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GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gracie’s founder Ellen Slattery looks to bridge the divide between special-occasion...

Gracie’s Ventures Inc. will have plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, including a milestone not many restaurants can tout – a 20th anniversary.At...
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019.With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
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Emily Fields, a biological sciences student at the University of Rhode Island, conducts sampling of macroalgae along Narragansett Bay. Through higher sewer rates, many homes and businesses in northern Rhode Island have been paying for a nearly $1.4 billion tunnel project by the Narragansett Bay Commission to prevent dirty wastewater from overflowing into the bay./PBN FILE PHOTO

Price of cleaner bay? Rising sewer bills

If they already haven’t realized it, households and businesses in Greater Providence are paying much of the cost of keeping Narragansett Bay clean.To comply...
ENGAGING STUDENTS: ­Denise Coppa, interim associate dean of graduate programs at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, teaches a class at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

URI launches mental health nurse practitioner master’s program

Nationwide, and here in Rhode Island, the health care industry is suffering from a documented shortage of qualified nurse practitioners.Employment in the sector across...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five Questions With Dr. James McDonald

Dr. James McDonald | Medical director, R.I. Department of Health1. What is the science behind medical marijuana? Marijuana plants contain different chemicals that are...
With deep experience in nursing, ranging from being an RN, to earning a Ph.D. in nursing and being the executive director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Pamela L. McCue understands all aspects of the profession and 
its importance to quality health care delivery. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Staying true to the mission defines path to success

Pamela L. McCue | Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College CEOThe demand for registered nurses will continue to grow, but it is not just...
BRAINSTORMING: Carlos Toro and his team at Steer LLC in Providence brainstorm in their studio space. Foreground from left, Ryan Sherwood, project manager; Ed Eacueo, team lead; and Carlos Toro, founder and team lead. Background from left, Xander Monge, videographer/editor; and Povilas Mecys, front-end developer and designer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Steering a digital vision

Carlos Toro, director and owner of digital media company Steer LLC, prides himself on the fact that he hasn’t had an “office job” since...

NBC rates grow, yield good outcome

Now on the third and final phase of the nearly $1.4 billion Combined Sewer Overflow project, the Narragansett Bay Commission has continued to increase...

Finding a good deal

Did you shop on Black Friday or during Small Business Saturday? No: 62.5% Yes: 37.5%How soon do you begin holiday shopping? November: 50% Early December: 25% Last minute: 25%Where...
AHEAD OF THE GAME: With enrollments so far ahead of last year’s pace, HealthSource RI is not seeing much effect from the federal government’s removal of the penalty for not having health insurance.

HealthSource’s success positive for R.I.’s health in many ways

In many ways, Rhode Island is an outlier. But in one case, at least, the Ocean State stands out in a way that places...
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