Family Fun: Rhode Island Apple Orchards

In her new book, The New England Orchards Cookbook, Rhode Island author Linda Beaulieu visited the local orchards listed below and got apple and berry recipes from them, which appear in the cookbook. She writes “The first North American apple variety was developed in Rhode Island

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CVS Health helping RI children be the first tobacco-free generation

By Susan Gale
If current smoking rates persist, 16,000 Rhode Island children under age 18 who are alive now will die prematurely from smoking, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. That’s about 7% of today’s Ocean State children…

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Kid-friendly restaurants that won’t break the bank

By Stephanie Bernaba
Dining out with kids can be tricky. Some people don’t even try. Sometimes it’s a hassle just getting everyone in the car, let alone finding a place everyone will like. And finding a restaurant that tolerates, even welcomes families with kids, is an even bigger challenge. So, I’ve searched the state up and down for places the whole family will enjoy…

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Ask Dr. Day Care: Son lost expensive towel at camp

Dear Dr. Day Care,

My nine-year-old son attends a day camp for summer care because I am a single mom who needs to work. Many times when I pick him up from camp, he is missing articles of clothing. Today, he was missing an expensive beach towel he received for his birthday. I have called the camp director to request cost reimbursement or the replacement of the towel. The director refused both options. What shall I do next?

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The importance of summer learning

Summer learning programs are important to a child’s year-round learning experience. The reason is simple: most children, regardless of socioeconomic status, lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math if they spend their summers not engaged in any form of learning. Children from low-income families also experience a loss in reading achievement…

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My Turn: A recipe for success

By Karen Haskell

My grandfather used to cook. He’d make breakfast pierogies from scratch, filled with sugar-sprinkled blueberries. Sometimes galumpkis. But he was best known for his red clam chowder. When I was old enough to request a recipe, his reply would go something like: a little of this, a lot of that, oh, a shake of this, and the secret ingredient – love. The last part would come with a small, quick smile and a distinct eye twinkle from behind his thick-rimmed frames…

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Organizing: How to build a family scheduling center

By Lauren Silveira
According to the American Demographic Society, Americans lose a total of nine million hours every day looking for lost and misplaced items! In today’s family, everyone is running on different schedules and piles of schoolwork are coming through the door. Coats, shoes, and everyday items constantly need to be accounted for and put away. Given how busy families are, perhaps the above statistic is not so hard to believe…

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