Apple of Their Eye

Marina Plans Advance

At its meeting on Wednesday, March 12, the Newport City Council discussed an application by the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) to reconfigure its marina and an accompanying request to lift a limitation allowing only historic yachts to be docked at the facility. The question of the evening was whether the city would give a favorable recommendation to the proposals […]

Amphibians Herald Arrival of Spring

Many significant signs in nature herald the coming of spring. One of the more unique passages into this long-awaited season is the awakening of the region’s amphibian populations from their winter hibernation. Peeping, croaking and other mating calls mark their arrival. Frogs hibernate by burying themselves in the muddy bottoms of ponds because amphibians cannot regulate their body temperatures like […]

Panel Mulls Power of Words

Never underestimate the power of words–especially when it comes to revising Newport’s city charter. Little noticed so far among higher profile city and school committee matters before the Charter Review Commission is the question of what to formally call the person who holds the dual position of “mayor” and City Council “chair.” “The way it is in the charter now, […]

St. Patrick’s Day Remembered

Winners 2014 Parade Best Color Guard Cranston Fire Dept. Best Police Dept. Fall River Police Dept. Newport Police (Honorable Mention) Most Green Unit Worlds Biggest Leprechaun Warwick AOH (Honorable Mention) Best Drum Major New London Firefighter Pipes & Drum New Haven Emerald Firefighter Bagpipe (Honorable Mention) Best Youth Unit St. Philomena’s Best Pipes & Drums Irish American Police Officer Mass. […]

Residents Caution Against Regionalization

With the notion of a regionalized Newport County high school system already playing to mixed reviews, several skeptical Middletown residents gave the Town Council an earful about the idea at the panel’s regular meeting on Monday, March 17. “I urge the exploratory committee to explore additional alternatives rather than just unification,” said John Bagwill. He asked that specific problems and […]

State Leaders Talk Tolls

Lawmakers will have more time to mull a proposal that would eliminate the need for tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge and restructure the state’s transportation funding mechanisms after a pair of legislative panels extended the tolling authority of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) from April 1 to May 15. Calling for the creation of a statewide […]


Prom Dress Giveaway With the help of the community, Groovy Girls would like to make sure no girl is left out this prom season. Donated dresses, accessories and shoes are being collected at the Child & Family Community Center, Middletown and at Ochre Court, Salve Regina University. The event, which is open to the community, will be held on April […]

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, March 10 through Sunday, March 16, the Newport Fire Department responded to 146 calls. Of those, 56 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 65 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 6 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene. Fire apparatus was used for 146responses:Station 1 – Headquarters/Rescue 1and 3 responded to 54 […]

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presidedat the Municipal Court session heldon Monday, March 17, at NewportCity Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.There were 25 matters on thedocket:nOf the nine open container cases,four were continued, three defendants pleaded no contest and wereeach fined $300 plus court fees of$93.50, and bench warrants wereissued for the other […]