2020-01-09 E-Edition

Middletown and Fire Union at Impasse Over Staffing

There was not an empty seat in the house at Middletown Town Hall on Jan. 6 as advocates for the fire department showed up to the Town Council meeting to lobby for additional firefighters. The public hearing was filled with residents, retired firefighters and representatives of the local fire union who rose to express fear and anger toward what they […]

Sprucing Up Miantonomi Park

For the new decade, Miantonomi Park is expected to boast a few changes. One of the biggest renovations will be on the North End of the park near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and John H. Chafee Boulevard, where a grassy lot will be turned into the newest attraction for Bike Newport. Bike Newport, with help from community volunteers, will […]

Newport County Hosts First Hotel Week

“Off season is on,” according to Kathryn Farrington, Discover Newport’s vice president of marketing. The inaugural “Hotel Week” is coming to Newport County on Jan. 18-31. Several area hotels are expected to participate, offering flat rates ranging from $100 to $400 per night. “We are so happy to be participating in Rhode Island’s first ever Hotel Week,” said Lark Hotels […]

Trinity Village: A Holistic Approach to Recovery

Trinity Village recovery support, comprised of the Trinity Haven residence for men in Newport, Trinity Inn for women and their children in Portsmouth, and Trinity Healthy Living services in Middletown, opened its doors in 2019, quickly impacting individuals recovering from addiction. Exceeding the National Alliance of Recovery Residence guidelines, Trinity’s recovery residences are structured living experiences that include a program […]

Conversation with Kelly Lee Executive Director of Lucy’s Hearth

Lucy’s Hearth provides more than temporary housing for displaced families in need. It also offers comprehensive educational programs that foster life skills and a safe, supportive environment. With health and stability, families become prepared to sustain permanent housing. Kelly A. Lee, a Salve Regina graduate and former vice president of community and government engagement at the PACE organization of Rhode […]

Randall A. Perkins

Randall A. Perkins, 75, of Newport, formerly of Holliston, Mass., passed away on Dec. 30, 2019 in Newport. He was the beloved husband of Janet (Kracke) Perkins of Newport. Randy was born in New York, N.Y. to Kendrick D. Perkins and Janet (Fournier) Perkins. He grew up in the North Haven, Conn area. After high school, he served in the […]


William F. Benisch, 85, of Newport, passed away Jan. 5, 2020. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Del Nero) Benisch. Calling hours will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home William J. Brulotte, 56, formerly of Newport, passed away […]

Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 2-7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown. Donors will receive a free steak dinner in addition to a $5 coupon for Dunkin’ Donuts.

Comedy Night

The Knights of Columbus in Middletown is hosting a comedy night and pasta dinner on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. The headliner is “Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings.” Tickets are $25 and includes a pasta and meatball dinner. Funds raised support The Knights charitable donations. Contact Tom Murphy at 835-1135 for tickets.