2019-06-20 E-Edition


50th Anniversary

For Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport and the chairman for the Rhode Island Transit and Bridge Authority’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, milestones such as the Pell Bridge’s 50th anniversary are all about reflecting back and looking forward. It’s about paying tribute to the work that went into advocating for it, building it and then acknowledging that we’re […]

Newport Pilot Takes Part in D-Day Anniversary

Guillaume de Ramel did not realize the massive scope of the D-Day invasion until he met D-Day veterans and took part in the 75th anniversary in Normandy earlier this month. “You see epic movies like ‘The Longest Day,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and HBO’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ which give you … only a glimpse of some very specific events,” he said. […]

Bid for School District Consolidation Fails

The Middletown Town Council made it clear on June 17 that they have no interest in a unified school district or high school with Newport, voting 5-2 against even exploring the possibility. Newport Supt. Colleen Burns Jermain had asked the Town Council to join in exploring potential avenues of unification, whether by jointly funding and building a shared high school […]

Conversation with Lisa Stubbs

Keeping Hats in High Fashion

The 24th annual Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff takes place this weekend, and local haute couture milliner Lisa Stubbs will once again display her Lilo Hats designs in a booth on the ocean side of the vendor’s lawn. “I’ve been a part of the show since its inception and the location is spectacular,” noted Stubbs, whose nickname is Lilo. “I […]

Babcock Resigns on Eve of Salve Dorm Hearings

Joseph Babcock, who voted in favor of Salve Regina University’s first dormitory plan, resigned this week from the Historic District Commission on the eve of the June 20 public hearing to consider the construction of the second dorm. The first plan was rejected in a 4-2 vote. Efforts to reach Babcock have been unsuccessful. As first reported in May, Salve […]

Full Agenda for Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission approved a petition from Citizens Financial Group, 8 Washington Square, for permission to construct a 24-hour ATM enclosure that will be handicapped accessible. In addition, the HDC voted to extend the flat roof to cover the side entrance door, provide a new landing, accessible ramps, metal railings and steps. Other commercial petitions approved included permission for […]

For What It’s Worth

The chair seems to be the most common piece of furniture. We receive more queries about chairs than anything else. Usually there is a story: “It was my grandmothers” “I bought it at a yard sale 30 years ago” etc. The pictured example is one of the more common ones: could have been sold by a turn of the century […]

‘We’re Back for Another Novel Evening’

Sue Klau will serve as honorary chair at “We’re Back for Another Novel Evening” on Sunday June 23, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Easton’s Beach rotunda. Klau, who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, returns to Newport in the spring and summer, where more than 1,000 children know her as the library’s puppeteer. She has been part of the children’s department […]

Harbor Walk

Friends of the Waterfront will lead a walking tour on Sunday, June 23, at 1 p.m. Starting at Mary Ferrazzoli Park on the corner of Washington Street and Long Wharf, walkers will travel on many of the public access points along the harbor. Short discussions will be held on FOW’s efforts with the URI Master Gardeners program, as well as […]