Newport http://ripr.org en Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport http://ripr.org/post/great-friends-dance-festival-returns-newport <p>You know it's no easy thing to run a small but professional dance company.&nbsp; Fund-raising is constant and communication with other companies sometimes almost non-existent. That's why Island Moving's idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Bill Gale 37062 at http://ripr.org Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta http://ripr.org/post/hundreds-sailboats-launch-newport-regatta <p>The Newport Regatta kicks off Friday with 200 – 250 sailboats racing off the Rhode Island coast. They’ll be out just north of the Pell Bridge, near the Newport Harbor and out farther in the ocean.</p><p></p><p>Sail Newport is hosting the event. Its executive director Brad Read said one of the best places to watch the action is on the northern lawn at Ft. Adams.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:06:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 36583 at http://ripr.org Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP http://ripr.org/post/defense-sector-represents-71-ri-gdp <p>A new report finds defense workers are being paid the highest wages in Rhode Island. The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission released the report, which focused on the industry’s economic impact last year.</p><p></p><p>It finds there are 16,000 defense workers in the state. Commission co-chair Senator Louis DiPalma said those jobs support other jobs. &nbsp;“The 1.5 multiplier. So for every one job, there’s 1.5 additional jobs that can be multiplied by that. That’s a big deal,” said DiPalma.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:47:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 36402 at http://ripr.org Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP Cliff Walk Repairs, Misspelled Plaque Unveiled In Newport http://ripr.org/post/cliff-walk-repairs-misspelled-plaque-unveiled-newport <p>The governor's name is misspelled on a new plaque celebrating Newport's historic Cliff&nbsp;Walk.&nbsp; The plaque was unveiled during a ceremony Wednesday marking the reopening of the Cliff Walk after major repairs.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The walk’s three and a half miles have been opening in increments ever since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The largest portion, two miles long, has now reopened. A smaller, less-traveled part will remain closed, likely reopening in mid-July. Newport received 5 million dollars in state and federal funds to make the repairs.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:23:44 +0000 John Bender 35756 at http://ripr.org Cliff Walk Repairs, Misspelled Plaque Unveiled In Newport The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-what-lured-woody-allen-rhode-island <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 35087 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? RI Bridge Authority Approves Median Along Pell Bridge http://ripr.org/post/ri-bridge-authority-approves-median-along-pell-bridge <p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to install a median barrier along the bridge.</p><p>There is currently a line of yellow dividers down the center of the bridge, acting as a kind of visual barrier to keep drivers in their lanes. Those dividers will be replaced with a median barrier to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing over into on-coming traffic.</p><p>Calls for a barrier on the Pell Bridge grew louder back in January after a deadly head-on collision on Christmas Eve.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:29:56 +0000 Catherine Welch 35017 at http://ripr.org RI Bridge Authority Approves Median Along Pell Bridge Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-add-constitutional-amendment-gambling-venues <p>A senate committee will look at legislation Wednesday creating a constitutional amendment centered on gambling in the Ocean State.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The bill would put a constitutional amendment before voters that states a casino or slot parlor cannot change locations without approval from voters in that city or town.</p><p>A development team is looking to buy Newport Grand, but promises that if casino games are allowed at the slot parlor that it will not change locations.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 34601 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/newport-residents-may-vote-once-again-table-games-newport-grand <p>The Newport City council has approved a resolution that could put table games back on the ballot. The council will ask the General Assembly to put the question to Newport voters.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:09:54 +0000 John Bender 34340 at http://ripr.org Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand Ida Lewis Documentary Seeks To Bring Hero Back From Obscurity http://ripr.org/post/ida-lewis-documentary-seeks-bring-hero-back-obscurity <p>A turn-of the century Newport woman is the subject of a new documentary out this week; she gained national attention for being ahead of their time.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Ida Lewis, tended the Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport throughout out the late eighteen-hundreds, a job she inherited after her father passed away.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:32:23 +0000 John Bender 34205 at http://ripr.org Ida Lewis Documentary Seeks To Bring Hero Back From Obscurity The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-state-catering-ri <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p></p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Lisa Mattiello, founder of Pranzi Catering and Events of Providence and Newport. She was recently named Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island for 2014.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 19:35:46 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 34064 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI