2013-10-31 / News Briefs


Grange Meeting

The next meeting of the Portmouth Grange #29 will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Senior Center on Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth. The evening program will be “Dog Logic 101.” Refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome.

For more information, call the membership chair Amanda Sherman at 401-397-8058.

Tax Counselor Training

The last Rhode Island AARP Tax- Aide training for new volunteers is Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Middletown Library 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.

Annual Citrus Sale

The Newport Rotary Club is holding its annual citrus sale. Fruit from Florida is available in various sizes of boxes. Navel oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Red Delicious apples and Bartlett pears can be purchased. All proceeds benefit Rotary charitable projects, local scholarships, and other community programs.

Fruit will be available for pickup on Dec. 7. Fruit can also be gift wrapped and shipped. Orders will be accepted until Thanksgiving. Visa or MasterCard accepted. To place an order or for more information, call 401-847-6340.

Pell Bridge Run

One of the most unique road races in the Northeast, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10. The fourmile run is the one day of the year when pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport.

The Pell Bridge is not shut down on race day. Athletes cross the bridge in the east-bound lanes while two-way traffic remains open in the two west-bound lanes. Slight delays can be expected on the bridge from 4:30-8 a.m. Small parts of East Shore and Canonicus roads in Jamestown will be closed from 5:30-7:00 a.m. on race day. In downtown Newport, small portions of Farewell Street and America’s Cup Avenue will be closed from 6:45-8:00 a.m.

This year, registration for the run is being capped at 4,000 people. The final day to register online is Tuesday, Nov. 5 and costs $55/person. All monies raised by the event will be donated to local not-forprofit agencies in the area.

Onsite registration and packet pick-up will be held at the Newport Marriott Hotel on America’s Cup Avenue from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 9. For more information, visit pellbridgerun.com.

Teacher Dies from Hit-and-Run Accident

Kerri Anderson, a third-grade teacher at Forest Avenue School in Middletown, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Somerset, Mass. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. She was walking with her husband on Lepes Road, a two-lane road in a residential neighborhood when they were both struck about 8:30 p.m. The vehicle was apprehended after leaving the scene. Her husband was treated at the hospital and released. Counselors were available at the school to assist students, staff and parents.

YMCA Fundraiser

Bellevue Wine & Spirits and the Atlantic Beach Club are hosting a wine-tasting Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 - 9 p.m. to benefit the Community Support Campaign at the Atlantic Beach Club.

The Community Support Campaign raises money for the anti-bullying program for Aquidneck Island, the adaptive program for people of all ages with special needs, as well as providing scholarships to families and children to participate at the Y and its programs.

The event includes tasting of more than 150 wines and beers, live and silent auctions, music by the Honky Tonk Knights and heavy hor d’oeuvres by local restaurants and fine food shops. The cost is $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at newportymca.org or at the Newport County YMCA, office hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information contact Mike Miller at mikem@newportymca.org or 847-9200 ext 120.

Books Are Special for Babies and Toddlers

A four-week session of preschool storytime for children ages 0 – 6 years old will begin the week of Nov. 10 at the Newport Public Library. Books and Babies, for children 0 – 11 months, will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Library Lapsit, for children 12 – 23 months, will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Toddler Time, for children ages 2 – 3 years, will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Books and Crafts, for children ages 4 – 6 years, will be held on Thursdays at 3:45 p.m.

Registration is required. All programs are free and all materials are provided. Storytimes will be held in the children’s area of the library. To register, visit the Children’s Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.

Sign-Ups at the Hut

The Newport Recreation Department is now accepting registration for all winter activities. Visit the City of Newport website under Recreation for a copy of the brochure; it can also be seen on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofnewportrecreation. In addition, look for the brochure in the mail and/or through your child’s school listserve. There are youth and adult programs offered. To register, call or come by The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., 401- 845-5800, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to register.

Groovy Girl Event

Groovy Girls and Dream Chasers, a collaborative effort between Child and Family and Adoption Rhode Island to empower youth in foster care waiting for their permanent homes, will be hosting an art show and silent auction. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Child and Family, 31 John Clarke Rd., Middletown. Refreshments will be provided. The show will feature artwork created by Groovy Girl and Dream Chaser youth participants; all proceeds will benefit the artists and the Groovy Girl and Dream Chasers programs. For more information about the event or to become involved, contact Maureen Philbin at mphilbin@childandfamilyri.com or 401-848- 4105 or Darlene Allen at dallen@adoptionri.org or 401-865-6000.

Open House

St. Michael’s Country Day School will be holding an Admission Open House on Saturday, Nov. 2. Visitors can stop in any time between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. No appointment is necessary. Meet Head of School, Whitney Slade, and Director of Admission, Sally Casey, talk to faculty, staff, and parents; tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. Interested parents can contact Sally Casey at 401-849-5970 x 302, or at scasey@smcds.org.

Retirement Reception Planned

A retirement reception for John (Jack) H. Ambrogi, Ed.D. is planned for Friday, Nov. 22 in honor of his retirement as Superintendent of Newport Public Schools.

The event will be held at the Atlantic Beach Club from 6 - 9 p.m. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing by the Alan Bernstein Quartet, cash bar, and a “roasting.” Tickets are $30 per person. RSVP requested by Nov. 13. Checks should be made payable to Wendy Gasior and mailed to Newport Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent, 15 Wickham Rd., Newport, Attention: Wendy.

Friends Book Sale

The Friends Bookstore will hold its Annual Holiday Book Sale beginning Saturday, Nov. 2, continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Spring Street lobby of the Newport Public Library. Hours will be Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Monday, 12:30 - 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There will be no clearance books or bag sales. Proceeds from the sale go to help update the library’s reference section and to support library programs.

The Friends Bookstore is run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are always needed for sorting, pricing, shelving, and manning the bookstore. For more information, call 401-846-5809.


Run or walk the Sakonnet Greenway Trail on Saturday, Nov. 2 to help support the Aquidneck Land Trust. Registration is from 9 - 10:15 a.m. at the Glen, near the polo fields. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. for runners and 10:45 a.m. for walkers. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome to join walkers. To register and pay entry fees, visit ailt.org or contact Courtney Huth at 401-849-2799 x 19 or at chuth@ailt.org.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 27 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 110 calls. Of those, 54 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 38 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 10 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 110 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 37 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 29 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 22 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 14 calls

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 26 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

1 - Grass/vegetation fire

1 - Rubbish/trash fire

2 - Watercraft rescues

1 - Unauthorized burning

2- Carbon monoxide detector activations

4 - Lock outs

7- Assist public calls

1 - Malicious; mischievous call

1 - False alarm or false call

4- Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

11 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

4 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

35- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 8 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 12 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews, and did 3 tent inspections / plan reviews. FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE:

“Change your clocks - Change your smoke alarm batteries.” On Nov. 3 at 2 a.m., clocks are set back one hour to end daylight saving time. This date is a perfect time, and an easy time to remember to change your smoke alarm batteries. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. (U.S. Fire Administration)

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Pre-K Playgroup

The Newport Pre-K Playgroup, for children ages 2-5, meets every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Hut. This parents co-op group 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 Police Log

During the period from Monday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 27, the Newport Police Department responded to 528 calls. Of those, 118 were motor vehicle related; there were 94 motor vehicle violations issued and 24 accident reports. Four bicycle violations were issued. The police also responded to 8 noise complaints, 23 animal complaints, 3 suicide calls, 51 home/business alarm calls, and 4 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 8 prisoners, provided escort for 3 funerals, and performed 9 school security checks. They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and 2 other agencies.

In addition, 25 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 7 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 1 arrest was made for simple
n1 arrest was made for domestic
simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for larceny. n1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
n 2 arrests were made for DUI.
n1 arrest was made for a weapons violation.
n3 arrests were made for open
container violations.
n2 arrests were made for breaking and entering.
n2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended/expired
n2 arrests were made for possession of narcotics.

Innovation Fellowships

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced it will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships, an annual program to stimulate solutions to the state’s challenges.

Made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, the program will award two applicants up to $300,000 over three years to develop, test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.

Preference will be given to proposals that promise the greatest good for the greatest number of Rhode Islanders, a small idea that has big potential to be built to scale or new approaches to longstanding, intractable challenges. The one-page, initial application asks applicants to summarize their proposed innovation in no more than 150 words and to describe how it would benefit Rhode Islanders. In late January 2014, the panel will ask a group of semi-finalists to submit a more detailed application and a short video.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 13. The application and answers to frequently asked questions are posted at rifoundation.org/innovation.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Oct. 28, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 39 matters on the docket:

•Nineteen cases concerned open containers/drinking in public. Of these, a bench warrant was issued in nine cases for failure to appear; eight cases were continued for arraignment; one defendant pleaded no contest; and one previous sentence was amended.

•Five cases originated with charges of minors in possession of alcohol. Three expungement requests were granted. One case was continued, while the remaining defendant entered a no contest plea and received a fine of $400 plus court costs of $93.50.

•Four cases involved noise disturbances. Two expungement requests were granted and two cases were continued for later review.

•Three individuals were charged with urinating in public. One case was dismissed, one was continued, and one defendant pleaded no contest and was fined $400 plus court costs of $93.50.

•One charge of disorderly conduct was continued.

•One charge of failure to restrain an animal was continued.

•One charge of loitering was continued.

•Of four traffic infractions, two matters were continued; a parking sticker violation was paid prior to court; and one default judgment was issued for failure to engage headlights, with the defendant incurring an $85 fine plus court costs of $35.

•One case alleging improper operation of a guest house at 49 School St. was continued for arraignment.

Scouting for Food

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are participating in the national Scouting for Food collection on Saturday, Nov. 2. Those who received a Scouting for Food bag should put their donations outside by 9 a.m. for pick up. Food donations will also be accepted at Walgreens stores. The only items accepted are canned and boxed goods; nothing in glass or perishable. Most-needed items include peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and dried beans, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, soups, canned tuna, canned turkey, chicken or ham.

For more information visit rifoodbank.org. For information about Scouting or to join, visit beascout.org.

NAACP Awards Dinner

The Newport County Branch of the NAACP will hold its 94th annual awards dinner on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Atlantic Beach Club. The guest speaker will be John Sommerville, Chief Petty Officer, USN, retired. Tickets for the dinner are $60 for adults and $25 for youth. For reservations, call Thelma Williams at 401-338-1075 or Fern Lima at 401-846-4785.

NARFE Meeting

The next National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown.

The guest speaker will be Beth Leconte, Executive Director of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Rhode Island. She will talk about OLLI’s program designed to establish a lifelong learning community for adults age 50 and older.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend, and if not a member, to join the chapter. Refreshments are always served after the program. For more information call R. Bianco at 401-683-5421.

Lucky for Life Winner

Scott Davis, of Middletown, became Rhode Island’s first Lucky for Life winner of $25,000 a year for the rest of his life when he cashed in the ticket he bought as a Quick Pick at the Middletown Shaw’s Supermarket on Oct. 19. Lottery officials said that Davis chose the annuity option, which will be paid out for the duration of his life and is guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years.

Budgeting for College Tips

A workshop on how to prepare for the first year of college with helpful hints and budgeting techniques for the high school student will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7 - 8:30 p.m at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLKCC). The forum is presented by the Business Department at Salve Regina University and the MLKCC. Refreshments will be served.

High school students, parents and guardians are welcome to attend. The MLKCC is located at 20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., but attendees are asked to use the Edward Street entrance. For more information, call 401-846-4828.

CCACG Meeting

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) will hold its regular monthly meeting Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Newport Public Library (Rotary Room). All are welcome. For more information, contact Dave Wixted at 401- 846-2246.

Calling All Early Risers

The MLK Center breakfast program needs you. A few volunteers to help at the breakfast program are needed, especially on Mondays and Wednesdays. Commitment is flexible and can vary to fit the volunteer’s schedule.

Volunteer days and times are Monday - Friday, 7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Duties include set-up dining/ food tables, start coffee/hot water, replenish food trays, take client attendance, clean-up, and light kitchen work. If interested in helping hungry folks in our community get their day off to a good start, contact Nancy Harten at 401-846-48429 or nharten@mlkccenter.org.

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