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Sister Jane Reflects on her Five Years at the Helm

Jane Gerety, RSM, became the seventh president of Salve Regina University in July 2009, with a strong commitment to the Sisters of Mercy. This past fall semester marked the beginning of the sixth year of her academic leadership. Prior to her arrival, Sister Jane, as she is called (she eschews the “President” appellation), was the academic dean at Carlow University […]

Navy Community Briefs

NHCNE Holiday Hours Naval Health Clinic New England will be closed New Year’s Day. On Friday, Jan. 2, the clinic will be open only for acute appointments. Call 1-888-628-9633. New Military Lounge There is now a military lounge at T.F. Green airport for traveling active and retired military veterans and their dependents. The lounge is open 7 days a week […]

Paiva Weed: Time to Do, Not to Plan

State Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, said Rhode Island needs to work in 2015 to close a serious “skills gap” that prevents companies such as Fidelity Investments, Toray Plastics and Electric Boat from hiring locally in its search for technology-savvy workers needed by today’s industry leaders. “It’s time to stop planning and do more doing,” Paiva Weed said […]

Napolitano Turns Page to 2015

It’s safe to say that the last year was a tempestuous one on the Newport municipal front. The divisive casino referendum, victualing licenses at The Elms and Marble House, the Yachting Center sale, the city manager’s resignation, and the election were among the items that kept city councilors on their toes in 2014. Against this backdrop and as the calendar […]

Sylvia Outlines Term Goals

Middletown Town Council President Robert J. Sylvia is entering 2015 with a set of clearly defined goals gleaned from past experience which he hopes will carry the community forward over the next several years and beyond. Sylvia first outlined his goals in a speech in late November when he was sworn in as the new council leader. Citing how Town […]

For What It’s Worth

A local recently brought in a family heirloom: a period 19th century spinning wheel. There was a time, about 30 years ago, when you could easily find one of these in most every antiques shop in America. Have times changed! The value has not kept up with inflation however; simple examples in good working condition generally sell for under $300. […]


Hill Annual Meeting The Historic Hill Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Edward King House Senior Center (second floor). After a short business meeting, the guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Russell, Coordinator Cultural and Historic Preservation at Salve Regina University. Refreshments will follow. Open to the public; all […]

State Seeks Input on Education Survey

The Rhode Island Department of Education is preparing for a new five-year strategic plan, a process that starts with hearing from more than 10,000 Rhode Island voices. They only need 1,000 more to exceed this goal. The aim is to deveolp a statewide vision for public education in Rhode Island through 2020. “We are asking all Rhode Islanders to share […]

First and Last Impressions


No matter what people tell you about the importance of first impressions, there is also no denying the power of a strong, well-crafted ending. We offer that observation as a precursor to the Newport Zoning Board of Review’s plan to issue a controversial decision on Monday, Jan. 5, which will impact the fate of the Preservation Society of Newport County’s […]