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Stop strangers from buying homes the current owners can afford

December 27, 2010

“Why should a stranger be able to buy a home at a price the current homeowner can afford?”
So many times I am sitting at a closing table of a homeowner losing their home to short sale or foreclosure and their home is being sold at market value or even less. They see a stranger sitting across from them buying their home at a price they can afford if only they were offered the chance. All because they could not receive a loan modification or some program to help them stay in their home.
On behalf of many Americans who have lost the dream of homeownership, we need a plan to keep the homeowner in their home.

Vega Peppers picks and packs pecks of pickled peppers

December 26, 2010

Packed pallets of pound after pound of prosciutto and provolone provide the proper pepper package for poppers and perfectly pickled peppers.
Wrap your tongue around that! And by that, I mean, the delicious popular appetizer, NOT the twister.
Welcome to Vega Peppers, a family run operation, where live hands stuff more than a quarter of a ton of cherry peppers daily – between 11,000 to 13,000 per day – to satiate the pepper-popping population.
You may have purchased them at a food service deli or in liquor stores. If you are a Rhode Islander, chances are you have even tried to can them yourself.

Coventry native publishes book of photographs

December 24, 2010

Most humans are sighted. Stephanie Izzo sees.
Izzo, 28, a Coventry native who now lives in New York, has captured the essence of our littlest state in her self-published book, “Ocean Sites and City Lights: A Collection of Photographs.”
It is visionary, scenic, historic; 120 pages of beaches, lighthouses, skylines, architecture, urban vignettes. You will see our state as only she can, in a way you hadn’t before.

Some last minute shopping ideas

December 22, 2010

Our favorite time of the year has finally come; parties, holiday shopping, eating more than anyone should… the festivities are here and we can barely keep up. This poses one of our biggest struggles: holiday shopping. Buying gifts for seniors has become increasingly difficult as they often already own what they want. However this year, a national survey from HISC has come to give us a hand.

Kent Literacy Volunteers turning the pages on 30 years; still going

December 21, 2010

Kent County. – Read this: The program is very successful.
There is the Bolivian émigré who has progressed from being a student to being a tutor for the past two years.
There is the Japanese student who has returned to Japan to help English-speaking visitors to her region. The Chinese émigré from Singapore who teaches Chinese in a local college and an elementary cultural program in a local school.

Karate kid Shannon mixes Christian music, and Mojo with Dojo for a winning combo

December 17, 2010

WARWICK, R.I. – Susie Shannon is a remarkable combo of Mojo and Dojo.
Shannon, just 9, a 4th grader at Hoxie Elementary School in Warwick, will test for her brown belt in karate next month; but on Tuesday, she released her debut album of Contemporary Christian music called, “I Live For You.”
“I couldn’t do this without my parents helping me to do my best and my friends from ShoDan Karate, especially Renshi Jay, teaching me to have the confidence to go for my dreams,” said Susie.

Knitting keeps others warm, knotting ties club together

December 15, 2010

For ten years the AOA club members have been giving of their time and their talents for members of the local community.
AOA stands for Active Older Adults, and that is certainly an understatement, in reference to this group. These active older adults which are comprised of women ranging in age from their late 50s to nearly 85 years old, get together once a week, on Friday mornings, for a knitting club. The members said that they do spend a good deal of time knitting during club meetings, but that is not all that they do. They also attend functions; hold community gatherings, fund raise, support local organizations, volunteer and get together simply for socialization.

Meet MOGA, area band poised for stardom, at least with their fans: Trolls and Druids

December 14, 2010

The all met as fellow students at North Kingstown High School.
Cool.
Post-graduation, they started out their musical life in various band incarnations, under the names: UFOS, Tapir and Wart-Hog Duo.
So, they could only go up….
Meet MOGA – an arbitrary word for a distinctly unusual folk and psychedelic rock band that websites like Go Local Prov, among others, have hailed as a group that “elegantly combines folk and electronic elements, producing a signature sound that is both genuine and inspired. If you ever wanted to hear a folk record produced by Brian Eno, MOGA may satisfy that desire.”

Hazard mitigation is passed in time

December 13, 2010

Thursday night an emergency meeting of the town council was called to approve the Coventry Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Unaware of the state’s 4 p.m. deadline on Friday for the plan to be passed, the town was notified this week.

Boston Museum of Science visits Fr. John V. Doyle School

December 9, 2010

The students at Father John V. Doyle School in Coventry got to see the “biggest living thing on the planet” last week.
The object was brought into their school for observation during the Boston Museum of Science Life Cycle’s Traveling program. The object wasn’t however, unmanageable, and that was because it was just a baby…a baby Giant Sequoia. Giant Sequoias, the biggest trees on the planet, only grow in California, but the program had a sapling which they had grown from a seed shipped here from California.

 

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