Marijuana Debate Fired Up at State and Local Level

State officials and municipal leaders who oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana in Rhode Island were poised to gather on Thursday, March 9, to voice their concerns to State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. In addition, they were joined by members of the medical community, business leaders and law enforcement. Kilmartin, in partnership with Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the Ocean […]

‘Good Luck, Good Life’ for Sail Newport

Newporters—especially Newporters who love to sail—know that the weather doesn’t always cooperate. And then, sometimes it does. On Monday, March 6, a clear, cold day with no wind, no clouds, and blue sky, Sail Newport held a topping off ceremony, complete with a small tree, to mark a major milestone in the building of its $5 million Education and Recreation […]

Navigating the Curveball of Cluny School Closing

When it was announced last week that Cluny School in Newport would be closing its doors in June after 60 years, the news quickly ricocheted around Aquidneck Island. So quickly, in fact, that some Cluny parents saw it on social media before the news could be delivered firsthand. Now in its 60th year, the Catholic elementary and middle school on […]

Public Invited to Discuss Renewable Energy

A forum on Renewable Energy, hosted by the Newport Energy & Environment Commission, will be held on Monday, March 13, at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. It is the second in a series of forums in an effort to create a more sustainable Newport. Speakers will include Shauna Beland of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; Fred […]

Vacant Restaurant Site Has New Owners

New ownership of a portion of the southern end of the Brick Market Place will hopefully breathe life into the vacant Barking Crab restaurant. The buildings, which also house Brooks Brothers, Cupcake Charlie’s and Martin’s Salon, among others, was sold last month for $4.8 million. “Plans are already underway to convert the building with upper level spaces into upscale vacation […]

Polo Center Request Requires Zoning Change

The owner of the Polo Center on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown is seeking permission to expand to the empty parcel of land bordering the existing development. For a group of about 80 abutters who have signed a petition against the plans, the request came as a painful déjà vu. In November 2015, after a four-hour hearing that lasted until 1 […]

Newport 1772 Foundation Awards 23 Grants

The Newport-based 1772 Foundation, which promotes historic properties redevelopment programs (HPRPs), awarded 23 grants totaling more than $1 million at its quarterly meeting. Individual grants ranged from $15,000 to $125,000. In Rhode Island, the Providence Revolving Fund received $75,000. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Massachusetts each received $37,500, while New Bedford’s Waterfront Historic Area League received $92,000. […]

Genealogy 101

A three-session genealogy course, “Genealogy 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You Started” will be presented by Anne Wagner at the Portsmouth Free Public Library free of charge. The course focuses on beginners who wonder how to get started researching their families; those who began their search but need guidance to continue; and those who want a refresher class. Enrollment […]

Bike Newport Night

This year’s Bike Newport Night fundraiser will be held on Thursday, March 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Midtown Oyster Bar. All proceeds will benefit community bike projects. Funds raised at past Bike Newport Nights have supported bike educator training; bike rider safety education; the distribution of night safety equipment; the purchase of high-capacity event bike racks; and the advocacy to […]

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and/or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s. For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or