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BLOUNT FINE FOODS CORP. CEO and President Todd Blount speaks with an employee at the company's Fall River facility. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Clam cakes and chowder? Pulling out stops to attract workers

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending Rhode Island’s job market, employers are desperate to fill positions, utilizing creative tactics to draw new employees. Due to high...

Block Island officials drafting emergency ordinance for indoor mask mandate

NEW SHOREHAM - Block Island officials are considering an indoor mask mandate to address a notable uptick in COVID-19 cases on the island. The New...

McKee urges Rhode Islanders to get vaccinated

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday urged Rhode Islanders to get vaccinated, repeating the refrain several times during his weekly press conference....
Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...
LONG VIEW: Gov. Daniel J. McKee and other state Democratic leaders are focusing on long-term projects for the state’s $1.1 billion share of new federal pandemic aid. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Federal pandemic aid can help now and the long term

While Rhode Island state leaders are focused on hoarding an estimated $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic aid, a different political dynamic is playing...
THE COMEBACK: Jennifer Vinalon returned to the classroom at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus 10 years after she stopped pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in the spring and was a commencement speaker. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Some colleges focus on persuading older students to finish what they...

Graduating college is a milestone for many, perhaps more so in a pandemic. For Jennifer Vinalon, the diploma holds even more significance. Vinalon, 37, earned...
Bruce Newbury

Dining Out: A much-needed refreshment

It is summertime, and your favorite restaurateur may be looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. This usually happens every July. Restaurants close for two...

Post-pandemic operations

Are there any aspects of your business operations implemented during the pandemic that will remain in place permanently? Yes: 83% No: 17% Unsure: 0% What pandemic-related elements will...
A PATIENT HOST: Erin Umbdenstock held out hope she’d get her job back when she was laid off from the Providence Marriott Downtown when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turned out better than that for her. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitality’s headache: How to attract, keep workers 

Erin Umbdenstock spent her four-month stint of unemployment trying to keep busy. She cooked and cleaned her Coventry apartment and took up several new hobbies....

Target hospitality inequities

Hotels and restaurants have been too busy trying to find enough workers this summer to sort through the long-term pandemic fallout. But as this week’s...

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