2021-01-28 E-Edition

Courting Wedding Safety

Event industry professionals Paige Zuber and Michael Weishaus of North Providence participated in a mock wedding presented by the Rhode Island Coalition of Wedding and Event Professionals on Tuesday at OceanCliff. The event introduced new safety options for holding events in the time of COVID. Upon arrival, guests are provided a test and instructions to self-administer, then asked to wait […]

Newport Budget Remains in Flux


Newport’s finances have become a fascinating mixture of unexpected gains and losses, with outcomes uncertain through the next fiscal year. But the city’s preparedness in anticipating revenue changes has so far helped them balance the budget. That was the overall consensus of a virtual 90-minute City Council budget workshop held Jan. 20. “Because of COVID, we had to reduce the […]

Don’t “Duck Out” on These Birds


Beavertail State Park on Conanicut Island is one of Rhode Island’s natural and recreational treasures. The 64-foot lighthouse built in 1856 sits on the edge of the rocky, rugged coast, welcoming mariners from around the world to Narragansett Bay. There are trails to hike, secret fishing spots and views that take your breath away. In warmer months, the museum and […]

Alarming Levels of Lead at Bishop’s Rock Area


Dangerous levels of lead, amounting to 100 times above what is considered acceptable by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, has been discovered in the surface soil at the Bishop’s Rock recreational area, a 14-acre parcel at the Naval Station Newport’s Coddington Point. Mike Horton of Tetra Tech, the Navy’s lead contractor overseeing the work to remediate environmental damage […]

Cluny School Buildings to be Torn Down


The Newport Zoning Board of Review approved 11 petitions at its Jan. 25 meeting, including the petition of Austin Willis for a special use permit to demolish the buildings at the former Cluny School and add an 884-square-foot addition to the rear of the guesthouse at 75 Brenton Road. The former private Catholic elementary school was previously under consideration as […]

Planning Board Approves YMCA Redesign


The Middletown Planning Board voted unanimously on Jan. 13 to give a positive recommendation to the Zoning Board of Review on revised redevelopment plans submitted by the Newport County YMCA. The organization is seeking permission to move forward with a multi-million-dollar renovation of the Valley Road location. Initial plans submitted to the town last year were opposed by some Planning […]

Middletown School Committee Approves Health Survey


The Middletown School Committee on Jan. 21 unanimously approved the annual survey administered by the Middletown Prevention Coalition, which is used to gauge the overall health and wellness of students and to collect data on issues like substance abuse, depression and anxiety. This year, the survey will also be given to parents and teachers. There is also an addendum section […]

BRIEFS

Carson District 75 Constituent Survey State Rep. Lauren Carson (D-75, Newport) has released a survey concerning issues facing the Ocean State. Newporters can voice their opinion on topics such as expansion of gun safety measures, climate change, sea level rise, broadband expansion, the impact of the Newport Pell Bridge realignment, and the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we enter a new session, […]

Seasonal Wildlife Solution Programs

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a series of four seasonal wildlife solution sessions beginning next month. All sessions are free and will be held virtually. Rhode Islanders are invited to join RIDEM’s wildlife outreach team to discover effective strategies for coexisting with native wildlife. Sessions are designed to address common seasonal […]