2019-06-06 E-Edition

MHS Girls & RHS Boys Win Titles

Newport Pitches High School Unification

A cohort of Newport’s civic and education officials made a two-hour overture to the Middletown Town Council at the June 3 meeting in an attempt to begin the process toward a unified high school. Although the subject has popped up within the confines of Newport City Hall and Middletown Town Hall, and has made for considerable cocktail chatter on Aquidneck […]

Historic Spring Subject of Science Channel Show

Newport is becoming Hollywood on-the-Narragansett, as another television show is being filmed here, joining “The Bachelorette.” However, this show will not be concerned with the vagaries of love and the imponderables of human attraction, but with the mysteries surrounding the origin of the newly rediscovered underground construction at the site of a spring that was used by the original settlers […]

Regulators Contend Yacht Club Mooring Purchase Illegal

The rights to more than 20 Newport rental moorings have been sold by permit holders in illegal transfers in recent years, including 17 that were purchased by the New York Yacht Club, according to the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the state’s regulatory agency. According to Stuart Streuli, a spokesman for the yacht club, the moorings were purchased for the […]

Conversation with Peter Friedrichs

New City Planner Brings Fresh Perspective

New City Planner Peter Friedrichs came to Newport through the girders on his way to the sailboats. His path was circuitous, with his last stop overseeing Central Falls, the smallest urban stamp in Rhode Island, as director of Planning and Economic Development for three years. Before that, he was a planner for Shepley Bulfinch in Boston. A former contractor and […]

Rogers Sophomore Wins State Javelin Title

Sophomore Ian Hall won the javelin at last weekend’s state tournament in Philadelphia, leading a group of Rogers High athletes who advanced to the New England Track and Field Championships. Hall was also second in the discus and third in the shot put. Teammate Logan Ratcliff, a junior, who has only been throwing the javelin since March, finished fourth. Both […]

Gilman Wins State Golf Title

Mason Gilman had kept the Cranston Country Club course and a dozen top amateurs at bay through the front nine. The Middletown High senior had stiff-armed them, much the way he did as a star running back and linebacker for the Islanders football team. He was 1-under par with 10 holes to go. He parred the ninth. Then, he parred […]

Short-Term Rental Fees Raised

A public hearing on proposed changes to rules regarding short-term rentals, defined as leases lasting fewer than six months, ended with the Middletown Town Council’s unanimous approval to raise significantly both the fines paid by violators of the ordinance and the annual registration fees paid by owners who rent their properties. Fees for registering non-owner occupied properties will jump from […]

Mural Magic at the Big Blue Bike Barn

From blue to blooming with color, Newport’s North End community recently came together at 20 Sunset Blvd, to make the Big Blue Bike Barn shine. If interested in getting involved with building pump track or gardens, email program manager Jordan Miller at jordan@bikenewportri.org.