2013-11-07 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Library Hosts Veterans Display

The Newport Public Library is showcasing a display of photos of veterans who have served in the United States military from World War I through the present. These photos have been provided by friends and family members in honor of their service. The public is invited to bring photos of veterans to be added to the display, which will run through November. Bring the photos to the library office before 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. The photos will be photocopied for the display with the original returned to the owner. For more information contact Annette Love at 847-8720 x101.

Federal Employee Event

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 0869, will host a free wine and cheese tasting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Newport Vineyards beginning at 5 p.m. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend, and new members are welcome. Contact Richard Bianco at 401-683-5421 or rbianco2@cox.net by Nov. 7.

Turkey Run

The MWR Department will host the Run Turkey Run event on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at noon. All hands with routine base access are invited to join in the 3-mile run or the 1.5-mile walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Sign up at the Chafee Fitness Center at the Trainers’ Corner. For more information, call 401-841-3154.

Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccine is now available at Naval Health Clinic New England, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the immunizations clinic. FluMist nasal spray (for those ages 2-49), vaccine injections, and Fluzone HD (for those 65 and older) are available.

MilspouseNewport Events

The Military Spouses of Newport will host two upcoming social events. The November Welcome Coffee will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Quarters A. The coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome to greet new and prospective members. This is a great opportunity to meet other spouses in the area and receive more information about resources available at Naval Station Newport, New England, and the spouse club.

Meet at the Spice & Tea Exchange, 198 Thames St., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m. for an event honoring Military Spouses of Newport members and their families, featuring dishes made with custom blends from the store. Learn how and when to use spices to get the most flavor from your foods. Register for both events at milspousenewport.org.

Stress Workshop

The Fleet and Family Support Office will hold a workshop on how to manage stress on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 9-11 a.m. The class will be held in bldg. 1260. Call 401-841-2283 to register.

Youth Basketball Clinic

Naval Academy Prep School basketball teams and coaches will offer a free basketball clinic on Saturday, Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m. in the Chafee Fitness Center. The clinic is open to children ages 5-15 whose parents have routine base access. No registration required.

Choristers Wanted

The Newport Navy Choristers seeks new members interested in performing in their upcoming Christmas concerts. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of Perry Hall at the Naval War College. No auditions are required. Anyone who is a member of the Newport Navy Community – active duty, reserve, retired, dependents over 18, spouses, or DoD personnel – is welcome. For more information, contact Pat McGue at 401-849-1135.

Blood Drive

The Navy will host several Rhode Island Blood Center drives during November. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, drives will be held in the Bobby Burke Lounge at Surface Warfare Officers School from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at Navy Supply Corps School in the multipurpose room from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The bloodmobile will be set up outside Callaghan Hall at Officer Training Command on Thursday, Nov. 14, 1:30-5:30 p.m. and at the Chafee Fitness Center on Monday, Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m.

With the holiday season coming up, now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeve and donate a pint to help a shipmate, neighbor, or friend.

Vet Clinic

The Army Veterinary Treatment Facility at Leisure Bay, building 1255, is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Friday by appointment for active duty and retirees only. For more information and to make appointments, call 401- 841-3994 or the Groton, Conn. Veterinary Treatment Facility at 860-694-4291.

Destroyer History Lecture

The Herreshoff Museum, 1 Burnside St. in Bristol, will host “The Evolution of American Destroyers: Bred on Narragansett Bay,” by Dave McComb on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Forty years passed between the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in 1869 and the return home of Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet in 1909. During this period, steel replaced wood, steam replaced sail, and the battleship emerged as the capital ship. A battleship had an Achilles heel, however: a torpedo delivered by a destroyer, the only type of surface Navy ship from that era that still exists today.

McComb is president of the Destroyer History Foundation and is also founder and executive director of the American Naval Records Society.

Admission is $7 for Herreshoff Museum members and $15 for non-members. To reserve, call 401-253-5000.

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