Restaurants to Check Out While Visiting Colleges in Rhode Island

‘Tis the season for college visits! Across Rhode Island and the rest of the United States, high school seniors and their families are touring campuses, interviewing with admissions officers, and sweating over applications. If your college visits are taking you to Rhode Island for the first time, then you may be surprised to learn that Travel + Leisure once listed Providence, the state capital, as the third best city for “foodies” in America. There are a multitude of restaurants to experience, and current college students and alumni have some suggestions about some that you might want to check out while you’re here!

If you are visiting Brown University or the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), both of which are located on College Hill in the city’s East Side, then literally you can’t miss Thayer Street. It’s practically in the middle of campus! Thayer Street is lined with always-bustling restaurants, and most of them won’t bust the average student’s budget. Some affordable options include Antonio’s and Nice Slice for pizza, La Creperie for sweet and savory crepes, and East Side Pockets for Mediterranean-inspired wraps and salads.

If you are not staying in Providence, you’ll still find the same passion for wining and dining throughout the state. Mews Tavern or “The Mews” in Wakefield and Crazy Burger in Narragansett are popular favorites among University of Rhode Island students. Both restaurants are known for having expansive menus with eclectic options, like a burger topped with bacon, an egg, and peanut butter (Mews Tavern), as well as tons of vegan and vegetarian dishes (Crazy Burger). If you’re visiting Roger Williams University, breakfast at the Hope Diner in Bristol and lunch and dinner at Chomp in Warren come highly recommended. No matter what Rhode Island institution you choose, you will be very well fed during your college years!

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Meet Our New Editor: Jessica Castigliego!

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Welcome, readers! My name is Jessica Castigliego and I am very excited to be the new editor of the Rhode Island Insurance Blog. Here is a little more about me:

  • I was born in New Hampshire but have lived in the Ocean State for as long as I can remember. As a result, I use old landmarks to give directions, have a Maxwell Mays print in my house, and drink iced coffee in the middle of winter. Being a Rhode Islander is an essential part of my identity.
  • I am a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Rhode Island (URI) with a degree in Writing & Rhetoric. My favorite classes at URI were Writing Culture with Genoa Shepley and Film Genres with John Leo. Go Rams!
  • I have never left the United States but have tentative plans to visit China, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Thailand in the next few years. I need to make up for lost time!
  • When I am not daydreaming about travel, hitting the books, or maintaining this blog, I love going to the movies. The last movie I saw in a cinema was Enough Said and I adored it. I also love going out to eat, but asking me to choose a favorite local restaurant would just be too hard!

Being the editor of the Rhode Island Insurance Blog is a wonderful opportunity. I look forward to using this space to further engage fellows Rhode Islanders with the world around them on local, national, and international level. I also want to give Rhode Islands a platform on which to help themselves, express themselves, and make their lives better overall. I took forward to connecting with more and more of you in the near future!

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Renter’s Insurance

School is just around the corner and if you’re like most of the students at the University of Rhode Island, the next few weeks will be an exciting time. Finally, moving back out of your parent’s house and into the one you and your friends are renting “down the line.” While you make your checklist of things to do/ buy before you move in, you might want to consider renters insurance.

Your landlord’s insurance only covers their personal belongings and property. In the unfortunate case of a fire, flood or robbery, renters insurance will have you covered and replace your personal items. Renter’s Insurance takes care of your furniture, clothing and most other items; your favorite diamond ring on the other hand, needs to be insured on its own.  Watch this short video from III for more details!

Here is your Renter’s Insurance checklist:

  • Estimate the value of your property
  • Do an inventory of all of your belongings
  • Take pictures (permanent records in case you have to file a claim)
  • Smoke detector
  • Good dead-bolt lock

The last two items may qualify you for a discount!

For more information regarding this topic, feel free to contact Bucci Insurance Group! They would love to help you.

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President Dooley is ready to build a brighter future for Rhode Island

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New University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley is making a big splash into the Ocean State. The recently inaugurated 11th president of the University of Rhode Island is ready to help change the econmic state of Rhode Island. Dooley recently wrote an opinion editorial in the Providence Journal that talked about URI’s role in the renewal of the state’s economy.

Dooley believes that in order to pull our state out of this economic funk, we have to recreate an economy that will sustain the 21st century. This means that our state can benefit with new technological advances that professors and students at URI are helping to perfect. URI can do this because they are a major research university. Dooley stated in his opinion editorial that, “Their [URI’s faculty and students] research and scholarship frequently create new intellectual property that leads to the creation of new companies.” By coming up with innovative ideas and creating new products, URI is helping to expand already established Rhode Island companies and create new Rhode Island businesses.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with President Dooley to talk about how he hopes to change URI and positively impact the state. He said that he wants students to get more first hand experience in the real world. He would like the students to work outside of the classroom more to gain necessary skills that they will need once they graduate. This gives Rhode Island students an advantage over others. It allows them to gain knowledge that they would not learn in a classroom. This will help to produce students that hope to make an impact on Rhode Island and the world.

Supporting URI’s research activity is extremely important. The research is starting to create new developments in science and technology and create new partnerships with Rhode Island companies to expand the discovery process. Dooley believes that by encouraging this research process we are helping to create a “knowledge-based economy” that will benefit Rhode Islanders.

URI’s role in the economic renewal is based off entrepreneurship. President Dooley has become an entrepreneur of the University by reaching out to the Rhode Island community and being proactive in all of his efforts. All of the research activities being done at the University are helping to mold students into becoming entrepreneurs themselves. With all the new science and technological advances that are being discovered the students are able to create new companies, which in turn will create new jobs for people in the community.

Bucci Insurance Group supports all of President Dooley’s efforts to help our state. We believe that higher education is something that will bring us out of this economic decline.

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Dooley bringing Rhode Island into the 21st century

Yesterday was a big day for Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island had the first formal inauguration of a president in 35 years! President David M. Dooley, the 11th president of the university, was inaugurated last night at the Ryan Center in Kingston, RI. The inauguration brought over 1,000 people to the Ryan Center including CVS Caremark chief officer Thomas M. Ryan, Governor Carcieri, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, and Master of ceremonies Judge Frank Caprio.

Dooley wants to change the perspective that people have of Rhode Island. The old saying, “only in Rhode Island,” is something that Dooley does not like to hear when referring to something negative. He wants people to think positively when they say that phrase, “[think] advantages of this unique place – most importantly the talent, resilience and commitment of the people here,” Dooley said. On President Dooley’s blog, he says that he believes the students and faculty at the university are capable of changing the world and making a brighter future. This is the type of encouragement that our students and state need to keep us going. It gives us hope that “only in Rhode Island,” will soon be followed by positive, ground breaking statements.

He is sure to be a president that the whole state will remember. In his inaugural address Dooley said that he wants to bring our states university into the 21st century, move the state into a global economy, enrich the minds of Rhode Islanders, and bring the students into the real world. He has big hopes and dreams for the university and the state as a whole and I believe that he will be able to fulfill them.

For today’s video we are going to focus on the new man of Rhode Island, President David M. Dooley. We like what his plans are for the university and the state as a whole. If you would like to read more about President Dooley, please visit his page on the URI website. Visit the Providence Journal to read more about the inauguration of URI’s president. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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