Governor McKee, Stefan Pryor, Sabina Matos, Newport, Rhode Island,

State Execs Visit Biz Owners

R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, center, joined Governor Dan McKee and Lt. Governor Sabina Matos on April 6 for a visit with small business owners in Newport. They began at Forty One North and stopped in at several other Thames Street businesses, including the Red Parrot, Midtown Oyster Bar, and The Francis Malbone House. McKee had a lively chat with […]

Restaurant Week Gets a Remix

    By Wendy Logan Just a little over one year has passed since the COVID-19 outbreak. For social butterflies like me, it has seemed an eternity. There’s no denying we’re still living in limbo, but things are looking up. The daffodils have bloomed, social gathering restrictions have eased, bars are open again, and spring’s annual Newport Restaurant Week is […]

HDC Approves Point and Ocean Avenue Homes

By James Merolla Two proposed houses that one abutter said will dramatically change the view to the entrance to the Point have received unanimous approval by the Newport Historic District Commission. By a 5-0 vote on April 1, the HDC approved the final plans of Dee and Richard Gordon to build two 30-foot-high homes at 52 and 53 Bridge St. […]


Miss Swinburne Scholarship Fund The Miss Swinburne Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for women living in Newport County with financial need. Preference is given to highly motivated women seeking further education or training to become self-supporting. Students attending a technical or trade school are encouraged to apply. Scholarships can be used for direct support of fees/tuition assistance and/or assistance with support […]

These Shorts Are Sweet

FILM REVIEW By Loren King What a treat that the Jane Pickens Theater is offering for streaming all three categories of short films nominated for this year’s Oscar. This week, I’ll take a look at the Animated Oscar Shorts, with the Live Action and Documentary nominees coming before the Oscars ceremony on April 25. The five animated shorts nominated are: […]

Abate Streams Jazz from Newport Playhouse

SPOTLIGHT on Music By Mark Gorman As spring is gradually showing itself on the island, so too is live music. A few of our anchor venues, The Newport Blues Cafe, The Pelham and Pour Judgement, have all resumed a limited live music schedule. It’s safe to say that islanders are chomping at the bit to experience live music again. Let’s […]

Planning Board Approves New Airbnb

By James Merolla The Newport Planning Board has set May 3 as the date for a special public hearing to address the demolition and possible action for the long-awaited Waites Wharf hotel proposal. Meanwhile, across town, a new Airbnb property is closer to becoming a reality. On April 5, the board unanimously passed the petition of Eric Picard to convert […]

Budget Workshop Looks at Water Use

By James Merolla The first in a series of fiscal budget workshops for 2022 was held on March 30 with a 45-minute presentation on water control and water pollution to the Newport City Council by Julie Forgue, director of utilities. The workshops are designed to guide councilors in determining the upcoming city budget. The water division provides drinking water annually […]

Middletown Prepares for Legalized Marijuana

By Christopher Allen Middletown officials met with members of the town’s statehouse delegation on April 6 to discuss how to prepare for the likelihood that Rhode Island will legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In attendance were D-74 Rep. Deborah Ruggiero and D-72 Rep. Terri Cortvriend, who pointed out that a marijuana legalization plan is included in Gov. Dan McKee’s […]

Food Truck Locations Debated by Council

By Alex Malm The Newport City Council discussed whether to allow food trucks to continue operating on Bellevue Avenue at a workshop on March 31. One of the biggest debates revolved around safety concerns on Bellevue. One location, used by A Mano Pizza & Gelato, is in front of the Stop & Shop plaza. Councilor Jamie Bova asked how many […]