Ready, Aim, Celebrate!

The Town of Middletown was founded on Aug. 24, 1743, by order of the Rhode Island General Assembly, and the Middletown Historical Society is celebrating that occasion and the society’s 40th year with an inaugural Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Paradise Park from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The 1810 Boyd’s Windmill will be under full sail, the […]

Middletown OKs Police Purchases

The Town of Middletown is upgrading its inventory. Town Councilors approved several purchases at their Aug. 15 meeting to replace police cars, handguns and message boards, along with a new car for the town engineer. The Police Department requested the bulk of the procurements approved at Monday’s meeting: switching out four cars in the fleet, trading in 60 Sig Sauer […]

Revamped Triage Cuts ER Wait Time

If summer in Newport means greater numbers of people in the city’s restaurants, bars, streets and beaches, it should follow that numbers should also show a spike for the staff at the emergency room at Newport Hospital. And they do: The hospital these days is busy. Busier, in fact, than it has almost ever been. In July, according to Anthony […]

Workshop Offers Insights

Readying for the upcoming academic year, members of the Newport School Committee entered a classroom last week ready to learn. They convened for “School Committee 101,” a workshop that at times seemed like a civics class with an emphasis on Rhode Island statutes and the delineation of the powers and duties of the superintendent and the committee. The discussion and […]

FILM Fundraiser Ensures Year-round Film Presence

Just two days following the outdoor screening of “Bill Cunningham New York” at OceanCliff, where people set up for the picnic contest and listened to live music prior to the screening, newportFILM held its seventh annual summer cocktail party benefit at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Presented by the de Ramel Foundation and supported by Isoude, the party is […]

‘Fools’ Throw Caution to the Wind

Brian Brazil adjusted the coconut shells across his chest and screwed in another blue bin that would serve as his seat. Brazil and mate Kevin Bressler were putting the final touches on their creation, “Banana Hammock,” which not only didn’t sink, but –  even more incredibly – won a judges’ award. In the 39th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta, held Aug. […]

Gen. Flynn Sets Local Book Signing

Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the former Middletown resident whose alliance with Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump as a national security adviser has gained national attention, will sign copies of his new book from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, at LaForge Casino Restaurant. Flynn’s book, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against […]

Town Moves to Prohibit Marijuana Sales

As long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, the Town of Middletown will not allow businesses to sell the drug. Town Council quietly passed a change to Middletown’s business regulations on Monday, Aug. 15, that would forbid issuing a license or permit to a person who is “operating a business that violates local, state or federal law.” The change […]


Council to Review Historic Lighting Policies

Newport is one of the great repositories for American architectural treasures, particularly those from the Colonial and Gilded Age periods. But what of the streetscapes and historic lighting that frame these important and beloved structures? Too often in the past, these realms of public space have been given short shrift, with budgets allowing for only minimal levels of quality and […]

2016 Beach Idol Winner

After five weeks of competition, the Beach Idol finals were held Aug. 16 at Easton’s Beach. Five finalists vied for the title of Beach Idol 2016. After hearing the contestants perform, the judges decision was announced by MC Mark Gorman. The winner was Carrigan Nelson, age 15, from Portsmouth. She sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. In addition to being […]