August 18, 2016 RSS feed / News Briefs

2016 Beach Idol Winner

After five weeks of competition, the Beach Idol finals were held Aug. 16 at Easton’s Beach. Five finalists vied for the title of Beach Idol 2016.  More...

Finding ‘Rites of Way’

Join Friends of the Waterfront on a free walking tour Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1-3 p.m. to explore public Rites of Way as well as the Newport Harbor Planter Project dinghy planters, while learning about the history of Friends of the Waterfront. More...

Newport Police Log

During the period from Sunday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 14, the Newport Police Department responded to 644 calls. Of those, 123 were motor vehicle related; there were 85 motor vehicle violations issued and 38 accident reports.  More...

Star Kids Ride

Run or walk a 3K or 5K, or bike your choice of routes from 3 to 45 miles on Sunday, Sept. 11, to benefit the Star Kids Scholarship Program. StarRide routes will cover the Ocean Drive area and Aquidneck Island. More...

Municipal Court

Newport Municipal Court heard 47 cases on Aug. 15, Judge Russell Jackson presiding. More...

Mt. Hope Bridge Improvements

Representatives from the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will attend the Portsmouth Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. More...

Digital Literacy Awards

Congratulations to the students of the Newport Community School who earned Northstar Digital Literacy certificates through their computer and teacher assistant classes during the month of August: Vivian Baxter, Kellen Gravel, Lorna Head, Rachelle Pon More...

Lecture on Drones

Naval War College Professor, retired Navy Capt. John Jackson will give a presentation on drones and robots that fly, swim, and crawl on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. More...

Fall Sports Registration

Registration for fall Newport County YMCA youth sports is open now through Sept. 7. The fall soccer season runs from Sept.10-Oct. 29. The 4 and 5-year-old group will be played at 10 or 11 a.m. (depends on the number of teams). More...

Meet Legislative Candidates

Newport County candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Rhode Island legislature will make brief presentations and then answer audience questions on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m. More...

Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

Vacancies currently or soon will exist on the following Newport boards and commissions: Advisory Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Water and Storm Water Improvements, Affirmative Action Commission, Beach Commission, Charter Review Commission, Fina More...

Sign Language Classes

An American Sign Language beginner’s class will be offered at the Jamestown Library on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7-8 p.m. by Gemma Guinguing. There are 10 weekly sessions, class size is limited. Register online at jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org. More...

Choristers Welcome New Voices

The Newport Navy Choristers will open its 2016-2017 season under a new director and welcomes new members.  Rehearsals for the Christmas season will begin Sept. 6 at Perry Hall, Room 100, NAVSTA Newport at 7 p.m. More...

Newport Circle of Scholars

The Edward King House is presenting its fall offerings of the Newport Circle of Scholars beginning in September. More...

Now Two-Way

The regular two-way traffic pattern has resumed on Broadway and Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. The city authorized an acceleration to the crosswalk work with Cardi Construction, resulting in the unexpectedly early completion.  More...

Rugby Coach Certification Course

The Salve Men’s Rugby Football Club head coach and local referee Ronan Hingerty has set up an official USA Rugby Level 200 Coach Certification Course to be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Salve Regina University. More...

Ladies Night at the Bike Garage

It’s Ladies Night at the Bike Newport Garage on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Be prepared to get a little greasy and talk about roadside maintenance and minor repair. More...

Tax Counselor Training

The AARP Tax Aide Program “is looking for a few good tax preparers” for training for the 2017 season. The free nine-week training covers U.S. and state tax codes necessary to prepare most returns, ending with official IRS certification. More...

‘Newport Knights’ Launch Party

How does one categorize the new work of fiction entitled “Newport Knights,” by local author H.B. Loomis?  More...

Visiting Scholars

Whitehall Museum House, the 18th-century home of philosopher George Berkeley, welcomes two philosophers from Finland. More...

For What It’s Worth

An email request stated that the blue pitcher and two glasses, pictured here, were gifts dating from an 1857 wedding in Illinois. They could be Bohemian in origin. At one time, there were probably six glasses. More...