2013-10-03 / News Briefs


Hoedown for Hunger

Join the East Bay Food Pantry on Friday, Oct. 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. at The Barn at Mount Hope Farm. Kick up your heels to the lively music of The Goat Ropers, learn to line dance and feast on dinner catered by Lynne Turnbull of 195 Franklin. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.eastbayfoodpantry.org or at the East Bay Thrift Shop,150 Franklin St., Bristol. The East Bay Food Pantry, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization, offering a client-choice food pantry and a low-cost thrift shop. For more information contact Anita at 401-396-9490 or arandall@eastbayfoodpantry.org.

New Board Elected at Nina Lynette Home

The Nina Lynette Home held its annual meeting in September and elected the following slate of officers and board members for the 2013-2014 year: President - Jane Walsh, Vice-President - Nancy Curran, Secretary - Ellen Leys, and Treasurer - Joanne Dunlap.

Board members include: Mary Bauer, Nancy Curran, Joanne Dunlap, Richard Koziara, Ellen Leys, Judy Leys, Tom O’Loughlin, Stephanie Shoemaker, and Jane Walsh.

Nina Lynette offers its seven residents private rooms with baths, in both single and suite configurations. Three meals are served daily and a manager lives on the premises. The Nina Lynette Home at 87 Washington St. is a nonprofit corporation providing safe and affordable family-style accommodations to independent seniors since 1905. For more information, call 847-2674.

Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, will meet Oct. 10 and is offered monthly on the 2nd Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. No doctor’s referral is required. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. To attend or for more information call 682-2100.

Swinburne Grants

The Swinburne fund memorializes Elizabeth H. Swinburne, a civicminded woman of the early 1900s who established a school in her Newport home to educate young women. Following her death, the Civic League of Newport continued her mission and, 10 years ago, established the fund in her name. The Miss Swinburne Fund has provided nearly $600,000 in scholarships and grants to benefit young women from Newport County since 2002.

Scholarship recipients are:

Newport: Jessica White – Community College of Rhode Island; Kaori Oneil – University of Rhode Island; Brittany Howellel – Community College of Rhode Island; Alexandra Brown – Cedarville University

Middletown: Camille Bobiak – Florida Institute of Technology

Jamestown: Caitlin Schnack – New York University

Portsmouth: Victoria Oman – Bristol Community College; Kayla Kemper – University of Rhode Island; Meredith FitzGerald – University of Rhode Island

Tiverton: Alexandra Corr – High Point University

Organizational grants were awarded to:

Star Kids Scholarship Program: $3,500 for tuition for one Newport County Star Kid female student to attend a non-public school.

Newport Community School: The $2,500 grant will support a vocational training program for Certified Nursing Assistants.

Boys & Girls Club of Newport County: $2,000 to expand the American Girl Club for CPR and babysitting expenses.

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island: $2,000 to support Newport’s Urban Outreach program benefitting atrisk girls grades K-12.

Women’s Resource Center: $2,000 to support the Court Advocacy Program in Newport County to empower victims of domestic violence.

Child & Family Services of Newport County: $2,000 to support the Groovy Girls Program.

East Bay Community Action Program: $2,000 for staffing and materials for Even Start’s Children’s Room.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center: $2,000 for the Strong Woman Series.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State: $1,500 to support mentoring services for 30 at-risk girls living in Newport County.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse: $1,500 to recruit women and girls to participate in programs focusing on building social and micro-enterprise businesses.

For more information, visit rifoundation.org.

Crowley Lecture Series

Rhode Island Historian Laureate, Dr. Patrick T. Conley, will be the guest speaker for the second talk in the Museum of Newport Irish History’s 2013-2014 Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series. The talk, entitled “Politics, Prejudice, Patriotism, and Perseverance: Rhode Island’s Catholic Irish Confront The Civil War,” will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

In his talk, Conley will focus on the ordeal of Rhode Island’s Catholic Irish immigrants and the nativist reaction to their arrival.

The lecture is $2 for Museum of Newport Irish History members and $15 for non-members, which may be applied to the annual membership fee. Reservations are requested. To reserve, please contact Ann Arnold at 401-841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net.

After School Programs

iNCASE, Newport County Afterschool Excitement, invites students in grades 6-9 to register for the fall session on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 22. Transportation is available from schools. Programs offered include B-Boy/B-Girl Hip-Hop Dance, Cycle Smarts, Digital Portfolio, Explore the Bay, Reach High Hang On, Robotics and TeenFit.

Registration forms are available at local schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, the Jamestown Teen Center, or from iNCASEri. org. Registrations are due by Oct. 9. For more information call Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 ext. 17 or contact iNCASE@bgcnewport.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.

Public Speaking Champ at Salve

Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking Ryan Avery will present a free lecture at Salve Regina University’s Bazarsky Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The 25-year-old Emmy award-winning journalist easily connects with high school and college students and young professionals; he will offer strategies on how to write and deliver a great speech and connect with the audience.

Register at makeitagreatspeechnewport. eventbrite.com.

Mansion Schedule Change

The Preservation Society of Newport County has announced that the operating schedule at the Newport Mansions will change after Columbus Day, when several of the smaller properties will close until late spring. Now is the time to visit Green Animals, Kingscote, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House and Chepstow. Visit newportmansions.org for hours of operation.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 29
the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 141 calls. Of
those, 76 were emergency medical
calls, resulting in 59 patients being
transported to the hospital. Additionally, 1 patient was treated on
the scene and 10 patients refused
aid once EMS arrived on the scene.
Fire apparatus was used for 141
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue
1 and 3 responded to 63 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 46 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 23 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 33 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
3 - Gas leaks (natural gas or LPG)
1 - Water or steam leak
1 - Smoke scare
1 - Electrical equipment problem
2 - Vehicle accidents
4 - Lock outs
10 - Assist public calls
4 - Fire alarms or false calls
9 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
10- Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
63 - Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention,
the department performed 17 smoke
alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 12 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews, and
did 36 tent inspections / plan reviews.
Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 6-12.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great
Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than
250 people, left 100,000 homeless,
destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000
acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but
continued into and did most of its
damage on Oct. 9, 1871. In 1920,
President Woodrow Wilson issued
the first National Fire Prevention Day
proclamation, and since 1922, Fire
Prevention Week has been observed
on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. This year’s
message is, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
Visit the National Fire Protection
Association website at nfpa.org for
more info.
Information provided by
FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Health Care Documentary

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), in partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation, will host a free movie screening of the powerful, awardwinning health care documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” The film explores the inherent flaws within the healthcare system and the responsibility we all have in lowering costs and making positive changes.

The screening is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at East Bay Family Health Care, 6 John H. Chafee Blvd. The program and registration will begin at 5 p.m. Individuals interested in attending must register by calling Susan Schenck at 401-848-6697 x302.

EBCAP will have information available during the event on the new Affordable Care Act and HealthSourceRI – Rhode Island’s new health insurance exchange.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 29, the Newport Police Department responded to 779 calls. Of those, 221 were motor vehicle related; there were 189 motor vehicle violations issued and 32 accident reports. Police responded to 2 calls regarding skateboarding and 4 suicide calls. 13 private tows were made. The police also responded to 20 noise complaints, 30 animal complaints, 62 home/business alarm calls, and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 11 prisoners, provided escort for 2 funerals, and performed 4 school security checks (2 at Rogers and 2 at Pell). They recorded 3 instances of assisting 10 other police departments and 4 other agencies.

In addition, 31 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 4 arrests were made for larceny. n 3 arrests were made for simple
n3 arrests were made for vandalism. n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n2 arrests were made for obstructing an officer in the line of
n 1 arrest was made for possession of open containers of
n 1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
felony assault.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked
n1 arrest was made for fraudulent use of credit cards.
n1 arrest was made for underage
n1 arrest was made for trespassing. n1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for carrying
a pistol without a license.
n1 arrest was made for a noise

Surfer’s End Beach Cleanup

Clean Ocean Access will sponsor a cleanup of Sachuest Beach’s Surfer’s End on Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon-2 p.m. All are welcome to help improve our ocean’s health by removing marine debris from the coastline. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, and bring your own gloves.

Coffee, hot chocolate and light refreshments will be provided by Empire Tea & Coffee, and participants are asked to bring their own reusable cups. Visit cleanoceanaccess.org for more information.

Golf Tournament

The Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Newport National Golf on Monday, Oct. 7. Registration at 8:30. Shotgun start, lunch and prizes. Foursomes and individual players welcome. For more information contact Mike Holty, 401-849-6922.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Sept. 30, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 39 matters on the
n Twelve cases concerned open
containers/drinking in public. Of
these, three bench warrants were
issued for failure to appear, while
two defendants pleaded no contest
and received fines of $200 each,
plus court costs of $93.50. The remaining cases were continued, dismissed, or closed as paid in full.

nSix cases involved noise disturbances, three were resolved by no
contest pleas, and three were continued. Fines ranged from $300 to
$400, with additional court costs of

nSix cases involved noise disturbances; three were resolved by no
contest pleas and three were continued. Fines ranged from $300 to
$400, with additional court costs of

nThe owners of 64 Admiral Kalbfus
Rd. were cited twice for operating
a guest house without the special
use permit approval of the Zoning
Board of Review. Both cases were

nThe owners of 14 Filmore and 21
John St. were cited with making
changes, repairs and/or modifications to a structure without a certificate of appropriateness from the
Historic District Commission. The
case was continued for pretrial.

nThree traffic charges were heard.
n In five cases involving a minor in
possession of alcohol, one case was
continued, one was closed as paid
in full, and three were expunged.

nA charge of disorderly conduct
was continued for disposition.

nThree bench warrants for failure
to appear were issued for a charge
of urinating in public, restraint of an
animal, and an unlicensed dog.

Appraisal Day at Art Museum

Find out what your family heirloom is worth at the Newport Art Museum’s first Fine Art and Jewelry Appraisal Day on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Expert appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will examine each piece, discussing issues of age and condition and giving an estimated value verbally, based on current market prices for similar examples. Participants may bring up to three items for appraisal. Cost is $20 per item ($50 for three). Reservations and advanced payment are required. Call Karen Knisely at 401- 619-7277 to reserve an appraisal time. Space is limited, and items are restricted to fine art (paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, and photography) and jewelry. Visit newportartmuseum.org/Programs Events for details.

Cheer Clinic

The Rogers High School Cheerleaders will host a youth clinic for girls ages 5-12 on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Hut (Newport Recreation Department).

Participants will learn cheers, a dance and stunts. They will also perform with the high school cheerleaders during halftime at the Rogers football game on Oct.11. The cost of the clinic is $20.

For more information, call Carol Mureddu at 401-855-1701.

Ewaso Lions Talk

“Big Cats and Little Cats,” a special presentation by Shivani Bhalla and Jeneria Lekilele from the Ewaso Lions organization will be given at the Potter League’s annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club. Ewaso Lions works to conserve Kenya’s dwindling lion population. To attend, contact Jill at 401-846-0592, ext 122 or jillh@potterleague.org.

CCACG Meeting

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stride Conference Room in the Newport Public Library. All are welcome.

Halloween Parade Being Planned

The inaugural Newport Storm Boo-ery Halloween Parade is looking for performers and groups to enter floats or march with a themed costume. The family-friendly parade is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 - 5 p.m. Trick-or-treat opportunities will be along the route, from the post office on Broadway to Washington Square.

For more information, contact information@newportstorm.com.

Baby Sitter Training

The Newport County YMCA is offering a baby sitter training class for ages 11 and up on Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Training fee is $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For more information call 401-847-9200.

Kiddie Yoga

The Pennfield School will hold Kiddie Yoga, Stories & Crafts classes for 2 – 4-year-olds this fall beginning Oct. 21. The six-week class will be held on Mondays through Dec. 2 from 9 – 9:45 a.m. To learn more or register, visit pennfield.org/yoga, call 401-849 4646, or email yoga@pennfield.org.

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