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INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, billed as the nation’s largest family-owned department store, which is moving into the former Nordstrom location at Providence Place mall. He said running a business doesn’t happen from an office, but rather on the sales floor.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An outlier comes to Providence Place

While other department stores have closed as sales slip away with changing consumer preferences and a migration online, Reading, Pa.-based Boscov’s is an outlier....
GETTING INVOLVED: Parent Yulaana Perez speaks during a public forum on the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy report on Providence schools. R.I. education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza listen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Role for businesses in boosting city schools

Businesses expect more than they’re getting from Providence schools, including graduates who can enter the workforce directly from high school without remedial help, who...
SWIM CHALLENGE: Swimmers and kayakers in the fourth wave of the 40th Save The Bay Swim get ready to traverse their course from Newport to Jamestown. The 43rd annual installment of the swim will be held July 27.
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Editor’s Choice: Save The Bay Swim celebrates 43 years

EDITOR’S CHOICE Save The Bay Swim celebrates 43 years SAVE THE BAY INC. will hold its 43rd annual swim, the organization’s largest fundraiser. The 1.7-nautical-mile,...
GREEN THE BEACH: Environmental-information displays are set up at Westerly Town Beach during last year’s inaugural Green the Beach event. This year’s event will be held at the beach on July 20.
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Editor’s Choice: Second annual Green the Beach to be held at...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Second annual Green the Beach to be held in Westerly WESTERLY WILL HOLD its second annual Green the Beach event. The festivities will...
SUMMER SOCIAL: Attendees gather at Shaidzon Beer in South Kingstown for a networking event held by the Southern Rhode Island Young Professionals. The group will team up with others around southern New England for the annual Statewide Summer Social on July 10 at Sons of Liberty Spirits in South Kingstown. / COURTESY SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Editor’s Choice: Young professionals to hold Statewide Summer Social

THE SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND Young Professionals will team up with other professional groups from around southern New England for the second annual Statewide Summer...

URI lecture series to be established in memory of Taricani

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The family of former WJAR-TV NBC 10 investigative reporter Jim Taricani, who died of kidney failure on June 21, has announced...
CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST: Members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation converse during last year’s breakfast hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will be held on June 17 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick.
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Editor’s Choice: Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to hold congressional breakfast

EDITOR’S CHOICE Greater Providence Chamber to hold congressional breakfast THE GREATER PROVIDENCE Chamber of Commerce will hold a congressional breakfast featuring Rhode Island’s congressional...
LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does R.I. have too many chambers?

It’s busy being half of a two-person, full-time staff for the state’s oldest wish-granting entity, A Wish Come True. The Warwick-based nonprofit grants wishes...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, providing welcoming remarks at Thursday's Economic Outlook Breakfast, said her job in her second term will be to help sustain the economic momentum Rhode Island has been experiencing. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Economic Outlook Breakfast portends economic renaissance – and another Super Bowl...

PROVIDENCE – Those at Thursday’s Economic Outlook Breakfast by Santander Bank and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce may have come away thinking that...
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