Broadway Transformation



Nevin Dancers Prepare to Kick Up Heels



Of all the participants in the Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade, few are as emblematic of Ireland as the Nevin Academy student dancers. With their ringlet wigs and rhythmic high-steps, the students perform an Irish tradition that dates back to at least the 16th century. Maura Nevin and her daughter, Tara Oliver, carefully watch their students warm up with kicks […]

Schilling Implicates Students



Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said students at Salve Regina were among those who sent vulgar messages directed at his daughter on Twitter. The story that has made national news first started on Feb. 25, when Schilling announced on Twitter that his daughter will be pitching for the Seahawks next year. His daughter, Gabby Schilling, is currently a senior […]

Twin River Plans to Buy the Grand



Just when it seemed as though Newport Grand had slipped out of the headlines, Wednesday, March 4, dawned with a startling development— the establishment would be bought by the same company that operates the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first stirrings of the deal occurred at a Christmas party last December in Providence. “You know how it is […]

Taking Up the Bagpipes



Mike Martin hopes to play in the Hibernian band next year. He aspires to be good enough. He is practicing his difficult instrument five days a week in order to get his marching orders. His tutor is a fair, but tough, whip-cracker who is putting the 71-year-old through his paces every Thursday night. An unassuming active member of the Newport […]

All Aboard for Irish Sites



One of the most anticipated events during Newport’s annual Irish Heritage Month is the Trolley Tour of Irish Newport, on Saturday, March 7, sponsored by the Museum of Newport Irish History. The tour incorporates history and sightseeing and is a fun, interactive way to learn about the city’s rich Irish heritage. Approximately 30 sites are seen during the tour. Tour […]

Proposed Sports Fields Prompt Heated Debate

Middletown Council to Decide Tibbett’s Fate on March 16

More than 220 people crammed the Gaudet Middle School cafeteria on Monday, March 2, in vehement dialogue over the proposed master plan to build athletic fields on 60 acres off East Main Road in Middletown. The polarizing issue has been in the public arena for two years now, but its roots go back to 2008. The cafeteria was split into […]

Broadway Project Set to Proceed

Business Owners Fear Further Disruptions

With financing secured through a combination of state and city monies, the Broadway Streetscape Project is poised to take off in April. Over the course of the next 18 months, workers will construct a new roadway, improve sidewalks and crosswalks, and upgrade lighting, signage, and stormwater drainage systems. At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Newport City Council solidified […]

AOH Men Keep Grip on Cup



A bit of blarney was in the air and more than a bit of Irish pride was at stake at Hibernian Hall Saturday night as four teams of locals morethan proud of their roots went head to head in a quest for the Newport Irish Heritage Quiz Cup. The defending champion Ancient Order of Hibernians Men’s Team faced the Ladies […]

Irish Heritage Association Awards



The Newport Irish Heritage Association is seeking nominations for their CIVITAS Award and Fenian Award for 2015. Deadline is April 24. The CIVITAS Award is a community service award presented to a member of the Newport County community of non-Irish descent who is recognized by the association for volunteer service to the community. The Fenian Award is presented to someone […]