Fowl Found Not Foul

Board Votes for Chickens

In the first request under the city’s new ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens on certain residential properties, the Newport Zoning Board of Review has given the OK for an existing coop at 36 Caswell Ave. At its monthly meeting on Monday, March 24, the board entertained a petition from Newport resident Bill Murdock seeking a special use permit for […]

Newport Arboretum Announces Tree of The Year

The Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, City of Newport Division of Forestry, and Newport Tree Society recently announced the winners of the Tree of the Year contest. This annual “competition” celebrates Newport’s historic urban forest, and the voting public has spoken. The ten trees in contention this year were spread across the city and represented Newport’s diverse landscape on […]

Martin Has Close View of History

After a succession of meetings on Monday that ranged from concerns about homelessness, to a Civil War memorial ceremony, and then the warden’s office at the state prison in Cranston, Newport state Rep. Peter F. Martin was finally in his car headed for home. It was after 9 p.m. and it was the day’s last meeting–a dinner session at Camille’s […]

New Heights for Strawberry Growing

I am always on the lookout for new gardening tips and was very interested to learn of a clever way to grow strawberries. A friend of mine uses a PVC gutter attached to the railing on her garden fence. Her berries looked so luscious that I wanted to share the idea. The beauty of this technique is that the days […]

Finance Panel IDs $250,000 in New Revenue

The city’s ad-hoc Finance Review Committee is asking city leaders to embrace a pair of action items that they say could generate an additional $250,000 in new revenue. Writing to update the council on their progress, members of the committee have recommended the city adopt two “immediate action items” aimed at boosting existing revenue streams through increased or expanded fees. […]

Multiple Zoning Requests Approved

Eleven petitions for special use permits or variances were entertained by the Newport Zoning Board of Review at its monthly meeting on Monday, March 24. The agenda reflected a variety of matters submitted by property owners for consideration, such as requests for higher rooflines, expanded restaurant facilities, deck construction, and relocation projects. After being thoroughly vetted, all proposals ultimately received […]

City Seeking Trash Input

It’s been nearly a month since City Council members met for a special workshop to discuss the future of Newport’s trash collection program, and so far, there’s been little in the way of public input on potential changes. An effort to motivate comments is now under way via the city’s Engage Newport web portal, where residents are being asked to […]

Police Parade Partners

The annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade will be held Sunday, May 4. To march or enter a float, contact Gwen at 401-845-5714 or Deadline to participate is April 1.

Good Friday at the Y

The Newport County YMCA is offering a full day of activities and swim on Friday, April 18 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Spots are limited. To register, call Josh at 401-847-9200 or email

Frostbite Results

The Newport Yacht Club ran eight races in its Frostbite Series on Sunday, March 23 with northwest winds of 15-22 knots. The top four results for the day were Eric Irwin in first with a 1.75; Tripp Alyn and John Thurston each with 2.5; Pat Connerney placed third with 2.75; and Adam Cove came in with a 3. The series […]