October 24, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

New Plans for Old Schools

With the new Pell School now online, city staff have begun to consider what to do with Newport’s suite of former elementary school buildings.  On Wednesday, City Manager Jane Howington sought permission from council members to exercise a p More...

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News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

TeenGreen Program   The Norman Bird Sanctuary has announced a new TeenGreen program for students in grades 6-12. Teens can hike the trails for free, track their progress in a trail journal and turn the journal in for prizes.  More...

Opinion

Expanding Business Mindsets

There’s been quite a deal of news in recent weeks about potential ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy.  More...

You Could Be the Next Person Killed on the Pell

To the Editor:  Nearly two years ago, two people were killed on the Pell Bridge. Public officials need to be held accountable.  More...

Golf Tournament Benefits Boys and Girls Clubs

To the Editor:  More...

Mainsheet

Planting for the Future

Guests who attended the Newport Tree Society’s annual Saplings & Spirits event on Oct. 17 were instantly intrigued by the trio of Monkey Puzzle trees on the front lawn of Peter de Savary’s “Merrillton” estate.  More...

From The Garden

Cultural Legends of the Jack-o’-Lantern

The English ‘Punkie Night’

The most familiar icon of Halloween is the pumpkin, which has been fashioned into lanterns for centuries. There is charm about them. Many are childlike, of course, carved by children. More...

The Irish Story of ‘Stingy Jack’

Perhaps the most well-known symbol of Halloween is the jacko’ lantern. The tradition of carving faces into pumpkins and illuminating the figures with candles has been around for centuries – but how did this ritual come to be?  More...

Pell Bridge Lawsuit Filed

Two years after a motorist and her passenger died in a crash on the Claiborne Pell Bridge, family members of the deceased have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, the Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and the Rhode Island Turnpike a More...

Living Laboratories for SRU Students

Dr. Jameson Chace, Ph.D., Biology Professor at Salve Regina University, is utilizing local wildlife habitats as teaching tools and living laboratories for Salve students engaged in a number of scientific studies and experiments.  More...

 

Around Town

Daffodillion Project Momentum Continues

Newport continues to be “daffy” about the quest to plant a million daffodils. At the free bulb giveaway at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, Oct. 19 nearly 25,000 bulbs were packaged and ready to be planted before the first frost.  More...

Anniversary Official Launch

The committee charged with planning the celebration surrounding the city's 375th anniversary unveiled a signature logo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, during a brief ceremony at City Hall. Newport Mayor Henry F. More...

Yacht Club Lease Affirmed

City Council members on Wednesday, Oct. 23 voted to affirm its lease agreement with the Newport Yacht Club, backing up a recommendation provided by the city manager’s office late last month.  More...

Calendar

CALENDAR

Thursday  October 24  Nature Storytime Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature themed story time with craft, animal or discovery walk, dress for the weather, preschoolers ages 3+, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members More...

A Spooktacular Guide to Halloween

Clubhouse Party  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County will host its annual Haunted Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 25 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at its Park Holm Clubhouse located in the Florence Gray Center. More...

Wellness

Cancer Support Group

The “I Can Cope" Cancer Support Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 5 and the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Fireside Room, Newport Hospital. More...

Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

The Newport Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be conducting its Seventh Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More...

Blood Drives

In addition to the Aquidneck Island Donor Center, 688 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, blood donations can be made at the following upcoming blood drives:  Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Island Scoops, Jamestown  Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Mary A. Blake, 84,

of Middletown, passed away Oct. 16, 2013 at the Grand Islander Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late William J. Blake.   More...

Frank Robert Edge, 39,

of Fall River, formerly of Middletown, passed away Oct. 18, 2013, at home surrounded by family. He was the husband of Wendy L. (Robitaille) Edge. More...

Rita May (Chorlton) Hedly, 99,

of Portsmouth passed away Oct. 20, 2013, at St. Clare Home, Newport. She was the wife of the late Russell P. Hedly. She drove for the Red Cross during World War II. Donations in her memory may be made to St. More...