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Middletown parents don’t need a calendar to tell them that Wednesday, Aug. 31, was the first day of school; an equally as reliable, sure-fire indicator is the appearance of school buses. The large yellow transports, above, are seen queuing up for an enthusiastic young flock at Aquidneck Elementary School. The lunch boxes are likely to be empty and the backpacks […]

Student Test Scores Alarming

Aquidneck Island students, along with their peers across the state, are still not making the grade in a statewide assessment that measures against Common Core Standards in math and English language arts. This is the second year Rhode Island students have taken the computerized Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. On Aquidneck Island, results varied […]

Authentic Kennedys in Appealing ‘Return to Camelot’

It’s not so much a return to Camelot as it is, for a brief shining moment, a total embrace. On the day Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy were married in Newport’s St. Mary’s Church – on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1953 – well over 1,000 guests filled the pews of the historic church. The line of traffic, 500 cars […]

Harbor Chief Gets New Boat

The City of Newport is welcoming a new addition to its marine fleet this week. The 23-foot vessel is manufactured by SAFE Boats International, which specializes in boats designed for military, law enforcement, and first responder agencies. The total cost, including delivery, is $197,000. The new SAFE boat will replace the harbormaster’s Boston Whaler, which was purchased by the city […]

Lifesaving Messages in a Bottle

When someone moves into a new home, neighbors often greet them with fresh baked cookies or a plant as a sign of hospitality. While the days of the Welcome Wagon bringing business coupons, maps, and other information are long gone, the hospitality and social committee at Prescott Point on the Portsmouth-Middletown line is ready for newcomers. They are all set […]

Sprucing Up

The Edward King House will be closed for maintenance until Monday, Sept. 5, and will re-open on Sept. 6. The Newport Circle of Scholars meet the instructor night is still scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. Classes are limited to 12-30 participants. Registration fees and the online catalog can be viewed at

Star Kids Ride

Run or walk a 3K or 5K, or bike your choice of routes from 3 to 45 miles on Sunday, Sept. 11, to benefit the Star Kids Scholarship Program. To register, visit

Rec Department Tennis Tournaments

The Newport Recreation Department late summer/fall tennis tournaments continue on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the 60 years and better Men’s Doubles. On Sept. 17 is the “100 years total combined ages” mixed doubles. The final tournament on Sept. 24 is the men’s and women’s doubles open. The fee to play is $15 per person. For tournament information and to register, […]

Inspirational Donation

Inspired by the campaign to save the Opera House Theater, a historic painting by Henry Gifford, “Sloop Approaching a Full Rigged Ship,“ has been donated by Bonnie Watson Kniskern to help raise funds for the theater. One hundred percent of the sale price and proceeds from the sale of the painting will be donated to the Opera House Theater. The […]

JYC Results

The Jamestown Yacht Club held the first race of its fall series on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The following are the results for the race: A Class: 1. Sarah, X Yacht, Greg Manning; 2. Breakaway, J/35, Grimes/Moffet; 3. Vento Solare, J/109, Bill Kneller; 4. Samba, Quest30, Tristan Mouligne; 5. Avalanche V, Maxi Dolphi 33, Jake Jacobsen; 6. The Cat Came Back, […]