Bike Back to School

With its straightforward mission “to improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in and around Newport for the health and well-being of our youth and families,” Bike Newport, a fully-funded non-profit since 2013, is making good on its efforts “to help more people get out of the car and into the saddle–to discover, explore, traverse, and enjoy the beauty and delight of […]

Lawsuit Names Uber

For the two years since ridehailing company Uber launched in Newport, Daniel Moriarty of Newport’s Orange Cab and Warwick’s Airport Taxi vocally expressed concern that the company is operating illegal taxi carriers in the state. Last week, he took a more aggressive stance by filing a lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court. Orange Cab is authorized for 46 cars in […]

Lighthouse Museum Honors Shipwreck Researcher

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association is recognizing Newport native Jim Jenney for his five decades of meticulous maritime disaster research that has been compiled as the Rhode Island Shipwreck Database. Jenney has worked with Beavertail in documenting 1,208 vessels that have sunk off of Rhode Island’s coast, from Watch Hill to Block Island to the Massachusetts border. Combined with his […]

Rental Workshop Falls Short

A long-anticipated workshop to discuss short-term rentals in Newport was not as productive as some council members had hoped. “More than 20 people from the public came but we only heard from four in 35 minutes,” said Councilor Naomi Neville, who, along with Councilors John Florez and Lynn Ceglie, requested the workshop in March through a resolution. Neville requested a […]

‘Wings and Wheels’ Sets Fundraising Record for NBS

You couldn’t beat the setting: under the stars on a beautiful night at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown for the tenth annual Bird Ball. You couldn’t beat the theme: a retro 1950s backdrop, complete with four vintage vehicles on loan from the Audrain Automobile Museum, the evening’s presenting sponsor. You couldn’t beat the cause: NBS’s ongoing mission of habitat […]

City Manager Search Quietly Proceeds

With another executive session on the calendar for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 27, Newport councilors are scheduled to continue their deliberations on the choice for the city’s next manager. Whether the meeting will result in an announcement remains to be seen, but it will be the latest in a series of closed-door talks that have continued over the summer […]

Newport Teachers Still Have No Deal

As Newport students prepare to re-enter classrooms for the new school year, their teachers will be entering their second year of work with no contract. Superintendent Colleen Jermain confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 26, that the schools made a contract proposal as recently as three weeks ago to the union but have not received a response. “We presented a proposal to the […]


Fireworks to Launch at Naval Concert The Annual Salute to Summer concert and fireworks show returns to the Naval Station Newport Base on Saturday, Aug. 29. The concert is free and open to the public. It will feature the music of Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band “Changes In Latitudes” at 5 p.m., followed by a performance by Navy Band Northeast at […]

Caveat Emptor

In Latin, we say, “Caveat emptor.” In English, “Let the buyer beware.” The admonition was once applied to such things as used cars or to the wares hawked out of a suitcase by old-fashioned traveling salesmen. Today, technology has changed everything. In days of yore, if you were without a set of wheels you called a cab. No big deal: […]

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