2020-12-10 E-Edition

Cranston-Calvert Apartments Taking Shape


The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down or delayed many businesses in 2020, but construction is one of the few industries that is booming in the battered economy, and the revitalization of the former Cranston-Calvert School stands as an example. Having closed on the property just before Thanksgiving 2019, Conor Melville, principal of BCM Realty Partners of Newport, led Newport This […]

Neighborhood Coyotes Not Going Away


Coyotes continue to be a nuisance in many Newport neighborhoods, especially the Kay Street area, according to local experts, as residents allow them access to food. “We did some tracking a few years back when we collared the famous ‘Cliff,’” said Numi Mitchell, lead researcher for The Conservation Agency’s Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. “At the time, Cliff’s pack was based […]

All Three City Schools Return to Remote Classes


With COVID-19 cases rising across Rhode Island, Newport’s students will all be returning to remote learning, beginning with Thompson Middle School on Dec. 8. Rogers High and Pell Elementary School will follow suit on Dec. 11. All three of Newport’s public schools will operate with full remote learning until after the new year and are scheduled to return to in-person […]

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Middletown Officials Sworn-in Remotely


Members of the new Middletown Town Council and School Committee took the oath of office in an online ceremony via Zoom on Dec. 7, including new councilor Thomas Welch and new School Committee member Tami Holden replacing Kellie Simeone who had a baby in December. Welch beat out 10 challengers seeking to replace Rick Lombardi Jr., who did not seek […]

Council Leadership Debate Marked by Friction


In the run-up to the official ceremony on Dec. 7 to swear in the new Middletown Town Council, members met publicly for a non-binding discussion of who would take the helm as president and vice-president over the next two years. During the Dec. 5 meeting, newly elected councilors nominated candidates and took votes to gauge who would fill the top […]

School Committee Tackles Projects, Robotics


The Newport School Committee met on Dec. 8 to discuss the two new school projects and the issue of robotics and virtual reality. However, they first had to grapple with the immediate problem of reacting to the rising incidences of COVID-19 cases in the city. Earlier this week, Supt. Colleen Burns Jermain announced that all the city’s public schools would […]

Channing Church Chimes Play On


Each Sunday morning, the air of Pelham Street is punctuated with the sound of chimes. The services at Channing Memorial Church are virtual on Zoom and Facebook, but the chimes are live, played by people inside the steeple. The chimes play every Sunday from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Five dedicated volunteers chime the historic William Blake bells after the 10 […]

Middletown Subdivision Highly Contested


An early step in the approval process of a proposed seven-lot subdivision on 15 acres at Howland Avenue became a sounding board for multiple objectors, including the abutting St. Columba’s Chapel, at the Middletown Planning Board’s special meeting on Dec. 1. The board approved the master plan application by the Horan Building Company for a residential subdivision at 208 Howland […]