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Edgar Allan Poe & Helen Whitman — Birthday Twins

One of the Providence Athenaeum’s most notable visitors was Edgar Allan Poe. In 1848 he traveled to the city in order to meet and court the wealthy widow and talented poet, Sarah Helen Whitman, with whom he happened to share a birthday, January 19th. She had once written a poem to Poe, to be shared …

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New Providence City Council Sworn In

Newly instated term limits have shaken up the Providence City Council. Seven of the fifteen members, sworn in Monday to four-year terms, are new, and all are Democrats. Rachel Miller, who has been representing Ward 13 since 2019, was elected council president, becoming the first member of the LGBTQ community to hold the position. President …

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Two Hours Free Parking At Meters Through December

Two hours of free parking will be available in designated commercial districts around Providence through December 31st, every day between 10am and 9pm. I could find no announcement of this annual moratorium, and no obvious link to this information on the City’s website, because Mayor Elorza has buried it under #thinkpvd where absolutely no one …

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Special Referendum For Providence

(6.7) On Tuesday, June 7, voters in Providence will be asked to vote on one local question: Funding of City’s Pension Liability to Employees. It reads: Shall the City of Providence finance a contribution towards the unfunded pension liability of the Employee Retirement System of the City of Providence by issuance of general obligation bonds …

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‘Great Streets’ Info At Brooklyn Coffee

(3.3) Councilman David Salvatore (Wanskuck/Smith Hill) and the Providence Dept. of Planning and Development will host a meeting to discuss Mayor Elorza’s PVD Great Streets initiative and receive input from neighbors regarding safety improvements in the Wanskuck and Smith Hill neighborhoods. (Facebook event) Learn more about safety improvements proposed to make our streets safer, more …

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New Projects Have Been Sailing Through

Thank you David Brussat for setting the record straight on how the opponents of the Fane Tower have been so frequently maligned during this battle. All along the ProJo editorial board has labeled us a “vocal minority of campaign contributors, special interests and BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody).” They think that “bananas” joke …

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Reading: “Portraits of Providence”

(4.7) Get lit – as in literary – on Sunday with Michael Darigan‘s reading of “Portraits of Providence,” stories set in the biggest little state’s capital. Born and raised on Providence’s South Side, writer and poet Darigan spent two decades wandering, seeking new perspectives but always returning to Lil’ Rhody. His travels fueled tales he …

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Bad News — City Council Votes To Override Veto

Say hello to your new tower and goodbye to Providence’s beautiful skyline. They got Democratic Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris to change her vote. From WPRI, “Harris gave a long speech prior to Thursday’s vote, explaining that she prayed and held many discussions with residents before making a final decision.” We need people to stop praying …

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Crimetown Live This July — Two Nights At The Columbus

Join the Crimetown team for an evening with some of the wiseguys, cops, and other citizens of Providence whose stories brought the first season to life. Crimetown is the new podcast series from the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. Each season will investigate the culture of crime in a different American city, and surprise surprise, …

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Crimetown

We’re number one . . . yay? Looks like the new podcast ‘Crimetown’ has a winner on its hands. The first season, devoted to Providence, is topping the iTunes podcast charts, and lots of locals are raving about the production — the podcast’s creators, Marc Smerling and Zac Sturt-Pontier, were behind the excellent “The Jinx: …

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NecronomiCon Starts — Wicked Eldritch

(8.23) They’re baaaack. The second biennial NecronomiCon Providence kicks off Thursday night; organizers expect more than 2,000 Lovecraft devotees will be taking over the city this weekend. Check out the Bill Van Siclen piece in the Sunday ProJo — “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — with his amusing recap of the obvious signs and omens …

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GQ Mag Proclaims Providence ‘Coolest City’

And this isn’t just another travel mag listicle. GQ Magazine has singled us out for particular mention in “News Flash! World’s Tiniest State Pops Out Coolest City!” The capital of Rhode Island has always punched above its weight in terms of smarts and creativity. But lately Providence has added a few new bullet points to …

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