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BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...
PRIME LOCATION: The Newport Country Club is scheduled to host the U.S. Senior Open golf championship from June 25-28. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For Senior Open, organizers trying to take right course of action

Planning for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open started at least 2½ years ago, when the U.S. Golf Association announced that it would hold the...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Down, but not out: R.I., bizs hurting but also stepping up

The bold headline at the top of Page 1 in PBN’s first digital-only edition in its 34-year history says it all: KNOCKED DOWN, BUT...
Bruce Newbury

Restaurants finding takeout, delivery have their frustrations

“Please tip for takeout.” That plea from a high school senior who has worked in food service for two years at a neighborhood restaurant sums...

‘One of the safest places,’ B.I. tries to keep coronavirus out

NEW SHOREHAM – Now largely confined to their homes despite no positive COVID-19 cases reported on Block Island, residents are concerned about both the...
TOM BRADY has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. / AP FILE PHOTO /CHARLES KRUPA

‘New football journey’: Tom Brady signs with Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A new look for the NFL: Tom Brady in Tampa Bay pewter and red rather than Patriots red, white and...
THE HELMSMAN: Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport Inc., says the nonprofit offers sailing lessons and hosts regattas from Newport Harbor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Sail Newport a crucial link to the bay and beyond

From children boarding their first boat to experienced sailors who compete in regattas, Sail Newport Inc. offers a connection to the water for more...
FRESH HARVEST: Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, pulls up oysters from his oyster farm located near the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Thriving Matunuck Oyster Farm has fed offshoot businesses

Matunuck Oyster Farm LLC, a 7-acre plot in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond, is home to countless oysters that will eventually end up on a...
THE 354-ROOM OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL will be closing until June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has told WPRI-TV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Omni Providence Hotel, three Newport hotels closing in response to coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Providence Hotel will be closing March 23 until June 1 because of the coronavirus crisis, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Thursday...

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