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Newport Police Arrests Under Review by Attorney General

By Chris Allen | June 30, 2022

The Rhode Island attorney general’s office is conducting an official review of the arrest of two men by Newport police officers in front of the Newport Blues Café in the early morning hours of June 26. The incident, which was captured on cellphone footage that has since gone viral, ended with the arrest of Dennis Engelson, 22, of Newport, on […]

Middletown Postpones Budget Adoption for Second Time

By Chris Allen | June 30, 2022

Citing uncertainty regarding the Middletown School Department’s finances, the Town Council has opted once again to temporarily stall passage of the fiscal year 2023 municipal budget. The decision came during the June 23 hearing on the proposed $79.7 million budget, including $29.1 million requested by the School Committee. Town officials had previously signaled an intention to vote on the budget […]

Officials Break Ground for New Rogers High

By Chris Allen | June 23, 2022

It was the last event ever to be held in the current Rogers High auditorium as demolition work began this week with the removal of hazardous materials. But the swan song was a celebration of a new beginning. On June 17, the auditorium was full of dignitaries, local officials, school staff, students, and many Rogers’ alumni for a groundbreaking ceremony […]

Middletown Council Stalls Short-Term Rental Permitting

By Chris Allen | June 23, 2022

An ordinance that would have required owners of short-term rental properties to go through a special use permitting process via the Middletown Zoning Board of Review was stalled by the Town Council during the June 20 meeting. Responding to requests from residents concerned with the continued proliferation of shortterm rental properties, the council directed the town’s attorneys to draft an […]

Middletown Grapples with School Budget

By Chris Allen | June 23, 2022

Middletown officials met for their first public meeting on June 15 regarding the fiscal year 2023 municipal budget and focused mostly on addressing the ways the town can tackle the financial troubles facing the School Department. The School Committee has requested a 4 percent increase in its allocation from the town, representing an additional $1 million. The bulk of the […]

Middletown Council and School Committee Discuss Regionalization

By Chris Allen | June 16, 2022

In the midst of what is a historically challenging budget cycle, Middletown leaders and school officials are scrambling to identify the pros and cons of regionalization with Newport and to complete the necessary steps mandated by state law to bring the question to voters in November. The Town Council and School Committee held a special joint session on June 16, […]

Planning Board Approves Mixed-Use Project

By Chris Allen | June 16, 2022

The Middletown Planning Board unanimously approved on June 8 a combined preliminary and final plan petition for a land development project at 809, 811 and 819 Aquidneck Ave. No members of the public offered testimony for or against the proposal. The new site will be called the Aquidneck Commerce Center, according to planning documents. The properties are owned by CCB […]

School Department Makes Plea for Maximum Funding Increase

By Chris Allen | June 02, 2022

The Middletown School Department is seeking an additional $1.1 million over last year toward their fiscal year 2023 budget, a 4 percent increase and the maximum allowable by state law. Facing a $1.2 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year, Supt. Rosemarie Kraeger, flanked by the department’s finance staff, made a plea to councilors during a May 25 special […]

Middletown School Building Committee Forges Ahead

By Chris Allen | June 02, 2022

The Middletown School Building Committee, a cross section of volunteers and town officials charged with designing the next submission to the Rhode Island Department of Education, has continued its work despite the host of unknowns now facing the district. The committee held another meeting at the Oliphant administrative building on May 31, welcoming educational consultants to discuss the next steps […]

Regionalization Bill Passes Senate Committee

By Chris Allen | May 26, 2022

A pair of General Assembly bills introduced by state senators representing Newport and Middletown cleared an initial hurdle on May 24 after being unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Housing and Municipal Government. The seven-member panel considers all legislation and matters affecting housing, municipal government and transportation. The separate bills, which will now head to the full Senate for […]