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Mary MacDonald
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.
TAX RELIEF: Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana said tax challenges represent almost 20% of the active civil cases involving the city. In his most recent annual tally, Dana reported to the City Council that 155 of the 845 open civil cases Providence has in either state or federal court are seeking tax relief.

What’s commercial property worth? Depends whom you ask

No one likes to pay property taxes. In Providence, fighting that annual bill has become almost routine for many large commercial property owners when...

5Q: Michelle Cruz

Michelle Cruz | Director of community engagement, Trinity Repertory Company1. What is your role? I will … build relationships throughout our community with events...
NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.

As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives.In public school classrooms, though,...

Marine life education entity purchases conference center in Exeter

EXETER – An entity that plans to produce environmental programs on marine life has purchased a property in Exeter most recently owned by the...

Five Questions With: Karen Santilli

Karen Santilli is the CEO and president of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state’s largest nonprofit that works with homeless individuals and families.On Thursday,...
THE PROPERTY at 125-127 Friendship St. in Providence has been listed by Capstone Properties. The property was formerly home to the club Ultra. / COURTESY CAPSTONE PROPERTIES

Capstone Properties lists former nightclub building in Jewelry District

PROVIDENCE – A building in downtown Providence that had accommodated nightclubs for more than 20 years is newly listed by Capstone Properties.The one-story building...

BankNewport in Washington Square to be renovated

NEWPORT – BankNewport has hired Sage Environmental, DBVW Architects and DiPrete Engineering to redesign and redevelop its offices in Washington Square.The project will update...

Quonnie Salt Pond home sells for $2M

CHARLESTOWN – A waterfront lodge-style house with a private deck and mooring sold recently for $2 million, according to a news release from Randall,...

Does IGT controversy miss the point?

The unfolding story over the no-bid contract extension with International Game Technology PLC for supplying technology and services to the state’s lottery system has...
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.

Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island.As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...
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