Slow Season Start Due to Weather

Although traffic over the Newport bridge has certainly played a role in the region’s tourism industry this season, local stakeholders agree that the biggest variable has been the weather. Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport, said the rain and clouds in late May and June was far more impactful to the area than traffic from the Newport Bridge […]

Hanging in the Sun

The sun was shining at Middletown’s Second Beach, but on the day after the Fourth of July, even with the warm temperatures there was plenty of space to stake out a spot in the soft sand. Lifeguards were given a breather with the smaller holiday crowd and mild surf. In the distance, the prominent profile of Hanging Rock can be […]

A Life-Changing Journey to Shimoda

Maybe it’s the constant views to the ocean’s horizon and a curiosity about what lies beyond. Maybe it’s living in a town whose history is defined by lives spent at sea that incites a certain restlessness. For generations, there has always been something about a life lived in Newport that can give one the travel bug. When Stella Garcia and […]

Basketball Hoops Go Back Up at Pell School

Less than 24 hours after community members voiced concerns about the basketball hoops being taken down at the Pell Elementary School for the summer during the June 28 Newport City Council meeting, Councilor Susan Taylor said the hoops, which were mistakenly removed were put back up and will remain in place for the foreseeable future. The nearly two-year-long issue regarding […]

This Week’s Conversation with Todd Martin

Dell Technologies Signs on With Tennis Hall of Fame

Professional tennis returns to Newport when the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open begins at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 16. Earlier this year, Todd Martin, chairman of the Hall of Fame, announced that Dell had signed a multifaceted five-year sponsorship agreement. Dell will also help create a digital archive of the Hall of Fame’s museum […]

Chief Retires After 30 Years with Newport Fire

After an almost 30-year career with the Newport Fire Department, Chief Peter Connerton is turning in his badge. For the outgoing chief, fire service has been more than a career; it was his calling. “Almost every single day, I truly, truly enjoy coming to work. Because in some way, shape, or form, you are always helping somebody in this job,” […]


The Newport Police Department held a promotional and swearing in ceremony for five of its officers on June 30 at Ochre Court. Charles “Todd” Silvia was promoted to the rank of Captain and Kevin Moreira was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Promotion to Sergeant was earned by Jason Brown and Eric Geoghean, and Justin Vachon was sworn in as […]

North Side Family Picnic

Burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and summer sides will be provided with generous support from the Kiwanis Club of Newport at the North Side Family Picnic at the Florence Gray Center, on Tuesday, July 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Zili Misik, an all-female band from Boston featuring New World Soul, will perform an interactive concert. Carrigan Nelson, Easton’s Beach […]

Beach Idol Returns

Beach Idol, a singing competition at Easton’s Beach, will take place on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. beginning July 13 and continuing through Aug. 17. Performers must be 6-16 years old. From 7 to 7:15 p.m., there will be an open mic (non-judged) for children younger than 6 who wish to sing a short song. Sign up is […]

Discover Newport’s Landscape Heritage

The Newport Arboretum and the Arboretum at Salve Regina will begin a three-part summer landscape series with historian John R. Tschirch on Monday, July 10. The first lecture, “Follies, Temples & Gates: Newport Garden Architecture” will be given at the Antone Center at Salve Regina University at 6 p.m. A workshop, “Images of Eden: Newport Landscape Photography” will be presented […]