Greenlove for the Planet

Lesley Muir of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Christine Bandoni and Katherine Bowers gather at the sanctuary on Wednesday, Jan. 25, for the unveiling of a water fountain and bottle filling station donated by the Greenlove Foundation. The gift was made in honor of Bandoni’s son Luc, who passed away last August at the age of 19. Greenlove promotes the life’s […]

Abney Heads Up Work on State Budget

With Gov. Gina Raimondo’s $9.2 billion 2017-2018 state budget proposal now in the hands of the Rhode Island General Assembly, it will be up to the House Finance Committee, chaired by Newport Democratic Rep. Marvin L. Abney, to launch the spending plan’s legislative journey. While it remains far too early to determine what changes the House Finance Committee will recommend […]

City Employees Recognized for Service

At the City of Newport’s annual employee service awards ceremony held recently at the Mainstay Inn, city officials took the time to acknowledge 65 municipal employees who reached service anniversaries in 2016, as well as 13 employees who retired last year. “Today marks the 20th year that we have paused to celebrate and thank our municipal employees for the excellence […]

Middletown Proposes Septic System Regulations

Middletown property owners with septic systems, or 22 percent of the town’s commercial and residential buildings, may soon be subject to local regulation. Currently, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has minimum standards for wastewater treatment systems, but as a reactive agency, it only enforces violations once a complaint is received. Middletown’s proposed On-site Wastewater Management Plan (OWMP) […]

They Marched in D.C.

Concerned with proposed policies during the presidential election that impact women and families, dozens of Aquidneck Islanders traveled to the nations capital the day after the presidential inauguration to participate in the Women’s March on Washington D.C. The demonstration, which attracted a massive crowd that overwhelmed miles of the city, was the largest in American history. Some words Newporters used […]


In recognition of Project Purple, listed below are some of the events. Newport Substance abuse prevention messages will be made in school announcements and halls will be decorated with student messages. A schoolwide assembly will be held at Rogers on Feb. 2 with Dan Converse giving a father’s side of the story. Middletown The town will “Light the Town Purple” […]

‘Each One of You Could Be the Next Malala’

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the full count of sixth-graders from Thompson Middle School attended a screening at the Jane Pickens Theater of “He Named Me Malala,” hosted in part by Newport Rotary. Rotarian Donna Maytum welcomed the students and spoke about Rotary’s mission, which, she explained, is to promote peace worldwide through understanding and good will. Friends of Jane Pickens […]

Newport’s Other Economic Engine

NUWC Programs Top $1 Billion for 2016

In a recently released economic impact study, it was reported that the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport employee base of nearly 3,200 workers has a total gross payroll of $319.8 million and the total funded programs for the division reached $1.07 billion in 2016. According to demographic records 1,912 employees live in Rhode Island, 613 commute from Massachusetts, and […]

Welcome Center Groundbreaking in Sight

For the second time this month, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has given a legal victory to the Preservation Society of Newport County in its campaign to construct a welcome center at its flagship property, The Breakers. With another decision in PSNC’s favor released on Saturday, Jan. 21, a groundbreaking for the welcome center is in sight. In the latest […]

Cluny Commemorates National Catholic Schools Week

Cluny School will commemorate National Catholic Schools Week, from Jan. 29 – Feb. 3, with breakfast events for students and parents, celebration of holy Mass, a science fair, the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, and two open houses on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. – noon. Cluny is […]