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PROACTIVE APPROACH: ­Warwick Mayor Joseph J. Solomon stands on New England Way at the intersection of Gilbane Street. Both roads are on the schedule to be repaved. Solomon said roadwork has been a priority since he took office in spring 2018. He says last year was the first time in 20 years the city has implemented a proactive program.
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Fighting back vs. bad roads

Evidence of Rhode Island’s rough roads turns up regularly at Harold Crook’s Garage in Cranston. Bent wheel rims, flat tires and alignment problems can...
In 1983, Lynn Singleton was named president of the Providence Performing Arts Center and successfully reversed the then-struggling theater’s financial fortunes. Attendance at PPAC has increased from 57,000 that first year to nearly 500,000 this year. During his tenure, he and PPAC have received widespread recognition, including several Tony Awards for production. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘You win with good people’

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton | Providence Performing Arts Center CEO and presidentHere are some thoughts I have consistently found to be true over my decades...
GOOD FIT: Denise Chakoian is the owner of CORE Cycle.Fitness.Lagree, a boutique studio in Wayland Square in Providence. The studio opened in July after Chakoian decided to consolidate her fitness business while she was getting treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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She’s shaking up the routine

UP TO FIVE TIMES A DAY, the Lagree studio at CORE in Providence fills with people anticipating serious burn.“You’re shaking the entire time you’re...
INTEGRATED CLASS: Coach Paul Rao, left, and coach Michael Diorio, right, work with students in an integrated physical education class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence.   
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Birch School revamps vocational program for intellectually disabled students

Providence officials are hoping a recent court decision puts to rest the tarnished history of the Harold H. Birch Vocational School.In 2013, the U.S....
BAYCOAST BANK, one of its Rhode Island branches shown here, is one of the few banks in the area that openly court deposits from marijuana-related businesses. The Swansea, Mass.-based community bank decided to take the step nearly a year ago as more marijuana-related businesses were opening after Massachusetts began licensing recreational marijuana dispensaries, in addition to medical marijuana dispensaries previously legalized in Massachusetts and Rhode Island./COURTESY/BAYCOAST BANK

BayCoast accepts marijuana-industry deposits

Legalizing marijuana is one thing, banking on it is another. At least one bank in the area, however, is venturing into those waters –...
BRAINSTORMING: New England Medical Innovation Center founders and managing partners Aidan Petrie, left, and Lydia Shin Schroter, second from left, lead a brainstorming session with staff members Danielle Sturm, second from right, marketing and communications manager, and Maey Petrie, program coordinator, at the organization’s Providence office.
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R.I.’s medtech innovators get much-needed support

Fresh ideas are at the core of the medical-technology industry, but as Aidan Petrie saw during his tenure as chief innovation officer at Providence-based...
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James Beard rejiggers the map

The James Beard Awards have become known as the Oscars of the food world. Competition has become intense as chefs and restaurateurs constantly search...
BAD ROADS: Local communities are responsible for keeping track of their own road-repair projects. An effort in the late 1980s to ensure consistent pavement quality for local roads failed once state funding ran out. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bad roads should not be permanent part of Rhode Island experience

It’s not hard to find bad roads in Rhode Island, or any other state where winter settles. No local community is immune, though like...

Marijuana businesses need banks

BayCoast Bank is setting a much-needed standard locally with its public acceptance of deposits from businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry.The Swansea-based bank has...
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Five questions with Keith Kelly

Keith Kelly | Rhode Island market president, Citizens Bank1. What are your primary duties? A key part of the job is representing Citizens at...
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