Legislators Weigh in on Recreational Marijuana

State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, says she has “significant concerns” with soon-to-be-submitted legislation that would make Rhode Island the nation’s ninth state to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. “I’m open to discussion, but I have significant concerns about such legislation,” she said. Any Statehouse debate about legalizing recreational marijuana should not primarily focus on new […]

Math, Movement, and More

Students at Pell Elementary School and the Island Moving Co. have been learning and growing in leaps and bounds this week, literally as well as figuratively. Second-graders have been working with IMC dancers and teachers in a Math Into Movement residency which supports the teaching of addition and telling time. The third-graders have been exploring the theme of responsibility through […]

Brew-Ha-Ha in Portsmouth

When the 2016 General Assembly approved legislation last July easing restrictions for Rhode Island microbreweries, distilleries and wineries, it was a heady day for a group of six good friends who had long been waiting for the opportunity to take their beloved IPA out of the living room and into the tap room. The official word at the time was […]

Middletown Tightens Short-Term Rental Law

Middletown landlords are now subject to stricter regulations for rentals of six months or less. In a 4-2 vote, the Town Council approved amendments to Chapter 98 (Short-Term Residential Leases) of the town code at the second reading during the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Officials proposed the regulations after a handful of residents complained about student party houses […]

Conversation with Tai Chi Instructor Jesse Harding

If you’ve ever enrolled in a local tai chi class, it may be that Jesse Harding has impacted your life. “Jesse is the real deal,” said Carmela Geer, executive director at the Edward King House Senior Center, where Harding teaches tai chi. “Jesse is a very open soul, a very warm person. He has set the bar so very high. […]

Middletown School Enrollment Down

Although there are fewer students in Middletown Public Schools this year, officials are predicting a 2 percent tax hike in the next fiscal year, according to preliminary budget discussions. Middletown’s enrollment is 2,184, approximately 90 students less than the same time last year. “Ninety is pretty significant, said Council Vice President Paul Rodrigues at a pre-budget meeting with the School […]

Hotels Questioning Property Tax Assessments

The City of Newport is facing tax assessment challenges from the owners of several local hotels. The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina at 49 America’s Cup Ave., OceanCliff at 65 Ridge Road, and the Vanderbilt Grace at 41 Mary St. are among the properties appealing their 2015 assessments. “There are several things going on with hotels, where you can be […]

Stormwater Presentation

Clean Ocean Access is hosting a stormwater presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Newport Public Library from 6 – 7 p.m. Join Clean Ocean Access to learn more about the results of the Stormwater Pathogens Project, the Island Waters Project, and how residential green infrastructure can reduce stormwater runoff on Aquidneck Island. The Stormwater Pathogens Project combines analysis of […]

Indoor Football

Indoor football at the Hut. League play runs through mid- March! Open to boys and girls in grades 4-7. Games are played on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 for residents, $25 non-residents. Visit cityofnewport.com/ departments/recreation to register online, stop in the Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., or call 401-845-5800.

French for All

Whether because you are planning a vacation to France, want to brush up on French, or trying to fulfill a lifelong promise to learn French, members of the Alliance Française of Newport can help. They will offer two levels of French language classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Jan. 24. A beginner/ débutante class will be held from 5 – 6:15 […]