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City of Newport announces new litter campaign

The City of Newport, via their Engaged Newport newsletter, announced on Friday that they are “changing the way Newport handles litter”. The email introducing the “No Litter Here” campaign stated; As the City of Newport prepares to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and the warmer days ahead, we would like to introduce residents, businesses and visitors

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2018 Newport Folk Festival lineup and announcements (Updated)

Newport, RI – The Newport Folk Festival has begun its annual tradition of rolling lineup announcements ahead of the 2018 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams. The first announcement came on Newport Folk Festival’s Facebook Page on Wednesday, January 31st, when they announced Courtney Barnett would return to Fort Adams. The Newport Folk Festival will

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Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover sets ambitious sustainability goals

Organizers for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover are issuing a call to arms: Bring a reusable water bottle when you visit the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park to contribute to the fight against plastics littering the world. The request is part of an ambitious sustainability plan set forth by organizers including Sail Newport and the Sustainability Committee for

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Podcast: Kelsi Chappell chats about her Boston Marathon experience; Tyler Bernadyn discusses sustainability

Topics of today’s conversation on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK ranged from the Boston Marathon to sustainability. Portsmouth resident Kelsi Chappell joined Tim Towey and me to chat about her 3:01:22 Boston Marathon finish on Monday. She’s fast – she finished 2,030th overall, was the 10th fastest overall RI finisher and was the 2nd fastest RI female.

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Rogers High School students elgible to apply for 3 scholarships from Rotary Club of Newport

The Rotary Club of Newport has announced that they are offering three scholarships to Rogers High School students graduating this June. There are two Herbert Epstein / Anthony Spiratos Memorial Scholarships. One scholarship is for $4,000 for one year, and one is for $2,000 for one year. These are awarded to two graduating seniors who

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Newport Daffodil Days: A double dose of ‘daffiness’ planned for this weekend

The concluding weekend of the 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days features two parades, one for humans, one for classic cars. On Saturday, April 21, a “Sidewalk Parade” departs at 11 am from the Florence Gray Center and winds its way through Newport’s Northside neighborhood, stopping to enjoy decorated trees along the route and finishing in Miantonomi Park for a community picnic (featuring free


Rail Explorers set to open for 2018 season on May 12th

Rail Explorers, featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, will begin its 2018 Rhode Island operation season with tours beginning on Saturday, May 12th. Rail Explorers offers scenic rides on the historic railroad along Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay.  Rail Explorers Rhode Island Division is presented by the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. “Over 23,000 riders enjoyed Rail Explorers

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Food scraps being wasted at Rhode Island public schools, Pell Elementary waste prompts new legislation

“In February, a trash audit at the Pell Elementary School in Newport recovered 238 pounds of food scrap from a single day. The collected food included 45 pounds of unopened yogurt containers, cheese sticks and raisins, and untouched fruit,” Tim Faulkner of ecoRI news writes this week in Food Scrap Being Wasted at Rhode Island

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30+ things to do this weekend

Discover all that’s happening, new, and to do in and around Newport this weekend. You May Also Like – Where to find live music, comedy, movies and entertainment this weekend Friday, April 20th 1 pm – Charlie & The Bucket Truck at Miantonomi Park 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Isle of Dogs at Jane Pickens Theater 5

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Sail into summer with champagne and oysters at 3rd Annual Newport Oyster Festival in May

Taste your way around the Ocean State with 12 different oyster varieties at the 3rd Annual Newport Oyster Festival Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20 at historic Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, RI. This rain-or-shine event brings together our local growers with craft cocktails & brews, six bands, a shucking contest and evening fundraiser in a family & dog-friendly event that

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Podcast: A conversation with Rebuilding Together Greater Newport

Rebuilding Together Greater Newport is one of nearly 200 affiliates of a national program that is rehabilitating properties for low-income and handicapped homeowners. Here on Aquidneck Island, Rebuilding Together Greater Newport has been helping families since 2001 and they have two big projects underway this month. Among those joining me on the radio today were some

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Mary Gauthier will bring ‘Rifles & Rosary Beads’ to Common Fence Music this weekend

Common Fence Music will present An Evening With Mary Gauthier on Saturday, April 28th at 8 pm. Known for her painfully honest lyrics and tender melodies, Americana artist Mary Gauthier has found songwriting to be a source of healing and strength, helping her to move beyond her troubled past. Dealing with issues of abandonment and

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Governor Raimondo directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush

In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 20th, 2018 in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. “Barbara Bush was an inspiration to a generation of Americans,” said Raimondo. “I remember


Simmons Farm remains closed due to quarantine order

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced on Monday, April 16th that they have issued a quarantine order for animals at Simmons Farm in Middletown. DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are investigating the connection between the petting zoo at the farm and cases of cryptosporidiosis-associated diarrheal disease. Located at

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