To the Rescue

Coat Drive for Pell Students

What started out as a simple conversation about a need for winter coats for Pell Elementary School students has taken on a life of its own. During the week of Dec. 3, that dialogue grew into a full-fledged coat drive and a friendly competition between Newport’s police and fire departments to see which group could collect the most coats. It […]

Historic Cistern Discovered at Spring Site

An antiquated stone cistern-like structure has been discovered at the site of the former Coffey’s Citgo gas station on Spring Street in Newport, the location of the historic Newport Town Spring design project. The stone structure was unearthed this fall when an excavator struck it while removing two 10,000-gallon gas tanks and contaminated surface materials. A group of residents, now […]

Florez Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

Newport City Councilor John Florez pled not guilty in Newport District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13 on charges of making crank or obscene telephone calls to a 13-year-old boy. Florez allegedly called the boy after finding what he called “sexually explicit, threatening and possessive messages” on his 12-yearold daughter’s phone. “I feel drained,” Florez told Newport This Week after the […]

Celebrating 50 Years of Philanthropy

It was 1967 and Lyndon B. Johnson occupied the Oval Office. Gas was 33 cents a gallon and Carl Yastrzemski was patrolling left field at Fenway Park during the Red Sox’s “Impossible Dream” season. That same year, Ruth and Edward “Ned” Corcoran became involved with Newport Hospital, chairing the capital campaign to fund what would be the tallest building on […]

Dress Drive Provides Prom-Night Sparkle

Night to Shine Attendees Also Invited to ‘Shop’

The price of a prom dress can range from $100 to $400, often making it impossible for a high school student and her family to afford. But for some students from Newport and throughout the region, cost is no longer an issue, thanks to donations of gently used dresses and the efforts of several community members. The idea to start […]

For What It’s Worth

Someone brought in a couple of childhood memories yesterday: two toy boats. Made by Arnold of Germany around World War II, these boats in fair condition with no box would be valued at around $75 each. Excellent condition with original box would triple the value, but then who saves the box on Christmas morning. –Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, […]

St. Patrick’s Day is Closing In

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is proud to release the 2018 logo in honor of the parade’s Grand Marshal, the Honorable Colleen M. Hastings, associate judge for the Rhode Island District Court, Second Division. The yearly button’s design incorporates the vocation or interests of the Grand Marshal. This year, it shows a classically inspired lady justice, clothed in a […]

Holiday Open House

Come celebrate the holiday season at an open house with the English Speaking Union, Newport Branch on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. RSVP to Jan Slee for more details about the event at or 401-662-9171.

Local Photographer Exhibiting in Germany

Photographs by Federico Santi are included in an exhibition at the Stuttgart Art Museum as part of a larger exhibition titled “Patrick Angus: a Private Show.” Paintings by Angus depict, among other subjects, candid views of The Gaiety Club in NYC. Photos of The Gaiety taken by Santi in the mid-1980’s are exhibited along with the paintings. The Gaiety was […]

Winter Basketball Signups

Boys and girls basketball signups are now being accepted online for the Newport Recreation winter leagues. Saturday basketball leagues are open for kindergarten through eighth grade, weekday after school leagues for grades five to eight and developmental travel teams for grades four to eight. Volunteer coaches are needed. Parents are welcome to help their son or daughter’s teams. Register online […]