2020-02-06 E-Edition

Paying Tribute

Art quilter Veronica Mays is currently displaying works of fiber art at the Newport Public Library. Her works can also be seen at Portsmouth Free Library. Mays, a former high school English teacher has been a quilter for the past four years and has had her works on display in many New England quilt shows as well as the National […]

Laney, Crohn Headline Winterfest Comic Show

When contacted, comic Rodney Laney was sitting on a runway, about to fly to Colombia, South America. The former Air Force airman has traveled since the dawn of his first career in the service, and during his second as a top-flight comic. Much of Laney’s comedy touches upon his many stops. His next one will be topping a two-comedian show […]

Don’t Expect Many Surprises at Oscars

In 2020, it’s a movie about World War I, “1917,” that’s favored to win the best picture Oscar on Feb. 9, along with its director, Sam Mendes. Nostalgia for the past is also helping other favorites in their races, from Renee Zellweger as late-career Judy Garland to Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s love […]

North End Plan is About Balance

As the moratorium deadline approaches, the North End Urban Redevelopment Plan is picking up steam with a multitude of public forums and roundtables hosted by consultants from NBBJ and Engagement Lab. The consultants invite all local businesses to attend the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce hosted roundtable at Innovate Newport on Friday, Feb. 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. They […]

Town Council and State Pols Set Local Agenda

Representatives of Middletown’s General Assembly delegation met with the Town Council for a special open meeting immediately preceding the regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 3 to discuss the local priorities for the upcoming legislative session. In attendance were Sen. Lou Di- Palma, Rep. Deborah Ruggiero and Rep. Terri Cortvriend. The meeting is an annual occurrence between state and local […]


Meet Scipio Hear the story of Scipio on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at CCRI Newport Auditorium. Scipio was a young boy captured from his village. He crossed the Middle Passage and arrived in Newport to be sold. Victoria Johnson, a member of the Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project, will give the talk. The Newport Middle Passage Port […]

Documentary Showcases Concours d’Elegance

About 300 people packed the Jane Pickens Theater on Jan. 30 to watch the premier of the new documentary, “Best in Class: The Making of a Concours d’Elegance.” The film showcased the inaugural Concours d’Elegance held on the lawn of the Breakers in October, which concluded the four-day motor week put on by the Audrain Automobile Museum in partnership with […]

Outlining Framework for Demolition Permits

Helen Johnson, Newport’s Preservation Planner, outlined the regulatory framework for issuing permits to demolish structures at the Planning Board meeting on Feb.3. “The city of Newport is committed to preserving the historically and culturally significant built neighborhood environment and architectural activities,” she said. Johnson said much depends on whether a building is in an historic district. Many of the core […]

Petition Launches to Explore Unification

A group of Middletown residents, Citizens Exploring School Unification (CESU), is holding a petition drive on Feb. 10 targeting at placing a binding referendum regarding school regionalization on the Nov. 3 ballot. The signing event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library. CESU will have a table with the petition, a Frequently Asked Questions […]