Hoop Season’s Here



The 2018-2019 high school basketball season tipped off this week for Aquidneck Island squads as Middletown played host to Rogers in a division-crossover contest on Monday, Dec. 10. The D-II Islanders came away with a 62-39 win over the D-III Vikings. Pictured above, Middletown senior Rasheed Lozada splits two Rogers’ defenders, Edwin Connelly, 10, and Norberto Colon, 30, on a […]

Rogers High Considering Class Schedule Changes



Rogers High School is considering a significant change in scheduling for students by going from seven to eight classes that will be taught in longer sessions, with four classes each day held on alternating days. Rogers Principal Jared Vance and Sam Ribnick, senior director of District Management Group of Boston, which acts as consultants to school districts throughout New England, […]

Spring Park Workshop Proposes Steet Change



The Newport Historic Spring Committee saw its dream for an open park between Spring and Touro streets at the site of the former Coffey’s Citgo Gas station delayed, as the City Council voted on Dec. 12 to table their approval or rejection of the design plans until its second February meeting. City Councilor Lynn Ceglie made the motion to table […]

Federal Grant Kick-Starts Pell Bridge Project



The Pell Bridge Ramp Project, which will free up land for economic development, redirect access into the center of Newport and, hopefully, alleviate excruciating traffic jams, will get underway sooner than expected after the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently received a $20 million federal grant. The grant, which was spearheaded by Sen. Jack Reed, will cover approximately one […]

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Spruce Acres Opening



Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has announced that Spruce Acres Farm, at 1286 East Main Road in Middletown, will be open to the public starting on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The 22-acre property, situated on the Middletown/Portsmouth border, was conserved by ALT in 2017. The former tree farm will offer 1.5 miles of publicly-accessible nature trails and an environmentally friendly parking lot, […]

Prom Dress Give Away



Dresses of all sizes will be given away free to area youth attending high school proms and the annual “Night to Shine” dance in February at the Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St., on Friday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Diane at 401-218-9951.

Responsible Flag Disposal



Eagle Scout candidate Nick Johnson of Troop 1-Portsmouth has established a permanent tattered flag collection box at the Portsmouth Free Public Library.

Call for Volunteers for Christmas Day Brunch



Volunteers are needed for the Seamen’s Church Institute Christmas Day Brunch, which will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25. For more information, contact Tara at tara@seamensnewport.org.

Wreaths Across America



Join “Wreaths Across America” to lay 750 wreaths on the gravesites of Newport’s veterans on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Island Cemetery, 30 Warner Street. The event is free and open to the public. Military members are asked to wear dress uniforms. Visit Wreaths Across America’s Facebook page for further details or email Lida Cooper at newportsna@gmail.com.