Newport

The Bottom Line
5:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Bottom Line: Maintaining Bridges With Or Without Tolls

A state representative says he's outlived one Sakonnet River Bridges in his lifetime. He's concerned about whether the state will find the funds to maintain the current one.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

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RI History
9:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker

The Christopher Townsend House, c. 1725, which was purchased by the Newport Restoration Foundation.
Credit Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation has added a new jewel to its crown of original colonial housing. And this isn’t just any home.  Its owner was a man who made American furniture-making history.

The Newport Restoration Foundation has purchased the home of Christopher Townsend, founder of the famous cabinet making company whose colonial-era furniture sells today for millions of dollars.  Foundation director Pieter Roos said they picked up the 1725 red house with white trim for $645,000.   The company’s original cabinet making shop is a single story wing at the right of the house.

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Artscape
4:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

RI Music Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2014

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014. There are nine inductees, who range from folk and jazz musicians to R&B to club owners. The museum located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will hold a series of events next month to induct the musicians.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with the museum’s Rick Bellaire for a few stories about these musicians from Rhode Island who made a name for themselves around the world.

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Weather
9:12 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island

Do you remember this?
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures.  And now snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday.  Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.

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RI News
2:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Newport Tests Crowdsourcing Safety App for St. Patrick's Day Parade

  The Newport Police Department is trying something new for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade-- they're giving citizens with smart phones another way to help keep the city safe.

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

RI Archaeologists May Partner With Australians To Locate Capt. Cook's Endeavor

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Century-Old Painting Discovered on Ceiling of Newport Mansion

Salve Regina University

A huge, century-old painted canvas was discovered in Newport, hidden under two layers of paint on the ceiling of a Salve Regina University building. Visiting conservators were scraping off a layer of ceiling paint when they accidentally exposed the work of art underneath.

Salve Regina professor and chair of university’s cultural and historic preservation program Robert Russell described the moment of discovery:

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet

A plow shovels out the snow in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

George Wein: Pete Seeger Is The Heart of the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein says Pete Seeger's legacy will be "the power of song."
Credit file / RIPR

Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.

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Newport
9:41 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Breakers Mansion Visitor Center Clears Major Hurdle

The Breakers Mansion in Newport is at the heart of a dispute over whether to place a visitor center on its historic grounds.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In Newport, a visitor center proposed at the Breakers Mansion passed a major hurdle last night.

The hotly contested center is still far from a reality.

The Preservation Society of Newport County which owns the Breakers Mansion wants to build a visitor center, which would house bathrooms, information, and food on the mansion’s property.

They say it’s needed to support the approximately four-hundred thousand annual visitors.

The Society applied for approval of the project from the city’s historic district commission, but was denied.

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