Positive Net Gain



Middletown High School’s girls’ varsity tennis team captured the Rhode Island Division III championship on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Slater Park in Pawtucket. After posting a stellar, 16-1 regular, D-III season record, the top-seeded Islanders team (pictured above with their medals and head coach, Marianne Packer, at the far right) raced through the D-III tourney and defeated the No. 2 […]

A Conversation with Allan Fung



Allan Fung, four-time mayor of Cranston, and his wife, Barbara Ann Fenton, a Middletown native, sat down in the Newport This Week office last week to have a conversation about his announcement to run for governor of Rhode Island. Fung is an American attorney and Republican Party member who has been mayor of Cranston since 2009. He was the Republican […]

‘Red Hot Mama’ Will Shake Off the Blues



“It will give you the chance to connect again!” “We haven’t connected since he stopped nursing.” Those two lines hold the comic essence of “Red Hot Mamas,” a new comedy by Newport’s David Christner at the Edward King House. At the end of last year, the city’s senior center began a brave foray into black box theater. It opened with […]

Preparation Key to Storm Readiness



The following story is the second installment in Newport This Week’s coverage of disaster preparedness on Aquidneck Island. Mark Twain’s phrase, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a few minutes,” was coined for a reason. Anyone who lives on Aquidneck Island knows that a few innocent flurries can turn into a blizzard, and light winds can […]

Rock-the-Mansion Event Rocked



Supporters of Newport Mental Health donated more than $56,000 on Oct. 19 in its largest fundraising event to date at the fourth annual Rock-the-Mansion gala at OceanCliff. “We’re delighted at the support for mental health services for Newport County,” said CEO and president Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health. “It’s heartening to see that more and more people are realizing […]

Former Olympian Shares Skills, Passion at YMCA Swim Clinic



It was a dream come true for 10-year-old Ella Bard. Four-time Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard was standing less than 40 feet from her on Oct. 26 at the Newport County YMCA pool to teach a swim clinic. As soon as Bard caught a glimpse of the the famed swimmer, her face lit up. “Is it her?” she whispered to her […]

Competition Aids Lucy’s Hearth



The Newport Rifle Club held a shooting competition on Oct. 25 and generated $1,130 and more than a dozen large baskets of food, personal care items and clothing for Lucy’s Hearth. For more information on Lucy’s, visit lucyshearth.org. Club members who organized the event include Bob King, George Nichols, Janice Laliberte, Steve Forand, Joe Pattie and Jim Thompson. Newport Rifle […]

Baby Steps



Baby Steps, a program for parents and caregivers of children up to age 3, will hold its next session on Saturday, Nov. 4, starting with a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m., at the Florence Gray Center, 1 York St. This month’s focus is “Communication.” All family members may participate in reading and a holiday craft experience. For transportation assistance, call […]

Tax Counselor Training



The AARP Tax Aide Program is looking 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. Registration for this class is required. AARP membership is not […]

Trivia Night Fundraiser



Show off your trivia skills and support education on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Easton’s Point Pub and Restaurant, 116 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. The fundraiser, which supports programming at Emmanuel Day School in Newport, includes team trivia hosted by the hilarious Dennis Hofer, prizes, a free buffet and a silent auction packed with local deals. Suggested donation is […]