Inside Santa’s Workshop

In Santa’s Workshop, a service provided through the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Christmas was in full swing on Dec. 18. The project, which provides gifts for children from birth to age 13, and teens 14 to 18 with gift cards is helping 830 local kids this year, said Alyson Novick, director of development for the MLK Center. […]

Bullying: A Key Issue for Newport Schools

Following a violent Dec. 6 attack on a Thompson Middle School student, the Newport School District held a series of meetings to address what has been called “pervasive” bullying in local schools. “There was blood everywhere,” one TMS student told her mother, describing what she witnessed when two students attacked another child, one with a baseball bat and the other […]

Innovate Newport Eyes Opening Day

The transformation of the former Sheffield Elementary School on Broadway into a state-of-theart innovation hub is nearing completion, with opening day slated for March 1. A recent tour given by Tuni Shartner, Innovate Newport’s director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, showcased the physical structure and the accompanying logistics, along with the philosophy behind the “co-working” revolution, which began in Silicon Valley […]

Middletown Council to Explore Zoning Changes

While a six-month moratorium on new development in the newly formed Atlantic Beach District (ABD) has been temporarily abandoned, a cadre of Middletown residents concerned about an unprecedented increase in new ABD hotels may find eventual relief through changes in the zoning code. A motion put forth at the Dec. 17 Middletown Town Council meeting to request recommendations from the […]

Winners Around Town

The winners of Christmas in Newport’s annual doorway contest have been announced. Grand Prize Francis Malbone House, 392 Thames St., Will Dewey Restaurant Category 1st Prize, Clarke Cooke House, Bannister’s Wharf, Betsy Ray Commercial Category 1st Prize, Royal Male, 104 Spring St., Etienne de LaValette 2nd Prize, Tiffany Peay Jewel Box, 152 Mill St 3rd Prize, Gustave White Sotheby’s International […]

Candlelight House Tour Returns

In 1970, Ruth Myers, a transplant from North Carolina, wanted to see a shift from the crass commercialism of Christmas and focus on the Newport of Christmas past. She longed for a return to the simplicity of the holiday in the form of an old-fashioned Christmas, so she founded Christmas in Newport. Perhaps the centerpiece of the holiday activities has […]

Middletown Kicks Off Recycling Partnership

More than two months after the Middletown Town Council voted to partner with an Ohio-based company to collect discarded clothing and other textiles, Middletown rolled out its new recycling program on Dec. 10 by mailing pink plastic trash bags to residents that can be filled and picked up curbside free of charge. At the urging of Middletown Recycling Coordinator and […]

Residents Voice Opposition to Historic Spring Project

The public made their voices heard at the Dec. 12 Newport City Council meeting regarding the Newport Historic Spring Project, with residents protesting the plan to close off Court House Street and reroute traffic to Broadway around the park. “Currently, the site is a construction project in the most historic parts of the city,” Councilor Lynn Ceglie said. “The intersection […]

Newport Hospital Employees Step Up to Support the Pell School Community

Instead of stockings, Newport Hospital employees decided to help fill backpacks with food for needy children at the Pell School this season. Each year, employees in departments across Newport Hospital create and donate gift baskets, which are raffled off before the holidays. The dollars raised traditionally go to the hospital employee fund, which helps individual employees who may be facing […]


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Bric, 91, passed away Dec. 11, 2018. She was the wife of the late William H. Bric. Betsy Shivers Brownell, 65, passed away Dec. 12, 2018. Raymond E. Chase, 94, of Portsmouth, passed away Dec. 11, 2018. He was the husband of the late Cora (Plante) Chase. He was a World War II Army veteran. Jane M. […]