Four-Story Hotel Proposed at KJ’s

Long-discussed improvements to Easton’s Point area are not on radar, say town officials.

The owners of KJ’s Restaurant, located in the heart of the rapidly developing Easton’s Point district in Middletown, hope to replace their existing business with a boutique hotel. The owners, John Gullison and Bonnie Zimble, have submitted plans to the town to construct a four-story, 18-room hotel and restaurant at 59 Aquidneck Ave., their current location. The application is scheduled […]

A Director’s Dream Gift



There is cause for jubilation in the halls of the Newport Art Museum this week, as members of the Board and staff welcome in the new year, having just received a gift of nearly $5 million–the largest in the museum’s 105-year history. Called “transformative,” not only does the amount help secure NAM’s plans and goals for the future, but it […]

‘Art After Dark’ Stirs Creativity for All



The Newport Art Museum’s monthly late-night affair “Art After Dark” is back on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-9 p.m. with unique programming for the whole family. Give a new medium a whirl during instructor-led demonstrations held in the galleries and studios. Try your hand at elaborate paper cutting with Ingrid Lavoie, settle into a popular portrait drawing class with Peter […]

Historical Society Adds Visiting Curators



A recent gift of additional funding expands the Newport Historical Society’s summer internship program and adds historical depth – and stature – with the addition of visiting curators to tell Newport’s stories. Even in the relative quiet of Monday, Jan. 2, when the Society is officially closed for the New Year’s holiday, the alabaster walls of the foyer seem to […]

We Hereby Resolve: Newporters Make a Wish



2016 – which has arguably caused more turmoil, angst, and pain than recent prior years – has mercifully given way to 2017, which, simply by its newness, creates an almost universal sense of optimism, hope and better days. With the new year comes determination in the almost clichéd form of resolution – we resolve to change this or alter that, […]

Proposed Wharf Hotel to be Vetted



A proposal for a three-story 20- room hotel on Howard Wharf is set to be heard this month by the Newport Planning and Zoning boards. Vincent Sandonato, owner of The Pier restaurant, is seeking a variance to the dimensional requirements applicable to the Waterfront Business zone in constructing the hotel on a private lot on Howard Wharf near Thames Street, […]

Tree Pickup



Newport’s Clean City will have a designated Christmas tree and yard waste pick up during the week of Jan. 9 – 13. Trees will be collected on a resident’s regularly scheduled day. All decorations need to be removed.

NOWZAD Fundraiser



NOWZAD is the only animal shelter and rescue organization in Afghanistan. It was founded by a Royal Marine who was named CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2014. NOWZAD has helped reunite more than 800 stray Afghan dogs and cats with American and allied service members who met them while deployed. Naval War College faculty and students will be guest […]

Portsmouth Substance Abuse Report Findings



Based upon a Statewide Student Survey and a very comprehensive Community Needs Assessment Study, the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition will be facilitating two parent focused presentations and discussions at Portsmouth Middle School at their PTO meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. and again at Portsmouth High School on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. as part of the Parent […]

‘Closing in on the Endeavour’



Dr. Kathy Abbas, executive director, RI Marine Archaeology Project will give a presentation on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. titled “Closing in on the Endeavour Bark.” She will share the latest research and review the international interest in RIMAP’s progress to identify that iconic vessel, Endeavour, a member of the 1778 fleet. RIMAP has located 10 of the 13 […]