Both Sides Seeing Red



Wearing bright red in a show of solidarity, the Teachers Association of Newport (TAN) took their dispute with the Newport schools to the streets. Entering their second year without a ratified contract, dozens of teachers held an “informational picket” in the parking lot at Rogers High School on Wednesday, Sept. 2. TAN President Christie Cykert said, in part, “We’ve been […]

Schools, Union Dig In

Offer Rejected, Arbitration Likely

The week prior to the start of the new academic year proved to be a tumultuous one for Newport teachers, the School Committee, and Superintendent Colleen Jermain. The Teachers Association of Newport (TAN) took a vote of no confidence in Jermain and rejected the school’s latest contract offer. TAN is entering its second year without a contract, with its last […]

Sandpiper Cottages Sale Leaves Tenants Scrambling



The sale of Middletown’s Sandpiper Cottages has left some long-term tenants scrambling, but a meeting with the new owner gave them a two-week extension to find new housing. Stephen Chapman sold the property for $1 million on Friday, Aug. 28, to Newport developer Christopher Bicho of the Landings Real Estate, who plans to demolish the existing 23 cottages and construct […]

Councilors Switch Gears on Manager



After spending much of this year working with an outside recruiting firm to identify and hire Newport’s next city manager, councilors announced on Tuesday, Sept. 1, that efforts so far have been unsuccessful and that a new search would begin through an in-house process. A replacement is being sought for former City Manager Jane Howington, who tendered her resignation in […]

What’s on the Horizon for the Upcoming School Year?



Some Newport students may be disappointed that summer is coming to a close, but principals say they have a lot to look forward to this school year. Below are a few new programs available to elementary and middle school students. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8. Pell Elementary School Kindergarten Soft Start With an incoming kindergarten class of 180 students, Pell […]

NACTC Students at Work



Twelve local teens recently had the chance to showcase what they learned during a six-week summer boatbuilding program, a collaborative effort put on by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) and the Newport Area Career & Technical Center (NACTC). The students, who hail from different towns throughout Newport County, gathered at Fort Adams on Aug. 13 to launch their […]

Salve Shuttle Ready to Roll



Two 29-passenger mini-buses will soon be running between Salve Regina University and downtown Newport after City Councilors gave their endorsement to a shuttle program that the university is confident will enhance student safety while also helping to alleviate traffic problems in surrounding neighborhoods. Although there is nothing in the city’s regulatory structure that would prohibit the shuttle system, the university […]

For What It’s Worth



A collector recently brought in a stained glass window inquiring about its age and origin. I immediately recognized the piece being from the Belcher Glass Works of New York. Commonly described as Mosaic Glass, it was produced during the late 19th century. The use of mercury and asbestos during production insured a short production life. Though rare, this type of […]

NEWS BRIEFS



Newport Public Schools Schedule Schools open Tuesday, Sept. 8 Pupils not yet registered should visit npsri.net/registration to download the registration packet and make an appointment to complete the process at the Newport Public Schools Administration Center, 15 Wickham Road, Room 416. Rogers High School and Newport Area Career & Technical Center For all students in grades 9 through 12, classes […]

As the World Turns



Believe it or not, Newport is still looking for a new city manager; Broadway is a dusty construction site from end to end; and the city’s Gateway Center may soon get an unexpected $6 million from the federal government. The most recent permanent Newport city manager, Jane Howington, took off for a similar job in Ohio in 2014, resigning her […]