Overhead Gardens ‘Planted’

Another surefire sign that summer is right around the corner is the annual hanging of flower baskets by Newport in Bloom, creating a stunning above-eye-level garden running from Bellevue Avenue down into Washington Square. The all-volunteer group has been working atop ladders for much of the week, making sure the city looks its best before summer hits its stride. The […]

Smoking Ban Nears Approval

A smoking ban in Newport recreational areas moved a step closer to reality on Wednesday, May 27, when councilors gave their preliminary approval to an ordinance that would prohibit cigarettes, cigars, or other tobacco-related products from being used on public beaches and parks, including the Cliff Walk. The measure, first recommended by Councilor Justin McLaughlin in September, was endorsed with […]

Double Dutch Sharks Practice for World Event

Every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon they go Dutch at the Florence Gray Center – double Dutch, that is. Members of the city’s Double Dutch Sharks, a young girls ropeskipping team with high aspirations, practice turning two ropes into eggbeaters as a third, and even a fourth, person jumps within the rotors. A first-grader, two secondgraders and six sixth-graders make up […]

National Grid Raises Concerns

Tensions were high on Monday, June 1, as Middletown councilors challenged National Grid representatives on their proposed $90 million project, citing possible negative impacts to the environment and residents. At the regularly scheduled town council meeting, the energy company presented the project plans, which include large infrastructure upgrades expected to be completed by 2020. Although they displayed pictures of electrical […]

NPEF Names 2015 Award Recipients

The Newport Public Education Foundation (NPEF) is pleased to announce recipients of the annual Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards for 2015. Each year awards are presented in three categories: Friend of Education, Partner in Education, and Unsung Hero. The goal of the Newport Public Education Foundation is to help bridge the needs of students in public schools with the community […]

Highest Garden Honor to Dodo Hamilton

Dorrance H. “Dodo” Hamilton, of Newport and Philadelphia, was presented the Garden Club of America’s Medal of Honor, one of the highest honors bestowed annually. Hamilton’s most ambitious effort in Newport was restoring the 45-acre Swiss Village Farm in 2002. She is presently recreating Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s iconic Blue Garden, and she helped establish the Newport Flower Show 20 […]

New Arrivals at Sachuest Beach

The four eggs belonging to the pair of nesting piping plovers at the east end of Sachuest Beach successfully hatched in recent days. Biologists and scientists monitoring the nest believe that this is the same pair of adults which successfully nested in the same general locale during the past two seasons. The roped-off nesting area of this endangered species is […]

Councilors Proceed Cautiously on Police Cameras

At a time of national debate surrounding the sometimes tense relationship between law enforcement officers and their communities, the Newport City Council took up a resolution sponsored by Councilor John Florez that asked the city administration to begin taking a closer look at police body cameras. At a meeting on Wednesday, May 27, city leaders approved an amended version of […]

Touro Trial Begins

A federal judge in Providence has begun hearing arguments in a lawsuit between two Jewish congregations that could determine the future of Newport’s 250-yearold Touro Synagogue. On Monday, June 1, U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell began proceedings to consider New York City’s Congregation Shearith Israel’s claims of ownership over Touro. The present dispute began in 2011 when Touro’s Congregation […]


‘An Evening for Education’ The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards for 2015 will be presented at the Newport Public Educaton Foundation’s annual benefit event, “An Evening for Education,” which will be held Friday, June 19 at the Edward King House. Tickets can be purchased online atnpefri.org and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 401-847-2100 x219. Extending […]