CENTRAL FALLS â âResilientâ is the word teacher Robert A. Scappini uses to describe his students at Central Falls High School.
For the past 23 years, Scappini has been teaching kids in this working-class community, including many who have come from war-torn countries.
Heâs also training some of those kids as members of an elite squad of emergency first responders as part of the Central Falls High School Emergency Response Team (SERT).
PAWTUCKET â Be careful if youâre standing next to Thomas Blacke. While heâs smiling at you, shaking your hand and engaging in friendly chitchat, your wallet, watch or keys can disappear in...poof! A matter of seconds.
Blacke is no criminal, however. His intent is purely theatrical, as he has conjured up a successful career out of being a magician.
âI was gifted with very quick hands,â says the show business veteran and world record holder. âYou can learn the skills involved in magic, but you need natural hand speed to do it well.â