The Best and Brightest



Newport Community School Education Coordinator Sarah Robinson (left) works with NCS students Emmanuel Martinez (12), Gabrielle Brown (11), and Rachel Alves (11) on the four-foot square Lite Brite they created for this year’s Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park, from Feb. 18-20. Using wood, fluorescent lights, plastic water bottles, ingenuity, and the mentorship of FabNewport, the students were part of […]

Teachers File for Arbitration



After a year of negotiations, Middletown teachers are still “very far off” from reaching an agreement on their labor contract, according to their lawyers. “There isn’t just one sticking point,” said Jennifer Azevedo, assistant executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, which represents the union of 100 Middletown teachers. “There are literally five or six issues that separate […]

New Leaders Rock School Bands



On a sweltering afternoon in the Louisiana bayou, little Don Chilton unfolded his orange and white record player and floated to the ceiling of his ­bedroom, lifted by the raspy vocals and brassy intonations of Louis Armstrong’s legendary horn. “Armstrong was my inspiration. When I first heard him, I was in the third grade. When it came time to pick […]

Manager Interviews to Begin



Determined to fill the position before the end of March, Newport City Councilors will interview two candidates for the long-available city manager’s job on Friday, Jan. 29. “Now its full-speed ahead,” said Councilor Lynn U. Ceglie, the council’s liaison with the manager selection process. “We’ve chosen the applicants we want to interview right now. We’re looking for the best match […]

Portsmouth’s Controversial Icon Disappears



Between circling helicopters (curiosity factor) and the arrival of cranes and backhoes, the ill-fated windmill located at Portsmouth High School is going out in a blaze of glory. After nearly four years of sitting idle, the turbine has been taken apart and brought back down to earth. “The blades came down last night,” said Portsmouth Town Council member David Gleason, […]

Director to Retire



“I love the Potter League,” said Christie Smith. “I love it for the staff and volunteers who every day put their hearts on the line to help animals and their people. I love how ‘Enriching Lives’ has become our mantra.” After a nearly 35-year tenure, M. Christie Smith, CAWA, recently announced that she will be retiring from her position as […]

Troop 82 Celebrates Golden Anniversary



Portsmouth Boy Scout Troop 82 celebrated 50 years of scouting at a special anniversary dinner on Jan. 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Tiverton. Over 200 guests, including 35 Eagle Scouts, three Scoutmasters and previous Senior Patrol Leaders reunited to honor the troop’s service to the community. A montage of photographs depicting five decades of troop activities, historical […]

Huge Turnout for Bone Marrow Screening



They stood in line by the hundreds – an expectant mother, teens still in school, a man on crutches, another in a foot cast – serpentined around the walls of the Pell School gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 25. They were 345 strong by 5 p.m. and more than 500 strong after four hours, all hoping to be perfect bone marrow […]

Addition Planned for Midtown Oyster Bar



The Newport Zoning Board of Review has unanimously approved a petition from the Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames St., to construct a 1,021-square-foot addition with a rooftop deck at the rear of the restaurant’s present building. With no objectors to the proposal, the board quickly dispensed with the application at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. The present structure was […]

For What It’s Worth



In July, I reported the discovery of a small collection of Alexander Calders on a house call. The four pieces, an oil portrait, a pen and ink drawing, and two watercolors went to auction in January. The results from the recent auction indicate that the total for the items was $211,560. Above are two of the auctioned pieces. The portrait […]