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Monday, January 16, 2017


Obituary for Donald Vacchi

Donald Vacchi, 80, died on January 13, 2017 in Providence. Originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Don was born on November 26, 1936, the son of Eleanor Manfredi of Kingston, Massachusetts, and Luigi Vacchi of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He received his primary and secondary education in the Plymouth public schools, and he was a graduate of Northeastern

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

Obituary for Alison M. Shakarian, Ph.D.

Alison M. Shakarian, PhD, 51, of Tiverton, professor of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Salve Regina University, died at home Tuesday, January 10, 2017. A 13th generation Portsmouth native and granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivors, Dr. Shakarian graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1983, received a B.S. in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Salve Regina University,

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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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Best Places To Go Sledding and Tubing on Aquidneck Island

Where To Go Sledding and Tubing in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth!  (This post was originally published on 1/23/16. Photo of sledding at Fort Adams via Sail Newport Facebook Page) Snow on the way, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors all day!  With the help and expertise of our loyal readers and followers, the What’sUpNewp Crew has

Senator Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) Sworn in For First Term as General Assembly Convenes

Sen.  James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) was formally sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 3, as the 2017-18 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly convened. Senator Seveney was one of 4 new members of the Senate who took the oath of office, which was administered to all 38 Senate members by Rhode

Snow Brings Closings and Delays Across Rhode Island

A few inches of snow overnight has resulted in a few communities across Rhode Island issuing parking bans, and a few schools and churches to adjust their schedules. In Newport, roads will be slippery this morning with rain and ice are in the forecast. Here is a list of the most recent closings, delays and

More Than 50 Local Restaurants Will Participate in Newport Restaurant Week

Savor three-course prix-fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35 during Newport Restaurant Week, November 4 – 13. The popular, bi-annual tradition throughout Newport and Bristol Counties will include more than 50 restaurants and inevitably invigorates the palates of frequent restaurant goers and occasional diners alike with dishes catering to the season’s harvest.

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The Best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides to Visit in Newport County This Fall

As the season for costumes and candy creeps in, we Newporter’s are savoring the last bits of seaside sun, planning our favorite fall adventures, and picking out our favorite pumpkins for pumpkin carving contests. The What’sUpNewp Crew has harvested a list of the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides in Newport County. Now all you have

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UPDATE: Standoff in Portsmouth Ends

Portsmouth Police and the Rhode Island State Police were on scene overnight for a standoff in the area of Boyds Lane in Portsmouth. Police said the standoff  began at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, reports have said the incident involved one individual in a home on or near Boyds Lane. It’s not clear what has led

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September 29th is National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day, an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, is celebrated in the United States on September 29th. Also celebrating National Coffee Day on September 29th is Australia, Canada, Scotland, Belgium, England, Ethiopia, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United States, Japan, Austria, Romania, Philippines and Taiwan. Take

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Portsmouth Police Department Will Begin Removing Unregistered Mooring Balls

Portsmouth Police Department announced on August 31st that they will begin removing unregistered mooring balls in seven days if corrective action is not taken. Officials have tagged all mooring balls that have no identifying information/are not registered and consider them a hazard to navigation in the waters off Portsmouth. The updated from the Portsmouth Police Department; The

Update: More Information Released Regarding Tuesday’s West Main Road Car Crash

Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a serious automobile accident on West Main Road, in the area of King Charles Drive, around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Incident Command reported it as a head-on accident with two people trapped and requested two helicopters to the scene. Portsmouth Police Departments confirmed that one car was traveling north and crossed

Crane Overturns On Sakonnet Bridge on Monday Afternoon

At 1:33 pm the Portsmouth Fire Department received multiple 911 calls for an overturned crane on the northbound side of the Sakonnet Bridge. Portsmouth Fire Department responded with Rescue 3, Engine 1 and Tower Ladder 1. Tiverton Fire Department received 911 calls for the same incident and responded with their assets. Fire officers also summoned

Cheryl Wheeler Will Kick-Off Common Fence Music’s 24th Season on September 17th

Once again Cheryl Wheeler, the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and stand-up comic who sits down, returns to Common Fence Music on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. to open the 24th Season. The performance will take place at Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, R.I.  Tickets are $35 both in advance and at the door. Advance tickets

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