Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice



The construction of New England’s largest working gingerbread lighthouse was recently completed by the Newport Marriott’s kitchen team. The 16-foot, gluten-free culinary creation is located in the lobby of the Newport Visitor Information Center and can be seen daily until Jan. 1 (excluding Christmas Day). The Marriott team devoted 100 hours to baking, building and decorating the lighthouse. The sugar-and-spice […]

City Panel to Tackle Fireboat Questions



Although the type of boat Newport will acquire to replace its current 16-year-old water vessel remains under discussion, the city will decide to obtain a new fire and rescue boat of some type probably by early 2017, according to City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr. “This absolutely will go forward,” Nicholson told Newport This Week. While earlier signals had suggested […]

Broadway’s Holiday Debut Lights up City



You can find the embodiment of the Broadway – and by extension, the American – success story in Juan and Alba Campos, who have operated Leo’s Market at 162 Broadway for nearly eight years. They came to this country from El Salvador in 2000 and saved enough to open their versatile Latin variety store, naming it after their son, Leonardo. […]

Kellie Simeone is New Middletown Schools Chair



In an organizational meeting led by Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger, Kellie DiPalma Simeone was elected as chairperson of the Middletown School Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Simeone replaced Theresa Spengler, who was named vice chair. “It has been a true pleasure serving our community over the past four years as chairperson,” said Spengler, lauding school successes and other challenges her committee […]

Pell Recognizes Top Readers



A fundraising effort launched last fall by the Pell School Parent Teacher Organization that also served as an initiative to encourage students to read has raised more than $15,000 for the school. The total raised, according to PTO Copresident Kendra Muenter, was a record $15,445 – putting the group well within reach of its $25,000 fundraising goal for the 2016-2017 […]

Giving Power – ‘What the Holiday is All About’



No child should have to go to bed hungry. Ever. And on Christmas morning, only the Grinch would argue that any child should have to go without a gift. As the second full week of December approaches, there are only about 15 shopping days remaining and the holiday countdown is upon us. Which – for the staff and volunteers at […]

$1 Million Grant for Historical Society



The Newport Historical Society announced that it has received a $1 million grant, the largest single grant the NHS has ever received, from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust. The grant, which will support a campaign to increase endowment and support essential staffing, is also a challenge. NHS now must raise $1 million to match this grant, which will bring […]

McCarthy Sports Grant



The Michael E. McCarthy Youth Sports Grant is now accepting applications for the winter cycle. The grant program provides financial support for participation in youth sports programs, as well as full or partial scholarship funding for camps, equipment and youth athletic programs. The deadline for application is Jan. 1. To apply, visit mccarthyscholarship.org.

College Continuation Scholarship



The NAACP Newport County Branch is announcing the Ermino P. Lisbon Annual Scholarship. The scholarship has been established to assist Newport County resident students who are already in college and are in need of additional financial aid. Deadline is Jan. 4, 2017. For more information or an application, call Barbara Lisbon at 401-847-5570.

Island Foghorns



The next meeting of the Island Foghorns Toastmasters Club is Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Middletown Police Station from 5:30-7 p.m. The public is welcome to hear speeches given by members or to speak themselves. Island Foghorns meetings help boost self-confidence to speak better professionally. The group meets twice a month on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, […]