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Bill Drafting Examined

Misunderstanding May Have Fueled Ballot Change

One week after it was revealed that a local ballot question concerning the proposed casino was eliminated through a law passed in the waning hours of the 2014 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly, it appears that the change in the anticipated number of ballot questions from two to one originated through confusion over different versions of the gambling […]

A New Addition to the National Register

This column has often fondly called Newport the “Metropolitan Museum of Architecture” for the breadth and depth of its collection of important buildings from the colonial times through the early part of the 19th century. This audacious claim is based upon the extraordinarily high concentration of structures individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is supported by […]

Finale for Square’s Gaslights

The days of gaslights in Washington Square’s Eisenhower Park are limited, as they will soon be replaced with “historically appropriate” LED lighting similar to those previously installed in Queen Anne Square. The new lights were recommended by the Washington Square Advisory Commission and were approved by the Newport City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27. In a staff […]

Local Scouts Honored

The Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual Gathering of Eagles event at the Rhode Island State House on Sept. 3. Governor Lincoln D. Chafee recognized the group’s hard work and accomplishments. Chafee’s father, the late Senator John H. Chafee, was a Scout and Narragansett Council alum- nus. Two hundred seventy-two Scouts from the Narragansett Council earned Eagle […]

More ‘BigBellies’ Arrive to Combat Newport Trash

As a city that depends heavily on tourism to maintain its fiscal wellbeing, Newport needs clean, trashand litter-free streets – especially in the downtown areas so heavily traveled by visitors. “It’s a constant balancing act of prevention and also cleaning up litter that’s there,” said Kristin Littlefield, Newport’s Clean City Program coordinator. Right after Labor Day, Littlefield began to deploy […]


Museum Steak Fry The Museum of Newport Irish History will hold its annual steak fry fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 6 at Hibernian Hall. A cocktail hour, cash bar social begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., which will include grilled-to-order steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, mac & cheese, salad and dessert. Tickets are $27 per person […]


'BigBelly' Trash Collection

They are called “BigBelly” solar trash and recycling receptacles. And right after Labor Day, the second round comprised of 30 trash and 15 recycling units began landing on busy downtown Newport sidewalks. Meanwhile, older—but, we say, still reliable—city trash receptacles are slowly disappearing from Newport sidewalks. We were surprised back in April when the City Council voted 5-1 to approve […]

Late Night Decisions Cost Voters

To the Editor: The midnight mechanizations of the Rhode Island legislature that changed the casino ballot questions smacks of insider dealing and backroom politics. The final amended version of House Bill 8294 (related to the approval of table games at Newport Grand) resulted in a change which calls for having a single statewide vote on the casino ballot question instead […]

Broadway Fails to Impress

To the Editor: We vacation in Newport every year and always stop here on trips to Cape Cod or Boston. Several of our favorite restaurants are on Broadway and we try to visit them when in town. Over the years we have observed the steady deterioration of the pavement on Broadway. Yesterday we were returning from Cape Cod and wanted […]