2013-09-12 / News Briefs


Gourmet Grazing

Infinity Volunteers will hold its second annual “Evening Under the Stars: A Magical Night of Stargazing and Gourmet Grazing,” on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Newport Vineyards, from 6 - 9 p.m. The fundraiser will feature specialties from area restaurants, Newport Vineyards’ wine tastings, and live music. In addition, the Astronomical Society of Southern New England will set up highpowered telescopes in the vineyard for stargazing after dark.

All proceeds will support Infinity Volunteers’ upcoming trip to Pueblo Modelo, Guatemala in February 2014. Sixteen local high school students and six chaperones will travel to the remote and impoverished village to work on school improvement projects and build a playground for the children.

Tickets are $40 per person/$75 per couple and can be purchased online at infinityunderthestars-efbevent. eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Mary Edwards at 401-525-0107.

Forensic Science Lecture

Dennis Hilliard, the director of the Rhode Island State Crime Lab, will give a lecture on forensic science on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward King House. This will be the first installment of the URI Lecture Series. This talk is free for members who present their 2013-2014 membership card at the door and a $5 donation for guests. Call the King House at 846-7426 to register.

Tax Counselor Training

The Rhode Island AARP Tax-Aide program is scheduling training for new volunteers. Training will be conducted at the Middletown Library on Thursdays from Sept. 12 to Nov. 7, from 1 – 5 p.m. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in partnership with the IRS.

Preregistration is required due to limited class size. Contact Bob Lobecker at Robert.Lobecker@verizon.net, or Thurston Gray at tgraysr@aol.com for registration and additional information.

Rec. Dept. Begins Fall Programs

Newport Recreation Department is now accepting registration for fall programming which includes soccer, pre-season basketball camp, travel basketball, youth and adult tennis lessons, and tennis leagues. The creative movement and dance class begins Sept. 24.

Also, the first Saturday Fun Night is Sept. 28.

For additional information, stop in at The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., call 401-845-5800 or visit cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation.

ServSafe® Food Certification

In recognition of Food Safety Month in September, the R.I. Hospitality Association (RIHA) in partnership with the Rhode Island Convention Center will offer a ServSafe® food handlers course at a special discounted rate of $5 taking place at the R.I. Convention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 9 - 11 a.m.

This two-hour crash course on basic food safety will help Rhode Island hospitality employees be up-to-date on workplace best practices. It is appropriate for frontline food service employees such as kitchen staff and servers. This event is also open to the public.

The ServSafe® program, a nationally recognized program offered by the National Restaurant Association, is the restaurant and foodservice industry’s preeminent food safety training program. ServSafe® is recognized and accepted by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety program. RIHA offers monthly ServSafe® certification classes.

To register, contact RIHA at 401- 223-1120 or visit rihospitality.org.

Mentors Welcomed for Met School

The East Bay Met School will offer an opportunity for students and mentors to connect on Monday, Sept. 16, from 1-2 p.m. Mentors interested in helping students work and learn in ways that are beneficial or in having a student intern are welcome to contact Steve Heath at 401- 439-0106 or sheath@metmail.org.

Change a Life! Tutor an Adult

Literacy Volunteers of East Bay seeks volunteers to help adults working on skills such as reading, writing, math, using email and the Internet and speaking English. Volunteers don’t need to be a teacher.

Training will be held at the Middletown Library from 5 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, Wednesday, Sept. 25, Monday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1. Prospective volunteers need to attend all four sessions.

The interactive training sessions teach tutoring techniques and best practices for working with adult learners. Volunteers should anticipate meeting with their students two hours or more per week.

Call 247-2177 or 619-3779 to register or visit lveb.org for more information.

Literacy Volunteers of East Bay serves all of Newport and Bristol counties and East Providence.

Cluny Country Fair

The Cluny Country Fair will be Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the school grounds. The fair features carnival games, hayrides, field games, baked goods, craft vendors, a plant sale, live music by the Toe Jam Puppet band, and more.

Fair will be held rain or shine. Free parking, free admission. For more information, call 401-847- 2850 or visit ClunySchool.org.

VNS Offers Diabetes Management Classes

The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol counties announces a new series of four diabetes self-management education classes commencing Wednesday, Oct. 9 and running on consecutive Wednesdays until Oct. 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Newport Hospital. A doctor referral is required in order to attend the classes. Participants can register as of Sept. 9 with the VNS by calling 401-682-2100, x1642. Most insurances and Medicare will cover the cost of the course. For those without coverage, a sliding scale is available if needed. Nobody will be turned away because of inability to pay.

End of Summer Sunset Hike

Friends of Ballard Park will host an End of Summer Hike on Sept. 20 (rain date Sept. 28) from 6 - 7 p.m. As the sun sets, Friends of Ballard Park staff members will guide those attending along a hike of the 13-acre nature preserve. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Event goers should wear sturdy shoes as terrain is rugged and steep in places. Visit ballardpark.org or call 401.619.3377 for more information.

New Classes Start at King House

The fall classes begin the week of Sept. 16 at the Edward King House. Classes are ten sessions unless otherwise noted. Classes are $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers. To register, call the King House at 401-846-7426 or email nick@edwardkinghouse.org.

Mondays: Intermediate Yoga 9 a.m., Drawing and Painting 10:30 a.m., Introductory Italian (a 6-week course) 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Beginner Yoga 9 a.m., Tai Chi 10:30 a.m., Drawing and Painting 6 p.m., Tango 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Zumba 9:30 a.m., Qi Gong 10:30 a.m., Writing your Family History 1 p.m.

Thursday: Chair Yoga 9 a.m., Tai Chi 10:30 a.m.

Friday: Zumba 9:30 a.m., Line Dancing 10:30 a.m.

Holiday Basket Sign-Ups

Registration to receive Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday baskets will take place at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center from Sept. 9 – 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clients will need a picture ID, a piece of current mail with home address, and a proof of members of the family. For more information, email Bea Brush at bbrush@mlkccenter.org or call 846-4828 ext. 100.

‘Tour de Newport’

The 5th annual “Tour de Newport” bike-a-thon will take place Sunday, Sept. 22, with the start and finish lines at Rogers High School. The event benefits the programs at the Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC). Riders may select between a 10-mile course option, a 25-mile course, or a 45-mile course, with all three winding along Aquidneck Island’s scenic coastline. For more information, contact Chris Barker at FloorTime Studios at 401-633-5626; e-mail fitness@floortimestudios.com; or stop by the studio at 1038 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. Entry forms should be completed by Sept. 15.

Further event information may also be found at NCCMHC’s website at nccmhc.org.

A Cappella Group Welcomes New Singers

The Accidental Sisters, a women’s a cappella vocal ensemble based in Jamestown, announces its first gathering of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Jamestown Philomenian. The ensemble, established four years ago by director Julie Beth Andrews, sings classical, folk, and contemporary music from the United States and around the world. This season’s repertoire includes pieces by Kodaly and Bartok, as well as folk songs from South Africa and the Appalachian mountains, and a contemporary classic by Sting.

All concert proceeds are donated to projects aiding women in need, locally and internationally, as chosen by the group.

The un-auditioned ensemble includes a wide range of ages and musical experience, from amateur to professional. To cover costs of music and concert production, singers pay a $50 annual fee. The group encourages high school and college singers to join and waives their fee.

To learn more about singing with the Accidental Sisters, come to the library at 7:15, just before the first rehearsal on Sept. 19.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 8 the
Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 171 calls. Of those,
75 were emergency medical calls,
resulting in 59 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally,
7 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.
Fire apparatus was used for 171
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 59 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 60 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 30 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 54 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Furnace / burner fire
1 - Vegetation fire
1 - Extrication rescue
1 - Person removed from elevator
5 - Vehicle accidents
2 - Lock outs
5 - Assists to NPD or other agency
9 - Assist public calls
1 - False alarm/false call
21 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
17- Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
53 - Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 3 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 17 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews, and did 23 tent inspections / plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: People who are deaf or hard-ofhearing cannot always depend on the sound of a regular smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. Most major smoke alarm companies (Kidde, Gentex, and First Alert, etc.) offer smoke alarms which offer a high intensity strobe light in addition to an audible signal. These special smoke alarms are capable of waking a sleeping person. For additional information, or specific installation requirements, contact a licensed fire alarm contractor or the Newport Fire Department at 845-5922.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Arthritis Foundation Programs Offered

Newport Hospital is hosting three Arthritis Foundation programs starting in September. Programs include:

Sun-style Tai Chi program, designed for people who would like to improve their quality of life in a fun, safe and gentle way with trained instructors. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to noon, (no class on Sept. 25 & 27). The fee is $36 for the six-week series.

Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program: this class is free for people who would like to start an indoor walking program in a safe environment with trained leaders; Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program: this program is for people who want to exercise in a safe environment with trained leaders. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 18, 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $24 for the six-week series.

All programs will take place at Newport Hospital. For more information and to register, call 401- 845-1551.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 8, the Newport Police Department responded to 641 calls. Of those, 119 were motor vehicle related; there were 76 motor vehicle violations issued and 43 accident reports. 3 liquor establishment checks were also made and 6 private tows. The police also responded to 32 noise complaints, 24 animal complaints, 55 home/business alarm calls, 1 suicide call and 11 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 4 prisoners and issued 7 bicycle violations. They recorded 3 instances of assisting 2 other agencies and 3 other police departments.

In addition, 38 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 9 arrests were made for noise
n 6 arrests were made for domestic assault including 1 arrest
for domestic stalking, 1 arrest for
refusal to relenquish phone and
4 arrests for domestic simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 1 arrest was made for larceny.
n1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n 1 arrest was made for failure to
restrain a dog.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or an expired
n 1 arrest was made for trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n1 arrest was made for leaving
the scene of a collision.
n1 arrest was made for underage
n1 arrest was made for indecent
n1 arrest was made for leaving
the scene of a collision.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty.
n1 arrest was made for resisting
n1 arrest was made for placing a
false 911 call.
n1 arrest was made for conspiracy. n1 arrest was made for possession of crack cocaine.
n1 arrest was made for possession of a knife during commission of a crime.
n1 arrest was made for cyberstalking.

Potter Pet University

The September Potter Pet University topic is “What You Need to Know About Animal Abuse.” It will be presented by Kimberly R. Ahern, Special Assistant Attorney General on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Potter League.

In most cases, the only way that law enforcement is going to hear about instances of animal cruelty is through reporting by a concerned citizen. However, the public is often unclear on what defines animal cruelty and what they should do to report a suspected case. Come get an inside-the-courtroom look at the animal abuse laws in R.I. and find out what you can do to help.

Free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland, 401.846.0592 ext 120 or AnastaciaS@Potter- League.org

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Sept. 9, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 33 matters on the
n Of the 10 cases concerning open
containers/drinking in public, four
defendants pleaded no contest and
received fines of $300 each, plus
court costs of $93.50; three cases
were continued; two cases were
closed as paid in full; and a bench
warrant for failure to appear was issued in one instance.
n Three cases involving minors in
possession were adjudicated with
one dismissal; one no contest plea
resulting in a fine of $400 plus court
costs of $93.50; and one bench warrant for failure to appear.
n In three charges of operating a
guest house without a special use
permit, two cases were continued,
while one defendant pleaded no
contest and received a $4,000 fine
plus court costs of $100.
n Of four traffic infractions, three
were dismissed and one case was
n Seven expungement requests
were granted.
n The remaining six charges concerned a dog licensing violation,
unregistered solicitation, misrepresentation of drinking age, disorderly conduct, a noise violation,
and failure to properly store trash.
Of these, bench warrants were issued for two defendants who did
not appear.

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