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February 21, 2018


Aquidneck Land Trust gifted five-acre property in Middletown

Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has announced receipt of a five-acre property located off of Paradise Avenue in Middletown, given by a local couple specifically for the purpose of conservation. The land was gifted in full to the organization in December 2017 by Middletown landowners John and Deborah Warner. The parcel is within the drinking supply

Newport Mansions surpass one million admissions again

For the second consecutive year, The Preservation Society of Newport County gave more than one million tours of the Newport Mansions last year.  From January 1 through December 31, 2017, the Preservation Society gave 1,017,586 tours of its 11 historic properties. In September and October, the Newport Mansions were the most visited museum in New

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Newport Restoration Foundation appoints new Executive Director

Newport, RI – The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) announced today that they have selected Mark Thompson to serve as the organization’s next Executive Director, following a competitive search. Thompson comes to Newport from St. Leonard, Maryland where he served as Executive Director of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.  He will assume this new role on February 5,

Edward McPherson named new Executive Director of Island Moving Company

After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) announced today that they have named Edward McPherson, a professional ballet dancer and Education and Program Coordinator for Midland County Public Libraries in Midland, Texas to succeed outgoing executive director Dominique Alfandre. IMC is a classically trained contemporary ballet company and Alfandre has successfully led the non-profit

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Public invited to experiment in the Newport Art Museum Studios 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, January 11 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,

Island Moving Company receives funding for in school programs

Island Moving Company, Newport’s resident contemporary ballet company, has received generous funding to continue its tradition of engagement with the Newport County schools with its Math Into Movement residency.  The van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Secret Garden Tour and NewportFed Charitable Foundation have each granted a second year of funding to this arts integration initiative.  Their

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Newport Opera House Theater turns 150 on December 28th

Newport, RI – On December 28th, 2017, the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center marks the 150th anniversary of the exact date of the theater’s original opening night in 1867. For 150 years, the Newport Opera House Theater has been an integral part of the history, civic life, culture and entertainment of Newport. It is the oldest

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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

Bike Newport matches up kids and bikes for the holidays

Newport, RI – All year round, people bring outgrown and otherwise unused bikes to Bike Newport’s community bike project – where they receive a little TLC and find their way to new owners. Bikes are restored and made road-ready by volunteers and by folks who earn the bikes through volunteering. Among the beach cruisers, road racers, and

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

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OceanPointe Christian Church to host Tim Tebow Foundation’s ‘Night to Shine’ prom for people with special needs

Middletown, RI – OceanPointe Christian Church has announced that they will serve as one of more than 450 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously on Friday, February 9, 2018. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people

Child & Family receives $120,000 in grants for its community programs

Middletown, RI –  Child & Family has announced the receipt of a total of $120,000 in recent gifts from local and national charitable foundations. The grants will support Child & Family programs which serve vulnerable children, at-risk families and elders in need, throughout Rhode Island. The Walmart Foundation has gifted Child & Family $50,000 for its Supportive Housing program which provides safe, affordable

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van Beuren Charitable Foundation provides $1 million grant to advance landscape project at The Breakers

Newport, RI – The Preservation Society of Newport County has announced that the van Beuren Charitable Foundation has made a one million dollar grant to The Preservation Society of Newport County to launch the first stage of a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to recapture the original spirit of The Breakers landscape while rehabilitating many lost

EFC Newport casts historic vote, prepares to open new doors in Newport County

Newport, RI -Senior Pastor Paul Hoffman announced on What’sUpNewp’s Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK Newport on Monday, December 11th that EFC Newport would be expanding their geographical boundaries in Newport County in the coming year. At their October 29, 2017 annual congregational meeting, EFC Newport members cast a historic vote to expand their geographical

Newport Restoration Foundation hosts 2nd Annual ‘Keeping History Above Water’ in Annapolis

The second Keeping History Above Water conference, held October 29 through November 1 in Annapolis, Maryland, brought 275 attendees from around the world to discuss the impact of sea level rise on historic coastal communities, according to a press release issued today from the Newport Restoration Foundation. The first conference, organized by the Newport Restoration Foundation in

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