Sunny Days Ahead



Cliff Walk Finish In Sight



The Cliff Walk reconstruction is heading into its final phases as the expected June re-opening of the trail draws closer. Hurricane Sandy inflicted significant damage on southern sections of the scenic byway in the fall of 2012. The portion of the path from Ruggles Avenue north to Memorial Avenue was not severely damaged and has remained open while crews have […]

Newport Founders Devise a Plan

A Look Back

375th Anniversary Right about now, 375 years ago, nine gentlemen led by the powerful William Coddington set a plan in motion to leave Pocasset (Portsmouth) and establish a new town on the island that better suited their ideals. Joining Coddington was William Brenton, one of the richest Bostonians and a successful merchant and farmer; Henry Bull, who later became Governor […]

Master Lever Bill Still Alive in the Senate



Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a Newport Democrat, insists that a bill to scrap the so-called “master lever” voting option is not dead. Asked in an interview with Newport This Week whether the measure was still alive in the Senate, Paiva Weed declared, “Certainly. The majority of legislation has just been heard and most bills have been held for further […]

For Weaver, Photography is a Passionate Vocation



Newport resident Robert “Bob” Weaver is a well-known and highly respected photographer. He has captured images from many of Newport’s most prestigious events, including multiple America’s Cup races, music festivals of various genres, civic assemblies, and coaching weekends. In 1981, he was employed as an Associated Press stringer to cover the first Claus von Bülow trial at the Newport Courthouse. […]

AIPCommission Seeks New Board Members



The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) is expanding its board of directors and is reaching out to island residents to generate interest in filling new board positions. AIPC, established in 1985, has a mission to serve as a forum for communication, coordination and consensus building among Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, as well as the state government, Naval Station Newport and […]

Community Development Block



Middletown can apply for $250,000 in federal funding this year through the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). Local non-profit organizations have already expressed interest in the grants, which come through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Overall, Rhode Island has received about $5 million in CDBG funding. The money is intended to support housing, economic development, and […]

NEWS BRIEFS



Lucky Star Soiree The 12th Annual Lucky Star Soiree to benefit the Star Kids Scholarship Program will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the Canfield House. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, food stations, full open bar and music by DJ Reggie Charles. Try your luck by spinning the Canfield Wheel to win prizes, and visit the Wall of […]

EDITORIAL

Uncertainty the Only Certainty

For two long-time, local Newport retailers, cruel April marked the end of an era. First, there was the news that Potter & Co., opened in 1907 as a men’s clothing store at 172 Thames Street by Louis Potter and Herman Werner, could close by year’s end. Then this week, we learned that the last independent pharmacy on Aquidneck Island–Broadway’s Newport […]

Preservation Society Obfuscates Facts



To the Editor: I am writing in response to the letter from Don Ross with regard to the Preservation Society’s desire to obtain food service licenses for The Elms and Marble House. I am not interested in rumors, only facts. Mr. Ross, in an apparent attempt to cloud and confuse the issues, leaves out many of those facts. All businesses […]