Archive - Feb 11, 2011
KINGSTONâ€“When South African writer Nadine Gordimer was asked what was the best compliment she had ever been paid she said, "Years and years ago, when I was on a camping trip on a farm, I was bitten by ticks that had brushed off the long grass I'd been walking through. When I complained of this, the old and very unattractive farmer said, 'If I was a tick, I'd also like to bite you.'"
Only in America, check that, only in Rhode Island, can a PhD from Harvard named Sarah Doom start a womanâ€™s Roller Derby League, then get her degree and legitimately be called Dr. Doom.
Only in Rhode Island can you meet dental hygienists who help relief tooth pain by day, only to knock out teeth at night, as skaters in the Providence Roller Derby.
And only this Saturday, Feb. 12, can you meet these delicate bruisers. Thatâ€™s the date that marks the Derby Sweet Heart Skate, where Roller Derby queens become self-professed â€śgiraffes on iceâ€ť as they skate in an entirely different medium â€“ frozen water â€“ at the Bank of America Rink at Kennedy Plaza.
Warm up to the impending 2011 Providence Roller Derby season by meeting the skaters from 5 to 8 p.m. While it is still cold out, these ladies want to test their skills by trading in wheels for blades.
There will be a heated tent with Providence Roller Derby merchandise for sale, a photo booth to have your picture taken with your favorite derby girl, hot chocolate and cider, and a station to decorate your own valentine cupcake or cookie.
Or maybe even yourself.
BY JAMES MEROLLA
COWESETT. â€“ Where else in Rhode Island can a child hold Roger Williamsâ€™ actual shoe buckle? Or a sword used by a French Huguenot that dates back to 1414?
Or see colossal 1850s vases that were gifts to the same family from the King of Siam â€“ the same king who wanted to open his country to the West, made famous by Rodgers and Hammersteinâ€™s â€śThe King and I?â€ť Or see the original house and yacht china (yes, yacht china) still stacked in the pantry?
And get a tour by the living descendant of that same family who still lives in her amazing museum home?
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Superintendent Sipala and the school committee met Wednesday to discuss the fiscal year 2012 Narragansett School System budget and to identify areas for further discussion. The budget proposal, which represents a cut already to what was requested by administrators, attempts to use remaining federal grant money (and other revenue sources including federal grant money) towards district goals while maintaining academic achievement. The school has reduced staff since 2003, however, the proposed list of "non-renewal" of staff and educators generated questions from School Committee Chairperson, Tammy McNeiece.
â€śTo Serve a Kingâ€ť (Kensington Publishing), the third novel by Rhode Island and North Kingstown native Donna Russo Morin, was released on Feb. 1. Historical novelist Russo Morin's first book, â€śThe Courtier's Secretâ€ť (Kensington, Feb. 2009) was a finalist in this past year's prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and took first place in the Best First Book category of the RWI-RWA contest. Her second novel, â€śThe Secret of the Glassâ€ť (Kensington, March 2010), was chosen as an Outstanding Pick for 2010 by Book Illuminations.