Library Offers ‘Think Space’ for Community



“No longer is a library what it used to be,” said Benedict Leca, the self-admitted “passionate” executive director of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum. “What a library was is now defunct…We are of the moment, not an old building with books.” Acknowledged as the oldest library in America, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum was built and founded by Abraham Redwood […]

Food Truck Bill Passes



Newport is not a complete stranger to food trucks, those mobile versions of local, brick and mortar restaurants. Indeed, special event permits are granted to allow certain vendors to operate on state, public or private property on a case-by-case basis. But grabbing a lunchtime taco from a refurbished school bus in Washington Square, or any public area, will not be […]

Principal Appointed at Thompson



Laurie Sullivan, who has worked in the Newport School District for three decades, was appointed principal of Thompson Middle School at a special meeting of the Newport School Committee on June 28. Sullivan spent the past year as interim assistant principal at the school. One of two finalists for the position, she was appointed by a 5-2 vote (See “No […]

Beatles Animator Comes to Jane Pickens



Ron Campbell, one of the animators of the Beatles classic animated film, “Yellow Submarine,” can attribute his start and long career in commercial animation to a complicated insect. “My first paid job was for an insect spray commercial. I remember it very well,” said Campbell in a phone interview with Newport This Week. The renowned Australian animator/director will be coming […]

Expansion of Emergency Department Underway



Newport Hospital recently launched a campaign to expand its emergency department with a $3 million gift from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust. The trust will match every donation to the project up to $1.5 million. To date, the hospital has raised $10 million through gifts from individuals […]

Shimoda Welcome Reception



The public is invited to a welcoming reception to greet the visiting sister city delegation from Shimoda, Japan at the Edward King House on Thursday, July 12, at 5p.m. Dignitaries and guests will be given a musical welcome from the Newport Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipe and Drum Band and live performances of the American and Japanese national anthems. A […]

‘From Farm to Table’



The Quononoquott Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, July 9, at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. There will be a presentation titled “From Farm to Table “ beginning around 7 p.m. by Katie Steere who will speak about Deep Roots Farm, a rebirth of a 7th generation family farm. The Steere family operated a water-powered sawmill and […]

Fishing Outing



All fishing gear will be provided and no prior fishing experience is required to join the next Newport Police Department summer outreach event to the Carolina Fish Hatchery for freshwater fishing on Wednesday, July 11. The event is hosted by the NPD, the Community Policing Division and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. Transportation will be provided for youth, ages […]

Constituent Meeting



Rep. Lauren Carson is hosting a constituent meeting for Legislative District 75 on Wednesday, July 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. This will be her 19th constituent meeting since taking office in January 2015. The meeting will focus on the 2018 R.I. Assembly session, the elections ahead and looking forward to 2019.

Newport Police Log



During the period from Monday, June 25 through Monday, July 2 the Newport Police Department responded to 887 calls. Of those, 215 were motor vehicle related; there were 176 motor vehicle violations issued and 39 accident reports. Police responded to 11 calls of vandalism, 19 noise complaints, 15 animal complaints, 15 suspicious persons or vehicles, 2 bicycle violations, 3 suicide […]