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CREATIVE COLLABORATION: From left, Donna McCarthy, Denise Flagg and Sue Greco started Meraki Publications LLC in May 2020, which puts out The Bubblah, a magazine with content created by and for kids. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three R.I. women launch new magazine featuring content for and by...

Denise Flagg, Sue Greco and Donna McCarthy all believe that a good education should be available to every student in the state, no matter...

Five Questions With: Gillian Friedman Fox

Gillian Friedman Fox | Executive director, Newport Music Festival 1. Briefly explain your responsibilities within your role at the Newport Music Festival. I am...
KEEPING TRACK: Justin M. Kim, left, and Michael W. Lai designed an app to help health care workers track their emotional and mental wellness. / COURTESY CRESS HEALTH

New app focuses on mental wellness of health care workers

Justin M. Kim and Michael W. Lai were in the process of developing an app that allowed users to log their most intimate mental...
Angela Bannerman Ankoma / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Angela Bannerman Ankoma

Angela Bannerman Ankoma | Vice president, Rhode Island Foundation 1. You’ve been appointed to lead the Equity Leadership Initiative, a component of the Rhode...
PROVIDING ANSWERS: Kate Naranjo launched the Bird & Bee startup last year to help women better understand their body when it comes to fertility, hormonal, postpartum and overall health.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Women’s health coaching service empowering clients

Kate Naranjo was going through her own challenges with women’s and reproductive health and didn’t feel as though she was getting the support she...

Five Questions With: Tiara Mack

Tiara Mack | R.I. senator, D-Providence 1. In the primary, you beat longtime Democratic Sen. Harold Metts to become the first Black LGBTQ state...
SCOURING THE GLOBE: Cousins Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede, co-owners of Gooseneck Vineyards, work with farmers in six countries to source the grapes for their classic, budget-friendly wines, which they sell in their North Kingstown vineyard shop.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo seeks best grapes to make classic, budget-friendly wines

From the hills of the Treviso in Italy to the stony Wairau Valley river flats in Marlborough, New Zealand, Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede...
FINANCIAL WOES: Jennifer Romagnolo, administrator at Village House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Newport, says she is concerned about the effects of a new minimum-staffing mandate state officials are drafting. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Staffing mandate worries nursing home operators

Jennifer Romagnolo is used to paying her bills on time – both in her personal life and in her role as administrator for the...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Diana Perkins created the LapSnap, a waterproof canvas bag, to allow wheelchair users to carry items when they go grocery shopping. She learned to sew so she could stitch 10 prototypes to send to test users. / COURTESY INCLUDESIGN LLC

Brown engineering student creates LapSnap to assist wheelchair users with shopping

After Diana Perkins took an inspiring course on disability justice at Brown University, the engineering student found that many wheelchair users had a difficult...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
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