2014-01-31 / News Briefs


Journalism Scholarship

The Rhode Island Press Association is seeking applications for its annual $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding college student who is preparing for a career in print journalism. Applications must be received by April 11.

Students need not be majoring in journalism to be eligible. Instead, judges are looking for academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in print journalism, such as work on school or community newspapers.

Nominees must be residents of Rhode Island attending any fouryear college or university or nonresidents enrolled at a Rhode Island college or university who are entering the 2013-14 academic year as juniors, seniors or full-time graduate students. Interested students should send a letter of nomination from a college official or instructor detailing the student’s accomplishments, cover letter, resumĂ© and samples of work, including newspaper stories, classroom assignments or any other supporting material, to Liz Boardman, managing editor, Independent Newspapers, P.O. Box 5679, Wakefield, RI 02880.

A panel of editors and journalists will judge the nominations.

Refrigerator Recycling

Rhode Island residents can receive a special $100 rebate for recycling outdated refrigerators or freezers through National Grid’s appliance recycling program.

The program encourages residential electric customers throughout the state to have inefficient refrigerators and freezers picked up at their home free of charge.

Pickup is available year-round, but the special $100 incentive ends Feb. 28. Rhode Island residents can schedule a free pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or by visiting www.ngrid.com/rirecycle.

AARP Tax Preparation

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will offer free income tax preparation at 10 sites in Newport County beginning Feb. 3 to people of all ages with low and moderate incomes. It is not necessary to be an ARRP member to take advantage of this help. In 2013, the program completed over 1,600 returns for Newport County clients. All returns are computer prepared and are electronically filed for fast refunds.

The AARP Tax Aide program is the nation’s largest free tax preparation service. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS each year. Each return is quality checked before transmittal. Counselors are qualified to handle most common forms and schedules. State returns are completed along with the federal forms.

For more information contact each site, or Bob Lobecker at Robert. lobecker@verizon.net.

Sites will operate through April 15. • Edward King House,

Mondays, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. • Bank Newport, Washington Square

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Newport Public Library,

Thursdays , noon - 7 p.m. • Dr. Martin Luther King Center,

Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Middletown Library,

Mondays noon - 3:30 p.m.,

Wednesdays 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Middletown Senior Center,

Tuesday 9 a.m. - noon • Naval Station Newport, Naval Legal Services Office, 360 Elliot St

Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., starts Feb. 11, base access required • Jamestown Philomenian Library,

Mondays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Portsmouth Senior Center, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War

As the smallest state to defend the Union and one far from the battlefront, Rhode Island’s stories of the Civil War are often overlooked. The Newport Historical Society will host the lecture, “Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War,” with author Frank Grzyb to discuss some of these stories at the Colony House on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Civil War tales from the Ocean State are fascinating if little-known, from the city of Newport’s role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy to a female openly serving as a soldier in a Rhode Island infantry regiment. Few realize that John Wilkes Booth visited Newport to meet his supposed fiancĂ©e just nine days before he assassinated President Lincoln. Author Frank L. Grzyb will investigate Rhode Island’s rich Civil War history during this talk.

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

Spiritual Discussion

Writer Robert Cole shares the saga of a near-fatal illness that took him to the edge of clinical death and back. The journey brought him answers to fundamental questions of life, death, and our deeper identity. The story is relevant to yoga students, spiritual seekers, and those curious about the near-death experience. Followed by Q&A. Zettmar Studio, 73 Pelham St, Newport. Friday Jan. 31, 7 -9 p.m. $10. 401- 848-0288.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission

The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 8 - 9 a.m. at their office at 435 Thames St. The commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900; or email info@bikenewportri.org.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 26, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 131 calls. Of those, 48 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 42 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 2 patients were treated on the scene and 3 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 131
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 39 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 48 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 33 calls

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

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 4 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 7 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews.


Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. Make a family escape plan in the event your smoke alarm goes off and practice the plan regularly. If a fire occurs in your home do not waste any time saving property. If you must escape through smoke, remember to crawl low under the smoke. Never open doors that are hot to the touch. Designate a family meeting place outside the building. Escape first and then notify the fire department by dialing 911.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

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.

Heifetz on Tour

The Redwood Library will present a free public concert featuring Heifetz on Tour, young classical musicians from the Heifetz International Music Institute, on Thursday, Feb. 6. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the performance, which is sponsored by The Newport County Fund and the Jamestown Arts Center. Children are welcome. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0292 x112 to reserve.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 26 , the Newport Police Department responded to 443 calls. Of those, 82 were motor vehicle related; there were 61 motor vehicle violations issued, 21 accident reports. The police also responded to 7 noise complaints, 8 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 47 home/business alarm calls, and 10 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 8 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 4 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 23 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 3 arrests were made for trespassing. n 3 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for fraudulent use of credit cards.
n 2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly
n1 arrest was made for domestic
felony assault.
n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no-contact order.
n 1 arrest was made for being a
fugitive of the law.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for simple

‘Unsinkable’ Titanic

The Middletown Historical Society will present “Unsinkable,” the story of the sinking of the Titanic, on Sunday, Feb. 9. Pat Perry, of Sneek Peek Productions, examines the many factors that contributed to the vessel’s sinking. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. at the Paradise School at the corner of Paradise Avenue and Prospect Street. The program is free but donations are welcome. For more information, visit middletownhistory.org.

Black History Exhibit

Portrait drawings by Estella Miller will be on display at the Newport Public Library Feb. 3 -14. Her 2014 Black History Exhibit will be a special tribute to Nelson Mandela and a historical honor to civil rights activists.

‘Screen and Discuss’

This month’s “Screen and Discuss” documentary film selection at the Redwood Library is “Mad Hot Ballroom,” a story about a ballroom dance program for fifth graders in the NYC public school system. The movie will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Harrison Room at 3 p.m. and is rated PG. Students are welcome. Admission is free for members, $10 for non-members, and $3 for students. A short discussion will follow the screening. This film is sponsored by Horan Building Corporation.

Home School Gym

The Newport Recreation Department is making The Hut gym available for those who home school on Tuesdays from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. The cost will be $2 per family per visit. Call The Hut for further details, 401-845-5800.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Jan. 27, at
Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions. There were 26 matters on the
nTwelve charges of open containers/ drinking in public were called.
Of these, eight were rescheduled
or continued; two bench warrants
were issued for failure to appear;
and one defendant had two separate charges dismissed based on
her compliance with a diversion
nFour cases concerned underage
possession of alcohol. Three were
rescheduled or continued, while
a no contest plea entered in the
fourth case resulted in 20 hours
of community service plus court
costs of $93.50.
nThree cases involved noise disturbances. The judge issued bench
warrants for failure to appear for
two defendants, with the third
case being continued for payment
nA bench warrant was issued for
one defendant who failed to appear for a charge of urinating in
public, while a second case was
nThe owners of 14 Fillmore Street
and 21 John Street are charged
with making property modifications without the proper certifications or permits. Both matters were
continued for trial or pretrial.
nOf three traffic infractions, one
matter of wrong-way driving was
rescheduled; the judge dismissed
one case of a laned roadway violation based on disposition in District Court, but imposed costs of
$35; and a charge of leaving the
lane of travel was dismissed based
on a good driving record, with
costs of $35.

Valentine Craft and Chocolate Party

The Newport Public Library will host a free Valentine Chocolate Party for children ages 6 and up on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. Youngsters will have the opportunity to make a variety of Valentine craft projects, and hot chocolate and candy treats will be served. All materials are provided free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Sign up at the Children’s Desk or call 401-847-8720 x204.

Four February Camps

Registration is now open for the YMCA’s four different February vacation camps: a gymnastics camp, a traditional day camp, a sporttheme camp, and an adapted camp. Each camp has its own focus areas but also gets swim time. Camps are Feb. 17 - 21 and run from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Later care is offered from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. There is a two-day, three-day, or all five day option. Registration ends Feb. 14, registration forms can be found in the office. For more information on gymnastics camp, contact Maria at 401- 847-9200 ext. 122; traditional camp, Sarah at ext. 130; sports camp, Josh at ext. 113; adapted camp, Megan at ext. 117.

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