Educational Innovation

Students, instructors and staff prepare the Tree House, an innovative educational program at Rogers High School, for Arbor Day on April 27. Left to right, instructor Nick Castrataro of URI; student Nijah Johnson; Jon Greenberg of Newport Tree Society; student Noah Erausquin; and Rogers teacher Nancy Noonan work on a project at The Tree House, a new interactive facility that […]

Fireboat Arrives in Newport

After seven years of planning, the Newport Fire Department received its new fire and rescue vessel on April 25. The boat will replace an 18-year-old 22-foot rigid hull inflatable that lacks firefighting capabilities on water, with a 37- foot, jet-propelled catamaran with firefighting, rescue and anti terrorism functions. The vessel arrived at the Newport Shipyard and was put in the […]

Neighborhood Hears Cranston-Calvert Plans

The future of the Cranston Calvert School was just one of the topics in a wide open 75-minute discussion on April 24 to the Off-Broadway Neighborhood Association that also concerned housing, parking and population issues. City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr. talked about the battle of the city budget, the possibility of paid parking meters along Broadway, the progress of […]

Planning Board Hears Disputes in Dorm Process

The Newport Planning Board reviewed a set of changes to the zoning code at its April 24 meeting in the case of Salve Regina University and its plan to build two new dormitories. Jeremiah Lynch, representing the university, described his amendment as “a limited change to a glaring problem.” Part of what he offered received support from both the board […]

Conversation with Judge Robert M. Silva

The Path of the American Dream

Robert M. Silva has been practicing law in Middletown for the last 52 years. These days, he’s known as “Judge Silva,” after taking the bench as a municipal court judge for the town of Middletown. “My father was hardworking. He never was able to go to college, so he made sure that I was able to go to school,” he […]

Founders’ Day Celebration 275 Coming in August

Bristol has its 4th of July, Newport its St. Patrick’s Day, and this year, Middletown has Aug. 18: the 275th Founders’ Day celebration and commemoration of its community and local heritage, at Paradise Park in Middletown. “The day-long festivities will be in an old-fashioned town fair setting,” said Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia, “which will honor the town’s founding […]

Meters in Effect May 1 – Oct. 31

Metered parking will be in effect from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays. The fee for parking in a metered space is $1.25 per hour in increments of twenty-five cents. The fee for the meters on Memorial Blvd. at Easton’s Beach is $2 per hour. All city meters accept credit cards or coins. The minimum for […]

Board Suggests Public Forum, Workshops

The Newport Planning Board reviewed a proposed addition to Newport’s Zoning Code, introduced by attorney Matthew Leys on behalf of his client, Newport Lodgings, LLC, at its April 24 meeting. The addition addressed a concern, the regulation of short-term rentals, that is now a familiar topic of discussion in City Council Chambers. Leys asked that a new section be added […]


Dr. Anthony Alain Caputi, 88, of Newport, passed away April 23, 2018 at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Nona Claire (Tameleo) Caputi. Calling hours will be Friday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Broadway. Janet Ellen Faerber, 67, of […]

Life-saving Equipment

Middletown Little League now has four life-saving devices, called Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs, in use. If you have been certified in CPR and AED training, please make yourself familiar with them. We have installed three AEDs at Aquidneck fields: one at the snack bar /major field, one at the soft ball field and one at the lower field /minor […]