2014-01-10 / News Briefs


Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with parkinsons.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Potter Pet U

The January Potter Pet University will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Potter League’s education center in Middletown at 6 p.m. Through pictures and video clips, learn to recognize (and use) subtle feline communication signals to better understand and relate to cats. Potter Pet U is free and open to the public, but for humans only; leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401-846-0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.

Paradise Farmhouse Set to Open

If you have driven by the Norman Bird Sanctuary on Third Beach Road in Middletown in recent years, chances are you’ve noticed the big old farmhouse undergoing renovations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paradise Farmhouse is the oldest structure on the 325-acre NBS property, dating back to the early 1700s when it served as a shack for tenant farmers. Work on the building is nearly complete and the public will soon be able to visit.

The farmhouse will host tour and luncheon events on Fridays, Jan. 17 – March 28, which will be open to the public. The building will also offer overnight accommodations to visiting ornithologists, naturalists, health and wellness groups, ecoconscious travelers, and artists involved in multi-day programming at the sanctuary.

For more information, call 401- 846-2577.

Pay for College Without Going Broke

An informative talk about how to plan financially for college education will be held Monday, Jan. 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library, 700 W. Main Rd.

Free Flu Clinic

A public vaccination clinic is being held Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to at the Pell School, 35 Dexter St., Newport. Health Insurance is not a requirement for immunization and there is no outof pocket cost for these vaccinations, but those who have coverage should bring their insurance card. There is no residency requirement to receive the shots at the clinic.

This clinic is being run by the Newport Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health, in response to the expectation that in the next two weeks Flu activity in the state is projected to rise.

Beach Cleanup

Clean Ocean Access is looking for assistance with their 20-30 coastal cleanups, removing debris from area shorelines. Their major event takes place on Memorial Day weekend, but the first cleanup of the year is at Taylors Lane in Little Compton on Jan. 11 at noon. Contact info@cleanoceanaccess.org to get involved.

January Camp Day

The Newport County YMCA is offering a vacation camp day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Care runs from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. An extra hour of care is offered from 4:30-5:30 for an additional fee. The day will be packed with activities such as sports, board games, and swimming. Space is limited. Registration is now open, forms available in the YMCA office. For more information, contact Josh at 401-847-9200 x 113 or josha@newportymca.org.

Charter Review Meetings Open

The next Charter Review Commission meeting, which is open to the public, is Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library. The group meets twice a month on Wednesdays. Additional meetings are scheduled for Feb. 5 and 19 and March 5 and 19, all at the library at 5:30 p.m. The commission plans to hold a puplic forum in March and make their recommendations to the city council in April. Input from the community is welcome at these meetings. For more information, contact commission chair Isabel Griffith at 401-849- 6444 or igriffith38@verizon.net.

Call for Artists

DeBlois Gallery welcomes artists for a non-juried open show on March 1. The theme is: Move it! All media using the theme will be accepted. Delivery is Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 Sat. from noon to 5 p.m. The registration fee is $25 for one piece and $30 for two. Awards will be given, and all art must be original and created within the last two years. The show will run through March 30. For more details or questions, visit debloisgallery.com or call 401-846-8439 or 401- 846-5681. Deliver to DeBlois’ new location at 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, near First Beach.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Jan. 6, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 26 matters on the docket:

• Eleven cases originated with charges of open containers/drinking in public. Of these, 9 were dismissed with no costs, with credit for time served at the ACI. One was continued, and the remaining case was closed with community service completed.

· Three noise disturbance violations were brought before the judge. One was closed as paid in full, one was rescheduled, and one was continued.

· Two cases concerned minors in possession of alcohol. An expungement request was granted for one defendant, while a bench warrant was issued for a second defendant who failed to appear.

· One defendant was charged with urinating in public. The case was dismissed with no costs, with credit for time served at the ACI.

· One case of loitering was dismissed with no costs, with credit for time served at the ACI.

· One charge of failure to restrain an animal was continued; a second remained open with the issuance of a bench warrant for failure to appear.

· Of six traffic infractions, three default judgments entered, with levied fines of $85 plus court costs of $35. Two matters were dismissed. One defendant was found guilty of a stop sign violation and was fined $85.

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Aquidneck Island Committee will hold an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Middletown High School cafeteria. Anyone interested in the relay, forming or registering a team, or becoming a volunteer for this year’s relay is welcome to attend. The relay will be held overnight from 4 p.m. - 10 a.m. on May 16-17 at Gaudet Middle School. The open house will feature food, refreshments and entertainment, as well as information and details about this year’s relay. For more information visit relayforlife/aquidneckislandri or contact Chairperson Kerry Seibert at 401-855-0855.

AARP Meeting

The Newport County Chapter of the AARP will hold its monthly meeting at Fenner Hall on Fenner Ave., Newport on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. New members are asked to come at 1:15 and bring their national AARP card.

The speaker will be Roberta Mudge Humble who will talk about her new book, “Sing Rhode Island.” Humble’s new presentation will have the audience singing along to well-known tunes with brand new lyrics about Rhode Island. Humble is a Professor of English and Technical Communications at CCRI.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods to the AARP meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

Lyme Support Group

An open meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at Harbor House , and on the third Thursdays of following months. The group is for anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease, including relatives or friends. The support group will meet at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Y Movie Night

The Newport County YMCA is holding a Movie Night on Saturday, Jan 18 at 6 p.m.. “Despicable Me 2” will be shown. The cost to attend is $3 for members and $5 nonmembers and includes a free slice of pizza per child. Free addmision for parents. Popcorn and drinks will also be available for sale. Outside food or drinks will not be permitted. For more information, call 401-847- 9200.

Oliver Hazard Perry Display

The Oliver Hazard Perry exhibit honoring the contributions of the Hero of Lake Erie will be on display at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., through January 30. Oliver Hazard Perry: The Hero of Lake Erie is a collaborative exhibition, with cultural artifacts from seven organizations and three private collections celebrating the legacy of one of Rhode Island’s best known military heroes. The exhibit was timed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, Perry’s shining moment. The display is free and open during regular library hours. For more information, call 401-847-0292.

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