2020-01-23 E-Edition

Cornering the Market

Brenton Hotel, the new luxury boutique hotel on Long Wharf, is expected to open in June 2020 with 57 guest rooms that they tout as the most spacious in town. A Preferred Hotel & Resorts member, the Brenton is owned by a locally-based investment group, operated by White Horse Hospitality and has recently named luxury hotel veteran, Jonathan Andrew Ross, […]

Chinese ‘Year of the Rat’ Begins


On Jan. 25, the oldest and most important festival in China, the Spring Festival, known in the West as the Chinese New Year, will begin with the “Year of the Rat,” running until Feb. 11, 2021. The date is determined by the lunar/solar calendar, so the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. It arrives with the second new moon […]

Resident Input on North End Sought


A team of landscape architects, engineers and coding experts joined forces on Jan. 21 at a forum to discuss zoning for the future mixed-use Innovation District and the impact of the Pell Bridge realignment. Consultants from the Engagement Lab and NBBJ architectural firm, along with city officials and members of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Health Equity Zone [HEZ], […]

Council Appoints Interim Fire Chief


The Middletown Town Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Fire Marshal Robert McCall to serve as interim fire chief for four months, “or until otherwise relieved by the town administrator.” McCall, a senior ranking officer with the fire department, will step in to replace former fire chief Peter Faerber Jr., who announced his retirement on Jan. 9 after serving […]

Book Clubs Thriving in Newport County


Newport is a haven of outdoor activity in summer; in winter, less so. That’s when book clubs become an option for entertainment. There are a number of private book clubs that meet in members’ homes. Some are themed, others choose different genres, while others are focused on various time periods. Refreshments and food associated with the books are often served. […]

Youth Forum Seeking Student Panelists


The future of education is currently a hot-button issue on Aquidneck Island, as Newport debates the size and cost of a new high school, while Middletown and Portsmouth consider the ramifications of a potentially unified school system with all three communities. No one will be more affected by how this ultimately plays out than the island’s youth, who will have […]

Contaminated Naval Base Soil


Work to remediate contaminated soil at Naval Station Newport has paused as new procedures are promulgated. The soil is located on the sites of the now disused “Tank Farms,” where there were large fuel storage units along with facilities for blending additives such as lead. In an extended exchange between Portsmouth homeowner Tom Grieb and Dave Dorocz, head of the […]

Early Budget Prediction


A pre-budget consultation between the Middletown Town Council and the School Department on Jan. 21 showcased the challenge to town officials regarding the 2020-21 fiscal year budget that begins in July. Like most municipalities, the funding of education is the major expense, and the ever-rising costs of salaries and benefits, coupled with a disproportionate rise in revenue and outside funding […]

Finishing a College Degree

Discover a new way to finish your degree at a College Unbound showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at East Bay Met School, 115 Girard Ave. College Unbound is an innovative, interest-based curriculum model designed for adults returning to seek a bachelor’s degree. Meet current Aquidneck Island College Unbound students and learn more about this personalized […]