2020-01-30 E-Edition

Stop & Shop Celebrates Safer Stores

Perhaps you’ve met Marty, the roving googly-eyed robot who was introduced to close to 300 Stop & Shop supermarkets across the Northeast last year, including the ones on JT Connell Highway in Newport and on West Main Road in Middletown. As part of the growing movement for grocery stores to become more efficient and cost-effective, the robot’s job is to […]

High School Discussions

Middletown Group Furthers Petition Process By Christopher Allen What began as a local nonprofit stating its intent to bring a ballot question to Middletown voters asking to reopen regionalization talks with Newport turned into a heated discussion during the School Committee meeting on Jan. 23. The Citizens Exploring School Unification (CESU) was on the School Committee’s monthly agenda, and Dick […]

City Council Split on Rogers Updates

The City Council is divided over plans for a new Rogers High that will cost an estimated $104 million, with some councilors still expressing interest in regionalization as an alternative. At the Jan. 22 meeting, the council unanimously accepted updates on the progress of the Stage II application of the RIDE assessment by consultants from StudioJAED and Downes Construction. But […]

Newport Hospital Volunteers Log Thousands of Hours

Newport Hospital provides 28,000 hours of service to its patients annually through 185 dedicated volunteers. This effort is led by Lisa Coble, director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach. Coble said that many volunteers develop close relationships and feel that volunteering is where their purpose lies. “Volunteers … get to know each other really well and just really try to […]


DivorceCare DivorceCare, a 13 week program that offers hope and healing for those who are separated or divorced. Through a panel of experts on the DVD presentation, workbook journal and conversation, participants will learn how to navigate the devastating effects of divorce. Classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. 401-849-9567, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, Newport. To register, […]


Richard Peter Corr, 90, of Newport, passed away Jan. 23, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Donna Rosalie Loomis, 89, of Portsmouth, passed away Jan. 26, 2020. Edward P. Nedeau, 88, of Middletown, passed away Jan. 20, 2020. He was the husband of the late Helen (Reynolds) Nedeau. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Calling […]

Middletown Mourns Mary Clark

Just three days after the Middletown School Committee voted to rename the Gaudet Middle School Gymnasium after her late husband, Barry, who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer in 2018, Middletown resident and decades-long public school educator Mary Clark was killed in a single car accident on the Newport Pell Bridge on Jan. 26. She was 72. According […]

Silvia Resigns School Committee Seat

Kathleen Silvia, first elected to the Newport School Committee in 2014, submitted her resignation on Jan. 27. According to a friend, Silvia wants to focus on recuperating from recent health concerns. “I wish her well and I thank her for all her years of service to Newport, including her time as the city clerk. We’ll miss her and we wish […]

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 26, the Newport Police Department responded to 567 calls. Of those, 99 were motor violations and 18 were accident reports. Police responded to 3 calls of vanadlism, 9 suspicious vehicles or persons, 4 animal complaints, and 43 parking complaints. They performed 7 home and business alarm checks, 19 school securtiy […]