Thursday, May 6, 2021

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SHOT IN THE ARM: Moises Fortes of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. The organization will receive $4 million from the American Rescue Plan to help keep services going. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. health centers get crucial cash injection

Karen Mazzola had tears in her eyes when she administered Thundermist Health Center’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot late last year. “I was just overwhelmed with...
LIFESAVER: Erin Cooney, a barber, credits telemedicine with saving her life in December, when she realized after a fall that something was seriously wrong and was able to hold a videoconference with her doctor. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Push on to make benefits of telehealth permanent

Seeing a doctor became much easier in the pandemic for many people who avoided travel time, office waits and the risk of exposure to...
SEMI-RETIREMENT ADVISER: Donna Sowa Allard, vice president of Sowa Financial Group Inc., says many of her clients have prepped for retirement but are unwilling to leave the workforce entirely. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More older workers are unwilling to make hasty exit

Retirement is no longer an endpoint for many employees but a turning point into a new phase of work. Some people continue to work for...
MOVING ON: David Bauerle, chief clerk for University of Rhode Island’s housing and residential life program, has decided to take an early-retirement incentive, in part because of changes to his workplace brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Some decisions to retire triggered by COVID-19

After 36 years of arranging and rearranging student dorm assignments at the University of Rhode Island, David Bauerle was contemplating retirement. Bauerle, chief clerk for...
SPANNING THE GAP: Magdalena Andreozzi, founder of Grands Flourish Inc., says many of the grandparents her organization supports lost contact when many group functions switched to online-only after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Now Andreozzi is using a grant to get those people reconnected. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crisis exposes depths of the ‘digital divide’

When Magdalena Andreozzi moved workshops offered by her nonprofit online during the COVID-19 pandemic last summer, she expected some bumps in the transition. After all,...
PREPPING FOR A FIGHT: Kevin Millonzi, owner of Millonzi Fine Catering in West Warwick, says his insurance claims for losses related to COVID-19 have been turned down. Now he’s ready to sue. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses failing to get pandemic-related payouts

Kevin Millonzi has “viral” coverage as part of his business-interruption insurance, but that didn’t save the West Warwick caterer from getting rejected when he...
COMMON THREAT: Normand Duquette, senior vice president at RISCO Insurance Brokerage Inc. in East Providence, says “90% of the companies we see” have been subject to social engineering fraud attempts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand rises for insurance coverage against social engineering fraud

Imagine wiring money to a bank account at the request of an urgent voice message or an email from your company’s CEO, only to...
BACKUP SYSTEM: Tyler Mason, vice president and installation manager for Sol Power LLC, has installed backup batteries and a converter box in his Westerly home to provide electricity to the house during an outage. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Battery sales energized by renewable energy incentives

Tyler Mason has made a career out of renewable energy. But it wasn’t until last summer that Mason, who serves as vice president and installation...
SIGNING UP: Kayla Amado, an occupational therapist, is one of the growing number of people applying to the Community College of Rhode Island nursing program. She is in the CCRI lab at the Warwick campus.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many nursing schools see spike in applications

Kayla Amado has seen the ­horrors of the coronavirus up close as a front-line worker. Amado worked in a Providence-based rehabilitation facility when COVID-19 cases...
HELPING STUDENTS: Angelo Garcia, founder and head of school at Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, with eighth graders, from left: Marvin Gonzalez, Christian Beaton and Kimberly Ortega. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Charter school debate rekindled by legislation

Angelo Garcia’s plans to expand Segue Institute for Learning began the day after the school first opened 12 years ago. Garcia, Segue’s founder and head...

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