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IN FAVOR: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, supports a dedicated revenue stream for affordable housing and creation of a state “housing czar” position./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State must take more responsibility for boosting housing supply

The state earlier this year took a step toward responding to a serious housing shortage when voters approved $65 million in borrowing to boost...

Prizes not way to beat COVID-19

It’s inherently unfair to pay or otherwise reward some but not all with gifts to persuade them to get a vaccine for COVID-19, but...
Maryann Mathews / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Maryann Mathews

Maryann Mathews | Executive director, Multicultural Innovation Center 1. What is the purpose of the Multicultural Innovation Center and what services does it offer?...
ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Mike Galoob, owner of Mythic Bike Works LLC in South Kingstown, repairs a bike in his shop. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Longtime cyclist peddles bicycles, parts, repairs

If location is everything, then Mike Galoob already has it all. His bicycle sale, service and repair shop, Mythic Bike Works LLC, sits feet away...
FOCUS SHIFT: Jeanine Lantini, who with her husband bought J. & K. Electrical Supply Co. in Johnston in 1973, has transitioned the company from electrical work to a lighting, design and home decor business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lantini family keeps J. & K. Electrical Supply burning bright

Jeanine Lantini embodies the classic American immigrant story. A native of France whose accent gives away her Marseilles upbringing, she came to Rhode Island as...

In workplace, COVID-19 vaccine issues are complex

Updated federal guidance reassuring employers that they can require workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has done little to influence local business owners. That’s...

Are the days of overdraft fees numbered?

NEW YORK – Ally Financial Inc. is ending overdraft fees entirely on all of its bank products, becoming the first large U.S. bank to...

Franchitto named NPHI board vice chair

DIANA FRANCHITTO, CEO and president of Providence-based hospice and home health organization HopeHealth, was recently elected vice chair of the National Partnership for Healthcare...

The power and importance of friends

Someone once asked a great philosopher what he would rather have – a gift of money or a gift of friendship. “Friendship,” replied the philosopher,...
Beverly Walter

It’s best to prep before shopping for a new home

If you’re hoping to buy a home this summer, you’re in good company. Homebuyers in Rhode Island and around the country are facing the...

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