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Electricity Market Amps Up



After flooding Aquidneck Island and the rest of Rhode Island with targeted marketing materials, officials of Connecticut-based North American Power hope that current National Grid residential and smallbusiness customers will switch to them for their electricity supply. But time is growing short. The company’s offer expires Feb. 28. Rhode Island became the first state to deregulate its electric industry in […]

Cliff Walk Reconstruction Scope Expanded



The spring is shaping up to be a busy time for Cliff Walk construction crews. Supplemental funding has been appropriated for additional repairs necessary to shore up the famous walk, which took a beating by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Two initiatives have been added to the original roster of work, increasing the project tally by nearly $2 million. […]

City Launches New Website



Just call it Newport 2.0. After months of development and additional weeks of fine-tuning, officials quietly took the lid off the city’s new website on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Featuring a distinctly nautical theme, curated photos of the Newport Bridge, harbor, and Cliff Walk, and paired with easy-to-read fonts, the site at cityofnewport.com is a stark upgrade visually from the city’s […]

NECAP Reading Scores Show Promise



Newport public school students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 achieved a strong eight percent increase from 2009 to 2013 in reading proficiency in NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) tests given last fall. This was one of the highest increases in the state. According to Jennifer Booth, director of teaching, learning and professional development, the scores showed consistent increases […]

Prince Fund Grants Awarded for Kids’ Fitness



In an awards ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 25, Newport Hospital, through its Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, presented $55,980 to local organizations to fund creative programming designed to keep Newport County children healthy and active. “Kids often need motivation to stay healthy and realize the benefits of fitness and exercise. The programs Newport Hospital is helping to fund will do […]

Irish Heritage Month Kick-Off



nGuided tours of Fort Adams begin Saturday, March 1 and will rundaily all month. The one-hour tourswill be offered at noon and 2 p.m.,weather permitting. The historicfort was built by Irish laborers between 1824-1857. Admission is $12for adults and $6 for children (Mention Irish Heritage Month for $2 discounts). For more information, call401-841-0707 or visit fortadams.org.nTrolley Tour of “Irish Newport” […]

NEWS BRIEFS



Swim Lessons and Camp The next session of swimming lessons at the Newport YMCA starts March 3. Lessons offered include: parent/child (6 to 36 months), preschool (3 to 6 yr. olds), youth (6 to 15 yr. olds), swim team, adult lessons and private lessons. Prices vary depending on program. Aquatics Summer Camp sign ups are now open. Aquatics will be […]

Scholarships



n People’s Credit UnionThe People’s Credit Union is offering two kinds of scholarships.An 8th grade scholarship will beawarded in the amount of $500 ineach town where People’s has anoffice. The recipients of the scholarship will have a chance to increasethe scholarship amount each yearof high school to a maximum of$1,000. The scholarship will increase by $50 for every final gradethat […]

EDITORIAL



Winter, Taken with a Grain of Salt T he sun rose at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday and set at 5:32 p.m., giving us just over 11 hours of daylight. Spring is near. Just don’t tell Mother Nature that. For good reason, much of the news over the last two weeks has been focused on the weather. We’ve seen images of ice […]