2019-08-29 E-Edition

Protesters Speak Out Against Hotel

The gathering in front of City Hall to protest the spurt of hotel development in Newport had at least one light moment, when a boy about 9 years old stopped his scooter in front of the woman with the megaphone and demanded to know, “What’s going on here?” The sight that caught his curiosity was a group of more than […]

Visionary Art at Marble House is Eye-Opening

It’s hard to imagine what could shock and awe in a room made of 22 carat gold leaf, but a large sculpture of a head, with a purple face and orange hair, glossy and serene, positioned in front of a piano, with yellow-orange eyes just peeking over, has the effect of surprise. It’s outlandish enough that some have wondered if […]

Group Aims to Rekindle School District Merger

A newly formed citizens advocacy group has announced its intention to lobby the Middletown Town Council with a pair of petitions aimed to convince it to reconsider the decision not to move forward with discussions of consolidation between the Newport and Middletown school systems. Citizens Exploring School Unification (CESU), a nonprofit organization created after the council’s 5-2 vote on June […]

North End Zoning Decision Delayed

After three hours of dissecting the city’s Comprehensive Plan and determining whether a new mixed-use zoning ordinance proposed by a developer meets its goals, the Newport Planning Board voted on Aug. 21 that the proposed amendment was “generally consistent” with the plan. The board will next vote to make a recommendation to the City Council on whether it should approve […]

Young Entrepreneurs at Embrace

Thirty-eight children of Embrace Home Loans employees received a lesson in entrepreneurship and raised $1,200 for charities during the company’s fourth annual “Embrace Spectacular,” its version of Take Your Kids to Work Day. “The Spectacular event introduces girls and boys to the workplace, empowers them to dream without gender limitations and to think creatively about their family, work and community […]

Mom and Parent Group to Begin

A new mom and parent support group begins Monday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nest at Tenth Gate, 1048 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Meeting times, which are one hour, will alternate each week between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to accommodate most schedules. The group is offered by the Nest at Tenth Gate in collaboration with SIREN Women’s […]

Library to Show “Our Town” Premiere

The Middletown Public Library and the Friends of the Library invite you to a screening party of the premiere broadcast of RI PBS’s “Our Town: Middletown” on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. The documentary features Middletown residents. Their stories have been woven together into a visual tapestry of nostalgia, humor, enterprise and history representing life in Middletown […]

Insider’s Tour at Watson Farm

Manager Don Minto will lead a tour of Watson Farm, located at 455 North Road, Jamestown, on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. The tour will also provide a chance to meet Max Sherman, the new farm manager, and hear his perspectives on agriculture. Both men will talk about how the farm’s evolution relates to the local island […]

Volunteers Sought by Hospital

Newport Hospital is recruiting volunteers over age 16 for its mobility volunteer program that will start in October. Volunteers will visit and converse with patients, while taking walks. Research shows that older adults spend 83 percent of their time in bed during hospitalization and lose function as early as the day after admission. When interventions to provide mobilization are offered, […]