DR. CHANG LEE, a retired surgeon, volunteers at the Rhode Island Free Clinic twice a month. The clinic, which serves about 1,600 uninsured patients, has a large new facility, but not enough volunteers to meet a fast-rising demand for services. /

Facing a rising tide of uninsured

As Lisa Smolski walks through the cheerful yellow hallways of the Rhode Island Free Clinic’s new space on the third floor of 655 Broad...
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Many restaurants give generously to charity

The National Restaurant Association recently surveyed its members about their participation in community activities. Responding restaurateurs were mostly owners of single, mid-priced restaurants –...
THE NONPROFIT Providence Public Library system relies on the city for the better part of its funding; its current one-year extension of their previous agreement expires at the end of this month. Above, the lobby of the PPL's Knight Memorial Branch on Elmwood Avenue. /

Mayor proposes 3-year deal with PPL

PROVIDENCE – Mayor David N. Cicilline has proposed a three-year contract with the Providence Public Library system that would increase city funding by 10...
MEETING STREET student Mack, 9, is helped to attach a symbolic leaf to the CVS All Kids Can Tree House banner at Roger Williams Park Zoo during Friday's dedication at the site of the future tree house. /

CVS Trust supports zoo’s accessible tree house

PROVIDENCE – The Roger Williams Park Zoo has announced a $500,000 donation from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to build a universally accessible tree house...
SHOWCASING VEGGIES: Local 121 buys all its food from local farms and vendors, so it's fresh as can be. /

Restaurant keeps it local with all its food supplies

If Local 121 were “just any other restaurant,” said Tree Callanan, “I wouldn’t have become involved.” But Local 121, which opened last month in...
SOVEREIGN BANK's Brian Azar, left, R.I. community banking regional executive; Steve Issa, center, New England South CEO; and Tim Monahan, R.I. community banking area manager, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. /

Sovereign presents check to MLK Center<br> at opening of bank’s first...

Sovereign Bank celebrated the grand opening of its newest community banking office at 292 Thames St. in Newport with a ceremony that included the...

Pawtucket’s success is not an accident.

Herb Weiss is an indefatigable cheerleader for Pawtucket. Any journalist within earshot and any business owner thinking of relocating to the city can attest...

Pawtucket’s revival coming together<br> ‘like a mosaic’

When Herb Weiss came to Pawtucket in 1999, economic development in the city was more an aspiration than a reality. Though the city had...
DORCAS PLACE students were the first to try the health literacy curriculum last year, talking about the challenges they face navigating the health care system. /

R.I. literacy project aims<br> to educate patients – and doctors

The challenge is greatest for people who don’t speak English, or for those whose education is so limited that reading anything is difficult, so...
RESTAURATEURS Phyllis Arffa, left, and Christine Edmonds set out to create a welcoming, eclectic environment in their Blaze restaurants. But the real star is the food - all made from scratch with fresh ingredients and an international flair. /

Fresh flavors from every region

When old friends and business partners Phyllis Arffa and Christine Edmond sold their bistro-style Haven Hill Café in Cranston in 2002, it was only...

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