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RI reaches 95% one-dose vaccination rate

With COVID-19 still raging across the world, Rhode Island has reached a 95% one-dose vaccination rate, currently making it tied for the state with the highest percentage of residents partially vaccinated. Public health experts say the achievement demonstrates Rhode Islanders’ commitment to softening ...

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Mike Ferguson captures Providence, now and then

Providence has a rich history etched into nearly every corner of the city, waiting to be uncovered. Mike Ferguson, who moved to Providence with his family in August 2019, is doing just that — digging into the archival memory of the city to capture its transformations, one historical photograph ...

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Valentine’s Day flea market highlights artisans

On the evening of Feb. 11, local vendors and Providence community members gathered at FarmFresh RI’s facility on 10 Sims St. for the Providence Flea’s first night market of 2022. In addition to its quirky charm, the market offered local craftspeople a chance to sell their products during the ...


Payments for local tax-exempt properties reconsidered

The amount the University voluntarily pays to the city of Providence is being reconsidered after the release of a Jan. 14 report by the Providence Financial Department on the city’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. As a nonprofit institution, the University does not pay property taxes to the city ...

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Rhode Island indoor, school mask mandates to be lifted

Rhode Island’s statewide school mask mandate will be lifted beginning Mar. 4, leaving individual school districts to make decisions about mask requirements, Gov. Dan McKee announced in a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 9. The executive order that required either indoor masking or proof of vaccination ...

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Providence Public School District opens fully in person

The Providence Public School District is adopting in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, Governor Dan McKee announced Dec. 29. Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has been disrupting schooling across the country, leaving local educators, health experts and community members ...


Black Lives Matter RI PAC reflects on first year and a half

Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Progressive Action Committee launched over a year ago in July 2020 with the aim of helping a diverse group of young, progressive politicians run for state and local office. The organization’s overarching goal is “to see systemic racism dismantled,” according ...


Haus of Codec houses LGBTQ+ youth

Haus of Codec, founded by Providence artist Julio Berroa, has provided emergency housing to homeless LGBTQ+ youth since 2020. Originally founded in 2017 as a design firm for Providence artists, Haus of Codec pivoted to its current role as an emergency shelter for LGBTQ+ youth during the COVID-19 ...


Wickenden shops describe challenges posed by COVID-19

On a snowy Friday afternoon, Wickenden Street is empty. Nearly every store has an “open” notice in the window or folding sidewalk sign out front to invite passersby inside.  But underneath Wickenden’s peaceful exterior, shop owners and employees told The Herald that businesses are ...

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