2020-11-19 E-Edition

Ahead of the Curve … … For Now

Despite a significant increase in positive COVID cases city and statewide, numbers have not yet reached the level of the spring surge. Rhode Island reported 18,414 COVID-19 tests on Nov. 17, with 1,280 positive cases, for a test positive rate of 7 percent, which is roughly twice as high as weeks ago. There were six new deaths.States around the country […]

Newport’s Earliest Free Schools


Although we now take for granted in the United States that all children will receive a public education, this was not always the case. Education during the Colonial era was a prized and valuable asset that was generally only available to the wealthy. Most children were taught at home, either by their parents or tutors, or not taught at all, […]

One ‘Bad Weekend ‘ Could Overwhelm


As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, Newport Hospital doctors urge residents to heed Gov. Gina Raimondo’s warnings in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. “It only takes one bad weekend in Newport, and we can have a major outbreak in a few days,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gaines, chief medical officer. Although local COVID-19 hospitalizations have been rising, numbers have not yet […]

Kids Count Offers Local Insight


Since much of the data compiled for the annual Kids Count Factbook relies on the census conducted every 10 years, the latest release by Rhode Island Kids Count, part of a state-by-state analysis of social and economic well-being, provides important understanding of Rhode Island’s children. A look at the numbers shows that previously identified trends continue. For example, there are […]

Lady Vikings Claim First State Tennis Title Since ‘94


For the first time since 1994, the Rogers High School girls tennis team won the state championship on Nov. 14 in a story that had more angles than a tennis court. The first title in 27 years, the win was motivated by a championship loss last season, played in a pandemic, with rain delays that forced the Vikings to play […]

HDC Votes Down Builder’s Request to Restore Permits


Two new houses that had been narrowly approved two years ago on vacant Bridge Street lots may not get built after all. On Nov. 17, the Historic District Commission voted 6-1 not to extend approval for two lots that are adjacent to a gateway entrance to the Point neighborhood. Only commission member Rosemarie O’Brien voted in favor. The owners, Dee […]

HDC Holds Two Meetings to Hear Petitions


The Historic District Commission met on Nov. 17, with another meeting set for Nov. 19, to clear an agenda that dates back six months. On Nov. 17, the HDC denied in a 4-3 vote the petition of Kevin Rinaldi-Young, 5 Russo Court, to elevate his house off the foundation and onto a new foundation to provide a garage at grade […]

Doorway Decorating Contest

Make this year’s Christmas memorable by entering Christmas in Newport’s annual “Doorway Decorating Contest.” Display your artistic talents and community spirit for one of the few Christmas events that can safely continue this year. Build Christmas cheer by decorating your front door in colonial tradition with all-natural materials. Enter your garlands and greenery in the contest, back for its 48th […]

Taxpayers’ Association Meeting

The Taxpayers’ Association of Jamestown will meet on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Golf course building management, the All-Day referendum, and the 2021-22 town and school budgets will be discussed. The purpose of the association is to monitor, analyze, suggest and take positions on any matters pertaining to taxes, public spending and public policy affecting taxes and spending. The public […]