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Friday, February 24, 2017


Senator Seveney to Introduce Legislation That Would Require Certification for Software Engineers

Concerned about the performance and cost overruns of several public works projects involving computers, Sen.  James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) plans to introduce legislation that would require certification of software engineers. The legislation would create a professional designation and registration criteria for professional software engineers with the subsequent purpose of requiring professional

February 16th is Deadline for Newport County Nonprofits to Apply for $260,000 in Grants

Nonprofit organizations serving Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 16 to apply for more than $260,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.   The Newport County Fund (NCF) offers grants of up to $10,000 in eight key funding areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health

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

Save Tiverton Seeks Peer Review of Twin River’s Enviornmental Application

Save Tiverton, a group of local residents and property ownersconcerned about the land use impacts of the proposed Twin River casino, sent a letter to the casino operator on December 8, 2016 seeking a peer review of their environmental applicationto the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).The letter, from Karen Augeri Benson, a local

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,

$50,000 PowerBall Ticket Sold in Newport County

A $50,000 PowerBall ticket was sold in Newport County for Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning ticket, which was sold in Tiverton, matched four numbers and the PowerBall number to win $50,000. The winner did not purchase the PowerPlay feature, which would have multiplied the prize by 5, the PowerPlay number for Wednesday night’s draw, to

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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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

Two Men Killed on Monday Night in Tiverton

Multiple media sources are reporting that two men were killed on Monday night in Tiverton, Tiverton Police Department told NBC 10 that they opened fire on an “elderly” man who had just shot and killed another man at the nearby Pocasset Cemetery. The incident happened just after 7pm this evening, according to reports.   [View the

Five of Seven Aquidneck Island State Representatives Voted In Favor of Truck Tolls on Wednesday Night

After seven hours of debate, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 52 – 21 in favor of RhodeWorks (Truck Tolls) on Wednesday night at the Rhode Island State House. Here’s how Aquidneck Island’s seven representatives voted tonight, Voted For – Representative Raymond Gallison (District 69, Portsmouth and Bristol) Voted For – Representative John Edwards (District

Majority Of Aquidneck Island’s Legislators Expected To Vote In Favor of Truck Tolls This Week

After approval by the House and Senate Finance committees today, the RhodeWorks legislation to rebuild Rhode Island’s roads and bridges is headed for votes on the floors of the House and Senate. Here’s how Aquidneck Island’s legislation voted in the two finance committee meetings for RhodeWorks (truck tolls) today and how remaining reps are expected

What Bills Aquidneck Island’s Legislators Introduced & Sponsored Last Week (Jan. 18 – 22)

The Rhode Island General Assembly has just completed the first three weeks of the 2016 session. Aquidneck Island’s seven State Representatives and  have been quite busy introducing dozens of bills that range form topics such as charter schools, cell phone use, animals and more. ICYMI: Aquidneck Island’s Legislators Sponsor Dozens of Bills in First Two Weeks of

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Newport County Chamber Of Commerces Looks to Expand Israeli Business Trade and Development In Our Area

Newport County Chamber to Launch Business Trade  & Development Focus on Israel Middletown, RI – As a direct outcome of a 2015 visit and series of meetings by the Israel Economic Minister to North America with local business and elected officials, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce has initiated a series of activities to expand Israeli

Special Election Results: Senate District 11(Portsmouth, Tiverton, Bristol)

A special election in Senate District 11, which includes parts of Bristol, Portsmouth and Tiverton,  to fill the seat of former Republican Senator Christopher Ottiano took place today, Tuesday, January 5. Republican nominee John Pagliarini and Democratic nominee Jim Seveney faced off against eachother in today’s Special Election to fill the vacant Senate seat. According to

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued For Aquidneck Island, Block Island and Others

The National Weather Service has issues a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our area beginning on Monday night into Tuesday and on Thursday. For more information, see the Hazardous Weather Outlook and current National Weather Service forecast below; HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 840 AM EST SUN DEC 27 2015 CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-281345- HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND

Two Local Restaurants Land on OpenTable’s Top ​10 Places For Best Seafood in New England

Photo by Marial Maher/Visual Manor Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews to help users discover new favorites. Restaurants with the best overall Seafood cuisine in New England were recently analyzed and Jamestown Fish and Boat House Restaurant found themselves as the only Rhode Island restaurants among Top 10 Diners’ Choice Winners. Jamestown

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Island Moving Company Will Bring A “Mini Nutcracker” To Sandywoods Center For The Arts

Newport’s Island Moving Co. brings a delightful and abbreviated version of the holiday classic Nutcracker to Sandywoods Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 6th at 11am. Doors open at 10:30am at the Center, which is located at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton, RI. Russ Smith will read the Nutcracker story as the dancers of the Island Moving Co. and

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Calendar: The Best Things To See and Do in Newport County This Holiday Season

Photo via Bowen’s Wharf There’s Christmas In Newport, Holidays By The Sea and dozens of other events happening throughout Newport to celebrate the holidays this December. The What’sUpNewp has gone throughout countless websites, Facebook, press releases and combined multiple calendars to curate the most thorough and complete Christmas and Holiday Calendar you can find. Events

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Sandywoods Center For The Arts Will Host Fourth Annual Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Photo credit: lubbockmissionchurch.org At 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, Sandywoods Center For The Arts in Tiverton, RI will host its fourth annual free Thanksgiving community dinner. The event is open to the public and they will be serving Turkey with the Fixings, and will also include a Vegetarian Main Course. Sandywoods invites

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