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Taxed but undaunted, this CPA loves a challenge

Many people dread completing tax returns. Jacquelyn Tracy savors it. The partner at Mandel and Tracy handles about 200 returns annually for high net-worth...
SCIENCE OF LIFE: Dr. Edward J. Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, outside the school's new Warren Alpert Medical School. The building is a sign of the Jewelry District's transformation into the Knowledge District. / PBN PHOTO/RYAN T. CONATY

Seeds planted for economic rebirth

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a three-part series exploring the past, present and future of the Jewelry District in Providence.To listen...

A new identity begins to take shape

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part series exploring the past, present and future of the Jewelry District in Providence. At...
ALL THAT GLITTERS: A worker at Gorham Manufacturing Co. during its heyday. The company was a key player in Providence's once-bustling Jewelry District. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

District once a manufacturing jewel

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part series exploring the past, present and future of the Jewelry District in Providence.Joseph DiBattista remembers...
COURTESY PROVIDENCE VA MEDICAL CENTER
ADDING ON: An addition under construction at the Providence VA Medical Center. The new wing will house a mental-health clinic and specialty labs.

Outpatient demand swells VA campus

Four years ago, the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center recorded 306,000 outpatient visits. A year ago, that number zoomed to 354,000. The swell in outpatient...
COOKING UP A PLAN: Tim Larson, a collection coordinator at Newport Biodiesel, prepares to unload a tank of recently collected oil from area restaurants in this 2010 photo. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Recycling of grease is the law in January

Call it getting tough on grease. Starting Jan. 1, Rhode Island law will require restaurants to send their used grease to recyclers. State and local...
COURTESY BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD
PRINTING MONEY: Peter Campbell, of Blue Cross & Blue Shield's strategic-marketing department, in one of the insurer's common print rooms, a consolidation which has reduced the firm's costs.

Blue Cross: Headquarters meeting savings goals

Two years after moving into a glittering glass office in downtown Providence, health insurer Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island says the...
NATURAL PROGRESSION: Eric Poulin, chairman of the Weaver’s Cove Reuse Task Force, says city leaders may have a conversation with Hess about it selling the property originally slated for a LNG facility. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Fall River eager to lure developers to its waterfront

Fall River officials spent almost a decade fighting a plan by Hess to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Mount Hope Bay. When...
"PEOPLE WILL sacrifice a lot to keep a roof over their head, including forgoing health insurance and medication, formal childcare, and utilities," said Kate Brewester, executive director of the Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College. / COURTESY POVERTY INSTITUTE

Five Questions With: Kate Brewster

HousingWorksRI last week released a report showing that affordable housing remains out of reach for Rhode Islanders in 30 of the state’s 39 communities....

Newport visitors center picks design winners

NEWPORT – The Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau may get a facelift. The bureau announced this week the winners of contests to...
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