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WORTH THE RISK? Even Mark A. Male, executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, sometimes finds himself wondering if he should pay for flood coverage on his South Kingstown house that isn’t in a high-risk area. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Study: More R.I. properties face greater flood risk

Mark A. Male’s South Kingstown home is at minimal risk of flooding, at least according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps. Even...
INCREASING INTEREST: Ted Shallcross, Amica Life Insurance Co. senior vice president and general manager, says the number of applications for life insurance has surged during the ­COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Interest in life insurance boosted by pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cast a dreary cloud on daily life, Americans are thinking more about their own mortality, according to life...
PLENTY OF ROOM: Tucker Quinn, a political science major from Warwick, studies alone at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick recently. Not many students are attending in-person classes in the fall semester. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Online classes don’t mean smaller tuition bill

The cost of a college education is going up through COVID-19, and the bills paid by parents or students this fall will likely reflect...
ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: Richard “Rippy” Serra, owner of Rippy’s Liquor and Marketplace in Charlestown, and office manager Donna McAdams roll coins brought in by customers. In an effort to combat the national coin shortage, Serra offers free coin rolling to customers to exchange their coins for dollar bills. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

For some businesses, coin shortage a test of their mettle

Rolling $800 in loose change into individual paper coin wrappers is not typically a service offered at Rippy’s Liquor & Marketplace. But amid a...
A HIRE CALLING: Vanessa Volz, left, executive director for Sojourner House Inc., speaks with Hannah Woodhouse, the new education coordinator for Sojourner House, who underwent a virtual interview and onboarding process for her new job. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Companies forced to get creative in hiring

It’s hard enough to virtually replicate a staff meeting among co-workers who already know each other. But to meet and interview job candidates by...
HEALTH CONSCIOUS: James Raiola, principal of James Raiola CFP and Associates, says many companies are looking for more options in wellness plans, including incentives for things such as keeping physically fit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid the health crisis, a new focus on benefits

Six months ago, companies in Rhode Island that were worried about keeping talented employees were talking about salary increases and benefits enhancements. The job...
SENSE OF NORMALCY: John King, vice president of student life at Roger Williams University, says students hoping to return to in-person classes and on-campus living this fall are looking for some sense of normalcy, as COVID-19 has had “some real negative impact” on their mental health and feelings of connection. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are colleges masking trouble?

The universities in Rhode Island that are trying to reopen residence halls and classrooms this month are requiring everyone on campus to wear face...
DEFERRED: Megan Faucher, a prospective student at Providence College, has chosen to defer her enrollment for the second time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/

Declines in enrollment put squeeze on colleges

Megan Faucher of Pawtucket has been waiting to go to college, but the pandemic has made the wait even longer. Faucher, a single mother of...
SALES BOOST: Lori Lyons, owner of Beauty and the Bath in North Kingstown, says after boosting the online presence of her gift store as a result of participating in the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Small Business Technical Support program, she’s expanded the reach of her business and increased her sales by 25%. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Tech volunteers save the day for small retailers

Lori Lyons spent the first 48 hours after the state issued stay-at-home orders in a sleepless haze of research into how to transform her...
TEAMWORK: Subsalve CEO Richard Heath, left, and Subsalve Chief Growth Officer Richard Fryburg, right, adjust an oxygen-treatment hood on Lombardi Undersea LLC owner Michael Lombardi. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Diver, R.I. firm create life-saving oxygen hood

Middletown-based diving contractor Michael Lombardi is used to solving challenges underwater, immersed in 500 feet of ocean water or a shallow sewer in places...

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