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The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick was 10 years ago, but the impact of the blaze on Rhode Island hasn’t diminished at all. In West Warwick, The Station fire, caused by a pyrotechnics display gone wrong, marked the end of live music in the town – until now. Seeing the return of live music as a chance to heal and help invigorate the community, veteran Providence club manager and magazine editor Jim Vickers converted an old mill on the Pawtuxet River into Manchester 65, a rock club that opened in early August. The club specializes in classic rock – in many cases features bands that wouldn’t have been out of place at The Station – and has so far received a warm reception. more
In June, Trinity Repertory Company hosted its 17th annual Pell Awards in a new spot – one where guests could enjoy a Mojito-flavored cupcake or a lamb martini at meal stations anytime they wanted after the playhouse ceremony. more
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries. more
Graduates of a Tiverton High School summer boat-building program on Aug. 15 prepare to launch one of two boats they built. The six-week program was funded through the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island. The launch was held in Newport at an event hosted by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. more
(Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series exploring the progress of East Providence’s 10-year effort to redevelop its waterfront and what it might mean for a similar effort underway in Providence.) more
John Condon, president of Stonewall Solutions, will tell you it’s no easy task finding the right people to work at his software-development company. “We need candidates with technology skills that are pretty unique,” he said. “To find them, we have to cast a wide net.” more
Upended by more than $2.4 million in beach-related damages alone last October by Hurricane Sandy, affected Westerly businesses have found creative ways to reopen this summer, though challenges to a full recovery for both the beaches and some businesses remain. more
The R.I. Emergency Management Agency will host a series of public information sessions on recent changes to federal flood insurance policies in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Agency, RIEMA announced Friday. more
Rhode Island’s economy shrank in July, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. more
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced Friday that the state would receive about $6.8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The … more
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