Been hankering for a burning river, soulful music and some gondolas? Can’t make it to Venice because of all those final papers? You’re in luck. WaterFire has announced its opening schedule, with the first partial lighting set for Wednesday April 27. Orgo kids, take note — it’s a fabulous way to drown your sorrows after that midterm. For those of you who still insist on referring to it as ‘the waterfires’ (like your parents might say ‘the’ facebook), drop the definite article. please. You’ll never be mistaken for a native if you speak like that.
Though it’s Monday morning for most of us, Massachusetts is celebrating Patriots’ Day with a 26.2 mile jaunt. Kim Smith, a New Zealand native and a graduate of Providence College, is considered a strong contender in today’s group of elite women runners competing in the Boston Marathon. Smith finished 5th in the New York Marathon — if she wins, she’ll be the first Rhode Islander to take the top prize since 1941.
An unusual visitor showed up in little Rhody last Wednesday. According to Department of Health Spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth, an Italian woman in her 20s — who traveled to RI after arriving in New York — was diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles. The deadly disease, which is considered to be eradicated in the United States, hasn’t been seen in RI for at least 20 years. According to Beardworth, the patient is in voluntary isolation and is “doing fine.”