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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.