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FITTING IN: Liza Burkin, organizer for the Providence Streets Coalition, uses new bike lanes on the Clifford Street bridge in Providence. The new lanes are part of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s hotly debated Great Streets Initiative to connect the city’s neighborhoods through bike lanes.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

City’s disjointed bike lanes need more study, community buy-in

If you build it, will they come? While the answer was yes in the charming case of the Iowa ballfield made famous in the 1989...

R.I.’s ban on happy hours questioned

After nearly three decades devoid of after-work drink specials, a push to legalize happy hour in Rhode Island is brewing again. Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket,...
ANTHONY TARRO, owner and president of Siena Restaurant Group, has announced the closure of the group's Providence restaurant. Here he is seen in the kitchen of Siena’s East Greenwich location in April 2021. PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Siena restaurant closes Federal Hill location

PROVIDENCE – Citing COVID-19-related hardships, Siena Restaurant Group has announced that its Federal Hill location has been shuttered permanently. The East Greenwich and Smithfield locations...
CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with...

Newly affirmed, tribe looks at casino plans with fresh eyes

BOSTON (AP) – As he begins his first full year in office, the new head of a Massachusetts tribe says he intends to take...
THE CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE is joining forces with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council to embark on a $500,000 tourism campaign aimed at showcasing the city’s attractions. Pictured is the recently renovated pier on the city's waterfront. / COURTESY CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE

East Providence joins Blackstone Valley Tourism Council to launch tourism campaign

EAST PROVIDENCE – The city of East Providence has joined forces with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council to embark on a $500,000 tourism campaign...
UP THE RANKS: Harrison Elkhay, middle, the new president of the Chow Fun Food Group, discusses menu specialties at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi with Executive Chef Brittany Muggle, left, and Dining Out columnist Bruce Newbury. / COURTESY CHOW FUN FOOD GROUP

Changes in R.I. hospitality scene in the new year

As we pass into a new year, there are still some leftover issues to resolve. Evidently, the pandemic is not finished with us, although...
THE PROVIDENCE BRUINS announced Thursday that the team will return to Rhode Island in October for the 2021-22 season.

Rask close to return with Bruins, signs with Providence

BOSTON (AP) – Goalkeeper Tuukka Rask is inching closer to a return to the Boston Bruins, signing a professional tryout agreement with AHL Providence...

Beloved Roger Williams Park Zoo giraffe dies

PROVIDENCE – Roger Williams Park Zoo has lost a towering figure in both size and significance. The zoo in a Facebook post on Thursday announced...
ALPINE THEME: Instead of igloos, the Ocean House in Westerly is using repurposed ski gondolas to protect diners from the elements. / COURTESY OCEAN HOUSE

Are we going back to the igloos?

The winter of 2022 is here. It is the second full winter under the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first winter, The idea of living...

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