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Visas fill hundreds of summer jobs

It’s midsummer, and Susan Tosun is still waiting on a few Newport residents who were offered seasonal jobs to get back to her.Each year...
ANTIQUE FIREHOUSE: Christopher Bicho, owner of six boutique hotel properties in Newport, including the Town & Tide Inn, stands in a renovated, antique firehouse that he rents out as an Airbnb site.
 / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Boutique hotels go mainstream

Early on a chilly Wednesday morning just before Memorial Day weekend, Christopher Bicho walks into the Town & Tide Inn in Newport. An aroma...
WATER POLLUTION: Johnathan Berard, state director of Clean Water Action and co-chair of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics, holds jars of water he collected from Narragansett Bay to show the body of water’s pollution when advocating in front of elected officials. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo forms task force to tackle plastic pollution

In three years, seven Rhode Island cities and towns have begun banning single-use plastic bags – the ones distributed by grocery stores that often...
LONGTIME TRAINER: Judy Kaye, owner of Providence-based Kaye Training & Consulting, has been working as a consultant with small and large employers, as well as individuals, on diversity and racial-bias training for 25 years.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Anti-bias training widespread in R.I.

Even before Starbucks closed its doors May 29 for an afternoon of mandatory racial-diversity training for all employees, many small-business owners and human resources...
ON THE MENU: Stephen Willson, right, front-of-the-house manager for Gracie's restaurant in Providence, reviews scheduling for a new corporate-outings program with consultant Val Littlefield. / COURTESY  JWESSEL  PHOTOGRAPHY FOR GRACIE'S PROVIDENCE

Food the centerpiece of team-building success

Gracie's restaurant in Providence and Pamfilio's Catering and Deli in Cumberland have come up with team-building exercises designed to please the palate while tapping...

2 restaurants lauded for community service

CRANSTON – Gracie’s Venture in Providence and Evelyn’s Nanaquaket Drive-In in Tiverton have been honored by the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association with...
SHOWCASING VEGGIES: Local 121 buys all its food from local farms and vendors, so it's fresh as can be. /

Restaurant keeps it local with all its food supplies

If Local 121 were “just any other restaurant,” said Tree Callanan, “I wouldn’t have become involved.” But Local 121, which opened last month in...
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