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Class Act The Gordon School celebrates its centennial

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Contents October 2010

This Month 15 Politics

Two prominent East Side candidates and a postprimary wrap-up

23 Gordon School Centennial

100 years of progressive education

29 Fall Preview

A look at what’s ahead in theatre, movies and the arts

37 Our Annual Halloween Story

Nightmare on Thayer Street

Every Month 4 Other Side 6 Letters/Editorial 9 Community News The latest from East Side community groups

23 41 Art

55 Finance

Two new exhibitions at Brown

Important lessons from past recessions

43 On the Menu The flavors of South America come to Olneyville

57 Movies

44 Dining Guide

61 Flash Fiction

Your resource for where to eat

A noisy dinner conversation

50 Pajama Monologues

The last of the summer movies

62 Calendar

Jazz-tinged memories

All the info on October’s happenings

53 Opinion

74 East of Elmgrove

Musings on a mosque

A Dutch delight

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Other Side by Barry Fain

Styles and Scares October brings fashion, Wurlitzers and dueling pumpkins Clothes Encounters of the Good Kind While helping out a great organization is always in style, it’s a nice treat when it can also be stylish. Such is the case with the upcoming fashion show fundraiser for RISE (Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education), a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents. The fashionable event takes place Saturday, October 16 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Pawtucket Armory. As always, the show will feature “models” taken from the ranks of prominent local citizens, media personalities and just all around good folks – and this year the East Side will be well represented by Alice Boss Altman, Mark Iacono, Helen Gilbane MacDonald, Lindsay Armstrong  and Leeds Mitchell. “Latin Beat” is the theme, so in addition to the usual fashionistas strutting their stuff, there will be an opening dance performance by local cabaret artist Kristen Minsky and her TropiGals, as well as food from Russell Morin Fine Catering and beverages from Presidente Beer, XX Vodka and Sakonnet Vineyards. For more information, call 421-2010 or visit www.riseonline.org.

Night of the Living Carved October is a wonderful month to be a kid on the East Side, regardless of whether you’re nine or 90. Amidst the swirling leaves of fall, our streets come alive with colorful ghosts, goblins and ghouls as Halloween approaches. Now, a relatively new tradition seems to have taken hold: The Jack-0-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park. Thousand of pumpkins will be sliced and diced into imaginative, one-of-a-kind jack-o-lanterns in an unbelievable display that will run through the entire month. Not to be outdone, nearby Pawtucket will also hold their own “Pumpkins in the Park” exhibition on weekends in Slater Park and even throw in a Haunted Tunnel. Both exhibits, we’re told, are many cuts above average.

Art-to-Art Combat Ever since Providence supposedly “stole” that orange capital P for its own “Creative Capital” marketing campaign, Pawtucket seems determined to get even. Last month they went after our Arts Festival. This month it’s our pumpkins and our models. And now they have their sights on our live music scene. The famous Met Café is relocating to Main Street in Pawtucket as part of the successful Hope Artiste Village. Their scheduling begins this month (check our calendar for the specifics). Watch out, Providence. I think we even saw some guys with logs

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“Models” take to the runway at a RISE fashion show and some matches along the Blackstone River planning a new nighttime event.

A Different Kind of Treatment Kudos to Lynn Ducoff Belkin, daughter of wellknown East Side dentist Bob Ducoff and his wife Diane. She has just published a children’s book, her first, entitled Home in Time for My Birthday, which she hopes will be a valuable resource for families dealing with a child undergoing serious medical issues. She even includes a useful glossary of medical terms to help children understand the process Having been diagnosed with a brain tumor during her own childhood, Lynn clearly can relate to her subject matter. With a Master’s in child life, she obviously knows her subject. And don’t worry, there’s obviously a happy ending. For more info about Lynn and the book, contact lynn@mrsbooks.com. It’s a nice read.

Providence Paints the Town Red...and Green...and Blue The 11th annual Providence Street Painting Festival will be expanding this year from the Bank of America Skating Rink into the Biltmore Park next door and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Every year the popular festival, run by the Rotary Club of Providence, draws hundreds of local artists

who, armed with only chalk, convert the skating rink floor into a wildly colorful concrete canvas. This year’s event, on Saturday, October 2 from noon6pm, includes a cavalcade of antique cars, food from over 20 of the area’s most popular and unusual local restaurants and a free concert by Reminisce, Rhode Island’s best ‘50s-‘60s band. But, as the commercial says, wait, there’s more! Like a marching band, roller derby skaters, family activities, celebrity judges and all sorts of other surprises. Organizers not only guarantee you a good time, they guarantee you’ll do good at the same time since all (as in all) funds raised will go to benefit local child-oriented charities. Go. Enjoy. Do good.

Hail the Wizards of Wurlitzer One of the unique advantages of working downtown is lunchtime: tons of food choices, nice places to walk to, and great lunchtime arts options. One of the best this month is PPAC’s Wurlitzer Wednesdays that continue through October 13. We’re all encouraged to brown bag it to PPAC for free noontime concerts on their mighty Wurlitzer organ, one of the biggest in the country. It’s a nice way to slow it down and enjoy music in a comfortable auditorium setting. PPAC even has some food and drinks for you if you want to totally veg out. Nice to see the concert series continue. Kudos to all concerned.


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Olympic Fever Grips Moses Brown Matt Glendinning has known for more than a decade that he would run a marathon in the fall of 2010. What he could not predict was that he would be the head of school at Moses Brown School here in Providence, having taken up the post just one year ago. On October 31, Glendinning – and a team of six other adults with ties to the school – will run the 2500th anniversary of the Marathon in Athens, Greece, tracing the footsteps of the ancient gods and heroes whom Glendinning has spent a lifetime sharing with students. A classical archaeologist by training, having studied at Dartmouth and UNC-Chapel Hill, Glendinning has worked on excavations in Spain, Greece and Turkey and lived in Athens for a year. In the classroom his focus has been archaeology, Latin and ancient history, and he is known for particular expertise in the complexities of ancient Greek history. As it turns out, however, he is equally devoted to lifetime fitness. Among his core beliefs about education is that “the best education should follow the advice of the Roman poet Juvenal, for whom the key to happiness was maintaining mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a sound body.” Upon arriving on the East Side last summer, his personal priorities included mapping his running routes, securing a spot on a local soccer team and participating in Save the Bay’s annual Bay Swim

(which he swam again this summer). The MB head of school hopes his running of the Greek marathon will provide a model for students to show that lifetime fitness can be fun and rewarding, and that passions are meant to be explored and supported, regardless of how far afield they may take you. In addition to Glendinning, Team MB members include four other East Siders: alumni parents and former trustee Rebecca Leuchak and her husband Bill Monroe, as well as current parents and Board of Trustees members Ted Fischer (’83) and Dieter Pohl. Second grade teacher (and new mom) Erin Hazlett and faculty husband Ted Archibald complete the team. The Olympic theme will also be celebrated on October 2. As part of the school’s annual Homecoming, Team MB will lead a marathon relay – a 26.2 mile run broken into five legs – beginning and ending at the school that will conclude during the football team’s halftime activities and include an actual Olympic torch borrowed just for the occasion. Faculty, staff, parents and students will join a member of Team MB for portions of the run. While in Greece, members of Team MB will tour and train together, with Glendinning as their guide. The marathon theme has also served as a springboard for a variety of activities at the school including a mini marathon organized by fifth graders last spring to support injured people in Haiti.

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Editorial Our modest proposal to help city finances By now, East Side residents have gotten the bad news about our property taxes. Most of us have been hit hard. And some, like the small, non-owner occupied property owners who own less than five apartment units, have been hit ridiculously hard. Meanwhile the City’s budget remains unbalanced; the pension liabilities, unfunded. As we drove around the East Side, we suddenly realized an obvious new funding source has been staring us right in the face. That colorful thicket of political signage that’s growing with the speed of kudzu on steroids:

let’s tax ‘em. If residents are going to be forced to endure row after row of these mini-lawn billboards, then let’s at least get something out of it to justify the eye pollution. The City could charge by the month, the week, or perhaps even the hour. Call it a “pay to stay” tax. And of course the more signs you have the higher the rate goes – a reverse quantity discount if you will. Plus, an additional charge would accrue depending on how long it took to remove the signs after the election was over For the yokels that put up dozens of signs for different candidates on a

single lawn, let’s designate them as recycling sites for all those non-stop glossy mailers that just keep coming and coming and coming. On that final Friday-Saturday before the recent primary, we received no less than 21 separate mailers – 21! Aside from helping the Postal Service – a worthy endeavor we admit – can this really be an effective way for a candidate to spend his or her hard-earned dollars? And in terms of number of phone messages left while we were gone – don’t even ask. Tip O’Neil once famously observed that all politics is local. In our town, maybe he meant to say loco.

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Letters

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Dealing with East Side Elitism I cannot help but bristle when I come across indicators of outright economic and cultural elitism that sometimes creep into the East Side Monthly. Nowhere was this more evident than in Sam Zurier’s parting editorial “Making the Grade” in the August 2010 issue. It is not that the author’s chronicle of East Siders’ past exodus from the Providence Public Schools is inaccurate, nor does his optimism for the hopeful reversal of that trend seem ill-conceived. But to refer to the recent history of the East Side as “an enclave with an identity that was separate and distinct from the rest of Providence” may speak volumes of Mr. Zurier’s opinion of that community, but says little of those residents who view themselves and their neighborhood as sharing the concerns and problems of every neighborhood throughout the city. If we are to move forward beyond the era of flight-to-the-suburbs, we must stop thinking in terms of “us” and “them,” and begin to forge meaningful synergies among all parts of this village we call “Providence.” Mr. Zurier’s choice of the “Columbus” metaphor to characterize a few East Side parents who decided to move their children from private to public schools is an unfortunate one indeed. Many East Siders

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have had our children in Providence Public Schools from day one, and have worked against all odds to make those schools positive and productive learning environments long before any well intentioned coalitions, steering committees and fundraising organizations were ever in place. Indeed, among the biggest problems faced by the PTO’s at Gregorian, King and Nathan Bishop schools continues to be the creation of an atmosphere of inclusion for all members of the community, and not only those who can afford to frequent the upscale bistros your paper so proudly trumpets. As a parent of two children currently in East Side Public Schools I have helped out at fundraisers that have been enormously successful financially, but attended by only a narrow strata of the greater population that makes up the East Side neighborhood. I worry about the sustainability of a system that rallies the parental resources of only a small percentage of the neighborhood population. I worry about the emergence of “two-tiered public school systems”: some that can afford lucrative private funding efforts and others that cannot. And I worry about the future of a city that continues to view itself as a collection of separate and unequal neighborhoods where myopic versions of public advocacy fail to see beyond the limits of annual salary and cultural self-identification.

The answer? Cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion, seek out and include the wisdom of every citizen, work to dismantle cultural barriers and start building bridges. Michael Tinnemeier Providence

Some Hope on Hope I read with interest your editorial in the latest issue (September 2010) regarding the proposed demolition of the Schartner Farms greenhouse on Hope Street and the construction of a donut shop. I am in total agreement with the editorial and am opposed to the proposed development. I learned too late about the hearing of the zoning board on August 16 reviewing this matter and have been unable to learn about the outcome. Do you know? If it was tabled or deferred I will certainly act to oppose the measure. Best regards, Gary Van Zante C urator of Architecture and Design, Mass. Inst. of Technology (and an East Side resident) Editor’s Note: The proposal was withdrawn for the present until the developer has the opportunity to present directly to neighbors. As we go to press it is expected to be resubmitted at some point.

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Community News Community News is space that East Side Monthly makes available to community organizations free of charge. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this publication.

College Hill By Diane Greco CHNA’s annual meeting, held on Thursday, August 26, was a tremendous success. This year’s mayoral candidates participated in a moderated forum, presenting their positions on the city’s future to an audience of nearly 150 neighbors. In addition, Providence Police Officer Nicole Darling and PreserveRI were each presented with CHNA’s annual award for exceptional service to College Hill. CHNA extends enthusiastic thanks to Wheeler School, Blue State Coffee and the Brown Faculty Club for their contributions to the meeting. Pressure from CHNA, among others, resulted in a partial win for the neighborhood, as Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed to a compromise regarding their liquor license and closing time for a restaurant to be located at 235 Thayer Street. According to the new agreement, Chipotle will serve beer and margaritas only, will not serve alcohol after 10pm, and will remain open no later than 1am. (The restaurant expects to close at 11pm.) Apprised of the new terms, CHNA  offered its endorsement, with the caveat that the group will step forward if Chipotle violates these terms. CHNA strives to uphold the neighborhood’s quality of life while balancing

business interests on College Hill.  Working with Preserve Providence’s Hope Street, CHNA supports opposition to the development of a coffee shop with 26-car parking and a 12-car drive-through on the site currently occupied by Clarke Flowers on Hope Street. The development threatens the residential character of an area that borders College Hill. Wishing to sell the property to Brewed Awakenings, a growing RI-based chain, Schartner Farms has applied for zoning variances and held a meeting with neighbors that was very well attended. Since then, the zoning application has been placed on hold.   CHNA would like to offer our belated thanks to Jay Rodrigues and the Traffic Engineering Division for their support of our request to install a stop sign at the corner of Barnes and Thayer where a Brown University student was struck and killed earlier this year.  Working quickly and efficiently, the Division conducted a study to assess the need for a sign, which was installed soon after the study was completed.  To join CHNA or renew your membership, visit our website,  www.collegehillneighborhoodassociation.com, and click “Join CHNA.” Or send a check for $20, made out to College Hill Neighborhood Association, to the Treasurer, Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906, and include your email address.

General Election Forums This month’s meeting of the Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square (471 Angell Street at Elmgrove, opposite Starbucks) will hear local candidates in the November 2 general election for the City Council and state legislature (General Assembly). The meeting begins at 7pm, Wednesday, October 27 and ends before 9pm. The invited candidates are in contested November races for the seats presently held by City Councilman Cliff Wood (Ronald Dwight-I vs. Sam Zurier); State Rep. David Segal (Richard Rodi-I vs. Chris Blazejewski); State Rep. Edith Ajello (Ajello-D vs. Dr. Dan Harrop-R); and  State Sen. Rhoda Perry (Perry-D vs. Morris Markovitz-R, Miriam Ross-I and Stephen Jagolinzer-I.) Senator Perry and her opponents, together with State Rep. Gordon Fox (D), Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and his Republican opponent Erich Sturn, have been invited to another forum on Tuesday, October 19, sponsored by the Summit Neighborhood Association. That forum will begin at 7pm at the Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Avenue (opposite Brown Stadium and Nathan Bishop School). All these meetings are free and open to any member of the public. You don’t need to be a member, or even a registered voter, to attend.

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Primary Election Forums Last month, on Wednesday, August 25, the Neighborhood Discussion Group held a very successful forum for the Democratic primary election candidates for two of those offices: Ted Trafton and Sam Zurier for Councilman Wood’s seat, and Therese Caron

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and Chris Blazejewski for Rep. Segal’s seat. The winners of those races (Zurier and Blazejewski) will appear again at our October 27 forum for general election candidates. Something like 40 or 50 people came to the August meeting, which is the largest our group has ever organized. Fiscal and budgetary issues dominated the discussion. All the candidates criticized the state’s system of allocating funds for local aid and schools, which they saw as unfair to metropolitan districts with poor and immigrant students. The City Council candidates also criticized the present Council majority’s method of assigning property taxes as one that put an unfair load on the East Side, the West End, Federal Hill, residential landlords and their tenants. Beyond Politics Before our candidates’ forum started, Kath Connolly gave a brief presentation about the proposal to replace Clarke’s Flowers on Hope and Olney Streets with a drive-through Brewed Awakenings coffee shop. The attendance of many displeased neighbors at a Zoning Board hearing, she said, persuaded the applicants to delay and rework their request. A more extensive presentation of this issue was given at our meeting on Wednesday, September 22, which also heard from some of Wayland Square’s new businesses. The discussion group will not meet next month because of Thanksgiving. Instead our November and December meetings will be combined on Monday, December 13 at 7pm. To keep track of local news and meetings, please visit our public

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Brown Street Park By Wendy Nilsson Angels and devils, villains and superheroes – all are welcome at the 4th annual Fiends of Brown Street Park Children’s Halloween Party and Parade, Sunday October 31, from 4-5:30pm. Kids can join in on the ghoulish games, creepy crafts and demented decorating projects, while filling up on pizza and healthy snacks. At 5pm, jump in as one of our favorite marching bands honks, blasts and bangs their way along a neighborhood parade route. Consider it a wholesome warm-up to the night’s main event. Please contact Jan Dane (jan@notfound.com) if you have scary skills you’d like to volunteer. Free Fall fitness classes are going on now. OM Kids is still offering free yoga classes for kids at the park through October 28. Elyse Rotondo teaches a Young Warriors class for four- to six-year-olds on Tuesdays at 3:30pm and a Peace Warriors class for seven- to ten-year-olds on Thursdays at 3:30pm. Children should bring a mat or towel and eye pillow if possible. Kids will strengthen their bodies and learn how to focus their minds through breathing and relaxation skills. Brown Street Park is a success because of the wonderful volunteers who donate their time.  If you are interested in helping out, please let us know. Volunteers are needed to help with gardening and lead arts and fitness activities for children. We also need master gardeners or landscapers to volunteer to do extra upkeep on our grounds!  Check out our website for other opportunities too (www. friendsofbrownstreetpark.org). Email wendy@friendsofbrownstreetpark. org  if you would like to be added to our email list or sign up on the website. You can support the FBSP when you collect your Eastside Marketplace receipts for “The Friendship Fund.” 

Please give or mail your receipts to Marcy Wemple at 87 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02904. Eastside Marketplace will then make a donation equivalent to 1% of the total to Friends of Brown Street Park to support our revitalization efforts. Thanks to all of you who have saved receipts on our behalf! If you’ve enjoyed events at the Park, please consider becoming a volunteer or donor.  Visit our website at www. FriendsofBrownStreetPark.org to learn more.  Friends of Brown Street Park is a 501C(3) non-profit organization.  All donations to the group are tax-deductible. 

Fox Point By John Rousseau FPNA Calls for Safety Forum On the Monday following a weekend shootout that riddled residences and automobiles near the Trenton-Ives intersection, the Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) called on Councilman Seth Yurdin to help host a Neighborhood Safety Forum. At press deadline, Yurdin had scheduled a meeting for that Wednesday, having personally invited Police Chief Dean Esserman, District Commander Lieutenant John Ryan; Frank Corbishley, Director of Providence Community Action Program (PROCAP); Teny Gross, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence and the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club. “Fox Point residents are justifiably alarmed by this violent incident, and they need answers,” Yurdin said. “We are bringing everyone together in one place to discuss what happened, and to make a plan for positive steps that can be taken to prevent a recurrence.” In a letter, FPNA President Ian Barnacle said, “It is unfortunate that we in Fox Point now have had a taste of the violence that some neighborhoods in the city experience daily. The fact that the two houses in question belong to the Providence Community Action Program (ProCAP), however, prompts us to include ProCAP in this forum.” FPNA would like a representative of the Providence Police Department to provide further information about the shooting and reassure residents that there will not be a recurrence of this tragedy, Barnacle explained. Also invited to attend the forum was


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Frank Corbishly, Executive Director of ProCAP, to respond to loitering complaints and provide some dialogue to address neighborhood concerns, and the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club to answer reports of increased loitering, littering and lack of grounds maintenance at the club, which is across from the shooting site. In the past, FPNA has received cooperation from ProCap to devote more of its budget to maintain and improve these residences, Barnacle stressed. “We thank them for that action and recent attention to the tree spaces along Trenton Street.” “Now, we ask that ProCap and all public servants, who might share any accountability for this threat to Fox Point’s future to please come together to address this act of violence,” Barnacle concluded. FPNA Speaks Out Against Tax Levy In another letter to Mayor David N. Cicilline, Barnacle encouraged the mayor to veto the City Council’s tax levy, saying it unfairly targeted Fox Point and all residents of the East Side. “Already, it is a recognized fact that property owners on the East Side pay significantly higher taxes on their homes, compared with property owners in other city neighborhoods,” Barnacle pointed out. “This last-minute effort to increase property taxes on selected areas of the city, while reducing those of property owners in other areas smacks of ‘class warfare.’” “Not only is it unethical, it may prove illegal,” he stated. FPNA agreed with City Solicitor Adrienne Southgate’s opinion that the levy, itself, is illegal because it was introduced after the public hearing July 14. FPNA also opposed the removal of the exemption for non-owner occupied multi-family properties, saying it could unfairly increase taxes by 30 percent and slow the housing recovery. “In recent years, multi-family property owners have been struggling with increasing vacancies due to surrounding universities providing greater housing options for their students,” he added. “The council should be taken to task for ignoring Councilman Cliff Wood’s appeals to rework the budget,” Barnacle’s letter concluded. “Instead of looking at other ways to increase revenue and decrease expenses, the council members are again passing the buck to the property owners, par-

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ticularly on the East Side.” FPNA Supports RIDOT Funding Request FPNA also gave its strong support for the application submitted by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to the United States Department of Transportation for federal funding through the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program. “If TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, then you could make no better award selection than RIDOT’s Highways to Bikeways Plan,” FPNA President Ian Barnacle said in a letter that was included with RIDOT’s application. RIDOT’s plan would add a bus stop on South Main Street, joining public transportation routes with extensive and improved bikeways,” the letter read. Barnacle cited Providence’s emerging public waterfront as an added incentive for receiving the transportation funding. “Though not part of RIDOT’s application, recent waterfront developments demonstrate the long-range transportation potential of this area,” Barnacle said. “Fox Point is unique because it brings together the automobile, public transportation, biking and pedestrian traffic with the potential of water transport.” Should voters approve an open space recreation bond question in the November election, $3.2 million would be used to keep the Shooters property at 25 India Street in public ownership. The bond also would allow $10 million to retain public ownership of Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick and another $1.5 million for improvements and renovations at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. Other FPNA efforts cited included participation on a Providence Foundation Committee to transform the old interstate bridge into a vessel for bikers and pedestrians to quickly travel between the Fox Point/College Hill neighborhoods and three universities to and from downtown Providence. “With its 360-degree views of Providence, this functional bi-modal structure would naturally become a destination in its own right to residents and tourists alike,” Barnacle added. Other FPNA projects cited included revised RIDOT designs for the Wickenden Street Grid, development of the Seekonk Shoreline Bikeway and

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Summit By Samantha DiGiovanni Summit neighbor June Daniel is trying to organize a community garden in the Summit neighborhood. She has approached the Parks Department and has asked SNA to help her get the word out about her proposal. Her proposal is for a community garden to be created in Lippitt Park modeled

after the community garden at Session Street Park. The first community meeting was held on August 19 at Summit Commons to solicit input from Summit residents. Eight neighbors attended the meeting, five of which were current SNA board members. In addition to this meeting, two more were scheduled: one on September 19 and one on October 24. Both meetings will be held at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue at 6pm. SNA has also posted information about this project on its website www. summitneighbors.org and created a survey so members of the community can weigh in about the proposal even if they can’t make the meetings. So far through the surveys and through comments to the listserv, the idea of community gardening seems to be supported by most neighbors, but the location seems to be up for debate. While many people would like to see community gardening in Lippitt Park, many people feel it is important to preserve the open spaces of the park. Several other locations are being considered and SNA is waiting

until all the meetings have been held to determine how to proceed with the proposal. Jesse Polhemus has started a project, Hope Bucks, designed to benefit local merchants and the people who support them. Modeled on other successful programs across the nation, Hope Bucks would be a local currency that might work as follows: at participating Hope Street merchants, anyone can pay multiples of nine dollars and receive multiples of ten Hope Bucks in return. Hope Bucks could only be spent on Hope Street, giving customers a ten percent discount as a reward for shopping locally. The currency could  also be  extended to the rest of the East Side or the entire city of Providence. At this stage, the project is looking for ideas, volunteers and a strong show of support from residents, so please go to hopebucks. blogspot.com to fill out a brief, anonymous survey. On October 19 from 7-9pm, SNA is hosting a candidate’s night at the Jewish Community Center on Elmgrove Avenue. Candidates for State Rep-

resentative and State Senate will be there to explain where they stand on important issues and to answer your questions. The Summit Neighborhood Association’s website has had a complete facelift this summer. The information is more up to date and easier to access then ever before. If you haven’t been on the site, please check it out at www. summitneighbors.org. You can find our blog, information about resources in the neighborhood, upcoming meetings and agendas, and lots more. In addition, you can follow us on twitter: @SNAProv. As always, there are many opportunities to get involved. Board meetings are held the third Monday of the month at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue at 7pm; all are welcome. For more information about SNA or to join the email list, please go to our website: www.summitneighbors.org. Questions or comments? You may also send them to George Scheitinger, Summit Neighborhood Association President at george@ residentialbuilders.info.

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ELECTION COVERAGE Two East Side Women Eye Statewide Offices By Steve Triedman This year has certainly has been a topsy-turvy one in terms of local political matchups, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that two East Side women – one a Republican, the other a Democrat – could occupy two of the four state general offices when things play out in November. Gina Raimondo, the Democrat nominee for Treasurer and Catherine Taylor the Republican nominee for Secretary of State are both first-time candidates with many similarities, and are hoping their messages resonate with voters looking for integrity and change.

Gina Raimondo Catherine Taylor hosted a meet and greet for Gina Raimondo shortly after she announced her candidacy for Treasurer. At the time, Taylor wasn’t a candidate herself, but knew and liked Raimondo and thought that she would make a great Treasurer. At the wellattended event, Raimondo appeared slightly overwhelmed and a little nervous. Fast-forward several months, after a daily routine of campaigning, honing her message, and fending off professional and personal attacks and that “deer in the headlights” look has been replaced with a confident, gregarious candidate who is steadily marching towards the finish line. The naivety has been replaced with a very clear, “KoolAid free” vision of all of the elected officials, the candidates, the media and what it will take to win in November. “A friend sent me a present the other day,” she explains, “and when I opened the box it was a jock strap with a note that said, ‘You’ve got some big balls to be in this race.’” She sent the box back with a note that in Rhode Island politics they’re “called cojones – and mine are tremendous!” “I’m seeing a whole other world,” she adds having come from a luncheon at the Alpine, joking that she’s now a regular at the Aurora Club. “It’s not uncommon for me to be the only woman in the room, and it takes some getting used – for everybody,” she jokes. “Everywhere I go, people are concerned about the fiscal situation that the state is in, and they desparately want

strong leadership and fiscal responsibility,” she adds. “I came out early against the Studio 38 deal, not because I didn’t want the company to move here, but because of the basic fundamentals and the risk. There are over 150 venture capital firms in Massachusetts. With Schilling’s star power and the popularity of multiplayer online games – which some VC firms have backed – the fact that no one wanted to invest in this deal should have raised a lot of red flags. If they wouldn’t invest, the deal is clearly too risky for Rhode Island’s taxpayers.” “The Economic Development Corporation only sees the upside, not the downside,” she points out. “I wholeheartedly supported Treasurer Caprio’s position of informing the bond companies that ‘the Treasurer is opposed to this deal,’ which effectively puts the deal on hold as it’s highly unlikely that you could sell the bonds with this added disclosure. If I am elected Treasurer I will be more involved with EDC, as most of their financing programs have to go through the Treasurer’s Office. Overall, though, I give Treasurer Caprio an A-.” Where you will see a difference is on the banking side. Raimondo explains, “Fleet and then Bank of America have had a lock on the State of Rhode Island’s banking for too long. I will bring in a more competitive bidding process tied to committments to local business banking which will bring smaller local banks to the table.” The primary role of the General Treasurer is to oversee the state’s retirement system investments. “I will work to reform the pension fund, collaborate with key stakeholders to truly understand the complicated financial issues and develop a comprehensive solution that creates long-term sustainability, offers a dependable retirement to retired workers and ensures the fund’s efficient operations going forward. Effective management of the state’s retirement system is critical not only to state employees and retirees, but to all citizens of Rhode Island, who support any shortfalls through higher taxes or reduced services,” she explains. Raimondo wants to bring financial literacy and empowerment to the peo-

Gina Raimondo, Democratic Candidate for General Treasurer

I came out early against the Studio 38 deal, because of the basic fundamentals and the risk. ple through an outreach initiative to educate Rhode Islanders about the importance of saving, avoiding risky debt and making the most of their family’s budget. She will also bring more transparency to the office and wants to see an increased performance and lower fees in the Education Fund. Gina Raimondo clearly has “the right stuff.” She’s a successful venture capitalist as a cofounder of Point Judith Capital, which has invested millions of dollars in over 20 startup companies, including two local stars: NABsys and Narragansett Brewing. She has community service, hands-on and leadership experience as a co-leader in the Housing and Community Development Program, which organized in New Haven for economic development in low income neighborhoods. In addition, she was the

vice chair of Crossroads RI, the state’s largest homeless organization, where she played a key role in launching their new women’s shelter; a board member at Women and Infants Hospital; and a past board member of Family Service of RI, the Business Innovation Factory and LaSalle Academy. She is also frighteningly smart – graduating first in her class at LaSalle Academy – has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University – where she was a Rhodes Scholar – and a degree from Yale Law School. She later clerked for United States Federal District Court and US Attorney General nominee Judge Kimba Wood. Raimondo lives on Elmgrove Avenue with her husband Andrew Moffit, a school consultant and chairman of the October 2010 East Side Monthly

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Catherine Taylor, Republican Candidate for Secretary of State

Catherine Taylor Catherine Terry Taylor has never run for elected office but has 20 years of experience working for US Senators John and Lincoln Chafee. Since 2007, she has run her own public relations and communications firm, Taylor Word Works. She is the endorsed Republican running for Secretary of State and she’s already proving that she’s ready for primetime. In her first extended interview she went toe-to-toe on WPRO radio with Buddy Cianci for 30 minutes, and not only was she well-prepared and unflappable, she appeared to win everyone over with a mix of self-deprecating humor, knowledge of the job and what she will bring to the office. At the opening of the show, someone mentioned her name and said that it sounded like a country singer’s; she used it to her advantage throughout the interview. Cianci even tried to give the incumbent some cover on one of the issues and Taylor quickly set him straight. Taylor is running as a Republican because she believes the GOP could still be a place for moderates in Rhode Island. “I think that our state is in need of a robust two-party system for government to function the way it should,” Taylor says. “For that to be the case, the Republican Party needs to be a big tent.” Challenging an incumbent who is a former Mayor of North Providence under any circumstance is an uphill battle, but Taylor is already framing the fight. “The incumbent, Mr. Mollis, claims that his office has fulfilled every single campaign promise from 2006 – every single one,” she explains. “‘Go down the list,’ he boasts. Well, I did, and all I found were broken promises. It’s another example of politics as usual, and Rhode Islanders deserve better.” When she decided to run, her dining room quickly became a temporary headquarters with a constant stream of volunteers and professional advisers setting up shop. Support has blurred party lines, coming from a wide swath of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Former Secretary of State Susie Farmer, an early supporter, offered sage advice to Taylor: “Go to the Secretary of State’s Office and introduce yourself to everyone – and don’t forget to bring a tape measure so you get the right size for the new drapes,” she joked. “Government and the people in it can and must operate honestly and openly,” Taylor explains. “It’s not just a dream. I know it can be done, I’ve seen it done,

I think that our state is in need of a robust two-party system for government to function the way it should. and I won’t accept anything less. “Owning a business is difficult enough without all of the red tape,” she continues. “Over the last 3½ years, I have grown more and more concerned as the current Secretary of State missed opportunity after opportunity to help businesses – especially small businesses like mine – cut the red tape that interferes with our ability to create jobs. “Rhode Island needs a Secretary of State who will be the guardian of open government, a forceful advocate for small business, a vigilant monitor of the workings of government and a trusted guardian of the integrity of the election process,” she adds. Three key issues fuel her campaign: Small Business Advocacy, Legislative Transparency and Election Fairness. “The Secretary of State’s office is where businesses begin, and new businesses mean new jobs,” Taylor offers. “The office must advocate for small businesses, streamlining the fragmented bureaucracy that makes it difficult to open and manage a business. “The Secretary of State is the state’s Chief Election Officer and has an obligation to make sure that the General Assembly conducts its business in the open. Accessibility of voting records is critical to fair elections. Voters need to know who stands where on legislation – promptly, on a searchable online legislative database. And, since the General Assembly won’t do this, then the Secretary

of State’s office should as part of its Open Meetings compliance and Library functions,” she suggests. Rhode Island is, naturally, one of the last states to still use the master lever in elections. Taylor called for its removal during her acceptance speech and it has become a lightening rod issue, which has seen the incumbent now express support for its removal. Since removing the master lever requires legislative approval, and everyone seems to now be in support, Taylor has been calling for the Secretary of State to place it at the end of the ballot, since new legislation would not be in place for this election. Catherine, and her husband Rob, a partner at Partridge, Snow and Hahn, have four children. She grew up in Connecticut and is a Yale graduate. She is a Member of the Board of Overseers at Moses Brown, Regional Director of the Yale Global Day of Service, Finance Committee member and Eucharistic minister at St. Sebastian’s Church. She has worked on numerous other organizations including, Crossroads RI, the Providence Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and for many years as a Den Leader and Assistant Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 88. She and her family live on Lloyd Avenue. Taylor faces the winner of the Democratic Primary between Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and State Senator Leonidas Raptakis.


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Taveras Wins Big - So What’s Next? By Barry Fain Following the big win by Angel Taveras in the Providence Democratic primary, many media outlets have already anointed him mayor, and Taveras himself is already being pressed on who might stay or who may go in his administration. Rumors have it tha the City Finance Director is already making calls and saying, “The new mayor would like…” However, there is still a general election on November 2, and Independent candidate John Scott is promising to make it a race. A couple of major fundraising events are already lined up, including a star-studded event that could be significant. “I was at all of the primary evening events and I was literally overwhelmed by Lombardi and Costantino supporters offering to work on my campaign,” he claims. With 23,000 people voting in the Democrat Primary, there are an additional 80,000 votes still in play. The biggest question is whether what talk show host Dan Yorke calls “the Cicilline Teflon coating” with the general media will be transferred to Taveras if sparks fly. While it’s unclear just how

and that Taveras was their default choice. Similarly, when Joe Paolino was polling while he contemplated a mayoral run, he was everyone’s second choice. We had a chance to chat with former Mayor Joe Paolino before the election; he said he was going to check out all three campaign headquarters before making his prediction. “The energy level of the volunteers will tell you who’s going to win it,” he theorized. In his view both Costantino and Lombardi were drawing from the same pool and people were supporting them out of loyalty or respect. “Angel’s supporters seemed to have a lot more passion.” While Paolino praised the Taveras organization, he also acknowledged the effort that Lombardi’s people put in. “He had virtually no budget and campaigned the old fashioned way – door to door on the streets – and got almost 30% of the vote,” the former mayor notes. “He ran a nice campaign.” With both Costantino and Lombardi running, many allegiances were split, crippling both candidates. Despite the fact that the business community lined

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Even more surprising was that the best funded of the three, Costantino, finished third (at 20%) behind Lombardi (29%) and Taveras (49%). bad things are financially in regard to pensions and budgets, it certainly isn’t good. The size of Taveras’ victory clearly caught everyone by surprise. Veteran political aficionados can’t remember anything quite like the recently concluded Democratic Mayoral primary. Here we were just days before the election and no one was willing to predict with any confidence who was going to win. Buddy Cianci on his radio show suggested Steven Costantino was in the lead. Regular caller Joe the Barber claimed to have seen polls that suggested it was John Lombardi going away, while other professionals gave a slight nod to Taveras because of his tie-in to Cicilline’s massive “get out the vote” operation. Internal exit polls reflect that a significant number of voters were undecided right up to the end of the campaign

up behind Costantino – Gary Sasse, Jack Reed and others – it didn’t help. Even more surprising was that the best funded of the three, Costantino, finished third (at 20%) behind Lombardi (29%) and Taveras (49%). Chris Young, a showman until the end (getting into trouble even during Election Day), got only 2%. (His girlfriend, Republican candidate Kara Russo, while buried in her run for Congress, actually did reasonably well in her no-budget effort for lieutenant governor, garnering 33% of the low turnout vote.) Angel remains the odds on favorite to become the City’s first Hispanic Mayor, assuming he can defeat independent John Scott. The only way this won’t happen is if Scott is able to convince the defeated candidates and their supporters to throw their efforts behind his candidacy and to convince people that he can do a better job

managing the City’s precarious financial situation. Interestingly, he already has support from several Council members. While Taveras is universally considered “a nice guy,” some of his supporters engaged in hardball politics and ethical breaches during the campaign. Nasty emails attacking Lombardi were sent out under the anonymous email address whatcheerprov@gmail.com. ProvidenceFuture PAC and Tomorrow PAC took cheap shots at the records of Lombardi and Costantino. Taveras denied that they came from his campaign, but they certainly came

from his inner circle of supporters. Is that enough to create an irresolvable breech among the candidates? Probably not, but politics in Providence is always a full contact sport, so stay tuned. The mayoral candidates, to their credit, appeared almost nightly at some forum somewhere in one of the city’s neighborhoods. Generally it was entertaining, and in those that included Chris Young, it was always unpredictable – with or without the Virgin Mary. In the end it was also clear that there were as many questions about each of the candidates as there were strengths. October 2010 East Side Monthly

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Both Lombardi and Costantino were seen as incumbents in the oldtime political system that is currently under attack across the country. Taveras, while not viewed as an insider yet, was seen as very inexperienced and too nice a guy. In the end, the sense we’ve gotten from our informal walks through the neighborhoods is that Taveras’ organization was underestimated, that his strength beyond the East Side and Latino areas was also underestimated, and that a lot of voters, especially younger ones, simply wanted to try something new. Several voters we chatted with admitted they went into polling booths unsure who they were going to support and ended up choosing Taveras “just because it was time to let someone new take a shot.” As it turned out the East Side, as predicted, ended up voting overwhelmingly for Tavares (75%) vs. Lombardi (14 %) and Costa ntino (10 %). The turnout even here was very low, with only 5,194 people voting out of 20,000 eligible. It should be noted that three other very liberal City Councilpersons will also be coming into office with the new Mayor this year: Sam Zurier here on the East Side, Sabina Matos in Olneyville (who defeated longtime fixture Josephine DiRuzzo) and newcomer Brian Principe in Ward 13 (Federal Hill, the Armory District, West Broadway and parts of downtown). In the East Side City Council race, Sam Zurier ran a well-organized and very literate campaign to defeat a spirited effort by newcomer Ted Trafton, a financial planner. Though Zurier captured 80% of the vote, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Trafton emerge again in the future. He’s earnest, personable and has some financial skills that our leadership could sorely use. Zurier will face Independent Ron Dwight of Benefit Street in November. Statewide, the biggest winners were the unions that targeted and defeated numerous pro-business Democrats. Quietly, the unions made sure that they had an impact, including in Taveras’ campaign. The race that has the potential to be interesting over the next few weeks is for State Senate in the 3rd District. Rhoda Perry has been representing the East Side for almost two decades and has become a member of the Senate leadership team. She is being challenged by first time Independent candidate Miriam Ross, an attorney with extensive experience in advocating for the business commu-

nity in terms of jobs development and tax relief. A lifelong Democrat, Ross will try to take advantage of the antiincumbency fervor that resulted in the record-breaking defeat of nine sitting legislators in the just completed primary. Morris Markowitz is also in that race running as a Republican. Veteran Representatives Edie Ajello and Gordon Fox will be in contests against Republicans Dan Harrop and Erich Sturn. Here the battle will be more about the issues, which clearly separate the candidates. Both incumbents enjoy the backing of their party and will prove difficult to defeat, though in this season of anti-incum-

the vote. The first Brown University poll, a few weeks before the race, had shown Cicilline garnering 55% of the vote. A spate of bad news personally, the recent tax increase that has hit his East side base particularly hard, the pay increase “error,” and some “take no prisoners” anti-Cicilline ads by challenger Gemma produced some erosion of support for the Mayor. On the East Side, Cicilline got 52%, Segal 33%, Gemma 8% and Lynch 7%. Segal actually won three of the East Side polling sites and should be heartened by his strong performance against the Mayor. It was also nice to see his father, a physician from D.C., on Orchard Avenue busily campaigning for his son. That said, it is expected that many of Segal and Lynch supporters will probably support the Democratic winner. Gemma supporters, however, might potentially defect to support Republican John Loughlin from Tiverton. As we all know, primaries attract only a fraction of the eligible electorate. The key variable will be if Loughlin is able to attract out of state money from funders eager to see the longtime Kennedy seat go Republican. The scorched earth ads that Gemma ran certainly produced some heat on the local talk shows. What’s more questionable is whether the ads translated into votes; for all the money Gemma spent on the campaign, his numbers weren’t much better than Segal or Lynch, neither of whom spent a great deal of money. Historically, a Mayor of Providence has never been able to capture a Congressional seat, and as the Gemma attack ads warned, “If you think my ads are tough, wait until you see what the Republicans will run.” We’ll have to do just that. Democrat Gina Raimondo, an East Sider, is a heavy favorite over Republican Kerry King for Treasurer. Republican Catherine Taylor, another East Sider, is running for Secretary of State against incumbent Ralph Mollis who defeated State Senator Lou Raptakis in the primary. Finally there’s the race for Governor between Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Frank Caprio, with Republican John Robitaille possibly playing the role of spoiler here. So in short, catch your breath and get ready for the next few weeks as the candidates start their engines for the final dash towards the finish on November 2. The first crop of campaign signs should be harvested by now. The second planting will begin in October. E

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bency nothing can be taken for granted. The two Republicans are both energetic and seem prepared to at least make their campaigns more visible than usual. Another exciting race is likely to be the battle for the Fox Point House seat formerly held by David Segal. Two first-time candidates, Chris Blazejewski and Therese Caron, battled it out in the Democratic primary. A Harvardeducated attorney and co-founder of a liberal action group, Blazejewski was able to capture 72% to win the contest in a campaign marked for its civility – in large part because the two candidates expressed similar liberal views on the issues. Waiting in the wings, however, is Richard Rodi, who ran for the office two years ago, and is a longtime resident of the community. A businessman and healthcare advocate, Rodi is expected to run a much more spirited and perhaps adversarial campaign for the seat. The race for the First Congressional District, which encompasses much of the East Side, is the one that also has the potential to attract national attention. While Mayor David Cicilline won the four-way contest over attorney Bill Lynch, businessman Anthony Gemma and Representative David Segal, he only attracted 36% of


Opinion by Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.

Package Deal The best strategy for restoring the Arcade Recent news stories regarding the vacant Arcade provide clear evidence that the city must take a more proactive stance in order to redevelop this historic jewel in the financial district of Providence. The problem encompasses the 182-year-old Arcade as well as the adjacent, mostly empty lot that is separately owned by out-of-state developers. The two properties, in their current condition, have a blighting influence on the financial district and discourage new investment. The brick facade that has been left on the vacant lot, and looms over the sidewalk, is also potentially hazardous to passersby. The city’s planning department bears a major share of responsibility for the current situation. The department allowed two buildings on the lot to be demolished based on the promise that a hotel and condos would rise in their place. Years later, we have nothing. The city cannot allow this situation to continue. More than 1.5 million square feet of office space in the downtown area is currently vacant. Banking, insurance and professional employment in the city – much of it in the financial district – declined by 2,500 between 2002 and 2009. The next mayor of Providence must act decisively to reverse these trends. Redeveloping the Arcade should be one of his earliest and highest priorities. This is the kind of bold, entrepreneurial move that urban mayors must be prepared to make. I am convinced that the best opportunity for the Arcade will come if the historic building and the adjacent lot are placed in the same investor’s

hands. The Arcade has potential for retail, offices, a boutique hotel, a museum, or some combination of uses, but only if the nearby land – with or without the facade – is available for parking. The state and federal tax credits, which equal 50% of the restoration cost of the Arcade, are another selling tool of great importance. If the Arcade is marketed with the vacant lot and the tax credits included, then developers with vision and means will be found. To unlock the Arcade’s potential value, the mayor will need to bring in the Providence Redevelopment Agency. The PRA could use its condemnation powers to take control of both properties and to market them as a package to investors. Considering that these high-profile commercial properties have been vacant and deteriorating for a period of years, that they are a potential hazard to public safety, and that they discourage investment in the entire financial district, I believe it is appropriate for the city to use these powers in the near future. The Arcade is a unique historic property of national importance. The city must take all reasonable steps to protect it and restore it to prominence. This is a great opportunity for the next mayor to show strong leadership. For generations, the Arcade flourished in the center of Rhode Island commerce, its walkways crowded with shoppers, diners and office workers. The strategy I propose gives us the best prospect to renew the Arcade and the financial district. Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. is a downtown property owner, a former mayor of Providence, and a former economic development director of the state.

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y first encounter with Gordon School, being new to the area, came just a few years ago, in the form of a dozen or so fourth graders. I was one of the docents giving a walking tour of College Hill for the Providence Preservation Society. The fourth graders were, theoretically, my students. Barely into our walk, however, I was pretty sure that each and every one of them knew more than I did, a suspicion confirmed when one very polite and bright boy gently corrected my misuse of the term Puritan. Or was it Pilgrim? No matter – the Gordon School students were a delightful group to hang around with, and I always think back to that day whenever someone mentions the East Providence school. Little did I know then how deep the connections run between Gordon School and the East Side, nor what a rich tradition of academic excellence and innovation the independent, nursery-through-eighth-grade school represents. Now is a good time to take note of both, as Gordon School, on October 10, will wrap up a year’s worth of activities marking its centennial. If there is one person who can summarize the importance of Gordon School to the East Side and to the education community in general, it is Ralph L. Wales. In his 17th year as Head of School, Wales is a fierce advocate for

the principles on which it was founded. “Gordon School,” begins Wales, “holds a very central position in educational work in the state. Even though Gordon is in East Providence – and very happily so – we want to recognize that the epicenter of that educational work, historically, comes out of the East Side.” Wales is speaking, in one sense, of the fact that for 50 years Gordon School was located, physically, on the East Side. But in a broader sense, Wales is speaking about the strong support for innovative education that has always existed in the East Side community. This support fostered a “pretty robust presentation” of progressive schools early on, in a relatively compact area: Brown and RISD, as well as Lincoln, Moses Brown and Wheeler. “The East Side has always been a place that gave room for and allowed educators to break out of molds,” says Wales. One such educator was Gordon School founder Dr. Helen West Cooke. Dr. Cooke was born in 1873. She attended elementary schools in Rhode Island, at a time when strict discipline and corporal punishment were the rule. The Industrial Revolution had brought changes to education. The one-room schoolhouse approach was no longer viable, as education became more about training people to be productive in an increasingly indus-

trialized society – either as workers or as leaders – than about teaching critical thinking. “It sounds negative, but you could describe it as a factory model for education,” explains Wales. Dr. Cooke rejected the rigidity of this model. She sought a better path, one more suited to the individual needs of each student. She had three sons and approached education as a mother would. Dr. Cooke was one of New England’s few female physicians. Her medical training had been in New York, and included assisting mothers birthing their babies. She then spent time in western Massachusetts, where she served as both town pediatrician and town doctor to the adult population, before she returned to Rhode Island and came to live on the East Side. In 1910, when her second son, Gordon, turned six, Cooke decided to take matters into her own hands. She opened a school for Gordon and his playmate, Margaret Arthur, in the living room of her home, a large Victorian at 405 Angell Street. A third child, Edith Peckham, joined later that year. Cooke believed in “educating the whole child” and that “all children should be respected as individuals.” She thought that education should actually be a joyous experience. As was happening at many progressive schools around New England at the time, Dr. October 2010 East Side Monthly

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Cooke kept the windows in her home open all year long, believing that fresh air promoted sharper thinking, as well as good health, and the school was known as The Open Air School for many years. By the fall of 1911 the school had 10 students and by 1914 the number had increased to 80. Gordon School has published a wonderful book in conjunction with its Centennial Celebration and the early history of the school is fascinating. As enrollment grew the school expanded “room by room,” first on Cooke’s property and then on adjacent properties, thus keeping the “family feeling” of the classrooms. Cooke understood that the physical environment of a place had an impact on how children felt about learning. A home atmosphere ensured that learning would be from the child’s perspective. She had the approach of a mother and a teacher, and considered education to be “a three-way partnership” between teacher, parent and student. By 1931, the school reached 160 students. Wales frames what Cooke accomplished in its historical context: “If we think about the turn of the century, women did not yet have the vote. Yet, beginning in the latter part of the century, and this was certainly true of the Northeast, women were beginning to pursue a progressive agenda, and they were desiring to be more active agents for social change.” What better way to do that than through education? Dr. Cooke was really a radical, says Wales, adding, “You could think of Gordon School as the original home school.” It was also the first co-educational school in Rhode Island. Its purpose was to educate children, individ-

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The best results will happen when a teacher has a viable relationship with the student and the student’s family. ually, to be critical thinkers. “I believe firmly and strongly, as is true of any school that is vital,” says Wales, “that our founder’s history and purposes hold true in the current operation of the institution.” The school’s mission today is to be a racially diverse institution, one which “child by child, cultivates successful students by inspiring joyful learning, encouraging intellectual leadership, fostering an empathic spirit and stimulating a drive for positive societal impact.” By the early 1960s, Gordon School had outgrown its East Side setting. Its current facility, on 12 acres of land in East Providence, opened in 1963. “Architecture has always mattered to Gordon School,” says Wales. “This notion that it is a place where a child would feel like they were at home was transferred from Cooke’s house to this building.” Gordon was designed by prominent Providence architect William Warner (best known as the architect of Waterplace Park), and built, on purpose, at a three-quarters scale. Warner incorporated many ideas from Gordon students into his design. “Among the many reasons children like being here – and they do – is that they feel a sense of ownership,” explains Wales. “Look at the stanchions that hold up the causeway,” Wales points out. “They are designed to be the width of a four-year-old’s wing span. The circumference is something a child could just barely embrace. It gives a

sense of security. We have always understood, from our East Side roots, that the architecture of the school should speak about the mission.” The Gordon School centennial book talks about the materials the architect used in his design: wood beams and pine planking, and concrete piers with the texture of the wood forms intentionally left on – all chosen as things that could be touched and felt. The architecture indeed reflects the mission. Nelson Field House opened in 2002, as did the 20,000 volume Joukowsky Library. The outdoor spaces are easily accessible to classrooms and obviously used everyday; they feel naturally connected to the building, as a backyard would to a house. There is a small spring-fed pond and a stream, and three separate playground areas, each geared towards a different age group. The surrounding community also uses the grounds. An East Providence Soccer League, for example, uses the fields, and neighbors enjoy the playgrounds. What continues to bring families to Gordon School, however, is its teaching practice, defined as multicultural. “That is often misunderstood,” explains Wales, “as a celebration of different cultures or traditions. But the ‘multicultural teaching practice’ is a now almost 50-year-old teaching philosophy. If you had to summarize, it does connect with Cooke’s startup of the school. You want the learner to be able to understand any topic or subject or academic strand from multiple perspectives. In an academic framework, it can be understood as critical inquiry.” Gordon students are trained not to rush in with the “correct answer,” but to be thinking, “What is the next question that needs to be asked so that this topic can be fully and further understood?” Over the past decade, Gordon has gained attention for its teaching method. Four years ago, it established the Gordon School Institute of Multicultural Practice, and each June educators come from all over the country to learn about best practices in multicultural


The original Gordon School at 405 Angell Street on the East Side (inset) and now on a 12-acre campus in East Providence racial, and economic – is critical because that is where multiple perspectives are derived.” The admissions staff goes beyond the usual outreach to other independent schools: they target libraries, preschool and day care programs and Y’s. A big part of their presentation is the financial piece – explaining how a school like Gordon can be made affordable. The tuition is a stretch for any family: it ranges from $7,600 for the Early Education program, to $24,000 for the Middle School. The school gave over $1 million in financial aide last year, with awards ranging from small percentages to almost full tuition. The community is evidently ra-

education from Gordon faculty. I ask whether Wales thought it possible or practical for this method to be replicated in a public school setting. Wales replies that, yes, even in the midst of an era of standardized education, in Rhode Island especially, public school teachers continue to know that the best results will happen when a teacher has a viable relationship with the student and the student’s family. Obviously, financial resources limit applicability on the scale of Gordon School. This brings us to another part of Gordon School’s mission: diversity and inclusion. This means racial diversity, but also economic diversity. “I am an advocate of excellent education for all,” declares Wales. “The challenge we face is that tuition is a barrier to entry. Gordon

Even though Gordon is in East Providence – and very happily so – we want to recognize that the epicenter of that educational work, historically, comes out of the East Side.

has actively pursued addressing that barrier through an aggressive allocation of resources.” Twenty-three percent of Gordon students receive financial aid. “That is a higher percentage in an N-8 school than at any other independent private school in Rhode Island,” he adds, “with the exception of Community Prep, whose model is to provide scholarships.” Gordon’s Admissions staff, led by Admissions Director Emily Anderson, actively networks Gordon in communities where it is evident that some measure of resources would be needed for a family to attend. “This is not out of some sense of noblesse oblige or a moral imperative to be good,” says Wales. “We believe that a classroom that is diverse in every way – gender, intellectual, obviously

cially and economically diverse, says Wales. Twenty-seven percent of the students are minority. The school has actively recruited and retained a very diverse faculty. “People know about Gordon,” he notes. “The downside [of outreach to families] is that if you push people to consider it, we cannot fund everyone.” Still, during the worst economy the state has ever seen, school enrollment remains high: there are 404 students this academic year. The current academic buzzwords at Gordon are “multicultural teaching” and “integrating learning.” Sounds good, but what does it mean, practically speaking? First, let there be no mistake about it: the academics are rigorous at Gordon. Its students go on to a variety of high schools and do extremely well – that is

well documented. Fourth grade teacher Sarika Parikh has been at Gordon School for nine years. Her students will be studying all the things fourth-graders study: math, science, reading, writing and social studies. The curriculum adheres to learning goals and sequencing of learning skills. Specific themes are emphasized in the fourth grade: immigration, the concept of family, civil rights, and even baseball. Whatever the “unit” is on, the students will study it from different angles and study it thoroughly. Take baseball, for example. Parikh’s class will read books about baseball leaders such as Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente. “We will look beyond the big heroes, though,” she explains. They will look carefully at the baseball itself and talk about pitching – even take the baseball apart to see how it is made and think about why. Baseball is also a great topic for applying math concepts. The unit on immigration will include a focus on local immigration: the history of the Cape Verdean community in Rhode Island. “The point is to get the kids to think from different perspectives,” stresses Parikh, “by using resources that are from the point of view of a child.” Every year, the eighth-graders at Gordon School study the history of the Civil Rights movement. The six-week study unit culminates in a week’s trip to Georgia and Alabama, October 2010 East Side Monthly

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where what they have been studying is brought to life. The trip is funded in part through an endowment established by two Gordon parents: Rick Bready and Sally Lapides. Eighth-graders also spend a month first designing and then engaging in a service-related project. They work in schools and elderly housing projects, and some help teach English to immigrants at the Genesis Center. They then present that work to the full community, in writing and verbally, using, for example, math skills to analyze data around social service work in Rhode Island, including its costs. As Wales explains, all of this goes back to the concept of educating students to be critical thinkers and agents for social change. They are asked to consider, “How do you go about addressing the challenges in society?” So how has Gordon managed to make it through its first century? Admissions Director Anderson thinks it’s because of the quality of the teaching faculty and the school’s reputation for teaching students how to learn. Many people also like Gordon for the fact that it does not have a high school. “Parents see Gordon as a place where kids can be kids,” she says. Studies show how important these years can be for brain development and organizational skills – things that will make children successful students later on. Gordon is also known for its excellent arts programs. Students take art two times a week every year, as well as music (students learn to read music in the first grade). There is a foundation-funded Visiting Artist program, so that students have the benefit of working directly with well-known artists who are successful in the real world. There is also a Visiting Author program. Sally Lapides, President of Residential Properties and a past Board chair, cites very practical reasons for sending her two sons to Gordon School. “Other parents recommended it, which put it on my radar screen,” she recalls. “My first tour of a school was Gordon, and I stopped there. I loved that Gordon only went to the eighth grade. The entire focus was on elementary and middle school education. I loved that there were no kids driving fancy cars to school. I had met a lot of Gordon School parents and felt they were balanced and grounded, and so I felt their children would be, too.” Lapides served many years on Gordon’s Board of Trustees and she is still involved today as Chair of the Head’s Advisory Council. In 1994, Gordon’s endowment was $263,000. Independent schools in New England, she says, had always been shy about asking for money. “I committed to taking a leadership role in the development area,” she explains. “I thought Gordon School was a well-kept secret. When it moved off the East Side, its presence was felt a little less, because you didn’t drive by it every day.” Today, Gordon School’s endowment is over $7 million.

More About Gordon School The Teacher Residency Program at Gordon School and Roger Williams University  Three years in the making, this apprenticeship program is fully accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education and enrolled its first class this past June. The curriculum integrates theory, research and practical experience grounded in multicultural education and teaching for social justice, and will lead to a Master of Arts in Teaching and Elementary School Certification. Gordon School/East Side Facts • 43% of current students are from the East Side • 56% of trustees live on the East Side • Current Board Chair, Bernie Buonanno, lives on the East Side. • Current Head of School, Ralph L. Wales, lives on the East Side • 21% of faculty and staff live on the East Side Admissions Open House Saturday, November 6 at 10am 45 Maxfield Avenue, East Providence 434-3833 www.gordonschool.org


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Fall Theatre Preview

As local theatres announce their fall schedules, we’re happy to report that Christmas will come early this year to PPAC, while Trinity prepares to welcome royalty. In short, this promises to be another banner year for Rhode Island theatre.

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Radio City Comes to the Capital City (and PPAC) The big news at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) this season is the arrival of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, coming for the first time ever to the Providence from November 12-28. The show is always a huge draw in New York City and the producers tell us that we’ll see the same type of show in Providence, including the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and moving “Living Nativity.” This is a family show that has something for everyone. Better still, you don’t have to fight New York traffic to see it. And with nearly three-dozen opportunities, including morning, afternoon and evening performances, you should be able to pick a time that fits your schedule. Tickets range from $39 for some weekday matinees to $75 for the Golden Circle. Call 421-ARTS for reservations. This one promises to sell out quickly. www.ppacri.org Trinity Celebrates a Legendary King Trinity’s 47th season has a running theme, according to Artistic Director Curt Columbus. “A new decade is upon us,” he explains, “one filled with hope and excitement. We will celebrate the universal theme of personal legacy.” The season opens with the classic Broadway musical, Camelot, which Columbus says is “synonymous with that one brief shining moment of a country’s renewed sense of hope and patriotism. We will be stripping away all of the expected trappings of traditional knights and fair maidens to focus on the complicated love triangle set in a world of political intrigue.” Leave it to Trinity to come up with something a little different, even for this proven winner. Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot will be at Trinity through October 10, with Columbus directing.

Alan Ayckbourn’s farce Absurd Person Singular follows three married couples through three disastrous Christmas parties as they drink, frolic and fight their way to holiday cheer. The dark comedy is at Trinity October 15-November 21. Call 351-4242 for reservations. www.trinityrep.com Gamm Celebrates its 26th “The Gamm has taken stock after winding up its 25th season,” says Artistic Director Tony Estrella, “and is now heading down a path with the emphasis on the new. The season opens with two stories about graft, theft and manipulation, starting with that classic American masterpiece about men at work.” First up, David Mamet’s Pulitzer prize-winning drama, Glengarry Glen Ross, about the cutthroat world of real estate, runs through October 3. Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, a Rhode Island premiere, plays October 21-November 21. It is about two half-sisters who fight over their inheritance of a rare stamp collection. One wants to keep it; the other wants to sell. The play was a hit on Broadway in 2007, and is filled with twists, turns, and a shocking ending. Call 723-4266 for reservations. www. gammtheatre.org A First Rate Second Story Autumn The good folks at Second Story Theatre in Warren will kick off their season with the play Kimberly Akimbo, by Pulitzer Prize winner David LindsayAbaire, directed by Mark Peckham. The play, which runs through October 24, is an offbeat comedy about a teenager with an aging disease causing her body to grow old faster than it should. As if that’s not enough, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a neurotic mother, a rarely sober father, her own looming mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.  This provocative and deadly funny comedy gives a whole new meaning to a “coming of age story.” The second show of the season is the always humorous The School for Wives, directed by artistic director and “fearless leader” Ed Shea. It opens on November 12 and closes December 12. The School for Wives revolves around an insecure man who

contrives to show the world how to avoid the fate of cuckoldry by marrying the perfect bride. Richard Wilbur’s translation perfectly captures the wildly lyrical roller-coaster ride that is Molière.  The appeal of a battle of wits, rhyming verse, mercurial shifts from sacred to profane, the soaring poetry and the base humor all help make Molière’s comedies as fresh today as when they were first written. Call 2474200 for reservations. www.2ndstorytheatre.com The Colleges Providence College presents The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, October 29-31 and November 5-7. Call 865-2218 for more information. Even closer to home, we’ve got our own in-house college theatre group with Brown. Its Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studios opens its fall season with the powerful drama A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, directed by Lowry Marshall. Dates are September 23-26 and September 30-October 3. The great musical, Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, directed by Kym Moore, will be on stage November 11-14 and 18-21. Peter Handke’s Kaspar, directed by 2011 grad Ioana Juncan, is scheduled for December 9-12. We’ve seen some great productions at Brown over the years, and the 2010-2011 season looks like a good one. www.brown.edu/taps Theatre in Off-Season Newport It may be the beginning of “shoulder season” in Newport, but there still are plenty of theatrical goings-on to warrant a trip south. The Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant presents Phil Olson’s A Nice Family Gathering through October 24. “It’s a comedy about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her,” says director Matt Siravo. “Dad is no longer with us,” he explains, “but he returns in spirit for the holidays – but only one son can see him.” Keeping the theatre on a light note, Neil and Caroline Schaffner’s Natalie Needs a Nightie (“For Christmas!”) closes out the year from October 28-December 31. www.newportplayhouse.com –Don Fowler October 2010 East Side Monthly

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Representative, House District 3 October, 2010 Dear Neighbors, First, I am extremely disappointed by the decision of the Economic Development Corporation, EDC, to guarantee a $75 million loan for Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios. The Rhode Island law that authorizes EDC loan guarantees to facilitate job growth must be tightened to require greater fiscal responsibility. Sixty percent of the total loan guarantee program should not be gambled on any one company, particularly a company that has neither product nor track record. In her Providence Journal August 23rd Political Scene article Katherine Gregg described me as, “the persistent sponsor of doomed bills favored by Common Cause, the Rhode League of Women Voters and other citizens groups to strengthen the state’s Access to Public Records Act.” Indeed, despite our failure to date, I intend to push on because the media and citizens alike must have access to the workings of government in order to effect (or prevent) change and to root out corruption. Greater transparency will be refreshing for Rhode Island! Key revisions include: * Unequivocal elimination of any requirement beyond the cost for copying-If a record is public, it is public unless our law states otherwise. * Clarifying the details police must provide within 24 hours after an arrest- We need to be able to find out who was arrested and for what cause, without the extensive redaction that can make an arrest report meaningless. * Allow legal costs to be sought in court without the precondition of a court order requiring production of the records- This change would allow plaintiffs to seek payment of legal costs when records are finally produced during litigation at the last moment before the scheduled day in court. * Require heads of public agencies and departments to designate a person responsible for providing records- One shouldn’t have to be a detective to find the right office or person to ask; there needs to be a clearly designated point person or office. The Access to Public Records Act is a critical tool for individuals, good government groups and the media to monitor our government; we must bring this law up to date. I’ve also been working on legislation to make the operations of the RI Board of Elections, the linchpin of our democratic system, more transparent and effective. To bring the Board of Elections into the 21st century we should make these changes. * As a member of the legislative commission that recommended our current paper ballot voting system, I remember clearly that the primary reason we chose paper ballots over touch screen voting machines was the hard record provided by a marked ballot. Our laws must make clear that mail ballots and ballots cast at polling places exist to determine voter intent and must be available to be examined for recounts and auditing. * The RI Board of Elections should be bound by the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act, the APA. The APA requires most governing bodies to give public notice prior to adopting or changing rules or regulations. I don’t think our Board of Elections should be able to operate outside the APA, to make decisions that affect the integrity of the electoral process without advance public notice. * RI Election law needs to make clear that our polling places are public places, open to all to observe so long as they do not campaign or obstruct the orderly process. My voting record as a member of the RI House of Representatives and positions I have taken on crucial issues are reflected in the following endorsements of my candidacy for re-election: Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC Progressive Leadership Fund RI NOW Political Action Committee In the RI ACLU 2009-2010 Civil Liberties Voting Record Rhode Island General Assembly, my voting record was highest in the House at 14 of 15. My Common Cause voting score was 86%, also highest in the House. I respectfully ask for your vote on November 2nd. I want to continue the work for responsible, transparent government and civil rights for all. Please, if you have policy recommendations, or any questions about my voting record or positions, don’t hesitate to call me at 274-7078. Very truly yours,

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Fall Movie

Preview Here’s a mix of upcoming feature films to keep you busy until Oscar season, hitting the major studio big shows and independent hopefuls, while skipping endeavors like Jackass 3D and Saw 3D. (But they’re coming too – oh yes, they’re coming.) October 1 Let Me In Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins This American remake of the modern classic vampire film Let The Right One In is about an alienated 12-yearold boy who is bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. His only friend is the new neighbor girl, who emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night… The Social Network Jesse Eisenberg, Rashida Jones, Justin Timberlake You don’t make 500 million friends without making a few enemies too. Jesse Eisenberg plays Harvard undergrad and Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg, who created a global social network and a revolution in communication from his dorm room. From director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

October 8 Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell What may be the greatest racehorse of all time finally gets his cinematic due. Diane Lane agrees to take over her ailing father’s stables, despite her lack of horseracing knowledge. With the help of veteran trainer (a subdued John Malkovich), she comes up with a Triple Crown winner. Stone Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovavich The lives of a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate (DeNiro and Norton respectively) are dangerously intertwined in the parallel journeys of two men struggling with their dark impulses. (The line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin.)

October 15 Red Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker This action comedy is based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novel. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren used to be the CIA’s top agents. Retired now, they know too much. Framed for assassina-

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days away. As he attempts to catch a flight home he meets aspiring actor Galifianakis and ends up on a chaotic cross-country road trip.

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The Company Men Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper When corporate downsizing leaves Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones jobless, the three men must redefine their lives.

Morning Glory Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum A hard working TV producer (McAdams) takes over the last place national morning news show and brings on legendary TV anchor Ford, whose clash with former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality Keaton represents this comedy’s situation.

Hereafter Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr In the latest directorial effort from Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, a French journalist has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him. The three lives intersect, changed by what they believe may exist in the hereafter.

October 29 Welcome to the Rileys Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo Gandolfini and Leo have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years ago. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip, Gandolfini meets a 17-year-old runaway (Stewart) and the two form a platonic bond. Can she save that marriage?

November 5 127 Hours James Franco, Lizzy Caplan The new film from Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Due Date Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Juliette Lewis In the latest film from director Todd Phillips, he of the uber-successful Hangover, Robert Downey Jr. is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is five

November 19 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. Meanwhile, Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic. But the one prize they still seek is Harry Potter. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. The Next 3 Days Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks Crowe’s perfect life changed when his wife (Elizabeth Banks) got arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, Crowe struggles to hold his family together and pursues every means available to prove her innocence. But with the rejection of their final appeal, he decides there is only one possible solution: break his wife out of prison.

November 26 The King’s Speech Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce King George VI (Firth) unexpectedly becomes King when his brother Edward abdicates the throne. Geoffrey Rush stars as a speech therapist who helps the King find a voice to lead the nation into war. –Bob Cipriano October 2010 East Side Monthly

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Orchestras, ballet troupes, digital media, performance artists, vocal groups and puppets round out the autumn harvest of art, dance and music. Several first-rate organizations offer a variety a ways to enjoy their work. approximately 75 minutes. It is a less formal atmosphere, with Rachleff leading the orchestra and explaining the pieces in language the average listener (me) can understand. Patrice Wood narrates. Selected movements from Beethoven’s 6th and 7th Symphonies will be played on October 15. Violinist Jennifer Frautschi will perform selected movements from Barber’s Violin Concerto, and the orchestra will also perform Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Ravel’s La Valse on November 19. These are not rehearsals, but actual performances in a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for seniors who do not like to be out late at night, business people coming from work, and folks who like to go out to dinner after the concert. It is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to classical music. FirstWorks Continues The ongoing FirstWorks Festival, always at the cutting edge of visual and performance art, has a bounty of offerings in October and November. Pixilerations [V. 7] is a festival-withina-festival, a showcase for groundbreaking works of digital media, with events throughout the month at RISD, the Cable Car Cinema, Firehouse 13 and Pawtucket’s Machines with Magnets, a recording studio/art gallery, running through October 10. IBEX Puppetry presents Panther & Crane, featuring the work of Heather Henson, daughter of famed Muppets creator Jim Henson, at the RISD Auditorium on October 3. Lostwax: “BLINKING” combines installation, performance and narrative into an exploration of themes inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink. It’s at the Pell-Chafee Performance Center October 14-16. Sweet Honey in the Rock is a vocal group that has been wowing audiences

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in a row the familiar black horse appeared outside and stood waiting, looking at him from the nursing home parking lot. Despite the chilly October air, John supported himself with his cane and slid the large window open. The nurses would have a fit when they found out and would return him to his room, but he figured he had a few minutes until they tracked him down in the day room. I’ve obviously lost my mind, he thought. There aren’t any horses on the East Side of Providence – no way, no how, not for a hundred years, he guessed. But the horse flared its nostrils audibly, taking in his scent, and then nickered a greeting as if they were old friends. If this were a hallucination, it was sure realistic – even the pleasant and familiar smell of the horse was unmistakable. He hadn’t been around horses in, what, ten years? Not since he’d moved back into the city, a mistake he had regretted ever since. But the new job was in the city and impossible to turn down; it demanded so much time that, even if it weren’t for the hour-long commute, he wouldn’t have been able to spend time with the horses anyway. Besides, his wife Ann had hated the country lifestyle and his horse business, which was, in all honesty, devouring his savings faster than an overweight teen at an all-you-can-eat buffet. So he’d sold the barn and the horses, came out of early retirement, and taken the position at the bank where his first assignment was to cut costs and eliminate jobs. It had hurt, all right. But selling the black mare, the one he’d named Nightmare, had hurt the worst. She was more a friend than a horse, and the only one who really loved him. And, yes, his years working with horses had convinced him that horses were truly capable of giving and receiving love – but they did not give that gift of love easily or to just anyone. He’d bought Nightmare for Ann in the hope that she’d take an interest in his hobby, but she would rather buy fancy clothes and go to social func-

tions than hang around with a horse. She might ride the mare twice a year, if John got her cleaned and ready and saddled. Ann would then climb on and sit up there on the saddle like a monkey as the horse walked her around. She thought that was riding. But Nightmare had different ideas, and the horse had bonded with John, the man who took care of her and did most of the riding. Before long, the horse wouldn’t even allow Ann to get near her, let alone ride. He’d had her for two years – the best two years of his life – until he sold her to what he prayed was a good family. When he tried to check upon her later, they had disappeared and he feared the worst. Now he looked out the window at this horse and knew that it was Nightmare. He’d recognize those soft, brown eyes anywhere, and the distinctive white crescent on her forehead. She even wore her old saddle, black with orange trim. It was perfect for Halloween, he thought. She nickered again, calling to him like she used to whenever he’d entered the stables. “You are a foolish old man,” he said out loud. “You’re having delusions.” Taking the bank job had been a mistake, despite the obscene amount of money they paid him. He’d suffered his

first heart attack at 60, just five years after selling his farm, and now this stroke had put him in a nursing home. If Ann and his kids had their way, he’d never get out. Obviously, it must have messed up his brain, like they said, because here he was seeing horses in the parking lot every night. “Nightmare,” he whispered. “Where’s my horse?” It was the greeting he always used with her, and she used to respond to by walking over to him. Sure enough, she recognized it; the horse lowered her head and walked to the window and she pressed her nose to the screen. He reached out and touched her through the thin screen. Her breath warmed his hand. “Well, if you are a delusion, you’re sure better than anything I’ve had lately,” he said. The horse pushed forward, shoving her face through the window screen and into the room. She pushed the screen aside, ripping it like paper. John used his cane to peel back the debris. “Nightmare,” he said. “You wanna ride?” The horse nickered. John grinned, grabbed the horse’s neck, and pulled himself through the window. Somehow, his legs, his arms, everything worked perfectly and he was in the saddle.

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“This is the best dream I’ve ever had,” he said. “A Nightmare.” He leaned forward and wrapped his arms around the horse’s neck, hugging her. Burying his cheek in her soft mane, he closed his eyes and drank in the moment. Then he sat tall in the saddle and patted her neck. “Ok. Let’s ride!” Nightmare immediately backed up and turned around, facing the street. She had always been an active horse, and it seemed that she still wanted to go. She didn’t seem to be a day older than when he’d sold her. And now that he was in the saddle, John didn’t feel any older either. His legs were strong in the stirrups – he didn’t need that stupid cane now. He felt ten years younger; come to think of it, maybe 20. He gave Nightmare the old cue and she was off, trotting down the parking lot and onto the sidewalk. She turned west, headed for Thayer Street, and he just let her go. The horse, apparently, had a plan and he wasn’t about to interfere. He had always been the leader and in control of the horse, but he knew this ride was different. Nightmare knew where she was going. It was well after midnight and the streets were deserted. The jack-o-lanterns and Halloween decorations had all been turned off in the yards and front stairs. Only the occasional car went by and didn’t seem to notice an old man riding a black horse. They blended very well into the night. The traffic lights were blinking and the only noise was the rhythmic clopping on Nightmare’s hooves on the sidewalk. To John, it was music. As they approached Thayer Street, John expected to find some late night Halloween party goers, but Nightmare had something else planned. She made a sharp turn down a side street that John wasn’t familiar with. There were no street lights – only the glow of the yellow half-moon in the sky. And the road, strangely enough, narrowed and turned into a dirt path. They were surrounded by trees, oak trees that hadn’t shed their leaves yet. And the chill night air suddenly wasn’t so chill anymore. John felt the wind rush past him as Nightmare broke into a smooth canter in what appeared to be a large field. It was difficult to see in the dim light; the horse’s night vision was much better than his, and her hooves pounded evenly on the ground. John leaned forward and patted the horse’s neck. Cantering had always been the most fun for both of them. And for just a few moments, John was back on his farm, young and healthy and riding Nightmare across a clover field in the moonlight. It didn’t get any better than this. For an instant his thoughts drifted back to the nursing home. He’d obviously fallen asleep, probably in the day

room, and the nurse would show up any minute and wake him up. Then, realizing how painful that waking up moment would be, he drove it from his mind. Nightmare slowed to a walk and John realized that it was getting light. The sun was rising quickly and as he looked around he knew the dream had taken him far from the city. The pastures around him went for miles, flat grasslands without end. And ahead of him, another black horse lay in the field. Nightmare walked up to this horse and stopped. John looked down and realized that this horse was a mirror of the one he was riding. This was Nightmare too, only old, weak and put out to pasture. She lifted her head weakly and nickered at him in recognition. Then she lay back down and was still. He looked at the prone horse for a long moment. “So this is why you came to me,” he said. “You’re dying too.” The horse he was riding seemed more real than the one on the ground. This horse was, somehow, alive. He patted her gently on the neck. This was her way of coming to him for a ride so they could be together again, even if it was only in their dreams. She let out a long, loud whinny, reared slightly, and then turned her head around to look back at him. She wanted to run through the meadows. And she wanted him to come with her. He knew what she was asking – he could stay here or go back to the nursing home. He didn’t want this dream to end. “Come on, girl,” he said. “Let’s run!” Nightmare whinnied again and the man and his horse, both young and healthy, galloped off into the pasture. They rode off into the world where dreams come true and they never came back. ••••• The nurse found John on the floor in the day room at first light, but it was too late. He’d suffered another stroke, a fatal one this time. They never could understand the broken window screen and the horse hoof prints just outside, or the huge smile on John’s face. The charge nurse just shrugged. “Must have been trick or treaters,” she said as they took the body to the morgue. She knew there were no horses on the East Side.

A regular contributor to East Side Monthly, James Arthur Anderson has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in local and national journals, magazines, and anthologies. He currently teaches English at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus, and he and his wife Lynn own two horses, a black Paso Fino mare, and a white Lipizzaner filly.


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by William Morris (of the British Arts and Crafts movement), printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1896 in which the ornate illustrations by Edward BurneJones dominate the pages containing The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. There lies the clear parallel to Owen’s work on display in the entrance, in which she has achieved a similar effect of “space illumination,” supplementing the space by adding ornamentation. In each case the ornamentation is used to highlight what is there: the text in a book is embellished by drawings and marginalia similar to the way Owen enlivens an environment through decorative transformation. In either case, the way we look at something and perceive it is changed. Allison Owen: Divisibility and Pictures from the Hay: Celebrating the John Hay Library at 100 Through October 31 David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University 64 College Street, 863-2932 www.brown.edu/gallery www.alisonowen.com

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Washington Post. He eventually returned to his home state, most recently helping to launch Agave in Bristol, before joining forces with his cousin to open Mosaic in honor of their grandmother. Indeed, the name has significance as Guerrero hopes to “bring all cultures in together” with his eclectic menu. The selections include dishes from across Central and South America, including Salvadoran inspired wild boar pupusas (black bean-stuffed corn cakes); Costa Rican-style hearts of palm ceviche; a Colombian red snapper with coconut rice; and an Argentinian flatbread pizza with mint pesto, smoked mango, Serrano ham and goat cheese. Guerrero plans to expand his offerings to include more entrée selections on the dinner menu, a Saturday breakfast buffet (it will be “very different,” the chef promises), Sunday brunch and three- and six-course tasting menus based around a choice of two proteins – a concept Guerrero executed successfully during his stint in Virginia. The staff also includes Beverage Director/Sommelier Seth Mandeville, who will enthusiastically educate you on the best selections to compliment your meal. So go ahead, try something new. IN OTHER NEWS The tragically unoccupied space next to Stanley Burger on Richmond Street, formerly the home of Jake’s, finally has a new tenant. The Apartment (373 Richmond Street) bills itself as “An American Craft Alehouse,” and backs up that claim

with an extensive beer menu grouped by state (or country) of origin. The food compliments your brew of choice with a selection of regionally inspired sandwiches and salads, like a New Englandstyle clam roll, New Orleans-inspired oyster po’ boy or Philly cheesesteak. The Celtic Lounge has opened in the former Finnegan’s Wake (397 Westminster Street), offering a range of pub fare and pizzas, a few Irish favorites and a nicely appointed interior makeover. Dusk is a new bar and lounge located at 301 Harris Avenue. There’s no food offered at the moment, but it is a spacious and relaxed place to enjoy a cocktail. The lighting, as you might is expect, is low and sets a laidback mood.

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lyrics that are so timeless and yet so of their time – “Ah yes, I was wrong/ Again/ I was wrong…Now life is awful again…” – evoking the days of smoky jazz clubs and woozy-headed love affairs, all captured in this song like bubbles in a champagne glass. For me, the definitive version of “Lush Life” is somewhat more recent. It’s the mid-‘70s recording by singer Johnny Hartman and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Here is the prefect marriage of poetic longing and cynical resignation, of sophistication and naïve lyricism crushed like a flower petal at its moment of greatest beauty. Like all great stories, there’s a lesson learned at the end: “I’ll forget you, I will/ While yet you are still burning inside my brain/ Romance is mush/ Stifling those who strive/ I’ll live a lush life in some small dive/ And there I’ll be, while I rot/ With the rest of those whose lives are lonely too.” The piano tinkles its last notes. The door of the dimly lit saloon closes slowly on the scene of those poor souls rotting in their loneliness, heads pressed against their hands, glasses almost empty, and a whisp of cigarette smoke curling up through the yellow light and disappearing into the darkness. Who but Billy Strayhorn could make something so sad, so incredibly beautiful? Bob Mariani and his brother, John, have published a memoir, Almost Golden, about growing up in the North Bronx in the fifties. Available at www. bbotw.com or on Amazon.com.


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wouldn’t object to the concept of a mosque near the Twin Towers,” said my wife, mysteriously. “And why not?” I countered,  defensively, on the alert for what might follow. “Because the majority of Americans agree that it’s in bad taste, and you are never on the  side of most people. You hate being among the crowd. You like to  stand alone, just to be perverse!” she declared.  “Well, but not in this case,” is the best I came up with. It’s true, though,  that I like to buck the tide. I was on the left in my college years when the left was out  of fashion, when Bill Buckley was the toast of  Yale. Now that the right is out of style, I embrace it. My late aunt,  who never respected me, labeled me “a dilettante,” out of her communist  contempt for straddling issues, and she was correct in her harsh judgment.  But, to come back to the point here, what’s my argument against the  construction of a mosque in Manhattan? Let’s not go through all the points about Roger Williams’ legacy of freedom of religion. Let’s think about concern for courtesy – for one thing, anyway. A pope in  Rome could see that a convent on the site of Auschwitz would lack tact. Then,  let’s consider the architecture of colonial Newport.  The magic and charm of our state comes from the sharing of common  spaces. The Touro synagogue looks like, and is, a British structure.  The  artist was not Jewish and had to study the ideals of the Hebrew faith  and their value to spiritual neighbors in the crowded City by the Sea.  You had Baptists, Quakers, Huguenots, Jews and Catholics rowing  and canoeing among the native peoples, discussing what they all had in common.  Don’t make fun of me for my nostalgia. That’s another sin against debate my aunt, as well as some uncles, criticized about me when they  were

alive and I was young. I plead guilty to their charge. As a child of both the Great Depression and the long duration of World War  II, I learned to admire our nation for its ideals and hopes. The plan  to put up a mosque at the site of the bombing by Moslem terrorists  reminds me of the German threat to the shipyard on Allens Avenue and  the serious danger posed by the Fifth Column, those who worked among us in order to work against us. I fear that my colleagues and fellow  academics who are too young to recall those eras except historically  and virtually, may go so far as to join the conspiracy theorists who  come up with the nutty notion that somehow we ourselves destroyed those Twin Towers. There is an element of madness among us when we can twist and turn our perceptions into such a pretzel shape.  My last uncle had his second marriage, in his late 70s, at the  Twin Towers. I saw the  top of that  world as a sort of Big Apple version of our golden Independent Man  above our state capital dome. I think it would defile the sunny  innocence of that sacred and tragic spot so near the harbor where  stands our Statue of and to Liberty to lay down a victory shrine to those who despise and distort the message of Manhattan, its generosity of spirit. So, do join my cousins and accuse me of bigotry or frivolity. I just don’t like the mosque and declare, with all the risk of being insulted  for saying so on paper, that until the leaders of the movement for the mosque make mention of the right of Israel and its Jewish people to  live in peace, I’m against it.  Is there kindly and philosophical discussion of the prospects for sharing points of view? That would be in the spirit of our Roger Williams and our John Clarke. Until then, let’s wait and see. 

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workers cannot find jobs in their former fields. Businesses, which need to feel confident about the future before they will hire, can take a long time to add to their staff. But the economy can and does grow, perhaps modestly, over time and eventually many of the unemployed can be successfully absorbed into the job market. It is just that the timetable is in years, not months. “ Government debt explodes, often by as much as 86%, as governments suffer from falling tax revenues and increased expenses, including rising interest rates on sovereign debt.” In response to the credit crisis, the US and many countries around the globe pumped money into their banking systems. Additional aid to individuals and states, in the form of stimulus, protected some jobs and the people who became unemployed. However, in the US the result has been a doubling of the federal government’s balance sheet debt. It takes a long time to unwind public debt. Yet, the longer the excess debt stays on the books, the more likely another major crisis will occur. While interest rates remain low for now, a sudden move to pay down public debt could hurt the struggling economy. At the same time, the US cannot afford to postpone tackling the federal deficit for too long. Going Forward, Looking Back Data from past crises tell us that the economic doldrums are likely going

to be around for quite a while. In and of itself, a protracted recovery is not necessarily a terrible thing, as long as we can adjust our expectations and live within our means. Again, history can be our guide. Some of us are baby boomers and we remember the 1970s and early 1980s. The stock market suffered major booms and busts of the magnitude we have seen in this current bear market. The economy endured two very deep recessions. Many of our parents’ generation bailed out of stocks entirely in the long performance drought. But as baby boomers, we were young and our optimism served us well, motivating us to work hard and prosper for four decades – before we were humbled by overconfidence. Once again, the young are poised to take up the mantle of future recovery. Right after the markets collapsed in 2008, I began to hear more stories from my clients of children moving back home. Some are still there, but the story is gradually changing. Now when I ask about their children, more clients are telling me about jobs landed, careers started and hopes emerging for this new generation. All is not so well, however, with the baby boomers. They have been hit hardest by the financial crisis and are now saving like mad, as they pay down bloated debt. Ironically, while saving and debt reduction are good for the individual, they are bad for the economy. Baby boomers provided the primary fuel of the market and housing bubbles. Now they are reining in their spending and contributing to weakened demand. But they are adjusting and adapting in this post crisis aftermath. It just isn’t easy. History may be set to repeat itself with a long, drawn out recovery. Patience is required – along with selfdiscipline and a dose of long-term optimism. Betsey Purinton, CFP® is Managing Director at StrategicPoint Investment Advisors and is the Chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Rhode Island. You can e-mail her at bpurinton@strategicpoint.com

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Don’t Blame Jack. Oct 15: The Agents and Rt. 44. Oct 24: The Hold Steady. See website for additional concerts. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. www.lupos.com. MOHEGAN SUN ARENA Oct 15: Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper. Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 800-477-6849, www.mohegansun.com. PROVIDENCE GAY MEN’S CHORUS Oct 10: Kiss & Tell, an evening of cabaret-style performances; at the High Hat, 3 Davol Square. 621-6123, www. provgmc.org. PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Oct 15: Freestyle Rush Tour 2010. 220 Weybosset Street. 421-ARTS, www. ppacri.org. PROVIDENCE SINGERS Oct 24: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Presented in collaboration with the New Bedford Symphony. At the VMA Arts & Cultural Center, One Avenue of the Arts. 421-ARTS, www.providencesingers.org.

RI PHILHARMONIC Oct 15: Rush Hour Concert, featuring selected movements from Beethoven’s 6th and 7th Symphonies; at the VMA, One Avenue of the Arts. Oct 16: Classical Series Concert, All Beethoven, All the Time at the VMA. Oct 30: Cirque de la Symphonie, combining music from the Pops Orchestra with acrobats, dancers, jugglers, flyers, and strongmen; at PPAC, 220 Weybosset Street. 421-ARTS, www.ri-philharmonic.org. STADIUM THEATRE Oct 2: Captured: The Journey Tribute Show. Oct 29: Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. 762-4545, www.stadiumtheatre.com. TWIN RIVER Oct 8: Air Supply. Oct 9: Nave Soul. Oct 15: Steve Anthony & Persuasion. Oct 24: Here Again Band. Oct 29: Wicked Peach. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 331-2211, www.twinriver.com.

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3: Paintings in the Classical Style by Corinne Curreri. 137 Pitman Street – Oct 7-Nov 3: Portraits: Photographs by Jeffrey Silverthorne. 456-5015 x 1330, www.bankri.com. BANNISTER GALLERY AT RIC Oct 7-28: Sarah McCoubrey: Earthbound, Paintings. 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue. 456-8000, www.ric.edu/ bannister. BELL GALLERY AT BROWN Thru Oct 31: John Hay Library Centennial Exhibition, and works by Alison Owen. List Art Center, 64 College Street. 8632932, www.brown.edu. FOXWOODS MGM GRAND THEATER Thru Oct 3: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. 39 Norwich-Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT. 800-200-2882, www. foxwoods.com. GALLERY NIGHT Oct 21: Featuring 23 galleries, live music, refreshments, celebrity guides, and free Art Buses. Central Art Bus depot and info booth at One Regency Plaza. www. gallerynight.info. GALLERY Z Thru Oct 2: New Works by Astrid. Oct 6-Nov 6: The Aprahamian Brothers. 259 Atwells Avenue. www.galleryzprov.com. PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE Thru Oct 22: Photography Show with Aaron Usher & Friends. 175 Main Street, Pawtucket. 724-2200, www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org.


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SPORTS BROWN UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL October home opponents: Oct 23: Cornell. Brown Stadium, Elmgrove Street. www.brownbears.com. PROVIDENCE BRUINS October home opponents: Oct 8, 15: Springfield Falcons. Oct 17: Hartford Wolf Pack. Oct 29: Albany Devils. Oct 21: Worcester Sharks. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, One Lasalle Square. 331-0700, www.dunkindonutscenter.com. URI FOOTBALL October home opponents: Oct 2: Brown. Oct 23: Maine. Meade Stadium, Kingston. www.gorhody.com.

THEATER & COMEDY SHOWS BROWN THEATRE Thru Oct 3: A Lie of the Mind. Lyman Hall, 77 Waterman Street. 863-2838, www.brown.edu. CARRIAGE HOUSE STAGE Fridays: Friday Night Live improv troupe. 9 Duncan Avenue. 831-9479, www.everettdancetheatre.org. CATCH A RISING STAR AT TWIN RIVER Oct 1-2: RC Smith. Oct 8-9: Italian Chicks comedy tour. Oct 15-16: Jeff Pirrami. Oct 22-23: Rocky Laporte. Oct 29-30: Frank Santorelli. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 877-82-RIVER, www. twinriver.com. FOXWOODS Oct 1: Howie Mandel. Oct 29: America’s Got Talent Live. 39 Norwich-Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com. GAMM THEATRE Thru Oct 3: Glengarry Glen Ross. Oct 21-Nov 21: Mauritius. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 723-4266, www. gammtheatre.org. MOHEGAN SUN ARENA Oct 22: Craig Ferguson. Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 800-4776849, www.mohegansun.com. PERISHABLE THEATRE Oct 1: Live Bait: True Stories From Real People, where people can share their stories on a monthly theme. 95 Empire Street. 331-2695, www.perishable.org. PROVIDENCE COLLEGE THEATRE Oct 29-1, Nov 5-7: Hedda Gabler. Angell Blackfriars Theater, Smith Center, 61 Eaton Street. 865-2218, www. providence.edu/theatre.


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Providence Bruins PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Oct 30: Cirque De La Symphonie, featuring aerialists, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and the RI Philharmonic Pops, conducted by Francisco Noya. 220 Weybosset Street. 421-ARTS, www. ppacri.org. STADIUM THEATRE Oct 2: Funny Girls, with comedians Natasha Leggero, Kelly MacFarland, Carolynn Plummer and Patty Ross. Oct 15-17: Miss Saigon. Oct 22-24: Nunsense. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. 762-4545, www.stadiumtheatre.com. TRINITY REP Thru Oct 10: Camelot. Oct 15-Nov 21: Absurd Person Singular. 201 Washington Street. 351-4242, www.trinityrep.com.

MISC. EVENTS BENEFICENT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 200th anniversary celebration. Oct 16: “Beneficent Bicentennial Bash” featuring choral performances, awards ceremony and reception to follow. Oct 17: Gospel Service of Worship. Both events are free and open to the public. 300 Weybosset Street. 3319844, www.beneficentchurch.org. BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Oct 16-17: Area seafood restaurants celebrate the harvest of the sea. Also features baked goods and kids food, apple cider, live music, and more. Bowen’s Wharf, America’s Cup

Avenue, Newport. 849-2120, www. bowenswharf.com. DOWNTOWN FARMER’S MARKET Fridays thru Oct 29: Variety of fresh foods from local growers. Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Plaza. 331-5544. EVERYTHING EVENTS WEDDING EXPO Oct 30: Featuring over 50 wedding professionals, the latest bridal fashions, and more. Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport. 868-4498, www. brownpapertickets.com/event/114855. FINE FURNISHINGS AND CRAFT SHOW Oct 22-24: Meet incredible artists and craftsmen in an intimate setting. Exhibitors display their furniture, accessories, fine art and craft in gallery and vignette style displays. All works are available for sale. RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. 4586000, www.riconvention.com. FUNKMASTER FLEX CUSTOM CAR & BIKE SHOW Oct 3: DJ FunkMaster Flex hosts this car and bike show tour, coming to Providence for the first time in 2010. Also features live appearances by Cam’ron, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, and many more. At the RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. www.hot1063.com/carshow. GLORIA GEMMA 5K RUN/WALK/DOG WALK Oct 9: 2nd annual event, taking place at the RI State House. www.gloriagemma5k.org.

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PUMPKINS IN THE PARK Oct 8-10, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30: Haunted Tunnel & Pumpkins in the Park, taking place at Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket. RI LIGHTHOUSE CRUISES Thru Oct 30: Sightseeing cruise past 10 lighthouses in Narragansett Bay, 10 islands, the Newport and Jamestown Bridges, and more. Departs at 1347 Roger Williams Way, Quonset Point, North Kingstown. 295-4040, www. rhodeislandbaycruises.com. RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE WOMEN’S CLASSIC Oct 3: 3rd annual Women’s Classic 5K race and 3K walk. Also includes kids races, a Women’s Wellness Fair, and more. Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. At Brown Stadium, Elmgrove Avenue. www.rmhprovidenceclassic.org. SCARING DIABETES AWAY WALK Oct 31: 13th annual walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Walkers are encouraged to wear costumes. Also includes post-walk refreshments, massages, vendor tents, children’s activities, entertainment, and more. Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 3318855, www.walk.jdrf.org. October 2010 East Side Monthly

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SCITUATE ART FESTIVAL Oct 9-11: A tradition since 1967! Featuring more than 300 artists and craftspeople. Village Green, Route 116, Scituate. www.scituateartfestival.org. SLATER PARK GHOST TOURS Oct 1-30 (Fri-Sun): Ghost tours at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Slater Mill, Downtown Pawtucket. www.pawtucketri.com.

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TASTES OF RHODE ISLAND Oct 2-3: Sample favorite Rhody flavors from local restaurants. Also includes live music, culinary demonstrations, dancing, and more. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 846-1600, www.newportwaterfrontevents.com. VMA ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER Oct 13: Victoria Stilwell, from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog. One Avenue of the Arts. www.vmari.com. WATERFIRE Oct 9: “Flames of Hope,” benefiting the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation; events taking place at the State House and Waterplace Park. Oct 20: “Keep the Fires Burning” fundraiser for WaterFire; at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 10 Memorial Boulevard. www.waterfire.org.

COMMUNITY GROUPS/ PROGRAMS/SERVICES ADOPTION OPTIONS Free informational meetings for those exploring adoption held every third Thursday of the month at the Adoption Options office, 959 North Main Street. 331-5437. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY “Man to Man” support group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Free admission and parking. 222 Richmond Street. Contact Susan Garland at 444-6735. CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE Cancer prevention is a key focus of the Cancer Information Service. Smokers are counseled, lifestyle risks assessed, and diet guidelines are provided. 1-800-4-CANCER. CARITAS Outpatient substance abuse program. Offers services including the Intensive Outpatient Program, treating young people with substance addictions and helping families to cope with the effects of substance

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abuse. Call ahead for assessment. 166 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket. 722-4644 x 303, www.caritasri.org. EAST SIDE MT. HOPE YMCA Offers a variety of programs available for all ages including fitness classes, martial arts, yoga, senior fitness, play group, ballet, after school and before school child care, and more. 438 Hope Street, Providence. 521-0155. HAMILTON HOUSE Center offers program for active adults 55+, including Kundalini Yoga (Wednesdays), Tai Chi, Non-impact Aerobics (Thursdays), art classes, Shakespeare studies, creative writing, computer lessons, knitting, and more. 276 Angell Street. 831-1800, www.historichamilton.com. NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) Offers support group for family members of people with mental illness. Also offers NAMI Connection Support Groups that meet weekly for people living with mental illness. For times and locations, call 331-3060. PROVIDENCE PFLAG Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets 6:458:45pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Met School, 325 Public St. Non-sectarian volunteer organization to share knowledge and support about our gay relatives. 751-7571, www.pflagprovidence.org. PROVIDENCE OUTDOORS GLBT Social group for local GLBT community. Activities include hiking, walks, day trips, picnics, and more. http://groups. yahoo.com/group/priog/. RI DEPT. OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES Informational meeting on becoming a Foster Parent held on different times throughout the year. RI Foster Parents Association, 55 South Brow St, East Providence. 438-3900. YOUTH PRIDE Offers free support to young persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. 421-5626, www.youthpride-ri.org.

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in nursing homes. Volunteers also help with grief support groups. Call to register for a free training course. 438-0008. BOOKS BEYOND Volunteers needed for program, which gives prison inmates the opportunity to choose and read books onto audiotape for their own children to receive and keep. Volunteers assist inmates in selecting books and conducting the tapings. Call Barbara at 621-8496. COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES Volunteers needed to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children who are involved in the RI Child Welfare and Family Court systems. 458-3330. EVERETT’S CARRIAGE HOUSE SCHOOL Volunteers needed for after-school performing arts program, and tutors needed to provide homework help to middle and high school students. Volunteers also needed for grant writing, marketing, publicity and graphic design. 831-9479, www.chouseschool. org. ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE Hospice provider needs volunteers to enhance quality of life for patients and their families during a terminal illness. Training provided. 827-0011 x 208. OPEN DOORS’ SECOND CHANCE MENTORING PROGRAM Volunteers are needed for this mentoring program, offering support to formerly incarcerated individuals. 7815808 x 124, www.mgrisi@opendoorsiri.org. PROVIDENCE RESCUE MISSION Immediate need for volunteers to help develop creative fundraising programs, such as live and silent auctions, develop business directory, and contacting potential supporters. Call Matt at 646-6849. PROVIDENCE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE Volunteers needed for the day-to-day operations of the house, which provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children. Duties may include light cleaning, cooking, office work, household and garden maintenance, or interacting with families. Shifts available on weekdays and weekends. 45 Gay Street. 274-4447, www.prmh.org.

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RHODE ISLANDERS SPONSORING EDUCATION RISE pairs adult mentors with children of incarcerated parents. Mentors spend 1 hour per week with a child at a determined  location where they  participate in 1:1 activities like board games, arts and crafts, and more. Contact Erica at RISE at 401-421-2010 or  ebrown@riseonline.org  for more information. SOUTH PROVIDENCE NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRIES Volunteers needed for inner-city youth day camp, after-school youth tutoring, adult ESL training, data entry duties, and unloading food trucks. Call Nancy at 461-7509. SOUTH PROVIDENCE TUTORIAL Accepting applications for its tutoring program. Tutoring is offered Monday thru Thursday, 2:30-5pm. Also seeking high school and college students to serve as volunteer tutors. 785-2126. VOLUNTEERS IN PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS Volunteers needed to mentor and tutor elementary students during the school day, and tutor high school students after school in its Technology Center. 274-3240, www. vips4kids.org. WOMEN’S CENTER OF RI Seeking volunteers to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in its shelter and on its confidential hotline. There is also a need for child advocates, community outreach, court advocacy and development. 861-2760. To have your listing included in the East Side Monthly Calendar, please send press releases or event information to Christina Evon at esm@ providenceonline.com. Please send submissions at least one month prior to event date.

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24 Hour Fitness Center 24 Hour Concierge 24 Hour Emergency Service Twist on Angell Restaurant Tailor Shop on Site Femme Fatale Salon

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MExican sugar skulls Art Workshops For All Ages, Sat. Oct. 9 & 16 Decorate Your Own Sugar Skull Materials Provided $10

El Dia DE los MuErtos Featuring Our: 30th Anniversary Altar Installation Reception: Gallery Night Oct. 21, 5-9 pm

The Peaceable Kingdom 116 Ives sT. ProvIdence • 351-3472

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Classifieds

To place your classified ad, please call 732-3100.

ELECTRICAL SERVICES All types. New circuits. RI #A3338. MA #16083A. Insured. Larry 5292087. Also, small handyman jobs. GOOD CRUISE DEALS Call 1-800-827-7779, ext. 4644 or go to bobstravel.cruisebrothers.com

A+ INTERIOR PAINTING Fine interiors. 20+ yrs. experience. Highest quality work. Many references. Fully insured. Based on the East Side. (RI Reg. #19226). Call Patrick, 226-8332.

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER Trained to administer medications. Reliable, bonded, references available. Home visits. Call Susan 527-3914. Loves animals.

AUDIO/VIDEO HELP If you need some help with your TV, home theater or stereo, call me at 401-383-4102. Jon Bell, Simply Sight & Sound. Reasonable rates. 25 years of experience.

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Classifieds

MALIN PAINTING Most ceiling & wall repairs, wallpaper removal, oil-based and latex finishes, staining, varnishing. Fully insured, many local references. Safe, secure, fast service. Call 226-8332. Reg. #19226. MASTER ELECTRICIAN Install, service, repair. Expert troubleshooting. Free detailed computerized estimate. Deal direct with owner. Lic. #AC 00391 & insured. Small jobs done promptly. All work guaranteed. Save $$$. Family owned & operated. Local resident. Calls returned immediately. 401258-4793, John.

To place your classified ad, please call 732-3100.

PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Photos, slides and papers saved to CD or DVD. Comen Co., 7516200. Email: hcomen@cox.net

PROPERTY MANAGER AVAILABLE 24/7 on call. Rent collection. Rentals, evictions. Call 421-0092.

Vinny’s Landscaping & BOBCAT SERVICES

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STONE MASON 30 years experience. Design & build, patios, walls, steps, fireplaces. Restoration. Reg. #7445. 641-0362.

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CHRIS’ LAMP REPAIR We Make House Calls!!! ✯ Repairing all types of Lamps ✯ Vintage Lighting Specialist ✯ Chandelier Repairs ✯ Serving the East Side for over 15 years ✯ Fully Insured

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SUPERB HOUSEPAINTING High end workmanship. Small jobs a specialty. Call Ron 751-3242. Reg. #18128. USED MUSIC WANTED! Round Again Records needs your used CDs and records. Cash paid. Call 351-6292. WINDOWS - BIG SALE!!! Roofing, chimneys, vinyl & wood siding, sunporch & patios. 18 yrs. exp. Lic. & insured. Refs. Reg. #331222. NECS, Inc. 769-5901.

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East of Elmgrove

by Elizabeth Rau | illustration by Emma Tripp

Dutch Courage Blazing a new path one bite at a time I’ve always admired

people who cut out on their own. I’m talking about the guy who gives up a comfortable life and wanders into the murky river, not knowing if the current is swift or calm. He has the guts I wish I had. Many of these risk takers are young. No surprise there. What better time to gamble than in your youth before you’re saddled with mortgages, car payments and dental bills. At the moment, one of my favorite risk-takers is Abhishek Pruisken, a 22-year-old Brown University graduate who, even in these hard times, turned down a high-paying finance job in London to remain in Providence and bake cookies. It seems every time you turn your head someone is hawking a homemade cookie, hoping it will be good enough to go national. The chances of making it big are slim. Abhishek’s could be the exception. He might go all the way. His cookie is exotic, at least by American standards, and much more sophisticated than, say, a plain Jane chocolate chip. His cookie is a Dutch stroopwafel, a paper-thin waffle filled with creamy caramel. His business is called Rip van Wafels, a play off Rip van Winkle, the lazy farmer who wakes up after a 20-year sleep to a changed world. Maybe you saw a stack of Abhishek’s cookies on the counter at Blue State Coffee on Hope Street or the Coffee Exchange on Wickenden. Maybe you bought a cookie and went to heaven – or took a snooze, what with all those calories in your belly. My 10-year-old son ascended after devouring two Rips the other day. “These are the best cookies I’ve ever had,’’ said Peder, licking his fingers. “Can we start a cookie business?’’ Rip van Wafels were born two years ago in a dorm kitchen at Brown. Abhishek, an economics and applied math major, and his buddy, also a Brown student, were analyzing spreadsheets one day and decided it would be fun to start their own business. Abhishek came up with the idea for stroopwafels. Abhishek was born in New York City, but grew up in Amsterdam, the stroopwafel capital of the world. He gobbled up the cookies as a kid and remembered how his college friends had fought over the stroopwafels his parents brought over from Holland during visits to Brown. Stroopwafels are almost impossible to find in this country, so Abhishek knew there was an opening in the market. He found some recipes online and got to work.  He made his first batch on a two-burner stove in his dorm.

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His cookie debuted on Brown’s Main Green in the fall of 2008. He set up a folding table and made a sign. In only three hours, he sold 200 cookies at a dollar apiece. He had always fancied himself an entrepreneur, and his success on campus sealed his fate. He would become the stroopwafel king of America. During a visit to his family in Amsterdam, he spent his free time questioning bakers about their stroopwafel recipes, which they refused to divulge, offering only tips. He also bought a heavy-duty waffle iron used by bakers who take their stroopwafels seriously. Back at Brown, he perfected his recipe, which he, too, prefers to keep secret. In between baking cookies, he managed to graduate in May. And then a London consulting firm came calling, offering him a job as a financial analyst. It took Abhishek one second to decide between cookies and consulting. “I could have gotten a cushy job,’’ he says. “But I am 100 percent entrepreneur.’’ A lot has happened since those heady days of baking in his dorm.

Abhishek’s business partner left the company for one of those cushy banking jobs. Abhishek is alone, but as determined as ever. Consider this bold move: he persuaded a group of engineering students at Brown to build a waffle-making machine for him that has the potential to produce 200 cookies an hour. “This machine could eliminate time-lag in the production process,’’ he explains, sounding like a man with a business plan. He also hopes to rent space to make his cookies at the Cookie Place Café on Washington Street downtown. Finally, he’d like to buy a former postal truck and turn it into a roving stroopwafel bakery with cookies made on site. “The smell of stroopwafels hypnotizes people in Holland,’’ he said. “It will be interesting to see if the cookies have the same impact on Rhode Islanders.’’ Nothing, it seems, will stop Abhishek, not even corporate bullies. Over the summer, Van’s Natural Foods, a food company based in southern California, threatened to sue him if he didn’t change the name of his company, originally called Van Wafels. Van Wafels is a far cry from Van’s Foods, but Abhishek went ahead and made the switch. Now, he happily calls himself “Rip.” Money, of course, is a pressing problem. He needs dough to expand his business and is looking for backers. I suggested he reach out to Brown alumni, always ready to help a fellow graduate. “I’m not going to quit,’’ he says. “I really want to do this. I have a vision that my company will grow bigger than it is currently.’’ It just might. A video on his website, RipvanWafels.com, is so clever you might be tempted to reach into your pocket for a few bucks to bring stroopwafels to America. Abhishek is the narrator, but his cookie is the star. We get a geography lesson (Holland is 1/200th the size of the United States!), and we see all things Dutch: tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, Delft pottery, soccer and, of course, stroopwafels. We see Abhishek making cookies in his dorm kitchen. We see the waffle machine built by the Brown students. We see a cookie disappearing, bite by bite, into thin air. We see a young man whose dream is so big he has become his cookie. “My name is Rip van Wafels,’’ says Abhishek. “Enjoy.’’ Elizabeth Rau is an East Side resident who can be reached at erau1@verizon.net.


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Elmgrove. Spectacular Tudor with exceptional details! Spacious rooms great for entertaining. Large living room, family room, library. Kitchen w/breakfast room, butler’s pantry. Huge screened porch overlooks magnificent grounds. Adjoining lot available. $1,650,000.

Pratt. Enjoy the finest of city living from this custom built beauty. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. 2 incredible decks with Capitol views. Bamboo floors, European kitchen and baths, garage parking. $945,000.

Taber. Elegant Gambrel Colonial with gracious entry, panelled library, spacious living room w/fireplace, formal dining, butler’s pantry, kitchen with breakfast nook. Gleaming floors, tall ceilings, side screened porch. $749,000.

Williams. Elegant Italianate Townhouse in heart of Historic District. High ceilings, fine details, sun filled rooms, fireplaces, 4 beds PLUS a legal 1 bed rental unit at $900/month, porch, patio, garden, garage $699,000.

Doyle. Lovingly restored Queen Anne. Inlaid hardwoods, historic details. Updated kitchen and baths. Spacious, versatile floor plan on 3 levels. Updated mechanicals, beautiful gardens, outdoor fireplace. 4 car garage. $639,000.

Lincoln. Chic styling in and out! Architect designed 1920’s Colonial restyled and renovated for today’s living. Open floor plan with great flow. Views like a watercolor from every vista. Master gardener has created an oasis of serenity in the city! $595,000.

Morris. Terrific renovation of signature home. 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Great new kitchen & baths, 3 fireplaces, many new windows. Detailed open stairway from 1st to 3rd flr. Extensive stonework and lit walkways. $499,900.

Blackstone. Set among the leafy acres of Blackstone Blvd., “Laurelmead” is a premier retirement community in a beautiful setting. Amenities include a fitness center with indoor pool, casual and formal dining options, library, theatre and weekly activities. A variety of floor plans are available. $220,000-$468,000.

Rochambeau. Fantastic opportunity to own a beautiful Bungalow off Hope St. Sparkling hardwoods, freshly painted, period details. New landscaping. Plenty of storage. Walking distance to shopping, restaurants and library. $385,000.

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East Side Monthly October 10  

Class Act: The Gordon School celebrates its centennial. PLUS: Special Election Coverage, Fall Arts Preview, Our Annual Halloween Story