Celebrate Independence



The Fourth of July festivities in Washington Square are a hometown celebration that rivals anything else in the state. The square is traffic free, except for a bike parade and marchers returning from William Ellery’s grave in the Common Burying Ground with the Newport Artillery Company. The reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Colony House steps adds a […]

Basketball Hoops to Come Down



After more than a year of attempting to resolve the issue of children and young adults using the Pell Elementary School playground and basketball courts after hours by using camera surveillance and heightened police presence, the school committee and Superintendent Colleen Jermain decided to have the basketball hoops removed last Friday for the summer months. City councilors said they are […]

Fort Adams Trust Works Hard to Expand



The Fort Adams Trust has been hard at work this past year. Between becoming managers of the Eisenhower House and readying the former “summer White House” for events and free summer tours for Newport County residents, restoring the Southern Redoubt area and applying for grants to fund other restoration projects, the group has had its hands full. Additionally, the hour-long […]

State Senate Candidates Debate Issues at Forum



Six candidates vying for voter support in the state Senate District 13 special election race debated the issues at a forum held Tuesday, June 27 at Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. Although the Democrats will contend for a ballot spot in the July 18 primary race, candidates across party lines were asked similar questions by […]

Bike Friendly Business of the Year



For the fifth year, Bike Newport used the occasion of “National Bike to Work Day” to present the annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award. This year, the award went to Panera Bread for demonstrating a commitment to improved biking in Newport, for installing a high capacity bike rack, for honoring Art Weekley, a cycling enthusiast customer who lost […]

Two Nonprofits Merge to Serve Those with Disabilities



Looking Upwards, Inc., based in Middletown, and Bridges, Inc. of Jamestown have announced a merger. This is the merger of two organizations that share the same values and have worked closely together for decades. Both organizations support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fully as active members of their communities. Bridges serves 70 adults and Looking Upwards provides […]

Flag Day Recognized at Installation



The Portsmouth Garden Club met on June 14 for its annual luncheon at the Lobster Pot in Bristol, with a Flag Day theme. The meeting included the installation of new officers. Installed were Roberta Stevens, president; Noreen Kissell and Rochelle Kieron, co-vice presidents for programming; Mary DiBara, vice president for hosting; Marilyn Brockway, treasurer; Sue Spring, recording secretary; and Wanda […]

Newport Approves Final Budget



Newport City Council adopted a final budget on June 28, wrapping up what has been described as one of the most difficult fiscal cycles the city has experienced in decades. Councilors quickly approved the budget in a 7-0 vote at the regular city council meeting held at Newport City Hall. A homeowner with a residential property assessed at $450,000 will […]

Nonprofit Donates Guitars to After-School Program



In an effort to help foster an appreciation of music in young, local students, the Newport Festival Foundation generously donated 10 Yamaha three-quarter scale guitars and gig bags to the Pell Elementary School’s after-school guitar club Monday morning, so participants could bring an instrument home to practice on. The guitars, which were given in honor of Producer Emeritus Bob Jones […]

For What It’s Worth



Have you lost your marbles? A friend brought in a small bag of marbles found in a trunk in the attic, wondering about its value. He believed that they were his grandfather’s, which would date them to the 1920s. Unfortunately, there was nothing special in the lot, but a collector chasing a childhood would pay up to $75 for the […]