2021-12-02 E-Edition


Santa arrives Saturday at East Ferry

For a 12-hour period Saturday, on a half-mile stretch of Narragansett Avenue from North Road to East Ferry, one thing will be clear that wasn’t obvious the day before. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The holiday season commences in Jamestown with the arrival of Santa Claus at the East Ferry docks. St. Nick returns to Narragansett Bay […]

Virus cases at schools grow

28 total incidents include 4th-, 5th-grade outbreaks

With 18 students contracting the coronavirus in November, there have now been more confirmed cases in the first three months of this school year than there were during the entire 2020-21 session. Ken Duva, the superintendent of schools, believes it has to do with increased socialization outside of school rather than the protocols inside the buildings. “I can say with […]

Town appeals decision on Walcott four-way stop

The town is appealing a decision from the state after transportation officials denied a request to install a four-way stop at the intersection of Walcott Avenue and High Street. “I ask that the four-way stop sign be reconsidered along with any other traffic-calming measures that may be employed,” Town Administrator Jamie Hainsworth wrote to Peter Alviti, director of the Rhode […]


Transition complete at tollbooth

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic reached the United States in March 2020, the number of vehicles crossing the Newport Pell Bridge is resembling 2019 levels. “Traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels, and our open-road tolling lanes were operational weeks ahead of schedule after our successful transition to all-electronic tolling,” said Lori Caron Silveira, executive director of the […]

Stars are born through local knitting group

Every Christmas tree needs a star, but when the tree at East Ferry is illuminated Saturday, there will be 65 of them to complement the traditional ornament at the top. Needles Galore, a local knitting group, has hand-knitted the yarn stars that will decorate the tree throughout December. Barbara Cunha, a member of the group who conceived of the knitting […]

It’s casual Friday, not Sunday


Where do you reside on the “holier than thou” versus “holeyer than thou” spectrum? Between the judgmental churchgoers who second-guess the wardrobe choices of fellow worshippers and the slightly paranoid parishioners who assume they’re under a microscope, unease often permeates the fabric of church life. Some church leaders do a lot of hemming and hawing about their expectations. (“Harumph, no, […]

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