See Horses at the Beach

Beach Polo on Easton’s Beach is one of the nearly 30 events planned for this year’s Winter Festival, which will begin on Friday, Feb. 17, and run through Sunday, Feb. 26. Now in its 29th year, the festival, conceived as an antidote to the winter doldrums, offers everything, including live music, comedy, ice sculpting, and a polar bear swim. Great […]

‘This is Not the End of the Road’

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn of Middletown resigns as Trump’s NSA

After just three weeks serving as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Middletown native retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned from the post on Monday, Feb. 13. It was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period. “Some folks didn’t like […]

‘Burger Bender’ Spices Up Winter Festivities

The latest addition to Newport’s playbook of winter events has nothing to do with music or comedy or ice sculptures or polo on the beach, and everything to do with taste buds. For a 10-day stretch beginning on Friday, Feb. 17, it will be the goal of some of Newport’s most creative chefs to make a name for their restaurant […]

Decision on Liquor License Transfer Postponed

Councilors concerned that litigation could remove a license from circulation

Plans to open a Mediterranean restaurant on the waterfront of Lower Thames are on hold pending a complaint filed in Superior Court by abutters. After hearing lengthy arguments from attorneys, Newport councilors unanimously voted on Feb. 8 to postpone a decision on an application for a liquor license transfer from Willy’s restaurant at 599 Thames Street to the proposed Ciro’s […]

Conversation with David McCurdy

David McCurdy, the new development director of the Women’s Resource Center in Newport, comes to his new position after eight years as executive director of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. McCurdy, who also has experience as project manager in the field of environmental consulting, will now focus on increasing financial support for victims of domestic abuse. The Women’s Resource Center […]

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) of Newport and Bristol County is launching an Instagram contest throughout the month of February as part of national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Nearly one in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. According to, approximately one in three teens in the U.S. experiences dating abuse, a statistic […]

Griffin Brings Laughs to Goat Island

Nick Griffin has the elfish look of the kid just handsome enough to get away with stuff all his life, but wise enough – and funny enough – to share his take on the world. He’s one of us, yes, yet his wide-ranging observations of the mundanely funny things in life clearly show he’s in a different league. A comic […]

Washington Square Set for New Lighting

Washington Square’s Eisenhower Park will soon be seen in a whole new light, as the current gas lamps are set to be replaced with historically appropriate LED lighting. “We’ve spent a lot of time on these lights,” said Lillian Dick, chair of the Washington Square Advisory Commission, at the group’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. “We have been working […]


Prison and probation reform legislation As part of its continuing efforts at justice reinvestment, the Rhode Island Senate passed several bills that would overhaul Rhode Island’s probation and parole system. An identical package of bills is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. ‘Aging in the Community’ Bill Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) has introduced legislation aimed at […]

Portuguese Symbol Meets Irish Parade

Over the past several years, the buttons shown off at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser have been the brightest baubles on the beams. This year’s offering may be the brightest yet, and the most intriguing . Adorning the 61st annual parade’s button is the image of a magnificent, buttoned-down Portuguese rooster, in honor of 2017 Grand Marshal Claire […]