‘Game of Chance’ Meeting



Railroad Man Buys Newport Dinner Train



After a 19-year run, the popular Newport Dinner Train and its little sister, the Ice Cream Train, have been sold to Eric Moffett, a lifetime railroad man who owns Seaview Railroad at Quonset Point. For nearly two decades, Bob and Pat Andrews and their family owned and operated the Dinner Train and developed the Ice Cream Train and the special […]

Casino Rejected Again



After months of impassioned arguments from both sides of the issue, Newporters rejected the much-discussed proposal by developers Joseph Paolino, Peter de Savary, and Paul Roiff to add table games at Newport Grand. At the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Rhode Islanders as a whole gave their support to Question 1 by almost 40,000 votes, but Newport residents nixed […]

DiPalma Pushing for 911 Overhaul



With an injection of a yet-to-bedetermined amount of money and cooperation among Rhode Island cities and towns, the state could overhaul its current 911 emergency system with a new program that will relay text, photo and even video messages to emergency responders. “I think it’s a real opportunity,” said state Sen. Louis P. DiPalma, DMiddletown, co-chair of the General Assembly’s […]

‘Time to Heal’ Says Paiva Weed



After surviving the closest race she’s had in 22 years, Democratic Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed said it was time to put the contentious Newport Grand casino expansion issue aside and look to the future. “We need to work to heal the city of Newport,” she said. The day after Newport voters rejected table games at Newport Grand for […]

Snowy Owl Makes an Early Appearance



A juvenile Snowy Owl has been reported in the Island Rocks section of the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. The diurnal raptor appeared to be resting and possibly foraging for prey. This is the earliest recorded arrival of this species at the refuge. It comes on the heels of last winter’s record irruption that saw four Snowy Owls take up […]

Newporters Have Their Say



After months of campaign ads, forums, and letters to the editor, Newporters headed to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, to render their verdict on the candidates. The City Council will have two new faces in the next term. Lynn Ceglie defeated Martha Marie Grogan in the Second Ward race, while political newcomer John Florez claimed one of the four […]

Middletown Town Council Race Tightest Island Contest



It was narrower than Purgatory Chasm. Four of five incumbents have been re-elected to the Middletown Town Council. In an extremely close race, 162 votes separated fourth and eighth place vote-getters. Middletown’s new Town Council is Robert Kempenaar II, M. Theresa Santos, Robert J. Sylvia, Paul Rodrigues, Henry F. Lombardi, Jr., Antone Viveiros and Barbara VonVillas. After polls closed and […]

Golden Anniversary Donation



About 100 members of the Class of 1964 area schools — De La Salle, Middletown High School, Rogers, and St. Catherine’s — gathered to celebrate their golden 50th reunion this summer at Ochre Court. Most of the classmates started school life together at Garretson Memorial Kindergarten, so memories went back more than 60 years. Money was collected to honor the […]

Little League Baseball Meeting and Election



Newport Little League will hold a board of directors meeting and annual election on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at LaForge Casino Restaurant. All members of the community who are interested in youth baseball and want to support Newport Little League baseball are encouraged to attend. Active community support is needed to allow Newport Little League to continue delivering […]