Featured Articles: September 2019

Connors Farm Conservation Area; Smithfield’s Hidden Treasure

By Paul Lonardo “Believe one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” – St. Bernard de Clairvaux Getting to Connors Farm Conservation Area is easy enough. Heading north on Pleasant View Avenue from Greenville, you get…

Laura’s Bar & Grill Named Best in Rhode Island

By Paul Lonardo With the success of the popular Laura’s Pleasant View Diner, opening a second restaurant seemed like a logical step. The owners wanted to try something different, but applied the same simple business practice combining great food and great service, and the result has been predictable. So when Laura and Jay Dunlea established…

Smithfield Girls Softball and PawSox Unite to display some “Girl Power”

By Mike D’Abate There is an old adage in sports that there is no “I” in “Team.” While this commonly-used, motivational phrase is literally correct, there is a bit of room for subjectivity in its interpretation. The most successful teams are those that are built on strong individual efforts, which share the common goal of…

Thank you, Mr. Charlie

By Harry Anderson The wit and mental acuity of Charles Miller emerge from an anecdote he tells to explain how, for twenty-four years before his honorable discharge, he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force with an electronic specialist MOS. “After getting a diploma from St. Raphael’s, I went…

The Prince of Providence

By Joe Siegel Vincent “Buddy” Cianci was one of Rhode Island’s most memorable politicians. Cianci died in 2016 but his legacy lives on. “The Prince of Providence,” based on Providence Journal reporter Mike Stanton’s book about the legendary Mayor, has its world premiere at Trinity Repertory Company on September 12. The creative team behind the…

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