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FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
 / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank. The human faces...
UPENDED MARKET: Ali Sanfilippo, a real estate paralegal at Sayer, Regan & Thayer in Newport, lives in New Bedford with her boyfriend. The couple is looking to move to Rhode Island but is having trouble finding apartments for rent. That’s partly due to an upending of the rental market that has seen investors and homeowners transform former year-round rentals into short-term units for services such as Airbnb.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Adapt to disruptors – or perish? New players are disrupting a...

Where have all the apartments gone? On Aquidneck Island, and particularly Newport, the listing of an affordable, livable, two-bedroom home now draws a frenzy...
IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY: ProvPort Terminal Manager Chris Waterson identifies a section of the port that will handle wind turbines. The port is undergoing improvements after voters in 2016 approved $20 million in upgrades.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Can the Ocean State stay in the race for offshore wind-energy...

The nation’s first offshore wind farm is spinning off Block Island. But Rhode Island appears to be playing catch-up to neighboring Massachusetts in preparing...

Still a place for natural gas in R.I.

Despite the considerable promise of solar, wind and other renewable-energy sources to significantly broaden the state’s power portfolio, Rhode Island’s heavy reliance on natural...
GREEN ENERGY: David Lamb, assistant director of utilities management at the University of Rhode Island, and Marcia Garcia, URI’s sustainability officer, stand among a field of solar panels in South Kingstown. The solar array is part of the 40-megawatt South Kingstown Solar Collaboration facility, of which URI is one of three partners. 
 / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I.’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives....

After stints in the California, Nevada and Texas solar-energy industries, Kenny Hsieh learned of the financial incentives offered in Rhode Island, picked up his...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
BETTER THAN EXPECTED: Adrien Hebert, left, co-owner and chief financial officer, speaks with Bob Laferriere, operations manager, at Trans-Tex, a company in Cranston that makes lanyards, sports merchandise, small-equipment pieces and other items. Hebert said business in January was better than expected.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business costs are rising but owners still confident in growth plans,...

Most Rhode Island businesses are doing well and have positive outlooks for themselves and the economy for 2019, though their confidence is not quite...
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The Birdhouse
70 Beacon Hill Road
Newport 
Price: $9,000,000
Date sold: July 30, 2018
Buyers: Judith S. and Jerry Sheindlin
Seller: Dorrance H. Hamilton Revocable Trust
Broker: Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty (buyers and seller)
Year built: 2012
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 half
Bedrooms: 6
Living space: 14,912 square feet
Previous price: Originally listed for $10,900,000. 
HOLDING COURT: Judy Sheindlin, of the syndicated TV show “Judge Judy,” and her husband, Jerry, purchased The Birdhouse at 70 Beacon Hill Road in Newport for $9 million last July, making it the most expensive home sale in Rhode Island in 2018.
 / COURTESY MICHAEL OSEAN

Despite multi-factor challenges, high-end home sales continue to grow in Rhode...

Despite the up-and-mostly down nature of the stock market in 2018, Rhode Island’s luxury real estate market showed no signs of slowing down. And...
CHALLENGING WORK: Josef Blazar, co-owner and vice president of sales at YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, said the industry’s general dependence on a strong economy and creating customer awareness are the biggest challenges to increasing sales. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Even in good times, R.I. gallery owners are anxious. Would better...

On a late December afternoon, the 30,000 square feet of wall space at YJ Contemporary Fine Art displayed a spectrum of works by local...
WARY LANDLORD: Dustin Dezube, owner of Providence Student Living Capital LLC, has 125 properties in Providence, including several buildings on East Transit Street that are newly constructed or renovated. He mostly rents to college students and is concerned a proposed city regulation to expand an existing three-student cap to all structures in single-family zones, could also be applied to multifamily zones.  
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Some Providence residents want stricter regulation of student housing. A...

Over the past eight years, Providence Student Living Capital LLC has purchased and renovated more than 100 residential structures in Providence, mostly multifamily units. And...

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