Newport This Week


Firefighters Sworn In

Nine Newport Fire Department probationary firefighters were sworn in on Nov. 23 at fire headquarters on Marlborough Street. This class was the first that attended formal academy training at the Rhode Island Fire Academy in Exeter. They graduated after completing 12 weeks of intensive training and began serving immediately at Station 1 on West Marlborough Street.

Among the inductees were two females, Erin Dubis and Maribeth Redman. Also sworn in were Nicholas Coppola, Keith DeAmicis, Laird French, Stewart Kay, William Leys, Lars Mangold and Benjamin Tibbitts.

Jews and Slavery in Early Newport

The Touro Synagogue Foundation has announced the first program of its Winter 2022 Judah Touro Program Series, which will address the topic of Jews and slavery in the American Colonial Era.

Dr. Paul Finkelman will present a talk virtually, via Zoom, titled “Jews, Slavery, and the Meaning of Freedom,” on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. There is no fee to participate, but reservations are required to receive the login information.

The history of Newport, which was founded upon the principles of religious freedom, is also the history of enslaved Africans who did not find freedom here. Many Newporters, including Jews, either owned slaves or participated in some aspect of the transatlantic plantation system, which was based on the slave trade and goods produced through the labor of enslaved Africans. Finkelman’s talk will address this central paradox of America, the coexistence of slavery and freedom. Finkelman is one of America’s most respected legal scholars and has published extensively on the history of slavery and on Jews in America. For reservations, visit For more information, contact Meryle Cawley at 401-847- 4794, x207, or email

Angel Tree

People’s Credit Union has partnered with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to provide new gifts for children in need this holiday season. All People’s Credit Union branches will help to collect donations of unwrapped new gifts and clothing that can be dropped off during normal business hours until Monday, Dec. 12. The Salvation Army will then distribute these donations to deserving families in the community.

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