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IYRS Raises $875,000 at 20th Annual Summer Gala

On the evening of Saturday, July 8, over 650 supporters gathered for the 20th Annual IYRS Summer Gala, title sponsored by State Street. The school raised $875,000 between sponsorships, tickets, donations and auction items.  This year, for the third consecutive year, Anne & Matt Hamilton, Barbara van Beuren & Steve Glascock, and Helene & Archie van Beuren served as

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Rhode Island Public Radio: Financial Adviser Sued Over 38 Studios Still Has Many Government Clients (Including Newport)

Ian Donnis, Political Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio, has shared an exclusive investigation today on how 13 RI cities and towns, including Newport, have continued using First Southwest/Hilltop Securities, the firm sued by the state over the failure of 38 Studios. According to Donnis, Newport is among 13Rhode Island communities that have used Hilltop as a

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RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Melville Pond

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

Newport Festivals Foundation Brought Sweet Music to Pell After-School Guitar Club with Guitar Donation

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 Cancels Last Departures of Day for Newport to Providence Ferry on Fourth of July

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.

Inaugural “Music on the Porch” Event at the Eisenhower House Exceeds 200 Attendees

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

Bailey’s Beach Gets OK from Health Department to Reopen

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.

Increased Boat Patrols Set For This Weekend

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.

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RITBA Completes First Sequence of Pell Bridge Repair, No Permanent Lane Closures Scheduled for July and August

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

UPDATE: RIDOH Recommends Reopening King Park Beach for Swimming

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

Woman from New York Wins $50,000 on Powerball Ticket Purchased in Newport

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 Announces Environmental Leadership Award Winners

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

Video: Democratic Candidates for Senate District 13 Participate in ‘An Evening of Conversation’

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

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