Saturday, April 17, 2021

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LIGHTING THE LAMP: Barnaby Evans, founder and executive artistic director of WaterFire Providence, lights a luminaria as part of the “Beacon of Hope” display at the WaterFire Arts Center to honor those 
who lost their lives due 
to COVID-19. / COURTESY WATERFIRE PROVIDENCE/ELAINE FREDRICK

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE: WaterFire, other arts groups key to R.I....

WaterFire Providence entered 2020 with big plans. The nonprofit arts organization was preparing to mark the 25th anniversary since the first fires were lit on...
IMMEDIATE ACCESS: Dr. Edward McGookin, chief medical officer for Coastal Medical Inc., will soon be able to submit patient data in real time to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, rather than the two to three weeks it takes for a claim to be processed, thanks to an electronic medical records system the insurer is rolling out with Coastal. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

DATA MINING: More companies find value in once-overlooked info

John Sullivan starts each workday logging on to his company’s Tableau account. With a few clicks in the data-visualization program, Sullivan, who serves as BankNewport’s...
ON DUTY: Dawn Auclair, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says her family asks her not to go work because of the dangers surrounding COVID-19, but she’s passionate about her job and the residents who live there.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Survival mode: Nursing homes under growing pressure as COVID-19 cases climb...

Tonya Landry was able to keep COVID-19 out of her nursing home in the spring. She hasn’t been as lucky this fall. Landry is the...
STANDING READY: Outside Hammetts Hotel in Newport are, from left, General Manager Randi Milewski, Colin Kane and Sam Bradner, two of the hotel owners, and Sarah Eustis, CEO of the Main Street Hospitality Group, the company handling the hotel’s management. The hotel opened in June amid the uncertainty of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Hotel industry has been desolated, but some are betting on big...

In a normal year, early November is a shoulder season in Newport. Christopher Bicho, who owns six leisure-market hotels in the coastal area, would...
FLEXIBLE: Patricia Steere, owner of Steere Engineering Inc., allows employees with young children to adjust their hours because of an increase in remote learning. Steele, herself, had the experience of balancing work with family needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s ‘she-cession’: Pandemic knocks many women out of workforce, and some...

After a three-month maternity leave, Jill Boni was eager to return to her job as director of Bright Start ­Academy, a Smithfield preschool. That never...
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
PARK CONCERNS: Sharon Steele, president of the Jewelry District Association, stands in front of the proposed site for the Dyer Street bus hub. She’s an opponent of the Providence Multi-Hub Bus System, in part because she believes that people waiting for buses at the Dyer Street hub would spill into the nearby waterfront park, diminishing the park’s intended use. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

A routing interest: Planned downtown busing overhaul pits riders, other groups...

The ghosts of past public-transit plans have found their final resting place in a cardboard box in the office of Rhode Island Public Transit...
GLOBAL VIEW: Susan Mocarski, founder and owner of Cleverhood LLC, prepares some of the apparel her company manufactures for her store in Providence. With slumping sales in the U.S. because of the pandemic, she’s put more of her focus on boosting sales abroad. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Changes brought on by COVID-19 easing foreign trade efforts for R.I....

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Susan Mocarski had to act fast before the crisis unraveled the hard work she had invested in...
SOME BREATHING ROOM: Collection specialist Dosha Bogosian works in a sparsely populated office at XRA Medical Imaging in Cranston. While XRA’s diagnostic services have remained open for months, more of the administrative workers have returned but are keeping their distance from one another.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many offices are sparsely filled, and it’s having negative effects

When Michael Giuttari returned in late June to his office at MG Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. in the Jewelry District of Providence, he...

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