Tea House Given Green Light

The Chinese Tea House on the grounds of Marble House mansion, where The Preservation Society has received Planning Board approval to sell pre-packaged food and drinks. The Tea House, modeled on 12th century Song Dynasty temples, was added by Alva Vanderbilt on the seaside cliff of Marble House, which was completed in 1892. Vanderbilt hosted rallies for women’s suffrage at […]

Harp Seals Sign of Activism Success

While many Rhode Islanders are familiar with the official state marine mammal, the harbor seal, they may not be aware that three other seal species inhabit local waters. One of these, the harp seal, has played a significant role in environmental activism history. In 1972, the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed, protecting whales, dolphins and seals in the […]

Planning Board Approves ‘Tea’ for Tea House

The Newport Planning Board considered at length two petitions, one for a tea house and another for a guest house, at its April 2 meeting. The Preservation Society of Newport County asked for a special use permit to allow snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to be served in the historic Chinese Tea House, which is on the grounds of Marble House, […]

Rogers Students On School Safety, Then and Now

Since the shooting and loss of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, the nation has been debating the issue of gun control. A new movement by teens, called #Never- Again, has swept across the country, sparking marches, teach-ins, media campaigns, and causing new legislation to pass each week. The main focus for […]

Conversation with Bobb Angel, the Voice of Newport

Finding a Newporter who hasn’t heard Bobb Angel’s voice would be a difficult task. Since 1967, Angel has reigned over the local airwaves from WADK, covering local high school and Salve Regina University sports. Every weekday, from 6 to 9 a.m., he co-hosts “The Morning Show” with Jacob Sullivan. Born and raised in Newport, Angel is a 2010 inductee into […]

Public Workshop Held on Farm Businesses

The Middletown Planning Board held a public workshop seeking resident input and detailing proposed revisions to the zoning ordinance that would allow farmers more business options in order to maintain their farms. At the March 26 meeting, the board reassured residents that changing the zoning ordinances is meant to expand opportunities for farmers by allowing uses not currently permitted and […]

New Docks on the Docket for Council

One Approved, One Continued

Newport City Council considered two proposals for new docks along Washington Street at its March 28 meeting. The requests had been reviewed by the Planning Department, the Waterfront Commission and the harbormaster before being presented to the council for its endorsement. Approving or disapproving any new dock is not within the city council’s authority. Final decisions are made by the […]

Daffy Days for Businesses

Restaurants, retailers, and all businesses are welcome to enter the Newport Daffodil Days Festival’s window display contest; windows need to be decorated for judging by Tuesday, April 10. The Festival Committee also encourages stores and restaurants to submit their “daffy deal” in order to be featured in promotional material. To enter the window contest, or submit special offers, visit newportDaffyDays.com […]

Get Ready to Light the Lights

To commemorate the start of Newport Arboretum Week, trees throughout the city will be illuminated. All Newporters are being called to help bathe Newport’s urban forest in brilliance during Newport Arboretum Week. Arboretum Week 2018 will run from April 20-29. Join in showcasing Newport’s legendary urban forest by lighting your trees for our First Light Night celebration on April 20, […]

Coggeshall Burying Ground Clean Up

The Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission invites members of the public to participate in Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Day in Newport on Sunday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Vines and plant material from gravestones and walls at the Coggeshall Burying Ground need to be cleared. Located next to the Breakers stable, on Coggeshall Avenue near Victoria, this walled and gated site […]