Biking Across the Bays



The fifth annual 4 Bridges Ride, sponsored by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17. Cyclists will have an opportunity to pedal across four of Aquidneck Island’s major bridges in a 26-mile course. The steepest is the Pell Bridge with a height of 207 feet and an incline grade of almost five percent. […]

Aquidneck Food Challenge Back for Second Year



Move over paleo, Whole30 and vegan, there’s a new kind of diet in town, quite literally. For seven days this month, from Sept. 23- 29, Aquidneck Community Table (ACT) is challenging islanders to only eat things grown or produced on the island. So, while the Aquidneck Food Challenge does not specifically lay out what food a participant can and cannot […]

Fire Chiefs Collaborate on Disaster Preparedness



Generator? Check. Vehicles fueled? Check. Sump pump working? Check. These are just a few of the myriad things on Newport Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dugan’s emergency readiness checklists. “We’re thinking about how we’re going to get people out of here in [emergency] situations,” said Dugan in his office at the main fire station at Marlborough Street in an interview with […]

Parents Voice Anger at Change in Pell Hours



The message from parents to the Newport School District’s administration during a recent school committee meeting was loud and clear: Involve parents when making major decisions about matters such as the last-minute change to the Pell Elementary School’s hours. A group of unhappy parents at the Sept. 12 meeting took to the podium in Pell’s auditorium for more than an […]

Seamen’s Church Institute Preps for the Long Haul

Conversation with Rebecca Northup

It’s no secret that Newport’s waterfront has evolved over the last 90 years. For an organization like the Seamen’s Church Institute, that means ensuring their mission stays relevant and meets the needs of the community. When the nonprofit was founded in 1919, Newport’s harbor looked starkly different from today, according to Rebecca Northup, the institute’s superintendent. Captains arrived from far-flung […]

Aquidneck Elementary Exhibits New Media Lab



Dozens of students, teachers and school officials joined current and former Boston Celtics at Middletown’s Aquidneck Elementary School on Sept. 12 to unveil a new media lab, known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math). The technological upgrade is the result of the Energy Assist Conservation Contest initiated by the Celtics on social media, and sponsored by the multinational […]

Pell Bridge Construction Resumes



Beginning Sept. 19, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will resume the roadway deck rehabilitation project on the Newport Pell Bridge, according to an RITBA press release. The multiphase project began in May with the first phase focusing on a portion of the bridge’s east approach on the Newport side, while workers completed replacements of the west- and […]

Car Show



The Middletown Rotary Club will hold its annual Fall Car/Truck/ Motorcycle Festival at Fort Adams State Park, on Sunday, Sept. 24, with a rain date for Sunday, Oct. 1. The event brings together a myriad of vehicle types such as sports cars, hot rods, custom trucks, motorcycles, and muscle cars. In past years, more than 500 vehicles have been shown […]

Third Thursday Spotlight



The Newport Opera House invites the public for a lively discussion on the education opportunities ahead at the Newport Opera House Theater on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the theater offices, 11 Touro, second floor of the Horgan Building in Washington Square. To RSVP for the “Third Thursday Theater Spotlight on Education,” email rsvp@operahouseri.org or call […]

Medicare Open Enrollment



The Edward King House Senior Center is now taking appointments for the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment session, scheduled for Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Appointments will be scheduled for sites that include the Edward King House Senior Center, the Middletown Senior Center, Park Holme Senior Center, Donovan Manor, and the Pemberton Apartments in Jamestown. Call the main appointment line at […]