December 4, 2014 RSS feed / Around Town

Tournament Victors

Thompson Middle School’s eighth grade boys team won the Newport Recreation Department’s Thanksgiving basketball tournament championship in a come-from-behind victory over Portsmouth Middl More...

2014 Newport Movember Sets Record

Team Newport Muzzy, which is part of the international movement "Movember," raised over $5,400 this year from individual and business donations. The money will go toward men's health issues such as prostate cancer and mental health challenges. More...

Thames and Spring Efforts Renewed

It’s been years since the city embarked on a landmark planning charrette that had hoped to spur the redevelopment of Lower Thames Street. More...

Queen Anne Square Maintenance Trust Established

The Queen Anne Square Maintenance Trust has been established for the care and maintenance of “The Meeting Room”, an installation by Maya Lin, at Queen Anne Square. The Trust is designated to support the additions to the park.  More...

Expanded Aquatics Program

New adult aquatic programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport include a Masters Swim Team, an Aqua Aerobics Class and a Deep Water Running Class. More...

Flo Harvey Basketball League Begins

Flo Harvey Youth Basketball for grades 3 - 8 begins on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Boys & Girls Club located at 95 Church St., Newport. Sessions are staggered and run all day.  More...

Winthrop Roast

Friends and family of former Mayor Harry Winthrop gathered at Hibernian Hall Saturday night to celebrate his "Great Escape" from politics. Mayor Winthrop was not re-elected in November, and said he will not again seek reelection. More...

Rhode Island Lighthouses Preserved

A building type particular and special to coastal areas, both around the United States and around the world, is the lighthouse. More...

A LOOK BACK

On the eve of the War of Independence, Newport rivaled New York City in commerce. If it wasn’t for the occupation by the British, which began in December 1776 and lasted three years, Newport might have been a major metropolitan area today. More...

Shop Local During the Holidays and Every Day

Keep Our Locally-Owned Businesses in Our Community Forever

Deborah Beardsley is joined by Marcello in her shop Friendly Harbor Gifts & Antiques at 481 Lower Thames Street. More...

‘Everything’ a Winner

DINNER & A MOVIE

“The Theory of Everything” is a biopic and a romantic drama about famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife/steadfast supporter Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones). More...

Live Music

Thursday, December 4  Newport Blues Cafe–Felix Brown, 10 p.m.  Friday, December 5  Busker’s – John Brazile, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.  The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Mary Andrews, Kent Hewitt, 6-10 p.m. More...

New Arrivals

Kristen and Michael Beatty of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their son Carter Michael Beatty on Nov. 26, 2014. More...

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 30, the Newport Fire Department responded to 129 calls. Of those, 58 were emergency medical calls.  Fire apparatus was used for 129 responses:   More...

Photo

At shortly before noon on Tuesday, Dec. 2 there was a serious chimney fire at the historic White Horse Tavern. More...

Smooth Sailing for Boat Parade

Enthusiastic crowds lined the waterfront the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 15th annual Illuminated Boat Parade, enjoying the spectacle of nearly 30 lighted boats bedecked in their holiday best. More...

Volunteers of the Year

Bob McSparren and Keith Holubesko were honored recently as the Newport Recreation Department’s Persons of the Year. More...

Downtown Roadwork Moves Forward

After a short week for the Thanksgiving holiday, work on the $2.8 million Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) project to upgrade bike and pedestrian paths through downtown Newport picked up again on Monday, Dec. 1.  More...

For What It’s Worth

A house call revealed a fine collectible Aquidneck Island Map: Circa 1780 by Charles Blaskowitz. These large hand colored maps are hard to find and seldom come on the market. In nice condition, this example is worth between $3,000 and $4,000. More...

Newport Little League

Members of the Newport community interested in youth baseball and softball, and all Newport Little League parents, are welcome to attend the next Newport Little League board meeting on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at La Forge Restaurant. More...

McCarthy Sports Grant

The Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the winter cycle of its Youth Sports Grant. To request a grant visit mccarthyscholarship.org/grant. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2015.   More...

New Middletown Council Convenes

The new Middletown Town Council got down to business at its first meeting on Monday, Dec. More...

Will PUC Defer Part of Rate Hike?

As a chorus of local opposition to National Grid’s proposed 23.6 percent electricity rate increase grew louder, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) signaled that it may consider options to defer a portion of the increase to the s More...

Liaisons Named for 2015

The following Middletown councilors were named as liaisons to the following boards: Councilor Henry Lombardi Jr. to The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission; Council President Robert J. More...

Community Concerts Cover Musical Spectrum

Some major in minor, some minor in major; others play because they are passionate; still more play to improve their musicianship.  More...

How to Help for the Holidays

Child and Family   More...

Cities by the Sea Shop and Stroll

More than 70 merchants have joined with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce to offer the second annual Cities by the Sea Holiday Shop and Stroll on the Thursday evenings in December leading up to Christmas. Stores will be open until 8 p.m. More...

Getting to Know Local Musicians

Meet Kristine Wilbur. Almost every day of the week, this local piano player and vocalist spends her time making music with, and for, people of all ages. More...

Aloha Serves Thousands at Seamen’s

CHEF’S Q & A

The mission of Seamen’s Church Institute is to provide men and women of the sea a safe haven in which they may find comfort and aid. More...

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Nov. 24 , to Sunday, Nov. 30, the Newport Police Department responded to 537 calls. Of those, 145 were motor vehicle related; there were 130 motor vehicle violations issued, and 15 accident reports.   More...

Municipal Court Report

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Newport Police Station. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.  More...