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The Bells, Feb. 10, 2024 – mid demolition

Day 2, Video Demolition of The Bells

The chimney and roofs of The Bells were gone on the morning of Feb. 8. Crews began separating concrete from steel and packing pieces of steel into tractor trailers. The Bells was formerly part of the Reef Estate is located in Brenton Point State Park and was the stables. A construction expert explained that the crews will separate the […]

Videos of The Bells demolition on Feb. 7, 2024

Demolition of The Bells, a former stable located in Brenton Point State Park, has begun. Crews worked through the month of January to ready the structure, clearing the land surrounding the building and putting debris in the mansion into containers. A local construction expert on site this morning said the process may take a few days as the steel is […]

Jamie Lehane Stepping Down as CEO of Newport Mental Health

James M. “Jamie” Lehane, a passionate advocate for the accessibility of high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health services as well as removing the stigma around mental health treatment, announced today that he is stepping down as President and CEO of Newport Mental Health.   Lehane’s decade of visionary leadership played a pivotal role in guiding the organization through unprecedented challenges. Whether it […]

Firearm Incident near Maple Ave

Middletown and Newport police departments are reportedly responding to an incident in the area of Maple Avenue and Sherman Lane. Allegedly, a neighbor pulled out a gun during a dispute over the cutting of a tree in the neighborhood. More on this developing story as it unfolds.

MLK Community Center cuts the ribbon on renovated building after 13 month construction project

  After 13 months of construction, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center cut the ribbon today to formally open the renovated building.  Funded by the generous donors to the Building Hope Campaign, the MLK began extensive renovations and construction in October of 2022.  Operating out of the Center and three offsite locations, all programming continued without interruption during […]

FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

Three Weekends of the Best in Black Cultural Edu-tainment 26th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling January 19 – February 3, 2024   From Newport to South Kingstown to Westerly, Providence to Pawtucket, to East Providence  Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) announces the 26th Annual FUNDA FEST, a celebration of Black Storytelling to be held from Friday January 19th -Sunday, […]

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 […]

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America at Island Cemetery

  Thirty-one years ago, Wreaths Across America was started. This year 2.7 million wreaths were placed at 3,702 participating sites including Island Cemetery on Dec. 16. During a ceremony a wreath was laid for each brand of the military and an additional wreath to pray tribute to POW/MIAs. Brian Mutty, Commanding Officer at Surface Warfare Schools Command, said Island Cemetery […]

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