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Rogers Principal Resigns

Assistant Principal Also Named at Pell

Newport Schools Superintendent Colleen Jermain has announced that James Nelson, the principal of Rogers High School for the last two-and-a-half years, has submitted his resignation. Nelson provided a two-week notice, with a departure date of Aug. 26. In a brief statement at the conclusion of the School Committee’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Jermain said, “He is a fine […]

Stamp Act Rebellion to Hit Streets – 249 Years Later

Newport, long the pariah of colonial New England, will once again serve as a hotbed of unruly activity on Saturday, Aug. 23, when dozens of historical interpreters take to the streets to bring the Stamp Act Rebellion of 1765 to life. The re-enactment, presented by the Newport Historical Society, will offer a glimpse into the sentiments of the day, sentiments […]

Elevator Begins to Move

The city will soon know its available options in rectifying the issues being caused by the small elevator at City Hall. At their regular session on Wednesday, Aug. 13, Newport City Councilors gave unanimous approval to a contract that funds an analysis of the different ways to make second-floor council chambers handicapped accessible. The supplemental agreement for $19,870 expands upon […]

Griswold House Marks Sesquicentennial

Newport is the repository of many treasures of American architectural history. While the city is noted for the many surviving colonial era buildings, the true building boom began around 1840 as Newport became a summer refuge for Southern plantation owners and New Yorkers, Philadelphians and Bostonians trying to escape the summer heat in a time before air conditioning. The time […]


Richard Morris Hunt’s Griswold House was originally built for John Griswold, heir to a China trade fortune. Through his well-born wife Catherine Howland, Hunt met the Griswolds while traveling in Europe. The sketches for the house were begun before all of the parties had returned to the United States. The original hand-drawn plans and elevation sketches for the house show […]


Pell Cup Doubles National Tennis Club, Newport hosts the Pell Cup Doubles. This is the club’s flagship event and attracts players from all over the country. It will be run Aug. 14 – 17. It is a round robin doubles event for players of all abilities, ranging from top professionals to beginners. It is divided by handicap so players are […]


Let the Words Fly E lection season is upon us and with that comes the usual questions about what Newport This Week will and will not publish from local political candidates both for the Sept. 9 primary election and the Nov. 4 general election. We will, of course, endeavor to fairly report political news as it unfolds in the various […]

Cliff Walk Is Better Than Ever

To the Editor: On behalf of Newport’s Cliff Walk Commission, we would like to express our appreciation to our city, state and federal officials, Riccio Construction and especially the Road Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for the outstanding job in restoring Newport’s historic Cliff Walk to a state even better than its “former glory.” Hurricane Sandy was certainly not kind […]

Vote No on #8

To the Editor: The NTW Aug. 7 editorial “Newport Shine” was a wonderful distillation of what makes this city attractive. I was glad you did not mention the casino. While it serves the gambling public and feeds the state’s coffers, it does not contribute to our uniqueness. Nothing the “Providence crowd” proposes will change that. Voting “no” on #8, rejecting […]