2020-03-05 E-Edition

A Grand Celebration

The Newport Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Pipe and Drum band will be one of eight bagpipe bands hailing from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York serenading the crowds lining the parade route for Newport’s 64 th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14. Among the bands will be former AOH pipe Liam Geer who will march with his […]

Students Learn Scourge of Single-Use Plastics


Approximately 70 percent of debris in trash skimmers is comprised of single-use plastics, according to a 2018 report from Clean Ocean Access. In an effort to educate students on the issue, the Greenlove Foundation has installed a water filling station at Thompson Middle School as part of the school’s science curriculum. Approximately one-third of the seventh-grade students have been collecting […]

Review of Rules on Short-Term Rentals


After reviewing the zoning ordinance to clarify definitions and permitted uses for short-term rentals, the Newport Planning Board sent its recommendations to the City Council on March 2. In 2018, there were 281 guesthouse registrations with fewer than five bedrooms, and 708 listings on Airbnb, according to a report from the Short-Term Rental Investigatory Group (STRIG). “The city had to […]

Middletown Council to Consider Hotel Surtax


A Middletown Town Council member and a private citizen have teamed up to introduce a proposal to institute a per-night $1 tax on every hotel room and third-party overnight room rental. The measure was placed on the March 2 agenda by Councilor Terri Flynn, who has been working with resident Lawrence Frank in crafting the proposal that they say could […]

Fleming’s 25 Leads Rogers to Div. III Playoff Win

GAMES OF THE WEEK

The Rogers High boys basketball team turned tension into elation on March 3 by outmuscling and outhustling a scrappy Mt. Hope High team 70-52 in its first Div. III playoff game at home in years. The first half was tight, with the emergence of a force named Jalen Kopecky. The second half was a rumble, with the emergence of a […]

Increasing Access to North End Arts


As part of an ongoing Health Equity Zone assessment, Creative Communities Collaborative held a forum on Feb. 29 to identify arts and culture resources within the North End and greater Newport. Creative Communities Collaborative, a subdivision of Looking Upwards, is committed to serving the cultural diversity of Newport by working with nonprofits, local businesses, artists, schools and volunteers to increase […]

Food Trucks Increase, Five Cart Licenses Remain


This spring and summer will see more food trucks and carts dotting areas of the city after new and renewed licenses were granted at the City Council’s Feb. 26 meeting. Mobile food truck licenses were renewed for La Forge Casino Restaurant, A Mano Pizza + Gelato and Macray’s Seafood, along with a mobile food cart license for Wally’s Hot Dog […]

RECENT DEATHS

George P. Bowab (MMC, USN, Ret.), 91, of Portsmouth, passed away Feb. 21, 2020. He served over 20 years in the U.S. Navy. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m.-noon, with a memorial service at noon in the Connors Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held immediately following in Portsmouth Cemetery. […]

Book Fair Meeting

The Newport Book Fair Study Committee will meet Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the third floor conference room at Discover Newport’s Visitors Center. Interested persons who would like to work on this project are welcome to attend. The Committee presently has 10 members representing organizations, businesses and residents interested in seeing a Newport Book Fair established in the […]