Harvest Fun Abounds at Trinity

The seventh annual Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch is in full swing atop Queen Anne Square through Halloween. Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes, unusual gourds, mums and ornamental cabbages will be for sale. Weekends in the patch will bring live music, baked goods, lunches, vendors, artisans, and an opportunity for some great fall photos. The historic church will be […]

Tentative Agreement Reached

The ongoing dispute over a labor union contract between the Teachers Association of Newport (TAN) and the Newport School Committee is one step closer to a resolution this week. After mediating without breaks from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, they reached a tentative agreement, according to lawyers on both sides. Teachers will vote to ratify the […]

‘Navies in Miniature’ Featured at Seamen’s

The Seamen’s Church Institute is currently hosting “Navies in Miniature,” a remarkable exhibit of model ships on loan from the United States Naval War College Museum. The models trace the naval history of Newport and Narragansett Bay from Colonial times through World War II, and highlight the many historical advances that have been achieved in the region over the past […]

Condos Clear First Hurdle

Does Middletown need 37 new condos for those 55 and up? Does it need a new development near a prized fresh water brook and wetlands? As proposed, will the developer’s plan clear a half dozen permit, zoning, planning, and environmental hurdles? The Middletown Town Council kept a plan alive to build 37 1,500-square-foot condominiums on 11 acres north of Oliphant […]

Art at the Beach

Easton’s Beach provided the perfect venue and raw materials once again on Oct. 15 for the 10th annual Studio Art Beach Installation by middle school students at St. Michael’s Country Day School. The students in grades 5-8, Studio Art teachers, Leslie Keohane and Robert Kalaidjian and computer graphics teacher Steven Turilli collaborated on the design and worked as a team […]

‘A Philippine Night’ to Remember

His Eminence Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., the Philippine ambassador to the United States, will be the guest of honor at “A Philippine Night” on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Valley Road. The event will be hosted by four local cultural Philippine organizations: The Filipino-American Association of Newport, The Filipino-American Community of South Coast (based in […]

Daffodillion Update

For Newport’s daffodillophiles, the campaign to plant a million daffodils throughout the flowerbeds and roadsides of the city continues to be a resplendent success. The Great Daffodil Giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 17, first at Newport’s Easton’s Beach and later at Ballard Park, distributed more than 40,000 bagged bulbs (two dozen to a bag) to the open arms of enthusiastic local […]

Gift for PPEF

Savings Institute Bank & Trust was Presenting Sponsor for the annual Celebrate Portsmouth Education event, which helped to raise more than $17,000 toward the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation’s grant program. The grants provided by the program help Portsmouth school teachers who go above and beyond to inspire creativity in their students. “We have strong roots in the communities that we […]

Councilors Ponder Transparency

A resolution proposing monthly online newsletters and regular “citizen engagement forums” to augment communications between city leaders and their constituents prompted a broader discussion among Newport city councilors about their public availability and transparency. Sponsored by at-large Councilor John Florez, the measure began with a statement that “there is a need for improved transparency between the city administration and the […]

Team Evaluates Middletown High

Middletown High School recently wrapped up a multi-year accreditation evaluation process that the staff viewed as a success. “Overall it was a really good report,” said Principal Gail Abromitis at the School Committee meeting held Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Oliphant administration building. The report, prepared by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), will be forwarded to […]