December 24, 2014 RSS feed / Around Town

Touro Congregation Lights Menorah

In a ceremony that predates George Washington in Newport, Congregation Jeshuat Israel hosted a Chanukah Candle Lighting Party at the Levi Gale House on Dec. 21.  More...

Middletown Explores Shorter February Vacation

In 2016, Middletown students may see their traditional week-long February break shortened. More...

Girls All Dolled Up

You simply can’t bring $100- $125 American Girl dolls and their Fifth Avenue wardrobes to the Recreation Center for a party.  That is why Carol Mureddu of the city’s Recreation Department held the fourth annual American Girl party at More...

Seaside Garden Gifts

The Seaside Garden Club met in December to make Christmas arrangements for area nursing homes. Members arranged greens in 64 Christmas mugs , which they delivered to eight nursing homes on the island. More...

Winter Speaker Series

The Newport Art Museum’s annual Winter Speaker Series returns Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. for its 87th season. The series, themed Creative Community, will include six lectures on a variety of topics and will run Saturdays through Feb. 14. More...

For What It’s Worth

More than once a year someone brings in grandpa’s collection of Christmas and Easter Seals. The one pictured was created by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), a famous American illustrator. More...

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Dec. 15 , to Sunday, Dec. 21, the Newport Police Department responded to 582 calls. Of those, 135 were motor vehicle related; there were 105 motor vehicle violations issued, and 30 accident reports. More...

A LOOK BACK

This week in December 1931

"The Newport central fire station on Marlborough Street is worth five dollars,” commented Fire Chief J. K. Sullivan as he tossed a coin of that denomination into the mortar as the cornerstone was laid. More...

Sachuest Point Prepares for Visitor Surge

Due to its prominent, coastline location, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a unique, yearround wildlife haven, and its varied habitats offer sanctuary, food, cover and nesting regions for a multitude of species. More...

‘Wild’ Pursues The Heart Untamed

DINNER & A MOVIE

“Wild” opens with its female lead, Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, huffing with the strain of having climbed a hilly trail. More...

Getting to Know Local Musicians

Little did Shirley Hardison know that a Kentucky Derby party she hosted in her Little Compton home four years ago would introduce her to her new BFF (Best Flute Friend)–Newporter Gianna Sullivan. More...

Ring out the Auld, Ring in the New

Toasts lifted up, clocks counted down, raspberry champagne fizzes, trivia quizzes, prime rib and even more prime locations.  More...

Transatlantic 2015 to Headline Summer

Don’t look now, but the 2015 summer sailing season is shaping up to be one for the ages.  In addition to the highly anticipated Volvo Ocean Race stopover due to take place in May, another high-profile event is promising to provide big boat More...

Thompson Student’s Art on City Card

Jack Boyle, a sixth-grader at Thompson Middle School, won the seventh annual Newport Holiday Card Contest with his drawing of a wintry scene at Touro Park, complete with a snowman standing next to a More...

Panera Bread Newport Steps Up for Kids

Members of the Panera Bread team deliver gifts from the Panera Newport holiday gift drive to the Children’s Friend program, based in Providence. More...

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Middletown Cub Scouts Pack 77 bringing good cheer by singing Christmas carols to the residents of Forest Farm Nursing Home. More...

People’s Donates to Local Charities

People’s Credit Union donated Walmart gift cards to the Women’s Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties to help clients during the holiday season. More...

Historical Societies Team for ‘History Space’

The Newport Historical Society and the Rhode Island Historical Society have teamed up to offer a series of programs on early American culture geared towards re-enactors, living history enthusiasts, and those interested in interpretation for historic More...

Municipal Court Report

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Newport Police Station. The court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.  More...

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 21, the Newport Fire Department responded to 115 calls. Of those, 61 were emergency medical calls.   More...

St. Mary’s to Host ‘A Return to Camelot’

An iconic moment in Newport’s history will be recalled at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, Dec. 27, when the parish will host “A Return to Camelot: A Remembrance of Jackie & JFK’s Wedding Day” at 7 p.m. Rev. More...

Local Hiring Reflects National Trends

“Hiring surge generates optimism— November pickup of 321,000 jobs highest monthly gain in 3 years,” one Rhode Island frontpage headline recently screamed.  More...

Step Into the Revolving Door

CHEF’S Q & A

The concept of the Revolving Door Restaurant is remarkable.  By rotating chefs from all over the United States and bringing them to 509 Thames St. More...

Emmanuel Handbells Lifted from Cobwebs

When Xander (short for Alexander) Wilkinson was a boy, he was fascinated by church bells. More...

Live Music and Entertainment

Wednesday, December 24  Vanderbilt Grace–MSD Trio, jazz, 7-10 p.m.  Friday, December 26  Busker’s – Bill Foley, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.  The Chanler–Dennis Cook, Barry and Judy DeRossi, 6-10 p.m. More...

Cold Temperatures Challenge Newport Laser Fleet

ON THE WATERFRONT

The Newport Laser fleet will never trust the weatherman again. On a day that was forecast to have light winds and pleasant temperatures, the northerly breeze picked up and the temperature dropped.  More...