Chamber Grant Axed

As the General Assembly heads toward its final 2016 chapter, the controversial $225,000 grant awarded annually by legislators to the Newport County Chamber of Commerce since 2003 has been cut from the 2016-2017 state budget. “That grant is not in the state budget,” a well-placed legislative source told Newport This Week after late-night Statehouse meetings that ran into the early […]

Can We Park Yet?

The upgrade at the Bellevue Gardens parking lot which began in early March is moving right along, with finish date aiming for the end of this month–in time for Tennis Week. Changes and upgrades include new LED lighting, improved drainage, new granite curbing, and, as a complement to the brick sidewalk across the street, a series of bricked walkways amid […]

DARE Makes a Difference

The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has been a part of Newport’s educational system for over two decades. Originally designed to complement national drug and alcohol awareness and education policies, DARE was aimed at helping young people make sensible and safe decisions about addictive substances. In recent years, the curriculum has evolved to counter other challenges faced by today’s […]

Open Space Plan Nears Completion

The Newport Open Space Partnership is heading into the final phases of producing a plan to support the long-term future of the city’s trees, parks, and open spaces. On Monday, June 6, a crowd of around 100 attended the third and final community meeting to discuss the 10-year master plan under development. It is expected to be completed by early […]

Young Filmmakers

The red carpet was rolled out for Newport’s youngest movie directors at the third annual Thompson Middle School Night at the Oscars on Monday, June 6. “It’s a yearlong process,” said sixth-grade teacher Lisa Olaynack, who is one of four teachers on the documentary team project. All 160 sixth-grade students collaborate in teams to produce the documentaries. Out of the […]

Underwater Robotics Team Goes to Nationals

The Rogers High School Underwater Robotics Team recently attended the National SeaPerch Challenge at LSU in Baton Rouge La. There were 195 teams from across the globe. The program focuses on STEM fundamentals where students develop their engineering skills. The Rogers team qualified to attend nationals by winning the Southern New England regional event. Many hours of in-pool practice were […]


The slightly rainy weather and temperatures in the 60s were ideal running conditions for the nearly 3,000 people who took part in the Newport 10-Miler on Sunday, June 5. The race, which started and ended at Forts Adams State Park and took the crowd along Ocean Drive, raised more than $20,000 for local charities, including a $16,500 donation to the […]

Newport Beach House Set to Tie Knots

Council Considers Licensing Issues

Although construction crews are finishing up last minute renovation details this week, Newport Beach House is already sold out with events during prime weekends this summer, and is 80 percent booked for the 2017 season. The former Johnny’s Atlantic Beach Club handed over the keys to their restaurant on Jan. 1, 2016 to Longwood Venues, the Bostonbased company which owns […]

Cemetery Panel Goes Back to Work

The Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission was pretty much just a memory except for one thing–no one in city government had officially done away with it. And it’s a good thing they had not because a small group of local citizens has decided to breathe new life into the panel that concerns itself with the final resting place for many […]

ALT Neighborhood Grants Awarded

The Aquidneck Land Trust has announced the eight grant recipients for the 2016 Merritt Neighborhood Fund. The fund provides modest grants to support the preservation of small parks, playgrounds and other natural spaces in order to strengthen the community’s identity and character. The 2016 Merritt Neighborhood Fund grant recipients include: Aquidneck Community Table for the installation of the Friends Meeting […]