A Sign of Things to Come

A construction screening similar to those often seen in Europe went up last week at the Historic Newport Spring site at Touro and Spring streets. The screening is designed to help passers-by visualize what the site will look like when finished, with trees and plantings in the spot. The Newport Spring committee worked with the city and Kirby-Perkins Construction, which […]

Pedicabs Already in Gear for Summer

As the daffodils bloom and the summer tourists flock to Newport, expect to see another annual return to the city. Pedicab season has begun. Two pedicab companies “run” the streets of Newport. Only 18 pedicabs can operate in the city, with Newport Pedicab owning 12 and Pirate Pedicab owning six. “Unless legislation changes, other people couldn’t start up,” said David […]

First Annual Pride Event Revs Up

Preparations are in full swing for the first annual Newport Pride event in the city, the weekend of June 23. NewportOUT, a local business and philanthropic organization hosting the event, along with a group of enthusiastic Newport businesses, has thrown its hat in the ring to bring the LGBTQ celebration to the city. “[The first] Newport Pride has been evolving […]

Newport Schools Lay Off Seven Teachers

At a brief meeting held on May 25, the Newport School Committee voted 3-2 to approve Superintendent Colleen Jermain’s recommendation to lay off seven educators in the Alternative Learning Program (ALP) and the Behavioral Support Program (BSP) at Thompson Middle School and Rogers High School, due to budget constraints. The programs, which help students who do not thrive in conventional […]

Conversation with Hank Lawler

Coffee Shop Serves Daily Kindness

Every morning, for more than 30 years, Hank Lawler has left his apartment and driven to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Broadway before 6 a.m. to help set up for another busy day of serving coffee, donuts, muffins, croissants and joy. Lawler, 54, just celebrated his 30th anniversary with the company. For three decades, the Vidalia, Georgia native’s customers have come […]

Time to Rein in the ‘Promposal’


Now that prom season is coming to a close I would like to bring the subject of the “promposal” some much needed adult attention. In fact, the point of the promposal is all about attention, so this is my effort to expose the nonsensical side of this generational practice. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, think of a […]

Town and City See Wide Divide in Liquor Licenses

Although they share a common slice of Atlantic Ocean waterfront, there is a wide gulf between Middletown and Newport when it comes to the cost of a liquor license. There are various categories of licenses in both communities, including 10 in Newport. However, it’s the full bar and restaurant licenses, called BV, that have taken on special significance in recent […]

Broken Elevator Cancels Zoning Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Newport Zoning Board of Review was suddenly canceled on Tuesday, May 29, because of a broken elevator. According to Zoning Officer Guy Weston, the state’s Open Meeting Laws state that you must have the on-site means to get anyone with a disability to a meeting, and the elimination of the elevator, which was wheelchair accessible, […]

School Budget Workshop Rescheduled

The joint session with the Newport School Committee and the Newport City Council to discuss the school budget has been rescheduled to Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers. The workshop was delayed from the original date of May 31 due to city hall’s inoperable elevator.

Family Health and Safety Day

East Bay Community Action Program’s (EBCAP) division of Head Start is hosting a Family Health and Safety Day on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its Newport Center, 8 John H. Chafee Blvd. The event offers a car seat check and exchange, in addition to booths featuring an array of other local organizations. To schedule a […]