2020-03-12 E-Edition

Ocean Race Returning in 2022

Newport will once again serve as the only North American stopover for the Ocean Race in 2022, the grueling 10-stop, eight-month, 38,000-nautical-mile competition. Once again, Fort Adams State Park will serve as the venue to host sailors and fans from around the world. During its previous stops here in 2015 and 2018, the event had a wide-ranging economic and tourism […]

Herbal CSA: Combines Education and Health


As the disconnect between health and environment broadens, and the desire to become healthier and more environmentally conscious increases, Hawk and Handsaw Herbals, one of the micro-farms on Aquidneck Land Trust land in Middletown, have spearheaded a unique offering of monthly herbs and formulations as part of its seasonal Community Supported Agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture, commonly known as a CSA, is […]

Proposed Legislation Creates Airspace Easements


The Rhode Island State Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to remove trees and other property that obstruct incoming aircraft through eminent domain, if necessary, at the state’s five general aviation facilities, including Newport State Airport in Middletown. The legislation is designed to align Federal Aviation Administration mandates with […]

Taking the North End to the People


Consultants from the design firm, NBBJ, and Engagement Lab will be on the ground in Newport for the next few months as they prepare to help the city create zoning for a new mixed-use district. But you might not recognize them as they work. Their unobtrusive role as a “disinterested” party is to garner information from residents and businesses that […]

Island Artists Win Grants from Rhode Island Foundation


Kelsey Miller, a Portsmouth based printmaker, and David Barnes, an oil painter from Middletown, have been awarded $25,000 grants from the MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. Established in 2003, the fund provides up to three artist grants each year, rotating among visual artists, writers and composers. It was founded by Robert MacColl Johnson, a design director, and Margaret MacColl Johnson, an […]

Second Council Vote Cancels Parade


The Newport City Council unanimously voted not to hold the March 14 annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 11, reversing their decision 24 hours earlier. The reversal and cancellation of one of Newport’s biggest events, came after a same day request from Gov. Gina Raimondo and further direction from the R.I. Department of […]

Conexion Latina Newport to Bridge the Spanish-English Gap


Conexion Latina Newport is a grassroots organization created to inform Hispanic residents of local issues in their native language. It began as a Facebook page, and expanded to include in-person informational meetings and youth mentorship. The organization has coordinated several meetings at Pell Elementary and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, including a recent one where questions were answered […]

Arts Around the Fire

Newport’s Arts and Cultural Alliance’s monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, will hold its next meeting at Salvation Café on Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The guest speaker will be Maureen Coleman, Jamestown Arts Center’s new executive director. Knowledgeable about the Newport community from her tenure as Director of Development for the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Coleman […]

Chamber Expo Postponed

The Newport Chamber has decided to postpone its Expo, scheduled for March 25, at Gurney’s. “After much consideration, advice from the Department of Health, and discussions with state and local leadership,” said Erin Donovan-Boyle, Chamber executive director. “We want to be sure that we are offering our exhibitors and the community the best event possible, so we have determined that […]