If you enter the tiny Ben Thomas Gallery at the end of the deck at 88 Brown St., youâ€™ll find yourself surrounded by images of familiar and beloved spots in the Ocean State.
A Jamestown native, Thomas is a photographer who possesses a boundless fascination with lighthouses at sunset, dories tied up at the dock, seagulls in a row, bridges emerging from fog and quirky views of sails. His topics include historic spots, too, such as the Gilbert Stuart birthplace.
He likes to experiment with reflected light so many of his pieces have a mirrored effect.
RICHMOND â€“ The true first step toward bringing full-time activities for area seniors back to the town's community center occurred this past Thursday afternoon.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“ This weekend, local artist Joya Maxwell will open her heart and home for the second annual Holiday Faire on Kentara Green in Narragansett. In collaboration with The Splendid Loonâ€™s Nina Briggs and Susan Letendre Imports, Maxwellâ€™s two day event will offer an intimate holiday shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for the art lover.
The open house will feature a unique assortment of fine art, ceramic bead necklaces, porcelain and silver pendants, whimsical holiday pins, and fair-trade goods including stained glass jewelry and hand weavings from the indigenous people of Guatemala and Mexico. The venue will provide visitors an opportunity to experience one of Narragansettâ€™s historic homes by renowned architects McKim, Mead and White.
Whenever the Christmas season rolls around and Iâ€™m in the presence of pine trees â€“ as I was last week, trekking through the tree farms of Exeter for a story elsewhere in this newspaper â€“ I am reminded of my dear old friend Antoinetta Goodwin and her discovery that Christmas trees are an anti-depressant.
She was a true South County character, renowned for her patriotism and dedication to the state bird, the Rhode Island Red chicken. A tiny woman, she made seasonal costumes for them and had a huge pair bolted to the roof rack of her station wagon, each waving an American flag.
WESTERLY -- A 31-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in a sting by state police for possession of child pornography.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The South Kingstown Town Council met with the local state legislators Wednesday night, Dec. 8 during a work session meeting to discuss municipal issues related to the state, specifically concerning the state departments of transportation and environmental management.
From the General Assembly, representatives Michael Rice, Donald Lally, Jr., Donna Walsh, representatives elect Teresa Tanzi and Spencer Dickinson and Senator Sue Sosnowski attended the meeting with the town council.
EXETER â€“ The Clark and Case families, who were searching together for the perfect Christmas tree, found it in only 10 minutes â€“ a record â€“ and it was a beauty.
Perfectly formed into a point that was just the right height, it was full, round and cone-shaped without a single bare spot. Just what the doctor â€“ or Santa â€“ ordered.
Tim Case earned credit for spotting the balsam fir and his friend, Shane Clark, gave it final approval because, he said, â€śIâ€™m very picky.â€ť
STONINGTON, Conn. â€“ A Charlestown man died Monday night from injuries suffered during a crash on I-95 South between exits 92 and 93, where his stopped car was hit from behind.
The laws of mathematics go up the chimney in Stone Ridge during the Annual Candlelight Tour. It is only then, in the magical spirit of Christmas, that 2,600 actually equal 1,100.
â€śLast year, we raised $1,100 for the East Greenwich Department of Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program by the added donations from Stone Ridge residents on top of the purchase amount of the (lantern) kits,â€ť said resident Donna Fleming. â€śOur neighborhood was lighted by more than 2,600 paper lanterns placed along the curbs and walkways and the wonderful holiday lighting displays of the homes.Â It was a beautiful sight!â€ť
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the Christmas trees go up and the temperatures go down, it is the time of year where house fires are more likely to occur due to holiday hazards.
Assistant Fire Marshals at the Union Fire District in South Kingstown, Chris Hiener and Bruce Rice gave some tips on how best to avoid a fire this winter.