Monday, January 7, 2013
One Portsmouth wedding location sees the legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island as a boost for business.
Rhode Island now remains the only state in New England that forbids same-sex marriage, but that soon could change if the General Assembly votes to approve new legislation. On Thursday, legislation to allow same-gender couples to marry in Rhode Island was introduced in both the Rhode Island House and Senate, with a pledge from House Speaker Gordon Fox for a floor vote early in the session. Fox, the first co-sponsor of the House bill, is openly gay. The legislation has broad support, with 42 members of the House signing on as sponsors and 11 members of the Senate. “We are long overdue. Rhode Island, the colony founded on the principle of personal liberty, is now the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-gender couples equal …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Glen Manor House hosted it's 38th annual Holly Ball on Saturday night.
The Glen Manor House was alive with holiday cheer this Saturday night for the 38th annual Holly Ball. The black-tie event was organized by the the Friends of Glen Manor House, which is a non-profit organization responsible for the preservation of the house. Despite the economic climate, attendance was up from last year, said Katie Wilkinson, manager of the property. For more information on how to become part of the organization and participate in future events, membership information can be found on their Web site.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
A squirrel is being blamed for a small power outage Thursday morning around the Glen Manor House.
If you live near the Glen Manor House and lost power to your TV this morning, you can blame the outage on one small, woodland creature. A squirrel is believed to have climbed up a tree and onto wires this morning near the Glen Manor House on Frank Coelho Drive. "A squirrel went up the tree and shorted the power line," said Capt. Mike Cranson of the Portsmouth Fire Department. When firefighters arrived to investigate reported trouble with the manor's alarm, they discovered National Grid workers already at the scene. The manor's caretaker first reported the outage after hearing a loud "pop" around 8:45 a.m. A deceased squirrel was also found below the wires. Squirrels are being found as the cause of many power outages lately in cities …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Take a walk through the historic gardens of Glen Manor House on the banks of the Sakonnet River.
On a sunny slope of the Sakonnet River sits the Glen Manor House and its gardens, beautifully restored and maintained by caretaker Don Wilkinson. The Manor House, designed by John Russel Pope, was designed to resemble the French Petit Trianon at Versailles, but its gardens were Italian in style. "When Katie and myself arrived here as caretakers 20 years ago, the gardens had been given back to nature," said Wilkinson. "Over time, I have been researching the way the gardens were originally designed thorugh pictures in libraries and pictures that have been given to us and have been slowly bring them back." Featured above are pictures of the gardens.
Friday, July 22, 2011
The Friends of Glen Manor House hosted this annual event, which was held on Thursday evening.
The American Band performed at their annual summer concert Thursday evening. The concert, sponsored by Newport Fed and hosted by the Friends of the Glen Manor House, was free to the general public and attended by a large crowd. The band blasted through two, seven song sets with a brief intermission. The set was a wonderful combination of the recognizable (including a medley of Ray Charles songs) and less familiar (such as Henry Fillmore’s Circus Bee). Highlights included a medley of music from The Lion King (including a fantastic version of Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight), band member Leland Brown’s vocal performance on Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me, the aforementioned Ray Charles medley and the finale of John Philip …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Wes Anderson movie was being filmed on a closed set Wednesday at the Glen Manor House.
The Glen Manor House and former Elmhurst Elementary School became the backdrop for another movie Wednesday. The Glen Manor House, Elmhurst School and even Frank Coelho Drive were closed off to the public Wednesday afernoon for the filming of Wes Anderson's new movie, Moonrise Kingdom. Two Portsmouth police officers, who were hired as detail, guarded Frank Coelho Drive. Yellow "cast" signs were scattered around East Main Road and Glen Farm Road. Standing on Sandy Point Beach around noon among the many beachgoers, one could see a crowd of people standing on a pier in the area of the Glen Manor House. One could see a byplane just offshore and a few boats around the dock. This is the second movie to be filmed at the Glen Manor House in less …
Monday, December 13, 2010
The Glen Manor House held its annual Holiday Open House this past weekend.
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Monday, December 13, 2010
The Glen Manor House was the perfect venue for the 2010 Holiday Open House held this past Sunday, Dec. 12. The atmosphere was warm and festive, with excited students of all ages getting ready to perform in song and dance routines they've been practicing for weeks. Performances were made by the Island Senior Chorus, Position One School of Dance, Portsmouth High School Vocal Ensemble, the Portsmouth High School Concert Chorus and special guest Kate Grana. Santa Claus arrived at 2:45 p.m. with holiday wishes for all the families in attendance.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Richard Wimpress, acting chair of the Glen Manor House Authority, asks Council to postpone selling this "valuable asset."
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Recently, some members of the community came before you (the Town Council) to request that you consider a conservation easement on the Glen property. Some of us wanted to do this because we were afraid at some point in the future, a seated Town Council would consider selling this property to cover operating expenses. The currently sitting Town Council was very adamant that they would not consider this because it would take away control of the valuable property from the town. The proponents of the conservation easement were assured that selling the property would "never" be considered. Some minor adjustments of the town charter have been proposed making it mandatory for a majority of the town electors to approve the sale of anything over …
Town Council denies a local man's request to create a November ballot question to sell the now-closed Elmhurst Elementary School.
There's no doubt about it. The now closed Elmhurst Elementary School will become one of the most sought after real estate properties in town. But what to do with the waterfront property still remains a mystery. One thing is certain – voters will not determine the historic school's future this November. The Town Council shot down a request by John S. Vitkevich at Monday's regular meeting. Vitkevich pleaded with the Town Council to have a ballot question placed on the November ballot. The question, although not written, would have asked voters to approve putting the Elmhurst School, also known as Map 59, Lot 15, up for sale. "These are very demanding financial times for this town with the loss of $2.2 million in state aid," Vitkevich said…