Beaming with Thompson Pride



Thompson Middle School students were all smiles at the news that Principal Jaime Crowley was named statewide 2015 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals. The native Fifth Warder began his career teaching French at Mount Hope High School in Bristol in 1997, later serving as department head and assistant principal. He was […]

May 1 Means Meters



While the old winter adage “feed a cold, starve a fever” is familiar, there is an old Newport adage that rings true in springtime: “Starved for space? Feed a meter.” May 1 marks a time of renewal in Newport – warm weather, buds and flowers, and the official start of the parking meter season. Metered parking is in effect from […]

Thriving Warren Theater Had Its Roots In Newport



The 2nd Story Theatre first drew breath along a seedy Long Wharf in a different age, alongside a harbor with a decidedly different ambience. The shows were good, but the atmosphere stunk (more on that later). The thriving enterprise that has been 2nd Story Theatre in downtown Warren for 15 years took off in a tiny space above Harry’s Harbour […]

Summer Concert Series Lost



The promoter of two May concerts at Fort Adams State Park during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover has scrapped plans for further concerts at the park until mid-August at the earliest. Newport Waterfront Events will also stage the long-popular Chowder Cookoff on Saturday, June 6, on the North Lawn at Fort Adams. The cookoff, formerly sponsored by the Newport Yachting […]

Newport Actress Garners Second Shot at 2nd Story



There is an old theater saying that goes, “Never have a clock onstage.” Maybe that’s to prevent scenes that will feel too long, or too short, or maybe because audiences will become aware only of the time and won’t be able to suspend their disbelief. Or maybe it means if you perform long enough, your first stage will inexorably come […]

Trail Markers on Cliff Walk



Finding out what you are looking at while strolling along Newport’s scenic Cliff Walk just got a lot easier, thanks to the installation of 16 trail markers along the iconic trail. The project, launched Monday, features posts with QR codes at various points of interest along the walkway. The codes link smartphones with content written by Salve Regina University Cultural […]

Inspiring Scientists



In partnership with the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island, students are participating in an innovative science program. Funded by a grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, this unique project links island middle school students with educators, biologists and scientists from the URI facility. The students meet with mentors twice a month during the academic year, […]

Swing was an Astounding Success



A sell-out crowd of over 300 guests packed the Atlantic Beach Club and Pavilion on April 9 to celebrate the 19th annual Swing into Spring fundraiser benefiting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The evening was the most successful to date, netting over $110,000 to support the center’s core programs. Event chair Zulekha Ludwig welcomed guests and described […]

New Firefighting Equipment



The Newport Fire Department has readied its newest piece of firefighting equipment, Engine #5, and deployed it to Station #5, on Touro Street. The new apparatus has significant safety upgrades, including a vehicle “black box,” greater water pumping capacity, and increased foam capacity to combat gasoline fires. This is the second new engine delivered under a capital improvement purchase; a […]

Development Issues Await Next City Manager



Four “high-end” developers have already contacted Newport city officials about pursuing projects on the 21-acre site now occupied by the Newport Grand slots parlor should the gambling enterprise relocate to Tiverton, according to Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano. “They’re just trying to get a feel for the situation,” she said, further describing them as “major developers.” Napolitano said she could not disclose […]