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October 20, 2018

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20+ things to do in and around Newport this weekend: Feb. 2 – 4

Newport, RI – Discover all that’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport this Super Bowl weekend. Friday, February 2nd 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Phantom Thread at Jane Pickens Theater 5 pm to 11 pm – Newport Skating Center Open 8 pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater Saturday, February

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Common Fence Music announces Winter/Spring 2018 Season Kick Off

Portsmouth, RI & Warren, RI – Continuing to celebrate their 25th year of presenting folk and world music concerts to Aquidneck Island and East Bay communities, COMMON FENCE MUSIC kicks off its Winter/Spring 2018 season with shows featuring Latin artists at both their Portsmouth and Warren, RI venues. On Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8pm, Boston-based Brazilian/American folk group SÓ SOL bring their vintage Tropicalia-meets-Americana sound to the

Podcast: Jody Giddings from Wild Newport; Terri Cortvriend, Democratic candidate for District 72

Last week, What’sUpNewp brought you the news that Wild Newport, a new wildlife rehabilitation organization, was opening on Aquidneck Island. Jody Giddings, Founder of Wild Newport, joined Frank Prosnitz and me on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK Newport today to chat about the organization, what it does, and how to support it. We were

High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for college scholarships of up to $80,000 at Rhode Island Foundation

PROVIDENCE, RI — High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for college scholarships of up to $80,000 through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father. “Roger Williams embodied ideals that are as current today as they

Newport Folk Festival kicks off 2018 lineup announcements, Courtney Barnett to perform

Newport Folk Festival kicked off their annual rolling lineup announcements today with the news that Courtney Barnett would return to Fort Adams on Saturday, July 28th. Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett attracted attention with the release of her debut EP,

Islanders Committed to host 1st Annual Middletown Volleyball Tournament

Middletown, RI – Islanders Committed, in collaboration with the Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC) and Newport County YMCA, will host the 1st Annual THP Project Purple Week Middletown Volleyball Tournament on February 2 from 4 pm to 9 pm at the Newport County YMCA. The event celebrates The Herren Project’s Project Purple Week Initiative and celebrates

Update: Newport City Council cancels Executive Session meeting where future of Armory, other public properties was to be discussed

For the second week in a row, Newport City Council was scheduled to convene in Executive Session to discuss the acquisition or lease of the Armory on Lower Thames Street and two other city-owned properties. Update: 7:58 am 1/31/18 Laura Swistak from City Administration notified the Secretary of State’s Office at 4:11 pm on Tuesday, January

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Newport Mental Health seeks employers for new Employment Services program

Newport, RI – People with mental health conditions make up the largest group of recipients receiving disability today, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Rhode Island has about 83 percent unemployment for those with mental health needs, which is higher than Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont, according to the 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental

Podcast: A conversation with Rebecca Bertrand, Executive Director of newportFILM

Last fall, newportFILM announced that longtime Executive Director Terri Conners would transition into a role on the Board of Directors and Managing Director Rebecca Bertrand would be named Executive Director. On the eve of newportFILM’s first event of 2018 (Love, Cecil – newportFILM screening 1/31) and at the start of her first full season/year as Executive Director, Rebecca

Newport Art Museum presents Ten Tiny Dances during Art After Dark

Newport Art Museum’s Art  After Dark, which recently received the 2017 Editor’s Pick Award for Best Artsy Social Event by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, is back on Thursday, February 8 from 5 – 9 pm. Each Art After Dark has unique programming for the whole family. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Ten

Preservation Society names four companies as exclusive Newport Mansions ‘Caterers of Choice’

Newpot, RI – Blackstone Caterers of Newport, RI, Gourmet Galley of North Stonington, CT,  Russell Morin Catering & Events of Newport, RI and The Catered Affair of Hingham, MA have been named as accredited Caterers of Choice for The Preservation Society of Newport County.  Only these four caterers are allowed to provide food service for

Islanders Committed to host ‘Helping Kids Reduce Their Stress (and ours) in the Pursuit of Success’ Parent Workshop

Middletown, RI – Islanders Committed, in collaboration with the Middletown Prevention Coalition (MPC), will sponsor a parenting workshop entitled, “Helping Kids Reduce Their Stress (and ours) in the Pursuit of Success” on January 31 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Gaudet Middle School Cafeteria, 1113 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. The event provides techniques for

Podcast: A conversation with Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved five centuries of history and continues to document Newport’s unique contribution to our national narrative. Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of Newport Historical Society, joined me on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK today to chat about all that’s happening, new and to do with the multi-faceted history-based

Point Association raises $13,440 for MLK Center in 4th Annual Neighborhood Drive

The Point Association of Newport capped off its active 2017 year of activities with their fourth annual year-end fundraising effort to benefit the Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport. The neighborhood association collected over $13,440 in donations from its members and neighbors on the Point to help the MLK Center.  Since initiating the MLK

Terri Cortvriend, Portsmouth School Committee Chair, announces run for Rhode Island House District 72 (Portsmouth, Middletown)

Terri Cortvriend, Chair of the Portsmouth School Committee, announced today that she is running as a Democrat in the 2018 elections to represent Rhode Island House District 72. District 72 includes portions of Middletown and Portsmouth, Kenneth Mendonca (R) currently represents District 72. “I will bring your voice to the State House to help make

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