- - Sunday, February 26, 2012


Struggling city’s history marked with candy bar

CENTRAL FALLS | Central Falls may be best known for being Rhode Island’s only municipality to file for bankruptcy. But a new project is highlighting a very different story: its history as a chocolate manufacturer during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Mike Ritz heads the organization Leadership Rhode Island. He came up with the idea for a “Save Chocolateville” chocolate bar, and it went on sale this month.

The city was once called Chocolateville because of its chocolate mill. It’s pictured on the bar’s label.

The 3.5-ounce bar is made in Central Falls, and proceeds will go to help children in the city. Mr. Ritz says the project celebrates Central Falls’ success in the early industrial era and the spirit of entrepreneurship.


Hemingway’s boyhood suburban home for sale

OAK PARK | Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood home in a Chicago suburb is for sale.

Its current owner, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, put the home on the market for $525,000 this week. That’s after a plan to turn the building into a cultural center fell through because of financial challenges.

The slate-blue, three-story stucco home in Oak Park, Ill., was designed in part by Hemingway’s mother, Grace. She was the last Hemingway to live in the house, leaving in 1936.

Some of the writing Hemingway composed in the house likely was done in an area on the third-floor that faces south. That was Hemingway’s room until he graduated from high school.

The Hemingway Foundation bought the home in 2001, but couldn’t raise the money for the cultural center


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