Move In Begins

Beginning April 1, no joke, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce team began the move-in at Innovate Newport in the restored/repurposed Sheffield School on Broadway. Amidst the assembly of desks and unpacking boxes, the two office space suites are taking shape. The building is still considered a hard hat zone and although the Chamber will be onsite, the building is […]

District Faces Tough Sell on Bond Issue


With the prospect of convincing city voters to approve as much as a $150 million bond issue to fund a new high school and other facilities for the school district, City Councilor Susan Taylor labeled the mood at City Hall “sober” during the April 2 meeting of the School Committee’s Facilities Subcommittee. As the meeting seemed to be coming to […]

Newport Spring Evolution Moves Forward


An update for the Newport Spring site was presented to more than 100 people at the Redwood Library on March 22. It was another step in the transformation of the area near Washington Square into an urban public space. The process began in 2012 when the owner of the gas station that formerly operated on the site announced that he […]

Tax Reform Debate Continues


The Middletown Town Council continued their debate of possible changes to the tax code at their April 1 meeting. Two proposals on the table that have garnered the most discussion have been the potential adoption of a homestead exemption that would allow qualifying Middletown residents to reduce up to 10 percent of the property assessment on their primary residence and […]

Conversation with Theresa Coish

On the Job for a Decade as Middletown’s Librarian

With National Library Week coming up, we checked in with Theresa Coish, Middletown Public Library’s director. She will celebrate 10 years at the library this summer. Her diverse background includes a BA in Sociology from UMASS-Dartmouth, a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, certification as an elementary school teacher and a library media specialist. Prior to coming to MPL […]

Fort Adams Restoration

The north wall at Fort Adams is undergoing a $250,000 restoration to preserve it from the elements. Led by Gnazzo Construction, crews on sky lifts and scaffolding are cleaning and mortaring stone joints on the top of the wall and installing a Helifix crack stitching system onto the wall’s 30 deteriorated casemate windows. The goal is to prevent water from […]

Mooring Changes Passed


The City Council finally approved four major mooring changes that have been rewritten, amended and debated for nearly a year. Once again, the council’s March 27 meeting was dotted with boat and mooring owners and others who have long wished to have a mooring in Newport Harbor. Their chances may have improved with the approval of a new transfer rule, […]

School Budget Cuts Take Shape


The Financial Advisory and Audit Subcommittee of the Newport School Committee has continued the process of cutting proposed spending to balance next year’s budget. The School Committee must present a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2020 to the City Council by the end of April. At the March 29 meeting of the subcommittee, members voted unanimously to approve three cuts […]

Daffy Days Window Decorating Contest

With the daffodils starting to pop-up all over town, local retailers are encouraged to enter the Newport Daffodil Festival window decorating contest. Entry forms are available at newportdaffydays.com. All entries must be received by Monday, April 8.

Skimmer Season Kick-Off

Clean Ocean Access will kick off its fourth marina trash skimmer season on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Join them for a trash skimmer tour at Perrotti Park, followed by a Point Section cleanup. Learn more about the technology, how it works and an overview of new installations in Providence, New Bedford and Fall River.