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The 36th annual Newport Winter Festival continues through this weekend. There are daily events, including musical performances, a Mac & Cheese Smackdown, comedy shows, Bubblemania and an ice … more
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to address the ongoing crisis created with the closure of the … more
After winning only two meets last season, the Mt. Hope gymnastics team had reason to celebrate this year,  and to look forward to the future. The team placed third in Division II during the gymnastics state championships at Rhode Island College on Saturday. more
It is unfortunate that Mr. Mensinger rejects his community's self-determination in how it chooses to grow, at the behest of Smith Hill functionaries with unfalsifiable plans for providing affordability. more
To the Mt. Hope High School community, athletic department, administration and the regional school district, you missed out on what represents the best of what high school athletics is all about. more
KMS and Thrive Outside plan to begin their Outdoor Learning Zone using the $100,000 RIDE grant that they received earlier this year. However, this grant will only fund the creation of three of the areas from the Concept Vision Plan. Fundraising will be necessary to accomplish everything envisioned. more
The Puddingstone new music series continues this month with another live concert following January’s sold-out performance at Newport’s Old Colony House. Like the previous concerts, this … more
Greenvale Vineyards hosts its 22nd annual Jazz for Kids event on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Part of the annual Newport Winter Festival, Greenvale’s Jazz for Kids program was created as … more
Explore the farm and see the process of maple sugaring from the tapping of the trees to sugaring down the sap. There will be scavenger hunts, a maple craft, and kids games. Finish off your visit to … more
The Stone Church Coffee House welcomes for the first time a New Hampshire-based duo, Martin and Kelly. Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly have become the next must-see act from New England to … more
More than most in Rhode Island, Hope & Main Founder and President, Lisa Raiola, has experienced first-hand the drastic increase in need for food assistance programming since the pandemic. Their Nourish Our Neighbors program has shown one inventive way to get food to people who need it. more
Over the past few months, lifelong Barrington resident Abby Stein has been stripped of something so innate most people don’t think twice about it — her ability to see the world around … more
PORTSMOUTH — A 39-year-old Warwick man was arrested last week and charged with assault and breaking and entering, police said. Officers responded to a Portsmouth home at about 5:45 p.m. on … more
Please tell the greedy Bowen brothers to fish in Little Compton. We do NOT want them here!! more
Will Rogers once said “It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we do know that isn't so.” There seems to be a lot of the information that is being circulated by … more
A 19-year-old Tiverton man is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after he lost control of his car, rolled it for more than 120 yards and was ejected just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. … more
Over the last five decades, vines and thickets real and metaphorical have all but claimed the old Wainer Farm on Drift Road, closing off and choking out an irreplaceable piece of Westport’s … more
Joshua Ferreira, a firefighter/paramedic who joined the Tiverton Fire Department nearly two decades ago and worked his way up through the ranks, has been promoted from captain to deputy fire chief … more
The East Providence High School girls' swim squad took home the first title of any kind in recent program history after the Townies won the Division IV Championship Meet Friday night, Feb. 16, at … more
For just the second time in history and the first time in 32 years, public institutions swept the respective boys' and girls' indoor track and field titles after Barrington and West Warwick High … more
The Westport basketball team celebrated senior night then fell to Blue Hills 57-38 on their final game of the season on Friday night. Seniors Fotis Machairas, Chris Duarte, Anthony Raposa, Nick … more
When student journalists at Amherst Regional High School in Massachusetts heard last spring that middle schoolers in their town were experiencing transphobic and homophobic bullying, they immediately … more
The following novels kept me enthralled. I couldn’t put them down — always the sign of a good read. So battle through the last of the winter weather by curling up with one of these. … more
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM)  announced spring programs scheduled to connect Rhode Islanders with our state’s beautiful natural resources. From vernal pool night to … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Back in the day, the approach of the end of February would signal the time for the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies – the bygone annual satiric sendup of the year in Rhode … more
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