Sunday, February 28, 2021



LEGAL DUO: Roger Williams University law students Raymond Two Hawks Watson, left, and Taino Palermo established the American Indian Student Law Association at the university last year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Legal aid on the way for local indigenous tribes

Raymond Two Hawks Watson’s adolescent identity crisis was more complicated than most. As a member, and now chief, of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe, his ancestry...
THE NAME GAME: ­Attorney Rob Levine, who branded himself the legal “Heavy Hitter,” says he is opposed to a requirement in Rhode Island that law firms use attorney’s names, not trade names, to identify firms. / COURTESY ANDREW FOGELL VUP MEDIA

Lawsuit targets R.I. restriction on law firm names

Attorney Rob Levine knows the value of branding – after all, countless billboards and TV ads have touted Levine as the “Heavy Hitter” of...
STAYING CONNECTED: Yoga instructor Jackie Hattoy leads a virtual yoga class on Jan. 21 at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s Your Blue Store in Cranston. By the end of 2020, the health insurer had recorded 180 online yoga sessions and its video engagement had increased by 3,000% over the prior year. / 

Wellness programs for employees gain strength

The most isolating year that many Americans have experienced has ended and another one has started. Amid all the forced-alone or family-unit time, companies that...
GROWING INTEREST: Raul Fonts, associate vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Providence College, says the administration hopes to enroll 1,075 students in the fall and had received 11,004 applications as of the Jan. 15 deadline, up 2% from a year ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

At many colleges, campus tour deleted from sales pitch

Using smartphones and livestreaming, colleges and universities in Rhode Island have been able to bypass the COVID-19 pandemic to connect with prospective students, showing...
EARNING A SHOT: Talia Thibodeau, a standout basketball player in high school, worried how she would pay for college after she graduated but is working toward an associate degree tuition-free from the Community College of Rhode Island thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. Promise last after Raimondo leaves?

Talia Thibodeau faced an uncertain future as she prepared to graduate from Cranston High School West last June. Thibodeau, a standout basketball player, wanted to...
SHIELDED MEAL: Randi Beranbaum, founder and director of Be Collaborative Care in Providence, stands in the dining area at the center where people undergo group therapy for eating disorders. Barriers have been installed at a table so those under treatment can have in-person meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Group treatment programs adapt to keep the dialogue going

Never again will Randi Beranbaum take for granted the simple act of weighing one of her patients. “Blind” weigh-ins – in which someone steps on...
MODERATION: Ronald W. Kent Jr., president of Spinnaker Asset Management, recommends that less than 2% of a retail investor’s portfolio should go to ­cryptocurrency. / PBN PHOTO/

Cryptocurrency taking investors on wild ride

As a private-capital investor who also manages his own personal portfolio, David Homonoff has always watched the market with close attention. When he saw the...
PEACE OF MIND: Jeffrey Roy, executive vice president of revenue management and pricing at Collette Travel Service Inc. in Pawtucket, says the company recently saw a 10% increase in travel insurance purchases. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For many planning trips, coverage becomes a must

Jim Meehan was supposed to be kicking off the new year with a six-week sojourn through Australia, capped off with a stop in Fiji...
NEW HOME: Michael and Phoebe Koval, with their 4-month-old son, Barry, in front of their new home. The couple was renting a one-bedroom apartment in Providence before deciding to purchase a single-family property in the city’s North End. At right is their real estate agent, Shannon Buss, broker associate at Randall Realtors.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic sparks more investment in real estate

For three years, Phoebe and Michael Koval rented a small one-bedroom apartment in Providence before deciding to venture into the real estate market to...
STILL GOING STRONG: John Bellone, owner of The Breezeway Resort, The Hotel Maria, pictured, and Maria’s Seaside Cafe in Westerly, says in his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., he’s never deferred a loan payment and has continued to meet monthly payments for the mortgages on his commercial properties throughout the pandemic, thanks to a strong business in a limited season. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Banks on higher alert for credit weakness

In his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., John Bellone has never deferred a loan payment. Not through the 2008...

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