August 16, 2018 RSS feed / Around Town

Shipyard Celebrates Two Decades

The Newport Shipyard celebrated 20 years on July 28 with a party and a concert from the reggae band, Toots & the Maytals, thanking customers, employees, tenants, supporters and friends who have helped make them what they are since 1998.  More...

Latest Restoration at Rosecliff

The historic rose garden at Rosecliff (1902) has been restored with the help of two generous gifts totaling $95,000 from the V.J. Palmieri Charitable Trust.  More...

Still Batting a Thousand

Conversation with Katy Grovell

Don’t let the petite woman in hot pink sneakers and a baseball cap, who walks like an athletic, fool you. She’s 92. More...

Workshop Debates Short-Term Rental Options

Newport’s Short-Term Investigatory Group met to discuss how the city’s rules and regulations governing short-term rentals should be enforced, at the group’s fourth meeting on Aug. 9. More...

Brief School Committee Meetings Approve Contract, Discuss Merge

In a brief Aug. 14 meeting, the Middletown School Committee voted unanimously to approve a contract with the teachers’ union that will be in place until August 2021.  More...

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Finds Spike Lee in Top Form

FILM REVIEW

With eerily perfect timing, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is in theaters right at the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a young woman dead and exacerbated racial tensions in A More...

Beach Idol Finale

At the fifth and final week of the summer season's Beach Idol, there was a tie between Nevaeh Downes, 11, from Newport and twins Elise and Sadie Flannery, 10, from Rochester, New York. The season finale is Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. More...

Murder She Wrote, and Wrote and Wrote

Alyssa Maxwell is responsible for murdering someone in virtually every mansion in Newport.  More...

Ida Lewis Distance Race Set to Sail

More than 50 teams will head for the start line between Fort Adams State Park and Rose Island for the 14th Ida Lewis Distance Race on Aug. 17. More...

Regattas/Races

August  .17-19 Hinman Masters – NYYC  .17-18 Ida Lewis Distance Race  .18 Fool’s Rules Regatta - JYC  .24-26 NYYC Grandmasters  .25-26 Newport Classic Yacht Regatta - ILYC  Weekly Racing   More...

Local Sailors Capture Pacific Cup

David Siwicki from Jamestown and Quinn Tobin from Newport were part of the winning crew aboard the Mills 68 Prospector in the Pacific Cup. The biennial invitational race, which starts in San Francisco near St. More...

JYC Results

The Jamestown Yacht Club held the ninth race in its summer series n Aug. 14. The following are the results for the race:  More...

'Wet Paint’ Inspires Artists

The artist community of Newport gathered last weekend for the 25th annual “Wet Paint” event, hosted by the Newport Art Museum. The weekend event challenged participants to create works of art in less than 24 hours.  More...

Proposed Diner Hits Roadblock

The application of restaurateur Christopher Tunnah to relocate a classic 1927 diner from Pennsylvania to an empty lot at 47 Valley Road is facing additional obstacles after the Middletown Planning Board voted 3-2 on Aug. More...

School Committee Passes New Budget

The Newport School Committee, at its first regular meeting without recently resigned chairperson David Hanos, approved a budget for the Fiscal Year 2019 in the amount of $40,494,788, an amount that balances with projected revenues. More...

African Americans Play Ball

The Negro Leagues, which began in 1920, were established during the period in the United States when professional baseball was segregated. More...

Council Delays Hearing Zoning Changes

The City Council held a nine-minute meeting on Aug. 8. Councilors Jeanne Marie Napolitano and Lynn Ceglie were not in attendance.  The following matters were discussed:  More...

Jazz Album Release

Aquidneck Island is rich with two-generation musical families who, for the most part, make their living playing music. More...

Newspapers Fuel Ideas for Murder Mystery Author

How ironic and fitting is it that a murder mystery author gets to pen her name within the very mansion settings in which she pens her murder mysteries?  Anne-Marie Sutton will be signing copies of her fourth Newport-based murder mystery, “ More...

Fireflies: Flashy, but Frustrated

SLICE OF LIFE

I have intentionally brought the end of days to many an insect in my life, from ants, cockroaches (politely called Palmetto bugs in Florida) and mosquitos, to flies and wasps. More...

Who Took Home the Silverware

The St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco has captured the 16th edition of the Morgan Cup. More...

Team Racing Continues at New York Yacht Club

The Hinman Masters, hosted by the New York Yacht Club, will be held at Harbor Court on Aug. 17- 19, followed by the New York Yacht Club Grandmasters on Aug. 24-26. Both regattas feature minimum ages for the skipper and crew.   More...

NE Solo/Twin Goes on Despite Fog

Fog threatened the start of the New England Solo/Twin race on July 27, but it never reached the start area. However, the fleet sailed into dense fog after Castle Hill and went in and out of fog to Block Island. More...

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