Dropping Anchor in Newport



Casino Plans Detailed



Developers behind the plan to spend $40 million to transform the Newport Grand slots parlor into a “boutique” casino with table games say they will take their message to the people of Newport in an effort to gain necessary statewide and local voter approval at November’s election. “Whoever is against us, we want to reach out to them and have […]

New Firefighting Equipment Enhances Safety



The Newport Fire Department recently took delivery of critically necessary lifesaving equipment. According to Fire Chief Peter Connerton, “We have purchased 50 Scott’s self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and accompanying safety devices that will better protect our firefighters and improve our ability to operate in dangerous and toxic environments. We have also received five handheld thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to […]

Neighbors Vie for House Seat



Two neighbors who live just five doors apart on Willow Street in Newport’s Point neighborhood will oppose each other in what will likely become a spirited primary battle for the Democratic Party nomination for the District 75 House seat. Rep. Peter Martin, the three-term incumbent, said he will seek reelection to a fourth term. Lauren Carson, a registered State House […]

Jump Champs Leap Forward



The local Double Dutch jump roping team. The Sharks, will represent the Ocean State for the second straight year at the World Double Dutch Tournament in June in Sumter, S.C. The Sharks, one of two teams from Newport, received the invitation after their first place finish in their division at a tournament held in Boston. The team put Rhode Island […]

A March of Honor



Local law enforcement units were joined by other police departments from as far away as New York and by the Philadelphia Police and NYPD Emerald Society Bagpipers bands on May 4 for the annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade, which honored the 105 officers from across the country who lost their lives during service last year. One of the most […]

Casino Plan ‘Needs Serious Consideration’



Although he cautions that he does not yet have a ”complete pulse” of the City Council on developers’ latest proposal to add table games and spend $40 million to upgrade the Newport Grand slots parlor, Mayor Henry F. Winthrop said he believes city residents “have a right to make a choice.” Winthrop, who also serves as council chairman, said he […]

NEWS BRIEFS



375th Anniversary Parade Under way The Newport 375th Anniversary Day Parade Committee invites groups, businesses and organizations to participate in the parade slated for Saturday, June 21. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Broadway at the Newport-Middletown line and proceed down Broadway to City Hall and Washington Square, ending at the Quaker Meeting House. For more information visit […]

For What It’s Worth



Mr. Santi I found this pair of old eyeglasses while going through a jewelry box that belonged to my mother. Are they worth anything? I think that they are pretty old. Edward N. Edward: Your old eyeglasses are actually called pince-nez (French “to pinch”): no arms and clip onto the nose and reached its peak of popularity around 1885. Generally […]

General Assembly Highlights



For more information on any of these items visit www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/. n Master lever eliminatedLegislation was approved to eliminate the “master lever,” or straightparty voting option, on all future,non-primary Rhode Island election ballots, beginning this year.The bill also directs the Secretaryof State’s office to launch a voteroutreach program to inform voters of the impending change inthe ballot. n Bill to stop […]