2021-01-07 E-Edition

Big and Bold on Broadway

For Parlor’s mural, owner Kristin Mashaw gave Chris Wyllie three parameters: make something sexy with no black paint and lots of color. With his marching orders set, the artist created a bright and lively scene of revelers, dancing. He says he was inspired by Mashaw’s business and her personality. “That’s the energy, upbeat and bright,” he said. Wyllie believes that […]

Seamen’s Church Institute: A Beacon for Hope

Without the discounted housing offered by Seamen’s Church Institute to students from the IYRS School of Technology and Trades, Daniel Tavares would have been lost. Faced with homelessness, the institute has been “a home, a haven, and a beacon” for Tavares. “The institute was there for me when I needed to protect my dream of becoming a boat builder,” he […]

Middletown Looks Ahead to Summer Beach Season

Middletown town administrator Shawn Brown gave an update on the 2021 summer beach operations during the Jan. 4 Town Council meeting, and said that the tentative “working” plan, as he termed it, will need vetting by the Beach Commission and town departments before final approval from the council. Council President Robert Sylvia requested the presentation in order to get final […]

Clean Ocean Access Expands Reach in Virtual Series

When local nonprofit Clean Ocean Access adapted to the pandemic by implementing a virtual speaker series, it found a larger audience to engage in its mission of improving water quality. Although virtual conversations are a sharp pivot from the organization’s history of local gatherings and events, an expanded audience may strengthen its ability to influence positive change, said Executive Director […]

Remembering a Legendary Folk Music Venue

Newport, with its world-famous folk festival, is internationally known as a place that cherishes and celebrates folk music. But when the Newport Folk Festival went on hiatus from 1970 until 1985, a small bar on Thames Street helped fill the void by bringing in the world’s folk icons to play its 200-seat venue. From 1972 to 1978, the bar known […]

Prince Grants Available

Newport Hospital is making more than $100,000 in “Powered by Prince” grants from the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund available to support Newport County programs that work with children. The deadline to apply is Jan. 29. Applications may be completed at newporthospital.org. The hospital issued a request for proposals last November to fund initiatives that encourage healthy physical activity and […]

Free COVID-19 Rapid Testing

The Edward King House Senior Center will serve as a COVID-19 rapid test site beginning Jan. 7. Free tests will be given on Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m., throughout January. Tests will be conducted on a first-come first-served basis and are open to the public. This is a free walk-in service. Appointments will not be accepted. Anyone […]


Kaitlin Kirwin and Nathanael Hevelone of Middltown are proud to announce the birth of their son Reed Kirwin Hevelone on Dec. 21, 2020. Alize and Tyler Gomes of Portsmouth are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kai Anira Grace Gomes on Dec. 26, 2020. Caroline McNamara and James Kroger of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of […]

Pell School Project Moves Forward

The Newport School Committee’s building subcommittee voted unanimously on Jan. 4 to affirm its recommendation that the Pell Elementary School expansion go forward as a “design/build” project in which one firm is contracted to do all the work to complete the eight-classroom addition. The School Committee could ratify the recommendation at its Jan. 12 meeting. Downes Construction, which worked on […]