Planting for the Future

AARP Offers Free Tax Assistance Through April 15

Over the past five years, Bob Lobecker has seen tears of frustration but even more sighs of relief and gratitude as April 15 rolls around. Lobecker, 73, a Newport resident, is a retired mechanical engineer who specialized in marine technology and worked at Raytheon. Today, in retirement, Lobecker is the Newport County district coordinator for the American Association of Retired […]

Broadway Work Imminent

Newporters will begin to notice a steady uptick in activity along Broadway with the arrival of warmer weather. Director of Public Services William Riccio provided an update for the streetscape project at a meeting of the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association on Tuesday, March 31. “Construction is imminent and we should start seeing things soon,” he reported. Although final adjustments to […]

AIPC Seeks New Director

A planning body that works to build consensus across Aquidneck Island will soon be looking for a new director. Since the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission’s (AIPC) executive director Tina Dolen stepped down last July, the organization has not rushed to fill the position. Dolen, who had been with AIPC for a decade, accepted a position as executive director of the […]

Combined Dance Gets Glowing Reviews

Sometimes Aquidneck Island’s most challenging issues, such as how to share services across school districts, are best left to the students. For the first time, Newport and Middletown students danced the night away under one roof at the combined Newport-Middletown Glow Dance, held Saturday, March 28. “I’ve known Sammy Peliza, the junior class president of Middletown, for a long time,” […]

Prom Dress Giveaway Hopes for ‘Groovy’ Results

Sometimes the best part of attending a formal event is picking out the perfect dress. But many girls in Rhode Island may not be able to have that experience. That is why Child & Family has teamed up with the Groovy Girls program, a part of Adoption Rhode Island, to host a prom dress giveaway. Groovy Girls provides girls with […]

Council Eyes Entrepreneurs

Newport City Councilor John Florez wants to make the City by the Sea a top choice for entrepreneurs whose ideas and energy have the potential to power the area’s economic engine. “Everyone talks about job growth, but these are just terms which mean nothing without political will and drive,” he said. Following up on his words, Florez is hoping to […]

For What It’s Worth

A relative of the owner pictured medal brought it in for evaluation. The order is titled: “The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire. A Badge of the Fourth Class.” Instructions indicated that the badge was not returnable upon death but The Chancery of the Order of Knighthood would like to know of the recipient’s death. Value: around $175. — […]

Scholarships Offered

Miss Swinburne Scholarship The Miss Swinburne Scholarship for $1,000 – $2,500 is awarded to women and girls of Newport County. Miss Elizabeth Swinburne, a civic-minded woman of the early 1900s, established a school in her home to educate young women in the science and skills of household arts. In her will, she designated the Civic League of Newport to continue […]


Donate Used Bikes Used bikes can be donated and recycled on Saturday, April 11, at the Newport Spring Recycling Day at First Beach, from 8 a.m. – noon and at the Middletown Bulk Waste Day at Second Beach, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. A team from Bike Newport will be there to collect bikes for restoration and distribution in the […]