2013-12-19 / News Briefs


Patrick Kilroy, owner of The Landing Restaurant, presents Michelle Duga, Superintendent of Seamen’s Church Institute, a donation from the fall’s Seafood Festival proceeds held at The Landing. Patrick Kilroy, owner of The Landing Restaurant, presents Michelle Duga, Superintendent of Seamen’s Church Institute, a donation from the fall’s Seafood Festival proceeds held at The Landing. Toddler Art Classes

Get creative with your toddler! Newport County YMCA is offering a toddler art class for children ages 2.5-5 years old. This is a parent and child class with only 10 spots for children. It is an eight-week session (Jan 8-Feb 24). Class is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $65 and $50 for members. For more information, contact treehouse@newportymca.org.

Double Dutch Workshop

Newport’s Double Dutch championship Sharks team invites third through fifth graders to learn the techniques of Double Dutch jumping. Workshop is Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at the Florence Gray Center, One York St. from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wear excercise clothing. For more information, call 401-293-5944.

Amica Coat Drive

Donate new or gently used coats to the Amica Insurance Coat Drive. Coats are being accepted through Jan. 26 at the Newport Skating Center. Each donor will receive a pass for 2-for-1 admission to the rink. Coats received will benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and Child & Family.

Free Senior Thursdays

Every Thursday through December and January, all senior citizens (age 60+) have full access to the Newport County YMCA! Facility is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and participants may pick up a punchcard to be entered in a raffle.

College-Bound Financial Aid Workshop

An information session will be held for families applying for college financial aid on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Rogers High School. Financial aid professionals will assist college-bound students with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, at educational institutions nationwide. For more information and to pre-register, visit collegegoalri.org.

Open Gym for All Ages

The Newport Recreation Department’s Open Gym is available for preschoolers Mondays and Thursdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Children up to age five must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Cost is $5 per family per day. The Adult Walking Open Gym will be available Monday – Friday from noon – 2 p.m. Enjoy this safe warm environment and continue to exercise throughout the winter months. Cost is $1 per visit. Multi-visit punch cards are available for both programs. For more information, call 401-845- 5800.

For What It’s Worth

Every year we receive at least a couple of requests about “Christmas Seals,” especially vintage ones from the early 20th century. The artwork is usually very reflective of the year produced. Not all stamps got used and ended up in stamp collections or a desk drawer or just put away in a book. They should be collectable and have value, but unfortunately they have never taken hold in the stamp marketplace. Some day that may change; their time has just not come. – 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.

Corporate Filings Required by State Law

State law requires for-profit corporations to file annual reports between January 1 and March 1 with the office of the Secretary of State. More than 30,000 Rhode Island companies, ranging from auto dealers to mortgage companies to restaurants, are subject to this requirement.

Corporations may conveniently file on-line. Every corporation has been assigned its own unique customer identification number and personal identification number in order to ensure security.

“Last year, more than half of the annual reports filed were online, which is a testament to how user-friendly our database is. Our customers really take advantage of the technological advances our office has made to improve filing efficiency, while making it easier for companies to do business in Rhode Island,” said Secretary Ralph Mollis.

Corporations may also file by mail, or in person at the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division at 148 West River St. in Providence, during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Failure to file an annual report can result in the revocation of a corporation’s certificate of incorporation or certificate of authority. In addition, state law includes fines for late filing.

Reports are posted on the Secretary of State’s website. The public can search the database by the corporation’s name, location, and type of business, among other topics. There is also contact information for every company’s key contact.

“This transparency is consumer friendly and ensures that the public has a place to turn for information about businesses,” said Mollis. “Filing annual reports shows their commitment to openness, and that can make consumers feel more confident about doing business with them.”

The Secretary of State’s office works with every corporate entity registered to do business in Rhode Island, which totals over 60,000. Secretary Mollis’ office also oversees recording commercial liens and protecting corporate trademarks and provides advice to start-up businesses.

For more information, visit www.sos.ri.gov.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 15 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 149 calls. Of those, 75 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 57 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 6 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 149 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue1 and 3 responded to 56 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 46 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 25 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:

1 - Cooking fire

2 - Motor vehicle accident

2 - Electrical wiring, equipment problem

3- Lockouts

2 - Carbon monoxide detector activation

13 - Assist public calls

5 - Fire apparatus sent (mutual aid)

11 - Fire alarm soundings

- no fire

9 - Fire alarm malfunctions

- no fire

49- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 21 life safety / site inspections, 10 fire system plan reviews, and conducted 2 propane tank installation inspections.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Cut Christmas trees: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk so that it can readily absorb water. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights and be sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Check the water level daily. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Do not connect more than three strands of mini string sets together. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree! Always turn off tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. Remove the tree as soon as it becomes dry (don’t store it in the garage).

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Mighty Mights and Basketball Registration

Registration is now open for the Newport County YMCA youth basketball season for ages 4 through 15. The season runs from Jan. 11 – March 1. For more information, visit newportymca.org, or contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 401-847- 9200 ext. 113. Online registration is available.

Polo Gala Beneficiary Sought

The 2013 annual International Polo Charity Ball raised $12,000 for its beneficiary, the Hope Funds for Cancer Research, while welcoming guests of honor, the Italian Polo Team. Nominations of nonprofit civic or charitable beneficiaries for the 2014 gala are now being accepted. The event will be held Friday, Aug. 1 in one of Newport’s famed mansions. For more information, contact Newport Polo via email at NewportPolo1@gmail.com or by calling the polo office at 401-847-7090.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 15 , the Newport Police Department responded to 524 calls. Of those, 116 were motor vehicle related; there were 75 motor vehicle violations issued, 41 accident reports and 2 private tows. The police also responded to 4 noise complaints, 8 animal complaints, 7 suicide calls, 116 home/business alarm calls, and 3 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners, and performed 1 liquor establishment check. They recorded 4 instances of assisting other police departments and 10 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 21 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n 2 arrests were made for simple
n2 arrests were made for conditions of family court orders.
n2 arrests were made for driving
without a license or expired.
n 1 arrest was made for domestic
simple assault.
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for obtaining money under false pretenses.
n1 arrest was made for cyberstalking. n 1 arrest was made for domestic vandalism.
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics.

Special Holiday Waste Collections

Newport residents can put out extra recycling in a yard waste bag for the first collection after Christmas for one week only. The special collection will take place on residents’ delayed trash day from Dec. 26-28, and then again for Monday and Tuesday’s collection day on Dec. 30 and 31.

Christmas trees and yard waste will be collected curbside in Newport during the week of Jan.13 on residents’ regularly scheduled collection day. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag, and remove all ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights. This is the last yard waste collection until the week of March 17.

The 2014 City of Newport Solid Waste & Recycling Calendar is available to download at cityofnewport.com/cleancity.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Dec. 16, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 24 matters on the
Four cases implicated minors in
possession of alcohol. Two were
continued, one was closed as
paid in full, and one defendant
was found guilty of the charges
and fined $200 plus court costs of
Four defendants were charged
with noise disturbances. One was
found guilty and was fined $750
plus court costs of $93.50. A second defendant pleaded no contest
and received at $400 fine plus court
costs of $93.50. The two remaining
cases were continued.
Two of four open container/drinking in public cases were continued
or rescheduled, while bench warrants were issued for the remaining two defendants who failed to

A defendant was fined $250 plus
court costs of $93.50 after pleading no contest to unlawful drinking
and misrepresentation of age.

Two defendants faced charges of
urinating in public. One case was
rescheduled, and a no contest plea
in the second resulted in a $200
fine plus court costs of $93.50.

A bench warrant was issued for a
defendant who failed to appear to
answer to charges of a disorderly
house and shouting between the
hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.

A case alleging disorderly conduct in causing, provoking, or engaging in a fight was continued.

The judge dismissed a charge
of creating a menace by allowing
trash to accumulate.

Three instances of inappropriately tying up boats along the Long
Wharf sea wall were continued.

A defendant was fined $300 plus
court costs of $93.50 upon pleading no contest to illegal mooring
One traffic infraction, a seat belt
violation, was continued.
A pretrial continuance was granted to the property owner of 21 John
Street, who was cited for making
changes to exterior features in the
historic district without a certification of appropriateness and making changes to a structure without
proper building permits.

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