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Students Fall Short on Tests

The results of a new assessment designed to measure student learning against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was lower than leaders were hoping.  More...

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News Briefs

Horse Association Meeting

Members of the Aquidneck Island Horse Association invite anyone interested in horses to join them at their next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The group will meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Shove Street in Tiverton at 6 p.m. More...

For What It’s Worth

To paraphrase and old adage: “If you keep your toys, some day they will keep you.” Shown is a toy from the 1940s called a Zilotine. A music toy playing disks which would allow the clown to play a song. More...

On to Nationals

On Nov. 14 the Portsmouth Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleaders placed second at the New England Regional Pop Warner Cheerleading Competition held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. More...

Mainsheet

'Taste of Newport' Raises Nearly $100K for Child & Family

Supporters of Child & Family and Newport’s best restaurants and chefs turned out at the Hotel Viking on the evening of Nov. 1 and brought in nearly $100,000 during the 32nd annual "Taste of Newport' fundraiser.  More...

Faith Community

Faith Community Bulletin Board

Thanksgiving Food Drive   More...

Happy 90th Birthday

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New Arrivals

Ashley Mello and Johnathon Dos Santos of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their son Jacoby Mello Dos Santos on Nov. 13, 2015. More...

Nobody Is Blowing Smoke About Marijuana

Local experts say despite a twofold increase in the medical marijuana program since last year and the recent move to decriminalize the drug, there have been no adverse impacts to the community. More...

A Unique Trail for Disabled

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Grand's Future Uncertain

By Barry Bridges   The future of Newport Grand became murkier on Monday, Nov. 16, when the Tiverton Town Council voted 6-1 to request that the General Assembly place a casino proposal on the November 2016 ballot.  More...

 

Around Town

The Comforts (and Joys) of Shopping Local

When it comes to holiday shopping, what is it that flies your sleigh? More...

Trinity Pursues Mill Street Remake

Trinity Episcopal Church’s proposal to demolish one of its buildings to make way for a new structure at the same site received partial support from Newport’s Historic District Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 17. More...

Schools Cleared in $1 Million Computer Deal

MIDDLETOWN COUNCIL

The Middletown School Department broke no laws or superseded no charter protocols last summer when it spent more than $1 million to buy laptop computers for students without informing the Town Council.  More...

Opinion

Presiding Officials Need to Preside

EDITORIAL

City and Town Council meetings and, for that matter, School Committee meetings as well, were never intended to become events akin to being locked inside a torture chamber.  More...

Middletown Council Tries to Trump State Law

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:  Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia demonstrated a lack of legal understanding in the recent letter to the editor he penned in Newport This Week. ("Frivolous Teachers' Lawsuit Will Waste Money," Nov. 12)  More...

Consider 'Peace Park' for Broadway

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Nature

Omnivorous Wild Turkeys

Most of us received our first lessons about Thanksgiving and wild turkeys in early school grades in one of the rites of passage in our young lives. More...

Rare Bird Sighting

A pair of wayward American avocets, approximately 1,500 miles out of range, were observed recently by local bird watchers in the restored salt marsh region of Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.  More...

Obituaries

Charlotte V. Blackburn,

85, of Middletown, passed away Nov. 17, 2015 at Grand Islander Health Care Center, Middletown. She was the wife of the late William J. Blackburn. She leaves behind her seven children, 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. More...

Elizabeth N. Earp,

99, of Portsmouth, passed away Nov. 16, 2015 at Forest Farm Health Care Center, Middletown. She was the wife of the late Ralph K. Earp, M.D. She leaves behind three children, six grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. More...

James E. (Jim) Haas,

of Florida and Jamestown, passed away Nov. 13, 2015. He leaves behind his wife, Helen, four children, and 15 grandchildren. Calling hours will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 3 – 7 p.m. at Hambly Funeral Home, 30 Red Cross Ave., Newport. More...