Preparations for Statewide Vote on March 2

Newport Canvassing officials are preparing for a special Statewide vote on a series of bond referenda scheduled for Tuesday, March 2. Anyone who would like to participate in the election but isn’t registered to vote will have until Sunday, Jan. 31 to submit a Voter Registration Application, which can be found online at Vote.RI.Gov or through the Newport Canvassing Authority. […]

2021-01-21 E-Edition

Microbreweries Keep Coming

At a recent canning and labeling day, the production wheels of Rejects Beer Company were in full motion. The eclectic crew (from left) included Craig Ferris, a Newport musician in the “We Own Land” band; businessman Michael Homer; Reject’s staffer and friend, Andrew McCarthy; Justin Tisdale, head brewer watching the whole operation from the rear; and at the far right […]

Grants Allow Local Hotels to Offer Workspace

Your office shuts down during the pandemic. Your storefront is shuttered until further notice. Employees are told to work from home. Some are unable to do that, for various reasons, such as little workspace, family disturbances, the lack of Wi-Fi or they can’t shoulder the added expense. But have heart. Or, in the case of two hotels on Aquidneck Island, […]

Newport State Airport to Shorten Runway

The Rhode Island Airport Corp., the agency that oversees the state’s five general aviation facilities and T.F. Green Airport, said during a Jan. 12 virtual presentation that they plan to move ahead with the shortening of a runway at Newport State Airport in Middletown. The move is due to airspace obstructions that they say increase danger for pilots and will […]

Newport Considers Homestead Exemption

The Newport City Council will hold a workshop regarding a homestead exemption on taxes after City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. provides a report to the council on the options. The homestead exemption will be on the docket at the Jan. 27 meeting. It is an issue that has been discussed since June. “The council needs this information, the public […]

New Brewery Taps Into Island Market

Middletown’s Atlantic Beach District now has its own brewery, and the focus is hyper-local. Indeed, the name comes from the publicly accessible portion of sand colloquially known as Reject’s Beach that abuts the privately-owned Bailey’s Beach and separates the workaday folks from the 1-percenters. Located on lower Aquidneck Avenue, Rejects Beer Company had hoped to begin churning out its brew […]

His Deadline is Her Nightmare


What does Jan. 1 mean to you? A new year, hope, football, food? Me too, until this year. This year, it meant the last of the college application deadlines for my son, which also meant it was filled with stress, cursing and anxiety. I mean mine. He was as cool as a frozen cucumber. Let me be perfectly clear: The […]

This Week’s Conversation with Orieona Howard

From Rogers JROTC to Naval Academy

Orieona Howard, a JROTC student at Rogers High from 2013 to 2017, enlisted in the Navy following graduation. She was stationed in South Carolina at the Naval Nuclear Power Station before enrolling in the U.S. Naval Academy in 2019, where she is majoring in Arabic. Following graduation, she will be required to complete a minimum five-year commitment in the Navy […]

Newport Council Discusses City Manager Evaluation

The Newport City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 13 to perform a written job performance evaluation of City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. within the next two months, something that at least one councilor thought should have been done two years ago. The council noted during the meeting that Nicholson has done tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, led […]