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TAX RELIEF: Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana said tax challenges represent almost 20% of the active civil cases involving the city. In his most recent annual tally, Dana reported to the City Council that 155 of the 845 open civil cases Providence has in either state or federal court are seeking tax relief.
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What’s commercial property worth? Depends whom you ask

No one likes to pay property taxes. In Providence, fighting that annual bill has become almost routine for many large commercial property owners when...
Jim Wilkinson has been in the lawn fertilization business for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t always easy to make ends meet, especially when he started out as a teacher of golf course management at the college level. After working in the corporate world, he decided to create SeaScape nearly 25 years ago. It now has more than 10,000 customers in southern New England. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Investing in people yields the biggest returns

Jim Wilkinson | SeaScape Inc. founder and presidentBelieve it or not, lawn technicians aren’t usually known as the biggest power players in the room....
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5Q: Michelle Cruz

Michelle Cruz | Director of community engagement, Trinity Repertory Company1. What is your role? I will … build relationships throughout our community with events...
OPPORTUNITY LOST? The decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to extend an environmental review of the Vineyard Wind project puts the potential construction of the Revolution Wind wind energy farm in jeopardy. Here, the demonstration project Block Island Wind Farm. 
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Delayed review of wind energy project won’t stall rising temps

Two stories within the last two weeks have not contained good news for the Ocean State.Most recently, The Washington Post crunched the numbers and...
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Can so many new restaurants capture our fancy?

Two new restaurants have just opened in Newport. An Italian bistro called Vieste is now in the original Stoneacre space on lower Thames Street....
CARRYING A COMPANY: RISD graduate Michael Harris has founded Grayman Studios, a consulting company for producers of luggage and other soft goods.
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After school, he made travel his new career path

After graduating in 1997 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Michael Harris pursued a career that took him to luggage manufacturer and retailer...
GOOD FIT: Guillermo Perez, right, helps Gary Balletto get hooked up to a stationary bike made for people with paralysis at an adaptive gym Balletto created inside the Cranston YMCA. Balletto has a spinal cord injury and wanted to give others with similar injuries and disabilities a chance to work out with everyone else.
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With specialized equipment, many now can find fitness and social interaction...

Noise, chatter and a feeling of camaraderie are typical of most fitness center visits. Gym-goers are rarely alone, sweating it out, even if conversation...
BY THE NUMBERS: Mark Stewart, left, chief financial officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, sees Amar Gurivireddygari, the health insurer’s newly hired chief data and analytics officer, as a key to promoting more high-quality and cost-effective health care delivery. 
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Skilled data analytics a health insurance priority

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island recently welcomed Chief Data and Analytics Officer Amar Gurivireddygari to its team.Tasked with making the health...

Health care delivery increasingly meets patients where they live

As more ambulatory and urgent-care clinics spring up across the region, health care providers see it as evidence the industry is evolving at a...
NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.
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As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives.In public school classrooms, though,...
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