Region’s Best Lifeguards



On a cloudy morning in Newport on July 25, two Easton’s Beach lifeguards, Jared Cicchelli and Colin Martin, adjusted their swimming goggles and caps before leaping high into the rising surf and swimming toward a bright orange buoy. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Jillian Valente of East Greenwich sprinted down the beach alongside two teammates from Easton’s Beach Surf Patrol. Within minutes, all […]

School Committee Approves $39 Million Budget



The Newport School Committee unanimously approved a $39.38 million budget for fiscal year 2017- 18 during a special meeting on Monday, July 24. The new budget represents a 2-percent, or $1 million, increase over last year’s budget. With the new budget, nearly all of the nine school department staff who received layoff notices in the late spring will retain their […]

When the Opioid Crisis Hits Home



“My brother was the last person you’d picture with a needle in his arm, and yet they were all dying as junkies. I wanted to understand why this was happening, so I quit my job as a legal journalist and began traveling around the country in the hopes that chronicling the experiences of other families affected by the trend would […]

Doris Duke Preservation Awards Announced



The Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport have announced the winners of the 2017 Doris Duke Preservation Awards, which are presented each year to three recently completed projects that exemplify excellence in the preservation of Newport/Aquidneck Island’s architectural heritage. The awards encourage and recognize restoration and rehabilitation projects that preserve the intact historic character, landscape, and distinguishing features […]

Merritt Fund Grants Awarded



Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has awarded 15 grants totaling over $14,000 to local community and neighborhood groups through its annual grant program, the Merritt Neighborhood Fund. Grant awards ranged from $250 to $2,000. Established in 1999 to honor the late Peter M. Merritt, the organization’s president emeritus, the fund supports projects that strengthen community identity and character, and which model […]

A Simple Gesture That Could Save a Life



It’s a simple gesture, just a wave. But it could save a life by acknowledging that drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists have been seen. Bari Freeman, executive director of Bike Newport, produced the Newport Waves campaign for the City of Newport two years ago following a string of tragic accidents in which pedestrians were killed by cars. The city received a […]

Malkovich Family Prepares Goodbye



As the 50th anniversary of the remarkable Newport Music Festival that his family trumpeted approaches next year, Mark Malkovich IV and his mother Joan were finishing the coda of their swan song. A coda is defined as a short concluding section of music that ties the main thematic threads, which is exactly what the Malkovich family has done since their […]

For What It’s Worth



There is Wedgwood and then, there is Wedgwood. Pictured is a piece of not very old, sort of mass produced and modestly valued Wedgewood. It was brought in by a local who inherited a lot of pieces and was a little disappointed in my estimated value of under $50 for the pictured dish. With Wedgwood, age relates to value: the […]

GEORGE DONNELLY SUNSET LEAGUE



Team Standings Wins Losses Brothers Oven 9 5 Westcott 9 5 Town Dock 6 5 RR Construction 7 8 Rathskeller 6 7 RR Legion 3 10 Thursday, July 27 @ 7 p.m. Westcott vs RR Brothers Oven Friday, July 28 @ 7 p.m. RR Legion vs RR Construction Saturday, July 29 @ 12 p.m. RR Legion vs Brothers Oven Sunday, […]

Beach Idol Singing Competition



Beach Idol will take place on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at Easton’s Beach 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 at 6:45 p.m. There are 10 available slots […]