Nobody Is Blowing Smoke About Marijuana



Local experts say despite a twofold increase in the medical marijuana program since last year and the recent move to decriminalize the drug, there have been no adverse impacts to the community. The state currently has over 15,500 approved cardholders, who may legally grow and buy marijuana. Locally, the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Portsmouth serves 2,200 patients, who are mostly […]

A Unique Trail for Disabled



Students Fall Short on Tests



The results of a new assessment designed to measure student learning against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was lower than leaders were hoping. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, were “disappointing, but not surprising.” The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released the results on Tuesday, […]

Grand’s Future Uncertain



By Barry Bridges The future of Newport Grand became murkier on Monday, Nov. 16, when the Tiverton Town Council voted 6-1 to request that the General Assembly place a casino proposal on the November 2016 ballot. Twin River Worldwide Holdings wants to construct a casino in Tiverton and transfer its existing license at Newport Grand to that facility. However, the […]

Horse Association Meeting



Members of the Aquidneck Island Horse Association invite anyone interested in horses to join them at their next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The group will meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Shove Street in Tiverton at 6 p.m. For more information, contact president, Paul Bernard at 40-418-0208 or secretary Richard Urban at 508-672-7588.

For What It’s Worth



To paraphrase and old adage: “If you keep your toys, some day they will keep you.” Shown is a toy from the 1940s called a Zilotine. A music toy playing disks which would allow the clown to play a song. This one in good condition has modest value in the $100 price range. So, I guess this toy won’t keep […]

On to Nationals



On Nov. 14 the Portsmouth Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleaders placed second at the New England Regional Pop Warner Cheerleading Competition held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The team will go on to compete at the National Championships held in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 9. The team will be doing a number of fundraisers to offset the […]

Award and New Chief of Nursing at Hospital



Newport Hospital has named Orla Brandos, RN, DNP, as its new chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. Brandos, who has 25 years of nursing and nurse leadership experience, was selected following a national search. She most recently served in a leadership position at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts. Brandos will join Newport Hospital on Nov. 30. Brandos’ […]

Joan C. Arnold Award Recipients Announced



The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Linda and George Warner as the 2015 recipients of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. The award will be presented on Dec. 3 at a reception to be held at the Jamestown Arts Center, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The cost to attend the award event is $20 per person. […]

Coach Named to Hall of Fame



The Rhode Island Cal Ripken Baseball Association named 30- year coach and mentor Peter Dibiase, of Jamestown, to its 2015 Hall of Fame Class. His induction dinner was held in West Warwick on Nov. 15. The Jamestown Cal Ripken Baseball Program is open to any boy or girl from ages 4-12 who lives in Jamestown or any city that does […]