Changes are Coming to Newport’s Short-Term Rental Rules

Short-term Rentals Prohibited in Residential Zones NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2022) – Changes are coming to Newport’s Short Term Rental rules. Under an ordinance change passed by the City Council on Wednesday, March 23rd, property owners in Newport’s residential zones are no longer permitted to rent their properties for less than 30 days, unless the home serves as a […]

Perry Denied Bail

After hours of testimony in Newport Superior Court, Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ended the bail hearing for Xavier Perry, 28, of Newport, by ordering he be held without bail pending trial.  Perry is one of the three men being charged by state prosecutors for the murder of Yordi Arevalo inside the Friendly Sons social club on Feb. 14. He is facing […]

Artist Grant Extended

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County has extended the deadline for its 2022 Artist Award application to May 15. The award is given each year to a Newport County artist for the purpose of cre­ating an arts project to benefit the local community. Now in its fifth year, ACA’s Artist Awards provide up to $500 financial support for […]

2022-03-24 E-Edition

The Wait Continues for Waites Wharf

In a four-hour hearing at a special meeting on March 21, the Newport Planning Board decided that the proposed hotel was not consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, voting against three of the four standards of Develop­ment Plan Review. The meeting was held in-person and virtually in the Newport City Hall Council Chambers. Via a weblink, two board members and […]

Middletown to Take Over School Expenditures


In an attempt to gain a better understanding of the Middletown School Department’s $1 million fiscal year deficit, town officials are tapping a state statute that allows the temporary takeover of all department expenditures until the district’s financial books are settled. All School Department pur­chases will now need approval by the town’s finance office, led by finance director, Marc Tanguay. […]

Salve Regina Using Theater to Heal


Theater has been described as many things – art, entertainment, an escape, a balm, good medi­cine. Those last two euphemisms may be applied directly to Salve Regina University, which is using theater to heal. Salve’s student performers have been rocked as few others. Even before the pandemic claimed live performances, the­ater program coordinator, Tom Gleadow, was dismissed amid shocking sexual […]

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Arevalo Murder Witness Changes His Story


During the second day of court­room testimony in the bail hearing for Xavier Perry, a witness who described himself as a close friend of the victim admitted he made false statements to Newport Police detectives on two occasions. Perry is one of three men charged with the murder of Yordi Arevalo inside the Friendly Sons of Newport bar and social […]

As of Press Time

A second day of testimony was presented on Wednesday, March 23. Courtroom proceed­ings continued through the afternoon. Presiding Judge Jeffrey Lanphear announced a decision will not be rendered until he has reviewed the new evidence. This story will be updated online and will also appear in the March 31 edition.

NATURE in the NEIGHBORHOOD

The Ides of March

The Ides of March, March 15 boded well this year, despite a reputation for doom and despair. Capt. Eric texted this to me from the seal watch boat, “the American oystercatchers are back on Rose Island.” This is always a sign that spring has arrived. It was a long, dark winter in so many ways that every renewed glimpse of […]