2019-11-21 E-Edition

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Molly Andrade Prepares for Miss America

By Allison Herzog In the nearly 100 years since its inception, there’s never been a Miss America from Rhode Island. Molly Andrade, who was crowned Miss Rhode Island 2019 in May, is hoping to change that. Andrade, 20, of Middletown, has been busy fulfilling her duties, while also preparing for the grand stage. She will compete for the title of […]

Aviation Officials Vet Future of Airport

Representatives from the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), which operates the Newport State Airport in Middletown, found themselves in the unenviable position on Nov. 13 of announcing the launch of a new 10-year strategic capital plan that could potentially expand operations for an airport that many neighbors wish would downsize. A public hearing held in the auditorium of Gaudet Middle […]

Council Reopens Court House Street

Following a public outcry, the barriers blocking access to Court House Street were removed on Nov. 19, allowing vehicles to flow once again down the historic Newport road. “We did hear you and we listened,” Mayor Jamie Bova said. The decision to return to the familiar traffic pattern was made by the City Council on Nov. 13 after Councilor Kate […]

Conversation with Matt Kestler Catching Up with Rogers High Coach of the Year

Rogers High baseball head coach Matt Kestler was honored on Nov. 13, along with his players, by the City Council, which presented proclamations honoring the coach and his team. Last season, Rogers won the Division III championship for the first time in 48 years. The council announced that Nov. 13 was Rogers High Vikings Baseball 2018-19 Day, as well as […]

Workshop to Update Transportation Plan

Residents, community leaders and business owners came together on Nov. 14 for a collaborative workshop on the city’s transportation plan. More than 50 people attended, and the audience included members of the City Council, Planning Board, School Committee, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, along with representatives from the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, the Newport Transportation Planning Committee, Bike […]

City Council Objects to Twin River Casino Signs

The City Council learned on Nov. 13 that three signs advertising Twin River Casino in Tiverton are proposed to go up in Newport; one would be on Connell Highway at Farewell Street going north near the overpass and would be 3.5 by 8.5 feet. The other two signs would be 2.5 by 3 feet, one at the off ramp onto […]

Nearly 1,000 Middletowners Petition Town Council

As a result of the Middletown Town Council’s decision to end discussion of school unification with the City of Newport, a group of Middletown citizens formed a non-profit group “Citizens exploring school unification” (CESU) that serves to promote further discussion and sample public opinion. To that end, CESU has solicited and obtained nearly 1,000 signatures of Middletown citizens who disagree […]

Census Grants

Local organizations have until Nov. 25 to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to conduct outreach that will encourage people to be counted in the 2020 Census. The goal is to protect the $3.8 billion annually that Rhode Island receives in federal funding for education, healthcare, housing and transportation, among other initiatives based on census data. “Rhode Island cannot […]