Big Changes for Downtown



While not the final design, this rendering of the Historic Newport Spring Project illustrates the preferred elements of the design for closing Court House Street which will create a safer intersection at Touro and Spring Streets. The Newport Spring Leadership and Advisory Committees as well as members of the public participated in a public process in March 2016 during which […]

Bolder Coyotes Among Us



It’s been six weeks since coyotes were first spotted near Newport’s Braga Park and, so far, the problem hasn’t been solved. In fact, it’s become worse. Last week, a coyote chased a 60-pound dog in a yard on Gibbs Avenue. The dog’s owner blasted a foghorn to break up the chase and prevent a dogfight, said Numi Mitchell, president of […]

$2.2 Billion Required for ‘Ideal’ Schools



A recent study commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), reports that the state would need $2.2 billion to bring its public schools into “ideal condition.” But even getting them into acceptable condition, which the study says includes basic shelter to allow students and teachers to be “warm, safe and dry,” would cost $627.6 million. In Newport, the […]

Historic Landmark Plan Springs Forward



A group working to reclaim the Historic Newport Town Spring at the location of the former Coffey’s Citgo gas station on Spring Street gave an update of its efforts on Oct. 19 to about 75 people at the Newport Public Library. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save this property,” said Lily Dick, chair of the Newport Spring Leadership Committee, […]

A Lifetime of Passion for Libraries

Conversation with Adrienne Haylor

As a child growing up on the Point, Adrienne Haylor made weekly visits to the library on Saturdays with her family. At that time, the library was still located at the Edward King House. Since those early days, Haylor went on to become an employee of the John D. Rockefeller Library at Brown University, in Providence, and the Murray State […]

The Big Race Is On: Volvo Leg One in Spain



For the seven teams in Alicante, Spain the 45,000-nautical mile journey in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race has begun with the first leg to Lisbon, Portugal. This is the first of 11 legs for this nine-month race around the world. Alicante turned on the perfect ocean race start for the teams with a 15-20 knot easterly breeze sending the boats […]

Businesses Prepare for Plastic Bag Ban



It’s time to stock up on reusable grocery bags. If you don’t, you may have your hands full. Starting Nov. 1, businesses in Newport will no longer be allowed to provide plastic bags to customers. Instead, many businesses will now offer bags made from brown paper or reusable plastic that are 4 mils, or at least 4-thousandths of an inch […]

ALT’s 5K Run/Walk



The Aquidneck Land Trust will hold its 10th annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 4 along the scenic Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Run or walk as a team, family or individual. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Start and finish at The Glen, Linden Lane, Portsmouth. Entry fees are $30 for ages 19-and-over, $20 for 18-and-under, or $65 for families, limit […]

Miantonomi Tower Honor



Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower has been selected to receive a $2,000 matching grant toward the restoration and maintenance of the memorial as part of the 100 Cities/ 100 Memorials program by the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The 100 Cities/100 Memorials was […]

Tax Counselor Training



The AARP Tax Aide Program is offering free tax training leading to IRS certification for volunteers for the 2018 tax season. Ten days of training will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 14. Classes will be held at the New Tiverton Library, from 1 to 4 p.m. All training will be conducted using laptop computers and online software, so computer […]