MEN who make a DIFFERENCE

Domestic violence affects people from all walks of life

Chuck, of Middletown, one of the founders of Aquidneck Land Trust in 1990, is now the executive director. He has taken an active role in the Newport Health Equity Zone Project spearheaded by the Women’s Resource Center and is deeply concerned about improving physical and mental health of the underserved communities of Newport. How can boys be inspired to grow […]

A Shroud of Improvement



For nearly a month now, the Colony House has been ensconced in a lightweight mesh shroud as craftsmen repoint the façade’s 18th-century bricks and repair and patch the brownstone around the windows. The state-funded project also includes modernizing the bathrooms inside. Ruth Taylor, Newport Historical Society executive director and overseer of the former Statehouse said, “I’m pleased that the state […]

Remember Photo ID for Voting

Three Polling Places in Newport

With the Democratic and Republican presidential primary set for Tuesday, April 26, Rhode Islanders should make a note to have a photo ID at the polls. A photo identification is still a fairly new voting requirement in the state, originating with 2011 legislation that first became effective for the 2014 elections. The law is less restrictive than some measures enacted […]

Fleet 413 Ends Regular Season with Record Turnout



For those who missed the Thrilla in Manila, the third and final fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier back in 1975, the Nail Biter in Newport was a worthy substitute. World Champion Peter Shope and Steve Kirkpatrick slugged it out for bragging rights for the Fleet 413 frostbite season, and it all came down to the last day. Using […]

Contract To Hike Tax Rate



The Middletown Town Council has unanimously approved a three-year contract with the teachers union, but not before some councilors delivered a scolding to the School Committee. “I am not pleased at all with what has transpired this past year,” council President Robert J. Sylvia said at the council meeting on Monday, April 18. After more than a year of tense […]

Swing into Spring Touted as ‘Biggest and Most Successful’



Nearly 400 members of the Aquidneck Island community came out in full swing on Thursday, April 14, to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at the 20th annual Swing into Spring fundraiser at the Newport Marriott. The event, which benefits hunger relief in Newport County as well as education and community programs serving approximately 3,000 local children, adults, […]

Councilor Offers Blunt Marijuana Plan



As Rhode Island lawmakers debate the legalization of marijuana, a Middletown councilor wants the town to be prepared. “I truly believe that at some point down the road, maybe not this year, we are going to be dealing with the recreational legalization of marijuana,” said Councilor Henry Lombardi at the Town Council meeting on Monday, April 18. Through a two-page […]

CIVITAS and Fenian Award Winners



The Board of Directors of the Newport Irish Heritage Association has announced the recipients of the organization’s 2016 CIVITAS and Fenian Awards. The CIVITAS Award is presented to area residents who have, through their charitable and volunteer work, made positive contributions to the local community. This year’s recipient of the CIVITAS Award is John Dias, a retired Newport teacher, athlete, […]

CNA Training



A Health Care Certified Nursing Assistant job skills training program is being offered for Newport County residents beginning May 16 by East Bay Skills Alliance, a program of East Bay Community Action Program. Those interested in participating must attend one information and testing session, which will be offered on the following dates: Monday, April 25, from 9 a.m. – noon; […]

NBA Skills Challenge



The Newport Recreation Department is hosting the local segment of the all new Junior NBA National Basketball Skills Challenge sponsored by Verizon on Sunday, April 24. The skills challenge is open to ages 9 through 14. There will be six first place finishers; boys and girls, ages 9-10, 11-12, and 13- 14. Each division winner will advance to the regional […]