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February 18, 2018


Aquidneck Land Trust receives grant to purchase Little Creek Preserve in Portsmouth

Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has received a $151,500 grant from The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (“DEM”) for the purchase of Little Creek Preserve in Portsmouth. ALT has been fundraising to conserve Little Creek since July 2017 and has raised $364,500 of the $368,000 required to close on the 15.6-acre property. Fundraising will continue

David Rockefeller, Jr. and Sailors for the Sea to join forces with Oceana

Sailors for the Sea, the leading ocean conservation organization for the sailing and boating community-based in Newport, RI, is joining with Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization. As the two organizations move forward under the Oceana umbrella, Sailors for the Sea co-founder David Rockefeller, Jr., will be joining Oceana’s Board of Directors. Oceana plans to

Newport Restoration Foundation

Podcast: A conversation with Mark Thompson, Executive Director of Newport Restoration Foundation

Mark Thompson, the new Executive Director of Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), joined me to chat about all that’s happening, new and to do with NRF and his vision for the organization on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK. The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) announced back on January 10, 2018, that they have selected Mark Thompson to

13th Annual Illuminated Garden set for February 22 – 24 at Ballard Park

The 13th Annual Illuminated Garden is scheduled to run on Thursday, February 22nd Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Newport’s Ballard Park.  The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three-acre quarry meadow. Each year Friends of Ballard Park (FBP) hosts monthly hikes,

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

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

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

Emmanuel Church hosts 166th Annual Meeting

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, Emmanuel Church, Newport, held its 166th Annual Meeting. Over 60 parishioners heard reports of ministries and plans for new programs and community partnerships. The 2018  budget was reviewed. The congregation elected Vestry members: Ellen Vadney as Senior Warden,  Annie Sherman as  Jr. Warden, Ron Fleming as Treasurer, Cynthia Larned as

Wild Newport brings wildlife rehabilitation to Middletown

Wild Newport, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that specializes in the Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release of wildlife on Aquidneck Island, has announced that they have launched in Middletown. Jody Womsley Giddings is the President of Wild Newport and is a Level 2 Rehabilitator licensed with Rhode Island DEM. Jody was the previous owner of Sea

Podcast: RI Foundation on what grants and scholarships are available, our thoughts on sale of Armory, and more

Chris Barnett from Rhode Island Foundation joined us on this hodge-podge of What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK to discuss the Foundations news that they are offering $265,000 in grants to serve Newport County residents. Frank Prosnitz and I also discuss the possible sale of the Armory on Lower Thames Street, government transparency, and

Women’s Fund of Rhode Island announces 2018 Grant Cycle

Providence, RI –  The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) has announced its 2018 grant cycle.   Since launching its grant program in 2001, WFRI has awarded more than $650,000 to organizations developing innovative programs that seek to promote gender equity and improve the lives of women and girls in RI.  This year, the WFRI

Clean Ocean Access hosts two beach cleanups in Portsmouth

Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted two beach cleanups in Portsmouth this past weekend, one at Weaver on Saturday, January 13 and another Sandy Point on Sunday, January 14. The Weaver Cove cleanup had a very successful turnout of 27 volunteers who removed 150 pounds of marine debris from the beach. An additional 20 volunteers attended

Norman Bird Sanctuary

Registration for Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp open Feb. 1

Norman Bird Sanctuary continues the tradition of learning and being active outside in their 59th year of summer camp. Over the course of eight weeks, hundreds of campers 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 learn in

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