2013-11-28 / News Briefs


A friend recently brought in a “silver” flatware service that he recently purchased. It was marked “800” with an indistinct hallmark. “800” generally denotes 800 out of 1000 parts silver which is common for European silver. The U.S. uses 925 parts silver. Upon closer examination we found that the silver service was really not silver: it was composed of a plastic core covered by a copper-like cladding and then a thin silver overlay. So the silver set was a fake. We have heard that this type of forgery is coming out of China. So all that glitters is not silver! Buyers beware; remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t. – Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques A friend recently brought in a “silver” flatware service that he recently purchased. It was marked “800” with an indistinct hallmark. “800” generally denotes 800 out of 1000 parts silver which is common for European silver. The U.S. uses 925 parts silver. Upon closer examination we found that the silver service was really not silver: it was composed of a plastic core covered by a copper-like cladding and then a thin silver overlay. So the silver set was a fake. We have heard that this type of forgery is coming out of China. So all that glitters is not silver! Buyers beware; remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t. – Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Sen. Whitehouse on Iran Deal

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program as outlined by President Obama.

“This agreement has the potential to change the trajectory of events in the Middle East. It is only an opening step, as two sides begin to emerge from decades of enmity. Ultimately the Iranian nuclear weapons program must be fully shut down, and blind trust on our part would not be wise. With proper follow up, however, this could mark an historic turning point toward a more peaceful world. I commend Secretary Kerry and the President.”

Lucy’s Hearth Wreath and Bake Sale

Savvy island shoppers will flock to the 13th annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale at Easton’s Beach Rotunda, on Saturday, Dec. 7, for a cornucopia of spectacular holiday greenery and gourmet gifts.

Volunteers with a strong sense of style and more than a bit of flair make wreaths, centerpieces, and decorative elements suitable for the simplest home to the most opulent. Upscale cooks create sweet and savory treats, and stylists ensure that each is presentation ready; the edible art makes perfect hostess gifts. Start your shopping in style. The upscale event runs 9 a.m. to noon, but expect lines by 8:30.

All items are donated and proceeds benefit Lucy’s Hearth, a shelter for homeless women and children.

War Crimes Lecture

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will present author Allan A. Ryan discussing his book, “Yamashita’s Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur’s Justice, and Command Accountability” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Ryan reopens the case against the General Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japan’s military commander who was executed after WWII.

Ryan, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron White, was Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. In 1980, he was named the first Director of the Office of Special Investigations in the U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States.

The Pell Center is at 518 Bellevue Ave. To reserve, email pellcenter@salve.edu or call 401-341-2927.

Pet Manners

The Potter League for Animals is offering a manners class on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. It will cover greeting guests appropriately at the door, ways to combat countersurfing for goodies, and teaching your dog not to beg at the table. Dogs should be five months or older, be dog-friendly and know some obedience commands. The cost to attend is $20.

For information or to register, visit potterleague.org, call 401- 846-8276 x 122 or send an email to training@potterleague.org.

UnDecked Halls

The Newport Restoration Foundation is hosting UnDecked Halls, a behind-the-scenes look at Rough Point in the winter. The tour will take visitors through the shuttered and shrouded first floor of heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke’s Newport mansion.

Until the 1970s, most of the famed mansions were empty for the holidays, leaving Bellevue Ave. dark and lonely. The tour will explore Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions, which have remained the same for more than half a century. Guests will enjoy refreshments in the staff wing.

Tours will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and on Friday, Dec. 27. Rough Point is at 680 Bellevue Avenue. For more information or tickets, visit newportrestoration.org.

Holly Days

Celebrate the approach of the winter season with Holly Days at the Norman Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, Dec. 7. Explore the natural surroundings of the Sanctuary and enjoy winter themed games and crafts, storytelling, and face painting.

Meet animal ambassadors, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and warm up with cider and hot chocolate. Holiday treats and handmade gifts offered by local crafters will be available. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children; children under 3 are free. Register at normanbirdsanctuary.org. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown.

Children’s Holiday Programming at Redwood

The Redwood Library will host a morning of caroling and theatre at the Children’s Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. This event is open to the public and will feature performances by the Newport Children’s Theatre and musician Christopher Carbone. Admission is free for members and costs $2 for non-members. Seating is limited; reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Redwood will offer holiday craft-making followed by a performance of “The Night Before Christmas,” with the Newport Children’s Theatre. The free program begins at 4 p.m. and is for children in grades K-4. Call 401- 847-0292 for more information.

Call for Entries

Artists are invited to submit original paintings, prints, and photographs for a Little Picture Show to be held at the Conanicut Island Art Association’s Holiday Craft Fair at Melrose School, 79 Melrose Ave., Jamestown, on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Up to three securely-framed and wired hanging pieces, and five wellwrapped and backed bin pieces, measuring no more than 60 linear inches each, may be accepted from each entrant.

Entry fee for paid members is $15. Entry fee for nonmembers is $20.

Work should be brought to Melrose School on Dec. 6, 4 – 5 p.m. All unsold work must be picked up on Dec. 7. For more information, call 401-423-2776 or 401-423-1543.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 24 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 90 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 42 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 31 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 11 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 10 calls

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 34 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

1 - Flammable gas/liquid

1 - Motor vehicle accident

1 - Motor Vehicle accident-Pedestrian

1 -Sprinkler system activation

1- Malicious false fire alarm

2 - Carbon monoxide detector activation

5 - Assist public calls

2 - Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

16 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

6 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

36- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 14 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews, and conducted 3 propane tank installation investigations.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Preventing Car Fires- Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, get them checked right away. A rapid decrease in fuel level or a rapid increase in engine temperature may also indicate a problem. A wellmaintained car is less likely to have a fire. If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a sealed certified gas can. Keep a window open for ventilation. Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment of your car or truck. Never park where combustibles, such as grass or trash, can touch the catalytic converter.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 24, the Newport Police Department responded to 499 calls. Of those, 106 were motor vehicle related; there were 83 motor vehicle violations issued, 23 accident reports and 4 private tows. The police also responded to 15 noise complaints, 5 animal complaints, 2 suicide calls, 36 home/business alarm calls, and 6 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners, provided escort for 2 funerals, and performed 7 school security checks. They recorded 1 instance of assisting other police departments and 1 instance of assisting other agencies. In addition, 23 arrests were made for the following violations: n 7 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n4 arrests were made for simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n2 arrests were made for possesion of drugs with intent to manufacture or deliver. n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for larceny under $1,500. n 1 arrest was made for underage drinking. n1 arrest was made for noise complaints. n 1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n 1 arrest was made for intent to deliver cocaine. n 1 arrest was made for breaking and entering.

Call for Entries

The Spring Bull Gallery is issuing a call for entries of recent works for its 23rd Annual Les Petites Oeuvres (The Little Picture Show). The exhibit runs from Dec. 7-31 and is non-juried. Consider the event as consisting of small plums of art waiting to be plucked off the gallery walls and enjoyed by others. As soon as they are bought off the walls, they are replaced by another.

The maximum size of entries is 80 inches in circumference, including the frame.

Drop off times are Saturday, Nov. 30-Thursday, Dec. 5 from noon-4:30 p.m. Post-exhibition pick-up dates are Tuesday, Dec. 31-Thursday, Jan. 2 from noon-4:30 p.m.

Entry fees and commissions apply .

For exhibitions at Spring Bull Gallery, art must be properly framed, wired and ready to hang. No clipon frames or saw tooth hangers allowed. No lasers, computer generated work, or photography accepted. Any questions call the gallery at 401-849-9166 from 12 - 5 p.m. daily or visit springbullgallery.com.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Nov. 25, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 43 matters on the docket:

Twenty-nine cases concerned charges of open containers/drinking in public. Nineteen cases were continued; four defendants pleaded no contest and were each fined $350 plus court costs of $93.50; three cases were closed upon the completion of community service or through participation in a diversion program; two cases were dismissed; and a bench warrant was issued for a defendant who failed to appear.

In six noise disturbance violations, five defendants pleaded no contest and received fines of $300 or $350, plus court costs of $93.50. The remaining case was continued.

Two cases related to minors in possession of alcohol. Both were continued.

Two individuals were charged with urinating in public. Both matters were continued.

A dog licensing case was closed as paid in full.

Compliance review was extended for an animal restraint violation.

A charge of unlawful drinking and misrepresentation of age was dismissed.

A defendant pleaded no contest to violating harbor rules and regulations, receiving a fine of $1,000 plus court costs of $93.50.

Artist Exhibition

Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt will host an exhibition opening at his 89 Thames St. studio on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m.

Titled “Near+Far,” the showcase highlights selected images from the Newport area and abroad.

Nesbitt’s work shows strong compositional elements that emerge as the primary theme in his new collection of images.

In “Near+Far,” Nesbitt pushes his skill at shape-making to its limit, asserting his unique authorship in the image-making as powerfully as he can.

“This always motivates me to go further, to push the shapes in the image, to really take over the image and make it mine and not just the scene that was in front of the lens . . . it’s making a picture, not taking a picture,” Nesbitt says.

Nesbitt also owns Blink Gallery at 140 Spring St.

Visit nesbittphoto.com or blinkgalleryusa.com for more information.

Youth Jazz Program

The North End Youth Jazz Musicians will perform a holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Gray Center. Refreshments will be served following the program.

The young jazz musicians of Newport’s North End youth jazz group rehearse and study jazz weekly at the Park Holm Senior Center. Since forming a year ago, students have had several major performances, attended the Newport Jazz Festival, and met with jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

RSVP to Ian Gollub 401-662-6149 or at igollub@glcps.org.

Basketball and Kickball Tournaments

The Jamestown Teen Center will host a kickball tournament for middle school students (5th-8th grade) on Friday, Dec. 6. The tournament will begin at 3:30 p.m. Teams will be created the day of the event. There will be pizza and drinks for those who participate. On Saturday, Dec. 7 the center will also host a high school basketball 3-on-3 tournament at the rec center starting at 2 p.m., meaning each team will consist of three players. There is no cost to play either day. For more information contact teen coordinator Molly Conlon at 401-423-7261.

Pell PTO Holiday Event

The Pell Elementary School PTO will be hosting a fundraising craft/ vendor sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the school, 35 Dexter St., from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. A scholastic book fair will be set up. The community is invited and welcome to attend. Santa will be there for picture taking in addition to face painting, crafts and a bake sale.

Free Vaccine Clinic

The Newport Fire Department and the Rhode Island Board of Health will be offering a free Tdap vaccination clinic on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. In an effort to increase the number of people in Newport protected against the effects of seasonal flu, pneumonia, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough), a vaccination clinic will be held at the Pell School, 35 Dexter St. Everyone aged six months and older should receive flu vaccine. Everyone 11 and older who has never received Tdap vaccine should receive whooping cough vaccine. Everyone 65 and older and those 19 and older who smoke or have asthma or other chronic conditions should receive the pneumonia vaccine. For more information on the free vaccinations offered at the clinic, visit health.ri.gov.

Meeting Change

The Middletown School Committee’s December meeting has been changed to Thursday, Dec.12. There will be a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular school committee meeting at 7 p.m.

Event to Benefit MLK

Boiana Georgieva, owner of Newport Sea Foam Trading, will host her second annual “Bubbles Charity Night” on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. to benefit the Martin Luther King Community Center. A percentage of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the center. Additionally, people can bring canned goods or an unwrapped toy (and be entered into a gift raffle). The food and the toys will be delivered to MLK to help families in need during the holiday season. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. The store is located at 415 Thames St.

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