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CONCERNED PARENT: Public school teacher Maddalena Cirignotta, center, pushed back against her children being required to wear masks in school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cirignotta has been closely monitoring the drafting of a new policy by the R.I. Department of Health. Pictured with Cirignotta are her children, Paul Daley, left, 10, and Anwen Daley, 11. 
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State poised to release new school masking policy

When Maddalena Cirignotta’s youngest son looks back on his experience as a kindergartener during the COVID-19 pandemic, he can share one particular experience that...
IN DISPUTE: Joseph R. Paolino Jr., in front of Paolino headquarters in Providence. He is challenging the city’s $51.5 million valuation of the 50 Kennedy Plaza property.
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

City must recognize drop in downtown property values

Tax disputes involving prominent commercial buildings are not unusual in Providence or other major cities. But city solicitors across the country are bracing for...
SHORT SUPPLY: Luxury homes 
have become 
more scarce on the market in recent years. Middletown’s Sea View Villa, pictured above, sold for $15 million in 2023, the top sale for the year. 
COURTESY GUSTAVE WHITE SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Demand outstripping supply of high-end R.I. homes

The once-white-hot market for high-end homes in the Ocean State has cooled ever so slightly. But Realtors say that’s mostly because fewer owners are...
WELL STOCKED: Papis Refrescos LLC owner Victor Regino remains hopeful despite challenges he sees for his business and the broader state economy. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Business owners not rushing to expand post-pandemic

Rhode Island business owners know they have been through worse but they’re not quite ready to say that’s all behind them. That’s the biggest takeaway...

Grubhub agrees to a $3.5M settlement with Massachusetts for fees charged...

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell announced a $3.5 million settlement Friday with the online food delivery service platform Grubhub.  The settlement resolves...

R.I. among 9 states yet to recover all jobs lost in...

Rhode Island is among nine states, plus the nation’s capital, yet to recover all of their jobs lost to the pandemic, according to a...
HELP NEEDED: Khadija Lewis Khan, executive director of Providence’s Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center, says the state’s child care system is underfunded. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

‘She-cession’ over but gains in jeopardy

The troubling national exodus of women from the workforce in 2020 and 2021 has ended, at least in Rhode Island. That is certainly good...

Workforce challenges in health care

One of the biggest takeaways from PBN’s recent Fall Health Care Summit is that providers are still struggling to deal with a shortage of...

Bank of America profits jump 10% but warns of slowing spending...

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America Corp. posted a 10% rise in third-quarter profits Tuesday, helped by higher interest rates that allowed the...

Does the availability of in-person locations play a role in where...

The number of bank branches in Rhode Island is down slightly since before the pandemic. And the percentage of households in the state that...
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