In June First Lady Michelle Obama, middle, presented Lorén Spears, right, and Christian Hopkins of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, R.I., with a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. (Tomaquag Museum)

In June First Lady Michelle Obama, middle, presented Lorén Spears, right, and Christian Hopkins of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, R.I., with a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. (Tomaquag Museum)

EXETER, R.I. — Anyone who walks through the Tomaquag Museum’s entrance will quickly learn that the museum is the antithesis of a white-centric, Colonial-New England narrative. It tells the story not of the houses that cluster the Northeast, but of the people on whose land those houses were built.

Privatization of Kennedy Plaza, Scaring Panhandlers Won’t End Homelessness

A former Providence mayor and a current City Council member are concerned about the type of people in and about Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park, because they could be bad for business. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

A former Providence mayor and a current City Council member are concerned about the type of people in and about Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park, because they could be bad for business. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The solution to this complex societal issue doesn’t lie with increasing police presence, outlawing panhandling and keeping the less fortunate out of Kennedy Plaza. In fact, laws and policies designed to criminalize and demean poverty and homelessness only perpetuate the real problem: a growing chasm between the rich and poor that is slowly ripping society apart.


Burrillville Town Council: No New Power Plant

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — After seven months of silence and gritting their teeth, the Town Council finally said what it wanted all along: “No new power plant.” By unanimous vote, council members stated what they had been hearing from residents for more than a year: the Clear River Energy Center presents untold health and environmental harm to their community.


New Farmland Acquisition Program Divides R.I. Farmers

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A program to buy local farmland is drawing both fear and hope among Rhode Island’s farm community, and has grabbed the attention of conservative activists, who call it a "government land grab."

The activist group No LNG in PVD has issued a call for National Grid to suspend construction at a site next to the Providence River, concerned that digging the toxic soil will spread pollutants.

The activist group No LNG in PVD has issued a call for National Grid to suspend construction at a site next to the Providence River, concerned that digging the toxic soil will spread pollutants.

Ending homelessness doesn’t mean no Rhode Islander will ever be homeless again. It’s about rebuilding a broken system to address the problem before it spirals out of control. (istock)

Ending homelessness doesn’t mean no Rhode Islander will ever be homeless again. It’s about rebuilding a broken system to address the problem before it spirals out of control. (istock)

Development of natural space, Gov. Gina Raimondo says, is part of a balance between the economy and 'quality of space.' (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Development of natural space, Gov. Gina Raimondo says, is part of a balance between the economy and 'quality of space.' (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)


Power-Plant Opponents Want Answers from Invenergy

WARWICK, R.I. — On Sept. 21 the public got its first chance to tell the Energy Facilities Siting Board what it thought of the recent release of 12 advisory opinions, the state and local assessments that will inform the board for its decision to accept or deny the $700 million fossil-fuel project proposed for Burrillville.


Big Empties Leave Economic and Environmental Voids

National retailers are welcomed with great fanfare, but those who trumpeted their arrival go into hiding when these "super" stores are abandoned and their fields of concrete left to inundate local waters with polluted stormwater runoff.