Wave Bon Voyage!

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail around the world solo and nonstop, set out July 1 on Grey Power against 19 other competitors on the 2,800-mile Transatlantic Race 2015 from Newport to Cornwall, England. The 76-year-old skipper was joined by just three crew members. The largest, fastest, and most powerful boats in the three-start race will set sail […]

School Budget Requires Layoffs

As Many as 19 Teachers May Lose Jobs

One day before the new fiscal year began on July 1, the Newport School Committee passed a balanced budget plan that closed projected deficits largely through teacher layoffs. “The work to reconcile this budget has been the most inclusive and transparent with which I have ever been involved,” said Committee Chair Jo Eva Gaines as she opened the meeting on […]

Newport Ready to Say Bonjour to L’Hermione

Plans are in the air to welcome the French to Newport again, but this time, unlike in 1780 when the colonists were leery following the three year occupation by British forces, they will be met with open arms. L’Hermione, an almost exact replica of the 210’ ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America with news of French support […]

Assembly Leaves Unfinished Business

In the end, the wingspan of henlaying chickens may have been at least partly responsible for what has widely been described as the unusually “abrupt” finish of this year’s Rhode Island General Assembly’s regular session. That and the economics of replacing smaller cages with larger ones. The House was still in session as the clock wound toward 10 p.m. on […]

Gulls Still Flying High

The children line up, stretching their white Gull shirts through the chain link fence. The players sign the clothing with Sharpies, giving their first requested autographs. Other children scurry everywhere with their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, teams, coaches, mentors, and friends. Those whose hands are big enough wear little mitts in the hopes of catching a foul ball. It’s hard […]

Gallery Night Art Tour

Free guided walking art tours will resume with short, informational tours running as follows: 5 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue meeting inside at C.L. Sherman’s Gallery at the Hotel Viking; 6 p.m. at 141 Spring St. meeting inside Art on Spring; and 7 p.m. downtown meeting inside Arnold Art Gallery at 210 Thames St. The tours last 30-45 minutes and will […]

Court Proceedings Present a Different Kind of Marathon

By the time athletes cross the Newport Marathon’s Easton’s Beach finish line this fall, the event organizer may feel that it has already weathered its own marathon in court. Since securing the necessary license earlier this year from the Newport City Council to produce the Oct. 11 race, Gray Matter Marketing and the previous producer, Eident Sports Marketing, have been […]


Artist William Heydt recently presented his newest addition to the “Newportant People Series” to the Newport Police Department. There to accept the framed print were five of the officers and detectives in the portrait who were given complimentary prints. Heydt has captured and showcased hundreds of Newportant people, the people who live, work, and make Newport a great place to […]

For What It’s Worth

An email from a local lady offered an item for evaluation: a whip holder from Chateau Sur Mer. Her uncle was chauffeur to Miss Edith Wetmore (Chateau Sur Mer). The lady spent 17 summers there during her childhood. It was difficult to value, but certainly worth between $400 and $500. A book of this lady’s experiences at Chateau Sur Mer […]

Some Things Just Never End Well

Some things just never seem to end well. Take for example, the Rhode Island General Assembly’s “abrupt” adjournment on the evening of Thursday, June 25. Both the House and Senate called it quits without the usual wee-hoursof the-morning horse trading and the implied threats to hold each other’s bills hostage unless certain measures were voted on and approved by the […]