2013-09-26 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Collaborating for a Healthier Newport

The Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is working on the issues the community faces regarding drugs, alcohol and other substances. Input is welcome at a public meeting to be held Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. For more information, contact Task Force coordinator, Ben Ellcome at ben@gmail.com

CPR Training

The Newport County YMCA is offering a CPR/AED First Aid class on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Lifeguard training will also be offered on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 11- 17 from noon - 3 p.m. You must be registered for this class by Oct. 9 to get the link from Red Cross for the online segment of class.

ALT Speaker Series

Artist and environmental advocate Dick Lynn will be the featured presenter at the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) Conservation Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Oakland Forest and Meadow Preserve on Carriage Drive in Portsmouth. The discussion will be about fracking for natural gas and Lynn will present his interactive sculpture. Lynn will also talk about the role of artists as activists. His background includes working in the music industry in New York City, producing public television on a national level, designing and building furniture, and most recently creating sculpture that delivers environmental messages. Carpooling is encouraged, as parking is limited. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Courtney Huth at chuth@ailt.org or 401-849-2799 ext. 14.

Sweet Swing Golf Tournament

The Sweet Swing Golf Tournament will be held at the Green Valley Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 6. The tournament registration will begin at 10 a.m. The four person scramble will begin at 11 a.m. with staggered tee times until approximately 1 p.m. Requests for particular tee times will be taken on a firstcome first-served basis and must be received by Oct. 4. Proceeds will benefit the Frank “Sugar” Roggero Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Portsmouth 375th Celebration. In addition, one hole will have a dedicated contest that will raise money to preserve Portsmouth historical documentation at the Portsmouth Free Library. Volunteers, donors and players all welcome. For more information in assisting Ashley Roggero email her at Roggeroa14@gmail.com or call 401-683-2117.

Rogers Student Commended

Jim Nelson, principal of Rogers High School, announced this week that senior Hannah E. Casey has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented by the principal to Casey.

Pet Photos Wanted

The Humane Society of Jamestown is hosting a photo contest this fall. Winners will be featured in the 2014 Humane Society of Jamestown calendar. Digital photos should be sent to hsj.02835@cox.net. Prints should be sent to the Humane Society of Jamestown, P.O. Box 681, Jamestown, RI 02835. The pet and photographer’s names should be included. All entries must be received by Oct. 20.

Humane Society Annual Meeting

The Humane Society of Jamestown Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. Members and the public are encouraged to attend.

Middletown Coalition Family Day

The Middletown Prevention Coalition is celebrating Family Day on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1-5 p.m. at Linden Park, 141 West Main Rd. (next to IHOP Restaurant). The day is part of a national movement to celebrate parental involvement as a tool to build healthy kids. The event features a rock climbing wall, bouncy house, obstacle course, and much more. For more information, contact msaptf@middletownri.com or 401-845-0409.

Fifth Ward Seniors Luncheon

Newport author and gardener Harry J. Eudenbach will discuss his book, “Estate Gardeners of Newport – A Horticultural Legacy,” at a Fifth Ward Seniors Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Hibernian Hall on Wellington Ave. The book recognizes and honors individuals who have made their livelihood behind the scenes of grand estates. The event is open to any man who is at least 55 years old and was born or raised in Newport’s Fifth Ward.

For reservations, $20/per person, contact Jim Dingwall at 401-846- 1436 or Norman Surprenant at 401- 849-7396.

It’s Harvesttime

Old-fashioned fun awaits at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 39th annual Harvest Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids of all ages can try their hands at the monkey bridge, field games and a variety of strength and skills competitions. The home and garden competition is always keen, with locals vying for blue ribbon bragging rights for their signature dishes. The extensive artisan and craft show is a highlight of the fair and a full roster of local musicians will perform. 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Admission is $6 adults and $3 for kids. For more information, call 401-846-2577 or visit normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Commissions Forum

In its ongoing efforts to keep citizens aware of and involved with issues affecting the quality of life in Newport, the Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) will be holding a series of Public Forums featuring the Chairpersons of various City Commissions and Boards.

The first of the ALN forums will feature reports from the Cliff Walk Commission, Easton’s Beach Commission, and Waterfront Commission and will take place at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with presentations from the commissions and subsequent Q&A.

For more information on the Alliance, go to NewportAlliance.org.

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.

Newport String Project

The Newport String Project will hold its inaugural concert on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Trinity Church at 4 p.m. The free concert will feature Newport String Project violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and EalaĆ­n McMullin, with guest artists Jesse Holstein, of Community MusicWorks, on viola and Heath Marlow, director of the Sistema Fellows Program at New England Conservatory, on cello. The quartet will perform Haydn’s “Quartet in D Major op 20 no. 4” and Beethoven’s “Quartet in E flat major op. 127.” For more information, visit newportstringproject.org.

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