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City Launches New Website

Just call it Newport 2.0.  After months of development and additional weeks of fine-tuning, officials quietly took the lid off the city’s new website on Tuesday, Feb. 25.  More...

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News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Swim Lessons and Camp   The next session of swimming lessons at the Newport YMCA starts March 3. Lessons offered include: parent/child (6 to 36 months), preschool (3 to 6 yr. olds), youth (6 to 15 yr. More...

Opinion

EDITORIAL

Winter, Taken with a Grain of Salt  T he sun rose at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday and set at 5:32 p.m., giving us just over 11 hours of daylight. Spring is near.  Just don’t tell Mother Nature that.  More...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Support Appreciated  To the Editor:  Because of the very generous support of the many Newport County businesses and friends of Newport Hospital, the Valentine Dinner/Dance held by the Newport Hospital Auxiliary on Feb. More...

From The Garden

Food for Thought: Companion Planting

With the end of February upon us, it is time to order seeds and prepare indoor pots and seed trays for planting. Make sure to have enough potting soil and distilled water; I find it best not to use tap water for indoor potted plants. More...

Nature

Audubon Preparing for Osprey Monitoring

In 2010, the Rhode Island Audubon Society, with a team of biologists, ornithologists, staff, interns and a network of volunteer bird watchers, launched a monitoring program that conducted an extensive Osprey survey. More...

Monster Shark Tournament Slated to Move to Newport

Long known as a focal point for the international sailing community, Newport is on its way to hosting a world-class shark tournament.  Organizers of the Newport Monster Shark Tournament, which for the past twenty years has operated out of Oak Bl More...

Photo

Young animal rights activist Martin Welych-Flanagan, who spoke on Feb. More...

Electricity Market Amps Up

After flooding Aquidneck Island and the rest of Rhode Island with targeted marketing materials, officials of Connecticut-based North American Power hope that current National Grid residential and smallbusiness customers will switch to them for their More...

Cliff Walk Reconstruction Scope Expanded

The spring is shaping up to be a busy time for Cliff Walk construction crews.  Supplemental funding has been appropriated for additional repairs necessary to shore up the famous walk, which took a beating by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012.&n More...

NECAP Reading Scores Show Promise

Newport public school students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 achieved a strong eight percent increase from 2009 to 2013 in reading proficiency in NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) tests given last fall. More...

 

Around Town

Prince Fund Grants Awarded for Kids' Fitness

In an awards ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 25, Newport Hospital, through its Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, presented $55,980 to local organizations to fund creative programming designed to keep Newport County children healthy and active.  More...

Irish Heritage Month Kick-Off

nGuided tours of Fort Adams begin Saturday, March 1 and will run daily all month. The one-hour tours will be offered at noon and 2 p.m., weather permitting. The historic fort was built by Irish laborers between 1824-1857. More...

Scholarships

n People’s Credit Union The People’s Credit Union is offering two kinds of scholarships. An 8th grade scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500 in each town where People’s has an office. More...

Faith Community

FAITH COMMUNITY

Channing Global Issues Forum   The Learning Center at Channing Church will present the last two events in its Global Issues Forum at the Newport Public Library on March 4 and March 11. More...

Obituaries

Harry Arthur Coleman, 94, of

Newport, passed away Feb. 24, 2014 at the Village House. He was the husband of Jean Julia (Sullivan) Colelman. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. There will be a celebration of his life on Friday, March 7 from 4 - 6 p.m. More...

Leo F. Downey, 81, Barbara Eunice (Faerber) Kennedy, 88 of Newport, passed

of Newport, passed away Feb. 24, 2014. He was the husband of the late Dianne Downey. Calling hours are Friday, Feb. 28 from 4-7 p.m. at O’Neill- Hayes Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at St. More...

Beverly F. O’Brien, 70, of

Middletown, passed away Feb. 16, 2014 at Miriam Hospital Providence. Services will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.   More...