Sheffield Incubator to Break Ground in May

Council Approves $1.92M Project Loan

Newport officials are aiming to begin construction as early as this May on a $6.29 million project that will transform the former Sheffield Elementary School on Broadway into a business incubator. Last month, the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. approved the final piece of the project’s financing package with $2.1 million in Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits. The city will redeem […]

‘Tis The Season

The concentration of Middletown Islanders sophomore Devin Russ, #14 (at center in the photo above), is all too evident as he drives to the basket during a game versus Portsmouth High School in the RIIL Division-II season opener for both teams. This always high-intensity matchup between the intra-island rivals was played on Friday, Dec. 16, at Middletown’s newly renamed James […]

‘Changing the Dialogue of Rogers’

It’s not often that a crystal ball makes an appearance at a Newport School Committee meeting. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Coleen Kiernan Hermes, a history teacher at Rogers High School, and Capt. Mark Turner, director of the Naval Staff College at the Newport War College, met with the committee to seek support for their proposal for the International Studies & […]

Flynn’s Family Defends Claims

Middletown native Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was last month appointed to National Security Adviser by President-elect Donald Trump, has recently found himself in the national spotlight amid a flood of negative news reports. “We want people at home to understand what they are hearing in the news is a distortion to the truth about Michael. So much of it […]

Two Ledge Road Homes Get Initial Nod

Newport’s Historic District Commission has given a preliminary nod to two new single family residences at 51 and 55 Ledge Road. The conceptual approvals came on Thursday, Dec. 15, after commissioners heard from representatives of the property owners, Maurice and Sarah Iudicone, and considered the viewpoints of those against the project. The three-hour meeting continued testimony that began at a […]

Portsmouth Garden Club Decorates the Town for Christmas

The Portsmouth Garden Club met recently at the Portsmouth Free Library for the annual designing of Christmas wreaths to decorate municipal buildings as part of the club’s civic beautification program. Some of the projects accomplished by the Civic Beautification Committee annually include planting and maintaining Legion Park, participating in Project Purple, the annual flower show at Atria, the gardens at […]

Mighty Mights

The Newport YMCA is offering a parent-and-me 3-year-olds class, Mighty Mights, which features a different sport each week such as basketball, baseball, and soccer. The Mighty Mights cost is $55 for a member and $75 for a non-member. Registration ends Jan. 12. For more information, visit, or contact Josh Anderson, Athletics & Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 401- 847-9200 […]

For What It’s Worth

The pictured vase was recently brought in by a collector, who was inquiring about its origin and value. This English porcelain vase was made in the 1880s by the Worcester factory. Fairly large, examples like this can sell for more than $500 if in perfect condition. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. Do you have a treasured item […]

New Voices Welcome to Join Choristers

The Newport Navy Choristers is currently seeking new singers in all voice ranges to sing with them for the upcoming 2017 musical season in January. The Navy Choristers is a mixed choral group open to all members of the Newport Navy community, including active duty, reserve and retired military, their spouses and family members 16 years of age and older, […]

Three Kings Day

The Alliance Française of Newport will celebrate La Fête des Rois (Three Kings Day) on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the French Confection, 72 East Main Road, Middletown, from 2-4 p.m. A French bistro buffet will be served. The price to attend is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required by Dec. 30. Call Mary-Gail Smith, AFN President, […]