A Step Back in Time

Coinciding with Newport’s rise as an American Colonial center, the Claggetts of Newport exhibit, on display through April 21 at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, showcases the work of three 18th century Newport clockmakers: William Claggett, his son-in-law James Wady, and his assumed relative Thomas Claggett. Their work, in concert with that of the master cabinetmakers who made the cases, […]

Zoning Board Denies Pasta Beach Expansion

The Zoning Board of Review failed to approve the petition of the Pasta Beach restaurant for a special use permit and variance to add 900 square feet of outdoor ser­vice area, without adding extra parking spaces The vote on Feb. 25 was 3-2 in favor, but four votes were required to approve. The space would have been used for four […]

Council Not High on Recreational Weed

The Middletown Town Coun­cil told a State House delegation that they have not changed their position on the sale of recreation­al marijuana in Middletown. The legislative agenda, which was read into the record in a council resolution, is a wish list compiled from town leaders to give their state representatives a blueprint of positions related to municipal, regional and state […]

Plan Presented for Temporary Classrooms

Studio JAED consultant Kate Jessup presented the facilities sub­committee of the School Commit­tee on Feb. 26 with a plan to meet the district’s pressing needs for the next five years for classrooms and offices, calling it “a temporary bridge to a permanent solution.” Newport’s pre-kindergarten classes are being held in Middle­town until June 2020. Also, new programs in maritime pipefitting, […]

Time to Plant Vegetable Seeds

It is hard to believe that it’s time to start planning this year’s vegeta­ble garden. Hopefully, you know what you want to grow and have ordered your seeds. If not, there is still time. Perhaps we can provide a bit of inspiration with this list of what to plant in mid-to-late February. Until the official opening of spring, there are […]

Life in the Penalty Box

RMR finished the regular season with a record of 9-6-1, fifth place in Division II, and will face Cranston West in the first round of the play­offs on March 1. RMR beat Cranston West 4-2 on Jan. 25 at St. George’s School in their only regular-season meeting. High school hockey moms might be appalled if they heard some of the […]


An applicant hoping to construct a three-story single-family home on a Tuckerman Avenue lot asked to have the matter continued after it became clear that the Middletown Zoning Board of Review was lean­ing toward a denial of the applica­tion at their Feb. 26 meeting. Brian and Anna Donovan, with their attorney Christopher Behan, are asking for variances from Sec­tions 603 […]

For What It’s Worth

An emailed photo shows one of 2 chairs asking about age and value. English or French, circa 1875. Black lacquer with mother of pearl inlay and painted and gilt decorations. Fashionable for its era with complimentary beds, bureaus, desks and tables to cre­ate an elegantly decorated room. Value between $200 and $300 the pair. Do you have a treasured item […]

Fire Dept. Openings

The City of Newport is accepting applications to become a Newport firefighter from March 4 through March 25. Details of the process and forms are available on cityof­newport.com. Go to the Human Resources Dept. and then City Em­ployment/ Application.

New Arrivals

O’Brandy Viruet and Blake Anderson of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their son Kanan O’Mari Alan Anderson on Feb. 14, 2019. Kylee-Rae & Samuel Borgueta of Newport are proud to an­nounce the birth of their son Beau Jackson Borgueta on Feb. 13, 2019. Christine Coffey-Spinelli & Pe­ter Spinelli of Porstmouth are proud to announce the birth of […]