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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

Arpin International Group sponsors Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Classic

WEST WARWICK – Arpin International Group, a licensed household goods freight forwarder based in East Greenwich, has become the official international freight forwarder of...
PATRICK T. CONLEY, , who assumed the presidency of the Heritage Harbor Museum in 2009, is leading the successor project, the Heritage Harbor Foundation, which will award grants to efforts concerning Rhode Island history. Here he stands at his Conley's Wharf building along Allens Avenue in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Heritage Harbor announces grant program for R.I. history

PROVIDENCE – The newly established Heritage Harbor Foundation, the successor of Heritage Harbor Corp., has created a $3.6 million endowment to fund projects concerning...
CAPITAL GAINS: There were 400 attendees for the Eat Drink RI 2015 Grand Tasting, at which more than 50 companies and restaurants showcased their culinary offerings. The event took place in the grand ballroom of the Providence Biltmore. / COURTESY EAT DRINK RI

State has the ingredients, but culinary tourism still evolving

To most over the age of 20, the idea of a “three-hour tour” brings back television images of Gilligan in a bucket hat, stranded...
UNITED WAY of Rhode Island awarded the Local Initiatives Support Corp. a $150,000 grant in support of the organization’s Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund and its development of safe, high-quality learning environments for children.

LISC awarded $150K grant from United Way

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island awarded the Local Initiatives Support Corp. a $150,000 grant in support of the organization’s Rhode Island Child...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO VETOED on Tuesday the Senate and House bills designed to criminalize revenge porn in Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Raimondo vetoes revenge porn bills

(Updated 12:50 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – Both the Senate and House bills designed to criminalize revenge porn in Rhode Island were vetoed by Gov. Gina M....
URBAN GREENS Food Co-op will open a grocery store at 93 Cranston St. in Providence.

Urban Greens raises $200K from investors for grocery store

PROVIDENCE – Since launching a request for community investment on May 1 to help raise $600,000, Urban Greens Food Co-op has raised $206,000 from...
RHODE ISLAND RANKED 27th in the nation for overall children’s well-being, and last among New England states, according to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. / COURTESY ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION

Kids Count: R.I. 27th in nation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked 27th in the nation for overall children’s well-being, and last among New England states, according to the 2016 KIDS...
Lorén Spears is executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, the state’s only American Indian museum, featuring hundreds of artifacts of local tribes. One of the more memorable is a birch tree-crafted canoe, Spears is a descendent of the makers of the canoe. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Lorén Spears

Lorén Spears has served as the executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter since 2003 when she founded the Nuweetooun School there. The...

Blithewold to host Vermont sculptor for Art & Wine walk

BRISTOL – The public is invited to view a collection of Brattleboro, Vt.-based ceramic sculptor Stephen Procter’s works during Art & Wine walks hosted...

Rhode Island Latino Arts, Trinity Rep to stage bilingual ‘Romeo and...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Latino Arts, in conjunction with Trinity Repertory Company, announced a new summer program, Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the...
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