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SETTLING THE MATTERS: R.I. Superior Court Associate Justice Richard A. Licht says he’s closed more than 900 tax valuation appeals from across Rhode Island in recent years, more than half from Providence. 
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VALUE JUDGMENTS: Hotels, office buildings, utility properties among Providence’s biggest tax...

When it comes to property values, everybody’s got an opinion. And when millions of tax dollars are at stake, many are willing to fight...
HIGH POINT: 
Sea View Villa on Easton's Point in Middletown, which had been in the Spiratos family since 1945, was the highest-priced house sale in Rhode Island for 2023 at $15 million. 
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Sales of luxury homes dampened by owners unwilling to let go

Supply and demand are equally important to support a thriving real estate market, but often they’re not equally balanced. That was the case in...
VENUE VIEW: A rendering of what the Tide­water Stadium in Pawtucket is supposed to look like when completed in 2025. At the top of the image is a mixed-use building that has been proposed for Phase 1B, as well as a pedestrian bridge across the Seekonk River to structures that would be part of Phase 2.
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Betting on Rhode Island FC. Will it pay off?

A lot is resting on the shoulders of Khano Smith. Smith is the first coach and general manager of Rhode Island FC, responsible for laying...
REACHING FOR THE SKY: Mind 2 Body Fitness owner Maria ­Andresino, center, instructs Nicole Gonzalez, left, of Cumberland and Analy Lopes of East Providence during a Pilates class at her Providence studio.
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PBN survey: Even as economy grows, businesses leery about expansion right...

At Pawtucket-based Papis Refrescos LLC, demand for its coconut rum liquor has grown steadily since the company’s launch in 2022. The bottled coquito can...
READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
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Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...
ROUGH RETURN: Erin Thibeault went back to work as a teacher this fall after having a child but didn’t ­expect the trouble she and her husband had in finding day care for her daughter. 
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‘She-cession’ cessation: Women’s employment hits record high, but hardships endure

After taking the entire 2022-2023 school year off for maternity leave, Erin Thibeault wasn’t just eager to return to work as a first grade...
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CLIMATE CONTROL Former small-businessman turned governor eager to boost economic vibes

(Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a story first published on PBN.com on Nov. 22.) Gov. Daniel J. McKee has long positioned himself...
COFFEE TALK: David Levesque, owner of Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse LLC, speaks with customer Jenna Shehadeh at the Brewed ­Awakenings Johnston location. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s dreary business-climate rep proving tough to shake

David Levesque says he’s ready to expand his coffee shop business, but he cringes at the thought of what he’ll have to go through...
CLEAN SHORELINE: Volunteers and members of Save The Bay Inc. participate in a shoreline cleanup event at Colt State Park in Bristol.
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RIPPLE EFFECTS: As Narragansett Bay gets cleaner, economic outcomes remain murky

Talk to anyone who lives in Rhode Island, and it’s likely they could tell you a story connected to Narragansett Bay, says Mike Jarbeau,...
TALKING MODE: Lifespan Corp. CEO and President John Fernandez says the hospital group is in negotiations with the city of Providence over its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, but he’s unwilling to detail the progress of the talks in the press. 
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A healing touch? Lifespan’s new CEO aims to cure what ails...

It’s been almost a year since John Fernandez was named CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., so he’s had plenty of time to develop...
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