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Block Island’s Old Post Office Bagel Shop reopens following negative COVID-19...

NEW SHOREHAM – After closing for testing amid a scare that one of its employees was showing symptoms of COVID-19 the Old Post Office...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE announced Monday that it is postponing its 2020 commencement until 'sometime' in 2021. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College postpones 2020 commencement to 2021

PROVIDENCE – Providence College’s Class of 2020 will have to wait until next year to celebrate their achievements in person. The college announced Monday that...

Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S....
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE announced Friday its reopening plan for the fall, which includes most of its classes being held online. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

RIC’s reopening plan involves most classes being held online

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College’s reopening plan for the fall will involve most of their classes being held online, the state college announced Friday. The...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 74 on Thursday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

COVID-19 cases rise by 74 in R.I., with 1 more death

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 74, to 18,224, with one more death, the R.I. Department of Health said on...
NINE OUT OF TEN employers in a recent survey of New England businesses said that a majority of their staff is working from home. / COURTESY CBIZ & MHM NEW ENGLAND

Survey: COVID-19 has hit N.E. businesses hard

PROVIDENCE – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many businesses in New England hard and has forced organizations to make significant changes to cope with...
REOPENING PRIORITIES: Dr. James McDonald, medical director of the R.I. Department of Health, says employers should rely more on health screenings and providing surgical masks for their employees returning to work rather than getting them tested for COVID-19. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pediatricians say reopening R.I. schools safe

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has enlisted the help of two pediatricians to reassure parents that it is safe to reopen the...
AVE. VENUE: Patrons fill tables outside Ristorante Il Massimo in Federal Hill in Providence as part of the “Al Fresco On The Hill” dining initiative launched in June. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Are you comfortable dining out amid the ongoing pandemic?

While some restaurants have closed amid the ongoing pandemic, most are still trying to find creative ways to survive COVID-19's devastating economic effects. Many are...
BOTTLE OF VINO: Armando Bisceglia, owner of Bacco Vino & Contorni on Providence’s Federal Hill, serves wine to Sarah Long of Swansea on a Friday night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Atwells Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic so restaurateurs can set up tables outside along the street. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TOURISM PIVOT: Struggling industry shifts focus closer to home

Ella Gonzalez is used to hearing families from faraway places bustling into the lobby of the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina during the summer....
DISTANCE LEARNING: As a precaution against COVID-19, international student Grace Deng, who will be a senior this year at Brown University, plans to take her courses online while living in Providence when classes resume in the fall. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

International students face tough choices

Michael Chen feels fortunate. The Brown University student from Italy was able to stay with relatives in Utah when classes shut down in March...

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