Middletown School Committee Hopefuls Lay Out Their Vision

By Christopher Allen It has been four years since the three incumbents of the Middletown School Committee faced a re-election challenge. But this year, because the five-member committee has staggered twoyear terms, the seats held by incumbents William O’Connell and Chair Kellie Simeone, who is not returning, are being challenged by four newcomers, all of whom gathered on Sept. 18 […]

2020-09-24 E-Edition

A New Normal

The first week of school looked much different for students on Aquidneck Island and across the country. With protocols for wearing masks, social distancing, and cleaning regulations in place, Newport schools started on Sept. 14 as part of a newly staggered schedule. At Pell Elementary School, using a phased-in entry timetable, 518 children attended in person, while 209 opted for […]

Short-Term Rentals Remain Nuisance to Many Residents


Operating under a state of emergency while dealing with numerous public health and budgetary constraints has pushed some of the major issues that Town Hall officials had been occupied with before the onset of COVID-19 to the sidelines of public debate. But the dilemma over how to regulate short-term rentals took center stage during the Sept. 21 meeting of the […]

Game On: Food Challenge to Eat Local


Aquidneck Community Table, the organization that produces weekly farmers markets, has launched its annual “Local Food Challenge.” The event’s mission is to encourage support for area farmers, fishmongers, bakers and food producers of all kinds. The food challenge offers the opportunity for consumers, restaurants, institutions and food businesses to step outside conventional habits and explore what the island has to […]

City Beach Season Deemed a Success, Revenues Rise


By thinking outside the sandbox, the Newport beach season actually exceeded revenue from one year ago. Outside-the-box thinking included the use of drones to monitor social distancing, a crew on hand to sanitize, and constant surveillance of the parking lot and beach to ensure people were spreading out and not exceeding stringent limits. In addition, parking fees were higher and […]

Middletown School Committee Hopefuls Lay Out Their Vision


It has been four years since the three incumbents of the Middletown School Committee faced a re-election challenge. But this year, because the five-member committee has staggered twoyear terms, the seats held by incumbents William O’Connell and Chair Kellie Simeone, who is not returning, are being challenged by four newcomers, all of whom gathered on Sept. 18 for an online […]

Online Forum Illuminates Candidates’ Priorities


Nine of the 10 candidates for the seven Newport School Committee seats participated on Sept. 10 in an online forum. The candidates gave a brief opening statement before answering a series of questions, followed by closing statements. In this issue, the statements and answers from Sandra Flowers, Raymond Gomes, Robert Leary and Stephanie Winslow will be covered. Candidate Nycole Matthews […]

North End Urban Plan Meets Comprehensive Plan


The Newport City Council will receive a communication from Patricia Reynolds, director of Planning and Economic Development, regarding the North End urban plan at its Sept. 23 meeting. It is expected to be rife with the possibilities of new development, created by several key projects. Reynolds also submitted a digital copy of the final draft of the plan for the […]

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