Aaron Alexis Here for Navy Job

The man at the center of a mass shooting at a Washington, D.C. Navy base had complained to Newport police that he was being harassed by loud voices while visiting Newport on business earlier this summer. According to a police report made public following the incident, Aaron Alexis had called 911 on Aug. 7 shortly before 6:30 in the morning […]

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

The river that is not a river but a saltwater strait bears a Native American name: Sakonnet, Haunt of the Wild Black Goose. While the nearly 40,000 motorists that cross the Sakonnet River Bridge every day may find this trivia inconsequential, no one on either side of the debate over the 10-cent toll implemented by the Rhode Island Turnpike and […]

Town Receives Google Award


At its regular meeting on Monday Sept. 16, the Middletown Town Council received a citation from Representative Deborah Ruggiero in recognition of receiving the Google eCity Award for Rhode Island in 2013. Town Administrator Shawn Brown and Middletown IT Director Matt Wainwright also received citations. “I wanted to personally recognize the town of Middletown for the efforts in receiving Google’s […]

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island have selected winners for its 13th annual amateur photo competition. Victoria Lima, of Westerly, was awarded “Best in Show” for her photo titled “The Mighty Plover,” while Pam Marsden of Bristol was awarded second place in the Refuge Flora category with her entry “Sunnyside,” second place in the Refuge Wildlife […]

RIMTA Presents Anchor Awards

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Peter Van Lancker of Hunt Yachts were each honored with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) Anchor Award at the organization’s Fourth Annual Industry Partnership Breakfast, held Sept. 14 at the Newport Yacht Club. The Anchor Awards are presented annually to individuals who have had a significant impact on the state’s marine trades. Senator […]

Restricted License OK’d

Seeking to strike a compromise with neighborhood concerns, the Newport City Council last week voted in favor of issuing a restricted outdoor entertainment license to The Pier Restaurant on Lee’s Wharf. The license, which will allow the popular waterfront establishment to play amplified music outside no later than 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends, passed on a […]

Fort Adams Pier Gets Final Approval

In a decisive vote, the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council last week gave its approval to a plan by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to construct a 240-foot long pier at Fort Adams that once complete, will serve as the home berth for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. The project, which has been in the works for over […]

Cha Cha Going on the Block

An abandoned sailboat that had been left anchored in Newport Harbor in 2011 is being put up for auction. According to Harbormaster Tim Mills, the sailing vessel Cha Cha is due to go up for sale through the U.S. Marshal’s office on Sept. 24. Harbor watchers will remember that the Cha Cha first arrived in Newport some time in August […]


Task Force Community Meeting The Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force will be holding a community meeting at the Newport Public Library on Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. In the 2012-2013 school year, the Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force conducted a needs assessment to better understand substance abuse among youth in Newport. The assessment measured rates of use, […]

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 15 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 194 calls. Of those, 109 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 84 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene. Fire apparatus was used for 194 responses: • Station 1 – […]