Monday, August 6, 2012
Upload your own pictures from this weekend!
A summer in Middletown is sand, surf and sun! This weekend, your Patch editor put on her flip-flops to bring you the summertime scene. Enjoy the photo gallery and upload your favorite summer photos to this gallery!
Friday, August 3, 2012
The following information is from the Department of Health
HEALTH officials recommended re-opening Third Beach in Middletown for swimming. This comes after they closed the beach on Tuesday, July 31 after bacteria levels were considered unsafe. The recommendation to re-open is based on results from water samples that show bacteria levels within acceptable limits. HEALTH will continue to monitor the water quality regularly to assure safe bathing throughout the summer season. Water quality analysis is conducted by the HEALTH laboratory or a state certified laboratory. Beach status may change on a daily basis. For up-to-date information about swimming at Rhode Island beaches, visit www.health.ri.gov/beaches or for recorded information about Rhode Island bathing beaches, call (401) 222-2751.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Twenty-five mile per hour easterlies and a 9:30 a.m. high tide caused flooding on the roads and marshes along Third Beach.
With its exposure to the southeast, Third Beach takes a pounding during the type of weather in progress this morning. At 9:30 a.m., winds were recorded in Middletown at 24 miles per hour from the east, gusting to 38 miles per hour, according to weather.com, which also reported that half an inch of rain fell during the night. The high tide at 9:36 a.m., according to the tide charts published by Rhode Island Harbors, provided the additional element contributing to flooding in the Third Beach area. The flooded conditions should be short-lived, as rain is expected to be light for the remainder of the day, and low tide will arrive around 3 p.m. The wind, however, is forecast to remain strong all day, at 25 to 30 miles per hour from the East-…
Monday, November 7, 2011
Middletown police say Gary Mathias' death last Wednesday, Nov. 2, was an accident . Mathias died at Newport Hospital after at water rescue at Third Beach in Middletown.
Middletown police have closed the investigation into the death of Portsmouth fisherman Gary Mathias, ruling the cause as "accidental." "It appears accidental," said Middletown Police Lt. Robert Nutt on Monday. "The investigation has been closed." Gary Mathias, 48, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, after he was swept into the ocean by a large wave near the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown police said. Mathias was fishing on the rocks with a friend and was just about to leave, when a large wave knocked him off the rocks and swept him into the water. "A big wave came in and swept him off the rocks," Nutt said. "His friend tried to grab him. He (Mathias' friend) then drove down to the Cumberland Farms down the road to use the…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Gary Mathias, 48, of Portsmouth, was the kitchen manager of the Brick Alley Pub in Newport. He was featured on the cover of the weekly Mercury.
The Portsmouth fisherman who died Wednesday after being swept into the ocean was a beloved employee at a well-known Newport eatery. Gary Mathias, 48, served as the chef and kitchen manager at the Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant on Thames Street. "It's a devastating loss for all of us," said Brick Alley manager Tina Simpson. Simpson said the owners of Brick Alley were "flying in" this afternoon to speak with staff at the restaurant. Employees were also visiting and paying their condolences to family members. Mathias was featured this week on the cover of Mercury. The edition highlights Newport's Restaurant Week, which takes place from Nov. 4 to 13. Mathias' photograph is on the cover along with Chefs Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and …
A Portsmouth man died after he was pulled out of the water Wednesday morning near the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown.
Gary Mathias, 48, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday after he was swept into the ocean by a wave near the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown police said. Police responded just after 4 a.m. to the national refuge for a report of a fisherman being swept into the ocean. Sgt. Mark Minnella arrived first and located the victim floating in the surf. Sgt Minnella entered the water with a life line attached, but the surf was to rough to allow him to reach the victim, police said. Mathias' body was later found floating in the surf and was unresponsive. The victim was brought to the Third Beach Boat ramp, where Newport Rescue personnel began CPR. Mathias was then transported to Newport Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Here's a breakdown of the race route and road closures for the Amica Newport 19.7 Triathlon that follows a course throughout Aquidneck Island.
The Amica 19.7 Newport Triathlon will wind its way through Middletown and Portsmouth on Saturday. That means there are 19.7 miles with places to catch the action and cheer on the athletes as they charge through your neighborhood. Here's a breakdown of the race route and resulting road closures, provided by the Middletown Police Department: The triathlon will start at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to end around 11:30 a.m. The swim portion of the triathlon will take place at Third Beach. The course for the bicycle portion of the race is as follows: Cyclists will exit the Third Beach Parking lot and make a left turn onto the Third Beach Access Road and head south towards Sachuest Point road. They will then make a left turn onto Sachuest Point …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Amica 19.7 Newport Sprint Triathlon kicks off Saturday from Third Beach in Middletown.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
“Biggest Loser” contestant Jay Kruger, who lost more than 100 pounds when he participated in the NBC show in 2008, will be among the many endurance athletes slated to compete in the 2011 Amica 19.7 Newport sprint triathlon on Saturday, September 24 in Newport, RI. “It was an awesome race,” said Kruger, who competed in the inaugural Amica 19.7 Newport in 2010. "Newport is a beautiful venue for a race. I can't wait to compete against a group of athletes that love triathlons as much as I do!" The Amica 19.7 Newport will be Kruger’s seventh and final triathlon of the 2011 season. He also competed in the Amica 19.7 Boston in August. He recorded a personal best time and in doing so, won the Clydesdale Division at that race. “I’ve had a good …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In the wake of public outcry, new plans to replace the aging Third Beach boat ramp are in the works.
In the wake of residents’ outcry over plans to give Third Beach a new boat ramp with a fixed pier system and pump-out station, the Middletown Beach Commission is drafting a scaled-back version that calls for a “more low profile” design. At a meeting held Tuesday at Middletown Town Hall, the Beach Commission reached a consensus to recommend a new plan that, when finalized next month, would result in a new recommendation to be presented to the Planning Board and Town Council. Tuesday's meeting also was attended by several Third Beach neighbors, including the Peabody Family that owns Peabody's Beach on Third Beach Road. Commission Chairman Rian Wilkinson outlined the issues the new proposal is to address: Other commission members suggested …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Here's a look at what's happening in and around Middletown today.
Update: The Beach Commission meet previously scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to discuss and vote on a proposed new Third Beach Boat Ramp has been canceled. New student orientations will be held at the Gaudet Middle School and at Middletown High School today. Windmill Wednesday returns to Prescott Farm tonight. See the inside of the 1812 windmill, learn about grist milling and taste johnnycakes. Second and Third beaches reopen today after Hurricane Irene. Get your surf report before heading out. Today’s the deadline to submit artwork to the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s non-juried show, “Something of That Nature,” scheduled for Sept. 9-11.