2013-12-05 / Calendar


Mr. Santi: I was going through an old postcard album of my father’s and came across this photo which simply says “Newport” on the back. Can you identify the building? I see ship masts in the background. — Curious Dear Curious: Your postcard is a photo-card showing The New York Yacht Club which was located where The Mooring Restaurant is today. It eventually moved to its present location at the John Nicholas Brown Mansion. – Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) If you wish to receive the Drawing Room weekly newsletter, email drawrm@hotmail.com. Mr. Santi: I was going through an old postcard album of my father’s and came across this photo which simply says “Newport” on the back. Can you identify the building? I see ship masts in the background. — Curious Dear Curious: Your postcard is a photo-card showing The New York Yacht Club which was located where The Mooring Restaurant is today. It eventually moved to its present location at the John Nicholas Brown Mansion. – Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) If you wish to receive the Drawing Room weekly newsletter, email drawrm@hotmail.com. Double Dutch Workshop

Newport’s Double Dutch championship Sharks team invites third through fifth graders to learn the techniques of Double Dutch jumping. Workshop dates are Saturday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at the Boys & Girls Park Holm Clubhouse, at the Florence Gray Center, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Dec. 14, 12:30 - 2 p.m.) Wear exercise clothing. For more information, call 401-293-5944.

Owl Prowl

It’s nesting season for owls and the Norman Bird Sanctuary will host an evening of information about the reclusive raptors on Friday, Dec. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. The program will begin indoors with a presentation on owls of Rhode Island and their natural history, followed by a hike on the trails to listen for the birds. Enjoy hot chocolate and a live owl presentation after the walk. This is a no-flashlight walk; dress for the weather. Rain date will be Saturday, Dec. 14. This event is appropriate for those ages eight and older and costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Register at 401-846-2577.

Junior League Auction

The Junior League of R.I. is holding an online charity auction through Friday, Dec. 13. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Junior League’s community works including its current focus of empowering young adults who are aging out of the foster care system in Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.jlri.org.

Parents Night Out

The Newport YMCA is offering its next Parents Night Out for children ages 3 - 10 on Saturday, Dec. 14 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.

Authors Circle

Local writers are invited to gather over the next few months for informal chat sessions with the aim of supporting our community’s unsung Hawthornes and Brontes on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 at the Middletown Public Library at 1 p.m. Whether you want to share your work for fun, receive constructive feedback, talk about the writing process, exercise your craft through group writing exercises, or simply socialize with other writers, come and share your writerly thoughts and needs. For ages 18 and older. No registration required. Call the library at 401-846-1573 for more details.

Donovan Bazaar

Donovan Manor is holding its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 19 Chapel St. Food will be served.

Free Vaccine Clinic

In an effort to protect people against the effects of seasonal flu, pneumonia, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough), a free Tdap vaccination clinic will be offered by the Newport Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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.

YMCA Holiday Party

The Newport County YMCA is hosting a community holiday party on Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Come join Santa for hot chocolate and family fun including crafts, games, music and bounce house. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free event, Y membership not required.

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 Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Edward King Center. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. For more information call 401-682-2100.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 1 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 122 calls. Of those, 56 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 37 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 10 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 122 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 44 calls • Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 44 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 19 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 20 calls

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 26 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

1 - Gas leak

2 - Motor vehicle accidents

1 -Powerline down

2- Water or steam leaks

2 - Carbon monoxide detector activation

9 - Assist public calls

3 - Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

13 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

12 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

46- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 13 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews, and conducted 3 propane tank installation investigations.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Candle Safety - Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths. The open flame of a candle can easily ignite anything that can burn. If you do light a candle, be sure to use a sturdy candle holder so that it can’t tip or be knocked over easily. Keep candles far away from anything that can burn. Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Candles should not be used in the bedroom or other areas where people sleep. As a safe alternative, think about using flameless candles in your home. Flameless candles offer the look of real burning candles without the risk and heat of actual flame. We wish you a happy (and safe) holiday season.

Information provided by:

FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Dec. 1, the Newport Police Department responded to 527 calls. Of those, 170 were motor vehicle related; there were 149 motor vehicle violations issued, 21 accident reports and 2 private tows. The police also responded to 9 noise complaints, 12 animal complaints, 3 suicide calls, 54 home/business alarm calls, and 5 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners, provided escort for 4 funerals, and performed 2 liquor establishment checks. They recorded 2 instances of assisting other police departments and 2 instances of assisting other agencies. In addition, 24 arrests were made for the following violations: n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 4 arrests were made for DUI. n 3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n2 arrests were made for simple assault. n 2 arrests were made for public urination. n1 arrest was made for possesion of narcotics. n 1 arrest was made for obstructing a police officer. n 1 arrest was made for motor vehicle theft. n 1 arrest was made for underage drinking. n1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for intimidation of witness/victim of crime. n 1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for possession of burglary tools.

WWII Radio Style Christmas Concert

Jamestown Community Chorus will present “JCC on the Air: A 1943 Radio Broadcast,” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., live at the Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave. The concert will be performed as a Christmas-in-wartime radio show and include readings from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”; Andrews Sisters-style singing; “British Children’s Prayer,” composed during the blitz; Waring’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; and Thompson’s “Alleluia.” Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors. For more information, call 401-423-1574 or visit jamestownchorus.com.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Dec. 2, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 25 matters on the docket:

Seven cases concerned charges of open containers/drinking in public. Three were continued or rescheduled, while bench warrants were issued for four defendants who failed to appear.

Six cases involved noise disturbances. Two were continued or rescheduled, two were closed as paid in full, and two expungement requests were granted.

Four cases implicated minors in possession of alcohol. Two were continued, one was closed as paid in full, and a bench warrant was issued in the remaining case for failure to appear.

Bench warrants for failure to appear were issued in two cases of disorderly conduct.

Two defendants were charged with air gun violations. One case was continued, while a bench warrant for failure to appear was issued in the second case.

One defendant pleaded no contest to a charge concerning switch blades or dangerous toys/weapons and was issued a fine of $700 plus court costs of $93.50.

Of two traffic infractions, one matter was continued and a default judgment was issued for a failure to obey traffic control devices, with a fine of $85 plus court costs of $35.

The property owner of 49 School Street pleaded no contest to charges of operating a guest house without the necessary special use permit, failure to register a rental dwelling, and failure to post notice. A fine of $5,000 was levied for all three charges, suspended for one year.

French in Newport Walking Tour

The Newport Historical Society will present a walking tour on the French in Newport on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Explore the heart of 18th-century Newport and discuss the yearlong period in which roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors cohabited with the Newport citizens during the American revolution. Learn how the French contribution to the war was vital to the success of American independence. The tour departs at 11 a.m. from the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., and tickets are $15. Call 401- 841-8770 to reserve.

Middletown Tree Lighting

Santa will arrive by fire engine to the annual open house and tree lighting to be held Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave. Clarence, the Christmas Donkey, a pony and a calf will add to the festivities.

The Silveira Kindergarten and Nursery School will perform, as well as the Dawn Jones Senior Choral Group with their renditions of joyous Christmas music. Members of the town council will read “The Night Before Christmas.”

A buffet and refreshments will be served. This free community-wide event is open to the public and is co-hosted by the town council and the Middletown Senior Center.

Colonial Special Ops at Colony House

Author Christian M. McBurney will discuss his book, “Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott,” on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Colony House.

In an isolated New Jersey tavern on Dec. 13, 1776, George Washington’s second in command, Major General Charles Lee, was captured by a party of British dragoons. The American army needed a British captive who was the same rank as General Lee. Rhode Island’s William Barton planned and executed the cross-bay capture of Major General Richard Prescott at the Overing house in Middletown, from which Prescott commanded the British garrison occupying Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island. Barton’s raid was the outstanding special operation of the Revolutionary War and still ranks as one of the greatest in American military history.

Admission is $1 for NHS members, $5 for non-members. Reserve at 401-841-8770.

Strong Women Presentation

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Strong Women series will present “Oh, Yes, I Can,” a panel discussion by five women in nontraditional career paths on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. The program will be held at the Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.; use the Edwards Street entrance.

Panelists will be Joan Johnson- Freese, Ph.D., professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College, space security analyst, and blogger; Mary Raum, Ph.D., Naval War College professor and ballerina; Nancy Parrillo, chief financial officer for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority; Allyson Reneau, mother of 11, owner of Victory Gymnastics in Oklahoma City and returning student at Juilliard School of Music; and Commander Carol Prather, P-3 pilot and military professor of Joint Military Operations at the Naval War College.

The women will talk about themselves, their chosen paths, and what they wish they had known when they were starting out. Their presentations will be brief to facilitate audience discussion.

This is a free program, funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and private donors. Dessert will be provided. Call 401-846-4828 for more information.

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