2018-10-18 E-Edition

The Stones Are Home

City workers moved six gravestones to their original location at the Common Burial Ground the morning of Oct. 17. The slate stones had been relocated to the Coggeshall Burial Ground across town in 1976 in an effort to preserve them. Back in April during a clean-up effort at the Coggeshall site, the stones were discovered, and it was decided they […]

School Candidates State Their Case

The Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted the first of three candidate forums on Oct. 16 at Pell School, with eight of the 10 candidates for School Committee answering questions in an 85-minute discussion about the future of the city’s children. Incumbents Rebecca Bolan, David Carlin III, Sandra Flowers, Raymond Gomes and Kathleen Silvia attended. Challengers Louisa Boatwright, former School […]

‘Family Affair’ Exhibit Has Local Roots

The exhibit “Family Affair” is fittingly titled because it showcases the work of three members of the Hoyt family, whose roots run deep in the Newport and Middletown communities. William B. Hoyt, Kate Hoyt Psaki and Minnie Hoyt DelRoss grew up on the grounds of St. George’s School, where their father was head of the English department and their mother, […]

Traffic Concerns Stymie Gas Station Proposal

The Middletown Planning Board voted down a motion on Oct. 10 to give a positive recommendation to the Zoning Board of Review regarding the proposed multi-use gas station on the corner of Aquidneck Avenue and East Main Road. Vice-Chair William Nash cast the sole vote in favor. Benzine Development, LLC, which already owns two gas stations on the island, is […]

Battle for the Brave

Newport Shipyard’s annual Pumpkin Regatta raised more than $3,600 for charity. This year the pumpkins were painted to coincide with the selected charities: Warrior Sailing Program and Women’s Resource Center of Newport. Participants were timed as they paddled fiberglass pumpkins around buoys in the yacht basin. Teams were given prizes for the fastest times. Yacht captains and crew, shipyard employees […]

Historic Gravestones Returned to Original Plots

Newport returned six slate gravestones, some older than the United States, to their proper location in the Common Burying Ground on Oct. 17. The historic headstones of Mercy Buliod (1771), Kendall Nickols, Jr. (1774), Desire Bliven (1776), Bathsheba Ross (1791), Henry Allen (1793) and Joseph Pike (1801) were located by volunteers, who gathered them at the Coggeshall Burial Ground and […]

Newport Approves Firefighter Raises

The Newport City Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the fire department on Oct. 20 that will retroactively give a two-percent raise. The vote was 6-0, with Mayor Harry Winthrop absent. The new contract is retroactive to July 1 and will run through the end of fiscal year 2021. Councilor Kate Leonard voiced concern about adding positions, but […]

Council Considers New Funding Mechanism

The Middletown Town Council debated on Oct. 15 whether to adopt tax-increment financing (TIF) to fund placement of underground utility poles along Aquidneck Avenue, Wave Avenue and Crescent Road. Under TIF, the town can dedicate a percentage of recent additional tax revenue realized from economic development to a surrounding district, using the base assessment from two years prior to determine […]

For What It’s Worth

This scary visage was emailed to me recently by its owner who purchased it in Florence, Italy over 30 years ago, inquiring about its value. Executed by Prof. Eugenio Pattarino who was a ceramics artist in Florence. The face depicts “Pan” the god of among other things, fun! It is about a foot tall with a few minor losses and […]