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PERCUSSION SKILLS: Meeting Street teacher’s assistant Ruth Espinal, right, practices percussion skills with Cameron Cuddy at the Early Learning Center.
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Meeting Street expanding special-needs school

For more than 70 years, Meeting Street has pushed to be a national leader in development and education of children of all ages and...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank. The human faces...
BEAT THE STREETS: Maricruz Flores, 12, left foreground, and Skylah Chakouian, 16, right foreground, spar as part of the Beat the Streets wrestling program at Moses Brown High School. In the background is Director Jacque Davis. At right are Alezia Greman, left, 10, and Ivy Latino, 7.
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Preparing for success through wrestling

All of life’s lessons can’t be taught on a wrestling mat. But it’s a good place to start, according to leaders of Beat the...
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Five Questions With Nina Stack

Nina Stack | Executive director, The Champlin Foundation 1. You were appointed executive director in June of last year. How have you found your...
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Five Questions With Sabina Matos

5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council 1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods? Successful economic development depends...
GATHERING PLACE: Anne Holland, left, founder of the What Cheer Writer’s Club, with Jodie Vinson, program manager. Holland started the club because she wanted a place where local writers of all sorts could work, network and collaborate.
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A space for writers to work

Anne Holland was a business journalist working from home when she thought of creating a gathering place for writers of all sorts – journalists,...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative. Both centered on what...
SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY: Elizabeth Manchester, an attorney at Partridge Snow & Hahn in Providence, said the baby-boom generation and impending transfer of wealth through deferred giving will create opportunities for nonprofits.
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Nonprofits need plan to manage deferred giving

Royal Little did a lot with his life. When he died at age 92 in early 1989, the New York Times referred to him...
MANY HATS: Margaret Brooks, president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, also heads the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education, advocating for more financial education for K-12 students, and is the director of the Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and also heads the school’s Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Boosting financial literacy Brooks’ passion

Margaret Brooks is passionate about empowering the state’s vulnerable populations via financial literacy, a subject she knows intimately. The fourth of nine children growing up...
GROWING CAMPUS: John M. Kelly is president and CEO of Meeting Street in Providence. The nonprofit, which provides educational and child-development services, is undergoing a four-part, $14 million expansion. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meeting kids’ needs

Meeting Street, which provides educational and child-development services, moved onto its Eddy Street campus in 2006, and since then has doubled in size. The nonprofit...

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