2013-10-10 / News Briefs


AARP Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will have its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Fenner Hall at 1:30 p.m. New members are asked to arrive at 1 p.m. and bring their National AARP card. The guest speaker will be Susan Haley from Home Instead Senior Care. She will present a program on nutrition for seniors with nutrition tips, recipes and information regarding foods that may help or hurt arthritis symptoms.

Members are asked to bring canned goods for local food pantries. For more information, call Jean at 401-846-5146.

Update from Toll Bridge Commission

The Portsmouth Town Republicans will hold their monthly meeting on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Rd. The guest speaker will be Senator Christopher S. Ottiano, R-Portsmouth. There will be a discussion on the platform for the 2014 elections. The audience will be updated on the Special Legislative Commission on tolls for the Seekonk River Bridge.

Dog Romp at Rose Island

Dogs and friends are welcome to romp at Rose Island on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 12-3 p.m. Dogs will have fun running around and swimming while their owners enjoy beautiful Rose Island. This is fundraiser for the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and is $25 per person; dogs are free. Beer and wine will be available and people are encouraged to bring picnics. Boats to the event will leave Fort Adams at 12 and12: 30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call Wag- Nation at 401-619-3719.

RWU Hall of Fame Induction

Newport architect Spencer Cordtsen McCombe, is being honored as part of Roger Williams University’s second class of its Athletic Hall of Fame for his notable wrestling career while attending the university. Spencer had a total of 91 wins, the most in RWU history, he was captain of the wrestling team for four years, and was named All- New England wrestler three times.

The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 26 at the university. Reservations may be made online at http://onlinecommunity.rwu.edu/ HOF2013.

Saturday Fun Night

The next Saturday Fun Night is Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. for children in kindergarten through grade 4. A variety of activities and games will be played and the event includes pizza, chips and a drink. The cost to attend is $15 per child in advance and $25 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

‘Tasting in Portsmouth’

Portsmouth Free Public Library invites you to the 2013 “Tasting in Portsmouth” fundraising event at the Library, 2658 East Main Road, on Friday, Oct.18, from 7 - 9 p.m.. Visit with Portsmouth neighbors as you sample beer, wine, and restaurant specialties from local businesses. This fun event gives a glimpse of the many fine establishments that the area has to offer and provides additional funding to support library services. A silent auction is new this year and a live auction will start at 8:30 p.m. Library Association members are $20 and nonmembers $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door the night of the Tasting.

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, call 401- 849-5232 or contact information@newportstorm.com.

College Planning Night

High school juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to attend a college planning night on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers High School library, 15 Wickham Rd. This is an opportunity for high school students to get information to help guide the planning process for college admissions. The evening is sponsored by the Rogers High School Guidance Dept. and the College Planning Center of Rhode Island.

The Importance of Local Foods

What does local food mean to you and why is it important? Join chef Bob Bankert of the Mooring Restaurant, farmer Louis Escobar of Escobar Farms, Jesse Rye of Farm Fresh Rhode Island, nutritionist Kristin Niessink, and grocer John Wood of the Green Grocer for a panel discussion on the many ways growing, selling, distributing and consuming local foods is important to our community. Samples will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

This event will take place Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Sweet Berry Farm. RSVP to Courtney Huth at chuth@ailt.org or 401- 849-2799 x19 as space is limited.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 6 the
Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 162 calls. Of those,
86 were emergency medical calls,
resulting in 68 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 3 patients were treated on the
scene and 12 patients refused aid
once EMS arrived on the scene.
Fire apparatus was used for 162
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1
and 3 responded to 68 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 64 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 28 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 17 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 30 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Structure fire
1 - Overheated motor
1 - Smoke scare
5 - Cooking fires, confined to
1 - Unauthorized burning
1 - Gas leak (natural gas or LPG)
2 - Vehicle accidents
4 - Lock outs
11 - Assist public calls
1 - Fire alarm or false call
11 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
7 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
57 - Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 12 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 22 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews, and did 17 tent inspections / plan reviews.


Cooking oil: You should always wear an oven mitt while cooking with oil on the stovetop. If the oil catches fire carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the fire. Turn off the burner. Keep the pan covered until the oil cools to prevent it from starting again. If the oil has overflowed from the pan and ignites, get everyone out of the home immediately and dial 911 from outside. This year’s Fire Safety Week message is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Visit the National Fire Protection Association website nfpa.org for more info.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Fire Safety Open House

Local residents are invited to a fire safety open house on Monday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Middletown Fire Station, 239 Wyatt Rd. The open house, part of National Fire Safety Month, is aimed at teaching fire safety and prevention practices, such as “stop, drop and roll.”

There will be free pizza from Papa Gino’s, a fire extinguisher simulator, and free education materials, such as fire safety coloring sheets.

Papa Gino’s is also sponsoring open houses in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. For more information about the open house, call Fire Marshal Rob McCall at 401-845-0444.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 6, the Newport Police Department responded to 580 calls. Of those, 129 were motor vehicle related; there were 89 motor vehicle violations issued and 40 accident reports. One bicycle violation was also issued.

Police performed 4 liquor establishment checks, responded to 2 calls regarding shots fired: Thursday, Oct. 3 on Kay St. and Sunday, Oct. 6 on Third St. and 1 suicide call.

The police also responded to 24 noise complaints, 10 animal complaints, 33 home/business alarm calls, and 4 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners, provided escort for 4 funerals, and performed 1 school security check at Thompson.

They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and 5 other agencies.

In addition, 26 arrests were made for the following violations: n 7 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 5 arrests were made for possession of open containers of alcohol. n 4 arrests were made for simple assault. n 2 arrests were made for violating a no contact order. n 3 arrests were made for larceny. n1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault. n1 arrest was made for trespassing. n1 arrest was made for a noise violation.

TAM Reception

Turning Around Ministries, Inc. is hosting a community reception Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club. TAM has been providing supportive prisoner reentry services to the residents of Newport County for the past eight years. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Earls, Assistant Director, Rehabilitative Services, Dept. of Corrections. A donation of $30 is requested from attendees. For more information or to attend, call 401-846-8264 or email ta_ min@verizon.net.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Oct. 7, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 50 matters on the docket: n 22 cases involved noise disturbances, eight were resolved by no contest pleas with fines that ranged from $250 to $400, with additional court costs of $93.50. Two cases were dismissed, one was expunged, three were continued and five were scheduled for trial. Three bench warrants were issued for failure to appear. n In 12 cases involving unlawful drinking and misrepresentation of age, eight defendants pleaded no contest and were fined $400, plus court costs of $93.50. Two cases were continued, one dismissed, one expunged and one bench warrant was issued for failure to appear. n 12 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. n Six cases concerned open containers/ drinking in public. Of these, four pleaded no contest and were fined $400, plus court costs of $93.50. One was expunged and one bench warrant was issued for failure to appear. n Two charges for possession of an air gun were brought before the judge, one case was continued for pre-trial and a bench warrant for failure to appear was issued for the other. n A traffic charge for speeding was fined $95, and a charge for not wearing a seat belt was fined $40, plus court costs of $35 each. n One defendent was fined $75 for failure to restrain an animal. n A charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed. n A bench warrant for failure to appear was issued for a charge of urinating in public. n A bench warrant for failure to appear was issued for a charge of littering.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and / or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Kiddie Yoga

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

Finding Your Voice

The monthly Photographers’ Guild meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7p.m. in the Ilgenfritz Gallery of the Newport Art Museum. The featured speaker is Chris Alvanas, digital artist and filmmaker. His presentation, “Finding your voice, how we stay inspired and still evolve” will explore how to make your images stand out and what we do and why we do it. The program is free and open to the public.

Teacher Assistant Class

The Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center is currently enrolling for its Teacher Assistant Training Program which begins in November. Classes are held at the Kennedy School Annex, 740 West Main Rd., Middletown. To register, contact AIALC at 401-847-7171.

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