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Newport City Council OKs Smoking Ban On City Beaches

Jun 24, 2015
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The Newport City Council has banned smoking on all public beaches. The ban also includes Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and other public walkways. It takes effect immediately.

Newport’s Mayor, Jeanne-Marie Nepalitano says the action came after the recent Volvo Ocean Race, which left some beaches littered with cigarette butts.

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Hugh Auchincloss III, one of Rhode Island’s last links to John Kennedy’s presidential administration has died at age 87 in Newport. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst spoke with afternoon host Dave Fallon, about Auchincloss’ ties to the political family, and his life in Newport.

Auchincloss spoke to Rhode Island Public Radio in November 2013, during the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assignation. It can be heard here.

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Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race embarked on the final leg of a months-long odyssey around the globe.  The local favorite, Team Alvimedica is in 5th place. 

The competition kicked off last October, with stops in Spain, South American and Newport in May. The weeklong stopover drew thousands of tourists and an estimated tens of millions of dollars. Newport officials hope it will bolster the city’s reputation as an international sailing hub.

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After more three years, the fight over colonial silver bells, between two of the country’s oldest Jewish congregations is heading to court. The trial will take place at U.S. District court in Providence.

The fight began in 2012, after the congregation at Touro Synagogue in Newport, received a $7.4 million appraisal for a pair of ornate silver bells, dating back to colonial times. The ceremonial bells are part of the Torah housed in the 250 year-old synagogue.

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Newport beaches and parks, and the historic Cliff Walk may soon become smoke-free. The Newport City Council has given a preliminary green light to a smoking ban.

Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano said the city council will likely give the smoking ban a final approval next month. She said most of the council members support the move, while a few others would like a compromise, such as designated smoking areas.

Napolitano said the benefit of a smoking ban on public beaches and in parks is two-fold.

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