Shopping and Dining Al Fresco



Fans of the local food movement have double reason to rejoice these days with the recent opening of two outdoor farmers markets, Saturday mornings at Newport Vineyards and Wednesday afternoons on Memorial Boulevard. Not to be compared to simple roadside farm stands, samplings at the Aquidneck Growers’ Markets include organic produce, seafood, free range beef, natural skin care products, juices […]

Retirees Agreement Reached



After a year of negotiations, Newport school leaders have reached an agreement with the district’s 65-and-over retirees to transfer their health care coverage to a plan that will provide the same benefits for less cost. Providence labor attorney Aubrey Lombardo represented the schools in the process, which began last June as part of an effort to control outlier costs that […]

‘Fifty and Fabulous’ East Bay Community Action Program



A local community action organization that is fighting the war on poverty turns 50 this year. Located in Newport and East Providence, East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) provides an array of human services, including Head Start, health and dental services, family literacy, case management, food pantries, and senior services. EBCAP President Dennis Roy said that while many milestones have […]

Councilors Revisit Panhandling



A resolution that could lead to restrictions on panhandling was approved by the Newport City Council on Wednesday, May 27. The vote was 4 to 3, and followed the councilors’ discussions on the adequacy of laws already on the books, whether constitutional rights would be hindered, and the extent to which soliciting along roadways presents public safety concerns. The resolution […]

Ladies Set to Charm at St. Columba’s



The Ladies of the Rolling Pin Morris dancers will make a return appearance at St. Columba’s 24th annual garden party on Saturday, June 6. The afternoon of elegance runs 1-5 p.m. and the dancers will perform at 2 p.m. The only female Morris dancers in Rhode Island offer a slightly different take on the traditional dance form that originated in […]

Remembering Those Who Served



Newport held two somber and respectful Memorial Day observances on May 25. The first was conducted at Storer Park on Newport Harbor, to honor combatants lost at sea during times of war. Participants held a moment of silence, prayed and then strew flowers on the waters in remembrance, which was following by the singing of the Navy Hymn. A second […]

Demonstration at Fire Station



In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, the Newport Fire Department recently hosted a demonstration of EMT capabilities and firefighting equipment and apparatus. The event, held at Headquarters, Station #1, Marlborough St., was open to the general public and attracted a number of families. Firefighter and paramedic, Mike Turskey, demonstrated the many medical devices and lifesaving equipment contained on […]

Schools Begin Layoff Process



As work continues to erase a projected budget deficit for the 2016 fiscal year beginning on July 1, the Newport School Committee and Superintendent Colleen Jermain have begun the difficult task of issuing layoff and displacement notices to employees. Facing a hole of at least $1.3 million next year even if the City Council appropriates the maximum funding increase allowed […]

Tourism Strategy Debated



Top Newport-area state lawmakers agree that as the General Assembly churns toward adjournment sometime next month, the level of state support for tourism remains an important local and statewide issue for the legislature to resolve. “It’s definitely under discussion and on the radar screen as one of the top 10 budget items,” said Rep. Lauren H. Carson, D-Newport. “It’s a […]

Broadway Construction Continues



As of Wednesday, May 27, the top layer of pavement on the east side of Broadway was removed beginning at Courthouse Way. Each 600-foot segment of the street will take from 45 to 60 days to complete, taking the project to Equality Park by the end of this year. Construction will then “turn” to head back south in similar 600- […]