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Pell Bridge Lawsuit Filed

Two years after a motorist and her passenger died in a crash on the Claiborne Pell Bridge, family members of the deceased have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, the Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA). Kathleen Meunier and Kenneth Prior died from injuries suffered in the 2011 accident when their […]

Living Laboratories for SRU Students

Dr. Jameson Chace, Ph.D., Biology Professor at Salve Regina University, is utilizing local wildlife habitats as teaching tools and living laboratories for Salve students engaged in a number of scientific studies and experiments. Chace’s students begin their association with Aquidneck Island’s diverse habitats early on in their academic studies. According to Chace, “We introduce the freshmen general biology students to […]

New Plans for Old Schools

With the new Pell School now online, city staff have begun to consider what to do with Newport’s suite of former elementary school buildings. On Wednesday, City Manager Jane Howington sought permission from council members to exercise a provision governing surplus properties that allows the city to engage with a private contractor to place the buildings on the open market. […]

Daffodillion Project Momentum Continues

Newport continues to be “daffy” about the quest to plant a million daffodils. At the free bulb giveaway at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, Oct. 19 nearly 25,000 bulbs were packaged and ready to be planted before the first frost. The effort is attributed to the many volunteer students at Salve Regina University who spent hours packing and distributing 700 bags […]

Anniversary Official Launch

The committee charged with planning the celebration surrounding the city’s 375th anniversary unveiled a signature logo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, during a brief ceremony at City Hall. Newport Mayor Henry F. Winthrop was joined by past mayors John Trifero and Steve Waluk – who are serving as co-chairs of the Newport 375 Committee – to introduce the yearlong celebration to […]

Yacht Club Lease Affirmed

City Council members on Wednesday, Oct. 23 voted to affirm its lease agreement with the Newport Yacht Club, backing up a recommendation provided by the city manager’s office late last month. In a resolution sponsored by Mayor Henry F. Winthrop, councilors voted to recognize the terms of the current lease as sufficient, citing both the tangible and intangible contributions it […]


TeenGreen Program The Norman Bird Sanctuary has announced a new TeenGreen program for students in grades 6-12. Teens can hike the trails for free, track their progress in a trail journal and turn the journal in for prizes. Each teen who registers for this program will be given a free family membership. Teens who hike at least three trails will […]

Expanding Business Mindsets

There’s been quite a deal of news in recent weeks about potential ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy. In Providence, groups like the Rhode Island Foundation, Betaspring, Founders League, and RallyRI are providing equal parts of horsepower and inspiration to entrepreneurs and established businesses alike in the hopes of jumpstarting the state’s stubbornly sluggish economy. On Tuesday, the Rhode Island […]

You Could Be the Next Person Killed on the Pell

To the Editor: Nearly two years ago, two people were killed on the Pell Bridge. Public officials need to be held accountable. My brother, Kenny, was afraid to cross the Pell Bridge on his way to work and back. He frequently told me the bridge was “scary,” people drove too fast on it, and there was no escape from “crazy” […]