2013-11-21 / News Briefs


The newly-elected board of officers and participating members of the 5th grade Thompson Middle School Junior Student Council have been working with the Newport County Child & Family Thanksgiving Basket Program. Led by faculty advisors Ryan Collins and Keyla Palmucci, Thompson students gathered and packaged enough non-perishable food items to provide for 8-10 families this Thanksgiving. Additionally, they raised funds and bought gift certificates so families will be able to purchase turkeys for the upcoming holiday. The newly-elected board of officers and participating members of the 5th grade Thompson Middle School Junior Student Council have been working with the Newport County Child & Family Thanksgiving Basket Program. Led by faculty advisors Ryan Collins and Keyla Palmucci, Thompson students gathered and packaged enough non-perishable food items to provide for 8-10 families this Thanksgiving. Additionally, they raised funds and bought gift certificates so families will be able to purchase turkeys for the upcoming holiday. Community Policing Meeting

The Newport Police Department is holding an open community meeting on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the department assembly room. Questions and concerns regarding nuisance houses, disorderly conduct, noise, animals, traffic, and drugs will be addressed. Captain Calo, Captain of Patrol and Lt. Fitzgerald, Commander of Community/ Traffic Services Unit will be the presenters. This is a “what has been accomplished” followup meeting to the emergency meeting held in October after a downtown shooting. For more information, call Officer Winters at 401-640-9348.

Music Volunteers Wanted

The Newport Hospital is seeking volunteers who can play an instrument or lead a music group for its inpatient behavioral health recreational therapy program. Volunteers with experience in leading art groups, yoga classes, meditation, drumming, crafts, cooking and nutrition groups are also encouraged. All volunteers will be supported by the recreational therapy and nursing staff.

Volunteers are asked to make a twice-a-month commitment on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays for at least one hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Interested applicants can visit newporthospital.org to complete the online application or call 401- 845-4244 to receive an application by mail. The next volunteer information session is Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Gudoian Conference Center. All volunteer applicants are required to participate in an interview, criminal background check, provide two professional references and complete the mandatory health screening.

For more information, call Lisa Coble, Newport Hospital’s Director of Volunteer Services, at 401-845-1635.

Little League Completes Merger

Newport Little League and Fifth Ward Little League completed their merger Monday, Nov. 18 by electing the new league’s first Board of Directors. Designed to build on the proud histories and strong traditions of each league, the merger will strengthen the baseball and softball programs offered to the children of Newport.

“This has been a long time in the making and it has required a great deal of patience and effort,” said board president Antoine Lavigueur. “In the end, the kids in our community and their ability to have a thriving league for generations to come is all that matters. When you look at it in that context, everything else has a way of coming together, and it’s all worth it.”

The board includes:

•President - Antoine Lavigueur

•Vice President - Mary Sheehan- Weaver

•Secretary - Veronica Brown

•Treasurer - Brigid Ryan

•Player Agent - Kathy Lavigueur

•Coaching Coordinator -

Kevin Weaver

•Safety Officer - Jaime Crowley

•League Information Officer - Anthony Borgueta

•Sponsorship/Fundraising Officer - Derek Ardito

•Concessions North (Goldberg) - Terri Burgess

•Concessions South (Hogan/Marine) - Lesley Pratt

•Facilities Director - Ned Connelly

•Equipment Coordinator - Bobby Dufault

•Softball VP - Tom Milburn

•At-Large Director of Registration - Meg Edward

Two softball positions – softball facilities and softball concessions – will be voted on at the next meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Beach Cleanup

Clean Ocean Access will hold its last beach cleanup of the year on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Hull Cove, Jamestown from 12-2 p.m. Since 2006, the group has conducted 89 cleanups and removed over 76,000 pounds of trash from the shoreline. People of all ages are welcome to participate in the community project. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Bags, gloves and warm beverages will be provided. Visit cleanoceanaccess.org for more information.

Seamen’s Annual Meeting

The public is invited to the Seamen’s Church Institute’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at 18 Market Square. A talk entitled “Seamen’s A Light in the Storm” about the “Soup to the Docks” program will be given by Jeanette Beach. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Michelle Duga at 401-847-4260 or michelle. seamens@gmail.com

iNCASE Winter Programming Proposals

iNCASE (Newport County Afterschool Excitement) is accepting proposals for its winter programs geared for youth, grades 6-9, to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 28 through March 20. Priority will be given to programs focusing on STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, art, math and music) concepts. iNCASE seeks program providers who make their programs accessible to all. Proposals are due by Dec. 13 and can be found at iNCASERI.org. For more information or to request an application by mail, contact Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 x 17 or at iNCASE@bgcnewport.org.

Open Gym and Leagues

The Newport Recreation Department is offering an Open Gym Day on Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Hut. Newport Recreation is accepting registrations for winter programming and open gym times for the upcoming season. In addition to the regular house leagues, some spots are still available for the travel leagues which are open to all players. League play begins for most divisions on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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.

Turkey Day H.S. Football

Newport County high school football rivalries will be renewed on Thanksgiving morning when the Rogers Vikings host Tiverton’s Tigers at Toppa Field and the Portsmouth Patriots welcome Middletown’s Islanders to John F. Kennedy Field. Both games are scheduled for 10 a.m. kickoffs on Thursday, Nov. 28. The Vikings, currently in a fourway tie for the top spot in Div. II-B (6-4 overall), could have their way with the winless Tigers of Div. III (0-10 overall). The Patriots and the Islanders both sport 8-2 overall records.

Kiwanis Tree Sale

The Kiwanis Club of Aquidneck Island will begin its “Christmas Trees for Charity” program. Trees go on sale Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Irongate building, on the corner of East Main Road and Forest Avenue in Middletown. With proceeds benefiting local charities, this community project will help our neighbors in need. Bring a canned good to receive one dollar off your tree purchase. The club meets on Wednesdays for lunch at the Portofino Bar and Grille, 425 E. Main Rd., Middletown. For more information about being a part of the Kiwanis Club and its community efforts, contact David Koohy at 401-846-4290.

Rotary Citrus Sale

The Newport Rotary Club is holding its annual citrus sale of oranges, grapefruit, apples and pears. Fruit from Florida is available in various sizes of boxes. All proceeds benefit Rotary charitable projects, local scholarships, and other community programs.

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

NECBL Hall of Fame Induction

The New England Baseball Hall of Fame will induct Red Sox pitchers Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey, Rangers closer Joe Nathan, and Indians manager Terry Francona on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency, Goat Island, from 5-11 p.m. $100, dinner and ceremony, tickets at necbl.com.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 17
the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 138 calls. Of
those, 66 were emergency medical
calls, resulting in 50 patients being
transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once
EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 138
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1
and 3 responded to 51 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 43 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 22 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 39 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Fire, brush or grass
1 - Gas leak
1 - Motor vehicle accident
1 - Fire vehicle
1 - Power line down
1 -Fire structure
4 - Electrical wiring/equipment
13 - Assist public calls
2 - Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)
18 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
8 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
48 - Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 15 life safety / site inspections, 1 fire system plan reviews, and conducted 3 fire investigations.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Thanksgiving Fire Safety- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor. Historically, ranges account for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents, while ovens account for 16%. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. Stay in the home while the turkey is in the oven and check on it frequently. Remember to keep children at least three feet away from the stove. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or hot water can cause serious burns. Have a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 17, the Newport Police Department responded to 459 calls. Of those, 92 were motor vehicle related; there were 67motor vehicle violations issued, 25 accident reports and 11 private tows. The police also responded to 10 noise complaints, 7 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 36 home/business alarm calls, and 4 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners, provided escort for 1 funeral, and performed 3 school security checks. They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments. In addition, 25 arrests were made for the following violations: n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 2 arrests were made for larceny over $1,500. n 1 arrest was made for simple assault. n1 arrest was made for public urination. n 1 arrest was made for throwing objects at police. n1 arrest was made for passing counterfeit money. n 1 arrest was made for tampering with vehicles. n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty. n 2 DUI arrests were made. n1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n 1 arrest was made for driving with a suspended/revoked license. n 1 arrest was made for a noise violation. n1 arrest was made for underage drinking. n1 arrest was made for larceny. n1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault.

DAR New Officers

The Aquidneck Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently installed new officers for 2013-2014. The new officers include Chapter Regent Margaret Hendrick, Vice Regent Diane Hoffmann, Treasurer Linda Becker, Chaplain Jennifer Nason, Registrar Rose Taylor, and Historian Florence Archambault. The oath of office was administered by Alice Homer, Rhode Island State Chaplain and a member of the local chapter.

Four members of the local chapter have assumed state offices. They include State Regent Barbara Simmons, State Vice Regent Marilyn Curtis, State Treasurer Linda Becker, and State Chaplain Alice Homer.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Nov. 18, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 43 matters on the docket:

Fourteen cases involved noise disturbances. Eleven defendants pleaded no contest and were each fined $400 plus court costs of $93.50. An additional no contest plea resulted in a $250 fine plus court costs of $93.50. One case was continued and one expungement request was granted.

Thirteen cases addressed charges of open containers/drinking in public. Of these, 11 cases were continued or rescheduled; one defendant pleaded no contest and received a fine of $400 plus court costs of $93.50; and one charge was dismissed.

Two cases concerned minors in possession of alcohol. One case was rescheduled, while a bench warrant was issued for a second defendant who failed to appear.

Two individuals appeared after being charged with urinating in public. One defendant pleaded no contest and was fined $450 plus court costs of $93.50; the second defendant’s expungement request was granted.

One case of loitering was continued.

One case of allowing rubbish to accumulate was continued.

A bench warrant for failure to appear was issued for a defendant charged with a dog licensing violation.

Four defendants who were charged with harbor violations or improperly tying boats along the Long Wharf sea wall were granted continuances.

Of five traffic infractions, two matters were continued; the judge dismissed one case of a laned roadway violation; a previous default judgment for speeding was vacated; and one defendant was found guilty of a seat belt violation, receiving a fine of $40 plus court costs of $35.

Newport Community Youth Choir

The newly-formed Newport Community Youth Choir is rehearsing on Wednesday afternoons, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Membership is open to all students in grades 2-6. The choir will debut at Christmas on the Hill with the choir of Trinity Church on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. The choir rehearses in the Hawes Room at Trinity Church. To register your child or for more information, contact Stephan Griffin at musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

Cowsills Documentary

The “Only in Rhode Island” film series continues with a special screening of “Family Band: The Cowsills Story” on Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary chronicles Newport’s own 60s pop chart-toppers, The Cowsills, the real life inspiration behind “The Partridge Family.” Their story is not a sitcom, but rather an honest and tragic battle between their public image of talent and charm and their private reality of secrets and fear.

The screening is free and will take place at the Central Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston. For more information, visitcranstonlibrary.org.

Cluny Wreath and Tree Sale

A two-day sale of Christmas wreaths and trees to benefit Cluny School will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 in the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) parking lot, 449 Thames St.

Fresh 24-inch, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths, hand-decorated by Cluny School parents, will be sold from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day, along with 6- to 9-foot Balsam and Fraser Fir Christmas trees, while supplies last. Three wreath styles will be available: “Traditional,” “Coastal”, and undecorated, for crafters. Evergreen roping will also be sold by the foot. Free loading and delivery to anywhere in Newport with tree purchase. For more information, contact Mike at 401-835-8775.

Calling Cheerleader Alums for Holiday Game

The Rogers High School cheerleaders invite all Rogers alumni cheerleaders to perform with the current squad at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day football game on Thursday, Nov. 28. A practice to learn the material will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Rogers High School. All former cheerleaders are welcome.

For more information, contact Carol Mureddu at 401-855-1701 or at rhscheer1115@gmail.com.

Lacrosse Players Showcase Skills

Lacrosse players from the Team Real Lacrosse Club in Portsmouth recently showcased their skills in front of college coaches during the IAS Girls Recruiting Weekend. The team ended with four wins and no losses, while outscoring their opponents (teams from Mass., NH, and Nova Scotia), 65-24. All field players on the team recorded goals, but leading the offensive threat was Maddie Villareal (28 goals), Grace Gamache (9 goals), Rose Blackburn (8 goals), and Caroline Villareal (7 goals). The defensive charge, which led to many opponent turnovers, was led by Blackburn, Hannah Gierhart, Gina Quick, and Mary Rishmany. Goalie Ellie Gamache recorded 19 saves during the weekend showcase. Carine LaBonte, Riley Piva, and Stephanie Salisbury were key players on both sides of the field.

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