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Cliff Walk year-round attraction

Newport’s dramatically perched Cliff Walk has been restored – and some say improved – since the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012....
SWEET MUSIC: Chorus of Westerly Music Director Andrew P. Howell says the largest chunk of the funding for a recent international trip came from the singers themselves. / COURTESY CHORUS OF WESTERLY

Westerly singers raise Ocean State’s profile abroad

Performing in concert halls in Vienna, Prague and Budapest in July, Andrew Howell and the Chorus of Westerly showcased the talent and training of...
PINPOINT ACCURACY: Charter-boat captain Steven Anderson uses his Windows tablet to record information of his catches, including GPS location. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tablets improve fluke data

When charter-boat captain Steven Anderson takes a group of fishermen out from the Port of Galilee in Narragansett on his 31-foot boat Bare Bones,...
PERSONAL GROWTH: Mark A. Stewart, state director of Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, said that the death of his twin brother helped him begin “caring more about people.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Looking for personal approach to help small biz grow

Mark Stewart has a vision to make “extreme customer service” the priority of the restructured Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. His strategy is...
EXPERIENCED HANDS: Henry Hodge Jr., owner of HCH Enterprises, launched his company in 2001. “I think my work with Fortune 500 companies gave me a lot very valuable experience,” he said. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

HCH Enterprises is finally profiting at home

Although Henry C. Hodge began his information technology career as a defense contractor in the Washington, D.C., area, his technical expertise led him to...
GOING BACK: Kristy Moreau, developer at Precision Design Studios in Providence, majored in psychology at URI before beginning work in the IT field and returning to school to study software engineering at New England Institute of Technology. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

IT employers look to connect schools to jobs

(Updated, Aug. 12, 9:07 a.m.)Information technology professionals concerned about the shortage of skilled computer science employees in the Rhode Island workforce are taking action...
WELL-KEPT SECRET: Phil West, former executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says that he thinks it takes time for “a culture of corruption to change.” / COURTESY FRANK MULLIN

Tougher stance against corruption still needed in R.I.

(Corrected, July 28, 12:22 p.m.)Phil West spent years working to shine a light on corruption in Rhode Island government as the leader of Common...
GETTING THE PICTURE: Middletown-based Vizsafe offers an app that allows smartphone users to upload photos and videos that could aid public safety efforts. Pictured above, from left, are Vizsafe employees Brendan Hanna, Debbie Lipsett, President and CEO Peter Mottur and Patrick Hay. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL PERRSON

Social safety, thanks to new app

A new social media platform focused – literally with photos and video – on public safety has been developed by Middletown-based Vizsafe Inc. and...
HIGH RISE: The new YMCA Sailing Center in South Kingstown sits 14 feet above sea level to account for potential flooding. / COURTESY OYSTERWORKS

New building takes climate change into account

As debate and warnings about climate change swirl, some architects are creating Rhode Island buildings that incorporate elements to address what has turned out...
MEDICAL SUPPORT: Melissa Kimmell said that the “Spent: Looking for Change” – a documentary that focuses on the financial problems caused by medical costs – “is definitely shining a light on something that we ourselves are struggling with.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Innovative lending needed to help ease financial crises

Melissa Kimmell didn’t expect to be in the spotlight as the voice of a middle-class family pushed into financial crisis by the challenges of...
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