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Rhode Islanders are well accustomed to pizza, from New York and Chicago-style to wood fired and coal fired, thin crust to thick crust and of course, the Ocean State’s signature pizza strips.

However, one style locals may be less familiar with is Detroit-style pizza, which is a rectangular shaped thick crust pie baked in well-seasoned rectangular steel pans, making for a crust that is chewy on the inside and crispy and caramelized on the outside. The increasingly popular style has been absent from the local market until earlier this year, when Pizza Envy, the brainchild of Chef Ryan Miller and Tilly’s Cheesesteaks owner Jonathan Beres, opened its doors for takeout and delivery orders.

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Elizabeth Beisel has competed against the best swimmers in the world, in pools from Beijing to London to Rio De Janeiro.

Her next effort will be in new waters, against a new challenge.

And it will be among the most meaningful swims of her life.

The North Kingstown native and former Olympian is attempting to swim from Point Judith to Block Island in an effort to raise $100,000 for cancer research. The event — dubbed Block Cancer for the destination and the cause — is set for Sept. 9.

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In “Consider the Lobster,” author David Foster Wallace said, “Lobster is posh, a delicacy, only a step or two down from caviar.”

He offered that well-known sentiment in the August 2004 edition of Gourmet magazine.

It wasn’t always that way for these unsightly “cockroaches of the sea” that today have the revered reputation of being food of the well-off and bringing a chic sense of living when ordering it.

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For over a year, the Theatre By The Sea, like many venues around the world, has sat empty in Wakefield, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting a hold on the venue’s lively stage shows and performances — a staple of the South County summer entertainment scene.

Now, as Rhode Island, along with much of the nation, begins to come out of pandemic, the Theatre By The Sea is making its return. It has announced its first batch of Summer Concert Series events for July, along with an encore performance of the hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!”

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Entertainment is coming back in full force this summer, with Narragansett lining up its Gazebo Summer Concerts, Movies on the Beach and Concerts on the Beach.

Many different acts and movies are planned through early September.

“We want people to get outdoors and enjoy what Narragansett has to offer,” said Steve Wright, Parks and Recreation director, about these annual entertainment traditions that have stretched over years — even decades, for some — as a way to bring the community together.

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At the convergence of luxury and celebration is the time-honored tradition of savoring a cigar. An indulgence completely different than cigarette smoking, pipe tobacco or vaping, cigars bridge every socioeconomic gap between partakers. At Regency Cigar Emporium in East Greenwhich, appreciators of fine cigars from all walks of life can come and celebrate life together.

Michael Correia has been the sole proprietor of Regency Cigar Emporium since 2002, but his passion for fine cigars began 25 years ago. What started as a young man’s hobby quickly grew into a man’s passion, lifestyle and career. And because of this, Correia boasts that he never works a day, he simply does what he loves.

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Do you have a sick plant, a weed you just can’t seem to identify, a query about when to transplant your seedlings, or any other gardening question? The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners now have another way to provide answers to these and other questions.

The Master Gardeners and URI Cooperative Extension have launched the Virtual Radio Hour to provide answers to questions about home and community gardening. At 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, an expert panel of Master Gardeners will convene for one hour via Webex to respond to local gardening questions.

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After being canceled for the first time in 57 years due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wickford Art Association recently announced that its annual Wickford Art Festival will be back this July with a new location and 180 artists.

The annual summer event will take place Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 at Wilson Park. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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The heat is on in Wakefield this summer.

After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wakefield Village Association recently announced the rekindling of the Wakefield RiverFire summer event series. The first lighting will begin on June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Saugatucket River in historic, downtown Wakefield. The event continues every Thursday evening until Aug. 19. 

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As it has for the last year and a half during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Rhode Island is relying on its ingenuity, expertise and teamwork to give the class of 2021 memorable, in-person commencement ceremonies that start Friday, May 21 and end Sunday, May 23, at Meade Stadium.

All participating graduates will dress in traditional regalia, have their names announced, cross the stage and have professional photographs taken. To maintain the health and safety of the URI community, in-person celebrations will be limited to graduates only.

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Imagine walking into a new exhibit at the South County Museum that lists as many local commercial fishermen as can be identified — past and present — and features stories of notable fishing families, artifacts of the fishing industry, a parade of historic photographs on large video screens, and even an oral history booth where present-day fishermen and their families can tell their stories.

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