Pulling for Each Other



It was a day of team-building and friendly competition on the lawn outside the Newport Public Library as Thompson Middle School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of the 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program on Wednesday, June 21. The course, which is taught by Newport police officers, was originally designed to complement national drug and alcohol awareness programs, when it […]

Dems Introduced at Public Forum



Education. Jobs. Tourism. Traffic. College loan forgiveness. Construction. There were big questions, great enthusiasm and likable candidates, but few concrete answers during “An Evening of Conversation,” held at the Newport Public Library on Monday, June 19. Nearly 100 people broached these subjects to the four Democrats hoping to win the July 18 primary to fill the seat left open by […]

Sun Hasn’t Set on Century-Old League



There are no programs, a PA system announcing players, or vendors selling hot dogs to the crowd. But few summer baseball leagues boast more history than the George Donnelly Sunset League. “It’s old baseball. You just get a different feel at the old ballpark,” said Gerry Marzilli, coach of Brothers Oven for the past eight seasons. “The nooks and crannies […]

Monument Planned to Honor Black Heritage



Newport may soon have a new landmark to remind its residents and visitors of a period in history that some claim the city has tried to forget. To honor Africans who died during their transatlantic voyages during the slave trade and those who survived and became a key part of Newport’s economy and culture, a marker will be installed in […]

Historic Connections



The Newport County Chamber Connections group recently hosted a networking event at the Eisenhower House, for local business professionals. In addition to the scenic vista, tours were also given of the “Lost Fort” at Fort Adams. (Photos by Jen Carter)

Committee Extends Administrators’ and Superintendent’s Contracts



Newport School Committee Chair, Dave Hanos, shared with Newport This Week that during a two-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Newport School Committee spent the majority of its time in executive session discussing contracts and ultimately voting to extend the contracts for the district’s 13 administrators and Superintendent, Colleen Jermain. Hanos said all were given a one to three-year contract extension […]

District to Tackle Absenteeism



The age-old saying “it takes a village” rings true in Newport Schools, as the administration and community partners continue to work together to increase attendance rates throughout the district. Although Superintendent Colleen Jermain said they are making inroads to increase attendance rates at the elementary and middle school level, the high school continues to be a challenge. With 2,180 students […]

Council OKs 2.56 Percent Tax Hike



Newport City Council initially approved the fiscal 2018 budget that would increase the residential and commercial tax rate by 2.56 percent and 2.57 percent, respectively. Last month, council rejected a larger budget put forward by city staff, which proposed increasing taxes by 3.11 percent. At the June 14 regular meeting, councilors quickly passed the revised budget in a 7-0 vote, […]

Bikes and Bike Geeks Needed



Bike Newport’s Open Garage is all about DIY, but folks are still needed to guide and assist. If you dig getting greasy and know the difference between index and friction shifters, your help would be much appreciated. The garage is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bike […]

Pickleball 101



Free beginner pickleball clinics will be offered on Sunday, June 25, from 3 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, July 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. Equipment will be provided. Clinics are designed for individuals who have never played or are new to the game. For more information, call the Newport Recreation Department, 401-845-5800.