Scientists are embarking upon a major campaign to get wild heron back on Rose Island. Over the last decade the birds have disappeared from the island which sits between Newport and Jamestown in Narragansett Bay. .
Some 300 hundred pair of heron nested on the island until the mid-2000’s. That number has dwindled to zero. The island’s caretakers think human activity, and environmental changes are to blame. They’re fundraising to bring the birds back. Rick Best is a spokesman for the Rhode Island Lighthouse Foundation.
Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport is poised to be elected next month to her fourth term as president of the Rhode Island Senate. Paiva Weed recently sat down in her Statehouse office to talk about her priorities for 2015 and other issues.
December’s chill has not slowed the facelift of the historic Newport Casino. Workers bundled in overalls and jackets, and hoodies and hard hats, have wrapped the steel skeleton of the new indoor tennis facility at the corner of Memorial Drive and Freebody Street and have begun installing the metal roof. The structure replaces a three-court building that opened in 1974.
Tickets the Newport Jazz Festival’s Friday shows go on sale at ten o’clock this morning. It’s the 61st anniversary of the festival.
The Friday concert was added for the jazz festival’s 60th anniversary last year. Festival organizers decided to offer it again this year. The lineup will focus on emerging artists and new jazz styles. Performers include Grammy winner Snarky Puppy, a thirteen piece jazz fusion group, who made their festival debut last year.
The Friday concerts will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. The tickets cost $40, and $20 for students.
Friday night and mid-day Saturday (Nov.14 & 15) ended up being a bit of a saga for what was supposed to be a routine upgrade for our 102.7FM signal in South County. So first off, an apology to our RIPR listeners on 102.7FM, and to MVYradio's listeners to the 96.5FM signal in Newport. There were several dropouts, periods when RIPR was on backup transmitter (and thus 96.5 was off entirely), or when both transmitters were down.
Exactly what happened could be described as an avalanche of minutiae, but I'll lay it out as best I can.
Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale today. This will be the 61st year for the annual Newport Jazz Fest.
Though the music doesn’t start until July 31st, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the historic festival 10 o’clock this morning. Last year, for the sixtieth anniversary, the Jazz fest added a third day to its typical two-day lineup. It’s holding onto the three day schedule this year. The festival is introducing a new cheaper one-day ticket, allowing visitors to choose whether they want to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Developer Joe Paolino says he’ll try again to bring table games to Newport. Voters approved turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino, but Newporters voted it down.
Massachusetts voters gave gambling there a thumbs up. And that will hurt the slot parlor, said Paolino “You know right now I’m more concerned about the workers, because the workers are the ones that really put up this fight, they’re very concerned about their jobs.”
Proponents pushed the jobs angle; while opponents said a casino didn’t fit in Newport.