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BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
THE 354-ROOM OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL will be closing until June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has told WPRI-TV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Omni Providence Hotel, three Newport hotels closing in response to coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Providence Hotel will be closing March 23 until June 1 because of the coronavirus crisis, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Thursday...
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER Blake A. Filippi, left, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking state law by ordering an audit of the Rhode Island Convention Center. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO/TRACY JENKINS

House minority leader files lawsuit against House speaker over audit

PROVIDENCE – State Rep. Blake A. Filippi, the House minority leader, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking...

RIF education brainstorm draws diverse perspectives

PROVIDENCE - Educational equity. Universal pre-K. Transportation, teacher benefits and even amending the Rhode Island Constitution. Ideas big and small filled the room, shared in...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION will host a brainstorming session on Dec. 7 aimed at improving Rhode Island's public schools. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation to host brainstorming session on improving state’s public education

PROVIDENCE - A brainstorming session next month on how best to develop a 10-year plan for improving Rhode Island’s public schools will include state...
EXPANDING BUSINESS: Anna Soares is the owner and president of Perfectly Planned, a wedding and corporate-event-planning business in Somerset. She said the business will expand into guided group tours this year.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

She takes the worry out of planning

Anna Soares likes to mind the little things and watch it all come together at the end. As owner and president of Somerset-based Perfectly Planned...
WILLIAM M. DAVIES, JR. Career & Technical High School's team won the

National student chef competition in Providence this weekend

PROVIDENCE - The city returns to the national culinary spotlight this weekend as a prestigious nationwide chef and restaurateur competition holds its finals at...
SHOW FLOOR: Attendees and exhibitors interact at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Over the three days the NRLA expo was held in February, attendees booked 3,052 hotel rooms and spent $1.13 ­million. / COURTESY NRLA

Convention center eyes strong 2018

In February, hundreds of members of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association poured into Providence to attend their annual industry expo at the R.I. Convention...
SECURITY TEAM: Officer Lincoln Sisson and Kyra, a 6-year-old female Belgian Malinois, are part of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center homeland security team that does sweeps of the facility and guests in advance of and during events.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Safety and security top of mind for businesses when planning meetings...

The April 3 shooting at YouTube headquarters in California was yet another reminder of how gun violence can strike anywhere at any time in...
PAWTUCKET CREDIT UNION shows support for workers' heart health by participating in the 2014 Go Red for Women Day. This year's Go Red for Women Luncheon and Festival of Red will be held on Feb. 16 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. / COURTESY PAWTUCKET CREDIT UNION

Philanthropy Calendar, Feb. 16, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com at least four weeks in advance of...

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