Champs Kick It Up a Notch

“Break up the Ball Busters!” That was one of the few printable chants on May 21 in Morton Park after the Ball Busters won their sixth title in seven seasons in Newport’s Kickball League. It marked the end of the 11- game season for the 12-team league, with the Ball Busters winning their semifinal match against Saved by the Balls, […]

Old Chemical Causes New Concerns at Base

Concerns regarding an old chemical not used for decades, yet possibly still present in the groundwater at the Navy Station Newport base, has both the Navy and regulators worried. At the March 16 meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), a committee of stakeholders from the Navy, state and local officials, as well as residents, all with an interest in […]

Child Homelessness Numbers Second in State

Data reporting that Middletown trails only Providence in the number of students who are classified as “homeless” in Rhode Island was a principal topic at the May 17 Middletown School Committee meeting. The data, which was disseminated by Rhode Island Kids Count, a child advocacy organization founded in 1994, numbered the amount of homeless Middletown students at 115. But Vice-Superintendent […]

Designer Renders Antiques of the Future

In an age when virtually everything is disposable and little is made to last, Mira Nakashima holds a tradition in her hands. Mira, 76, is the daughter of internationally renowned furniture designer George Nakashima, recognized as one of America’s most innovative craftsmen. Mira Nakashima learned the art of furniture making at her father’s side for more than 20 years in […]

NPD Recognizes Outstanding Officers

The Newport Police Department held its annual awards ceremony on May 21 at Thompson Middle School, where its awards committee recognized 15 officers and two civilians for exemplary performance throughout 2017. Made up of six Newport police, the committee reviewed hundreds of community incidents and recommendations. The force of 78 officers includes 42 officers who have joined the ranks since […]

Volvo Ocean Race Send Off

The final weekend of the Volvo stopover in Newport was the most popular, with 36,121 visitors counted on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Those days included the In-Port Race and the start from Newport for the 3,300 nautical mile trans-Atlantic race leg to Cardiff, Wales. “On Sunday, the fog lifted to provide a stunning race start for spectators […]


Join the fun! Stomp the divets! Fast-paced, family-friendly action packed Polo: The “Sport of Kings.” The Newport Rotary Club’s annual benefit match will get the ball rolling again this year at the polo grounds of Glen Farm on Saturday, May 26, at 5 pm. Hosted by the Newport Polo Club, the match features the home team, Newport playing against a […]

“Fun in Miantonomi Park” Day

On one day, Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, there will be two free events in Miantonomi Park. Activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various community agencies have organized “Fun in Miantonomi Park” Day with food, fun and games, arts and crafts, face painting, story- telling, drumming and live music featuring local talent including Jimmy Winters and Carrigan […]

CNA Candidate Screening

Due to the high demand of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class enrollment, the Newport Community School’s Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center program (AIALC) will hold a CNA candidate screening for all potential CNA students interested in enrolling in the next sessions of morning and evening classes. All screenings will be held at the Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center, 740 West […]

For What It’s Worth

A lady brought in a nicely framed lithograph signed “Renoir” inquiring about its value. It was a gift from a Bellevue Avenue Grand Dame years ago. Research titled the piece: “Femme au cep de vigne, 3 variante” Published as part of his Douze lithographies published in 1919. The poor condition (staining and foxing) unfortunately reduces its value as nominal. But […]