A Drop in the Box

  General election voting has begun as boxes received from the state were installed in front of Newport City Hall and at the side of Middletown Town Hall. Per the mail-in ballot application, those who applied for and were approved for a mail-in ballot, which must be received by the city or town by Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., […]

2020-10-08 E-Edition

A Drop in the Box

General election voting has begun as boxes received from the state were installed in front of Newport City Hall and at the side of Middletown Town Hall. Per the mail-in ballot application, those who applied for and were approved for a mail-in ballot, which must be received by the city or town by Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., are […]

Police Union Inks Labor Contract


At the Town Council meeting on Oct. 5, it was announced that Middletown has agreed to a new three-year labor contract with the police union. Town Administrator Shawn Brown also told the council that a federal grant recently awarded to fund the hiring of additional firefighters will cover the entire cost of salaries for the new recruits for three years, […]

King House Adapts to Pandemic


Four punching bags are spread out in the Edward King House parking lot, safely cordoned off. Adjusted to height, they stand about five feet at their lowest setting, just high enough for senior citizens to wallop. Can “oldsters” really learn new tricks? You bet they can. The folks at the Edward King House have set the stage to do exactly […]

Lodging Tax Revenue Shows Slow Rebound


It comes as no surprise that recently released state figures of tax revenue show that the lodging and restaurant industry on Aquidneck Island have taken a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if there is a silver lining amidst the gloom, it could be that the decrease in tax revenue to the state from Newport over the past […]

This Week’s Conversation with Colin Kane


In business, as in life, success can often turn on timing. So, it wasn’t exactly ideal for Peregrine Group to celebrate the grand opening of their 84-room hotel, retail and restaurant development during an international health crisis. But that is what the developers of the Hammetts Hotel, located on Commercial Wharf, were up against. Colin Kane, founding partner of Peregrine […]

IMC Knocks It Out of the Park

Island Moving Company’s “Out of Ruin” film by Marta Renzi was premiered to a sell out capacity of supporters on Oct. 2 at Cardines Field. The festive red carpet event lifted everyone’s spirits. The film was conceived and choreographed by Miki Ohlsen, Artistic Director and Danielle Genest, Associate Artistic Director. Inspired by a poem by Patience Strong, this latest work […]

Ward Candidates Have Say in Final Forum


Another in a series of candidate forums was held on Oct. 2, with the Newport City Council three wards’ candidates showing passion for the city they would govern. The virtual event was moderated by Cheryl Robinson, president of Turning Around Ministries. The 90-minute format consisted of five questions, followed by several “yes” and “no” questions in a lightning round. In […]

Coming Winter Months to Bring Schools Challenges


During a virtual Town Hall on Sept. 30, Supt. Colleen Burns Jermain told the approximately 65 participants that Newport’s schools are operating well. However, in addition to unexpected problems that might occur, she said there are two challenges ahead as the weather cools and Dec. 1 approaches. “Ventilation is a biggie,” Jermain said, referring to the guideline from state and […]