2019-08-22 E-Edition

Civil War Re-enactment

After a two-year hiatus, the Fort Adams Trust is hosting a Civil War living history re-enactment within the walls of historic Fort Adams on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. Events begin at 9 a.m. and include re-enactors carrying out simulations of assaults at Fort Adams, as well as re-creations of the daily life of soldiers and civilians during […]

Food Truck Rules Still Under Debate

It seems most of Newport is watching the city’s recent efforts to regulate food trucks: restaurant and cafe owners, food merchants, event promoters, tourism officials, neighborhood associations, arts organizations and food lovers of all kinds. Where, when and how many food trucks will be allowed to satisfy the public’s craving for outdoor fish tacos, barbecue ribs, hot dogs and gourmet […]

Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment

Sometimes, old buildings outlive the reason for their original construction, and yet they are beloved structures that are an important part of the local history and architectural fabric. Newport, because of its long history and the many waves of building that have occurred here, has a greater percentage of these wonderful old buildings looking for new purposes than just about […]

School Deadline Looms

The City Council was surprised to learn on Aug. 15 that significant decisions regarding the building of a new high school might need to be made soon. If there is to be a vote on a bond issue to finance the new facilities in November 2020, the city must settle on the size, location and cost of a new high […]

The Magic of IYRS

The “magic of IYRS” was celebrated at the 22nd annual gala in July. Punctuating the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) mission are the 10 graduates who are helping to build the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, the challenger in the 2021 America’s Cup. The IYRS annual gala was cochaired by Charlie and Posy Dana and Dooie and Geer Isdale. […]

Diamonds Are Forever

Newport Polo reported a record amount in auction proceeds from its annual charity gala, topping more than $35,000 to be donated to this year’s beneficiary, the Newport Music Festival. More than 450 of Newport’s glitterati made red carpet entrances around town at the various events on Aug. 2 to welcome the South African polo team and support the Newport Music […]

Midtown Oyster Sidewalk Café Approved

The Midtown Oyster Bar has won approval for outdoor seating along Thames Street. The Newport City Council unanimously approved the sidewalk seating additions and expansions to the restaurant’s victualing and liquor licenses at its Aug. 14 meeting. The vote was 6-0 with Councilor Lynn Underwood Ceglie absent. Since early July, Midtown Oyster Bar at 341-345 Thames St., holder of a […]

West Main Development Held Off

A majority of the Middletown Town Council voted against taking an initial step toward exploring redevelopment for 15 acres of town-owned land along the corner of West Main Road and Coddington Highway. A resolution that would have authorized the town administrator to execute a contract with an economic development consulting firm to jumpstart the search for developers was voted down […]

For What It’s Worth

An elderly gentleman recently came by to inquire about the age and value of a framed print titled: “The Start of Automobile Race on the Beach Near Newport.” I recognize the print from a Newport Casino program from 1905. William Kissam Vanderbilt II initiated racing in Newport and the location appears to be Easton’s Beach. Value $50-$100. Do you have […]