Farmers’ Markets Return



Locavores celebrate this week’s opening of the 24th summer season of Aquidneck Growers’ Markets. Old and new vendors will be welcomed back, offering a wide selection of locally sourced foods: fresh vegetables fruit; pasture-raised meat and eggs; fresh and smoked fish; artisan breads and pastries; flowers; bedding plants; a selection of prepared foods; plus freshly squeezed juices. The market will […]

Don’t Miss the Grand Finale

The Newport Volvo Stopover Race Village will be open through Sunday, May 20. Spectators can line the shoreline to watch inport and team races through Sunday, also.

Bluewater, a global water technology leader and advocacy brand, installed three types of public hydration stations at the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Village. The water stations will provide drinking water free of contaminants, promote clean ocean health and reduce single-use plastics during the race’s stopover in Newport. Bluewater hydration stations can deliver up to 1,850 gallons of clean water every […]

Schools Request Budget Increase



The Newport School Committee voted 6-1 at its May 14 meeting to approve a nearly $41 million budget, which would represent a 3.9 percent increase over last year. The School Department said the increase is needed to maintain existing programs, negotiate new contracts for teachers and support staff, control projected legal costs and deal with an increase in students who […]

Growth of Short-Term Rentals Remains Concern

City Fire Marshall and State to Meet

Newport and Rhode Island state officials are beginning to come to grips with how to regulate short-term rentals (or STRs), but there is a long way to go and multiple issues to tackle. One issue is fire suppressing sprinklers and the state fire code. “We need [the state fire and building code officers] to take a look and tell us […]

Men Who Make A Difference Gala



The 2018 Men Who Make a Difference Gala raised more than $40,000 for the Women’s Resource Center. The event supports the center’s domestic violence prevention advocacy, education, and support services. WRC’s Development Director, Gregory Thompson, led a moving call to action with a speech about being a child witness to violence. More than 250 guests were in attendance on April […]

Aquidneck Island Police Parade



The annual parade honoring fallen police officers held on May 5 brought units from all over the east coast to the Broadway parade route.

Military Grave Flagging



The annual flagging and cleaning of military stones located in the Braman Cemetery on Farewell Street will take place on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in preparation for Memorial Day. The city will provide the needed equipment and knowhow, but volunteers with energy and enthusiasm are also needed. The Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission will have the flags and will […]

First Bicycle Society Met in Newport



Now that spring is here and cyclists are out and about, it’s worth noting that bike riding was once a novel activity and that Newport helped bring it into fashion. On May 31, 1880, the first national bicycle “meet” ever held in the United States took place on Kay Street near Ayrault Street under the supervision of Charles Ed Pratt […]

Antiques Roadshow at Rosecliff Airs



“Hours” 2 and 3 of the first-ever indoor and outdoor Antiques Roadshow filmed at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport on Sept. 19, will air on May 21 and 28 on WGBH-TV in Boston. “Hour 1” aired on May 14. The May 21 episode will present antique and vintage treasures as they are appraised in the Gilded Age mansion, including a Fabergé […]

Mental Health Month Declared, Grant Omits Courts



Mayor Harry Winthrop started the May 9 City Council meeting with a tribute of remembrance to the recent passing of Newport resident Donald Boucher. “The thing that really defined Don was the way that he helped people,” he said. Winthrop then read a proclamation declaring May “Mental Health Month” in Newport. “Mental health is essential to everyone’s health and well-being, […]