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12 Providence workers let go for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or...

PROVIDENCE – A dozen part-time workers have been let go from their jobs with the city for failing to comply with COVID-19 vaccination or...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE believes that Rhode Island's businesses and venues should be responsible for crafting their own COVID-19 safety precaution policies. The result is a piecemeal set of standards that varies from venue to venue, and sometimes even event to event at the same location./ COURTESY DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

Venues’ COVID-19 protocols vary as R.I. leaves rules largely up to...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee says it is up to individual businesses and venues that are operating in the state to craft their...
DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...

Cyberattacks too costly to ignore

During any economic crisis a company’s first priority is survival. So, it may be understandable that some businesses started worrying a little less about...
STILL STANDING: Downtowns across the state are hoping to fuel a post-pandemic rebound. Above, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Garrett Mancieri, director of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, in Monument Square. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Resilient downtowns eye paths to post-pandemic recovery

Downtowns across the state and nation have been in an almost constant state of reinvention for decades. While not always the recognized center of commerce...
EARLY PROTECTION: Mary Norwalk gets her flu shot from Matt Lefebvre, pharmacy manager at the CVS store on Hope Street in Providence, while Art Norwalk, Mary’s husband, looks on. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Hospitals start bracing for a busy flu season

The shot clock is ticking. Now is the time of year to get that flu vaccine for it to be most effective, according to an...
AT THE READY: Eileen Crudele, director of special education at Smithfield Public Schools, says each school has a full-time psychologist, and there are five social workers to handle an uptick in mental health issues among students. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mental health concerns intensify in classroom

Over the years, school administrators and mental health professionals have noticed a steady increase in mental health issues among young children and teens. For...
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: The Providence Public School District is dealing with a shortage of educators this academic year, with many openings created by resignations. That includes Matthew J. Buchanan, the former principal at Hope High School, who resigned last spring. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Teacher shortages leave administrators at a loss

The rollercoaster ride of pandemic schooling has smoothed out and students are, for the most part, back in the classroom. Now it’s the teachers who...
Bruce Newbury

Dining out: A tale of prep and opportunity

The title of author Michael Ruhlman’s latest book “From Scratch” could be the title of his biography. He came by his position from the ground...

Despite threats, few walk off jobs over vaccines

Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, N.Y., for example, had to shut down...

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