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🔒 Dunkin' deserts: Why four Rhode Island towns are Dunkin-less and are happy that way

The Dunkin' doughnut chain has more than 150 locations across Rhode Island.  You'll find them in small villages, big downtowns and on college campuses. They're inside convenience stores, department stores and shopping malls.

But, no matter where you go in rural Foster, you won't find a single place that serves Dunkin' — not at the covered bridge, not at the Rhode Island's highest "mountain," not at the state line with Connecticut.

Read more: Why four Rhode Island towns are Dunkin-less and are happy that way

RI's own Joe Mazzulla could soon coach the Boston Celtics. Here's what to know about him.

Johnston native Joe Mazzulla is the Boston Celtics' interim head coach, the team announced at a Friday morning press conference. At 34, Mazzulla will be the youngest head coach in the NBA this season.

"Joe's gonna be in charge. He's an exceptionally sharp and talented person," said Brad Stevens, the Celtics' president of basketball operations. "I believe in Joe's leadership."

Dig Deeper on Joe Mazzulla: RI's own Joe Mazzulla will coach the Boston Celtics. Here's what to know about him.

Read more on the Celtics announcement: Rhode Island native Joe Mazzulla has been named the head coach of the Boston Celtics

Mekhi Wilson of the Mariners at Narragansett Beach.  High School football portraits series.
Mekhi Wilson of the Mariners at Narragansett Beach. High School football portraits series.

🔒 Rhode Island football stars on what it means to rep hometowns on the field

HIgh school football is about more than just the titles. It’s about representing your school, your town or your region. It’s an opportunity unlike any other sport and for us at The Providence Journal, an opportunity to tell why in a different way.

We met Rhode Island's top football players away from the field, where each explained what playing for their hometowns means.

🔒 With clam shack's closing, last remnants of the Rocky Point Amusement Park are in limbo

After seven years of serving up fried clams and squid, doughboys and fried Oreos, chowder and clam cakes, the Rocky Point Clam Shack did not open this summer after the new owner of the sprawling former Ann & Hope complex in Warwick declined to renew the establishment's lease.

Still, the restaurant looks frozen in time, like the shuttered windows could be opened again at a moments notice for the fry cooks to start slinging fried fish.

The last vestiges of the beloved Rocky Point Amusement Park, aside from the infrastructure left at the state's Rocky Point Park, will remain at the closed clam shack for the time being, co-owner Ping Hou said.

Read more: With clam shack's closing, last remnants of the Rocky Point Amusement Park are in limbo

RI Primary Voting Guide: Everything you need to know to get your ballot

The Rhode Island state primary is Sept. 13. However, early voting is available now.

In the weeks ahead, voters will have a chance to choose the Republican and Democratic Party nominees in races for top state offices, from the governor on down, as well as legislative seats, local offices and Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District seat, which is open for the first time in two decades.

Read more:: Rhode Island Primary Voting Guide: Everything you need to know to get your ballot

Early voting embraced by Rhode Islanders during pandemic, approved by lawmakers afterward

One of the most recent and significant changes that made it easier to vote in Rhode Island was due to the pandemic.

Early in-person voting in the Ocean State was signed into law in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, which led to 29% of votes cast in person before Election Day, which included a presidential contest.

Now, those COVID-era early voting rules have become permanent.

Read More: Early voting embraced by Rhode Islanders during pandemic, approved by lawmakers afterward

🔒 Iconic East Providence carousel reopens after structural repairs

The carousel in East Providence, the last vestige of an amusement park next to the Providence River, is spinning again after getting a new foundation.

Caretaker Ed Serowik said he started working at what was then the Crescent Amusement Park as a child in 1948, setting up pins at the bowling alley before working the carousel in 1950. He is now one of the primary people conducting maintenance on the ride.

Read more:: Iconic East Providence carousel reopens after structural repairs

Whale jumps on boat in Plymouth, MA: What to know as harbormaster issues safety warnings

Whales have been making a splash in Manomet for over a week now, leading to dozens of striking photographs and videos being shared on social media and local news outlets.  In the excitement, perhaps, of just getting a little bit closer, boaters have been seen getting a little too close.

An incident around 10 a.m. Sunday morning (July 24) underscored the importance of keeping a safe distance from the mellow-but-massive creatures. A whale breached and landed on the bow of a small 19-foot vessel.

Read more: Whale jumps on boat in Plymouth: What to know as harbormaster issues safety warnings

Here's where to watch July Fourth fireworks, parades and concerts in Rhode Island

Spectators watch the East Providence fireworks display from the grass at Pierce Field in East Providence in 2015. East Providence will again have a show this year.
Spectators watch the East Providence fireworks display from the grass at Pierce Field in East Providence in 2015. East Providence will again have a show this year.

At least 13 Rhode Island communities are planning fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day. Many of the events include music and food. Of course, Bristol throws a huge celebration, with its parade stepping off the morning after the fireworks show.

Read Now:: Here's where to watch July Fourth fireworks, parades and concerts in Rhode Island

Downtown Providence is bringing back Open Air Saturdays. Here's why you should go

Durk's Bar-B-Q will serve whiskey based cocktails as well as food.
Durk's Bar-B-Q will serve whiskey based cocktails as well as food.

“Open Air Saturdays” are back in downtown Providence on the first Saturday of each month. That means rotating food trucks, beer gardens, pop-up vendors, music and outdoor dining and cocktails, all out in the fresh air.

More: Downtown Providence is bringing back Open Air Saturdays. Here's why you should go

Rhode Island Beaches 2022: Your guide to the best beaches in the state

Jessica Roderigues raises her umbrella as she and her son Ethan spend the day at Bristol Town Beach.  "I love it here, there's so much you can do, with all the tennis and volleyball courts, and the sheltered dining area, and the water is calm--great for swimming," she says. She says she comes here often from her hometown of Fall River.
Jessica Roderigues raises her umbrella as she and her son Ethan spend the day at Bristol Town Beach. "I love it here, there's so much you can do, with all the tennis and volleyball courts, and the sheltered dining area, and the water is calm--great for swimming," she says. She says she comes here often from her hometown of Fall River.

Plan your perfect Rhode Island beach escape with our comprehensive listings to more than 38 RI public beaches - plus sticker and fee information.

More: Rhode Island Beaches 2022: Your guide to the best beaches in the state

🔒They moved to RI from Iran. Now they've opened RI's only Persian restaurant

Beef Koobideh is a signature Persian dish. Here it is served with two skewers of marinated ground beef, saffron basmati rice and a grilled tomato.
Beef Koobideh is a signature Persian dish. Here it is served with two skewers of marinated ground beef, saffron basmati rice and a grilled tomato.

PAWTUCKET — Some of the best dining experiences aren't just about fine food, but about being transported to a different place.

That's what you'll find at the intimate new Persian restaurant Shish Kabob in Pawtucket opened by Ali Joneidi, a native of Iran.

Read more: They moved to RI from Iran. Now they've opened RI's only Persian restaurant

Why is a New York brewery coming to Rhode Island to hold its first-ever festival?

A Finback Brewery beer.
A Finback Brewery beer.

The inaugural Whale Watching festival set for Saturday, May 21, in Pawtucket is not about whales, but about beer. Some 50 breweries from far and wide will sample their beers. Food vendors will sell everything from lobster rolls to doughnuts.

It was planned and will be run by Finback Brewery, headquartered in New York, with locations in Glendale, Queens, and Gowanus, Brooklyn.

More: Why is a New York brewery coming to Rhode Island to hold its first-ever festival?

🔒House of the Week: Moses Brown Ives in Providence

House: Greek Revival Estate at 10 Brown St., Providence

Owners: LMJ Trust

Rooms: 20

May 6 House of the Week: Moses Brown Ives in Providence

5 new restaurants in RI that you're going to have to try

Working the bar at 345 by Plant City are Jessica Costa and Kohl Lockwood. The new speakeasy is accessed through the bakery kitchen for Plant City.
Working the bar at 345 by Plant City are Jessica Costa and Kohl Lockwood. The new speakeasy is accessed through the bakery kitchen for Plant City.

Clever new restaurant concepts continue to sprout and grow across Rhode Island.

Today, we'll limit the conversation to just five of them.

Read more: 5 new restaurants in RI that you're going to have to try

New England Patriots coverage: Takeaways from the 2022 NFL Draft

Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA;  National Squad offensive lineman Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chattanooga (69) in the first half against the American squad during the Senior bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National Squad offensive lineman Cole Strange of Tennessee-Chattanooga (69) in the first half against the American squad during the Senior bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots wanted to protect Mac Jones.

That’s the biggest takeaway on the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft as the Pats traded down and then selected Chattanooga guard Cole Strange with the 29th overall selection.

Read more: See all of our New England Patriots coverage here. 

Why was Olivia Culpo in East Greenwich? Insider's look at Union & Main, her new restaurant

EAST GREENWICH — Only the red carpet and the spotlight in the sky were missing on Tuesday when Olivia Culpo appeared for the official opening of Union & Main, her second restaurant.

Why was Olivia Culpo in East Greenwich?: Insider's look at Union & Main, her new restaurant

The Shanty's DIY ribs take very little effort but you can reap flavorful rewards

The Shanty's Bourbon Ginger-Glazed Sticky Ribs may take two days to cook but require very little active time.
The Shanty's Bourbon Ginger-Glazed Sticky Ribs may take two days to cook but require very little active time.

Love ribs cooked low and slow? But don't have a smoker or time?

Chef Sean McDermott of The Shanty in Warwick has a solution that will set you up for success if you want to make a tasty rack of ribs at home.

More: The Shanty's DIY ribs take very little effort but you can reap flavorful rewards

Tired of upset talk, No. 4 Providence Friars to open NCAAs with a chip on their shoulders

BUFFALO, N.Y.— The luckiest team in the nation will play its NCAA Tournament opener on St. Patrick’s Day.

Such is the convenient narrative here at KeyBank Center. Providence has ridden that outside critique of its success over the better part of the last three months. Why stop now?

More: Tired of upset talk, No. 4 Providence Friars to open NCAAs with a chip on their shoulders

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