Trimming the Tree

43rd Annual Christmas in Newport

A giant gingerbread house, a “North Pole Express” train ride, and a living nativity scene are among the more than 150 musical, artistic, culinary and narrative events that fill the month of December in the City by the Sea as part of the annual Christmas in Newport celebration. Hailed as one of the top holiday events in the country, Christmas […]

Bakers Create Gingerbread Mansion Magic

There will be just a bit more magic in Newport this Christmas season with the advent of a new holiday tradition – a gingerbread mansion contest sponsored by the Preservation Society of Newport County – on display in The Breakers’ kitchen beginning Saturday, Nov. 30. Five area bakers have taken on the challenge to create a confectionary version of the […]

Cliff Walk Repairs Take Shape

At its monthly meeting on Nov. 20, the Newport Cliff Walk Commission received an update on the $3.2 million Cliff Walk restoration effort. DOT engineers briefed commission members on progress made by the project contractor, the John Rocchio Corp. Repairs to the famous public walk are necessary because of damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy about 13 months ago. Commission Chair […]

Move Over Black Friday: Think Saturday!

Small Business Saturday was first observed in 2010. It was conceived and promoted by American Express, but since then the enthusiasm to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local has spread like wildfire. It is estimated that last year nearly $5.5 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. eLocal estimates that when purchases […]


‘Movember’ Shave-Off

Team Newport Muzzy will be wrapping up its month of fundraising for “Movember” with a shave-off event, Golf Pros and Tennis Mo’s celebration, on Nov. 30 at Fifth Element. A $20 donation at the door includes drink specials from 7 – 10 p.m. and entrance into the VIM (Very Important Muzzy) section. All proceeds benefit Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer […]

Toll Commission Hears Funding Alternatives

The legislative commission investigating the feasibility of repealing the tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge was given a few new ideas during a special hearing last week, casting doubt over whether a true alternative can be found for the controversial toll. Members of the commission, which was formed last spring by a group of East Bay legislators that included Sen. […]


Sen. Whitehouse on Iran Deal U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program as outlined by President Obama. “This agreement has the potential to change the trajectory of events in the Middle East. It is only an opening step, as two sides begin to emerge from decades of enmity. Ultimately the Iranian nuclear […]

It’s Not Me, Right?

How do you get to BJ’s from Newport? Turn right at Chicken City and go about a half-mile. It’s on the right. What is it with Aquidneck Islanders? Can nobody give directions referencing businesses that are in operation now, as opposed to years gone by? Having been in the area for 12 years, I’ve become accustomed to directions given via […]