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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.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE Hope Point Tower will return to the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission on Tuesday. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Hope Point Tower to return to I-195 commission Wednesday

PROVIDENCE – The Fane Organization is moving forward quickly following the recent override of a mayoral veto that could have blocked its effort to...
THE BILOTTI GROUP and Nicholson 2018 LLC, owner of the Beresford-Nicholson Estate on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, which includes a greenhouse and gardener's house in addition to the main house, above, have proposed to raze the structures and convert the property to 10 house lots. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Proposal to replace Beresford-Nicholson estate with 10 house lots draws opposition

PROVIDENCE – A proposal to demolish historical structures on the Beresford-Nicholson Estate and convert the property to 10 house lots has generated community opposition...
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.

HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019.With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five Questions With Dr. James McDonald

Dr. James McDonald | Medical director, R.I. Department of Health1. What is the science behind medical marijuana? Marijuana plants contain different chemicals that are...

Hotel Hive Providence design approved

PROVIDENCE – A developer’s plan to create a boutique hotel from the adjoining old Providence Journal and Kresge buildings on Westminster Street has been...

Five Questions With: Keith Fernandes

Keith Fernandes is the president of the Providence Apartment Association. The association is a volunteer organization of landlords who own property across the city,...

R.I. Housing awards $200K to financial counseling, homeownership programs

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. board awarded $200,000 in grants in November to several city-based programs that support homeownership, financial...

Residential Properties names new manager for Narragansett office

NARRAGANSETT – Michele Caprio is the new manager of the Narragansett office of Residential Properties Ltd., the company announced.Previously the manager in East Greenwich,...

Salter Grove Memorial Park playground improvements to be bid

WARWICK – The city will solicit bids this winter for a series of improvements to the playground at Salter Grove Memorial Park.The project will...
DECLINING ATTENDANCE: Monsignor Raymond Bastia, vicar of finance for the Diocese of Providence, said scandals involving priests who have been convicted of molestation have been a contributing factor to declining attendance at parishes, but other factors, such as a shortage of parish priests and a shift in American culture away from organized religions, also weigh heavily in the situation the Catholic Church is facing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Catholic dioceses are contracting, creating unique opportunities for the right buyers

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence, was the boyhood church of Monsignor Raymond Bastia, now the vicar...
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