Butterflies, Spiders and Snails

Thompson Students Shine in Film Spotlight

Thompson Middle School students got the chance to taste a bit of glamour á la Hollywood this week when they walked the red carpet on the way to the screening of their documentaries at the Jane Pickens Theater. The students, dressed in their finest, were greeted by media reps and adoring fans – and the packed house was enthusiastic to […]

12 Seek School Seats

What seemed like a dearth of candidates for seven Newport School Committee seats turned into an eleventh-hour avalanche on Wednesday, June 25, the deadline for filing declarations of candidacy. Before the day ended, 12 hopefulls had filed for the seven school committee seats. One of the candidates who met the 4 p.m. filing deadline was Kathleen M. Silvia, the 36-year […]

Waterfront Property Potential

When the Narragansett Indian Tribe renewed its push last month to acquire a swath of former Navy property along the west side of Aquidneck Island, city leaders in Newport and Middletown were understandably taken aback. For years, the property has been the subject of an immense amount of planning and focus on the part of municipal officials, residents, and regional […]

A Celebration of History

On Saturday, June 21, spectators and marchers lined Broadway as the 375th anniversary parade made its way to Washington Square. Along the way, many attendees could be heard praising the spirited community event. Following the procession, hundreds enjoyed hot dogs, ice cream, and soft drinks at the good ol’ fashioned picnic at the Quaker Meeting House. A big thank you […]

Big Questions – Little Input

An informational forum about Newport and Middletown high school unification let locals ask questions concerning the Nov. 4, non-binding referendum question, “Should Newport and Middletown join together to form a Unified High School?” The forum was the first the Newport County Unified High School Exploratory Committee held to educate voters on the ballot question. The League of Women Voters of […]

GOP Candidate to Challenge Paiva Weed

A dark-horse Republican candidate suddenly emerged at Newport City Hall as the June 25 4 p.m. deadline for candidacy filings drew near and announced he would challenge entrenched state Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed in the city’s 13th Senate district. Asked whether he considered his bid for Paiva Weed’s seat a long shot, Michael W. Smith smiled and replied, […]


Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, June 16, through Sunday, June 22, the Newport Fire Department responded to 133 calls. Of those, 63 were emergency medical calls. Fire apparatus was used for 133 responses: • Station 1 – Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3 responded to 53 calls • Station 1 – Engines 1 and 6 responded to […]

Newport–Where to be July 4th!


Year after year, the BIG Fourth of July celebration in the state of Rhode Island occurs in Bristol, where the parade route through the town center gets a newly-painted red, white and blue stripe annually to mark the occasion. We get that. But this year, as the city of Newport celebrates the 375th anniversary of its founding, there are big […]

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