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Date:    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Forty 1° North named as French Polo Team headquarters and Official Gala Hotel.  Located in the heart of historic downtown Newport, with a stunning backdrop of the harbor, Forty 1° North is a waterfront destination close to Bellevue Avenue’s famous mansions, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and just steps away from shopping, galleries and museums.  Forty 1° North offers a modern take on the marina-side luxury hotel, with a deliberately innovative and contemporary interior design to represent a new era in Newport hospitality. The boutique hotel offers full-service facilities including a state-of-the-art marina, two unique restaurants, 28 beautifully appointed lodgings, tailored corporate and event packages and extraordinary service.  351 Thames Street, Newport, Rhode Island.  Reservations: 1.877.367.8916 or 1.401.846.8018  www.41north.com 

NBC 10 News moved into its new state-of-the-art news set in March. Three large monitor walls may be the showcase pieces you see on TV, but what you don’t see is impressive too. Behind the scenes, WJAR built a new control room utilizing brand new Sony studio cameras and the very latest production technology. The upgrades won’t stop there. More new equipment is due to arrive at your local news leader in the coming months. Stay tuned!


ALEX AND ANI/CHARITY BY DESIGN celebrated its 5th birthday and marked a very important milestone of $30 million dollars given back to charitable organizations across the world. Thanks to the dedication of ALEX AND ANI fans in supporting the CHARITY BY DESIGN mission, countless lives have been changed for the better and we have only just begun to create #peacetogether.


Hotel Viking recently announced the appointment of Keith Chouinard as Director of Sales & Marketing. Chouinard joined Hotel Viking in December 2015 brining over 15 years of experience to the Hotel Viking theme. Chouinard gained his expertise in resorts and hotels across the country, recently earning an award for Director of Sales of the Year.

“With the renovations almost complete and the 90th anniversary on the horizon, it is truly an exciting time at Hotel Viking,” says Chouinard.

In January 2016, Hotel Viking started renovations to refresh the décor, upgrade the restaurant, public spaces, and meeting rooms in time to celebrate the hotel’s 90th anniversary and the re-opening of One Bellevue, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.


Cox Communications, a founding partner of the Connect2Compete White House initiative was recently recognized by President Obama for its investment in the program to bring internet service to low-income K-12 families. The company is launching event and media campaigns, aiming to signup at least 100,000 Americans for the program. Since the campaign start 4 years ago, Cox has brought internet service to nearly 160,000 people, providing young students the tools to be successful in school, and careers beyond.


Newport Polo’s Sponsor, Balfour Beatty Communities, is changing its look locally, and will be known as NAVSTA Newport Homes.  NAVSTA Newport Homes offers residential housing in 6 communities around Aquidneck Island, with award winning service, active community amenities through its LifeWorks program, serving Navy service members stationed in Newport as well as nonmilitary tenants with approved credit and income.