The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Melville Pond in Portsmouth due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals. People should also be careful not to
It was just about a perfect night as you could ask for on Tuesday when the City of Newport hosted their 2017 Fourth of July Firework Display. The $27,000 display was shot off from the Point at Fort Adams and What’sUpNewp was there to capture it all on Facebook Live. If you missed us live, you can
Guitar Donation Presented in Honor of Newport Festivals Foundation’s Producer Emeritus, Bob Jones The Claiborne Pell Elementary School After-School Guitar Club has something special to look forward to when the new school year begins in the Fall. In honor of Producer Emeritus Bob Jones and his nearly six decades with the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, Newport Festivals
Seastreak has announced that they have canceled the Newport to Providence Ferry’s last departure of the day from Providence and Newport on Tuesday, July 4th. The cancellations of the 9:30 pm ferry departing Providence and 10:45 pm ferry departing Newport due to the Providence fireworks display. The departures are canceled due to the fireworks display in Providence Harbor.
Fireworks are an American tradition. According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, backyard displays are expected to be at an all time high this year. “Consumers should purchase fireworks from a reputable company, check local and state laws and read all instructions before use. The fireworks industry has made great progress in improving quality
The City of Newport will set off its traditional fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 over Newport harbor, with a rain date of Wednesday, July 5. The fireworks show, which is set off from the North Lawn of Fort Adams State Park, begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen which is anticipated to be 9:15
The inaugural launch of the “Music on the Porch” concert series at the Eisenhower House in Fort Adams State Park premiered with the Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet on June 29th with over 200 attendees. The free concert featured the area renowned quartet performing for two hours on the House’s porch along with refreshments from Newport Storm Breweries as
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommended the reopening Spouting Rock Beach, also known as Bailey’s Beach, in Newport for swimming on Friday afternoon. The beach had been closed because of high bacteria counts since Wednesday. When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will join partners across the country this weekend for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign – a national crackdown on impaired boating. DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement will be conducting increased patrols from Friday – Sunday and monitoring for boaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A former U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Sailor was honored in a ceremony on Naval Station Newport Friday as the 25th Military Woman of the Year for the State of Rhode Island. Operations Specialist 1st Class Takeyia Brandon, who recently transferred to Bahrain, earned the annual award from Military Women Across the Nation, Ocean State
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommended closing Spouting Rock Beach in Newport for swimming because of high bacteria counts, the notification was made on Thursday, June 28th. The beach is also known as Bailey’s Beach. When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory.
The Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge, opened on this day in 1969. The main span of the Newport Bridge is 488 metres (1,601 ft), ranking it number 87 among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and making it the longest suspension bridge in New England. The bridge was constructed from
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has announced that the first sequence of the deck repair project on the Newport Pell Bridge is now complete. This comes two days before its scheduled completion date of June 29. This work, which began onMay 16, consisted of a partial depth hydro-demolition and replacement of the
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced on Sunday that they recommended closing King Park Beach for swimming because of high bacteria counts. On Tuesday, RIDOH recommended reopening King Park Beach for swimming. When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory. The status of
Just how clean are our local shorelines and waters? Eight years of weekly water quality monitoring on Aquidneck Island Residents now have eight years of weekly water quality monitoring results to decide for themselves, thanks to the work of Clean Ocean Access. Clean Ocean Access (COA) has published their 2008-2016 Water Quality Monitoring Summary Report
Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) and Rep. Lauren H. Carson’s legislation (2017-S 0562 / 2017-H 5575) to create a statewide solar permit application has been signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, according to the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau at the Rhode Island General Assembly. The bill would require the
It’s official, seven candidates from Newport will run to replace Teresa Paiva Week in the Senate District 13 (Newport, Jamestown) Senate seat. All seven candidates successfully submitted nomination papers to Newport’s board of canvassers by the deadline of 4 pm on Thursday, June 20th. The board of canvassers will now vet the 100 voter signatures
Though the $447.8 million Powerball jackpot was won in California, a convenience store in Newport sold a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket from Saturday’s night’s draw, according to the Rhode Island Lottery. The winning ticket matched four numbers and the PowerBall number to win $50,000. The winner did not purchase the PowerPlay feature, which would have multiplied
Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has selected two local high school seniors to receive the fourth annual Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship supports youth leaders on Aquidneck Island who inspire our community by promoting land conservation and environmentalism through their continued efforts. From this year’s competitive applicant group, ALT has
Four of the candidates vying for the Senate District 12 (Newport, Jamestown) seat participated in “An Evening Of Conversation” at Newport Public Library on Tuesday evening. Hosted by the Newport Democratic City Committee and moderated by Bud Cicilline, the two-hour event provided the opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and for members of the
Michael Garman, an eighth grader at Cluny School in Newport, won first place in the 7th annual Rhode Island Gandhi Essay Contest sponsored by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Garman’s essay reads in part, “To me, ‘real peace’ is more than merely the end of war. It
Pedro Jimenez-Rodriguez, 41, of Newport, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to a plea agreement filed in this matter, the government will recommend a term of imprisonment of 72 months when Jimenez-Rodriguez is sentenced
A dead whale was spotted floating off of Brenton Reef and later onshore at Beavertail State Park on Friday, June 16th. The whale, which was photographed floating near Brenton Reef on Friday morning and very close to the shore at Beavertail State Park on Friday afternoon, is 31-feet in length and has landed at Beavertail
27 students from Newport County have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, according to information released by Roger Williams University. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester. The
Work on at least one of the bridges connected to Aquidneck Island is expected to be completed by the end of this week. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has announced that the driving surface of Mt. Hope’s bridge deck that began mid-March is expected to be complete by Friday, June 23. This work