Council Supports Bag Ban



Newport City Councilors have given a preliminary nod to phase out disposable plastic bags. “The impact of plastics first came to my attention when I saw a statue made of trash at the Volvo Ocean Race,” Councilor John Florez told Newport This Week. He sponsored the bill along with Councilors Lynn Ceglie and Naomi Neville. Florez was referring to trash-to-treasure […]

The Need for Speed



Hosted by Sail Newport, the World Match Racing Tour is in town, and everybody, from now until Saturday, June 4, will be wanting a piece of the action—whether as spectator or competitor. There will be 20 boats racing, with teams of four sailors each, all of them hoping to earn a spot in the final race of the series, in […]

Jermain Makes Case for Budget



Citing the district’s special education tuitions, the need for more teachers and paraprofessionals to accommodate growing enrollments, and contractually-obligated staff raises, Newport Schools Superintendent Colleen Jermain has presented city officials with her formal request for a four percent increase in local appropriations for the 2016-2017 school year. “I understand that these have been challenging times and I do know that […]

Community Conversation Upon Entering Newport



Experts in varied fields joined residents in an exchange of ideas on Saturday, May 21, at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum regarding the “sense of arrival and discovery” as one enters into Newport. Ronald Lee Fleming, organizer of the three-panel forum, felt there was a good turnout for the gathering and said people are excited and enthusiastic about making Newport’s […]

Super Students



A Star Kids scholarship student, graduating this spring from Portsmouth Abbey, spoke to a large crowd of Star Kids supporters at the organization’s annual gala, held Saturday, April 30, at Ochre Court. She is standing with Dr. Timothy Flanigan, founder and president of the Star Kids Scholarship Program. Flanigan founded Star Kids in 2000, an organization that provides tuition assistance […]

Then There Were Two



Following the funeral for the aged beech tree at the Newport Art Museum, another giant on Bellevue succumbed to disease and old age. The Redwood Library assures us that the remaining beeches are in good health. The National Museum of American Illustration is holding “A Celebration of Trees,” a free family event on the grounds of our Frederick Law Olmsted […]

Hospital Recognizes Volunteers



More than 130 volunteers, staff and administration at Newport Hospital recently gathered to honor area volunteers and students who gave over 28,600 hours of service to the hospital over the last year. Among those specifically recognized were the three Shining Star Award recipients, above, for their positive impact on the hospital. To learn more about the volunteer program, call 401-845-1635.

Remembering the Past



Each community on the island will hold Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 30. In Newport, those lost at sea will be honored with strewing of flowers into the bay at Storer Park at 11 a.m., and a ceremony will follow at noon at City Hall. The VFW Post 5390, Portsmouth and will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. In […]

Later Start Time Gains Momentum



The move to establish a later start to the school day at Rogers High School gained enough traction at its third round of public discussion on Monday, May 23, for it to be added to the agenda for the School Committee’s year-end meeting on June 9. Committee Chair Jo Eva Gaines opened up the dialogue by saying, “It’s a great […]

‘Their Success is Part of Your Success’

Fourth-grade teacher at Gaudet Middle School is Chosen as Educator of the Year

As a child, Joanne Reilly-Chaves really loved school. Everything about it. “Every year was a good experience,” she explains. For her, “being in school was always good and positive.” Reilly-Chaves teaches fourth grade at the Joseph H. Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. Now grown up, being in the classroom for her is still clearly a “good and positive” experience, and […]