Under Construction



One year after the International Tennis Hall of Fame received its first city approvals to proceed with renovation and expansion plans, the $15.7 million initiative is taking shape. Existing buildings in the neighborhood were demolished to make room for a 16,000-square-foot structure that will feature locker rooms, a fitness area, staff offices, and retail space. An additional 21,000-square-foot complex will […]

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Welcome Center Zoning Hearings Conclude

The Newport Zoning Board of Review met for a third and final hearing on Monday, Dec. 8 as it continued to weigh a request from the Preservation Society of Newport County to construct a welcome center at The Breakers. A modified special use permit granted by the board is a prerequisite for the proposed facility, which would consolidate ticketing and […]

No Pipe Dream: St. John’s Plans to Restore Organ



Being an organ donor has taken on a more musical meaning at St. John the Evangelist Church on the Point. Under the guidance of organist and musical historian Peter Stoltzfus Berton and Vicar Nathan J.A. Humphrey, St. John’s is in the midst of an ambitious fundraising effort with the heavenly dream of lifting a quarter of a million dollars to […]

Enrollment Down in Schools



The old met the new at the first meeting of the newly-formed Newport School Committee on Tuesday evening, Dec. 9. New members David C. Hanos, Jr., David Carlin III, and Kathleen Silvia served at their first meeting. Hanos was named the board’s new vice chair, while Jo Eva Gaines, re-elected for a seventh term, was named the new chair. Beyond […]

Laser Fleet Starts Season



On Sunday, Nov. 30, Laser Fleet 413’s favorite professor, Mark Bear, won the day with 17 points. In a breeze that started at 210 degrees and on occasion went to 240 degrees, Bear put on a seminar in how to sail consistently. “Usually I have one or two good races. It’s not that often I have such a good day,” […]

Hook and Hastings Organ Still Bellowing at Age 120



A dream of Peter Stoltzfus Berton and the leaders of St. John the Evangelist is to raise a staggering $250,000 for organ repair and other causes by the 125th anniversary of the building in 2019. That might not buy a house in Newport, but it will thoroughly repair the chamber, clean and restore the pipes, and leave a substantial maintenance […]

Local Schools Prioritize Financial Literacy



Although Rhode Island ranks near the bottom of states in delivering financial literacy instruction to students in grades K-12, both Rogers High School and Middletown High School include it as part of high school mathematics classes. “Our 12th-grade curriculum in discreet mathematics deals with financial literacy,” said Gail Abromitis, Middletown High principal. She said many 12th grade students take the […]

Middletown Schools Holiday Concerts



Middletown Public Schools will present two holiday concerts showcasing the vocal and instrumental talents of high and middle school students. The Middletown High School Chorus and Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Jennifer Vaillancourt, will present a holiday program at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Joined by Gaudet Middle […]

Dutton to Present ‘Christmasville’



Local Author Michael Dutton will present his book “Christmasville” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Seamen’s Church Institute. Dutton will also share miniature props and characters from his enchanted story. “Christmasville” was Dutton’s first novel in the trilogy of the same name. “Finding Christmasville,” was the second novel of the trilogy, released in December 2012. The final novel […]

Festivals Foundation Exceeds Goal



Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. (NFF) has exceeded its goal to raise $750,000 towards a three-toone match to create a $1,000,000 artistic reserve grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), NFF Chairman George Wein recently announced. The endowment is dedicated for the George Wein/Doris Duke Artistic Programming Fund, which will continue Wein’s goal of presenting emerging artists and new works […]