Single-family home sales in area towns rose in February on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest report of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, but the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to slow activity in the market for the foreseeable future.

WESTERLY —  A business resource webpage, new micro-marketing efforts, and focused assistance to members are part of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce’s response to the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the local economy.

One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store touted toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: “This …

The Ledge Light Health District, which serves towns in Southeastern Connecticut, ordered cosmetology businesses to close as of 10 a.m. Thursday, and until further notice. Businesses affected are licensed hairdressing salons, barbershops, nail salons, estheticians, and persons engaging in fac…

HOPE VALLEY — A bright orange sign taped to the door of Ma & Pa’s Country Store on Main Street asked customers to remain outside on Tuesday. The popular family-owned deli and grocery store is following the directive issued by Gov. Gina Raimondo that there be no on-premises food or bevera…

    WESTERLY — The Washington Trust Company is holding its 20th annual Peanut Butter Drive, which runs through the end of April, to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries across Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. More than 3,000 pounds of peanut butter were …

      PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is offering grants to communities and private businesses that own and/or operate boating facilities available to the public. The grants, funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act, support construction …

        JEWETT CITY — Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, has announced the hiring of John W. Couillard as assistant vice president, business loan officer. Couillard will be responsible for business development in the southeastern Connecticut region, as well as Rhode Islan…

        Worldwide markets plummeted again Thursday, deepening a weeklong rout triggered by growing anxiety that the coronavirus will wreak havoc on the global economy. The sweeping selloff pushed the benchmark S&P 500 down 4.4%, its worst one-day drop since 2011.

          PAWCATUCK — The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center has received a $1,500 grant from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation to help prevent homelessness. The grant was one of 16 the foundation awarded to Connecticut organizations dedicated to health care and social services, and can be used for m…

          BOSTON — Most U.S. universities made money on their financial investments last year, but their returns were tempered by a global economic slowdown fueled by America's trade war with China, according to an annual survey of school finance chiefs.

          STONINGTON — Pawcatuck Landing LLC, which owns the former Connecticut Castings Mill property at 75 Stillman Ave., notified Stonington officials Thursday that it would not grant the town any rights to access the property.

          WESTERLY — Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. parent company of The Washington Trust Company, has announced record earnings of $69.1 million or $3.96 per diluted share, for 2019. Last year the corporation earned $68.4 million, or $3.93 per diluted share, also a record at the time.

            WESTERLY — Representatives of the Skills for Rhode Island’s Future program will be at the Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m., to explain and interview candidates for a free workforce training program in process technology.

            WESTERLY — The state Coastal Resources Management Council will conduct a preliminary determination meeting Thursday on a 6-acre, bottom culture oyster farm proposed for the northeast corner of Quonochontaug Pond. The meeting is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

              NARRAGANSETT — Lila Delman Real Estate has announced the appointment of Ryan Elsman as chief operating officer and Brandyn Brunelle as chief creative officer. They will work with John Hodnett and Pamela Delman-Hodnett, the owners, on strategic growth and daily operations and will continue to…

                Figures released Thursday by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors show that single-family home sales in South County rose 24% in December, compared with the same month in 2018. The sales numbered 148, compared with 119 last year. Most of the increase reflected sales gains in South Kingst…

                STONINGTON — Members of the Economic Development Commission are working to help shape the future of downtown Pawcatuck. But first, they want to know what residents and local business owners hope to see through revitalization. To that end, a community conversation will be held on Tuesday that…

                WESTERLY — The Rhode Island Airport Corporation, in comments submitted recently on proposed revisions to the town's Comprehensive Plan, pointed out the importance of municipal zoning enforcement and called for additional references in the document to Westerly State Airport, which it operates.

                  WESTERLY — Westerly Community Credit Union has announced the introduction of a new and improved eBanking platform and app. The unified platform allows members to transact and manage banking business on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. E-banking can be used for loan applications, o…

                  WESTERLY — Brothers John and Jim Iacoi sat on the steps in front of their childhood home on Grove Avenue one afternoon last week, each pointing to the newly erected sign on the short slope before them.

                    STONINGTON — Town officials and the town's financial adviser have announced that the refinancing of $7.2 million of bonds issued in 2012 will save close to $600,000 in interest costs over the next dozen years.

                    The latest employment bulletin from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training shows that the lowest unemployment rate among area towns was in Richmond: 2.4% in November, compared with 2.5% in November 2018.

                      WATERFORD — Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has announced that its Matching Gifts Program this year generated $400,000 in charitable donations. “Through our members' continued generosity, countless organizations were helped this holiday season, including homeless shelters, food banks, and h…

                      HOPE VALLEY — Wood River Health Services is working with a Colorado consulting firm, Coleman Associates, to improve efficiency for medical personnel as well as clients.

                        PAWCATUCK — Davis-Standard LLC has announced the acquisition of Deacro Industries Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario. Deacro designs, manufactures and assembles high performance slitting, rewinding and roll-handling equipment for paper, film and foil materials.

                        Single-family home sales in area towns were down 18% last month, compared with November 2018, according a report issued Thursday by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. Here are the figures:

                        WESTERLY — The arts in Westerly are strong, have a solid, positive reputation throughout the state, and provide an economic boost to many local small businesses, Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee said Tuesday on the Westerly stop of his statewide arts tour.

                          WESTERLY — Randall, Realtors has announced that real estate agent Jill Matson, of Hopkinton, has joined its Westerly office at 241 Post Road. In addition to her work in real estate, Matson is a small business owner and has worked in marketing. “With an open and consistent style of communicat…