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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.

Coutu Bros. Movers acquires North Kingstown competitor

WARWICK — JMR Holdings Inc., operating as Coutu Bros. Movers, has purchased a North Kingstown moving company. The combined fleet and personnel will double...

Housing shortage focus of upcoming summit at Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE – Housing, health and education advocates will hold a summit Dec. 11 focused on the statewide housing shortage. The program is intended to set...

NAI Advisors opens in Providence

PROVIDENCE – NAI Advisors, an office of NAI Global, has opened an office downtown that will cover the Rhode Island market and southeastern Massachusetts,...
HOUND HOSPITALITY: Chris Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, which owns the Newport inn Paws on Pelham, greets Wally, a goldendoodle, in the lobby. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Newport bed and breakfast is all about dogs

An all-dog inn? Christopher Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. But Paws on Pelham, a...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
MORE ­AFFORDABILITY: Rhode Island Association of Realtors President Shannon Buss says three consecutive interest-rate cuts by the Fed haven’t led to new homebuyers entering the market, but they have helped buyers who are already looking to afford more in a house. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three Fed rate cuts in 2019 spur more home-loan activity

Three interest-rate cuts this year by the Federal Reserve have encouraged homeowners to seek out refinancing of existing mortgages and created a robust market...
A PROPOSED mixed-use building on Parcel 6 in the I-195 Redevelopment District in Providence will include space for apartments over a grocery store. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

I-195 panel moves to tackle housing dilemma

How much housing in the I-195 Redevelopment District is too much? Three of the four district parcels that have received approval for new development,...

Five Questions With: Philip Slocum

Philip Slocum, the broker and owner of Slocum Realty in Warwick, is continuing a business begun by his father in 1949. His son has...

Composite material bridge completed in Coventry

COVENTRY – A $3.6 million bridge made of composite materials has opened in western Coventry, according to the R.I. Department of Transportation. The Barbs Hill...

Edward Jones moves to new offices in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE – Financial advising firm Edward Jones has moved to 1275 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence. The company will occupy suite 12 on the...
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