Construction Spurs City Hall Meeting

More Problems on Broadway?

The timetable to complete the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project might have to be adjusted. City officials received word earlier this month that National Grid has requested permission to replace a major gas line that runs directly underneath the Broadway corridor. The work, which is still being planned out, will come as an addition to the water and sewer work that’s […]

A Night of ‘Dracula’ and the Farmer’s Daughter

Just in time to give you Halloween goose bumps and raise the hair on the back of your neck, a Rhode Island vampire tale that deeply influenced the man responsible for conjuring literature’s most famous bloodsucker is coming to Newport. The Jane Pickens Theater, in association with Historic Haunts, will present “The Tillinghast Nightmare,” a documentary that explores the folklore […]

Panel Mulls Toll Solution

The State House panel charged with analyzing the way the state’s East Bay bridges are funded met for the second time this week, inching closer to putting forward a formal proposal that could help determine the fate of the controversial tolling on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Formed in the wake of an uproar following a last minute deal to implement […]

Council to Weigh Yacht Club Lease

Will the city stay the course, or will it opt to review its lease terms with the Newport Yacht Club? City Council members will be asked to weigh just that when they next meet on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Last week, councilors were provided with a memo from City Manager Jane Howington that recommended that no changes be made to the […]

Cliff Walk Repairs Begin

Nearly one year after Hurricane Sandy battered the coast, washing away entire sections of Newport’s Cliff Walk, construction crews have arrived on the scene to begin preliminary engineering work to re-open the popular path. According to Department of Utilities Director Bill Riccio, crews from the John Roccio Corp. are working quickly to begin a full scale restoration of the Cliff […]


Sen. Whitehouse on Avoiding the Default U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the Senate’s passage of legislation to end the government shutdown and avoid a default: “This shutdown and near-default crisis was entirely unnecessary and has harmed our economy and our reputation in the world. I’m glad that the Senate was able to craft a […]


October Observations D on’t look now, but the calendar is making its move toward November. Streets like Gibbs and Indian avenues have burst into color as fall foliage reaches its peak. Meanwhile, on the water, Newport’s cruise ship season is in full swing, while around town, small business owners have begun recounting the season and planning for the next. Downtown, […]

A Government Divided

To the Editor: Who shut the government down? The Constitution gives the power of the purse to the House of Representatives and limits members to terms of two years. This is done to keep them as close to their constituents as possible. The intent was for “We The People” to control our representatives and for them to obey our will, […]

Let’s Deal with Reality, Not Fiction

To the Editor: I don’t think you really want to divert NTW’s mission from Newport to the nation, but since you’ve published Mr. Cicilline’s letter you must, in justice, publish replies. In a rare opportunity for dialogue and compromise, such as that being offered by the Republicans in Congress, I agree with Mr. Cicilline’s fundamental thesis, that we must speak […]