Yachting Center Development Unveiled

Setting Precedence on the Waterfront

After more than two years since acquiring the Newport Yachting Center in late 2014, the Peregrine Group has come forward with their proposal to develop a portion the property. At the May 1 meeting of the Newport Planning Board, Peregrine principal Colin Kane and other members of Peregrine’s development team presented a mixed-use plan with a three-story building that includes […]

Tough Fiscal Road Ahead for Newport

Winthrop says discussions on regionalized high school will begin again

Newport taxpayers should prepare for two consecutive years of tax hikes and long-term fiscal challenges with school and water infrastructure, officials claim. Residents are facing a proposed 3.11 and 3.64 percent increase to their tax bill, for fiscal years 2018- 19, respectively. The city may not increase taxes higher than 4 percent in a year, under state law. “This is […]

Learning About Their Land of the Free and Home of the Brave



Over the past few months, about a dozen green card holders have been studying two nights a week to become American citizens through the Newport Community School’s Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center program, held at Thompson Middle School. By becoming citizens, they will have their voices heard in the next election, by casting their first votes as Americans. The process […]

Spring into Fashion



The ballroom was filled with fun and fashion at the Newport Hospital Auxiliary’s annual “Spring into Fashion” May Day celebration held at the newly renovated Atlantic Resort. The local “models” wore the latest arrivals from Chico’s and White House/Black Market. The fundraiser will assist with auxiliary programs at the hospital. (Photos by Meri Keller)

Council to Reconsider Polo Center Zoning Change



A decision by Middletown Town Council to rezone a parcel of land next to the Polo Center on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown will be reconsidered, again. In a 4-2 vote, council approved changing the zoning classification from medium density residential traffic sensitive (R-20A) to limited business traffic sensitive (LBA), at the ordinance’s second reading, held April 17. Vice Chair Paul […]

Middletown Bans Plastic Bags



Beginning this fall, plastic bags will no longer be offered for carry-out purchases in Newport and Middletown stores. Middletown Town Council unanimously approved a ban on single-use plastic bags at the May 1 Town Council meeting. Newport adopted a similar ordinance in March. To provide businesses time to prepare, both communities will not enforce the policy until Nov. 1, 2017. […]

Newport Police Log



During the period from Monday, April 21 through Monday, May 1, the Newport Police Department responded to 609 calls. Of those, 118 were motor vehicle related; there were 100 motor vehicle violations issued and 18 accident reports. Police responded to 13 calls of vandalism, 13 noise complaints, 19 animal complaints, a shot fired, found a dead body, 14 suspicious persons […]

For What It’s Worth



A friend brought in a crystal and silver decanter that had been living in a safety deposit box for the last 32 years. The owner claimed a provenance to a Colonial, family patriot of note. The hall mark indicated otherwise, dating the decanter to 1847. Family histories of objects often get obscured by reality, and without strong documentation add little […]

Garden Club Welcomes New Members



The Garden Club of Middletown will hold its annual membership luncheon Tuesday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. at Tickets Bar and Grill, 15 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. Those interested in becoming a new member are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-846-0256.

‘Embracing the Cure’ Craft Fair



“Embracing the Cure” is having its sixth annual vendor craft fair fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Saturday May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St Lucy’s Parish Hall, 909 W. Main Rd, Middletown. Nearly three dozen vendors will be selling jewelry, handmade crafts, clothing, stained glass, food, and more. Great items […]