GOOD FIT: Ruth Thumbtzen, an AARP member, speaks with Brian Martin of Middletown last month after the ribbon-cutting for a new fitness park in Newport.
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Newport park place to exercise, ‘change attitudes’

Ruth Thumbtzen was one of the first to try the workout equipment in mid-July, just after the ribbon-cutting at the new AARP-sponsored fitness park...
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.
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Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island.As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...
SMART TECH: From left, Todd Griffith, associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Mario Rotea, professor at the University of Texas at Dallas; Neal Fine, CEO of Aquanis; and John Cooney, chief technology officer of Aquanis, at a conference held in Denver on July 8-10. Aquanis develops smart-blade technology for wind turbines.
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Aquanis looks to curb wind-energy costs

From the ground, wind-turbine blade rotation appears nearly effortless, as though the spinning is entirely propelled by air currents.In reality, the movement and the...
NEW GANTRY: Vehicles pass underneath an electronic truck-tolling gantry on Route 6 in Providence over the Woonasquatucket River Bridge. The gantry is scheduled to begin operating this month.
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Truck tolls roll on despite American Trucking Associations lawsuit, appeal

Coming to a Rhode Island highway near you: “Big Brother,” electronic truck-tolling style.That may be a cynical way to describe the automated truck-tolling gantries...
PRINCIPAL PRESSURES: East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said salary levels, work schedules, increased demands and public scrutiny could be reasons why principal positions seem to be less desirable than in the past. / PBN PHOTO/PAM BHATIA

Raimondo signs bill to fast-track principal certification in R.I.

East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley can think of a handful of employees who she predicts would make good school principals. But for...
GETTING INVOLVED: Parent Yulaana Perez speaks during a public forum on the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy report on Providence schools. R.I. education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza listen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Role for businesses in boosting city schools

Businesses expect more than they’re getting from Providence schools, including graduates who can enter the workforce directly from high school without remedial help, who...
SPURRING REDEVELOPMENT: Pictured above is the former Apex department store in Pawtucket. The city could benefit from a new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in the city to newly created federal opportunity zones, which would allow the city to finance public infrastructure improvements to facilitate ­redevelopment.
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TIF expanded to Pawtucket opportunity zones

A new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in Pawtucket to newly created federal opportunity zones is seen by lawmakers as having the potential...
NEW STATION: Raymond Lavoie, left, executive director, and Dr. Michael Fine, senior clinical and population health officer, stand in front of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care’s new neighborhood health station in Central Falls.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Blackstone Valley health center seen as boon to Central Falls...

Drive along Broad Street in Central Falls on a weekend and you’ll see that it plays a significant role in the city’s small economy.“It’s...

JLL sees boost in brokerage mergers

More commercial real estate brokerages are poised to acquire their competitors in coming months as the industry accommodates investors with bigger pocketbooks and global...
TECH SUPPORT: Terrence Boylan, left, CEO of PacketLogix, specializing in highly responsive information technology support, consulting and managed IT services, works with client Charles Antone, chief operating officer for Building Enclosure Science.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Automation increases vulnerability to hacks

At a recent Rhode Island Manufacturers Association breakfast, Cooley Group President and CEO Daniel R. Dwight listened as the roughly 500 attendees were asked...
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