Newport

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What if you could only eat food grown within a few miles of your home for the next ten days? For most of us, that would mean no bread, no coffee, and no olive oil. A group of 57 Aquidneck Island residents decided to take on the challenge, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s Alex Braunstein joined one of them for lunch at her home in Newport.

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The high tide in Newport is forecast to be a foot and half above average high tide Tuesday.

Elisabeth Harrison

Across the country, teachers have been seizing on this election as an opportunity to bring civics to life in their classrooms. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison checked in with Rhode Island teachers to find out how they're approaching a contentious political season.

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Efforts to mark Newport’s connection to the American slave trade are moving forward. That’s according to a local group hoping to construct a monument commemorating the city by the sea’s place in the country’s dark history.

Organizers say they’ve identified an ideal location for a potential marker. They say they’re holding off on announcing the exact location until they can present a proposal to the Newport Town Council.

Newport Jazz Festival Opens Early Ticket Sales

Nov 3, 2016
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Early tickets for this year’s Newport Jazz Festival went on sale this week. The festival is renowned for featuring big names like Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong to Newport since 1954. Danny Melnick, the festival’s producer, said jazz enthusiasts can expect to hear music from a wide range of artists.

"So we're looking at a very dynamic lineup of great jazz, some Latin music, some blues, some soul - you know, a lot of different things that sort of all work at a jazz festival, a lot of music that's related to jazz in many different ways,” said Melnick.

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday  in two cases related to the long-running conflict over a visitors center proposed for the grounds of The Breakers mansion in Newport. 

Newport's Candy Store Cup Regatta Kicks Off Friday

Jul 29, 2016
Billy Black

  12 sailboats, ranging from 70 to 200 feet long—up to four times as large as many of the boats docked in the harbor-- are slated to compete. Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana is organizing the event, and says he’s looking forward to the three-day competition.           

“These boats are big and spectacular looking,” said Dana. “We’ve got three in there that are over 200 feet. Just think of that coming down Newport neck. Seeing boats that as a young person I would’ve thought I would never see in my whole life time and now here they are out there on a race course.”

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  After two years heading the Naval War College in Newport, Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe III is heading to the CIA. He hands the reins to Rear Admiral Jeffery Harley. Naval college spokeswoman Barbara Mertz said the elaborate ceremony is steeped in tradition dating back hundreds of years in Naval history.

“You have an arrival of official party, then you do honors, parading of colors, national anthem,” said Mertz. Then they’ll read their orders, saying ‘I relieve you as commander,’ ‘I take responsibility,’ ‘I stand relieved that type of thing.’

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With the start of the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, thousands of music lovers will pack Fort Adams State Park for the next three days. Then the following week, more people arrive for the Newport Jazz Festival.

As these festivals have grown in popularity, so too has the profile of the historic fort, which sat nearly empty for decades. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender took a tour of the fort to find out how large crowds and popular festivals are changing the historic landmark.

Island Moving Company

After a trip half-way around the world to Kazakhstan, Newport's Island Moving Company is home and holding it's annual Great Friends Dance Festival.

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The French Alliance of Newport expressed sadness after the deadly attack in Nice, France, which claimed the lives of more than 80 people. Crowds were mowed down by a truck during outdoor celebrations of Bastille Day in the coastal city, a vacation destination for many tourists.

French Alliance of Newport spokeswoman Polly Lyman said she found out about the attack following a local celebration of Bastille Day.

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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

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Though quite a bit smaller than the 231-year-old celebration in Bristol, Independence Day ceremonies in Newport drew a healthy crowd.

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Starting Friday, ferry boats will sail Narragansett Bay, connecting Providence and Newport for the first time since 2009. The high-speed ferry is scheduled to run daily through early September.

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Newport could become the second municipality to ban plastic shopping bags in the Ocean State. An ordinance is working its way through the city council.

Newport Councilman John Florez introduced the measure Wednesday, which would phase out the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other shops in the city.

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