City Grant Process Under Scrutiny



Newport Public Services Director William Riccio faced a barrage of questions on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when he presented City Councilors with a draft of a $750,000 grant application that if awarded to Newport would provide “technical assistance and information” to improve the city’s bicycling network and increase ridership. Councilors spent about 35 minutes voicing their concerns over the substance of […]

Face-Off Frenzy



We wish all office seekers good luck at the polls on Election Day. In contrast to what is unfolding at the national level, local contests have been relatively civilized. Aquidneck Island is no exception; these Newport and Middletown candidates have behaved well, presented themselves in a dignified manner, and displayed a genuine concern for and awareness of effective governance. These […]

History of Black Churches Fills Redwood



A groundbreaking exhibit of the 300-year history of the black church in Rhode Island will end its impressive run at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum on Saturday, Nov. 12. The venue is fitting because Newport had as much to do with growing the churches as any city in the state. “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” […]

Private Cliff Walk Fence Riles Officials



A Bellevue Avenue family is pushing back after they illegally constructed a fence on the freshly repaired Cliff Walk. “It sets a potentially devastating precedent,” said Cliff Walk Commission Chair Peter Janaros, who submitted a formal objection to the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), along with local nonprofit Clean Ocean Access. In April, Ann and Lee Warner, of […]

Learning to Swim is Life-changing



Starting this fall, all Newport second graders will receive swimming lessons and basic water safety instruction, due to a newly-formed partnership between the Pell Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, and the Newport County YMCA. Nine groups of second-graders are expected to visit one of the two sites once a week during the school day for […]

PARCC Sets Tone for the School Year



Numbers don’t lie. Or do they? At the end of a nearly two-hour workshop on Monday, Oct. 24, at Pell Elementary School, where members of the Newport School Committee, committee hopefuls, and the principals of Pell, Thompson Middle School, and Rogers High School (as well as a smattering of parents) had gathered for a PARCC strategy session, the questions still […]

SCI Annual Meeting



The Seamen’s Church Institute’s board of directors and staff invite the public to the SCI’s annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. It will be an evening of reflection, celebration and looking ahead to its 98th year of fulfilling their mission on the waterfront. The guest speaker will be offshore fisherman and Newporter David Spencer of the Commercial […]

B-Ball Coaches Needed



Newport Recreation is looking for coaches for its winter youth basketball leagues. If interested, contact Ray Fullerton at 401-845-5800 or attend an informational registration meeting at the Martin Recreation Center, 35 Golden Hill St. on Saturday, Nov. 5 or 12, from 9:30 a.m. – noon.

Victory Rally



The Portsmouth Republican Town Committee will sponsor an election night victory rally on Tuesday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, Sprague Street, Portsmouth. As the polls close at 8 p.m., election results, by precinct, for all candidates on Portsmouth ballots will be instantly projected. Pizza, wine, beer and soda will be available. Donation jars will help […]

Call for Artists



The Conanicut Island Arts Association is calling all artists for its upcoming show Art is a Gift. All media accepted. Drop off date is Thursday, Nov. 10, from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Ave. Visit artinjamestown.org for more details.