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FOCAL POINT: Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi stands on Conimicut Point with the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse in the background. Picozzi wants to use some of the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds to renovate the historic beacon.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Ready to spend: R.I. cities, towns have differing ideas about how...

The historic Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse at the mouth of the Providence River is far from being the shining beacon it once was, but Warwick...
MUTED REACTION: Reaction to sections of new bike lanes on Empire Street in downtown Providence, pictured, has been muted, at least so far, unlike other areas of the city such as along South Water Street.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BATTLE LANES: Mobility advocates fight for space on road, but opposition...

The 8½-mile cycling route from Robert Isenberg’s ­Cranston home to his job at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Providence’s East Side...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...
REVENUE STREAM: Two people try their luck at video slot machines at Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino. Revenue generated through slot machines and table games at Rhode Island’s two casinos, in combination with lottery tickets and drawings, is one of the biggest sources of funding for the state’s $13 billion budget. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

ALL IN with Bally’s: But how risky is R.I.’s heavy reliance...

Rhode Island has come to rely heavily on Justin Kane and other recreational gamblers like him. Kane, a Providence real estate investor, likes to blow...
NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
GREETING STUDENTS: Salve Regina University President Kelli J. Armstrong stops to talk with students as they return to campus recently in Newport. Armstrong says she enjoys getting to know students and soon after she arrived at the school in 2019, she implemented “Pizza with the President” gatherings, in which she would invite cohorts of students to her house for pizza. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

MISSION FOCUSED: Salve’s first lay president is determined to uphold school’s...

(Editor's note: This is the third installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) When Kelli J....
DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...
EXPANDED OFFERINGS: John Nunes Jr., owner of Newport Vineyards and Winery LLC in Middletown, said the business has fared much better in weathering the COVID-19 pandemic than it did the 2008 financial crisis due to its diversification into “agritainment,” offering customers a full experience of wining, dining and touring the 100-acre farm beyond just selling bottled wine. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

PBN survey: Rebound under way, but repercussions from pandemic not making...

Rhode Island businesses are climbing out of the crater caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but many are finding that the lingering fallout is dampening...

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