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SIGN OF THE TIMES: Gary Wallace is the owner of Hall of GraFX, a printing shop in Providence that has produced campaign materials for candidates, such as this banner for Gonzalo Cuervo, who finished second in the Providence mayoral primary on Sept. 13.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

THE CAMPAIGN ECONOMY: Election season provides stimulus for many businesses

Forget summer vacation, Gary Wallace hasn’t even had a day off in the last six weeks. That’s what happens when you own a print shop...
PRECISION MEASUREMENTS: Jade Manufacturing Co. Vice President Chris Burch, left, and Quality Manager Ronald Olf with the company’s Spectrum coordinate measuring machine, which uses computer-controlled probes to verify three-dimensional measurements.
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BUILDING BLOCKS: Jade components play crucial role in defense, aerospace tech

Don Boyle picks up a palm-sized model of the Apollo 11 lunar lander from Jade Manufacturing Co.’s conference table and smiles as he looks...

Commerce at crossroads: How will the gubernatorial election change R.I.’s economic...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee was in his element as he strolled along Main Street in East Greenwich one afternoon in July. It was another stop...
TRANSIT ADVOCATE: Providence City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Nirva LaFortune, one of three Democrats running for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s seat, is an avid cyclist and transportation advocate who plans to continue and expand Elorza’s Great Streets Initiative.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

LEGACY RACE: Will Providence’s next mayor keep their predecessor’s big ideas...

Term-limited Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza doesn’t let criticism stop him. That’s been especially true in the past year, as he’s raced not toward...
STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.
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A rank and file revival: New labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...

State of Innovation: R.I.’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs shows resilience

For the developers of Pointz, a navigation app geared toward safer routes for cyclists, Rhode Island offered a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities,...

MAKING A MARK: Gaining influence takes time in U.S. House

When he arrived at the U.S. Capitol in January 2001 as a newly elected House member, Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., understood that helping...
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston...

THE NEW GUARD: Fuller says UMass Dartmouth has many capabilities to...

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in an occasional series of interviews with the region’s new wave of higher education leaders.) Mark Fuller acknowledges...
OPEN PATH: Linda Perri, a longtime resident of the Washington Park neighborhood in Providence, stands at a narrow public access point on the Providence working waterfront that she and other residents fought to establish. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SHADES OF GREEN: Can Providence’s working waterfront be both livable and...

Owning a home near the water isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least not for Linda Perri, who lives a mile west...
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