2021-05-13 E-Edition

The Path to Graduation

Middletown High School seniors Bella Wiggins and Ryan Olaynack showing off undecorated wooden MHS M’s that the Senior Parents Group cut out and painted. The M’s will be used to create the graduation path and will also be displayed during a senior spotlight event where families and friends can see each student’s creativity.

Virtual Meetings Have Been Challenging


Zoom and WebEx have become a way of life for government officials and participants. Virtual meetings have been conducted on a small screen or from the end of a telephone, from the kitchen or living room, as arguments and discussions over petitions, public hearings, resolutions, causes and testimonies have been recorded in the ether for 15 months and counting. As […]

Middletown Prom a Testament to Giving and Patience


Last year, the Middletown High senior class had to cancel its prom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they turned a negative into a positive by donating their reservation at OceanCliff, which was paid in full, to this year’s seniors. In return, this year’s senior class will use any leftover funds to make a gift in the name of the […]

Mutual Aid Program Is a Balancing Act


In 2019, the Middletown Fire Department received almost five times the amount of help than it gave through mutual aid. But that has changed dramatically since a new contract between the town and firefighters was signed in April 2020 stipulating a minimum of six people, instead of five to staff each shift. After requesting mutual aid more than 500 times […]

Cost Concerns for Pell Expansion


A detailed budget for the Pell Elementary School expansion was presented to the Newport School Building Committee on May 10 and to the School Committee on May 11 amidst concerns that the cost of the project may exceed its $7.4 million price tag. Two factors prompt the concern: the cost of construction materials has risen, and upgrading the school’s stormwater […]

Island Moving Company Closer to New Studio


It’s been three years since the Island Moving Company bought city-owned property at 435 Broadway, but it will have to wait a little longer to learn if it will move into the former Triplett School. After nearly four hours of testimony on May 10, the Newport Zoning Board of Review continued the public hearing to May 24. But a decision […]

Skateboarders Make a Passionate Plea for Park


The Friends of Newport Skatepark asked the Newport City Council on May 6 to consider establishing a memorandum of understanding that would allow the group to kick off a million-dollar fundraising effort to build a skatepark. Speaking at a public workshop regarding the future of the Abruzzi Sports Complex in the city’s North End, the local nonprofit said an official […]

BRIEFS

Because Voting Matters So Much The Newport Democratic City Committee is hosting a public forum to discuss the bills pending at the State House, introduced to improve voting access in R.I. The Zoom discussion is Monday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Featured speakers include: John Marion, executive director, Common Cause, coalition leader, “LetRIVote” Campaign; Sen. Dawn Euer, District 13, sponsor […]