BRIEFS – Newport This Week


Rapid COVID-19 tests for community groups

As part of its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Newport will provide free rapid home test kits to all local nonprofit and neighborhood groups interested in providing them to the community.

From churches and social service providers to neighborhood associations and cultural clubs, all Newport-based organizations are invited to request an allocation of test kits to distribute either directly to their members or as part of their site protocols. respective COVID-19.

The free home test kits, which are provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Health, will be available upon request by visiting

Although supplies are limited, the City is expected to distribute more than 4,000 kits through its community partners and at dedicated locations over the next few weeks.

Veterans eligible for property tax relief

Newport homeowners who served in the military during the Cold War period from 1947 to 1991 are now eligible for property tax relief through the Rhode Island Veterans Exemption. This provision, which was adopted by the General Assembly earlier this year, also includes the widow or widower of a veteran who served in the Cold War.

Eligible owners are asked to bring their DD214 to the Tax Assessor’s Office at 43 Broadway anytime through March 15 to request the 2022-23 tax bill. Applicants must be residents of Newport and not claiming an exemption in another state. For questions, call 401-845-5363 or visit

Arts and Culture Alliance Grants

Submissions for the next round of Newport County Arts and Culture Alliance Artist Awards, in support of Newport County artists and arts projects that benefit the community, must be submitted by March 15 .

Now in its fifth year, the ACA Artist Awards provide up to $500 in financial support for projects that directly educate, inspire and uplift Newport County residents. Artists of all backgrounds, identities, and artistic disciplines, residing in or offering arts programs in one of Newport County’s six communities, are encouraged to apply. These include visual arts (illustration, graphic design, multimedia), performing arts (dance, music, theatre), literary arts (creative writing, poetry) and any other traditional or emerging fields. Artists proposing an individual project or working in collaboration are considered eligible.

Application, submission guidelines and contact information can be found at

Past winners include the Newport String Project, Newport Children’s Theatre, Out of the Box Theatre, Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co., Jy-Tique Davis, Jessica Slocum, Jason Tranchida and Matthew Lawrence, Taleen Batalian, Newport Public Art and the DeBlois. Gallery.

The 2020 and fall 2021 winners were recognized via YouTube and at The 2022 winners will be announced on March 31 and celebrated at an event to be organized.

“Righting a Wrong”

A virtual discussion will be offered on February 19 by Ken Nomiyama, of Newport, and Jim McIlwain, professor emeritus at Brown University, on the legacy of the executive order signed on February 19, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizing the mass incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in prison camps across the United States. This act was widely considered unconstitutional, as two-thirds of those involved were US citizens.

The discussion will be part of “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II,” a Smithsonian exhibit at the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket. It commemorates the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order. To register for the virtual discussion, email [email protected]

Food 2 friends

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s Food 2 Friends is a monthly service for homebound people who cannot make it to MLK’s on-site food pantry. If you can’t get to the Pantry, the Pantry will come to you. Food 2 Friends patrons shop monthly through a mail order form, and a volunteer delivers groceries to their doorstep. To register, contact Ed Crowley at [email protected] or call 401-846-4828, x119.

Voter Survey

Rep. Lauren Carson (D-75, Newport) prepared a survey for voters regarding the issues facing the Ocean State. Newporters can voice their opinion on the importance of topics such as expanding gun safety measures, climate change, rising sea levels, expanding broadband, the impact of Newport Pell Bridge realignment and the COVID-19 pandemic. “The responses from this survey will guide my legislative work and my votes in the Rhode Island House of Representatives during this important session,” she said. Visit to complete the survey. The survey is open until February 23. Carson can be reached at [email protected] or 401-523-1143.


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