The Voice - June 2019

East Row Neighborhood Yard Sale

By Paula Brandon

The annual East Row neighborhood yard sale is an eagerly anticipated, one-day event that attracts carloads of shoppers from all over Greater Cincinnati. More than 100 of your neighbors participated last year.

This year’s yard sale will be Saturday, July 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, rain or shine. Residents participate at no cost, since the East Row Foundation pays all fees and advertising. We post signs, place ads, and distribute a map of participants. All you need to do is sign up in advance and get your items ready to sell.

Last year’s sale featured a wide array of items – vintage collectibles, furniture, guitars, record albums, clothing, household items, motorcycle equipment, yard tools, toys, homemade soap, and of course, hardware unique to our historical homes. It’s a great reason to clean out your closets, declutter the basement, and purge those items that no longer meet your needs – or bring you joy.

To participate, just send your name and address to Paula Brandon at Visit our Facebook event page and invite your friends and family. See you at the yard sale!

NBA June Meeting


By Bev Holiday, NBA Vice President

The Newport Business Association (NBA) will be hosting a panel discussion on "Employee Retention" on Wednesday, June 26, at 8:00 am at the City Building (998 Monmouth Street) in the Multi-Purpose Room. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Newport School of Innovation to Open Fall of 2019


By Kelly Middleton, Superintendent

Recognizing that all students are not suited for a traditional classroom setting, Newport Independent Schools has launched an online learning program that is taking an innovative approach to engage an underserved student population.

The Newport School of Innovation will serve students who want to take additional classes beyond what is typically being offered at the high school or when they are not traditionally offered, as this can be a 24/7 schooling opportunity. Some students may want to take higher-level courses while some may want to graduate in three rather than four years. The school of innovation may be of interest to students who are homeschooled or just do not fit into a traditional setting or have family or personal issues that prevent their regular attendance in a classroom during normal school hours.

Students and parents can learn more and apply for classes here. Online programs and classes are available for students in grades 6 through 12 for students in Newport as well as throughout Northern Kentucky. Students must apply through an application process with classes beginning this fall.

“Newport School of Innovation – like any other online program – allows flexibility, personalized learning, and time management along with a variety of courses that a traditional school setting cannot provide,” said Newport Independent Schools Innovation Coordinator Josh Snapp.

Newport School of Innovation will ensure that all students that enroll can have the opportunity to be successful through flexible personalized learning along with allowing students to enroll in courses they have interest in rather than offering the normal set of options.

“Newport School of Innovation will open up a whole new world to students,” said Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton. “For instance, we do not offer Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in a traditional classroom setting at Newport High School. But a student can enroll in Mandarin Chinese through the School of Innovation.”

Students who work will appreciate the flexible scheduling and the opportunity to do course work in the evening. The School of Innovation will also cater to students who are not challenged in the traditional setting, who have anxiety about attending school or who are homeschooled but need teacher and curriculum support. Other opportunities include tutoring, elective and post-secondary courses, internships, and community service projects.

“What we are really doing with the Newport School of Innovation is helping students gain the knowledge needed to have successful career opportunities through personalized, hybrid learning,” Superintendent Middleton said.

Newport Innovation School will offer four programs that are designed to meet the needs of students across the region:

Trailblazer: Trailblazer accepts 6th- through 12th-grade students whose parents would like to homeschool with educational guidance, support, and extracurricular opportunities. A Huddle course is recommended for students, which meets twice a week. No state testing is administered, but MAP testing is encouraged to show progress. The cost of Trailblazer is $60 per month.

Go Steady: Go Steady is for 9th- through 12th-grade students who are expecting,  students caring for a family member, or students who need a more flexible schedule in order to work. Coursework is delivered digitally. Many students participate in family literacy programs and independent-living seminars. Students are required to attend testing preparation and state testing.

Ascend: Ascend is for 9th- through 12th-grade students who would like to either graduate early or would like the opportunity to receive dual-credit classes to get a jump start on their post-secondary education. Coursework is delivered primarily digitally, however, students must attend a Huddle course and state testing.

CARE: The CARE program is for 6th- through 12th-grade students who have difficulty fitting into a traditional learning environment. These students may have anxiety or may be struggling with a private issue. Coursework is delivered primarily digitally, however, students must attend a Huddle or POW WOW course and state testing.

2019 River Cities Excellence in Preservation Award Recipients

By Scott Clark, Historic Preservation Officer

This year's River Cities Excellence in Preservation Awards were hosted at the Newport Millennium Housing Corp. III, work-in-process, rehab project at 1001 Monmouth Street.  This is an affiliate of Neighborhood Foundations, Newport's Housing Authority. This site was formerly a laundromat on the first floor with apartments on the second and third floors. The finished project will provide first-floor space ideal for retail, restaurants, wine bars, etc., with market-rate apartments occupying the second and third floors.

The annual awards ceremony acknowledges outstanding preservation projects and the efforts of citizens working to rehabilitate and restore our historic buildings. During the month of May, which is National Preservation Month, the Ohio River CLG cities of Newport, Covington and Bellevue come together and celebrate our local historic preservation achievements.

Please join us in honoring the following Newport recipients:

  • Historic Commercial Restoration: 402 Overton Street, Claire Canter, Mansion Hill Bridal

  • Rehabilitation Residential: 938 York Street, Christopher Sampson

  • Rehabilitation Residential: 54 Parkview Avenue, Simone Kuzma

  • Tax Credit Renovation: 1001 Monmouth Street, Newport Millennium Housing Corp. III

  • Historic Rehabilitation: 722 Washington Avenue, Mark Wrench

  • Adaptive Reuse, Commercial: 1104 Lowell Street, Ken Lewis, New Riff Distilling

Congratulations to the recipients for preserving Newport's Historic assets throughout the city.

Newport’s Veterans Memorial Pool Open for the Season

By City Manager Tom Fromme


The 2019 Season at Newport's Veterans Memorial Pool has begun. The pool, located at 26 Caroline Drive, is open daily through Sunday, August 10, weather permitting.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Friday through Saturday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

(Pool may close early for parties and competitions.)

Regular rates for the 2019 season:

  • Children 4 and under: free

  • Children 5-12: $3.00

  • Ages 13 - adult: $3.00

  • Seniors (65+): free

  • Military with ID: free

Availability for private pool parties:

  • Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Sundays through Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

(Pavilion available one hour prior to private party.)

If you are interested in having a pool party for graduation, birthdays, sports teams, or just for fun, please contact Julia Crout at 859-292-3686.

Also, don’t forget to stop by the 28th Annual Newport Italianfest presented by Jake Sweeney Fiat on Riverboat Row (between Purple People and Taylor Southgate Bridges). Italianfest runs June 13-16 with the following schedule:

  • Thursday, June 13, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (opening ceremony at 7:00 pm)

  • Friday, June 14, 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (fireworks after Reds game)

  • Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am  to 11:30 pm (fireworks at 11:00 pm)

  • Sunday, June 16, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This festival features authentic Italian food, live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from "the old country," a golf outing and a family photo booth showcasing the history of Italian families that settled in Newport generations ago. Other fun includes a cooking contest, games, and rides for the little ones. Events kick off with a bocce ball tournament at Pompilio's Restaurant on Wednesday, June 12, at 4:00 pm. The event averages over 100,000 visitors. For more info, call 859-292-3666. A complete list of events taking place in the city can be found here.

As always, if you have any questions email or call 859-292-3687. Great things are happening in Newport! Thanks for your efforts to continue to make Newport a great place to live, work, shop, and play.