A Winning Air Strike

Island Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition Team 78, AIR STRIKE will advance to the New England FIRST District Championship on April 25-27 in Worcester, Mass. Above are Seamus Sullivan (left) and Spencer Dellenbaugh, the robot drive team for the Rhode Warriors from Middletown. AIR STRIKE is comprised of 25 high school students from 13 schools across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. […]

Fishing Club Seeks to Stop Parking Ban

A longtime local fishing club is looking to head off a proposal for a parking ban at the historic Fish­ermen’s Parking Area along Ocean Drive, just south of the entrance to the Castle Hill Inn. On March 19, Newport’s Interde­partmental Traffic Committee (ITC) held a meeting at the Newport Li­brary to float the idea of a no-park­ing proposal in the […]

Newport Restaurant Week Returns

With spring comes the return of Newport Restaurant Week. From April 5-14, more than 45 restaurants throughout New­port and Bristol County will par­ticipate in the event, which will focus this year on the symbiotic relationship between local chefs and their circle of nearby farm­ers, growers, foragers and fish­mongers. Andy Teixeira, the chef at Brix, located at Newport Vineyards in Middletown, […]

Homestead Exemption to Get Closer Look

The March 18 meeting of the Middletown Town Council includ­ed a robust discussion on the possi­bility of the town implementing an annual property tax reduction on residents’ primary homes. The or­dinance is modeled on legislation passed in 2016 and implemented by the town of Narragansett, which has comparable median house­hold income and population. The goal is part of a wider […]

National Sailing Hall of Fame Coming to Newport

Armory Antiques Center to continue operations through the 2019 summer season

It’s Official: The National Sailing Hall of Fame is coming to Newport. On Wednesday, March 27 city officials formally closed on a deal to sell the upper two floors of the historic Armory building on Lower Thames Street to the National Sail­ing Hall of Fame for $1,685,000. The sale was initially approved by the City Council in July of 2018 […]

Zoning Board Delays Salve

With discussion over a petition to construct a house on a vacant lot on Houston Avenue consuming nearly three hours, the Zoning Board of Re­view was forced to delay three oth­er petitions with public implications at the March 25 meeting. The majority of the meeting was taken up by the petition of J. Richard and Margaret Ratcliffe for a variance […]

New Cleanup Effort at Carr Point

An old skeet range located at Carr Point, on the base of Naval Station Newport, will be the site of the next environmental remedia­tion effort by the Navy. The site is where skeet shooters once fired at clay pigeons that were launched over Narragansett Bay, which left lead pellets that present a danger to wildlife. Carr Point, just north of […]

Middletown Hotel Plan Delayed

The Middletown Zoning Board of Review has once again contin­ued the petition for a special use permit for a proposed 23-room ho­tel on Wave Avenue to its April 23 meeting because the plan included several two-bedroom units. Under the guidelines, only one-bedroom units are allowed. Attorney David Martland was made aware of the discrepancy after a 30-minute PowerPoint pre­sentation by […]

Newport Cemetery Cleanup

The Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission invites the public to participate in Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Day. Volunteers will meet on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. to help clean vines and plant materi­al from gravestones at the Braman Cemetery on Farewell Street. Vol­unteers should bring garden gloves and pruners. For information, email npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com.

VFW Post 18 Meeting

The VFW Post 18 will next meet on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW hall, 822 Anthony Road, Common Fence Point, Portsmouth. The program will include a dis­cussion on veterans’ affairs and rehabilitation. Volunteers are also needed for a bingo day on Satur­day, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the R.I. Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave., Bristol. […]