Seventy-five years ago last month, The Great New England Hurricane, or the Hurricane of ’38, altered the southern New England coastline and perception of the region’s vulnerability to severe weather. Since then, meteorologists have made huge advances in hurricane forecasting unimagined in the 1930s, while communities have built storm barriers and coastal fortifications. But we’re still vulnerable. Karen Clark, whose consulting firm advises businesses and insurance companies on catastrophe risk and modeling, has developed new tools for estimating the losses that will occur from different storm tracks. She recently released a report on what we could expect if a storm like the Hurricane of 1938 landed in New England today and discusses that and other unpleasant scenarios. more
Anna Cano Morales is working to elevate the profile of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and help manage a growing Latino population, particularly in Rhode Island’s urban areas. more
David A. Logan has been in charge of Roger Williams University School of Law for a decade, half of the school’s existence and an unusually long run for a law school dean. This past summer, Logan announced that the upcoming academic year will be his last as dean as he’ll focus exclusively on teaching law at Roger Williams next fall. more
The road to bestseller success is rarely easy, but self-publishing can give authors a new avenue for getting their stories to the masses. Portsmouth-based, self-publishing novelist Marie Force has authored several books that have hit the bestseller lists of The New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. more
The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick was 10 years ago, but the impact of the blaze on Rhode Island hasn’t diminished at all. In West Warwick, The Station fire, caused by a pyrotechnics display gone wrong, marked the end of live music in the town – until now. Seeing the return of live music as a chance to heal and help invigorate the community, veteran Providence club manager and magazine editor Jim Vickers converted an old mill on the Pawtuxet River into Manchester 65, a rock club that opened in early August. The club specializes in classic rock – in many cases features bands that wouldn’t have been out of place at The Station – and has so far received a warm reception. more
Four years after Sovereign Bank was acquired by global banking giant Banco Santander SA, which is based in Spain, the name change to Santander Bank will become official on Oct. 17. That impending change, even though many in the financial community consider it just about a name, will nevertheless put Sovereign’s Region President for Southern New England Brian A. Azar in the spotlight. more
It was business as usual in Westerly this year until pop star Taylor Swift came to town. The singer’s purchase of a $17 million mansion on the beach in exclusive Watch Hill added celebrity sightings and trespassing dramas to sandcastles, fudge and the usual seaside entertainment. At screenprinting company J. Mack Studios, owner Kevin Adams occasionally uses T-shirts as a creative outlet and decided to design and produce a Swift-inspired shirt in honor of his hometown’s new most famous resident. While Adams never found out what Swift thought of his shirt, he did hear from corporate protectors of the Taylor Swift brand who asked him to stop, setting off a David-versus-Goliath gossip-column sensation. more
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