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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Burbage Theatre puts down roots in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – Burbage Theatre Company has moved into a dedicated space for the first time in its nine-year history.The theater company has signed a...
THE BASE of the Hope Point tower, as shown in a rendering that faces Dyer Street from the new city park./COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION.

Fane Organization gets a final deadline from I-195 Redevelopment District Commission

PROVIDENCE – The developer of the proposed Hope Point Tower has been told by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission chairman that the latest deadline...
A 7-ACRE set of properties at 13 Low Lane sold in September for $3.2 million. / COURTESY HOGAN ASSOCIATES.

7 waterfront acres in Bristol sold for $3.2M

BRISTOL – The sale of three parcels covering 7 acres, including a waterfront home, closed recently for $3.2 million, according to Caroline Richards and...

Water-view condo in Westerly sells for $1.1 million

WESTERLY – A two-bedroom condo with a loft and ocean views sold recently for $1.1 million, the second-highest condo sale in the town this...

Five Questions With: Jack Silva

Jack Silva is the vice president of campus services at Rhode Island School of Design. He responded this week to questions about North Hall,...

Salvatore asks auditor to review Providence trash barrel fines

PROVIDENCE – A Providence City Councilman has asked the internal auditor to review a city practice of applying fines to residents who leave their...

R.I. Housing seeking new deputy executive director

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. is seeking a new deputy executive director, a position that oversees all programs for the...

Warren to purchase site on Palmer River from National Grid

WARREN – The town is moving forward to purchase a critical site on the waterfront from National Grid, which would allow it to create...
TARIFF IMPACTS: Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Executive Director David Chenevert said the impact of tariffs and the slowing of the world economy has affected businesses differently in Rhode Island. Manufacturers focused on the aerospace or medical-industry markets are doing fine, he said, because defense spending has increased and the medical industry is growing. Companies producing products for the automotive industry, however, are seeing an impact because auto sales are down nationally.
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U.S. trade war with China has brought pain, uncertainty

The initial tariffs imposed in 2018 on imports from China didn’t affect Cooley Group, a Pawtucket-based company that manufactures an array of engineered materials,...
WHERE IT COUNTS: Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, with the state’s ballot-counting machines. A task force is investigating whether the election system needs an upgrade to reduce its vulnerability to hackers.
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Modems could be weakness in securing R.I. elections

A statewide elections technology that was considered an upgrade as recently as 2016 is now viewed as a potential security problem.The modems added to...
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