Is It Winter Yet?

While one of the warmest New Year’s Day on record for Newport was great for the Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, the ice skating season has been off to a slow start. Winter temperatures are coming and skating by the sea is now a reality at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina. The resort has set up an ice rink on […]

‘Polar Bears’ Help Wishes Come True

Like William Wallace and his army in “Braveheart” attacking the English, they took to the water. However, there were no kilts involved, only swim suits. Whether it was due to last year’s event being cancelled or the unseasonably warm weather this time around, the 2018 annual Polar Bear Plunge at Easton’s Beach on Jan. 1 brought out a crowd exceeding […]

Coast Guard Receives 11th Hour Pay

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, which include those stationed at Station Castle Hill, were told on Dec. 28 that they would receive their next paycheck on Dec. 31. Approximately 42,000 Coast Guard members had been working without pay since the start of the government shutdown on Dec. 22. The Coast Guard’s pay was stalled because it operates under the […]

NewportNow E-Letter Continues Growing

When readers wanted to follow the progress last summer of the Volvo Ocean Race as it headed toward the Newport stopover, they could do it thanks to daily updates on When the 2018 election results were tallied and city elected a new mayor, readers learned about it immediately. And whenever news broke across the region, Newport This Week’s NewportNow […]

Local Critics Name ‘Beale Street’ Year’s Best Film

As if I needed further proof that 2018 was a great year for movies, the annual meeting of the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC), of which I’m a longtime member, was surprisingly equanimous and, clocking in at 3½ hours, relatively short. With so many notable films and stellar performances, it was fairly easy for the 21 print and online […]

These New Year’s Resolutions Will Be Met


We have the ancient Babylonians to thank for the practice of New Year’s resolutions. However, their resolutions included promises to the Gods to pay their debts and return borrowed items. The focus on physique, self-care and relationship goals were most likely not a priority when life expectancy topped out around 25. They simply didn’t have time to care about their […]


Cynthia Joy (Drescher) Archambault, 64, of Newport, passed away Dec. 26, 2018. She was the wife of Marc Archambault. Her funeral will Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., at the United Congregational Church, Middletown. Angela N. DeMarco, 98, of Middletown, passed away Dec. 22, 2018. She was the wife of the late Michael DeMarco. William James McHenry, 69, formerly of […]

New Arrivals

Alicia and Joshua Anthony of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Arabella Catherine Anthony on Dec. 15, 2018. Meghan Edge and Walter Bennett Jr. of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Willow Isabella Bennet on Dec. 13, 2018. Diana Figueras and Jose Cancel Jr. of Tiverton are proud to announce the birth […]

Japanese Internment Camps Lecture

“The Japanese Internment Camps of WWII: Lesson Learned?” will be presented by Ken Nomiyama at Channing Church’s parish hall, 135 Pelham St., Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Nomiyama, a retired businessman living in Newport, has a deep interest in this lecture because his parents were incarcerated at Tule Lake, California, one of the 10 Japanese internment camps in the […]

Renewable Energy Workshop

The Newport City Council will hold a workshop regarding renewable energy projects and net metering on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers in the Newport City Hall. The workshop will immediately follow the special council meeting. The public is invited to attend.