Newport This Week




Black Regiment Ceremony

The Newport County Branch – NAACP will host its 55th annual Black Regiment Monument Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 28, starting at 3 p.m., at Patriots Park in Portsmouth, Intersections of Routes 24 & 114.

Guest speaker is Hon. Ray Rickman, former State Representative, former Deputy Secretary of State, noted historian, rare book collector, and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom- a well-established organization dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of people of color.

Alyse Antone-Smyth, Esq., Special Assistant Attorney General, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Newport County Branch President ‘Jimmy’ Winters will offer welcoming remarks. Sen. James Seveney and Rep. Michelle McGaw will be recognized for their legislative efforts.

A memorial wreath laying ceremony and spiritual reflections will also be part of the program

This is a free, open-to-the-public event. Some on-site parking is available.



Dream Fest

Those hoping to break into the work force can get a good start at Miantonomi Park on Sept. 10, as a large-scale career fair will bring potential employees face to face with industry leaders and working professionals.

Dream Fest promises to provide a window into a variety of industries through personal and professional networking and interactive opportunities. The event is sponsored by working cities Newport and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees can expect to meet people doing the jobs they wish to explore, training and school information, food and family fun.

A rain date for the event is scheduled for Sept. 17. Interested parties can contact Cheryl Robinson at 401-835-1538.

Leonard Dinner

A dinner will be held to honor Kate Leonard’s 20 years of public service on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Sardella’s Restaurant. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person and includes salad, entree, dessert, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Space is limited to 40 guests. RSVP before Sept. 5 to Dan Meucci at 401-855-5717 or

Residents Beware

The Newport Water Division has received reports from customers who have been approached by individuals posing as Water Division personnel.

Customers in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth are asked to be on the lookout and to report any suspicious interactions to the proper authorities.

In addition to driving vehicles clearly marked with the Newport Water Division logo, NWD employees are required to carry photo identification badges and will gladly display them upon request.

While the imposters may look official, residents should make a habit of asking for identity verification from any utility worker seeking access to their homes, or call the Newport Water Division directly at 401-845-5600.

If you have any doubt about the individual’s identity or motives, or the authenticity of their credentials, do not allow them into your home and call the police.

‘Clear the Shelters’

Have you always wanted a pet but found the adoption process daunting and expensive? The Potter League can help, it is offering half-priced adoption fees for adult dogs, cats and small mammals (six months and older) on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The league is participating in NBCUniversal’s “Clear the Shelters” national pet adoption event on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since its inception in 2015, the campaign has helped more than half a million pets nationwide find new homes by offering price reductions and information around adopting.

Potter League for Animals is located at 87 Oliphant Lane. Visit for more information.

Humanity Starts With Charity

As beneficiaries of the generosity from our community, Rogers Boosters would like to do their part in giving back. They will be holding a food drive at all athletic games this year. Please bring any non-perishable food items when attending a game and supporting the teams. All donations will go to the MLK Community Center.

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