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BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
STILL GOING STRONG: John Bellone, owner of The Breezeway Resort, The Hotel Maria, pictured, and Maria’s Seaside Cafe in Westerly, says in his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., he’s never deferred a loan payment and has continued to meet monthly payments for the mortgages on his commercial properties throughout the pandemic, thanks to a strong business in a limited season. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Banks on higher alert for credit weakness

In his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., John Bellone has never deferred a loan payment. Not through the 2008...
Ross Gittell became president of Bryant University last July, replacing longtime university leader Ronald K. Machtley. Gittell previously served as chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Seize the moment

Ross Gittell | Bryant University president More than 4,000 institutions of higher education in the United States serve approximately 20 million students and this year...
ALL-IN: Christine Soave Crum, left, owner of Gentry Moving and Storage in Cranston, accepts a delivery of office furniture from Don Erickson of Aspen Transport Service. Crum worked full time as a teacher when she founded the moving company with a partner in 2005 but now focuses all of her attention on Gentry. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Her energy, adaptability are packed, ready to go

Considering Christine Soave Crum’s high-energy approach to work and life, it’s fitting that she owns a moving company. After all, she’s accustomed to putting things...
BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...
NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. job market could take years to recover

Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking...
Scott Pray / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

5Q: Scott Pray

Scott Pray | President, D.F. Pray Inc. 1. What are some of the notable projects that D.F. Pray is involved in in Rhode Island...

Creativity is lost without cafes and bars

While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the dining area in the...

Changing places

Did your company relocate or downsize amid the pandemic? Yes: 56% No: 44% What caused your business to relocate or downsize? (Select any that apply.) We did not...
NEW SURROUNDINGS: Bahjat Shariff, a former Cumberland-based executive with a Panera Bread franchisee, is now a high-level executive with a fast-casual restaurant chain in Albuquerque, N.M. / COURTESY BAHJAT SHARIFF

Dining Out: Embracing the chile life

“Our Hatch green chile is the calamari of New Mexico!” That’s what Bahjat Shariff had to say about the cuisine of his new home in...

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