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Who’s on the Board?

Mission: NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is a community-development corporation that works with residents, businesses and neighborhood institutions to enrich neighborhood life and make affordable-housing...

Opening the chamber door

How many chambers of commerce is your company a member of? 1-3: 69.2% None: 15.4% 4-6: 7.7% More than 6: 7.7% Has being a chamber member been beneficial for...
RENDERINGS OF Brown University's state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, released Wednesday, show a glass 'clearstory' extending out from the building's main frame, allowing visibility into the structure's main floor and performance hall./COURTESY REX

Brown unveils new performing arts center plans and renderings

PROVIDENCE – Plans and renderings of Brown University’s new Performing Arts Center to be built on Angell Street were released by the university and...
THE SEACLIFF PROPERTY at 562 Bellevue Ave., Newport, was sold to a California-based LLC controlled by Larry Ellison, founder of software company Oracle, for $11 million on Jan. 31, according to city records. / COURTESY CITY OF NEWPORT

Newport’s Seacliff property sold for $11M to Oracle founder Ellison

NEWPORT – An early 20th-century home along the city’s Cliff Walk was sold at the end of January for $11 million. Based on published...
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The Birdhouse
70 Beacon Hill Road
Newport 
Price: $9,000,000
Date sold: July 30, 2018
Buyers: Judith S. and Jerry Sheindlin
Seller: Dorrance H. Hamilton Revocable Trust
Broker: Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty (buyers and seller)
Year built: 2012
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 half
Bedrooms: 6
Living space: 14,912 square feet
Previous price: Originally listed for $10,900,000. 
HOLDING COURT: Judy Sheindlin, of the syndicated TV show “Judge Judy,” and her husband, Jerry, purchased The Birdhouse at 70 Beacon Hill Road in Newport for $9 million last July, making it the most expensive home sale in Rhode Island in 2018.
 / COURTESY MICHAEL OSEAN

Despite multi-factor challenges, high-end home sales continue to grow in Rhode...

Despite the up-and-mostly down nature of the stock market in 2018, Rhode Island’s luxury real estate market showed no signs of slowing down. And...

Osso named board president of Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

CAROL OSSO was recently named the new board president for the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center. The organization provides services to individuals from the Blackstone...
CRITICAL DISCUSSION: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio will participate in the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Luncheon on Feb. 13 at the R.I. Convention Center. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Editor’s Choice: Greater Providence Chamber to host Legislative Luncheon

EDITOR’S CHOICE Greater Providence Chamber to host legislative luncheon THE GREATER PROVIDENCE Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Legislative Luncheon forum, featuring a...

Who Owns The Block?

Old Tower Hill Road | Albro Lane to Pershing Avenue SOUTH KINGSTOWN PBN RESEARCH AND PHOTOS/JAMES BESSETTE | PBN GRAPHIC/LISA LAGRECA

Lists: Residential real estate agencies

Re-ranked by value of residences sold in 2018: 1. Residential Properties Ltd. | Value of residences sold: $644 million 2. Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty...

Financial advice

Which of the following is your primary source of financial advice? Accountant: 41.7% Financial planner: 25% Family members or friends: 16.7% The internet: 8.3% Your bank: 8.3% Books: 0% What do...
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