Racing to Summer’s End



Nineteen years after they last raced in Newport, the 49er class returns to the waters of Narragansett Bay on Friday, Aug. 26, for the 2016 49er and 49erFX North American Championships. In 1997 the inaugural competition was held in Newport, with class stalwarts the McKee brothers and Morgan Larson among the sailors racing. This year the group returns to where […]

Long Road Ahead for Fireboat



The City of Newport is taking the next steps to pursue a federal grant to help cover the cost of a new fire and rescue boat. By a 5-2 margin, councilors voted on Wednesday, Aug. 24, on a resolution to move forward with the application process. Reiterating concerns they expressed two weeks earlier when the matter was continued, Councilors Kathryn […]

La Farge’s Masterpiece a Museum in the Making



The few parishioners remaining at Newport Congregational Church could refer to the fading motifs on the walls, the cracked and dull paint, or the smoky glass windows as “the remnants.” They have also used that forlorn noun to describe themselves. The historic 1857 Romanesque Revival church at the corner of Spring and Pelham streets – a National Historic Landmark with […]

Middletown Cracks Down on Parking

Councilors Suggest Resident Sticker Program to Address Parking Issues

Although the 2016 season is still in full throttle, Middletown police have already issued over 30 percent more parking tickets than they did in the entire year of 2015. As of Aug. 22, police have written 213 tickets, which compares to 2015’s total of 143 parking citations. Police received 48 parking complaints in 2015, with 31 calls coming in so […]

Making Newport Great



Newport Tree Warden Scott Wheeler would probably say he was just doing his job. So, too would Eric Offenberg, director of engineering at the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Scenic America, however, sees things from a slightly different, more appreciative angle. On Thursday, Aug. 25, with the board gathered in Newport […]

Local Firm Aids Wind Farm Setup



For Newport’s Patrick Donovan and his colleague, Jamestown native Nathaniel Spencer, the near completion of America’s first offshore wind farm three miles off Block Island has aimed a spotlight on their own Portsmouth-based company. Meridian Ocean Services, founded in 2012 by Donovan, Spencer and a third principal, Blake Nolan of Annapolis, Maryland, specializes in undersea surveys and inspections using ROV […]

Newport in Bloom Presents Awards



Nearly 115 entries were judged citywide for this year’s Newport in Bloom competition. At the awards ceremony on Aug. 24 the winners in various categories were recognized at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Best Overall Garden City Wide was presented to Nancy Oliveira for her garden at 38 Holten Ave. The Best Overall Container Award was given to […]

Municipal Court



Newport Municipal Court faced 42 cases on Aug. 22, Judge Russell Jackson presiding. All were rescheduled. There were 7 cases of prohibited noise disturbances. All were rescheduled either to Sept. 12 or Sept. 19. There were four cases of urinating in public. They were all rescheduled to Aug. 29 or Sept. dates. There were 7 cases of open container/ drinking […]

Newport Police Log



During the period from Sunday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 21, the Newport Police Department responded to 980 calls. Of those, 152 were motor vehicle related; there were 113 motor vehicle violations issued and 39 accident reports. Police responded to 12 calls of vandalism, 20 noise complaints, 38 animal complaints, 46 home/ business alarm calls, 1 suicide call and 1 […]

For What It’s Worth



Visiting a local on a house call I was asked about the value of a set of six plates marked “Henriot Quimper France.” More popular a few years ago, the set with a few edge mistakes would have a value today of around $150. Macy’s sold Quimper many years ago. The plates date after 1922. Collectors and values have diminished […]