2020-11-25 E-Edition

Sprucing the Wharf

The Bowen’s Wharf 50th annual tree lighting will be reimagined this year on Saturday, Dec. 5. The brief ceremony and countdown will be live streamed beginning at 6 p.m. on the wharf to Facebook and Instagram pages for all to enjoy from the comforts of home. The 30-foot Norway spruce came from Pachet Brook Tree Farm in Tiverton and will […]

It’s Time to Talk Turkey

There are just some birds that make me think “dinosaur” when I see them. A great blue heron flies by and the image of an Archeopteryx springs to mind. Wild turkeys, with their featherless heads, scaly legs and feet running across a field, make me think of plant-eating dinosaurs running across the plains away from a carnivorous predator. In fact, […]

National Grid Proposes Four Future Gas Options

Keep the current pipes, build a barge, install electric pumps, or construct a whole new pipe system. Those were the four options provided by a National Grid representative in a meeting on Nov. 18 with the Newport City Council and City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr. The session was a continuation of a meeting from Nov. 12. Winter operations at […]

North End Input Centers on Benefits

The third public hearing over the proposed North End Urban Plan did not provide input over zoning, planning, streets, bikes, buses or buildings, but continued as a cry to developers to provide some sort of “community benefits agreement” for residents of the area. Twenty amendments to the plan, more than one year in the making, were addressed by planners, but […]

This Week’s Conversation with Carmela Geer

Edward King House Director Adapts in Pandemic

As of April, Carmela Geer, executive director of the Edward King House, has had 252 volunteers engaged with her services through the COVID-19 pandemic. For the emergency initiative sought by Meals on Wheels, they’ve been able to deliver just under 300 meals weekly to residents in three towns. As founder of the Aquidneck Island Volunteer Alliance, Geer has always thought […]

Growing Together: 2020 Community Excellence Award

Garret (Gary) Loftus, has been chosen as the 2020 Growing Together Awardee for Community Excellence for his lifelong connection to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. He first began attending the Church Street Clubhouse as a child, to take advantage of the after-school activities and swimming lessons. He stayed to form lasting memories and forever friendships with his […]

Hardship, Hustle, and Hope

“I can’t live like this anymore. Either help me, or take my life now.” Through desperate tears, Romeo Ellorin prayed to God, a primal plea piercing the pre-dawn darkness. He shuddered on a bench in Aquidneck Park, next to the Newport Library. This would be an uncomfortable place for most people to sleep, but especially for a man in his […]

Event Updates for Christmas in Newport

This year, Christmas in Newport was poised to celebrate its 50th season. Unfortunately, like many annual events, the celebration will not be like those of previous years. Christmas in Newport asks neighborhood organizations, businesses, restaurants, charities and nonprofit groups offering any socially-distanced activities in December to send the event information to info@christmasinnewport.org. Include the name of the event, date, time, […]

Holiday Firsts

Newport Recreation is holding its first gingerbread house competition. All entries must be 100 percent edible and in the form of a building or structure and placed on a sturdy base. Original creations are encouraged, but purchased kits are acceptable. All entries must be dropped off at the Easton’s Beach parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 12. Entries will be on […]