Rhode Island Foundation Grants

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering local libraries, schools, neighborhood groups and non­profit organizations grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a com­munity. The deadline to apply is March 31. Recent recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, which received $2,628 to for youth programs; the Aquid­neck Community Table, which received […]

Dancing with the Stars of Mentoring

Aquidneck Island Mentoring was established in 2004 during a meeting with then Newport school superintendent, Dr. Mary Canole, who became a mentor herself. The original participants were Shef­field, Carey, Cranston-Calvert and Sullivan elementary schools. Cur­rently, all Newport schools partic­ipate in the program. The program has since expanded to Middletown and Portsmouth. Mentor Rhode Island’s 15th “Dancing with the Stars of […]

State, Federal Officials Break Ground on Aquidneck Avenue Project


Work on a project that will improve and redesign a one-mile stretch of Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown began March 22, with state and federal officials on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking. The $9 million project aims to rebuild, resurface and improve a heavily trafficked section of Aquid­neck Avenue, from East Main Road to Green End Avenue, by widening the road, […]

Waites Wharf Proposal Stymied by Planning Board


The Newport Planning Board will not send a favorable recom­mendation to the Zoning Board of Review regarding the proposed Waites Wharf hotel that has been discussed for three years. In a four-hour hearing at a spe­cial meeting on March 21, the board decided that the proposed hotel was not consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, voting against three of the […]

Regionalization Talks Back On


Officials from Newport and Middletown are once again looking at creating a regional school district. In a March 11 memo to the Newport School Committee, Supt. Colleen Burns Jermain wrote that Newport city manager Joe Nicholson and Middletown town administrator Shawn Brown have been asked to “work together to explore the possibilities of school regional­ization again.” Jermain wrote that any […]