Working to empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Futures, Inc. provides social-skills training, tutoring, independent-living training, and other support services to students and adults with disabilities. At the Futures School—Connecticut’s first community-based special-education school to be approved by the Department of Education—students aged 14–21 receive customized, one-on-one special education in their home communities. These education services include real-world work experience, transportation services, sessions with a full-time counselor, and typically lead to a high-school diploma from Futures School.
New England Athletic Club whips guests into shape with a full arsenal of personal-fitness equipment and group exercise classes. Multi-weekly body pump sessions whisk lethargic muscles into a frenzy with 60 minutes of squats, lifts, and obscure trivia questions designed to challenge all major muscle groups. Students can seek inner clarity during 75-minute yoga cycles or channel an inner boogie-woogier in Zumba classes, which feature calorie-torching moves choreographed to Latin and international dance music. An on-site pool hosts aquatic fitness classes, as well as open swim sessions, where kids and adults can swim laps, practice strokes, or bond with an inflatable dolphin.
The vibrant reds and oranges of Gobi Mongolian Grill hint at the heat of a flat-top grill, which releases sizzling arpeggios as food hits the surface. Diners shuffle down a lineup of ingredients, choosing tilapia, beef, noodles, shallots, and snow peas for bowls of stir-fry. A variety of sauces waits to add the earthy sweetness of teriyaki or mongolian barbecue sauce’s warm bite of garlic and ginger. Their spatulas dancing noisily, chefs at the grill use blazing heat to evenly cook bowls of stir-fry or interrogate flammable scarecrows.