Bringing it Back to Life



“I want to bring happiness and positive energy back to this space,” says artist Chris Wyllie of his new art installation which includes repurposed lathes from the Opera House on the garage door bays of the former Foley’s service station. Frank Doyle and Brad Cherevaty, owners of The Fifth Element, bought the station adjacent to their restaurant and are still […]

Proposal Rekindles Cell Tower Debate



Verizon, one of the three communications companies currently leasing space on the controversial cell tower at Rogers High School, has returned with a new proposal that the Newport School Committee will consider. Newport attorney Joseph M. Hall, who represents Verizon, said that AT&T is also interested in entering the dialogue and trying to continue using the tower at the Rogers […]

A Jig with History at Forty Steps



For all the events scheduled for Irish Heritage Month–and there are many–few provide the opportunity for Newporters, of Irish descent or otherwise, to celebrate the city’s Irish heritage by dancing, literally, in their ancestors’ footsteps. With the music, dance, and Ancient Order of Hibernians mens’ chorus lending their voices, Newport Irish Heritage Month will officially launch its 40th year on […]

Council Preliminarily Approves Plastic Bag Ban



After eight months of planning, Newport City Council unanimously gave a preliminary nod to banning single-use plastic bags. The movement began last summer when Dave McLaughlin, executive director of Clean Ocean Access (COA), petitioned Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth to consider an islandwide ban. “This is a question of sustainability,” said McLaughlin, who reported that 70 percent of the trash collected […]

40th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Celebration



Green Eggs & Ham Brunch Sunday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dancing at the Forty Steps Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m. Kinsale Chef Exchange Six chefs or restaurants will be represented, AOH Hall, March 2, 6-9 p.m., tickets are limited, $25 in advance, call 401-847-8671. The Wolfe Tones are Coming Well-known Irish band performance, AOH Hall, March 9, doors open […]

Family Day Fun



The Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC) will host the eighth annual Middletown Family Day on Sunday, March 5, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Newport County YMCA. The free health and wellness event celebrates parental engagement and the building of healthy families. Attendees will have access to the YMCA’s facilities, including the basketball courts and swimming pool. There will […]

Island Rugby



The Newport County Youth Rugby football club is offering free preseason sessions for third to sixth grade boys and girls. Sessions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Newport County YMCA. The first outdoor practice for seventh to-12th grade boys and girls will be on the same day from 2 to 4 p.m. […]

Spring Little League Registration Now Open



Spring is around the corner and so is the start of the Newport Little League season. Registration is now open for spring baseball and T-ball. Players must be 4 years old by Jan. 1 to be eligible. The Coach Pitch level is typically for children ages six to eight; the Minors for eight to 10; and the Majors for 11 […]

Newport Winter Festival



Thursday, Feb. 23 Snowflake Craft Free kids craft with yarn and sticks, Knitting Needles, 555 Thames St., free with bracelet. Indoor Winter Carnival Bouncy House, popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games and prizes, Newport Visitor Center, 23 America’s Cup, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, daily thru Feb. 25, discovernewport.org. Snowman Cookie Decorating Decorate your own cookie and eat it too, Roasted & […]

New Vision for Former Child and Family Property



The owner of 24 School St. has come forth with an ambitious plan to “downsize” the sizable building situated on the site, which has been vacant since Child and Family Services of Newport County sold the property in 2011. At a two-hour-plus meeting of the Historic District Commission on Feb. 21, attorney Turner Scott and project architect Jason Grover walked […]