2021-06-10 E-Edition

Beach Carousel & Buildings at Risk

The Newport City Council recently received a report prepared by DBVW Architects and Yoder and Tidwell in regards to needed repairs to the Easton’s Beach rotunda, carousel building, snack bar and surf shop building. (Pictured above) After conducting inspections on the three buildings, which were constructed in the 1990s, it was determined that they are in “significantly worse condition” than […]

Juneteenth Celebrates End of Slavery


Every June 19, for the last 150 years, communities across the country have celebrated the end of slavery on the day known as Juneteenth. Sankofa Community Connection, whose mission is to increase pride within the African-American Community of Newport County, led the way last year in having Juneteenth proclaimed a holiday by then-Mayor Jamie Bova. This year, because of the way […]

Film Tax Credit Change Lures HBO Series to City


For the past several months, film crews have been spotted around town as a new show, “The Gilded Age,” filmed part of its first season in Newport. The HBO series, which is expected to begin airing in  2022, has a lineup of Tony and Emmy award winners, including Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey,” its creator, writer and executive producer. The […]

this week’s Conversation with Rebekah Gomez

A Woman with Connections

With a four-year old grandson in pre-k at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, Rebekah Gomez’s children are now adults but she is well aware of the challenges children face. She moved to Jamestown from New York City when she was 24. Over the following 30 years, she learned Spanish and became an active member of the community, working for […]

Portuguese History Celebrated


Portugal, in spirit and in voice, once more came to navigate the shoreline of Newport’s Ocean Drive on June 6. About 350 guests and dignitaries celebrated the 2021 “Day of Portugal” at the monument at Brenton Point that honors the intrepid navigators who sailed the world. The “Day of Portugal” is celebrated every year throughout the Portuguese-speaking world. It commemorates […]

NPEF Bridge Raffle

The Newport Public Education Foundation (NPEF) is holding a Newport Bridge tower tour raffle. Enter to win a oncein a-lifetime opportunity to stand 400 feet above sea level, while supporting the foundation’s mission to provide educational enrichment in Newport’s public schools. Purchase raffle tickets by June 19, $20 each or three for $50. Only 500 tickets will be sold, and […]

Newport Teacher of the Year

Angela Johnson, Rogers High School social studies teacher was selected as the 2021-2022 Newport Public Schools Teacher of the Year on June 9. A lifelong Newporter, after graduating from Rogers High School in 1994, she attended Manhattan College, majoring in Secondary Education with a minor in social studies and sociology. Her career in education began as a permanent substitute teacher […]

Broadway Zoning Change Being Considered


An attorney may get his wish to change zoning along one section of Broadway. The Newport Planning Board will send a positive recommendation to the City Council and the Zoning Board to rezone an area with six commercial buildings from residential zoning to a limited business zoning district. The unanimous recommendation was taken at the board’s June 7 meeting. Attorney […]

Board Approves Demolition

The Newport Planning Board unanimously approved the demolition of a single-family home at 225 Coggeshall Ave. at its June 7 meeting. The house is on a narrow lot close to a conservation area, with CRMC setback implications, as it is near the water. Attorney Turner Scott, representing the owner, said there were plans to build “a very small house. “She […]