2022-02-03 E-Edition

We Were Diggin’ It

The City of Newport responded quickly to the 21 inches of snow that blanketed the city after the blizzard on Jan. 29. Wind-blown drifts made the snowfall even more difficult to remove, and it has taken most of the past week to clear and widen our many narrow side streets. In the photo above, a giant front-loader fills a dump […]

Proposal for 200 Wind Turbines to Impact City


The nuance of offshore wind development and its visual impact were explored at a Jan. 26 Newport City Council meeting, with the council voting unanimously to consider engaging a legal consulting firm in efforts to mitigate potential adverse effects on historic properties. There are three offshore wind farms currently in development in local waters. Once completed, an estimated 212 turbines, […]

Local Culinary Pro Trains the Chefs of Tomorrow


In 2012, chef Matt Reilly was introduced to Newport’s culinary scene when he took a baker’s internship at Castle Hill Inn as part of his college curriculum at the New England Culinary Institute. After graduating, he went to work at the Providence Marriott before scoring a gig as a line cook at 22 Bowen’s. From there, he took the reins […]

Touro and NY Synagogue Spar Over Tenancy


The New York group that has filed a motion in district court to evict a congregation from the oldest standing synagogue in the nation maintains the move is designed to change the leadership at Touro Synagogue, and not to actually evict any members. “In seeking to change the board overseeing day-to-day activities at Touro Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is […]

Annual Homeless Count Sheds Light on How Many Survive


Volunteers and social workers combed Newport’s streets, alleyways and docks on a frigid January night, keeping an eye out for people sleeping outside. “You’d be surprised where we find people,” said Jennifer Barrera of the Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness (RICEH) and former Executive Director of Middletown’s Lucy’s Hearth. “The tricky part [in Newport] is that people are spread […]

Getting an Early Start on Journalism Career


Reporting live from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, 9-year-old Harley is pursuing her dream of becoming a journalist. The young correspondent has been profiling club staff, and is featured in the nonprofit organization’s latest promotional video as its “roving reporter.” Her recent reporting was also included in the club’s monthly brochure. “Reporting is a lot of fun,” […]

City Council Approves Thompson School Funding


The Newport City Council unanimously approved a transfer of $137,000 from its annual Capital Improvement Fund to continue to repair and improve the playground, back lot, sidewalks and other concrete fixtures around Thompson Middle School. The Jan. 26 discussion and vote approved Supt. Colleen Burns Jermain’s request for a second round of funding for a project that has been estimated […]

GED Preparation

Local organizations are working together to support employment, mental health, GED tutoring, and other programs that specifically help homeless individuals gain footing toward finding permanent housing. BankNewport, the Newport Rotary, the Middletown Baptist Church, and Newport Mental Health are providing funding and resources to help the homeless population develop individual plans toward wellness and housing. “Our community partners are stepping […]

Cargo Connect Challenge

Local teams from throughout Rhode Island met virtually for the FIRST LEGO League Robotics State Championship Jan. 29-30. Innovative solutions with robot designs were submitted for the supply chain dilemma the country is experiencing. FIRST LEGO League Judges evaluated mechanical design, innovation, programming effectiveness and team strategies for solving missions to assess overall design quality. Excellence in Robot Design went […]