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Governor McKee Signs Legislation to Support Rhode Island Seniors

Continuing his #RIMomentum Tour at the Pilgrim Senior Center in Warwick, Governor Dan McKee was joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, other elected leaders and advocates to highlight recently passed legislative and budget initiatives that support Rhode Island’s senior population. Among those investments is...
WARWICK, RI
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Portsmouth Man Fined $9,000 for Poaching Striped Bass in Exclusive Economic Zone

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced Wednesday that Administrative Law Judge Christine D. Coughlin assessed a $9,000 penalty upon William McLaughlin III, of Portsmouth, RI, for possessing striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Block Island, R.I. The case originated from a joint enforcement patrol conducted by the DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement at night on June 30, 2020 in the federal waters of the Southwest Ledge. That night, officers observed striped bass dumped from McLaughlin’s vessel, the Just for the Haters, as he departed the area in an attempt to avoid contact by law enforcement. Officers nevertheless apprehended the vessel and found two large striped bass onboard.
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Governor McKee Unveils Rhode Island’s First Electric Bus Fleet

Continuing his #RIMomentum Tour, Governor Dan McKee and members of the State’s Congressional delegation joined the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority today to unveil Rhode Island’s first electric bus fleet. RIPTA has received the first of 14 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot battery-electric buses, with the remainder...
PROVIDENCE, RI

ART BUZZ: JAC HOSTS WORKING ARTISTS RESIDENCY

The Jamestown Arts Center is hosting a “Working Artists Residency” from August 22 – 26, 2022, with a closing exhibition on Friday, August 26th, 6:00 – 8:00PM. Come see the culmination of all their work during the one night viewing. Hear from the artists and Residency Director and artist Kevin Gilmore.
JAMESTOWN, RI

City of Newport Confirms Hacker Data Breach on City Web Servers

The City of Newport announced today that it has concluded the investigation of a previously announced security incident. As previously announced, on June 9, 2022, the City identified unusual network activity that caused certain systems in its network to become unavailable. The City immediately took steps to secure its network and launch an investigation with the assistance of a cybersecurity firm. The City also notified law enforcement and worked to support its investigation.

Rhode Island Gas Prices Down 10 Cents

Rhode Island’s average gas price is down 10 cents from last week ($4.29), averaging $4.19 per gallon. Today’s price is 45 cents lower than a month ago ($4.64), and $1.13 higher than August 15, 2021 ($3.06). Rhode Island’s average gas price is 24 cents higher than the national average.
TRAFFIC

The Gas Price Limbo: How Low Will It Go?

The national average for a gallon of regular gas fell 10 cents in the past week to $3.95, due primarily to stable oil prices and fewer drivers than usual fueling up. “Falling pump prices may eventually lead to more drivers hitting the road again,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “But that hasn’t happened yet. Instead, many drivers are waiting for prices to fall further before reverting to their typical driving habits.”
TRAFFIC

Fleet Departs for Ida Lewis Distance Race Friday

When the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts this Friday (August 19) at 11 a.m., spectators on land and water will bear witness to one of New England’s most unique sailing adventures, observing its 17th edition. Forty-one teams, split into classes for ORC, PHRF, PHRF Double Handed, and PHRF Cruising Spinnaker, will head out to sea, past Fort Adams and Castle Hill to take on one of four overnight round-trip courses (“The Montauk”, “The Block Island”, “The Point Judith”, “The Buzzards Bay Tower”) that range in length from 112 to 169 nautical miles. The course will have been chosen in advance by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club Race Committee when it is clear what the wind and weather will be doing over the coming 18 -24 hours.
BOATS & WATERCRAFTS

Newport Polo Cosmic Ball Goes Supernova

Newport Polo announced Saturday that its 21st annual International Polo Charity Ball, held on Friday, August 5, orbited to new heights. The white marble setting of Rosecliff and white formal dress code of the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, presented by BD rendered an ethereal movie set experience, aspiring to the Gilded Age soirees of Newport’s legendary mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

A Decade of Persistence Lifts Eastern Yacht Club to First Morgan Cup Win

For the second straight summer, a team from Marblehead, Mass., has become a first-time winner of the prestigious Morgan Cup. Earlier today, Eastern Yacht Club claimed the trophy, following up on the win last summer by neighboring Corinthian Yacht Club. The two clubs are just a stone’s throw apart on Marblehead Neck. Corinthian Yacht Club finished second, with St. Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco third and New York Yacht Club-Levesque rounding out the top four.

A Weekend of Coaching Returns to Newport

The historic streets of Newport will echo with the sound of hooves and horse-drawn coaches as A Weekend of Coaching returns for the first time since 2018, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County. From Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, nine colorful 19th-century coaches drawn by teams...
NEWPORT, RI

Teamsters Local 251 Endorses Governor Dan McKee

Teamsters Local 251 on Thursday announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee for a full term. “Many of the services we rely on daily are powered by hard-working Teamsters — they get our children to school safely, they work in our hospitals, they build our infrastructure, and they supply our businesses. Rhode Island workers deserve to make a livable wage with good benefits, and I am happy to support the Teamsters and all Rhode Island families to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I am honored to have earned their endorsement,” said Governor Dan McKee.
POLITICS

For Top Team Racers, Newport in August is a Mandatory Pilgrimage

There’s an element of equity in annually changing the location of a sport’s premiere event. Would the Super Bowl be as popular if it were held in the same stadium each year? But there’s also something to be said for the tradition and familiarity of a consistent venue. Would Wimbledon lose some of its charm if it were played somewhere other than the hallowed confines of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club?
NEWPORT, RI

New Mansions Tour Takes Visitors “Inside ‘The Gilded Age’”

For a limited time only, The Preservation Society of Newport County is offering an exclusive “Inside ‘The Gilded Age’” tour featuring four of the Newport Mansions. Fans of HBO’s popular historical drama can enjoy a guided visit to locations in the Newport Mansions where scenes from the first season were filmed. This four-hour tour, offered once on Fridays from August 12 through September 23, will take visitors to The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and Chateau-sur-Mer. The tour is limited to a maximum of 12 people.