage gold cocktail cart. Want your home featured in Providence Monthly? Email Elyse@ProvidenceOnline.com to learn more

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Inside the Pawtucket workspace of painter Monica Lee


GET RHODY STYLE Dig the cozy vibe of Monica Lee’s studio? It all starts with surrounding yourself with the things that make you happy and inspired. BUT FIRST, COFFEE “A Cafe Caliente and cowboy cookie from Wildflour are my go-to treats,” says Monica, who also lists Red Stripe, Providence Wine Bar, and Hometown Poké as nearby favorites. “I love that my studio is right on the edge of the East Side.” RI INSPO “I think New England informs my work. We tuck in and hibernate all winter when it’s dark and certainly that palette works its way into my painting and then we become quite liberated in the summer and it feels so fresh, innocent, and alive.”

Shiny things make me happy.” Monica has coined the phrase “Leftover Bohemian Glamour” to describe her style, explaining, “‘Leftovers’ as in from my house, as I use moving something to the studio as my excuse to replace something in my home!” There is also a mood board filled with clippings, stacks of art books, and bouquets of stained brushes in glass and tin vessels. Monica was introduced to 545 Mills a couple years ago when she borrowed studio space from a friend in preparation to bring large paintings to Shanghai Fashion Week. It was the first time she had painted away from her own home. “The mental shift I made on the drive to the studio was really good for my painting,” she recalls. “Basically, in a short ride to the studio, I was able to occupy the space that shifted me into my art practice. Plus, there’s no dishwasher to unload!” Today she shares the studio with photographer Pam Bhatia.

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“It is so great to be able to have these old mill buildings to set yourself up in. It has encouraged me to scale-up my work.” Currently, Monica paints with acrylics and oils on wood and canvas, and uses terms such as “sensual” and “abundant” when discussing her work. “Whether it shows up in the female figure or lush tropical botanicals – I can’t seem to tear myself away from a deeply feminine story. I believe young and older women alike hold a sense of mystery inside themselves, they are really quite beautiful.”

Editor’s Note: Learn more about Monica’s art at MonicaLeeStudios.com; Instagram: @monicaleehenell

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ART & CULTURE • Art

by Robert Isenberg

Concrete Solutions How two artists turned a basketball court into a memorial to a victim of gun violence Omar Polanco was only 19 when a bullet took his life. He had just graduated from the MET school and held a job at Walmart. He was shot on Sayles Street, near a small park in Lower South Providence. Omar’s death sent shockwaves through the community, and no suspects have ever been tried. But the neighborhood wouldn’t forget him. Next to the former crime scene stands Omar Polanco Basketball Court, renamed in honor of the young victim. Most courts are coated in one or two colors. Here, the pavement is painted in vibrant floral images, a visual homage to life. The murals were spearheaded by MyHome Court, a Providence-based nonprofit that restores old basketball courts, and Providence College Galleries, in coordination with the City of Providence Parks. They conscripted two artists: Joiri Minaya, based in New York City, and Jordan Seaberry, director of public policy and advocacy for the Providence-based Nonviolence Institute. “I have never embarked on a painting knowing what it will look like at the end,” says Jordan. “I think it’s done, and then I realize there’s one other thread that I need to pull on. I created this painting through the same process – thinking about Omar, thinking about his family.” Jordan grew up in Chicago and enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design. He didn’t click with RISD right away, and he took a break to involve himself in activism and public policy. When he returned to RISD, he felt a new sense of purpose. Among other projects, Jordan started painting portraits of people killed in street altercations. He called the series The Violences Project. Jordan contacted the victim services team at the Nonviolence Institute; later, he would start working there. Jordan knew about Omar, and he became close with the Polanco family. “That was part of the reason I was so excited about taking this project on,” he says. “These are conversations about empowering families, talking about more than

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just death. Where did society let us down that made this violence more acceptable?” Jordan and Joiri’s murals complement each other well; most passersby wouldn’t associate their impressionistic images with armed assault or an obvious plea for peace. Once the artists were satisfied with their paintings, a small army of volunteers from the Providence College Galleries started to apply actual pigment to pavement. As it happens, the Nonviolence Institute


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For one night only, Rhode Island band Monty Are I returns to Providence The Rhode Island music scene is an ever-changing beast. Honing a specific sound, inspiring an audience, and navigating the cliques are three incredibly difficult balls to juggle. If anyone has irrefutably tamed that beast, it’s Monty Are I. The Providence band climbed the ladder of the regional scene, was signed to Stolen Transmission Records (a subdivision of Island Def Jam) and eventually Island itself. They toured with the likes of Sum 41, Yellowcard, and across the country

with Warped Tour on multiple occasions. But most importantly, they made music that people cared about and held onto. However, after a decade, that journey came to an end when band member Mike Matarese decided he “was ready to move on to steady, stable adulthood, or at least steady income,” says keyboardist/trombonist Andrew Borstein. “Mike’s last show in April of 2010 ended up becoming our last show, but that’s not how we planned

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it or how we billed it. We never actually broke up, officially. Maybe we wanted to keep that window of possibility open. That was that. A good 10-year run.” Die-hard fans would say that it was an amazing one. They performed legendary shows around the state. They served as a role model for other Providence-based musicians, to whom they consistently lent a helping hand. Their success was proof that good people doing hard work can get to the next level, and the next, and the next. “It’d be wonderful to think that we had an impact on the RI music scene,” says Andrew humbly. “A small legacy, even. We certainly have a lot of great memories.” Since the break-up, a reunion had been talked about but grew more difficult as time passed. “Ryan moved to Florida and began teaching music, Justin moved to Pennsylvania to do art direction and photography, and I stayed in RI while applying to psychology undergrad programs,” Andrew explains. “When Steve moved to California and joined 30 Seconds to Mars, the prospect of a real reunion was put to rest for good.” But on January 4, MAI returns to Providence for a performance at The Strand. Originally announced at smaller sister club The Met, the show sold out in less than 48 hours, over two months before the concert date, forcing the move to a larger venue. “We weren’t sure we’d get more than a few hundred friends and family to show up,” Andrew says. “Would people remember us? Would they still care? We have fans flying in from California, Canada, UK, and even Israel for this show! We did not expect this response at all.” With the date fast approaching, and the band getting together behind the scenes to gear up for the big night, one has to wonder how time has changed things. “We spent every day together for 10 years with barely a day off. We lived together. We worked together. We couldn’t go to the store to buy milk without having a band vote,” Andrew reflects. “That’s one of the best side effects of this show, getting to reconnect with these guys. I mean, I think it’s fair to say we love each other.” MontyAreI.com

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ART & CULTURE • On Stage

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ADMISSIONS In the wake of the Ivy League admissions scandal, just the title of Joshua Harmon’s new play should make your skin prickle. Is this story about a New England prep school as provocative and uncomfortable as you think it is? Will it make you wriggle in your seat as you contemplate the finer points of privilege and class? You bet! Admissions zeroes in on admissions head Sherri Rosen-Mason, who seems pretty proud of her job diversifying the school she represents – until she hits a snag in her own family. The New York production won a Drama

Desk Award for Best New Play, and The Gamm presents a stirring Rhode Island premiere. January 16-February 9. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. GammTheatre.org EDWARD II Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, and you could say that his writing style was pretty similar – poetic monologues performed with Elizabethan grandiloquence. But Shakespeare would never have taken on the subject of Edward II, the controversial 14th-century monarch, whose romantic relationship with the


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FOOD & DRINK In the Kitchen • Food News • Experience • Restaurant Guide

COZY UP Mills Tavern pours up the perfect crisp-weather cocktail There is a nugget of wisdom that floats around certain kitchens: “Everything is better with bacon.” This concept isn’t exactly kosher, but if you already love a crispy slice of pork, you’ll find that it complements an incredible range of food – and drinks. Case in point: The USUAL, a mid-winter cocktail devised by Mills Tavern. This particular spin on the Manhattan is routinely on the Mills menu, but its inventive inclusion of maple syrup and maple bacon adds a sweet-and-savory flavor to the cold-weather feasting.

What really makes The USUAL a special treat is its bacon-washed bourbon, where eight strips are simmered in a bottle of the hard stuff for about 15 minutes. If you’re feeling daring in your own kitchen, you can combine three ounces of bourbon with an ounce-and-a-half of Dolin Sweet Vermouth and two dashes of Angostura Bitters. The teaspoon of syrup is optional, but if you decide to add it in, make sure it’s real maple. No Log Cabin for this masterpiece. MillsTavernRestaurant.com –Robert Isenberg

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FOOD & DRINK • Experience

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The Great Indoors Camp Nowhere serves affordable comfort food in a rustic suburban hideaway Rodeo Sliders, you do you. Camp Nowhere stands on Smith Street, not far from Rhode Island College. This part of North Providence is packed with colorful restaurants, but Camp Nowhere takes its summer-camp theme as far it will go. The walls are composed of rustic wood planks, and the doors and stools are covered in offbeat bumper stickers. Edison bulbs

dangle from the ceiling like wire chandeliers. All through my meal, a mounted boar’s head grimaced at me above a row of Smirnoff bottles. Taking its name from a goofy 1994 comedy film, Camp Nowhere pretends to be a wilderness getaway for adults, a log cabin full of comfort food and mixable liquor. The sliders come in pairs, and for $1 you can add a third. For an average-sized appetite, I recommend two orders – so, four sliders in all – plus a side. In my case, this amounted to two Beef Short Ribs and two Chix Parms, plus an order of Potato Tots, although it was a toss up between these cafeteria staples and “Brianna’s Fried Cheese Logs.” On a

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streets were so dense with cars. I took the very last stool at the bar; by the time I left, every seat at every table was taken. The food is a great draw, since it’s simple and scrumptious, and the check is so easy to tabulate. Meanwhile, Taco Tuesday offers a new flavor every week. But there is also the bar, which serves a range of popular and craft beers. According to the Camp Nowhere website, the $3 cocktails can be combined in 10,000 different ways. On a personal note, I left the restaurant full and happy, and then, after driving the 30 minutes home, realized I’d forgotten my debit card. The bartender was good-humored about my absentminded error, and I easily picked up the card the next day. Camp Nowhere may not be a real summer camp, but it sure respects the honor system.

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Food & Drink • In The Kitchen

by Jenny Currier

Fanning the Flames

Morgan Gray has an innate ability to survive being thrown into the fire – or perhaps “oven” is a more apt metaphor. Morgan is the owner of Whisk Me Away, a bakehouse specializing in wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, and the most decadent brownies and blondies in Providence. She officially opened her doors in October of 2019, but her business began two years prior inside of the culinary incubator, Pilotworks. When Pilotworks closed, she was forced to make a decision. “It’s always been my dream to open a big bakery, but I didn’t have my own kitchen. I was working by myself. I needed an in-between step.” She found the perfect studio on the second floor of Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money. Unlike GoFundMe, Kickstarter has an “all or nothing” condition and a time limit, which meant if Morgan didn’t reach her goal, she would forfeit all of the money. “The night I launched Kickstarter, I sat on the edge of the bed thinking, ‘What if it doesn’t work? What if people don’t donate? What if I don’t hit my goal?’” But this was not Morgan’s first experience stepping into the fire. As an undergraduate at Johnson & Wales University, she was required to complete an internship. She went into Hotel Viking (in Newport) to ask if she could intern with their pastry chef. “But when I arrived for my interview,” she explains, “they told me, ‘We don’t have a pastry chef. Do you want to do that?’” Without hesitation, she accepted, and at only 19 years old she was both the youngest member of the kitchen and the only female. The internship lasted three months, but she stayed for two years, until she graduated college. Then she transitioned to Rogue Island, where – again – she was met with a surprise. “I vividly remember the day I went in to meet with them. They sent me down to the basement in the middle of brunch rush and said, ‘We’re low on waffles, we’re low on biscuits. Can you make these?’ I didn’t know where anything was, but I went into pastry mode. The owner and the manager came downstairs and said to me, ‘You’re hired.’ To this day I tell them, ‘That

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Morgan Gray survives – and thrives – even when tossed into the fire

was not an interview! You threw me into the flames!’” She laughs and adds how much she loves the guys at Rogue, who are still among her close friends and top supporters. Morgan did meet her Kickstarter goal, with a couple of days to spare, and then she and her family got to work: Her dad built the kitchen, her boyfriend installed the shelves, her mom swept the floors, her brother ran the errands. She’s seeing her dream turn into a reality. “My

ultimate goal is to have a full-sized bakery someday, but I’m happy letting the business steer the boat,” she says. And while this may not be the last time she encounters some flames, on the other side, she’s bound to find sweet success.

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Looking to get cozy with some adult beverages? Say hello to Tiny Bar, the intimate, upscale jewel-box bar that opened late November, smack-dab in the middle of the Jewelry District next to Olga’s Cup & Saucer.* “The little building had been used for storage… once it was empty, we decided to open a bar!” explains owner Joanne Chang. “It’s a completely separate business from Olga’s, a completely different look, feel, and vibe.” The interior is airy and feminine, with large painted florals as an “homage to the beautiful patio we share with Olga’s” says Joanna. “We’re very grateful to have this urban oasis and wanted to hew closely to the nature we were gifted with.” They also partner with The Avenue Concept for a rotating mural on the south exterior, and feature the handiwork of Providence Painted Signs. Tiny Bar serves classics with a twist, like an Autumn Mule, Double Oaked Sour, Black Cherry Hatten, and French Negroni. @tinybarpvd -Chuck Staton

New year, new dining in Garden City Just 10 minutes outside of PVD, Garden City Center in Cranston has been a shopping destination for Rhode Islanders for over 70 years. While they are known for their variety of modern retail shops, the plaza has become the hub for over a dozen restaurants, from counter service to upscale dining. Three new restaurants are set to join Garden City in the coming months, all of which draw inspiration from the Western Hemisphere. Aussie cafe Sydney will be opening their third location in addition to those in Providence and Portsmouth, bringing with them their signature avocado toast, craft beverages, and light breakfast and lunch items. Chaska – in association with Thayer Street staple Kabob & Curry – will offer Indian cuisine like spiced curry dishes as well as fresh meat and vegetarian options. Garden City also welcomes Asia Grille, located near the landmark gazebo and offering traditional Chinese cuisine to enjoy on their casual outdoor patio or to-go. GardenCityCenter. com -Gina Mastrostefano

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Providence Monthly; Who To Watch 2020; Meet the Movers, Shakers, and Change-Makers with Big Plans for the City; Get to Know Old Providence;...

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