2013-11-07 / News Briefs


Kathy Bronson, center, was congratulated by President and CEO of Newport Hospital, Gus Cordeiro, and Lois Lang, president of the Newport Hospital Auxiliary, upon being selected as its Volunteer of the Year. Radio talk show host Arlene Violet was the guest speaker at the auxiliary’s annual dinner, which was attended by nearly 90 people on Oct. 28 at the Pier Restaurant in Newport. The auxiliary’s next event will be its annual craft fair and bake sale on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Newport Hospital. Kathy Bronson, center, was congratulated by President and CEO of Newport Hospital, Gus Cordeiro, and Lois Lang, president of the Newport Hospital Auxiliary, upon being selected as its Volunteer of the Year. Radio talk show host Arlene Violet was the guest speaker at the auxiliary’s annual dinner, which was attended by nearly 90 people on Oct. 28 at the Pier Restaurant in Newport. The auxiliary’s next event will be its annual craft fair and bake sale on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Newport Hospital. School Committee Meeting Change

The next Middletown School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will be at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than previously-scheduled meetings.

Taste of Newport

Taste of Newport celebrates 30 years of integrating the culinary talents of local chefs with philanthropic fundraising efforts to help families in need on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the annual benefit for Child & Family. Festivities run 5:30-10 p.m.at the Hyatt Regency and will showcase the area’s finest cuisine and offer a plethora of high end auction items to support the social service agency. Silent and live auctions will feature a host of prizes, including vacation getaways, jewelry, sports tickets, cultural events and much more. Tickets are available at tasteofnewportri.com or by calling 401-849-2300.

Annual Pie Run

The Newport Running Club and Narragansett Running Association are sponsoring the 28th annual Thanksgiving Pie Run on Thursday, Nov. 28. All proceeds will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County and the Newport County YMCA youth programs. Last year over $23,000 was raised for local charities. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA. There will be prizes in multiple age groups. Longsleeved technical shirts will be given to those who enter by Nov. 11. On line registration is at raceit.com/Register/?event=22924. Race applications are also available at the Newport County YMCA or the Navy Base Chaffee gym. Runners are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the race that will be donated to a local food bank. Canned goods or boxed items such as pasta, rice, and cereal are preferred. For more information, visit newportrunningclub.org.

Daffodillion Plantings

The massive undertaking to plant 100,000 more daffodil bulbs in Newport before the city’s 375th anniversary next April is in full swing. Planters are needed on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at Touro Park and the Newport Art Museum. Sign up at daffodillian.com, under volunteers.

For information on the Touro planting, contact Jan Slee at janslee@cox.net. For Art Museum planting information, call 401-848-8200.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Nov. 16 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.

IYRS Open Houses

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) is holding two open houses. The one at its Newport campus is on Friday, Nov. 8 from 2 - 5 p.m. inside Restoration Hall, which is home to the school’s 20-month boatbuilding and restoration program. On Friday, Nov. 15 the open house at the Bristol campus, 253 Franklin St., will be from 2 - 5 p.m. The Bristol facility is home to the school’s six-month long marine systems and composites Technology programs. Attendees will have an opportunity to observe students on the shop floor, meet IYRS instructors, and participate in a question-and-answer session on the application process and financial aid. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit iyrs.edu or contact Holly Ashton at 401-848- 5777 x 216 or at hashton@iyrs.edu.

SVF Lecture on Arthur Curtiss James

The SVF Foundation will present “Arthur Curtiss James and Swiss

Village,” a lecture by Brian Stinson on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Although many have anecdotal stories and tidbits of information about the former James estate, most know very little about Harriet or Arthur Curtiss James. An independent historical researcher, writer and lecturer for 25 years, Newport native Stinson will highlight the personal lives of these well-known philanthropists, including details of their estates, yachts, charities, foundations, family and friends, providing insight into this extraordinary couple and the times in which they lived.

The lecture will be held at 152 Harrison Ave. and the presentation is free but advance reservations are required. Contact Lynne at SVF at 401-848-7229, x10 or lynne@svffoundation.org to reserve.

Youth Sports

Registration ends Wednesday, Nov. 13 for the Newport County YMCA’s youth sports running Nov. 16 – Dec. 21. The six-week season offers indoor floor hockey for ages 4-8, and preseason basketball for ages 4-10 with a variety of drills, fun games, and scrimmages. The YMCA is also offering its parentand me 3-year-old class with a different sport each week. Sports include t-ball, soccer, basketball, etc. All games will be played on Saturdays in the gymnasium at the YMCA. Spaces are limited. For more information contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director at 401-847-9200 x 113 or visitnewportymca.org.

Hoop Shoot

The local Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the field house at St. George’s School, beginning at noon. Hosted by Newport Elks Lodge #104, the free tournament is open to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8-13 on April 1, 2014. Winners advance through district, state and regional Hoop Shoot contests. For more information, call Gene Rayno at 401-683-1746 or 401-835-1579.

Trash Delay

There will be no trash or recycling collections in Newport on Monday, Nov. 11 due to the observance of Veterans Day. All collections for the week of Nov. 11 will be delayed by one day.

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.

Boxing Talk

The Museum of Newport Irish History announces the third talk in its 2013-2014 Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The guest speaker is author, Christopher Klein, who will discuss the subject of his latest book, Irish-American sports hero John L. Sullivan (1858- 1918). Sullivan was the last of the bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing champions and the first American athlete to earn over one million dollars.

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, contact Ann Arnold at 401-841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net.

For more information about the Museum of Newport Irish History, please visit www.NewportIrishHistory.org.

In Case You’ve Forgotten

Nov. 7 - Grange Meeting, Portsmouth Senior Center, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 - Pell Bridge run

Nov. 10 - NAACP Annual Awards Dinner, Atlantic Beach Club

Nov. 12- Budgeting for college, Martin Luther King Center, 7 p.m.

Nov. 14 - YMCA fundraiser, Atlantic Beach Club, 5 - 9 p.m.

Nov. 14 - Groovy Girl fundraiser, Child & Family, 5 - 7 p.m.

Nov. 22 - Jack Ambrogi, retirement reception, Atlantic Beach Club

Boy Scout Troop 3 Court of Honor

Boy Scout Troop 3 Newport held a Court of Honor recently at the Elks Lodge #104 to celebrate the achievement of its 28 scouts and share information about the troop’s recent events and upcoming activities with the family and friends gathered.

Recent activities included summer camp in New Hampshire, a campout on Block Island, assembling bike racks for Fort Adams festivals, constructing the framework for garden beds at the Pell School, a bike skills and tune-up session and bike ride around Ocean Drive, and participating in Scouting for Food.

Troop advancements were:

Scout: Charlie Cleveland, Mike Cleveland, and Killian Moss

Tenderfoot: Ian Ellermann, Jakob Hill, Robert Hoffert, Killian Moss, and Parker Weeden

First Class and Star:

Daniel O’Donnell

Life: Riley Bolan and

Conner Flynn

Merit Badges earned:

First Aid: Dominik Hann, Dylan McGrath, Logan Ratcliff, Michael Roche, Robert Stevens, Joshua Vanover, Ian Ellermann, Jakob Hill,

First Aid: Robert Hoffert, Killian Moss, Parker Weeden and Jakob Federizzi

Emergency Preparedness: Daniel O’Donnell

Cooking: Riley Bolan, Conner Flynn

Communications: Grady Bolan

Sean King earned five badges, including Reading, Emergency Preparedness, Citizenship in the Community, Personal Mgmt & Family Life.

Brian Rayner earned four, including Cooking, Personal Fitness, Environmental Science and Personal Management.

Troop 3 is sponsored by Newport Elks Lodge and is a member of BSA Narragansett Council. Boys in Troop 3 range in age from 11-17 years old. They attend Cluny School, St. Philomena School, Thompson Middle School, Rogers & Middletown High Schools and some are home schooled.

Boy Scouts of America has three objectives: character development, citizenship training and personal fitness. For more information about BSA Troop 3 Newport, call Glenn Gardiner at 401-846-9583 x 2002.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 3 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 138 calls. Of those, 67 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 53 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 2 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene and 2 patients were treated on scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 138 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 39 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 48 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 34 calls

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

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 45 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

1 - Grass/vegetation fire

1 - Rubbish/trash fire

2 - Motor Vehicle accident

3 - Unauthorized burning

2- Carbon monoxide detector activations

3 - Lock outs

12- Assist public calls

2- Malicious; mischievous call

4- Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

19 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

8 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

59- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 10 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 13 life safety / site inspections, 10 fire system plan reviews, and did 2 tent inspections / plan reviews. FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE:

Portable Heaters An estimated 900 portable heater fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year. These fires cause approximately 70 deaths, 150 injuries, and $53 million in property loss. 52 percent of home portable heater fires occur because they are too close to items that can burn. 38 percent of home portable heater fires originate in bedrooms. In these fires, bedding (blankets, sheets and comforters), is the most common item ignited. To help prevent this you should always maintain a three-foot safety zone around the heater. Never use an extension cord with electric heaters!

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.

Parents Night Out

The Newport YMCA is offering its next Parents Night Out for children ages 3 - 10 on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. The night includes a pizza dinner, swimming and kids gym. The fee to attend ranges from $15 - $25 per child, with a family maximum of $40. Registration must be done at the YMCA office. Attendance per night is limited to 26 children. The night is offered the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, with the next one on Nov. 23.

For more information, call Emily Sanders at 401-847-9200 x130.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 3, the Newport Police Department responded to 589 calls. Of those, 138 were motor vehicle related; there were 113 motor vehicle violations issued, 22 accident reports and 3 private tows. The police also responded to 13 noise complaints, 18 animal complaints, 3 suicide calls, 53 home/business alarm calls, and 19 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners, provided escort for 2 funerals, and performed 9 school security checks. They recorded 2 instances of assisting other police departments and 4 other agencies. In addition, 34 arrests were made for the following violations: n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 3 arrests were made for simple assault. n3 arrests were made for noise violations. n 4 arrests were made for larceny. n1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for underage drinking. n1 arrest was made for trespassing. n2 arrests were made for open container violations. n1 arrest was made for breaking and entering. n8 arrests were made for driving with a suspended/expired license. n1 arrest was made for felony assault.

Potter Pet University

The next Potter League Pet University will be held at the Newport Animal Hospital, 333 Valley Rd., Middletown on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 - 7 p.m. The talk will cover how quality nutrition is essential for your pet’s good health. Learn all about the newest veterinary information regarding nutrition and how it affects your dog or cat. Dr. Phan will provide ample time for questions and answers.

Free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401- 846-0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.

Children’s Programming at Redwood

The Redwood Library is now offering a free afterschool program every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for elementary age children in grades K-4. Kids are invited to enjoy story time, crafts, and other fun activities each week. The library continues with its preschool story time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Special children’s programming for November includes an animal “Meet & Greet” with furry and feathered friends from the Norman Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The event is free to Redwood members and $2 for non-members. Native American Awareness month will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. with members of the Aquidneck Indian Tribe. They will present a show and tell, drumming, dancing, and information about the native culture. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Call 401-847-0292 for more information.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Nov. 4, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 34 matters on the docket:

•Seventeen cases, or half of the docket, concerned open containers/ drinking in public. Of these, a bench warrant was issued in four cases for failure to appear; eight cases were continued; one defendant pleaded no contest and received 10 hours of community service; two expungement requests were granted; one case was closed as paid in full; and one defendant was found guilty and received a fine of $400 plus court costs of $93.50.

•Seven cases involved noise disturbances. Five cases were continued, one expungement request was granted, and one bench warrant was issued for failure to appear.

•Four cases originated with charges of minors in possession of alcohol. Two expungement requests were granted. One case was rescheduled, while the remaining defendant entered a no contest plea and received a fine of $500.

•Two individuals were charged with urinating in public. One defendant pleaded no contest and was fined $400 plus court costs of $93.50, while a bench warrant was issued for a second defendant for failure to appear.

•In one case of failing to restrain an animal, a bench warrant was issued for failure to appear.

•Of three traffic infractions, one matter was continued; the judge dismissed one case of an expired registration; and one defendant defaulted on a charge of speeding and received a fine of $95 plus court costs of $35.

Open House

The Pennfield School will host an open house on Friday, Nov. 15 from 8 - 10 a.m. Attendees can listen to an Upper School assembly speech, meet the Head of School, tour preschool (age 3) - eighth grade with a current parent and meet the faculty and students. Scholarships and financial aid are available. 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth. For more details, visit pennfield.org. To RSVP for the open house, email contact@pennfield.org or call 401-849-4646.

Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste will be collected during the weeks of Nov. 18 and 25 in Newport on residents’ regular collection day.

Yard waste includes leaves, grass, plant clippings, and small sticks and branches. Branches larger than 4” in diameter must be less than 3 feet long and either in trash cans or tied in reasonably-sized bundles.

Yard waste will only be collected in brown paper leaf bags or loose in trash barrels labeled “yard waste.” Yard waste will not be collected in plastic bags. Free yard waste stickers are available to residents through the Clean City Program, located in the back entrance of the Public Services garage in the city yard, 80 Halsey St. and City Hall in the collections office.

The 2013 Clean City Program solid waste & recycling calendar and information on the Recycle Together RI program are available to download at www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity. For more information about the City of Newport residential solid waste and recycling collection program, contact the Clean City Program at 845-5613 or visit the above website address.

Critical Issues Symposium

The Aquidneck Collaborative for Education presents its annual Critical Issues Symposium on Nov. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the CCRI Newport Campus, John Chafee Blvd. This year’s topic is “Happy and Healthy Kids-Tips from Professionals”.

Dr. Catherine Labiak-Maher will address the use of technology; Dr. Paul Cardoza will address physical activity; Megan Martino will address nutrition; and Dr. Laura Deihl will address the social-emotional development of healthly, happy kids.This symposium is free and open to the public.

For more information visit ace. salvereginablogs.com or contact rokk@salve.edu or 401-341-3157.

Remembrance Service

The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties is holding its annual “Service of Remembrance” on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the United Congregational Church on Valley Road, Middletown. This annual non-denominational event, produced by the Hospice Program, is open to anyone who wishes to remember a friend or relative who has died during the past year.

The service includes vocal selections, inspirational readings, lighting of candles, and a reading of names.

If you would like a name read in remembrance, call bereavement coordinator Bernie Colborn at the VNS 401-682-2100 x1424.

Christmas in Newport

A meeting of Christmas in Newport participants will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall. Calendars detailing the monthlong schedule of holiday festivities will be available, as well as event publicity information. For more information, call 401-849-6454.

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 Nov. 11 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 401-682-2100.

‘Facing Arthur’ at Redwood

The Redwood Library will screen “Facing Arthur” as part of the fall documentary film series on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. The documentary chronicles the relationship and eventual friendship between a young German man and an elderly Holocaust survivor. The film will be shown in the Harrison Room, followed by a Q&A with the director, Michael Rey, who is a current CBS producer of “60 Minutes.” The screening is free for Redwood members and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401- 847-0292 to reserve.

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