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Monday, January 16, 2017

What’s Up For This Week: Jan. 16 – 20

Here’s what’s happening, new and to do this week in and around Newport, RI! Monday, January 16th 10 a.m. – Superhero Day at Newport Skating Center 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Lion at Jane Pickens Theater Tuesday, January 17th 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Lion at Jane Pickens Theater 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. –

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Video: US Energy Secretary Discusses Nuclear Security, Strategy at Naval War College

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz discussed nuclear security and strategy and the Department of Energy’s close partnership with the U.S. Navy during a visit to U.S. Naval War College on January 12th. He also highlighted the importance of science-based stockpile stewardship and the challenges ahead for nonproliferation and nuclear weapons policy.   As United

What’s Up For This Weekend: Jan. 13 – 15

Discover what’s happening, new and to do this weekend for events, activities and live music in and around Newport! Friday, January 13th 1:45pm – Reverse Engineering Program at St. Michael’s Country Day 3pm – Fab Family Friendly Friday’s at FabNewport 4:30pm & 7pm – Lion at Jane Pickens Theater 5pm – 11pm: Newport Skating Center Open 7pm – NCT presents

Newport Historical Society to Host Author Sarah Schumann on January 26th

The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats focuses on food and foodways. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sarah Schumann for the January 26th, 2017 talk Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History.   The shellfish in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s salt ponds have provided people

State Arts Council Awards $13,375 in Grants to Newport County Arts Projects

Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers and artists were awarded $164,890 in the December 2016 round of grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, More than $13,000 of that total was awarded to Newport County Arts Projects. These grants will go to support arts in education, community-based projects by organizations and individual

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January 22nd to be Proclaimed as “Island Moving Company Day” in Newport

Dancers and supporters of Island Moving Company (IMC) will gather in the afternoon of January 22, 2017 to hear Newport, RI Mayor Harry Winthrop proclaim “Island Moving Company Day” at the Company’s studios on Washington Square in Newport. The Mayor helps to celebrate the start of IMC’s 35th season and the “new look” of the

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Newport Public Schools Conducts Parent Survey Regarding February Vacation and School Start Times

The Newport Public Schools have contracted with the communications management firm Martin & Associates to collect feedback on current and proposed changes to the school calendar.   Of particular interest in this survey are questions around the start of the school year and feedback on the value of the February break. The Newport Public Schools

Second Saturday at Newport Art Museum Will Celebrate ‘The Year Of The Rooster’

The Newport Art Museum continues to engage and inspire the whole family with “Second Saturdays” (January 14, 10am-12pm), an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family. Each Second Saturday is uniquely curated based on a theme, and includes a variety of activities geared for ages 3-10. This event joins the ranks of

Save Tiverton Seeks Peer Review of Twin River’s Enviornmental Application

Save Tiverton, a group of local residents and property ownersconcerned about the land use impacts of the proposed Twin River casino, sent a letter to the casino operator on December 8, 2016 seeking a peer review of their environmental applicationto the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).The letter, from Karen Augeri Benson, a local

Newport Public Schools Launches New Mobile App

The latest news and information from schools in the Newport Public School district are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launched during Tuesday night’s school committee meeting. Newport Public Schools is partnering with Blackboard, an educational technology company, to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is

7 Places in Newport Tied to Jackie Kennedy

On January 20th, Jane Pickens Theater will begin showing JACKIE starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the First Lady famously tied to the City-by-the-Sea. Portman has been nominated for multiple awards for her intimate portrayal of Jackie in the difficult days immediately following her husband’s assassination. JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of

Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp Invites Children to Explore in Nature

Norman Bird Sanctuary continues the tradition of learning and being active outside in their 58th year of summer camp. Over the course of eight weeks, hundreds of campers will enjoy a unique blend of fun-filled nature exploration, hands-on learning, animal encounters, games, and team building.   Campers explore Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 325-acre outdoor classroom and

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Newport Mansions Surpass One Million Tours in 2016

At a press conference at the Breakers this morning, The Preservation Society of Newport County and state tourism officials announced that the Newport Mansions surpassed more than one million tours in 2016, making it the first museum in New England outside of Boston to reach that milestone. Speakers at the press conference included CEO &

Pieter Roos to Step Down as Executive Director of Newport Restoration Foundation

After nearly two decades of transformative leadership, Newport Restoration Foundation executive director Pieter Roos has informed the board of directors he will be stepping down at the end of February, NRF Board Chair Roger Mandle announced today. “During his tenure, Pieter’s leadership transformed the NRF from a sleepy preservation entity with few staff whose main

Cluny School to Commemorate 2017 National Catholic Schools Week with Open Houses, Special Events

Cluny School will hold an Open House for the public on Sunday, January 29th from 11am- 1pm and on Wednesday, February 1st from 10am- 12 noon.   In addition to the open houses, Cluny School will commemorate National Catholic Schools Week, from January 29th to February 3rd, with breakfast events for students and parents, a celebration of

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2017 Will Be Historic Year for Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

After a successful first season of programs in New England, the brand new 200-foot Tall Ship, Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, plans to set sail for the open ocean this January, heading first to Bermuda, then to Florida where she will be based through March. The ship will offer opportunities for explorers of

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Updated: State Supreme Court ruling brings Breakers’ Welcome Center closer to reality

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by a neighborhood association, bringing closer the Newport Preservation Society’s plans to build a $5.2 million visitor center at the Breakers, a 70 – room mansion that has been called the “crown jewel” of Newport’s summer cottages. In a 15-page decision the Supreme Court saw no

Salve Regina University Will Broadcast New Weekly Episodes of “Story In The Public Square”

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square” on Rhode Island PBS and nationally on satellite radio provider SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124, according to a news release from Salve Regina University. The new series will begin the weekend of January 14, 2017. Hosted by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G.

Electric Boat Is Hiring: Job Fair To Be Held in Middletown on January 11th

Interested in a manufacturing career? Electric Boat in North Kingston is hiring machinists, metal fabricators, pipe-fitters and welders. Skills For Rhode Island’s Future will host a hiring fair on Wednesday, January 11th at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce for manufacturing jobs at Electric Boat. Initially established in 1973 to provide off-site support to Electric