Toll Lane Changes

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced that the open-road tolling lanes at the center of the Pell Bridge toll plaza have been expanded to two lanes in each di­rection while the extreme outside lanes will then be closed. Because the transition to all-electronic tolling is complete, RITBA is able to increase the num­ber of open-road tolling lanes. […]

Santa Magic Nov. 27

Look out Rockefeller Center, a Newport in Bloom-decorated Christmas Tree is coming to the Shops at Long Wharf. Newport in Bloom is decorating its first ever Christmas Tree on the Long Wharf Mall in front of the Discover New­port pop-up store. Santa Claus has taken notice, and on Nov. 27 he will be making one of his first Newport visits, […]

ALT Youth Contest Deadline Extended

The entry deadline for the 2021 ALT Art & Writing Contest has been extended until Nov. 30. All Aquid­neck Island students are invited to enter. Entrants are asked to write a short essay or poem, or create an art piece that portrays their favor­ite Aquidneck Island vista. Entries must be made through the online submission form. No more than one […]

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Vikings’ Volleyball Wins It All

The Rogers High girls’ volleyball team captured the state’s Division II title, by besting previously undefeated West Warwick High at Rhode Island College on Nov. 13. Rogers finished the season with a 20-1 record, their only loss coming against West Warwick earlier in the year. Led by senior Sophie Breitenbach and junior Danaysha Cherry, the Vikings were down two sets […]

Middletown Opposes National Grid Proposal

The Middletown Town Council pushed back against a proposal by National Grid to continue the current operation at Old Mill Lane, which uses portable liquified nat­ural gas to bolster available gas during peak winter use. The coun­cil maintained that the responsi­bilty for the issue rested with Na­tional Grid. Councilor Thomas Welch sug­gested relocating an upgraded or new pipeline to the […]

Winter Farmers Markets Move to New Location

The Aquidneck Community Ta­ble’s local farmers markets have found a temporary new home. Stoneacre Garden’s patio, with its vine-covered trellises and mounted heaters, is now the site for a Wednesday market from 2 to 6 p.m., and a Saturday morning market from 9 a.m. to noon. A one- month permit was approved to hold the markets at the downtown location […]

City Council to Study Ward Redistricting

The Newport City Council unan­imously approved two resolutions on Nov. 10, including one to pos­sibly set new redistricting lines for ward voters, although officials are not certain borders will change much, if at all. Councilor Angela McCalla intro­duced the ward redistricting reso­lution to keep populations in each district “about equal.” Populations change every 10 years, she said, and “shifts are […]

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Newport’s Rich Architecture Lures Hollywood

Generally, most directors prefer to shoot on a set because they can control every aspect of the design and not be constrained by the realities of life. But in some situations, the cost to create a setting is beyond even the lavish budgets that are allocated to movie production. Because of its unique portfolio of both Colonial and Gilded Age […]