2022-01-13 E-Edition

Tall Ship with a Tall Mission

After port calls in Miami and New York City, the 278-foot, tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl continued on to Newport, arriving Jan. 4, where it docked for four days. With its home port in Bergen, Norway, the 107-year-old ship was named in honor of Kristofer Lehmkuhl, a prominent Bergen politician who served in the Norwegian parliament from 1903 to 1906. The […]

North End Gas Station Demolition Approved

The Newport Planning Board unanimously approved the demo­lition of four North End buildings, including a long-standing gas sta­tion, along with the development plan review of Colbea Enterprises to construct a new gas station, con­venience store, car wash and gas pump canopy, improve stormwa­ter drainage, and add landscaping and parking at 138 JT Connell High­way/ 184-186 Admiral Kalbfus Road. However, the […]

New Hospitality Leader Sees a Brighter Year Ahead

Portsmouth’s Jennifer Gullins has been named president and CEO of PEAK Events Services, New England’s largest event rental and tenting company. Most recently serving as senior vice president of sales and mar­keting, Gullins will succeed co- CEO’s Bob Traina and Larry Green, who will remain active in the com­pany. Gullins joined PEAK in 2013 via a merger with Rentals Unlimited […]

Legislature Overrides McKee’s Short Term Rental Veto

The Rhode Island Legislature opted on Jan. 4 to override Gov. Dan McKee’s veto of a bill spon­sored by Rep. Lauren Carson and Sen. Dawn Euer to create a state­wide registry of property own­ers who list short-term rentals on third-party sites. It was the first time in a decade that the legislature has overridden a governor’s veto, which requires a […]

Group Proposes Restoring, Relocating Vanderbilt Memorial

When the monument built in honor of Alfred Gwynne Vander­bilt was erected on Broadway in the early 20th century, it received national acclaim for its exquisite detail and was considered a fitting tribute to the late magnate. Now, the statue sits dilapidated and de­caying, with many pieces eroded by time or lost to vandalism. A group of local citizens has […]

League of Women Voters Holds Voter Registration Drive

In was called a practice of “good democracy,” volunteers from the League of Women Voters of New­port County stood outside City Hall on Jan. 6, providing informa­tion on voter registration to the public. The event took place on the one-year anniversary of the insur­rection in Washington, D.C. when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. “Republican or […]

Climate Caucus Discusses Most Pressing Priorities

The Aquidneck Climate Caucus, a political advocacy group created by state Rep. Terri Cortvriend and state Rep. Lauren Carson, held a virtual discussion on environmen­tal issues on Jan. 9, focusing on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference attended by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and state Rep. Dawn Euer in Glasgow, Scotland. The Glasgow event brought to­gether over 120 world […]

Commission Looks at City Charter

Newport is examining its gov­ernment structure and internal policies with the creation of a Char­ter Review Commission, which was unanimously approved by the City Council in November. The last re­view of the charter was in 2014. “Over the last seven years, is­sues have arisen that have raised the question of a need for a time­ly review of the charter to […]

St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Seeks Vending Rights

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Com­mittee is requesting that it serve as the sole vendor at this year’s pa­rade, scheduled for March 12. In a Jan. 2 letter to the Newport City Council, parade chairman Dennis Sullivan said outside ven­dors have caused issues in the past. “They sold items that they were not supposed to sell, and they in­terrupted the […]