Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly September 2016


Social Movement: Breaking a Sweat Together

Does the group dynamic encourage making working out a habit?

The relationship between social support and exercise is rather intuitive. Given option one, “zumba class with ripped instructor and a gaggle of friends” versus option two, “solitary run at 5 a.m. before work” and most people’s preference leans toward numero uno. There’s a stronger motivation to work out when you’re with a group. But not for me. I’ve always hated…

High School Report Card 2016

Find out where your high school ranked.

Download a pdf.   High School Report Card 2016; The Methodology To rank our schools, statistician Julia Seaman used correlation and factor analyses to compare standardized test scores, graduation rates, AP-course enrollment and performance, and student-teacher ratios, among fifty charter and traditional public high schools in Rhode Island. To calculate rankings, she combined the data, weighted as follows: 75 percent…

Persimmon Delights in New Location

The Bristol favorite has expanded with its move to Providence.

99 Hope St., Providence, 432-7422, persimmonri.com. Open Tues.–Sun. for dinner. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine New American with a subtle nod to the French. Capacity Eighty. Vibe New England farmhouse meets NYC loft. Prices All dishes are the size of a large appetizer: $9–$26; dessert $4–$9. Karen’s picks Anything. Everything. Key  Fair  Good  Very Good  Excellent Half-star Champe Speidel has moved on. Nearly…

On the Job With URI's Pest Patrol

These scientists are fighting unwanted insects – with more insects.

When Jean Williams discovered a blood-red beetle with long black antennae consuming the lilies in her Wakefield garden a decade ago, she recognized it at once as an invasive insect she had just learned about in a master gardener class. University of Rhode Island researchers had been on the lookout for the new invader, which until then had not been…

Minding the Skills Gap

How is Rhode Island connecting workers to jobs?

Dan Sullivan was working remotely from Providence for a Utah-based company last year when he and a group of coworkers got laid off by a new CEO. It was nine days before Christmas and a decade since the Cranston native had dusted off his resume. Sullivan was always into technology growing up; he was the kid everyone in the neighborhood…

Guide to a Day of Shopping in Portland

Great shops? Seaside location? Yummy food? Let's drive up.

Portland has long had a reputation for being one of New England’s foodiest cities, a destination where chefs across the country set up shop, much to the delight of residents and tourists. But those in the know have recognized that great food isn’t the only reason to make the journey up I-95. From high-end handmade furniture to vintage finds, Portland…

The Grace School Expands Its Inclusion

The Providence school is now welcoming seventh graders.

For ten years, the Grace School at Meeting Street in Providence has fostered an inclusive environment where students with and without disabilities are educated together. “We are growing this whole generation of children that looks at people with disabilities very differently,” says Margaret Knowlton, director of school age programs at Meeting Street. “All of our students are valued for who…

Photos: Make-A-Wish's Evening of Wishes

More than 250 people attended the fundraiser at the Omni.

Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island raised $260,000 to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island at its fourth annual Evening of Wishes Dinner at the Omni Providence Hotel. More than 250 people attended the event, which featured the stories of area wish recipients and their families.    

The Craftsmen Behind the Music

These Rhode Island artisans make instruments sing.

There’s an orchestral bass from 1610 on the table at Zachary S. Martin Luthierie’s Pawtucket repair shop. Martin’s restoring the centuries-old piece to musical glory, as he does for musicians nationwide. The process takes multiple years and he revels in it, working with his own hand-made tools while reimagining. “I can see the original maker working by candlelight on a…

Photos: La Salle Academy's Annual Scholarship Dinner

The event raised more than $150,000 for students.

La Salle Academy’s annual Scholarship Dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence generated more than $150,000 for students. Over the past six years, the academy has raised more than $2.5 million, thanks to alumni and donors, helping the preparatory school to fulfill its mission to provide a high-quality education to young women and men of diverse backgrounds.    

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