2020-08-06 E-Edition

A Vision for the North End

Consultants Reveal Latest North End Zoning Plans

Approximately 80 people tuned into Zoom on July 30 to hear the latest revision of the North End Urban Development Plan, presented by NBBJ design consultants. The plan was delayed for nearly three months because of the pandemic. A survey was posted online for four months, beginning in March. “I think the purpose of the survey is to get a […]

Howard’s Wharf Hotel Gets Planning Board Approval

The Newport Planning Board voted 6-0 on Aug. 3 to send a favorable recommendation to the Zoning Board of Review to allow construction of a 21-room hotel with a restaurant in a waterfront business zone at 24 Lee’s Wharf, also known as Howard Wharf. The petition had been continued twice since June. The board is only making recommendations and an […]

Bartender, Artist and Surfer Hangs in at Cooke House

It’s 11 a.m. on a Wednesday and Luke Brenner, barefoot and shirtless, curly hair askew, is just getting his day off started. In the little backyard behind his small, historic Newport house, coffee cup in one hand, toothpick in the other, he gestures broadly with a heavily tattooed arm, waxing poetic about the three family dogs and a once feral […]

Hundreds of Middletown Parents Opt Out on Return to Classroom

Although Gov. Gina Raimondo has expressed a desire to see Rhode Island’s students back in the classroom, many Middletown parents are replying, “Not so fast.” While Middletown school officials await word from the Rhode Island Department of Education to determine final say on school reopening, the parents or guardians of 330 of Middletown’s approximately 2,200 students have requested to opt-out […]

Board Finalizing Short-Term Rental Policy

The Newport Planning Board will explore final policy suggestions on short-term rentals before replying to the City Council on Sept. 9. “These are complex issues,” said Patricia Reynolds, director of planning and economic development. A special meeting is being planned to iron out the many questions the council continues to volley back to the board. “If we can communicate, discussing […]

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 2, the Newport Police Department responded to 684 calls. Of those, 37 were car accident reports, 69 motor vehicle violations, 1 bicycle accident, 4 suicide calls, and 9 suspicious circumstances. They performed 7 liquor establishment checks, 9 home and business alarm checks, and responded to 9 calls of vandalism, 2 […]

Newport School Reopening Plans Progress

The Newport School Department released its plan on July 31 to reopen schools, but how they will actually operate will not be announced by Gov. Gina Raimondo until Aug. 17, just two weeks before schools open. Raimondo will choose among full, partial and limited in-person models devised collaboratively by the state’s departments of health and education. She will select one […]

Mandatory School Logistic Forms Due

Newport Public Schools are urging all parents to fill out two mandatory forms that are essential to the district’s ability to plan transportation and in-school / distance learning logistics for the start of the school year:  Newport Public Schools Transportation Registration Form Failure to fill out this form will indicate that a student has alternate transportation options to school.  Newport […]

Tune in for Candidate Forums


Over the past few months, we have given this space to letter writers who have sent us their thoughts. A major one this week is an atypical long communication from the eight school superintendents of the East Bay region. Because we understand the importance of collaboration during this unprecedented health crisis, and the critical message they have to share, which […]