New Zoning Bills Cause Stir in Middletown


There are several bills passed by the state legislature that directly affect how cities and towns must change planning and zoning ordinances by Jan. 1. Here is a look at those bills. Bill 1033: This bill deals with the creation and implementation of each town’s comprehensive plan every 12 years. If it is not addressed, state penalties will be assessed. […]

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Child & Family’s 40th Annual Taste of Newport

Marty Sinnott credited the many restaurants providing tasting stations at Child & Family’s 40th annual “Taste of Newport” as a great reason to be gathering at the Wyndham Newport Hotel on Oct. 29. Landa Patterson was enjoying her first year as a guest after organizing the event for many years, joking that she ate more in 15 minutes than she […]

2023-11-02 E-Edition

“Rogers Ciclistas”

Bike Newport launched a pilot program last week that gives a cohort of Spanish-dominant high school students what they need to know about bicycle safety. The program includes giving students a fully-restored bike, lessons on bike safety and practice routes in the Newport Traffic Garden, pictured above, in Miantonomi Park and on the road. Rogers Ciclistas is a collaboration between […]

City Council, Planning Board Consider State Zoning Changes


Working under a tight, state-imposed deadline, the Newport City Council and Planning Board contemplated proposed changes to the city’s zoning regulations in separate meetings last week, with the Planning Board unanimously recommending implementing the new laws, with caveats. Councilors, notably Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and David Carlin, have been critical of the essentially mandatory changes coming down from the state, with Napolitano […]

Rogers High Program Promotes Bike Safety and Offers Resources


Bike Newport and Rogers High School have collaborated to create Rogers Ciclistas, a pilot bike program designed to give Spanish dominant students the opportunity to bike to school and work. Clare Woodhead, director of education at Bike Newport, said the program offers 24 Spanish-dominant students a restored bike, helmet, water bottle, traffic vest, an under-seat bag with a small toolkit […]

Traffic Cameras and ‘Police States’ Debated by Council


During discussion related to traffic cameras and a fatal collision that occurred on Admiral Kalbfus Road on Oct. 11, the Newport City Council contemplated the “creep” of police-controlled technology and how it is deployed in the name of safety. Noting an understaffed police department, councilor Mark Aramli said he believed public safety is the top priority of local government and […]

Robust Roster of Deals Set for Newport Restaurant Week


The fall edition of Newport Restaurant Week kicks off Nov. 3 with a 10-day roster of deals and promotional offers at a whopping 65 participating restaurants from Newport and Bristol counties. Newport, Jamestown, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Bristol are represented by a slew of great eateries, new and old, with a variety of fixed-price, buy-one-get-one, gift certificates, and other deals. […]

Foodie Film Festival

Aquidneck Community Table will host the screening of “Common Ground,” a documentary film focused on the regenerative agricultural movement, on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of a diversity of farmers who use regenerative models of agriculture to balance climate challenges, improve our health, and stabilize America’s […]

this week’s Conversation with Charlie Masterson

Charlie Masterson is low key when it comes to talking about his military service in the Marines from 1983 to 1991, but his pride and dedication are evident with his efforts to organize several local events. One event remembers the RI Nine, who were killed in the Beirut bombing. Another celebrates the birthday of the Marine Corps, which was established […]