The Plots Thicken



Trip Wolfskehl, left, and his children, Zeke and Juni, tend to the family’s community garden plot at the Great Friends Meeting House, on the corner of Farewell Street and Marcus Wheatland Boulevard. Nearby, fellow gardener Kate Dana weeds and waters a plot she shares with friend Sandy Nesbitt. All are in agreement that the garden has blossomed as a community […]

Land May Be Resold to Town

Concerns Raised About Contamination

Less than a year after local investors agreed to purchase 71 acres of farmland on West Main Road, the Town of Middletown is considering acquiring the site. The Vanicek family used the land, known as the Old Farm, agriculturally since the 1800s, until they sold the parcel for $5.35 million to brothers Peter and Harry Kyriakides. The Vaniceks still do […]

A Major Endeavor to Clean Oceans of Microfibers

Vessel Collects Invisible Threats in New England Waters

We may be eating our bicycle pants. That could be the conclusion of the scientists aboard the American Promise, a 60-foot research vessel that has sailed for four weeks along the waters from Kittery, Maine, to Cape Cod Canal, through New York Harbor to Albany, N.Y., down the Hudson River, out Long Island Sound from the Battery to the Race, […]

Incumbents Rule Out Rerun



With the end of the candidate filing period on Wednesday, June 29, two incumbent Newport City Councilors announced they will not be seeking re-election in 2016. Councilor Naomi Neville issued a statement to that effect as the filing period was winding down, while Councilor John Florez initially declared his candidacy with the necessary paperwork, but then reconsidered and said on […]

A Quick Trip to France and Back



Note to self: The next time you are about to insert yourself into a crowd of people – bright and chatty and worldly people – united by their enthusiasm for all things French, and who gather on a regular basis for the pure joy of sharing their experiences – in French – toss your expectations out the window. And to […]

Summer Solstice Event Best Yet



Under a large tent on the north lawn with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, the Forts Adams Trust Summer Solstice event held on June 24 was a great success on multiple fronts. A record attendance of 145 guests raised their glasses for a champagne sunset toast and helped raise more than $13,500 for the trust–another record over previous summer events. […]

Assembly Loosens Reins on Microbreweries



The 2016 General Assembly approved legislation that would enable visitors to Rhode Island microbreweries, distilleries and wineries to sample the local products as well as to buy them in limited quantities for consumption elsewhere. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law identical House- and Senate passed bills on June 28. The final version of the bills limits daily sales for […]

Sailing and Marine Education Programs to Expand



Sail Newport has launched a $10 million Campaign for Blue Space to expand public access sailing programs, broaden its marine education programming and build a new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center on the waterfront at Fort Adams State Park. The new 8,500-square-foot Mid- Park Marine Education and Recreation Center will provide more classrooms, offices, meeting spaces and restrooms open […]

Library Summer Sale



The Friends Book Store, located in the lower level of the Newport Public Library, invites the public to a special book sale and to celebrate the new “Lobby Look” including new furniture, a new doorway, and new planters with live plants. The sale begins on Friday, July 15, at 9 a.m. and continues to Wednesday, July 20, with a half […]

Tax Counselor Training



The AARP Tax Aide Program “is looking for a few good tax preparers” for training for the 2017 season. The free nine-week training covers U.S. and state tax codes necessary to prepare most returns, ending with official IRS certification. The training will be in September and is conducted completely on laptop computers and on-line software, so computer expertise is required. […]