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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...
NEEDED ALTERNATIVE: Cortney Nicolato, CEO and president of United Way of Rhode Island, says 401Gives Day on April 1, designed to offer individuals the opportunity to donate about 375 nonprofits in the state, will give organizations a needed alternative to receive funds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

UWRI: Support those helping others

When the United Way of Rhode Island planned its inaugural 401Gives Day for April 1, the world had not yet heard of COVID-19, and...
FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
 PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Trinity Rep raises $60K for R.I. Food Bank

RAISING DOUGH: Trinity Repertory Company raised $60,445 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank from audiences that attended the company’s stage play “A Christmas...
Keith Hovan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Keith Hovan, CEO and president, Southcoast Health System...

Keith Hovan | CEO and president, Southcoast Health System Inc. 1. What measures are being taken by Southcoast Health to address the COVID-19 pandemic?...
TAILORED CARE: Physical therapists Karl Busch, left, and Peter Dionisopoulos, owners of Dynamic Performance & Rehab in Johnston, opened their own practice so they can treat clients with more time and individual care. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

They’re the dynamic duo of physical therapy

A strong desire to work for themselves and treat clients with more time and individual care prompted Peter Dionisopoulos and Karl Busch to open...
RUNNING THE TABLE: East Greenwich Cove Builders recently won the 2019 “Best in American Living” community of the year award from the National Association of Home Builders for their “pocket neighborhood” called Castle Street Cottages. From left, Chris Santilli, managing partner, and Jerry Zarrella Jr., president. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creating a ‘pocket’ in the housing market

For many buyers, the American dream is no longer a single-family house with a yard. Instead, they want to own a smaller but well-designed home...
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...

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