June 29, 2017 RSS feed / Around Town

Bike Friendly Business of the Year

For the fifth year, Bike Newport used the occasion of “National Bike to Work Day” to present the annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award. More...

Flag Day Recognized at Installation

The Portsmouth Garden Club met on June 14 for its annual luncheon at the Lobster Pot in Bristol, with a Flag Day theme. The meeting included the installation of new officers. More...

Nonprofit Donates Guitars to After-School Program

In an effort to help foster an appreciation of music in young, local students, the Newport Festival Foundation generously donated 10 Yamaha three-quarter scale guitars and gig bags to the Pell Elementary School’s after-school guitar club Monday More...

Gulls Celebrate Christmas in July

Monday, July 3 will be Christmas in July as the Newport Gulls host the Mystic Schooners from Cardines Field at 6:35 p.m. Fans who bring a new toy to Cardines Field will be given free admission to the ballgame. More...

NEWPORT GULLS

Home Games Begin at 6:35 p.m.  Monday, July 3 vs Mystic Wednesday, July 5 vs Ocean State Thursday, July 7 vs Mystic   More...

RHS Reunion

The Rogers High School class of 1982 will be celebrating its 35 year reunion on August 12 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Vasco Da Gama Hall. The night will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing. More...

Innovation Hub Start Pushed Back Again

The transformation of the former Sheffield Elementary School on Upper Broadway into a technology hub, called “Innovate Newport,” continues to move forward, though it is slightly behind schedule. More...

Lease Signing for Garman Farms

The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) entered into a five-year ground lease with Garman Farms in early June for approximately 5.6 acres at Silvia Farm on Elizabeth Lane in Middletown. ALT has owned the property since 2005. More...

Caution Still Needed

Visitors to state parks in Newport and Jamestown will see new signage this summer. Tracking data from the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study (NBCS) have identified picnic areas and boat ramps as prime feeding grounds for the islands' coyote packs.  More...

Local 'Betsy Ross' Sews History

Ruth Lauth spent more than 20 years being the Betsy Ross for the Artillery Company of Newport. More...

Immortalized

As a young man, Major John Handy read the Declaration of Independence on July 20, 1776 to the citizens of Rhode Island from the Colony House steps. More...

'Newport in 1777: A History Space Event'

The Revolution House on Broadway, also known as the Wanton- Lyman-Hazard House, will host “Newport in 1777: A History Space Event” on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m-2 p.m. More...

newportFILM Begins Their Outdoors Series

Anyone who misses those summer nights watching movies under the stars at a drive-in theater can thank newportFILM’s popular outdoors series for continuing the experience for new audiences. More...

Artist Reception

Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design is exhibiting “From a Private Collection: Photos by E.A. Kahane” through July 16, with a reception for the artist on Sunday, July 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. More...

MUSIC SCENE

Thursday, June 29

Buskers Pub–Sean Connell, 8 p.m.  Eisenhower House–Lois Vaughan, 5-7 p.m.  Gulf Stream Bar & Grille–Alan Bernstein, 6-9 p.m.  One Pelham East–Hit Play  The Pier–Charlie Meehan, 6-10 p.m. More...

Block Island Race Week

The 27th Block Island Race Week wrapped up on Friday, June 23, with 143 boats taking part in another memorable week on "The Block." A number of sailing classes held North American or East Coast Championships over the five days of competition.  More...

And the Auld Mug Goes To…

The oldest international sporting trophy, the America's Cup, won't be returning to the U.S. More...

Bacardi Newport Sailing Week

Racing for the 28 boats in this year’s Bacardi Newport Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank was held on June 23-25.  Seven boats hailed from Aquidneck Island and Joe Loughborough's BELLE, the Luders 24, won the eight-boat Classic Day Racers More...

Two Nonprofits Merge to Serve Those with Disabilities

Looking Upwards, Inc., based in Middletown, and Bridges, Inc. of Jamestown have announced a merger.  This is the merger of two organizations that share the same values and have worked closely together for decades. More...

Newport Approves Final Budget

Newport City Council adopted a final budget on June 28, wrapping up what has been described as one of the most difficult fiscal cycles the city has experienced in decades. More...

For What It’s Worth

Have you lost your marbles? A friend brought in a small bag of marbles found in a trunk in the attic, wondering about its value. He believed that they were his grandfather’s, which would date them to the 1920s. More...

Fire Department Promotions

Firefighters were recognized at a swearing-in ceremony on June 9 at the Newport Fire Department headquarters. Promoted to deputy chief was Captain Paul R. Ripa Jr. Promoted to captain was Lieutenant Humphrey J. Donnelly, IV and Lieutenant Mark D. More...

GOERGE DONNELLY SUNSET LEAGUE

The George Donnelly Sunset League derived its name because games used to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at dusk. It is the oldest continuous amateur baseball league in the U.S. More...

LAOH Honorary Dinner

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Newport has selected Patricia Kelly Martin as their 2017 Woman of the Year. A reception will be held in her honor on Thursday, July 13 at Hibernian Hall. More...

ZONING BOARD

The Newport Zoning Board of Review met for three hours on June 26 and, as in previous months, was faced with a lengthy agenda. More...

Proposal for ‘Incremental Legalization’ of Marijuana

Regulate Rhode Island and a group of lawmakers recently announced a proposal for “incremental legalization” of recreational marijuana, which would allow the possession of small amounts starting next summer, and establish an advisory board to provide More...

Fundraising Efforts Continue for New Skatepark

Graduation hats have been thrown into the air, but a fundraising effort that began as a high school project for a new city skatepark is still in high gear.  More...

WASHINGTON SQUARE CELEBRATES Fourth of July Festivities

O 9:15 a.m. Artillery Company of Newport marches to the Common Burial Ground and gravesite of William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence  O 9:45 a.m. Bike Parade from Liberty Tree, Ellery Park to Washington Square   More...

Artillery Company Fires Up Crowd

On July 4, two-dozen men from The Artillery Company of Newport will drag four bronze cannons forged by Paul Revere in 1798 down Clarke Street to Washington Square, where they will fire 21 times to salute American Independence.  More...

Houses of Worship Open July 4

In Trinity Episcopal Church, you can walk in the footsteps of George Washington. At the Newport Congregational Church, you can view a massive 18th-century structure that was designed to accommodate an astounding 1,000 parishioners. More...

Fireworks Displays

The City of Newport will set off its traditional fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 over Newport Harbor, with a rain date of Wednesday, July 5.  The fireworks show begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen, which is anticipated to More...

DECLARATION

The life and career of William Ellery, one of only two Rhode Islanders to sign the Declaration of Independence, as well as an original 1776 copy of the document, of which there were 26 printed, will be the topic of discussion at the Portsmouth Town H More...

Designing the Batmobile

Joan Creamer will be the next guest speaker in the National Museum of American Illustration’s (NMAI) ongoing lecture series on Saturday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. More...

SPOTLIGHT on Music

All in the Neighborhood Radios Islands Band

Sometimes, living in a musical neighborhood has its advantages. When this week’s featured musician, Randy Robbins, moved into his Spring Street house last year, little did he know he’d be forming a band with his neighbors.  More...

Donations Wanted

City of Newport Seeks Public’s Help to Restore World War I Veterans Memorial Plaques for the Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower. More...

Clagett Regatta Sailors Head Home

After 10 races over three days, the 21 boats competing at the 15th Clagett Regatta are heading home to locations far and wide. More...

Porto Cervo 52 Super Series

Local sailors had to make a run for it from racing in Bermuda to make the first start gun in Porto Cervo, Sardinia last week to compete onboard the TP52's in the Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Audi Sailing Week.  More...

Newport Sailing Calendar June - July 2017

Weekly racing - Evenings - Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC), Newport Yacht Club (NYC), New York Yacht Club (NYYC), Sail Newport (SN), Conanicut Yacht Club (CYC),  Monday - Junior Sailing Program Off the Dock racing (CYC)  Tuesday - One Design Su More...