Mastery through Movement

Feeding Body and Soul at the Salvation Army

As the Salvation Army celebrates its 150th year, Newport has its own reason to rejoice. Two new officers, with a perspective different than most, arrived last summer and are helping the international organization expand its local outreach. Lieutenants James and Jina Bang came straight from the Salvation Army College for Officer Training following a two-year program designed to teach those […]

School Deficit May Be Looming

Six months into the 2015 fiscal year, there are indications that the Newport school system may once again be faced with a year-end budget deficit. Councilors have been advised by the city administration that figures show a potential shortfall of between $1 million and $1.5 million. The school district submits budget information to city financial personnel on a monthly basis. […]

Broadway Loan Approved

Newport councilors have unanimously endorsed a recommendation from the administration that promises to bring the Broadway Streetscape Project a step closer to reality. At its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14, council members approved a proposed agreement under which the city would loan $1.3 million to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to breathe new life into the initiative by […]

Navy Band at Thompson

Pickens Packed for PBS Premiere

Fascination with the lives of the Gilded Age rich took on a much different meaning in Newport on Jan. 4. About 150 devoted fans brought their tiaras and appetites to the Jane Pickens Theater for British desserts and an even more delicious sampling of the Season 5 premiere of “Downton Abbey” on the big screen. The Emmy and Peabody Awardwinning […]

Several Construction Projects Moving Forward

Three Newport building projects that have been in the planning and development stages for years are showing some momentum. A condominium complex at 27 High Street is beginning to take shape after a period of slow going. The Parish Hall at the rear of the Hotel Viking’s Kay Chapel has not been used for any purpose since the 1970s. Plans […]

Comprehensive Plan Almost Ready for Town Council


A six-hour public workshop for town officials and residents to propose revisions and suggestions to the final draft of the Middletown Comprehensive Plan was a tale of two halves. The first three-hour half was dominated by proponents and opponents of the proposed recreation complex and adjacent athletic fields on 62 acres of townowned land on Mitchell’s Lane. The ongoing dispute […]

For What It’s Worth

A visitor from “across the bridge” recently brought in a framed belt clasp. Thinking that the pieces were carved ivory, she wondered if they were salable in today’s market. They had belonged to her mother. The carved material was actually mother of pearl: and quite salable. The pair, by all indications, are of European origin and date from the 12th […]


Service Scholarship Awarded to Senior A longtime horseback rider and senior at Portsmouth High School, Victoria Johnson was awarded the 2014 Semco Orthodontics Service-Oriented Scholarship in the amount of $500. Johnson plans to study Equine Business in college. This scholarship seeks to empower the youth of our communities to not only succeed but also to understand their world in a […]