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LOW HEADCOUNT: Joseph Quattrocchi, a certified public accountant at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd., works in the firm’s nearly empty offices in Providence. Most KLR employees continue to work from home, and the firm has struggled to determine the most optimal time to start bringing them back. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CULTURE SHIFT: Offices in post-pandemic era likely will never be the...

After months of working from home ­during the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrick Nee welcomed a return to the normal rhythms of a company office. His Boston-based...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
SAFETY FIRST: Mark Dunbar, general manager of the Providence Place mall in Providence, says safety is the mall’s No. 1 priority and touts a 24/7 camera system and a cellphone app that lets mall-goers communicate with security. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

FIGHTING FEARS: Deserved or not, safety worries an obstacle to downtown...

As a downtown Providence business owner, Guido Silvestri is no stranger to petty crime. There has been occasional shoplifting, vandalism and even a brick thrown...
PLANNING AHEAD: While large weddings being planned by Angelic Affairs LLC are still scheduled for this summer and fall in Newport, owner Kelly Teves, pictured in front of the OceanCliff Hotel in the city, says three of her clients that had originally booked dates in 2020 have moved them to 2022 and she’s already getting inquiries about 2023. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TIED IN KNOTS: They do? They don’t? Struggling wedding industry awaits...

Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but what Michele Armento has been through for the last year goes far beyond that. The New Jersey...
STATELY SURROUNDINGS: The 9-acre Ker Arvor estate at 275 Harrison Ave., Newport, sold on Dec. 29 to a Silicon Valley tech executive and his wife, a novelist, for $7.3 million. / Courtesy Lila Delman Real Estate

GREAT ESCAPES: Pandemic helps fuel record-setting demand for high-priced R.I. homes

Even in a pandemic, money remains no object for the wealthy – at least for those with enough to buy one of Rhode Island’s...
WEIGHING OPTIONS: Linda and Bill Bombach are the co-owners of Home Healthsmith LLC in Portsmouth. The business sells and installs home wheelchair lifts and elevators. Linda Bombach says prices for plywood and other supplies used to make the lifts and elevators have increased, but she hasn’t yet decided whether to pass along those additional costs to her customers.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

PBN SURVEY: Businesses realizing pandemic pain is going to last

Rhode Island businesspeople are coming to terms with the harsh reality that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely hurt their bottom lines for years to...
LONG HAUL: 
A JetBlue Airways flight leaves from the main runway at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. JetBlue’s operations resumed last summer after a brief suspension in the spring when the coronavirus 
hit the U.S. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Clouded horizon: T.F. Green leader says recovery could take years

Constanza Rosas stepped out of T.F. Green Airport in mid-January, exhausted from a series of flights. She carried two suitcases, a bright-pink neck pillow...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
CRISIS MANAGER: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has had to make many difficult decisions in 2020 as Rhode Island grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, and she says the recovery process may be difficult, too. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘It’s going to take a while to get back on our...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo started 2020, her sixth year as governor, by outlining her priorities to improve education, affordable housing and job opportunities for...

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