2019-10-31 E-Edition

“Understanding Unification”

At a public forum held Oct. 28 at the CCRI auditorium, “The Future of Our Island High Schools,” regarding a further discussion on a unified Aquidneck Island high school, Neil Steinberg, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation moderated a panel comprised of Christine Lopes Metcalfe, Chief Executive Office of the RIDE/School Building Authority; Tim Duffy, Executive Director of […]

Sail Newport Brings Sailing Classes to Pell Students


Sail Newport is making the bay more accessible to the youth of Newport through a partnership with Pell Elementary where fourth grade students get on the water as part of their regular curriculum. “It’s perceived as an inaccessible thing to be on the water,” said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport. “There is value in getting students to see […]

Report Lays Blame on National Grid

The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (RIPIC) issued a report on Oct. 30 regarding the seven-day natural gas service outage on Aquidneck Island last January that impacted more than 7,000 residents, concluding that it could have been avoided if not for “planning and forecasting errors” by Narragansett Electric, known to customers as National Grid. The 74-page report, […]

Portsmouth Option for Regional School Likely Over


Portsmouth has apparently removed itself from being part of a possible regional high school with Newport. “Given this level of cooperation and the condition of our high school, we do not support the building of a regional high school,” said Emily Copeland, chair of the town’s school committee, on Oct. 23 at a joint meeting with the Newport and Middletown […]

LAOH Scholarship Winner

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians has awarded scholarships of $1,000 and $500, respectively, to Julia Fitzgerald, a sophomore at Portsmouth Abbey, and Rayna Lombardo, a senior at Prout School. The scholarships are presented to girls who attend a Catholic high school in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Winter Farmers’ Markets Moves To New Location

Aquidneck Growers’ Market, a program of Aquidneck Community Table, will hold its winter market on the ground level of Easton’s Beach rotunda. The market will be open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport. The market is held rain or shine, but in the event of extreme weather a notice of cancellation will be […]

Shred It Event on Saturday

AARP will be offering its Fall Shred It event on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Edward King House parking lot. This is an easy free drive up service open to the public from all neighboring communities no matter your age. These efforts are intended to raise awareness in the City of Newport for the senior […]

Officials Embark on Quest for New Revenue


An aging citizenry and flat population growth have led Middletown leaders to begin a campaign aimed at increasing annual revenue without relying so heavily on residential and commercial property taxes. An Oct. 28 public hearing was held at Town Hall to field ideas from residents, local businesses and development advocates on ways Middletown may add money to town coffers without […]

Survey Seeks Input from Older Population

The City of Newport, AARP Rhode Island and the Newport Partnership for Families is currently conducting a survey of older residents with the aim of making the city more liveable as they age. The survey, which was launched on Oct. 25 and will be conducted until Nov. 29, is asking residents 45-and-older what the city is doing well and what […]