Friday, January 15, 2021



STILL GOING STRONG: John Bellone, owner of The Breezeway Resort, The Hotel Maria, pictured, and Maria’s Seaside Cafe in Westerly, says in his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., he’s never deferred a loan payment and has continued to meet monthly payments for the mortgages on his commercial properties throughout the pandemic, thanks to a strong business in a limited season. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Banks on higher alert for credit weakness

In his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., John Bellone has never deferred a loan payment. Not through the 2008...
Ross Gittell became president of Bryant University last July, replacing longtime university leader Ronald K. Machtley. Gittell previously served as chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Seize the moment

Ross Gittell | Bryant University president More than 4,000 institutions of higher education in the United States serve approximately 20 million students and this year...
NEW LEADERSHIP: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, faces a host of challenging issues this year, including a pandemic-induced deficit estimated at up to $500 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s effects will dominate 2021 General Assembly session

The landscape has changed dramatically, literally and figuratively, for state lawmakers for what is shaping up to be among the most consequential General Assembly...
BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...
NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. job market could take years to recover

Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking...

5Q: Scott Pray

Scott Pray | President, D.F. Pray Inc. 1. What are some of the notable projects that D.F. Pray is involved in in Rhode Island...

Creativity is lost without cafes and bars

While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the dining area in the...
Bruce Newbury

Dining Out: Embracing the chile life

“Our Hatch green chile is the calamari of New Mexico!” That’s what Bahjat Shariff had to say about the cuisine of his new home in...

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 1,155, with 20 more deaths

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,155, with 20 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said on Thursday. Hospitalizations of...

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 1,500, with 20 more deaths

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,564, with 20 more deaths, the R.I Department of Health said on Wednesday. The...

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