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9:17 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate

The Breakers Mansion in Newport
Credit Wikimedia Commons

On Monday, Newport’s Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal of a ruling by the city’s Historic District Commission that rejected plans for a welcome center at the Breakers Mansion.

The Commission decided against the idea in a 4:3 vote during a hearing last August. The Preservation Society of Newport County wants to put the welcome center outside the historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family.

Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Calls For Median On Pell Bridge Grow Louder

The Newport City Council approved a resolution urging the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to install a center barrier. The move by the Council follows a fatal head-on collision that took place on the Pell Bridge on Christmas Eve.

In the incident, police say a 75-year-old man swerved into oncoming traffic. He later died of his injuries.

Newport joins Middletown and Jamestown in approving the resolution. All of Newport County has been asked to do the same.

Business
4:31 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Training For A Job In The Marine Trades Industry

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association says the average salary is $46,000 for a marine industry worker.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Public Comment Opens For RI Transportation Projects

The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects.

In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.

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RI News
5:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence Journal, We Knew Ye Well

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit Emma Ruddock / RIPR

For nearly two centuries, the Providence Journal has been Rhode Island’s most important news organization. Now that it is up for sale, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the ProJo’s  storied  past and uncertain future.

When the first edition of the Providence Journal  was printed in 1829, it was a four-page broadsheet hand pressed into paper fashioned from recycled linen rags.

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Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival Adds Extra Day

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams state park
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The Newport Jazz Festival will be a little longer next year.

The Newport Jazz Festival, which has been a two-day event for decades, is adding a third day for its 60th anniversary next year.  The bonus day will be Friday, August 1st    and will feature new and emerging artists. The extra day was made possible by a 40-thousand dollar grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Neil Steinberg is CEO of the Foundation.

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RI News
10:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Historic Cemetery In Newport Getting A "Kickstart"

God's Little Acre cemetery in Newport
Credit God's Little Acre Kickstarter

Some Newport residents have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to buy a new sign for the African burial cemetery known as “God’s Little Acre.”  The original sign was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  The new sign is estimated to cost 55-hundred dollars.

The cemetery is also the subject of a new website.

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RI News
9:11 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Year After Superstorm Sandy, Parts Of Newport's Cliff Walk Ready To Reopen

Cliff Walk in Newport
Credit RIPR FILE

The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to reopen to the public this week.

The three-and-a-half mile trail was badly damaged in the storm. Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power said repairs will cost $3.5 million.

"It eroded a lot of the walkway near Ruggles Avenue which caused some of the sidewalk to cave in. It took a chunk of the actual stone out at Doris Duke’s estate which we had to go back and fill in. It tore a lot of the fencing behind Miramar," said Powers.

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RI News
10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport

The "Old Colony" house in Newport, formerly Rhode Island's state house.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport.   The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week.  It was not a complete surprise to historians.

The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.  Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.

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