2014-01-24 / News Briefs


Mr. Santi: Please find enclosed a photo of a figural lamp that my father purchased from a restaurant that was going out of business around 1980 in Providence. It is about 5 feet tall. The shades look like they are made of shells. Can you tell me anything about it and what it might be worth. — Jonathan W. Jonathan: Your lamp is quite impressive. I suspect that it is made of white metal rather than bronze. This style lamp was popular at the turn of the century (1900-1910). Unless it is signed, the lamp could have been made in either the U.S. or Europe. If in excellent condition, its value is between $2,000 and $2,500. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) Mr. Santi: Please find enclosed a photo of a figural lamp that my father purchased from a restaurant that was going out of business around 1980 in Providence. It is about 5 feet tall. The shades look like they are made of shells. Can you tell me anything about it and what it might be worth. — Jonathan W. Jonathan: Your lamp is quite impressive. I suspect that it is made of white metal rather than bronze. This style lamp was popular at the turn of the century (1900-1910). Unless it is signed, the lamp could have been made in either the U.S. or Europe. If in excellent condition, its value is between $2,000 and $2,500. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 19, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 157 calls. Of those, 63 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 49 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 6 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 157
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 51 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 49 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 20 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 41 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
5 - Lockouts
5 - Motor vehicle accidents
3 - Electrical problems
4 - Water problems or steam leaks
1- Gas leak
2 - Carbon monoxide detector
16 - Assist public calls
18 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
11 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
36- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 5 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews, and conducted 2 fire investigations.


Microwave Ovens - Are the kids home from school and ready to make an after school snack? Are they having popcorn while watching television? Microwave ovens should always be used with adult supervision! Use only microwavesafe food containers or dishes. Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven. If you have a fire in the microwave, leave the door closed, turn the oven off, and unplug it from the wall. If the fire does not go out, get outside and call the fire department.

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FM Wayne Clark

Engaging Your Business

Newport Interactive Marketers will host a program on how utilizing the free resources at University of Rhode Island’s Business Engagement Center can help your business grow on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Midtown Oyster Bar. Networking begins at 6 p.m. and the presentation on how URI’s Business Engagement Center can help you grow your brand will begin at 7 p.m.

Speaker Katharine Hazard Flynn heads URI’s Business Engagement Center and serves as the University of Rhode Island’s connector to the private/nonprofit sectors, helping brands leverage URI’s resources for the betterment of the state. Flynn will share her insights into statewide business resources and discuss how to access URI equipment, host events utilizing campus facilities, and find student interns, grad students, and graduated job seekers. She will also explain how businesses can benefit by collaborating with BEC on research, projects, and customized training for your employees.

Admission is free. Online registration is requested at http://bit. ly/1dvFMqG. The gathering is sponsored by Designated Editor.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 19 , the Newport Police Department responded to 474 calls. Of those, 115 were motor vehicle related; there were 93 motor vehicle violations issued, 22 accident reports. The police also responded to 14 noise complaints, 4 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 41 home/business alarm calls, and 8 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 3 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 3 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 17 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 5 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 3 arrests were made for DUI.
n3 arrests were made for possession of drugs or narcotics.
n 2 arrests were made for trespassing. n 2 arrests were made for embezzlement and obtaining money under false pretenses.
n 2 arrests were made for vandalism. n 2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no-contact order.
n 1 arrest was made for being a
fugitive of the law.

Municipal Court

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 20 municipal court was not in session. Judge J. Russell Jackson will resume court on Monday, Jan. 27, at Newport City Hall.

Have A Heart Cocktail Party & Auction

Pet lovers will gather to “put on the dog” for their four-legged friends at the annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party & Auction, the Potter League’s major fundraiser, on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Hotel Viking. The Preview Party & Live Auction runs 5:30-6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and a preview of the silent auction gems. The Main Event is 6:30-8:30 p.m. with hundreds of upscale items available. The evening will also feature a 50/50 raffle and the popular Break-A-Heart Bags. Tickets for the Preview Party & Live Auction (includes the Main Event) are $100 with reservation and $115 at the door. Main Event only admission is $65 with reservation or $75 at the door. To reserve and view auction items online, visit potterleague.org or call 401-846-0592.

Tea to Benefit Library

The Hotel Viking will host a fundraising Gilded Age Afternoon Tea on Saturday, Feb 8 in the Garden Room to benefit the Newport Public Library. The tea will run 2-4 p.m. and include tea sandwiches, scones, tea breads, chocolate truffles, Kir Royale, and tea. To indulge in the Gilded Age tea and support the Newport Public Library, call the Viking Hotel at 401-848-4824 to reserve. Tickets are $25.

‘Secret White House Recordings’

The Newport Art Museum’s Winter Lecture Series will continue on Saturday, Feb. 1 with Ted Widmer presenting “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of JFK” at 2 p.m.

In July 1962, President John F. Kennedy recorded 265 hours of conversation using hidden systems in the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation asked Widmer to select, introduce and transcribe the recordings and produce a book by the same title to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy administration.

Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and students are $6. Call 401-848-8200 or visit newportartmuseum.org to reserve.

Aquidneck Land Trust’s Annual Meeting

The Aquidneck Land Trust’s 24th annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Atlantic Beach Club, beginning at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and complimentary buffet meal. The meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by Jan. 31 to Courtney Huth at chuth@ailt.org or 401-849-2799 x19.

Author at Redwood

The Redwood Library will host National Book Award finalist David Kertzer discussing his new book, “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe,” on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m., preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members. To reserve, call 401-847-0292 x112.

Youth Yoga

The Pennfield School will hold a 5-week Kiddie Yoga, Stories & Crafts class for 2 – 4 year olds on Mondays from Feb. 3 - March 10 (no class Feb. 17) from 9 – 9:45 a.m. To register or for more information visit pennfield.org, call 401-849 4646, or email yoga@pennfield.org.

Free Throw Championship

A free throw championship will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Bradley School gym (behind St. Anthony’s Church in Portsmouth). All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in this local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. Grand prizes of signed basketballs from URI’s men’s/women’s teams will be awarded to one boy and one girl who make the most free throws. Participants are required to furnish proof of age for the competition and written parental consent. Entry forms can be completed at the time of the event.

Executive Directors’ Dinner

The Norman Bird Sanctuary will host its fourth annual Executives Directors’ Dinner on Friday, Feb. 7 in Mabel’s Studio on the NBS campus, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown. Norman Bird Sanctuary Executive Director Natasha Harrison will team up with Jamestown Art Center’s Executive Director Lisa Randall to create a dinner served in the intimate Mabel’s Studio setting. This year’s event will also feature a performance by a trio of young classical musicians, all alumni of the Heifetz International Music Institute. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $55. Advance ticketing only; call 401-846-2577 to reserve.

Gulls’ Hot Stove Induction

The Newport Gulls will induct five players and one current staff member to the Third Class of the baseball club’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency. Kicking off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction will include dinner, a silent auction, video presentations, special guests, and of course, many players, coaches, host families, sponsors, volunteers and staff members both past and present in attendance.

There will be hot stove baseball talk and baseball memorabilia auctioned to raise funds that support the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball team. For tickets and a list of 2010 and 2012 inductees into the Newport Gulls Hall of Fame, visit newportgulls.com.

Honoring ‘Timmy’ Smith with Music

Local musicians will play seven hours of non-stop music in honor of Fleming “Timmy” Smith on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2 - 9 p.m. at The Tavern on Broadway. A donation of $10 is suggested, but Timmy would appreciate “whatever you got.” Friends are invited to help ensure that Smith will have a permanent grave marker. Shelly, Bill & Dyl, Mark Quinn, the Ghost Tones with Earl Smith, and the Big Cat Blues are among those to perform.

After School Programs Offered

The winter programs offered by iNCASE (Newport County Afterschool Excitement) begin the week of Jan. 28. Students of all ages can register. Programs offered include: babysitter training, digital portfolio, Explore the Bay, Flo Harvey Basketball, robotics and Rock Band. Programs will be led by the following community partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, Firehouse Theater, Newport Art Museum, and Save the Bay.

Registration forms are available at local schools, iNCASEri.org, or at Hub locations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St., Newport or the Jamestown Teen Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown.

Transportation is available from schools to program sites.

For more information, contact iNCASE Coordinator, Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 ext. 17 or at iNCASE@bgcnewport.org.

Men’s and Women’s ‘Pick-Up’ Games

The Women’s Indoor Soccer League play on Sunday evenings from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Hut. No preregistration necessary. Just come out for some pick-up game fun and exercise. Adult Men’s Basketball Open Gym is available Tuesdays from 8:15 - 9:30 p.m. at The Hut. No pre-registration is necessary. Just come out for some pick-up game fun and exercise. Cost is $5 per person per week. Call The Hut at 401- 845-5800 with any questions.

Lacrosse Club Leads in Tournament Goals

The Team Real Lacrosse Club High School team were semi-finalists in the Indoor Action Sports “January Thaw” Girls Lacrosse Tournament. The tournament was held last weekend in Greenfield, Mass. and consisted of various New England teams. Nine of 13 Team Real Lacrosse field players recorded goals. Leading the offensive threat was Maddie Villareal (13 goals), Katie Simmons (6 goals) and Rose Blackburn (5 goals). Frances Corridan, Elena Greffen, Stephanie Salisbury and Caroline Villareal each had two goals. Jara Botehlo and Janna Hedlund had one goal. The defense was led by Rose Blackburn, Janna Hedlund, Jara Botehlo, Mary Rishmany and Gina Quick.

The Team Real Lacrosse Club is a Portsmouth-based lacrosse program for kindergarten through college players. Club events and additional information can be found at teamreallacrosse.com.

New Rotary Members Inducted

The Middletown Rotary Club and President Richard Bernardi, Middletown Rotary President recently inducted Angel Gonzales and Jack Haggis as new members. The Middletown Rotary Club has been active since 1953 and supports the community with many projects, such as providing scholarships to Middletown High School graduates, providing dictionaries to all Middletown third graders, and being a major supporter of YMCA summer youth programs. Rotary International is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service.

Little League Baseball Clinics

The Newport Little League will sponsor a series of free winter baseball clinics on Sundays throughout February and March. Designed to help Newport youth practice their skills and prepare for tryouts (which will be held the weekend of March 22), the clinics will be held in the Thompson Middle School gymnasium on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9. Clinics will be broken down into two sessions: Ages 8-10 will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. and ages 11- 12 will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Participants should bring a glove and wear sneakers.

CCRI Community Service Day

CCRI will hold its eighth annual Community Service Day on Tuesday, March 25, at several nonprofit organizations across the state. Past projects have included interior painting and cleaning; landscaping and outdoor beautification; inventory cataloging; sorting donated food and clothing; working with clients and more. Nonprofits that can accommodate at least 12 volunteers and having an interest in being considered as a site for CCRI’s Community Service Day should visit ccri.edu/acw/csd. Deadline to apply is Jan. 29.

Charter Review Meetings Open

The next Charter Review Commission meeting, which is open to the public, is Wednesday, Feb. 5 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. 19 and March 5 and 19, all at the library at 5:30 p.m. The commission plans to hold a public 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.

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