2023-03-30 E-Edition

Rogers High School Campus is Taking Shape

Demolition and construction progress on the Rogers High School campus was captured with an aerial photo taken along Wickham Road. The auditorium was demolished this winter and all debris has been cleared to make way for the new building. New parking spaces were installed around the remaining buildings housing classrooms. The buildings will be taken down along with the gym […]

Newport Council Votes to Expand Paid Parking Season

The Newport City Council approved lengthening the paid parking season and establishing area-dependent dynamic pricing for metered spaces in a 5-2 vote on March 22. The council passed a first reading of an ordinance amendment that would designate the time period for payment at parking meters citywide as March 1 through Nov. 30 in what the city said was an […]

Answering Questions About Newport’s New Electricity Program

The city’s recent announcement of its new community aggregation electricity program sparked confusion and some pushback, especially because of its automatic enrollment of residents. The City Council hosted a workshop on March 22, where Good Energy Consulting, the city’s contracted energy consultant, answered many of the questions surrounding the program. A summary is below. Who is automatically enrolled? Any Newport […]

Kevin Martin Kinsella

Kevin Martin Kinsella, 68, of West Greenwich, R.I., died peacefully surrounded by family on March 26, 2023. He was the loving husband of Judy Hambleton, also of West Greenwich. Kevin was born in Great Lakes, Ill., on Dec.13, 1954, son of the late Marty and Rita (Stevenson) Kinsella, both of Middletown, RI. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1973. […]

City Prepares for School Construction Issues

Get ready for trucks rumbling through the city to get to the building site for the new high school. By the end of June, there will be numerous cement mixers and other kinds of trucks making their way to the site, using either Bellevue Avenue or Thames Street. Aleita Hall, project manager for Gilbane Construction, presented the scope of the […]

Industrial Park Building Approved

In another plan to improve a storage building, the Middletown Planning Board gave unanimous recommendation on March 8 to GG Properties for construction of a 15,000-square-foot wholesale commercial use building at 72 Johnny Cake Hill Road. The development plan review included conditions of changing building materials, improving one wall with windows and landscaping. “I think that the improvements that have […]

State Outlines Special Election

Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg Amore and Gov. Dan McKee on March 29 announced a tentative calendar for the upcoming special election in Congressional District 1, the seat U.S. Rep. David Cicilline plans to vacate on June 1. State protocol calls for the primary election to be held on Sept. 5 and for the special election to be held […]

Martin Luther King Remembrance Walk

On April 4, the Newport County Branch of the NAACP and students from Salve Regina University are hosting a remembrance event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The assassination of the civil rights leader took place on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. A walk, starting at 6 p.m. will go from Equality Park […]

Hip-Hop Performance Brings Cheers from Pell Students

On March 23 students from Pell Elementary School participated in a hip-hop workshop with the Boston-based duo, The Wondertwins. Brought to Pell Elementary by FirstWorks, the Providence-based nonprofit that pioneered PVDFest, The Wondertwins led thirdand fourth-graders in an hourlong workshop teaching hip-hop dance. Identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain are six-time winners of “Showtime at the Apollo” and were recognized […]