Lobster fishermen, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Sen. Jack Reed, and other state leaders celebrated the grand opening of a new kitchen facility in Newport on Friday. The Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen, owned and run jointly by commercial lobster fishermen, sells freshly cooked food made directly from lobsters landed at Pier Nine on Long Wharf.
DEM Director Janet Coit said many state leaders showed up to push a growing local seafood marketing effort in Rhode Island.
The rising number of casinos in New England that’s hurting the Foxwoods Resort Casino is both a threat to table games in Rhode Island and the reason to add more.
Analyst Clyde Barrow said the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut has been losing millions of dollars since its peak in 2006. To blame: a slow economic recovery and a growing number of casinos in New England.
For some indication of what Sen. Jack Reed’s reelection campaign will look like: Today’s announcement of top Obama Administration officials who will be visiting Rhode Island in the coming weeks.
On Monday, August 18, Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts will touch down in Pawtucket, Providence and East Providence to meet with non-profit and community leaders and local artists.
The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, this is the 60th anniversary of the festival that was first held at the Newport Casino and along Bellevue Avenue. The festival survived rock and roll and rowdy crowds.
The website Politico reports President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the resort town on August 29th.
He's expected to be at a fundraising event in Newport for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The site reports that though the president's approval rating remains rather low, he's still a big draw on the fundraising circuit. As mid-term elections approach, Obama has attended 16 fundraisers this cycle.
The Newport Folk Festival kicks off today. The 55-year old festival is more popular than ever.
Tickets for the festival sold out even before the full lineup was announced. A resurgence in the festival’s popularity has been credited to an increasingly diverse collection of artists, and a major social media presence. The festival is now so popular it’s been expanded to three days.
A Newport city councilor has pleaded no contest to an assault charge. Rhode Island State Police arrested 45 year old Newport city councilor Michael Farley for allegedly assaulting a contractor. Farley accused the contractor of stealing a ladder. The contractor says he believed the ladder he was using belonged to the homeowner of the house he was working on, and not Farley, who lives next door.