2013-11-14 / News Briefs


Craft Fairs and Holiday Bazaars

The United Congregational Church will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the church, on the corner of Valley Road and Green End Avenue in Middletown. The sale will feature handcrafted gifts, baked goods, Ye Olde Gift Shoppe, linens, the Book Nook, and used and new toys, as well as raffles. A new addition this year will be a silent auction for Congregational Coupons. Participants may bid on coupons which are good for services donated by members of the church. Lunch will be available.

For a fourth consecutive year, the Potters of Newport County will hold a Holiday Sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1,10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge. The sale will help support the Channing Community Meal with a donation from the proceeds of the pottery sale. This is the group’s 18th year of putting on the Holiday Sale of pottery and sculpture by local artists. Each potter donates several pieces for the event.

The Artisans by the Bay Holiday Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Hotel Viking, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will feature 28 master artisans selling blown glass, pottery, textiles, mixed media jewelry, wooden bowls, handbags, original mixed media art dolls, scrimshaw, stained glass, photography, weaving, and more.

St. Lucy’s Church will hold its annual Craft Fair on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parish hall. There will be over 20 tables of crafters and vendors, as well as raffles, a silent auction, and baked goods. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Email Jane at jjparrillo@yahoo.com for more info.

The Newport Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual craft fair and bake sale on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Newport Hospital. The annual event will include a number of new vendors, along with nine returning vendors. Some of the featured items will be fresh greens, stained glass, wood, pottery, matted photography, cookbooks, and jewelry. Some clothing, such as hand-knit baby sweaters, will be offered. There will also be a large assortment of baked items, coffee, and hot cider. The event is organized by the Newport Hospital Auxiliary, which is dedicated to promoting and advancing the work of the hospital.

Pop Warner Winners

Pop Warner Middletown and Portsmouth advance to the regional competition in Maine. See more on page 21.

Free Throw Contest

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. The free tournament is open to boys and girls between the ages of 8-13. For more information, call Gene Rayno at 401-683- 1746 or 401-835-1579.

Lacrosse Registration

Portsmouth’s Team Real Lacrosse is offering a seven-week “Fitness Challenge” to boys and girls at Peak Fitness, 200 Highpoint Ave. on Monday nights until Dec. 23 from 5-6:15 p.m. The program will involve stretching, cardio, and strength building techniques to prepare young athletes for upcoming sports seasons.

The Team Real Lacrosse winter indoor session registration is open for girl youth and high school lacrosse players and will be held at Sherwood Ultra Sports, Seekonk, on Friday nights from Jan. 3-Feb. 28 from 6-7 p.m. The program includes conditioning, skill development, and game strategies to prepare the players for upcoming lacrosse seasons. Visit teamreallacrosse.com for more information.

YMCA Youth Sports

The Newport County YMCA’s next youth sports season runs through Dec. 21 and 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 parent-and-me 3-yearold 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, at 401-847-9200 x 113 or visitnewportymca.org.

Confessions of a Bridge Runner

I was one of the 4000 people bused to the cattle pen next to the Bridge Authority building in Jamestown at 5 a.m. to participate in the Pell Bridge Run. It was a great charity event and I’ll do it again next year, but the idea of doing it, and then actually getting up in the middle of the night for a 6:30 am start are two different things. I thought about rolling over in bed and blaming it on my alarm clock.

But I got up -- and walked. When I was slogging my way down (not even up!) the Great Wall of China at Simatai – one of the more rugged portions of the Wall – the elderly Chinese lady helping me kept repeating “slow, no tired.” It has become somewhat of a mantra. Nevertheless, I made it to the Newport finish line, in just slightly less time than it would have taken some of the runners to do it on crutches.

Some of the pictures taken of me for posting on Facebook by my trustworthy, sworn-to-secrecy friends might be slightly misleading. I might look like I was running.

But it felt great out there walking at dawn, so great I then indulged in a breakfast that would have fed a small Chinese village: pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, corn muffin, and potatoes. That led to a three hour nap, essential so that my body could turn all that into fat with minimal effort.

I had hoped to see Michelle Kwan Pell. I had also hoped to beat the ambulance to the finish line. Maybe next year.

— Joan Johnson-Freese. For more of her laments visit www.ItsNotMeright.com.

Annual Pie Run

The Newport Running Club and Narragansett Running Association are sponsoring the 28th annual Thanksgiving Pie Run on Thursday, Nov. 28. 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. For more information, visit newportrunningclub.org.

Rotary 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.

Job Skills Training

Newport Skills Alliance, a program of East Bay Community Action Program, in partnership with Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation and Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center, will hold a free hospitality job skills training program for Rhode Island residents beginning Jan. 16. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Those interested in participating must attend a mandatory information session. Sessions are offered on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Florence Gray Center from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Newport Public Library; or Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Florence Gray Center.

For more information call Jamoya Ridgell, Newport Skills Alliance Manager, at 401-848-6697, x. 205, or email jridgell@ebcap.org.

‘Inequality for All’

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will present a free screening of the documentary “Inequality for All,” on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Salve Regina University’s Bazarsky Hall.

This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap. As the L.A. Times observes, Reich makes the topic “come alive like you wouldn’t believe.”

Kate Brewster, executive director of the Economic Progress Institute, will speak briefly before the film, and Joe Grady, senior fellow for public policy at the Pell Center, will lead a discussion afterward.

Bazarsky Hall is in the O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue. To reserve, email pellcenter@salve.edu or call 401-341-2927.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 10 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 139 calls. Of those, 66 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 55 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene and 1 patient was treated on scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 139 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 48 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 40 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 24 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 21 calls

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 42 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

2 - Cooking fires, confined to container

1 - Gas leak

1 - Motor vehicle accident

1 - Search for person on land

1 - Swimming area rescue

2- Carbon monoxide detector activations

3 - Electrical wiring, equipment problems

3 - Lock outs

8 - Assist public calls

2 - Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

17 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

9 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

44 - Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 11 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 8 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews, conducted 1 fire investigation and attended 2 Fire Board of Appeal variance hearings. FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE:

Fire Extinguishers: Most general purpose A:B:C fire extinguishers have gauges on them indicating when they need to be replaced and should be checked regularly to make sure the needle is still in the “green”. Remember the word PASS when operating a fire extinguisher: Pull the pin. Release the lock with the nozzle pointing away from you; Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire; Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly; Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Do not store your extinguisher above the stove or under the sink. It should be easily located near the exit door so you can decide whether it is safe to try and use it while you are leaving the house to dial 911. If in doubt- Get out and stay out!

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Municipal Court

The Municipal Court was not in session on Monday, Nov. 11 because of the Veterans Day holiday. It will resume Nov. 18. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

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 reasonablysized bundles.

Yard waste will only be collected in brown paper leaf bags or loose in trash barrels labeled “yard waste.” None will be collected in plastic bags. For more information, call the Clean City Program at 401-845-5613.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 10, the Newport Police Department responded to 489 calls. Of those, 84 were motor vehicle related; there were 44 motor vehicle violations issued, 34 accident reports and 6 private tows.

The police also responded to 10 noise complaints, 14 animal complaints, 4 suicide calls, 51 home/business alarm calls, and 8 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners, provided escort for 2 funerals, and performed 7 school security checks.

They recorded 6 instances of assisting other police departments and 6 other agencies.

In addition, 34 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 5 arrests were made for simple
n1 arrest was made for a weapons law violation.
n 3 arrests were made for larceny. n1 arrest was made for receiving
stolen goods.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
n 1 arrest was made for motor
vehicle theft.
n 1 arrest was made for cyber
n 1 DUI arrest was made.
n1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n 4 arrests were made for driving with a suspended/expired
n 2 arrests were made for breaking and entering.
n 2 arrests were made for possession of drugs with intent to

Drug and Firearm Arrest Near Broadway

Ian David Andrade, 36, of 66 Dr. Wheatland Blvd., Apt. B, was arrested by Newport Police on Friday, Nov. 8 and charged with federal drug and firearm offenses. After an investigation aided by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, police executed search warrants and seized approximately 400 grams of cocaine and a loaded firearm from a hidden compartment in Andrade’s vehicle; nearly three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and a shotgun from his residence; and $4,435 from his person. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan ordered that Andrade be detained pending his next court appearance.

Philippines Donations

As international relief efforts intensify for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, donations may be made locally through the Filipino-American Association of Newport County, Inc., 44 Blueberry Lane, Jamestown. The organization is accepting donations in cash or in kind. For more information on how to help, contact Chet Gotauco at 401-864-0400 or Cindy McKenna at 401-619-0382 or visit filamnewport.com. Additionally, Lingkod Timog, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization based in Middletown that conducts annual medical missions to the Philippines, is accepting donations that will be forwarded to assist typhoon victims. Checks should be made payable to Lingkod Timog and sent to 71 Miantonomi Ave., Middletown, RI 02842. More information on the group and its charitable undertakings may be found at LingkodTimog.com.

George Kutsaftis Fundraiser

On Friday, Nov. 15, a fundraiser will be held at the Atlantic Beach Club to benefit George Kutsaftis, a husband and father to a set of twin 19-month-old girls. Kutsaftis suffered a rare spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The fundraiser runs from 7-11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Aquidneck Pizza, 7-11 in Middletown, at Newport Athletic Club, or by contacting Anthony Kutsaftis at 401-862-1492.

Lyme Support Group

An open meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursdays of the following months for anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease. The support group will meet at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

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.

NEC Open Forum

The Newport Energy and Environment Commission (NEEC) will host a public forum Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Marriott, Freedom Room on the third floor. The meeting will focus on the commission’s efforts to build sustainable event protocols for Newport events. Several speakers and case studies will be featured, including the Atlantic Cup, the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals, and newportFILM, who successfully presented “sustainable events” this past summer. Beverly Migliori from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Affairs will also speak to how Newport is progressing. This event is free and open to the public.

The NEEC has been working very hard in the past year to measure how sustainable Newport events are and, to that end, the commission has studied many events in the city. The commission is striving to work as a community to implement sustainable practices during major events held in Newport to reduce the impact of huge numbers of visitors on our sensitive coastal community and to create model methods of behavior that will protect our island for decades to come. The NEEC wants to encourage sustainable events that make Newport a desirable and exciting tourist destination, build a stable economy, and reduce impact on our valuable island resources.

Contact Beth Milham at bpmilham@cox.net for more information or visit dem.ri.gov/programs/ benviron/assist/grncert/neec.htm for information about sustainable event protocols.

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