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Monday, January 16, 2017


Video: US Energy Secretary Discusses Nuclear Security, Strategy at Naval War College

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz discussed nuclear security and strategy and the Department of Energy’s close partnership with the U.S. Navy during a visit to U.S. Naval War College on January 12th. He also highlighted the importance of science-based stockpile stewardship and the challenges ahead for nonproliferation and nuclear weapons policy.   As United

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State Arts Council Awards $13,375 in Grants to Newport County Arts Projects

Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers and artists were awarded $164,890 in the December 2016 round of grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, More than $13,000 of that total was awarded to Newport County Arts Projects. These grants will go to support arts in education, community-based projects by organizations and individual

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Newport Public Schools Conducts Parent Survey Regarding February Vacation and School Start Times

The Newport Public Schools have contracted with the communications management firm Martin & Associates to collect feedback on current and proposed changes to the school calendar.   Of particular interest in this survey are questions around the start of the school year and feedback on the value of the February break. The Newport Public Schools

Newport Public Schools Launches New Mobile App

The latest news and information from schools in the Newport Public School district are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launched during Tuesday night’s school committee meeting. Newport Public Schools is partnering with Blackboard, an educational technology company, to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is

7 Places in Newport Tied to Jackie Kennedy

On January 20th, Jane Pickens Theater will begin showing JACKIE starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the First Lady famously tied to the City-by-the-Sea. Portman has been nominated for multiple awards for her intimate portrayal of Jackie in the difficult days immediately following her husband’s assassination. JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of

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Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp Invites Children to Explore in Nature

Norman Bird Sanctuary continues the tradition of learning and being active outside in their 58th year of summer camp. Over the course of eight weeks, hundreds of campers will 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

Newport Mansions Surpass One Million Tours in 2016

At a press conference at the Breakers this morning, The Preservation Society of Newport County and state tourism officials announced that the Newport Mansions surpassed more than one million tours in 2016, making it the first museum in New England outside of Boston to reach that milestone. Speakers at the press conference included CEO &

Pieter Roos to Step Down as Executive Director of Newport Restoration Foundation

After nearly two decades of transformative leadership, Newport Restoration Foundation executive director Pieter Roos has informed the board of directors he will be stepping down at the end of February, NRF Board Chair Roger Mandle announced today. “During his tenure, Pieter’s leadership transformed the NRF from a sleepy preservation entity with few staff whose main


Updated: State Supreme Court ruling brings Breakers’ Welcome Center closer to reality

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by a neighborhood association, bringing closer the Newport Preservation Society’s plans to build a $5.2 million visitor center at the Breakers, a 70 – room mansion that has been called the “crown jewel” of Newport’s summer cottages. In a 15-page decision the Supreme Court saw no

Salve Regina University Will Broadcast New Weekly Episodes of “Story In The Public Square”

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square” on Rhode Island PBS and nationally on satellite radio provider SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124, according to a news release from Salve Regina University. The new series will begin the weekend of January 14, 2017. Hosted by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G.

Aquidneck Island Road Construction Report: Jan. 8 – 14

Here is what’s happening for road work, closures and detours in and around Newport, RI this week. Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Department Of Transportation: 1/7-1/13 Newport: As the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) prepares for construction work at the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center, motorists will experience road work and a right lane closure

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Hear from Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of Newport Historical Society, at ‘Arts Around The Fire’ on January 17th

Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society, will be the special guest this month at Arts Around the Fire on Tuesday, January 17th from 6-8pm at Salvation Café’s Post & Beam room. Arts Around The Fire is Newport’s Arts and Cultural Alliance’s monthly networking event. Taylor will talk about what history is good for,

Newport Historical Society Will Offer Walking Tours During Upcoming MLK Holiday Weekend

The Newport Historical Society will offer two of their most popular walking tours during the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 14-15, 2017. The schedule is: January 14, 2017 at 11am Rogues & Scoundrels See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogues Island.”

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