2020-02-27 E-Edition

Driven to Save a Life

The International Save a Life Tour visited Rogers High School on Feb. 25, bringing along hands-on virtual reality driving simulators. This is the same program the Department of Defense uses, as well as many state departments of transportation and highway safety, to inform students on the dangers of driving impaired or distracted by texting. The Save A Life Tour is […]

A Foundation for Fresh Food


In 2005, Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) purchased 8.3 acres on Elizabeth Lane in Middletown on land that was formerly used to grow potatoes. Although potato farming had taken its toll on the land, today it thrives due to partnerships with Aquidneck Community Table (ACT), several microfarms, and a number of community farmers and shareholders. “We are thrilled the full acreage […]

Reaching Spanish-Speaking Community in Census 2020


Conexión Latina Newport, an organization formed to serve the local Spanish-speaking community, hosted a Census 2020 event before a full house at Pell Elementary School on Feb. 21. Coordinated by Rebekah Gomez of the Newport Family Child & Opportunity Zone, the event was designed to inform residents about the importance of the census. A $13,000 Rhode Island Census 2020 grant, […]

Council Further Refining Mobile Dining


The Middletown Town Council asked town solicitor Peter Regan on Feb. 18 to rewrite a proposed draft ordinance amendment designed to codify the number and permitted locations of mobile food trucks within the town’s borders. The town has been forced to act following passage of the State Mobile Food Registration Act in June 2018, which was introduced by state Sen. […]

Black Back on Hooligan


Like geese flying south for the winter, Newport sailors head for warmer climates come the first chill in search of sailing opportunities. A popular destination is Florida, which is where Newport This Week caught up with Tyler Black as he competed in the J70 Midwinter Championship at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami. This year, 55 entries representing eight […]

Free Tax Help Offered by AARP

The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program will offer free income tax preparation at sites around Newport County. It is not necessary to be an ARRP member to take advantage of this help. Edward King House Mondays 9 a.m.-noon Newport Public Library Thursdays 1-6 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center Fridays 9 a.m.-noon Salve University McKillop Library Wed. 1-5 p.m. ( […]

Abney Presents Grant to MLK Mobile Food Pantry


Rep. Marvin L. Abney, chairman of the state’s House Finance Committee, presented a $10,000 legislative grant to support the Hunger Services programs of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLK) at the Edgar Court mobile food pantry on Feb. 25. “As a legislature, we can get small grants for worthy causes,” said Abney, who once served on the […]

Yet Another Continuance for Hotel Proposal


The proposal from one of Middletown’s foremost commercial developers to replace Rusty’s Bar and Grill and a trio of residential cottages with a 23-room hotel received yet another requested continuance on Feb. 25 from the Middletown Zoning Board of Review. First proposed two years ago, the wrecking ball has yet to demolish the popular beachside restaurant, and patrons may get […]

Miss RI Celebrates National Pancake Day


With Miss Rhode Island and Miss Newport on hand, the Middletown International House of Pancakes gave away a short stack to every customer on Feb. 25 in honor of National Pancake Day. Molly Andrade, Miss Rhode Island, and Isabella Bennett, Miss Newport, mingled with customers and posed for photos as IHOP accepted donations to support the Hasbro Hospital and the […]