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Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography

Operation Homefront’s Pedals for Medals seeks volunteers

MILTON – As part of its Pedals for Medals campaign, Operation Homefront is seeking volunteers and sponsors residing in New England states to donate...

Who decides the ‘public interest’?

When Rep. Robert E. Craven sponsored a House bill for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General that would make illegal the distribution...
CATERING TO CONSUMERS: Yongjae Kim, a 2015 RISD graduate and founder of Sharemelon, shows off some of his industrial design creations, which include ceramic tableware, in his Providence studio. / COURTESY YOUNGJAE KIM, SHAREMELON

Designs to meet demand

For Yongjae Kim, a Pawtucket-based industrial designer, succeeding as an artist is all about understanding supply and demand."One of the most important rules I...
From left, Abbe Garcia clinical co-director of the Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, Kristine Colardo, Patrick C. Lynch, former attorney general of Rhode Island, and his wife, Cynthia, and Albert Garcia are seen at Bradley Hospital's 2016 gala. / COURTESY AL WEEMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Bradley Hospital annual gala raises record amount

EAST PROVIDENCE – Bradley Hospital raised a record $557,425 at its Bravo, Bradley 2016 gala and auction, Feel the Power of Music, held June...

Southcoast Health awards more than $130K in grants

NEW BEDFORD – Twenty-two organizations were named by Southcoast Health on Monday as recipients of $135,000 in grants in its FY2016 Community Benefits Impact...

R.I. Council for the Humanities names 2016 honorees

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities announced Tom Roberts, Lorén Spears, Providence Children’s Film Festival and Marta Martínez as its award...
SAFETY FIRST: John Olinger, president and CEO of All Occasion Transportation, is seen with some of the cars in his fleet of vehicles. Olinger believes transportation network companies should be subject to regulation, citing their opposition to background checks on their drivers as a public-safety issue. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Time to regulate Uber, Lyft?

For Rep. John "Jay" G. Edwards, D-Tiverton, it's a story of what's fair, in attempting to corral what he considers "the wild, wild West"...
WORKING TO RAISE AWARENESS: Vanessa Volz, executive director of Sojourner House, speaks with Helen McDonald, at left, youth advocate and educational coordinator. Anthony Faccenda, men's services coordinator, is seen at right. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A refuge for the abused

As Sojourner House marks its 40th anniversary, the domestic-violence-awareness nonprofit looks ahead to new funding opportunities and extending outreach into more marginalized communities.Executive Director...
MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR ranked 12th on a list of the 24 best places in the country to get a lobster roll by PureWow, a women's lifestyle website. / COURTESY PUREWOW

Website says Matunuck Oyster Bar, Champlin’s Seafood have some of best...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is home to two of the nation’s top 24 lobster rolls, according to a survey published by the New York-based...
THE DONAHUE INSTITUTE at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth said the school contributes $466 million to the state economy and supports 2,255 jobs outside the campus.

UMass Dartmouth’s annual economic impact pegged at $466M

DARTMOUTH – The statewide annual economic impact of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is $466 million, including the creation of an additional 2,255...
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