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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

Continuing UHIP debacle named 2017 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year

NEWPORT, R.I – The continuing problems related to the state’s public-benefits computer system known as Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP, has been voted the 2017 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of 18 judges from local media and academia.  UHIP was launched in September 2016. Still unresolved 15 months later, the UHIP debacle has caused lengthy delays in payments, problems with verification of eligibility,

Gatehouse Media acquires Newport Daily News, Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company

Newport Daily News announced on Thursday afternoon that their parent company, The Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company, has been sold to Gatehouse Media. “The sale includes The Newport Daily News, The Independent, Newport Life Magazine, South County Life Magazine and Mercury, among other publications, and Sherman Publishing’s commercial printing division,” Jonathan Zins, Managing Editor of The Newport

Eight to be inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport today

For the first time, Newport is hosting the National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction.  Today, eight (five living and three posthumous) Inductees will be celebrated for their impact on the sport.   The National Sailing Hall of Fame, headquartered in Annapolis, Md., has previously recognized 57 Inductees, including Newport locals Harry Anderson Jr., Betsy Alison

Boston Celtics, National Grid unveil newly renovated STEAM lab at Aquidneck School

The Boston Celtics and National Grid teamed up yesterday to unveil their newly renovated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) lab at Aquidneck School in Middletown. The partners presented several donated items as part of the event, including digital video cameras, an interactive whiteboard, a weather station and various STEAM kits. New flooring and furniture

Newport-based Coast Guard cutter, air crews from Cape Cod deploy for Hurricane Irma

A Newport-based Coast Guard cutter crew and three air crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod have deployed in support of anticipated Hurricane Irma rescue and recovery operations.   Sunday, the crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Oak loaded the cutter’s buoy deck and cargo hold with nearly 137,000 pounds of aids-to-navigation gear including buoy

Household hazardous waste, electronic waste collection scheduled for Newport

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will be running an Eco-Depot  for Household Hazardous Waste and Indie Cycle will be collecting Electronic Waste on September 30th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The collection will take place at Easton’s Beach, located at 175 Memorial Boulevard.  This free program is open to all Rhode Island residents

Newport Historical Society to host ‘Cider in 18th Century Newport: A History Space Event’ on September 23

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, join the Newport Historical Society for “Cider in 18th Century Newport: A History Space Event.” This free, interactive program features cider press demonstrations from expert Chris Hurley from 10 am-2 pm and the specialty walking tour “Rum and Revolution” at 11 am.   Peek inside the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House and learn about life in 18th century Newport. Hear

Sail Newport hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open New Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center

Sail Newport, along with a slate of dignitaries, officials and supporters, celebrated the opening of its new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center today. Over 200 people joined Executive Director Brad Read for a ribbon cutting ceremony, including Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Director Janet Coit, former

Congressional, Defense and Innovation Leaders to Speak in Newport at Defense Innovation Days

The Rhode Island Congressional delegation and other Defense leaders are set to speak at the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance’s (SENEDIA) Fourth Annual Defense Innovation Days conference at the Newport Marriot on August 28 – August 30. “Industry leaders look forward to this event each year, as it provides a forum where policymakers and business

Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $700 Million

The estimated jackpot for Wednesday, August 23rd’s Powerball drawing is now $700 million. Saturday’s estimated jackpot was $535 million, there were no jackpot or million dollar winners. Wednesday night’s cash option is an estimated $443.3 million. Tickets can be purchased up until 9:50 pm on Wednesday night. It was in March 2012 that Newport’s own Louise White stepped

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Today In Newport History: August 22, 1762 – Ann Franklin Takes Over Newport Mercury, Becomes First Female Editor in U.S.

This story was originally published on August 22, 2015. Ann (Smith) Franklin became the sole editor and publisher of  the Newport Mercury on August 22nd, 1762, making her the first female editor in the United States. The Newport Mercury, now a weekly entertainment publication, dates back to 1758 and is considered one of the oldest newspapers

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