2020-06-11 E-Edition

Demanding Justice

A Peaceful Protest in Newport

On Newport’s first muggy afternoon of the spring, a large crowd gathered on the basketball courts and playgrounds behind the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on June 6 to mourn the killing of George Floyd and voice support for racial justice. The protest march was organized by the Rhode Island branch of Black Lives Matter, along with several […]

Group to Buy Housing for Local Homeless

A coordinated community effort has housed around 30 adults with mental health and addiction problems, which make them more susceptible during the COVID-19 pandemic, for nine weeks in area motels. But now, the group is hoping to take it a step further by purchasing and renovating an apartment building that will provide the homeless a permanent place to live. “For […]

Fate of Food Trucks in Middletown on the Docket

The Middletown Town Council will take up a revised ordinance proposal regarding mobile food trucks at the next regular meeting on June 15. It will be the fourth draft presented to the council, per the 2018 law, and regulations should already have been in place. The latest iteration, which would have reduced the number of permits by half and outlawed […]

Strange Times for Newport Engineer and Part-Time EMT

As a part-time emergency medical technician in Swansea, Massachusetts, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUMC) Division Newport electrical engineer Gary Huntress has to respond to difficult situations. But due to the COVID 19 pandemic, a recent call, was different from anything he had experienced before. “I transported a gentleman and his wife, [who was] probably in her 80s, looked at me […]

Cruise Ships Cancel, But Signs of Recovery Exist

Aquidneck Island took another hit this week to its economic comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic with the news that all cruise ships have canceled reservations with Newport for the entire 2020 season. Despite that news, which will cost the city around $800,000 in tax revenue and $15 million in tourist spending, there does appear to be a light at the […]

School Committee Rejects AT&T Upgrades

The Newport School Committee voted 4-3 on June 9 to deny, for a second time, AT&Ts request to upgrade its cell tower at Rogers High School. Chair Raymond Gomes, Vice- Chair Aida Neary and Louisa Boatwright supported the request, while Rebecca Bolan, Sandra Flowers, Robert Leary and Stephanie Winslow were opposed. AT&T would like to add more 4G capacity by […]

Mansions Engage Young and Young at Heart Online

Like other museums, attractions and cultural organizations worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic compelled The Preservation Society of Newport County to quickly reinvent visitor experiences in virtual ways, including introducing new online mansion and exhibition tours, lectures and programming. Though The Breakers and The Elms opened June 4, a new online initiative seeks to engage the visitors of tomorrow from near and […]

City Council Approves Single School Bond in November

The Newport City Council voted 6-1 at their May 27 meeting to place a single school bond on the November referendum, not to exceed $106 million to finance the cost of construction for a new Rogers High School and improvements to Pell Elementary School. The majority of funding will come in the form of a 52.5 percent reimbursement from the […]

For What It’s Worth

An emailed inquiry about the pictured lamp described as “brass and very heavy.” Without personal inspection I would say that the lamp is probably not brass but white metal with the shade made of ‘slag glass’ panels. So, yes the lamp would be heavy and I would estimate that it is about 20” tall. Probably from the late 1930’s, perhaps […]