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LUNCH BREAK: Wright’s Dairy Farm considers its 200 cows employees of the company. Some of the cows enjoy some feed in a barn on the 400-acre farm, which has been operating for more than a century. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meet the Makers: Land of milk and ice cream

(Editor’s note: This is the 18th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
REACHING FOR THE SKY: Mind 2 Body Fitness owner Maria ­Andresino, center, instructs Nicole Gonzalez, left, of Cumberland and Analy Lopes of East Providence during a Pilates class at her Providence studio.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN survey: Even as economy grows, businesses leery about expansion right...

At Pawtucket-based Papis Refrescos LLC, demand for its coconut rum liquor has grown steadily since the company’s launch in 2022. The bottled coquito can...
READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...
ENTERTAINMENT HUB: Santa Claus waits for children at the Warwick Mall, which boasts a 95% occupancy rate and is striving to integrate more entertainment-focused tenants, according to Domenic Schiavone, mall general ­manager.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

MALL MANEUVERS: Developers attempt different strategies to rekindle or recycle retail...

No matter what anyone says, Matthew DuPlessie sees a future in indoor shopping malls. At least for his company. To DuPlessie, malls offer large, open...
ROUGH RETURN: Erin Thibeault went back to work as a teacher this fall after having a child but didn’t ­expect the trouble she and her husband had in finding day care for her daughter. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘She-cession’ cessation: Women’s employment hits record high, but hardships endure

After taking the entire 2022-2023 school year off for maternity leave, Erin Thibeault wasn’t just eager to return to work as a first grade...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CLIMATE CONTROL Former small-businessman turned governor eager to boost economic vibes

(Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a story first published on PBN.com on Nov. 22.) Gov. Daniel J. McKee has long positioned himself...
COFFEE TALK: David Levesque, owner of Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse LLC, speaks with customer Jenna Shehadeh at the Brewed ­Awakenings Johnston location. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s dreary business-climate rep proving tough to shake

David Levesque says he’s ready to expand his coffee shop business, but he cringes at the thought of what he’ll have to go through...
CLEAN SHORELINE: Volunteers and members of Save The Bay Inc. participate in a shoreline cleanup event at Colt State Park in Bristol.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RIPPLE EFFECTS: As Narragansett Bay gets cleaner, economic outcomes remain murky

Talk to anyone who lives in Rhode Island, and it’s likely they could tell you a story connected to Narragansett Bay, says Mike Jarbeau,...
TALKING MODE: Lifespan Corp. CEO and President John Fernandez says the hospital group is in negotiations with the city of Providence over its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, but he’s unwilling to detail the progress of the talks in the press. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A healing touch? Lifespan’s new CEO aims to cure what ails...

It’s been almost a year since John Fernandez was named CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., so he’s had plenty of time to develop...
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