2013-09-19 / News Briefs


Task Force Community Meeting

The Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force will be holding a community meeting at the Newport Public Library on Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.

In the 2012-2013 school year, the Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force conducted a needs assessment to better understand substance abuse among youth in Newport. The assessment measured rates of use, ease of access, and general attitudes toward substance use and abuse. The information collected underlines the work needed going forward.

This community meeting, the first in a series, invites members of our community to come learn more about what the needs assessment data revealed about substance abuse among Newport teens, and to share their ideas for how to address substance abuse among our youth. Participants in the meeting will have the opportunity to help design the prevention strategy for our community as we create our road map to a healthier Newport. We will not be able to complete our work without the community’s input and support.

The mission of the Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is to act as an advisory committee to the City of Newport to assist in the acquisition and implementation of substance abuse prevention programs. These programs must endeavor to improve the quality of life for Newport residents, particularly youth, through a coordinated prevention approach.

Middletown Student Chosen for All- National Chorus

Clara Maurer, a junior at Middletown High School, has been selected as a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Mixed Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. She will join more than 670 high school students from across the U.S. to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to singing with the Middletown High School chorus, Maurer is also a member of the school’s ensemble group, a select all-female choir.

Saturday Fun Night

The first Saturday Fun Night is Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5 - 8 p.m. for children in kindergarten through grade 4. A variety of activities and games will be played and includes pizza, chips and a drink. The cost to attend is $15 per child in advance and $25 per child at the door, if there is space available. Limit of 20 per night.

For more information stop in at The Hut, 35 Golden Hill Street, call 401-845-5800 or visit www.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation/ home.cfm

Doggie Paw-Rade

To help homeless animals the Black Dog General Store will host an open house on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Event will feature an information table for the Potter League, children’s face painting, fun contests, prizes and more! A Doggie Paw-Rade around Bannister’s Wharf will start at 11 a.m. Entry fee of $5.00 will be matched by the Black Dog and all participants will receive a 10% discount at the store. Proceeds to benefit the Potter League.

‘Tales of the Slave Trade’ Walking Tour

Linden Place Museum will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. The tour will focus specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the slave trade. Recently featured in the PBS film “Traces of the Trade,” the DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. The tour will then continue through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, where tour-goers will enjoy a complimentary rum cocktail and ask questions.

The tour is $20, reservations are required, tour is limited to 15 people. For more information and reservations, call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390.

Author Discusses RI Role in the Civil War

Local author Frank Grzyb will discuss his latest book, “Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War,” at the Portsmouth Free Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Rhode Island’s stories of the Civil War are often overlooked, such as Brown University’s John M. Hay, who became Lincoln’s assistant secretary, and Newport’s role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy. Program is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Stop by or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.

Pre-K Playgroup

The Newport Pre-K Playgroup will hold an open house on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Newport Recreational Center (The Hut). The group is for children ages 2-5 and meets every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning in October at The Hut. It is a fun and educational time for the kids while giving mothers a few hours of free time each week. The cost is $35 a month. For more information call Callie at 401-924- 0692 or email newportplaygroup@hotmail.com.

Brazilian Music Performance

Marcus Santos’ AfroBrazil a Boston based 10-piece percussion ensemble, is slated to perform at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

The show combines traditional Brazilian music like Samba and Axé with funk, rock, jazz and hip hop. Tickets are $12, $10 for guild members, children under 5 free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.PortsmouthArts.org or at the door.

For more information, call 401- 293-5278 or visit PortsmouthArts.org. The Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Rd., is open Friday-Sunday from 1- 5 p.m.

Portsmouth Republicans Meeting

The Portsmouth Town Republicans will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Portsmouth Senior Center at 7 p.m.

Fall Car Show

The Middletown Rotary Club will be holding its 11th annual “Fort Adams in the Fall” Auto Festival on Sunday, Sept. 29. The event will bring together drivers and their vehicles representing over 49 classes including classic, hot rods, vintage, sports cars, trucks, and motorcycles. More than 450 vehicles are expected to be shown, making it one of the largest vehicle shows in Rhode Island. The event is held on the outside front lawn and inside the Fort from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Judging of the classes will be done by four teams. Trophies will be presented to the top three finishers in each class, along with five special trophies.

There will be no charge for spectators, but donations will be welcome. All proceeds go to help fund Middletown Rotary local charitable activities. Car registration for festival entrants is $15, the day of the event. Food and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call Patrick Burke at 401-864-4028 or email: 2013fortadamscarshow@gmail.com.

RIMTA Purchases Boat Show

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), dedicated to growing the Ocean State’s marine trades through advocacy, education and promotion, announced today that it will purchase the Providence Boat Show from Newport Exhibition Group. In its 21st year, the Providence Boat Show is one of the largest winter boat shows in New England and is held annually at the Rhode Island Convention Center. As part of the agreement, Newport Exhibition Group will support RIMTA through management and marketing consultation, as well as onsite staffing for the next show.

The 21st annual Providence Boat Show will take place Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014.

For more information on the Providence Boat Show, contact RIMTA at 401-396-9619 or info@rimta.org, or visit rimta.org.

Lobster Bake

The American Culinary Federation (ACFRI) and the RI Food Bank will team up to host a traditional New England lobster bake at the Hyatt on Goat Island on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 - 6 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will support the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen culinary job training program and educational scholarships awarded by the ACFRI to promising culinary students.

The ticket price of $75 includes a menu of clam chowder, farm green salad, pasta primavera salad, vegetable slaw, native lobster, mussels and steamers, chourico sausage, barbecued chicken, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob, dessert, assorted sodas and water, and beer and wine.

A $10 children’s menu for children ages 3-12 (kids under 3 eat for free) includes hamburgers & hot dogs, green salad, dessert, and juice, soda or water.

For tickets and information, visit www.rifoodbank.org/lobsterbake or call 401-942-6325.

The Food Bank’s Community Kitchen program is a 14-week intensive culinary education program for low-income and unemployed adults. More than 90% of the graduates secure employment in the hospitality industry within a year of graduation. Students acquire valuable work and life skills, while preparing hundreds of meals daily for the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe, which provides after-school meals to children.

Adult Basketball League

The Newport County YMCA is now accepting team registrations for its adult basketball league. The league is on Friday nights at the Y from Oct. 11 into Dec. Registration ends Oct. 8. For more information, call 401-847-9200 ext 113 or visit www.newportymca.org.

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