2020-01-16 E-Edition

Mean Streak

Islanders Let One Slip Away - Remain Winless

Despite holding an eight-point lead at the half, the Middletown boys basketball team dropped its tenth straight game on Jan. 14 with a 62-55 loss to The Prout School on their homecourt. “It’s fun to play a hard-fought game the entire time,” Middletown head coach Kevin Lendrum said. “We just need a win to try to solidify that what we’re […]

Bounce Away the Winter Blues


When the weather outside is cold and harsh, the upstairs ballroom of the Easton Beach rotunda is warm and inviting. Last weekend, it was almost too warm, considering the beautiful weather. That didn’t stop dozens of children from spending an hour or two bouncing their hearts out at Easton’s Beach Bounce. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekend, […]

Pre-K Vote Means A Move Back to Pell


The Newport School Committee voted on Jan. 14 to stand by their December decision to move the city’s three pre-K classes back to Pell Elementary School in September. Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia calls the decision “insulting.” The classes have been housed at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Middletown for the past several years under a lease […]

Faerber Resigns as Fire Chief


Peter Faerber Jr. is stepping down as Middletown’s fire chief in the midst of a battle between the town and the local fire union over staffing levels. Faerber, who was appointed chief in 2017 and first joined the department in 1996, submitted his resignation letter to Town Administrator Shawn Brown with an effective date of Feb. 14. Town officials said […]

‘Fore the Ladies’ Introduces Golf to Female Beginners


As a girl growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Abby Liebenthal stood apart from her friends in that she played golf. As she grew older and went to college, she continued golfing. And when she began a career in marketing in the golf industry, the sport became a central focus in her life. But as a woman who knew the game, […]

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Newport Wellness Week Returns

January is a time to start fresh. Each new year, many of us make resolutions and look forward to making positive changes in our life, especially about wellness. We begin strongly committed to making changes such as get healthy or break a habit. Still, according to research, a little over 90 percent of us fulfill those resolutions. That’s where Newport […]

Council to Decide Right-of-Way


The City Council continued to assess whether The Reef on Howard Wharf is obstructing a right-of-way and the public’s access to the waterfront. The city looks to determine if the width of the area even constitutes a public right-of-way, and if the restaurant has obstructed public access by placing tables across the street. Attorney Michael J. Murray, representing The Reef, […]

Council Reacts to Larger School Design


The City Council received an update from the School Committee and its consultants on Jan. 8 on Newport’s Stage Two application to the Rhode Island Department of Education. The application will request state financial assistance for constructing a new high school and an eight-classroom extension at Pell Elementary. Philip Conte, CEO of StudioJAED, said the new high school plan is […]

‘Floating’ Liquor Licenses Extended


The City Council has unanimously approved six-month extensions for two “floating” liquor licenses. But the extensions came with a warning for their owners to sell them to a viable enterprise that operates at each site, and then report back to the board within six months on the progress of the sales. So-called “floating” licenses have been a decades-long legal and […]