School Candidates Discuss the Issues



In the Alliance for a Livable Newport’s final forum of the 2016 election cycle, the contenders vying for the seven Newport School Committee seats convened at Pell Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to share their views on issues facing the district. The two-hour session was moderated by the Rhode Island League of Women Voters’ Jane Koster, who posed a series […]

On the Right Track



Rick Best of Newport and Mary Joy Lu, CEO of Rail Explorers, pedal their custom-built rail bike along the Melville section of Portsmouth this week. Lu and her husband, Alex Catchpoole, an Australian couple, have come to Aquidneck Island via the Adirondacks with a business enterprise that may create as many as 40 new jobs while giving thousands the chance […]

High Court Hears Welcome Center Case



Attorneys for the Preservation Society of Newport County, the Bellevue-Ochre Point Neighborhood Association, and the City of Newport appeared before the five justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and presented their competing arguments in two court cases that involve PSNC properties. The first case relates to zoning and the welcome center proposed for The Breakers, […]

‘Now I Can Walk to School Without Fear’



Two years ago, Araz Khajarian risked her life every day she commuted to school in war-torn Damascus, Syria. Today, the 21-year old transfer student may walk or take the bus to Newport’s Salve Regina University, two options that were not possible in her home country due to stray bullets, bombs and a shattered infrastructure. “One of our classmates was shot […]

Neighbors Purchase Foley’s Service Station



After a 60-year run in the family, brothers Bill and Michael Foley handed over the keys to their historic Newport service station to Brad Cherevaty and Frank Doyle, owners of a neighboring business, The Fifth Element. The new owners closed on the $885,000 transaction on Monday, Oct. 24. The 7,156-square-foot property at 105 Broadway was originally listed for $1.25 million […]

Restaurateur Constructing ‘Giant Playground’



Around 15 years ago, Middletown resident Jim Long began playing hockey. Along with learning the rules of the game, he acquired a business tip – ice time is in high demand. Long, owner of Pizza Hollywood in Middletown, began planning a 167,000-square-foot, 10-acre facility that offers much more than just hockey. “It’s a giant playground for all ages,” said Long. […]

Her Heart Belongs to Pell



The outcome came as no surprise, but there was a celebratory mood nonetheless in the library at Pell Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 24, when the Newport School Committee met and unanimously approved the appointment of Traci Westman as Pell’s new principal. Closely involved with the school since it opened its doors in September 2013, Westman has been assistant principal […]

Black Churches of RI at the Redwood



“Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” is showing at Redwood Library and Athenaeum through Saturday, Nov. 12. Using powerful images and text, the exhibit tells the 300-year-old history of the institution, profiling the people and the rituals that saw its origins, and those who helped it thrive. The exhibit is made possible by grants from the […]

Suicide Prevention and Education



The Steven M. Osman Memorial fundraiser to benefit the Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC) for suicide prevention and education is planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. The afternoon of fellowship, free appetizers, and painting will be at Brewski’s, 360 West Main Road, Middletown. Tickets to attend are $35. Advance tickets may be purchased at Brewski’s or […]

Question 7 Forum on Nov. 1 at Seaman’s



A “yes” vote on Question #7 on Nov. 8 will approve a $50 million Housing Opportunity bond that will create affordable, accessible, and safe housing for Rhode Islanders and Newport County residents. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness is sponsoring a public forum at the Seamen’s Institute, 18 Market Square, to provide information […]