ITHOF Renovation a Smash



The International Tennis Hall of Fame reopened this week, after a much anticipated $3 million renovation and expansion, and the now over-the-top museum set in the historic Newport Casino does not disappoint. The storied evolution of the famed Casino, a Gilded Age social club dating back to 1880, hit a height unseen for almost a century, with the advent of […]

Manager Search on Next Step



The formal list of candidates to become Newport’s next city manager, first reduced from about 50 hopefuls to 12–10 of them men–has now been cut to six–all men. ‘”We’ve narrowed it down to six people,” said Councilor John F. Florez. “To be frank, no one at this stage has jumped out at me. I don’t feel we’ve gotten the quality […]

Bill Seeks Waitstaff Pay Hike



Despite apparent misgivings among business leaders, General Assembly lawmakers who support a bill increasing the $2.89 minimum hourly wage for tip-earning waitstaff believe that such a bill can be enacted this year. The $2.89 base wage was set nearly 20 years ago when the minimum wage for other workers, now $9 in Rhode Island, was $4.45. Rep. Lauren Carson, D-Newport, […]

Efforts Underway to Restore Belmont Chapel



It is an outdoor museum, a hallowed ground of the famous interred within their once-social now-marble circle, filled with the works of the best artists of the day. Island Cemetery has been a resting place for America’s elite for two centuries; it contains the remains of the mavens who made headlines along Fifth Avenue and Bellevue Avenue since Queen Victoria […]

Grand Reopening at Tennis Hall of Fame



After three years of planning and a $3 million renovation, the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame has reopened its doors. At the heavily attended opening ceremony held Wednesday, May 20, Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin said he hopes the project will “inspire the future” of the sport. The new collection features multimedia exhibits and a cohesive […]

Big Events for Bike Newport



Hundreds ditched their cars in favor of two wheels this past weekend to celebrate and attend two local events: Newport Bike to Work Day and the Volvo Ocean Race. Friday morning saw Bike Newport’s fifth annual Bike Commuter Breakfast in Washington Square, where the organization asked 115 bicycle commuters to share why they bike as they enjoyed breakfast provided by […]

Bike Friendly Business of the Year



The Newport County YMCA was named the Bicycle Friendly Business of the Year by Bike Newport for its “consistent and ongoing support and encouragement of bicycling.” In the past year, the Y has promoted biking activities to their membership, added bike programs to the summer camp, and ordered a new high capacity bike rack for the property. Most recently, the […]

Huge Turnout May Mean Volvo’s Return in 2018



With the unprecedented mild weather, an influx of visitors from around the world, and swarms of New Engladers flocking to the city, the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover got the summer season off to a ready start. The final visitor count of approximately 125,000 at the stopover exceeded all expectations for the 12-day celebration, and the local community couldn’t be […]

Schools Present 2016 Budget Request



After several weeks of workshops where Newport City Councilors have been meeting with municipal department heads to hear their financial requests for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, the Newport School Committee and Superintendent Colleen Jermain took their turn at the table on Wednesday, May 20, and presented the schools’ proposed 2016 budget to councilors. Jermain kicked off […]

Traffic Pattern Change on Broadway



In preparation for the start of the next phase of the $1.3 million Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project that begins in earnest on June 1, RIDOT has dramatically altered traffic patterns at the southern end of Broadway, including Marlborough Street. As of mid-morning on Wednesday, May 20, the following vehicular traffic changes have been instituted: Northbound travel has been restricted on […]