Can You Dig It … Again?



With the arrival of spring, the Broadway Streetscape project and its attendant army of cones, barrels, backhoes, and construction workers, is back on track. Last week’s return to full throttle after a winter hiatus has positioned the activity along the western side of Broadway. Divided into three segments, the first piece to be completed runs from Equality Park to Oak […]

$10M School Repair Bond Advances



Middletown officials have given a tentative nod to placing a $10 million school facilities bond before voters this November. “We know exactly what we need to do to bring our buildings up to code, health and safety wise,” said Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger, speaking at the Mar. 21 Town Council meeting. She added the town is eligible for up to a […]

Middletown Recruit Works Like a Dog



A year after a Middletown officer asked council to throw the town a bone by approving a new K-9 unit, a friendly, albeit furry, new recruit was officially sworn into the police department ranks. “His drive is through the roof,” said Officer David Guerriero about Luca, a 19-month-old Belgian Malinois. Guerriero first pitched the K-9 department in 2014. “It’s something […]

New Beach House Taxes Criticized



Nine months after the Rhode Island Department of Revenue began collecting the state’s seven percent sales tax and one percent local hotel taxes on short-term vacation rental properties, there remains a sense of unease about the law’s reach for new revenue in this manner. “We feel that it is a back-door way for the state to collect property taxes,” said […]

‘Any Time is the Right Time to Do This Play’



“A rat slept in my shoe … transport into the new ghetto, into the unknown. 1,500 children will arrive tonight. They are from Poland … None of the children can speak Czech. We don’t know if they are Jewish or Polish or what? They look awful … they all have tiny faces and old bodies … they all have such […]

He Made Them Laugh, He Made Them Cry



Opening night is one step closer for the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, which this week received a check for $1,016,800, the first infusion of funds under the portioned awarding of an eventual $4.2 million from the Rhode Island Creative and Cultural Economy Bond measure. The grant, one of the largest state investments ever made in an […]

Tentative Agreement Reached with Teachers



After protests, student pleas and over a year of negotiations, the members of National Education Association Middletown (NEAM) and the Middletown School Committee have reached agreement on a new labor contract. The three-year contract is pending Town Council approval. “After negotiating for 13 very long months, we have successfully reached an agreement between NEAM and the School Committee,” said NEAM […]

The Genesis of Child & Family



In 1866, the attention of the ladies of Newport was drawn to the great need of shelter for orphans and children of destitute parents. The Civil War had ended a year earlier, leaving many families split and in turmoil and children were of necessity begging in the streets. It was evident there was a need for a home for these […]

New Family 5K and Run



To help celebrate the beginning of Frosty Freez’s 60th season, the shop is raising funds for two worthy causes, the Middletown High School Cross Country team, which has to completely fund itself, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The inaugural Frosty Freez Family Fun 5K and Frosty Freez Kiddie Cone Run will be held on Saturday, March 26, at Second […]

ALN Annual Meeting



The Alliance for a Livable Newport will hold its 2016 annual meeting on Monday, April 4, at the Salvation Café, 140 Broadway. The meeting, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., is open to any that would like to learn more about ALN and to all members. Newport City Manager Joseph Nicholson will make a brief presentation and welcomes questions from those […]