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Corinthian Yacht Club Wins New York Yacht Club’s Morgan Cup

Five years of turning losses into lessons and building a consistent, cohesive team paid off today as Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Mass., won the 2021 Morgan Cup. The New York Yacht Club Invitational Trophy for the Morgan Cup. which is one of keelboat team racing’s most respected and competitive events, was sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, Friday through Sunday. After three days and 117 races. the 17th edition of the regatta came down to tie-breaker between two clubs located within a stone’s throw of one another on Marblehead Neck. Corinthian Yacht Club and Eastern Yacht Club finished the regatta with identical 17-7 records. Based on the 3-1 advantage in head-to-head races, Corinthian took the championship, becoming the sixth club to win the prestigious Morgan Cup.
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Governor McKee Announces Finalized Providence Teachers Union Contract

Governor Dan McKee, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the Providence Public School District (PPSD), and the Providence Teachers Union (PTU) finalized their agreement on a new contract this evening after PTU members overwhelmingly voted in support of ratification. The new collective bargaining agreement takes effect immediately and will expire on August 31, 2023. The contract does not, as has been incorrectly stated, “lock the same structure in place for the next 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years.”
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Governor McKee Signs Rhode Island African Heritage and History Curriculum Bill

Governor Dan McKee, joined by Representative Anastasia Williams, Senator Tiara Mack, Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society Brent Runyon, and Managing Director of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Theresa Guzman Stokes, today ceremonially signed into law legislation (2021-H 5697aa / 2021-S 0458A) that requires public K-12 institutions to teach a comprehensive African history and heritage curriculum developed by Rhode Island historical and academic institutions.
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Sullivan Ballou was mortally wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run 160 years ago today. Here’s his famous letter to his wife.

Sullivan Ballou was a successful, 32-year-old attorney in Providence, Rhode Island, when Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers in the wake of Fort Sumter. Responding to his nation’s call, the former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives enlisted in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, where he was elected major. By mid-July, the swirling events in the summer of 1861 had brought Ballou and his unit to a camp of instruction in the nation’s capital. With the movement of the federal forces into Virginia imminent, Sullivan Ballou penned this letter to his wife. His concern that he “should fall on the battle-field” proved all too true. One week after composing his missive, as the war’s first major battle began in earnest on the plains of Manassas, Ballou was struck and killed as the Rhode Islanders advanced from Matthews Hill.
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Newport Jazz Festival 2021 Schedule

Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, Newport Jazz will be doing things a little differently this year. They’ll be focusing on creating three intimate days of amazing Jazz performances and surprise collaborations at Fort Adams – July 30th to August 1st. The festival brings a lineup that includes Trombone Shorty and...
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RIP Ralph Everett Morgan

Ralph Everett Morgan, 92, of Newport RI passed away peacefully at Newport Hospital on July 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving children. Ralph was born in Newport RI on July 9, 1929, to the late Frank and Amanda Mason Morgan. Ralph was the beloved and devoted husband to the late...
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RIP Joanne Donnelly Maher

It is with great sadness that the family of Joanne Donnelly Maher announces her passing on Sunday, July 25, on her beloved Cape Cod where she spent summers from her longtime home of Bristol, RI. She will be missed deeply by her children Michelle, Shannon and Patrick, their spouses and her grandchildren, and by all those who she touched in her life. She was ever-loving and caring to her family and those around her.
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Governor McKee Signs Two LGBTQ+ Bills into Law

Governor Dan McKee was joined by Representatives John G. Edwards and Edith H. Ajello; Senators Melissa A. Murray and Meghan E. Kallman; and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community today for the ceremonial signing of legislation that will continue to make Rhode Island a more equitable and inclusive state for its LGBTQ+ residents.
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Governor McKee Announces Updated School Mask Guidance for Fall

Governor Dan McKee, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, and Director of the Department of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH today released an updated PreK-12 Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year, which aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent update to recommend universal mask use within school settings and issued the following joint statement:
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Masks to Be Required in City of Newport Owned Buildings

Visitors to Newport City Hall and other public buildings including the Newport Maritime Center and Police Station, will be required to wear masks while inside regardless of vaccination status beginning Monday, August 2nd. The new indoor mask policy is being instituted as COVID19 cases continue to rise across the country,...
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CDC: ‘Resume wearing masks indoors in Covid hotspots’

The CDC is expected to announce Tuesday that fully vaccinated people should once again begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates. People in areas with high or substantial Covid-19 transmission should resume wearing masks, the CDC is expected to say, according to sources familiar with the announcement.
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RIP Daniel J. Smith

Daniel Joseph Smith of Middletown, RI died peacefully on July 25, 2021. He was the husband of the late Joanna (Madigan) Smith. Dan was born in Newport, RI on August 23, 1925, to the late Thomas and Catherine (Gallagher) Smith. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Hanley of Easton, MA and Newport, his son Justin Smith of Newport and beloved grandchildren Caelin and Daniel Hanley. Dan is also predeceased by his dear cousin Thomas Smith of Ireland.
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Canadian Wildfires force air quality alert in New England today

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach UNHEALTHY levels starting this evening on Monday, July 26th and lasting through midday on Tuesday, July 27th. The poor air quality will be due to elevated fine particle concentrations from significant wild-fire smoke originating from several Canadian provinces. While wild-fire smoke is quite typical during the spring and summer months, it often remains aloft and only periodically reaches the surface. This event is already producing fine particle readings into the UNHEALTHY range at air quality monitoring sites upwind and north of Rhode Island, with readings in Rhode expected to climb into the overnight hours. Fine particles are expected to drop to MODERATE by Tuesday evening.
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RIP Dr. Joseph Blumen

Dr. Joseph Blumen, of Newport, R.I., passed peacefully on July 25, 2021, at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, R.I. He was 88. Joseph was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1933, to Dora and Elias Blumen. Along with older brothers Louis and David, the family moved to Newport soon afterwards. Dora and Elias owned and operated the Municipal Market, a small neighborhood grocery store at the corner of Bowery and Spring Streets. One of Joe’s earliest memories was the way the store’s plate glass window flexed and bowed during the Hurricane of 1938.
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Rebecca Bertrand steps down at newportFILM: Search on for new executive director

NewportFILM announced Monday that Executive Director Rebecca Bertrand will be leaving the organization. The Board of Directors is actively working with the search firm Operations Inc. to find its next executive director. Rebecca has led newportFILM’s year-round documentary film program since 2017 after first serving as the organization’s Managing Director....
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Governor McKee Signs Outdoor Dining Extension into Law

Governor Dan McKee was joined by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee, Sen. Alana M. DiMario, Narragansett Town Manager James Tierney, and local restaurant owners today for the ceremonial signing of legislation (2021-H 6119B / 2021-S 0654A) that allows restaurants to continue approved outdoor dining. The legislation puts a moratorium on enforcement of municipal ordinances or zoning requirements that would penalize restaurant and bar owners for modifying their premises to allow for outdoor dining.
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Good Morning America: Rhode Island gears up for Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival, the first major music festival to open in the country since Covid lockdown in 2020, sold out in minutes with a reduced capacity. Like Newport Buzz? We depend on the generosity of readers like you who support us, to help with our mission to keep you informed and entertained with local, independent news and content. We truly appreciate your trust and support!
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Newport Folk Fest 2021 schedule

Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, Newport Folk will be doing things a little differently this year. They’ll be extending their dates to present two unique 3-day events of surprise performances, storytelling, and workshops at Fort Adams – July 23rd through July 25th and July 26th through July 28th. Here’s the...