2020-04-09 E-Edition

A Spirited Solution

In an effort to help the community, Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. has committed part of its operations to make hand sanitizer from repurposed distilled spirits for those in need. They also donated 100 four-ounce bottles to the Newport Police and Fire Departments on April 6. Newport Police Sgt. Jonathan Cortes and David Turmel accepted their hand sanitizer from […]

Local Companies Make Needed COVID Supplies

With the COVID-19 pandemic bearing down on Rhode Island, a number of local companies are stepping up to provide much-needed personal protective equipment to hospitals, fire and police departments, nursing homes and other frontline healthcare professionals. BedJet, a Newport company that manufactures cooling technology for mattresses, is in the process of purchasing 3,600 N95 masks from China to be donated […]

Festival Field Sold; Changes and Renovations to Come

The residents of the Festival Field housing complex in the city’s North End have a new landlord. City Councilor Angela McCalla, whose First Ward includes Festival Field, was pleased with the news, saying she hopes the transfer will open a new and improved chapter to the property’s troubled history, which in the past has included resident complaints about a lack […]

The Many Splendors of Roasted Chicken


Social distancing has turned the entire concept of procuring food on its head. Where just one month ago a home cook might have stopped to read labels or wandered aisles perusing shelves and cases for menu inspiration, the question of what’s for dinner must now be strategized like a MI5 mission. For the foreseeable future, for maximum efficiency, shoppers will […]

Grab ‘n Go

The following list of establishments is offering take-out, delivery or curb-side meal services on the Island. For more updates, visit discovernewport.org.

Cooking in Captivity


Madonna recently explained in a video, while provocatively soaking in a milk bath with rose pedals and dripping in neck jewels, that coronavirus was the great equalizer among us. Well, I beg to differ. The great equalizer in this pandemic, Ms. Material Girl, is the fact that no matter how rich, poor, musically gifted or tone deaf, we are all […]

Firefighters and Nursing Home Reports of Positive Tests

Four firefighters and one police officer have tested positive for COVID-19, City Manager Joseph Nicholson Jr. told the City Council on April 7. Local nursing homes have also been affected, but officials have not released any numbers. The police officer had not been in contact with anyone on the street, Nicholson said. Three of the four firemen worked in the […]

Newport Hospital Sets Aside Floor for COVID-19 Patients

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Rhode Island, Newport Hospital has responded by converting the second floor into a negative pressure area dedicated for patients with the disease. Because coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, negative pressure rooms may reduce contaminating other areas by controlling and containing the airflow. “Because the risk of infection in these […]

Losing Father to COVID-19

Colleen Loveless knew she would eventually have to say goodbye to her aging father. But she never imagined he would die alone, with his loved ones saying farewell through a nurse’s cell phone. “The doctor said it looked like his lungs exploded. It was just horrible. I know he was older, but he didn’t have to die this way,” said […]