A Sea Change at Sea View

Resort Ready to Rise

Developers have big changes planned for Middletown. A $12 million sale of the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown is expected to close Jan. 1 and marks the end of a long history of public beach access. “We have the rights to the beach,” said Atlantic Beach Club General Manager Elaine Holder, about the popular volleyball spot directly in front of […]

Campaign is One in a Daffodillion



The concept is really not so daffy, and working behind the scenes are committed individuals whose goals and strategy have been anything but. Known by its catchphrase of “Let’s Get Daffy!” the nearly 10-year-old Daffodillion Campaign (as in: one daffodil times a million equals a daffodillion), is in fact a highly organized effort that is calling upon local residents to […]

Teachers Protest in Middletown



More than 100 teachers protested in front of Middletown Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 5, frustrated with the Town Council’s involvement in contract negotiations. Assembling an hour prior to the evening’s Town Council meeting, the union protested the council’s rejection of a plan negotiated with the School Committee to extend the teachers’ expired contract by six months. The memorandum of […]

National Arts Chair to Visit Museum



October is Arts and Humanities Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, thereby creating both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH). On Friday, Oct. 16, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., NEA Chairman Jane Chu will be […]

Her Personal Best



Q: Can the physical endurance required of an elite runner and triathlete be re-programmed into the emotional endurance needed to endure not one but two devastating family health crises? A: Lee Cushing DiPietro’s memoir, “Against the Wind: An Ironwoman’s Race for Her Family’s Survival,” answers that question with an endorphin-infused, runner’s high-confident “yes.” DiPietro, who has signed up for the […]

Chinese Paintings Exhibit



On display during the month of October in the Newport Public Library will be a show of Chinese brush paintings created by Rhode Island artists studying with local artist Bettie Sarantos to learn this unique art form that utilizes the traditional Chinese tools: ink stone, ink stick, Oriental brushes and papers. Included in the show are works by Rayne Baer, […]

Committee Members Fill in Gaps



It is 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, and School Committee members Kathy Silvia and Sandra Flowers are outside Pell Elementary School, helping students get on the buses. In the four weeks since the Teachers’ Association of Newport (TAN) voted to impose a work-torule action, three committee members, Chair Jo Eva Gaines, Silvia, and Flowers have rolled up their sleeves […]

City’s Pension Costs Approach $17 Million



The City of Newport spent nearly $17 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30 to cover the cost of pensions for retired public employees, including police and firefighters, municipal workers, teachers and other School Department personnel. The actual 2014-2015 City of Newport overall pension cost figure, according to city controller Nancy A. Lalli, was $16,808,294. That compares to […]

For What It’s Worth



A granddaughter emailed a photo of “granny’s” hand fan, inquiring of its value. It appears to be early 20th century, perhaps as late as 1930. Ivory ends and stays with a hand painted silk depicting wisteria. Oriental and probably Chinese, if in good condition value around $150. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. Do you have a treasured […]

NEWS BRIEFS



ALN Forum on Gateway Center The Alliance for a Livable Newport is hosting a public forum Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Newport Gateway Visitor’s Center to review and provide feedback on the RIPTA/city proposal for exterior repairs and improvements to the Visitors Center. The evening’s speakers are Lillian Shuey Picchione, RIPTA director of capital development; […]