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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Redesigned Queen Anne Square Opens in Newport

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and artist Maya Lin at the dedication of the redesigned Queen Anne Square in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A newly redesigned Queen Anne Square opened to the public in downtown Newport today, with much fanfare. But the project  nearly divided the city.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Street Musicians Won't Stay Silent in Downtown Newport

Each summer Newport becomes a mecca of live music, yet there are no musicians performing on the streets.  The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport is trying to change that.

Newport Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, the Folk Fest, and the Jazz Fest, in this city live music is everywhere, except on the streets.

Newport currently bans street performing, or busking, without an event permit.

This makes it hard for musicians without a stage to play on to get their music to the public.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Receives Warm Welcome Home

Heather Abbott, at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport for her 'welcome home' party.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott.  She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.  A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.

The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party.   When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.

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Health Care
2:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Newport residents received notice this week that levels of some cancer-causing chemicals in their water have exceeded what’s allowed by the federal government. It’s no emergency, but the city is upgrading its treatment facilities to prevent possible long term health effects.

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RI News
10:53 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Bay Swim Loses Navy Support

A fundraiser swim across Narragansett Bay is in jeopardy because of federal sequestration.  The environmental group Save the Bay says the Navy can no longer help host the summer event that’s been going on for more than 30 years in Newport.

The group still plans to hold the swim but says it’s facing financial challenges.  Save the Bay says they’ve lost at least million dollars in annual federal funding over the past few years.  Their Newport aquarium was also destroyed in Superstorm Sandy. 

RI News
8:27 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Cliff Walk Repairs Draw Surfer Ire

The state Department of Transportation wants to rebuild part of Newport's Cliff Walk.
Credit RIPR

The Newport City Council will be reviewing a plan at Wednesday's meeting to rebuild the famed Cliff Walk damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. Many in the town are concerned about how a proposed plan could alter the ocean waves that give the historic Breakers mansion its name.

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Wearin' of the Green in RI

Clover
Credit courtesy NPR.org

The season of St. Patrick’s has already kicked off in Rhode Island. Pawtucket’s annual parade stepped off on Saturday. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade gets marching on Saturday, March 16.  And Providence’s parade takes place next Saturday. Sister Anne Keefe has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Providence parade. She’s recognized for her work in social justice and human rights, including chairing the Providence Human Rights Commission and co-founding the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

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RI News
3:49 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry At Home in RI

Credit Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

 Rhode Island will soon be home to its very own Tall Ship: the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Picture the HMS Rose, featured in the Hollywood film Master & Commander, but much larger and made of steel. The 196 foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be thirteen and a half stories tall, with three masts supporting square sails. The ship is being built by a non-profit organization, and is named for a Rhode-Island born naval hero of the War of 1812.

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Environment
3:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Newport Tree Society giving away free trees

The Newport Tree Society has announced a program that will provide homeowners in Newport with trees. 

Unlike previous programs, the “Specimen Tree Restoration Program” will provide trees free of cost.

Homeowners who receive trees will be asked to sign a contract promising to take care of the tree.

The Society hopes the program will serve as a model of urban forest management for other cities.

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