Break Down of the Vote That Rejected Waites Wharf Redevelopment

A four-year saga came to an apparent end on Dec. 18 when the Newport Zoning Board of Review rejected the commercial redevelopment of Waites Wharf in a split vote. The proposal from Harbour Realty, Waites Wharf Realty Association, and owner Thomas B. Abruzese called for the construction of a hotel and wedding destination on the wharf. The application required a […]

Winners of the Middletown Holiday Card Art Contest Announced

The Town of Middletown has announced the winners of its annual Holiday Card Art contest. The fourth year the town has hosted the contest, local leaders said it’s a great way to spread holiday cheer while also encouraging the arts in the community. After a number of submissions were made, two winners were selected in the youth and adult divisions. […]

Runners Wanted for 39th Annual Torch Run

The Newport County Branch – NAACP, with community partners, will be hosting the 39th Annual Torch Run on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – January 15, 2024. The torch is symbolic of basic freedoms that should be available to everyone, and the run represents the effort that it takes to maintain these freedoms.   The run is part of […]

2023-12-21 E-Edition

Happy Holidays

Jingle Bells and other holiday favorites were among the line up James Montgomery and his musical guests presented to the full-house audience at the Jane Pickens Theater on Dec. 16. With him were Doug Woolverton, Andrew Clark and Michael “Tunes” Antunes. The concert, produced by David Lopes was a follow-on performance to October’s Broadway Street Fair. (Photos by Lynne Tungett)

Newport Council Cancels Two Summer Cruise Ship Stops

Citing long lines at Perrotti Park and capacity issues, the city recently canceled two cruises set to dock in Newport next July and August. The cruises were rejected by the harbormaster, Stephen Land, because of their scheduled visit on the weekends of the Newport Folk Festival (July 26-28) and Labor Day (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). Combined, they would have brought about […]

Newport Festivals Foundation Gives the Gift of Music Locally

The Newport Festivals Foundation is known for the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. What is perhaps less known about the organization is that it runs several year-round programs in the area to cultivate music studies. One of them is an initiative that offers free, private lessons for children on Aquidneck Island. “Our festivals are known around the world, so we […]

Carson-Led Commission Identifies Issues Facing Elderly

A Dec. 12 meeting of the Special Legislative Commission Pertaining to Services Relating to Older Adult Rhode Islanders revealed that elderly residents of the state and middle-aged adults are struggling with the same problems. Housing, the cost of living, transportation, and mental health were at the top of the list when commission members were asked about the top three issues […]


Newport Seeks State Regulations for E-Bikes

Citing a lack of existing laws, the Newport City Council on Dec. 13 unanimously approved a resolution seeking state permission to regulate the use of e-bikes and e-scooters. “This is an attempt to allow the city to put regulations into place,” said councilor David Carlin. “I know that if the legislature gives Newport the authority, we absolutely can do this.” […]

Last Minute Gift Guide

Explore the shops in our community and contribute to the local economy. It’s a move that has “holiday spirit” written all over it.