Spectacular Perspective

Stopover Begins, China's Dongfeng Arrives First

Locals lined the shores the night of May 6 when word quickly spread that the lead boats were expected to reach the bay within an hour, a full day ahead of schedule, thanks to excellent sailing conditions. The fairer than normal weather and winds which facilitated the speedy leg is expected to continue and will no doubt fuel both crowds […]

Police Cameras Proposed



Amid rising tensions between communities and police departments across the country, a Newport City Councilor would like to explore the idea of placing cameras on local officers. John Florez drafted a resolution expected to appear on the May 27 docket that directs the city to “investigate possible funding sources for a one year pilot program for the use of body […]

Schools Directed to Cut $144K



On the surface, it doesn’t sound like much – $144,000 out of a proposed $38.4 million school budget – but the Middletown Town Council is adamant that the School Committee make that cut for the next fiscal year. In a May 4 joint meeting to discuss challenges that the committee faces in order to keep its annual budget under the […]

Unexpected Trunk Show



An unidentified driver crashed a small SUV through the east facing outside wall of the Andria Bird Bride Shop, 225 Spring St., at approximately 1:30 a.m., on Sunday morning, May 3. The vehicle heavily damaged an apparent load bearing wall and may have caused structural damage to the building. An investigation is ongoing and the Newport Fire Department had to […]

New Home for Comedy



The Newport Comedy Series has announced that the Newport Hyatt on Goat Island will be the new venue for the series’ 2015 season. “We look forward to a 15th consecutive season as we continue to bring many of the biggest stars in standup comedy to Rhode Island and Newport,” said Series President Joe Rocco. He said that six to 10 […]

Pitches of a Different Sort



Some 36 male and female adult rugby teams descended on Fort Adams for the New England Rugby Football Club’s annual spring tourney last weekend, May 2 and 3. Hundreds of players, coaches, spouses, children, spectators and referees watched the 30 games that were played simultaneously over each of the three fields (pitches), until the double-elimination tournament crowned both a men’s […]

Welcome Center Challenges Still Percolating



Notwithstanding a Jan. 5 ruling by the Newport Zoning Board of Review that gave the go-ahead to The Preservation Society of Newport County to construct a muchdebated welcome center at The Breakers, the development of the facility could still be impacted by two lawsuits filed by the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association (BOPNA) that are slowly working their way through […]

Casino Dialogue Begins in Tiverton



The public discussion over a potential new future for Newport Grand shifted to Tiverton on Monday, May 4, when the chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc., appeared before the Town Council and briefed municipal leaders on the company’s concept of developing a “convenience casino” on a 45-acre parcel on the edge of town less than 400 feet from the […]

Mascot Volunteers Wanted



The Newport Gulls are looking for volunteers interested in serving as Gully or Gully Jr., mascots for home games at Cardines Field this summer. Tryouts will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road. For more information on being a mascot, contact Ryan Lauriat at operations@newportgulls.com, or 401-845-6832 or […]

Sunset League



The George Donnelly Sunset League derived its name because games used to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at dusk. It is the oldest continuous amateur baseball league in the United States. There are currently seven teams in the league: Mudville, Town Dock, RR Legion, Brothers Oven, Westcott, Newport, and RR Construction. All games are played at Cardines Field. For […]