October 8, 2015 RSS feed / Around Town

National Arts Chair to Visit Museum

October is Arts and Humanities Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, thereby creating both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) More...

Committee Members Fill in Gaps

It is 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, and School Committee members Kathy Silvia and Sandra Flowers are outside Pell Elementary School, helping students get on the buses.  More...

City's Pension Costs Approach $17 Million

The City of Newport spent nearly $17 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30 to cover the cost of pensions for retired public employees, including police and firefighters, municipal workers, teachers and other School Department personnel.  More...

Chief Information Officer Proposed

A resolution by Newport City Councilor John Florez laying the groundwork for further discussion about the city’s need for a chief information officer (CIO) was given unanimous support at council’s last meeting.  More...

Council Considers Moratorium on 'Big Box' Projects

The Middletown Town Council is considering placing a moratorium on building so-called “big box” stores through March 2, 2016.  Council President Robert J. Sylvia made a motion introducing the proposed moratorium at the Oct. More...

Waterbrothers at the Center of the Rock and Roll Triangle

Johnny’s first opened as Johnny’s Middletown Spa, which provided private booths for bathers, sweethearts and bootleggers during Prohibition. It was rebuilt after Hurricane Carol swept the structures a half-mile down the road in 1954. More...

A Spooktacular Guide to Halloween

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Meet Matt Smith

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL MUSICIANS

It’s always interesting to ask members of a band how they came up with the band’s name. Some borrow phrases from literature or the movies, while others use clever sayings with double meanings. More...

New Arrivals

Brooks Queern and Kenneth Goyette Jr. of Tiverton are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Harper Bolton Goyette on October 1, 2015. More...

Her Personal Best

Q: Can the physical endurance required of an elite runner and triathlete be re-programmed into the emotional endurance needed to endure not one but two devastating family health crises?  More...

Chinese Paintings Exhibit

On display during the month of October in the Newport Public Library will be a show of Chinese brush paintings created by Rhode Island artists studying with local artist Bettie Sarantos to learn this unique art form that utilizes the traditional Chin More...

For What It’s Worth

A granddaughter emailed a photo of “granny’s” hand fan, inquiring of its value. It appears to be early 20th century, perhaps as late as 1930. Ivory ends and stays with a hand painted silk depicting wisteria. More...

Forum Spotlights Department of Public Services

The Alliance for a Livable Newport kicked off another season of city government public forums on Tuesday, Oct. 6, when it hosted an informational session with the Newport Department of Public Services.  More...

Sports Fields Price Tag: $2 Million

While the Middletown Town Council remains committed to providing additional athletic fields in town, a preliminary cost estimate of up to $2 million has staggered one of the people most determined to do so.  A report prepared by staff which was More...

Domestic Violence Campaign Focuses on Bystanders

With missing front teeth, stitches around her face and perpetual bruises, Jenn reached out to a domestic violence agency.  Jenn called, but didn’t leave her situation. She still wasn’t ready.  More...

Boston Comic Legend Lenny Clarke Plays Newport

Raucous comedian Lenny Clarke played Newport once before. Headlined? Yes. Headlights? No.  More...

Music and Entertainment

Friday, October 9  Atlantic Beach Club–Mac Chrupcala Trio, 8 p.m.-midnight  Bowen's Wharf–Busking, 10:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m  Custom House Coffee–Open Mic, 6-9 p.m. More...

Drug-Free Community Grant for Middletown

The Middletown Prevention Coalition was one of the 188 new grants funded nationally by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and one of two in Rhode Island. More...

Rogers' Girls Give Tiverton ‘Doubles Troubles’

The Rogers High School girls’ tennis team swept all three of their doubles matches against Tiverton on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to edge the Tiger's girls 4-3 on their home courts. More...