Affordable Housing Boosted by Town Land Purchase

Affordable housing in Middletown got a big boost last week when the town finalized a deal to purchase 4.5 acres at 361 East Main Road across from town hall to use for the community’s latest project. The goal is to add up to 20 units of affordable housing to the growing inventory, once construction is completed. Before a timeline can […]

Island’s Country Music Singer Comes Home

Local country music artist and Middletown native Ben O’Connor is coming home to perform at Queen Anne’s Loft in Newport on May 10. O’Connor, a 2012 graduate of Middletown High, has been traveling the country with his partner, Olivia, on a tour bus since November, journeying to Florida, Texas, Tennessee, California and Arizona, among other places. He said he feels […]

Newport Tourism Eyes Larger Slice of Hotel Tax

Discover Newport may soon receive a larger share of hotel taxes generated on Aquidneck Island, with the City Council recently throwing its unanimous support behind a bill before the Rhode Island General Assembly that would redistribute the taxes. Currently, hotel taxes generated on Aquidneck Island are distributed as follows: 45 percent to Discover Newport, 25 percent to the municipality where […]

This Week’s Music: May 4-10

Thursday, May 4 Vieste’s Vino Bar: 7:30 p.m., TBD Pour Judgement: 9 p.m., TBD Friday, May 5 Johnny’s: 6-9 p.m., Stu Krous Bar and Board: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio Blue Anchor Grill 6:30-9:30 p.m., John & Joanne Vieste’s Vino Bar: 7:30 p.m., TBD Top of Pelham: 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., Dueling Pianos Stoneacre Garden: 8-11 p.m., Motion […]

Newport Recognized by Tree City USA

It was the perfect spring morning on April 28. The weather was sunny and warm, the cherry trees were blooming, and an American robin was serenading the crowd that had gathered for Arbor Day in Miantonomi Park. Following just behind the city of Providence, Newport is Rhode Island’s second oldest Tree City award recipient. Arbor Day is a day to […]

Garden Tour Volunteers Wanted

The Newport Secret Garden Tour is looking for volunteers for the upcoming self-guided walking tours, which will take place in the city’s historic Point Section, July 7-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event has been moved to July to showcase the gardens at their peak. The 10 to 12 gardens are shared with the community to help […]

Committee Gives Fresh Ideas for ‘Middletown Center’

The Middletown Town Council is incorporating the many ideas of the Middletown Center Citizens Advisory Committee, which hopes that the developers of a community project, planned around a new library, will adopt some or most of them. The advisory committee, led by co-chair Melissa Welch, made a onehour presentation to the council on May 1, which featured six major considerations […]

Volleyball Club, City Reach Compromise on Beach

Following concerns of impacted operations at Easton’s Beach last year, the Newport Volleyball Club and the city have reached an agreement for the club’s upcoming tournament season. After meeting with the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the city’s beaches, the two entities reached a set of solutions for the 2023 season that addresses both the “concerns of the beach […]

Ocean Race Village Construction Underway

One week from today the first finishers on Leg 5 of The Ocean Race from Brazil to Newport will be either across the finish line at the tip of Fort Adams, or close to it. In preparation for the fleet’s arrival in Newport, Ocean Live Park, the race village for the Newport Stopover, is undergoing a transformation. Pavilions are being […]

2023-05-04 E-Edition