2021-10-14 E-Edition

Milestone for Annual Bridge Run

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation will host the tenth edition of the Citizens Pell Bridge Run on Oct. 17. The event is a four-mile charity run/walk, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support nonprofits and local commu­nity organizations. The run provides a rare opportunity for the public to cross over the Claiborne Pell Bridge on foot […]

Forum Addresses Local Housing Crisis

What’s happening to housing in Newport? Why is it so unaf­fordable? These were among the questions posed at the Newport Democratic City Committee’s first of two public forums on Sept. 30 to discuss the housing crisis. Joined by local housing ad­vocates and policy experts, the discussion made clear that more could be done in the way of pro­gressive public policy. […]

Save The Bay Signs Gateway Center Agreement

Save The Bay has reached an agreement that will allow the local nonprofit to move its Ex­ploration Center and Aquarium to the Gateway Transportation & Visitors Center. “Save The Bay’s family-friendly Exploration Center and Aquarium is a welcome addition to down­town Newport,” said Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano. “The site will support increased envi­ronmental educational oppor­tunities for our schoolchildren, bay-related experiences for […]

City Council to Improve Sound for Hybrid Future

The experience of trying to hear, no less record or understand, tes­timony and commentary at New­port City Hall chambers has been akin to attempting to decipher speech under water. At a recent Planning Board meeting, one member, giving his dissent against a petition, spoke through a mask for three minutes. No one away from the dais could understand a word. […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Newport. The proclamation was announced in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) of Newport and Bristol counties. In 2020, the WRC served nearly 1,300 individuals from Newport and Bristol counties, and saw a 25 percent increase in demand for services over the course of the year. In addition, […]

New Destroyer Visits Newport

The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer (DDG-118), named after former Senator and World War II veteran Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, left Bath Iron Works in Maine earlier this month. The 510-foot long ship will be commissioned Dec. 8, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Some of the USS Daniel Inouye’s 300 sailors load provisions on to the ship at Pier 2 during […]

Cost of New High School Problematic

The estimated cost of a new 191,000-square-foot Rogers High would be around $116 million, ac­cording to SLAM Collaborative, the project’s designers, well above the $78 million budgeted into the 2020 bond issue that was approved by voters. “We can’t build this; give us something we can afford,” said Louisa Boatwright, School Building Committee co-chair, capturing her and her colleagues’ reaction. […]

Miantonomi Park Commission Opposes New Baseball Field

The Miantonomi Park Commis­sion voted unanimously on Oct. 7 not to allow a baseball field for T-Ball and Little League to be built at the park. In late September, the Newport City Council approved a plan to build a skatepark at Theodore Mi­chaud Field, now the site of a T-Ball and Little League field, and to relo­cate the baseball field […]

Toll Plaza Changes

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, RITBA will close the open road tolling lanes on the Pell Bridge plaza from Oct. 14 to Oct. 28 to facilitate the transition to all-electronic tolling at the end of the month. The lanes are the “free flow” traffic lanes equipped with an overhead gantry, located in the middle of the plaza. While […]