Touro Synagogue Grounds Reopen

Visit the grounds of Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site, and enjoy history presentations in the park. Learn why Touro Synagogue is considered to be one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America and why it stands as a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. During May, grounds are open to the public, Sunday, Monday and Friday, 10:00am – […]

2021-05-06 E-Edition

Rogers, Newport, Rhode Island, Seniors, Senior Year.

A Banner Year for the Grads

What appears to have become a new tradition, began last year for Rogers seniors when banners with their faces were displayed along Newport’s Broadway as a way to celebrate the senior class during the unprecedented pandemic year. This year, that way of recognizing seniors continued when 170 posed in cap and gown for their photo portraits with Jen Carter. On […]

Rogers, Newport, Rhode Island, Seniors.

Rogers’ Seniors Reflect on Unique Year

It was summertime in Newport when seniors at Rogers High School learned they wouldn’t be going to school full-time in-person to start the year. Anxiety was high. COVID-19 wasn’t going away. And the uncertainty of whether there would be school either full-time, in person or virtually wasn’t guaranteed. But students knew they had to make the most out of it. […]

RIPTA Greenlights Free Shuttle

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has confirmed the implementation of a weekend summer pilot program that will add free bus service from the city’s North End to Middletown’s Sachuest (Second) Beach. Beginning on June 19, two morning trips are scheduled to depart Miantonomi Park on weekends and holidays. Two returning shuttles will depart Sachuest Beach in the late afternoon. […]

Town Council Critical of Beach Shuttle

Multiple members of the Middletown Town Council are questioning the state’s proposal to add a free bus shuttle between Newport’s North End and Sachuest Beach as part of a Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority summer pilot program, expressing concern that those bused to the beach will have free access, while Middletown residents must pay to park. During the April 29 […]

Employee Shortage Hits Businesses Hard

From West Main Road in Middletown to Thames Street in Newport, it’s hard to go to more than one or two businesses without seeing help wanted signs. “Everyone in the hospitality/ restaurant industry has been struggling to fill employment vacancies this year,” said Charles Holder, manager of Midtown Oyster Bar. Holder currently has about 30 jobs to fill between Midtown […]

Pastor Pontes, Newport, Rhode Island, Church, Catholic

this week’s Conversation with Father Scott Pontes

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Scott Pontes was a modern language teacher in Catholic high schools throughout R.I. He grew up in Bristol and graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education. In 1999, he entered the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, where he studied philosophy for a year at Providence College. […]

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Likely Off

It appears likely that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be held for the second straight year. Although it has not been officially confirmed, conversations with Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and Parade Chair Dennis Sullivan recently pointed to the conclusion that a parade date beyond September is not feasible. In January, the Parade Committee pushed for a late September date, […]

Board Approves Waites Wharf Demolition

In an occasionally testy, nearly four-hour meeting, the Newport Planning Board approved the demolition on May 3 of three buildings on the site of the proposed 150-room hotel at Waites Wharf. In a separate 8-0 vote, the board also approved the demolition of At the Deck Restaurant, also in the project’s footprint, deciding to consider it singularly as they felt […]