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Hyatt Staff Guides Guides During Storm



There is four-star service, four-diamond inns, and then there is what the staff of the Hyatt Regency Newport did for 350 blizzard-stranded tour guides last week. The staff created games in the hallways, slept in-house overnight in order to continue service, and remained through double shifts; the chef even visited those he fed. On Sunday, Jan. 25, tour guides from […]

House Bill Could Strap Harbor



A bill quietly submitted Jan. 29 in the Rhode Island House of Representatives would, depending on its interpretation, drastically curtail Newport Harbor mooring operations and services as well as those of 16 other waterfront communities. “People are ripped,” said Third Ward City Councilor Kathryn E. Leonard, herself a foe of the legislation. “It has huge consequences for communities like Newport, […]

PILOT Could Boost City Revenues



Newport officials are taking preliminary steps to examine whether instituting a payment-in-lieu-oftaxes (PILOT) program could help the city to recoup a portion of revenues currently lost through property tax exemptions. Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and at-large Councilor John Florez confirmed in conversations with Newport This Week that a committee will be organized later in February to examine the feasibility of developing […]

Polo Team Brings Home Honors



The Newport Interscholastic Polo Team brought home the Sportsmanship Award and an All Star recognition from the United States Polo Association’s Northeast Tournament, which was held recently at Cornell University’s Oxley Equestrian Center in Ithaca, N.Y. Competing in their first season, brothers Alden and Miles Schuman, with classmate Liam Griscom, placed third in the tournament. Fellow players and tournament officials […]

John H. Chafee Boater of the Year



Bart Dunbar, chair of the nonprofit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) and president of Bowen’s Wharf Company, has been named the 2015 John H. Chafee Boater of the Year by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). The award recognizes and honors an individual who has contributed to the success of the recreational boating industry in Rhode Island […]

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Concert Opponents Hone Arguments



Opponents of a proposal by Newport Waterfront Events (NWE) to relocate summertime concerts to Fort Adams are busy marshaling their arguments and sharing them with city councilors prior to the Feb. 11 meeting when the matter will be on the docket. Michele Maker Palmieri, NWE’s president and CEO, is hoping to continue the Newport Concert Series at the fort following […]

Firefighters, City Reach Contract Accord



The union representing Newport’s nearly 100 firefighters has agreed to a one-year contract with the city. The pact, still to be ratified by the City Council, would give firefighters a 1.7 percent pay raise from July 1, 2014 to June 30 of this year. The contract between the city and the Newport Firefighters Local 1080, breaks with the traditional three-year […]

For What It’s Worth



What you are viewing is not a crop circle but a work of art (by Richard Fleishner), a photo in a catalogue of outdoor sculpture in Newport August 1974 titled “Monumenta.” The catalogue was brought in by a Newporter who viewed the exhibit in person. Artists featured included David Smith, George Rickey, Alexander Calder, William De Kooning, John Chamberlain, Karel […]