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OUT OF POCKET: Robert Berczuk, publisher of The Jamestown Press, says the money his newspaper is losing as a result of a 33% decline in ad revenue is coming directly out of his pocket, but he has assured his staff of six that there will be no pay cuts, layoffs or furloughs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should newspapers be rescued by the government?

Newspaper publisher John Howell didn’t think he would ever have to lay himself off. But when COVID-19 hit the United States, that’s exactly what he...
NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...
LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

STARVING FOR HELP: Needy flock to R.I.’s overwhelmed food pantries

IT'S COMMON for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Executive Director Heather Hole Strout to see adults and the elderly seeking food at...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...
PLAYING IT SAFE: As hurt as his two Providence restaurants have been by the coronavirus panademic, James Mark says he won’t open his restaurants for dine-in service until there’s a vaccine, treatment or widespread testing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are we ready? Raimondo moves ahead with reopening R.I.

Mounting case counts, hospitalizations and deaths. Soaring unemployment claims and nose-diving tax revenue. Mysteriously high infection rates among Latinos. No matter what part of...
DESIGNATED SITE: Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Pawtucket was designated in late April by the state as a site capable of admitting and treating COVID-19 patients after they are discharged from hospitals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The battle within: Pandemic fight at nursing homes proves costly on...

When Rhode Island nursing homes banned visitors in early March as their first defensive move against COVID-19, Susan McGovern and her co-workers at Linn...
WELCOME WAGON: A New Shoreham police vehicle awaits the Block Island Ferry’s arrival on April 20. Officers have been stationed at the ferry landing to greet visitors and warn them they must quarantine for 14 days. / PBN PHOTO/KARI CURTIS

Isle of anxiety: Can Block Island salvage its tourism season?

It’s not business as usual on Block Island these days. The coronavirus has come ashore, creating a heightened sense of worry not only about public...
VALUABLE ADVICE: John Perrotti, owner of Mobility Equipment LLC, says the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce helped break down complex loan programs into “layman’s terms” and provided guidance on how to keep customers and employees safe while remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. chambers of commerce under pressure to help keep members informed,...

Elizabeth Catucci’s daily routine has shifted dramatically in recent weeks. The president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce starts her day early, filtering...
EMPTY CAMPUS: The Memorial Union at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown is pictured in the background. URI Provost Daniel DeHayes says the university is expected to issue $8 million in refunds on room and board and had to spend $1 million to transition about 1,800 classes online due to the ­COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With pandemic losses mounting, local colleges face biggest test

Rhode Island-based colleges are already feeling the financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of usually profitable events and the loss of...
FREE SANITIZER: Liam Maloney, tasting room manager at The Industrious Spirit Co. in Providence, stands at the company’s “drive-up” window, where it is offering people free bottles of hand sanitizer that it makes using the byproduct of its vodka manufacturing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many local factories transform to meet needs of pandemic fight

Matouk Luxury Linens is known for exquisite bedding, an elegant product aimed at Americans who shop in department stores for towels, sheets and ­pillowcases. That...

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