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February 21, 2018


Local Panera Bread franchise collects and delivers toys to Children’s Friend following annual drive

Panera Bread is doing its part to make the holidays brighter for local families by collecting toys for children and families served by Children’s Friend based in Providence Rhode Island. The toys were collected and delivered by Panera Bread employees and other volunteers on Wednesday, December 14. Eleven cafés, owned and operated by Howley Bread

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Newport Opera House Theater matches $4.2 million Rhode Island Creative and Cultural Economy Bond

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center announced it has successfully completed raising the $4.2 million that was required to match the Creative and Cultural Economy Bond grant issued by the State of Rhode Island. The $4.2 million received by Newport’s historic Opera House Theater from the State and Cultural Facilities Grant was

New ‘Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook’ provides guidance and insights in fast growing industry

The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press [RI], 2017, $12.95), written by Kenneth Proudfoot, was released this week by the publisher. The fully-illustrated handbook includes comprehensive information about the tour guide business and the wide variety of jobs available in this industry. Each year millions of tourists and other visitors arrive in

Newport’s KEEL Vodka now on tap at Gillette Stadium

KEEL Partners LLC and Gillette Stadium have teamed up to provide fans with an exciting new beverage option at the home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution: KEEL Vodka, the nation’s first premium light spirit at 58 calories. Former New England Patriots offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Light is

People’s Credit Union members and employees donate to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Middletown, RI – People’s Credit Union was happy to once again participate in the Rhode Island Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, which was coordinated by the Credit Union’s Community Enhancement Committee. The program provides new clothing and or toys for families with children. Angel Trees with tags were set up in the lobbies of all six

Hotel Viking will offer free spa day for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers this weekend

Are you someone who has fought cancer or who is currently fighting cancer? Did you help someone you love during their journey? Well, Hotel Viking wants to pamper you this weekend. On Sunday, December 17th, Hotel Viking’s SpaFjor will be offering a special Day of Grace with complimentary pampering and relaxation for those currently on a cancer journey as well as to proud survivors


Rhode Island Brew Bus sold to Maine Brewery Tour Company

Providence, RI – Zach Poole, founder of The Maine Brew Bus, LLC, announced today that he has acquired the operations of The Rhode Island Brew Bus, LLC, a company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut.   Bill Nangle, of North Smithfield, RI, started the Rhode Island

Bank of America invests $200,000 in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to advance economic mobility by increasing access to basic needs in Newport County

Newport County – Bank of America has announced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center as a 2017 Neighborhood Builder. The nonprofit is being recognized for its longtime contributions to the Newport County community, improving economic and social progress throughout the state. Through Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders), the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of

Newport Marriott finishes construction of New England’s largest gingerbread lighthouse

Discover Newport, in partnership with the Newport Marriott, is celebrating Christmas in Newport with New England’s largest working gingerbread lighthouse, constructed by the Newport Marriott’s kitchen team.  The artfully decorated culinary creation is located in the lobby of the Newport Visitor Information Center.   Christmas in Newport is a month-long celebration that embraces the noncommercial traditions of the

BankNewport named Newport 10 Miler title sponsor

Local favorite road race, the Newport 10 Miler, has a new title sponsor, BankNewport. The annual event, which has sold out every year since 2016, will take place on June 3rd, 2018. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing, based in Portsmouth. “With the additional support of BankNewport, we can ensure this event continues to

Grace Vanderbilt unveils new ‘Cozy Cocktail Den’

The garden terrace at Newport’s Grace Vanderbilt hotel has received a makeover just in time for winter, emerging as the new Cozy Cocktail Den. Guests to the all-new Cozy Cocktail Den can experience a warm haven offering delicious, hand-crafted cocktails and over-the-top s’mores setup to enjoy beneath the warmth of overhead heaters, Grace- branded wool blankets, while kicking up

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