2014-02-28 / News Briefs


Swim Lessons and Camp

The next session of swimming lessons at the Newport YMCA starts March 3. Lessons offered include: parent/child (6 to 36 months), preschool (3 to 6 yr. olds), youth (6 to 15 yr. olds), swim team, adult lessons and private lessons. Prices vary depending on program.

Aquatics Summer Camp sign ups are now open. Aquatics will be offering Surfing Camp, Water Sports, Jr. Lifeguard and Swim Team Camp this summer. ($170 member, $195 nonmember per week). For more information, call 401-847-9200 x108.

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard training will be offered Feb. 24, 27, and March 3 at the YMCA from 6 - 9 p.m. This is a Red Cross blended learning class that has online, classroom and pool sessions. Upon completion of all segments, participants will be certified in Waterfront/Pool Lifeguarding, CPR/AED PRO and First Aid. Elements of the Rhode Island surf test are also included. Lifeguard recertifications are also offered. Fee is $250 for members, $275 non-members plus a $35 Red Cross fee.

For more information, contact Jim Farrell, Y Aquatics Director at 401-847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Redwood Opening Reception

The Redwood Library will unveil a new exhibit, “Portraits of Interiors: Interior Illustrations in Newport Collections,” at a reception on Friday, March 7, 4-6 p.m. The exhibition is guest curated by Paul Miller, curator at The Preservation Society of Newport County, and features a diverse selection of paintings, photography, textiles, and furniture, all representative of the genre. A series of three vignettes containing decorative arts directly from or in the spirit of works depicted will also be on display. For more information, call 401-847-0292 or visit redwoodlibrary.org.

Warhol Friend-Raiser

NewportFILM will host its annual off-season, off-beat fundraiser at Christie’s Restaurant on Saturday, March 1, from 7-11 p.m. This year’s theme is “Warhol,” and guests are strongly urged to wear Warholthemed attire and embrace the Warhol spirit. Think back to Andy Warhol’s day and recall Bohemians, The Factory, Edie Sedgwick, Campbell’s Soup, cross-dressing, Studio 54, and beatniks for inspiration. Partygoers will enjoy “screen testing” in the photo booth, dancing, and a silent auction. Tickets for the evening are $75 and are available at newportFILM.com.

Storytelling Hour

Christopher Carbone, Cindy Killavey, and Piper Padillia will provide an hour of storytelling at the Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Event is open to all ages. For more information, call 401-849-4646 or visit pennfield.org.

New Acquisitions

At the Aquidneck Land Trust’s (ALT) annual meetings two special land conservation announcements were made. ALT and the Faria family were able to sign a purchase and sale agreement on the Farias’ 10.53 acres of farmable land in Portsmouth. The formal closing on this property will take place soon.

Additionally, the Reposa family donated a conservation easement to ALT on approximately 4.25 acres of forested wetland north of Old Mill Lane in Portsmouth.

Immediately after granting the conservation easement, the Reposas transferred ownership of the property to the Town of Portsmouth who agreed to step in to take ownership of this conserved property. ALT prefers not to take title to conserved properties, preferring to hold conservation easements which restrict further development.

The Reposa property is located just south of Swan Farm, a 124-acre working farm and wetland property conserved by ALT in 2004.

Spring Aquatics Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport is offering its next session of swim lessons from March 10 - April 5. Registration begins Monday, March 3. Full schedules available at the clubhouses or by calling CiCi at the pool, 401-847-6927 x22.

For What It’s Worth

This week’s listing is responding to a request and a mystery concerning The Audrain Building on Bellevue. Atop the balustrade that once decorated the roof line of the building there were also a dozen or so ceramic lions spaced around the perimeter. Sometime before the hurricane of 1938 the building lost those decorative elements. Knowing that statues from other Newport buildings sometimes were salvaged, at least one may have ended up in a garden or basement. If anyone has one, the new owners would love to have one to aid in the casting of reproductions for the building’s restoration. Please contact me if you know the whereabouts of one of these statues. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques

(Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060)

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Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 23, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 127 calls. Of those, 66 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 55 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 6 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 127
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 50 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 42 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 25 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 14 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 33 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2 - Lockouts
1 - Cooking fire
1- Structure fire
1- Chimney fire
2- Motor vehicles accidents/pedestrian 2- Motor vehicle accidents
4 - Carbon monoxide detector
8 - Assist public calls
10 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
7 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
51- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 4 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 9 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGECarbon Monoxide (CO): Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. All homes and apartments utilizing any of these fuels are required to have CO detector/s installed! Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. If your CO detector alerts you to a potential problem leave the house right away and dial 911. The Newport Fire Department will dispatch a crew to check the level of CO within the building and assist as necessary. Please contact the Captain of Fire Prevention at 845-5922 with any questions or concerns relating to carbon monoxide (CO) detector installation requirements.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

‘Screen and Discuss’

This month’s “Screen and Discuss” documentary film selection at the Redwood Library is “Herb and Dorothy,” the story of a modest New York couple who slowly amass one of the greatest art collections in the country. They purchase Minimalist and Conceptual art following two rules: that the pieces needed to be affordable, and that they must fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. The movie will be shown on Saturday, March 8 in the Harrison Room at 3 p.m. 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. Reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 23 , the Newport Police Department responded to 504 calls. Of those, 136 were motor vehicle related; there were 108 motor vehicle violations issued, 28 accident reports. The police also responded to 13 noise complaints, 7 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 39 home/business alarm calls, and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 2 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 3 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 4 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 19 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 4 arrests were made for simple
n 3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n1 arrest was made for larceny.
n 1 arrest was made for bank
n 1 arrest was made for domestic vandalism.
n 1 arrest was made for arson.
n 1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, Feb. 24, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 28 matters on the
nFour cases were heard concerning underage possession of alcohol; three were continued and one
defendent pleaded no contest and
was fined $350.
nOne case involving the use of an
air gun was continued.
nA bench warrant was issued for
one defendant who failed to appear for a charge of urinating in
nTwo noise cases were reviewed;
one was continued and one was
nOf the eight open container cases; five were continued, one was
dismissed, and two bench warrants
were issued for failure to appear.
nIn zoning matters, the owners of
81 Mill St. pleaded no contest and
were fined a total of $250 for failing to post an owner’s notice and
failing to register a rental dwelling;
charges were dismissed against the
owner of 14 Fillmore St. for making
changes without a certificate of appropriateness, having a household
of more than 5 unrelated individuals, having more than one unregistered or inoperable vehicle, and allowing debris to accumulate, with
a fine of $500 plus court costs of
$100; a charge against the owner
of 335 Broadway for adding a third
dwelling unit without proper approvals was dismissed; and violations alleged at 261 Gibbs Ave., 18
Weatherly Ave., 21 John St., and
Malbone House were continued or
nOf five traffic infractions, three
were continued; one was dismissed based on a good driving
record; and a default judgment entered for failure to obey a stop sign,
resulting in an $85 fine.

Arts & Crafts Fair

The local Relay for Life organizers are holding an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, March 8 at St. Lucy’s Parish Hall, Middletown from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. to benefit the Relay for Life event scheduled for May 16-18 at Gaudet Middle School. For more information, contact Kerry Seibert at 401-855-0855 or visit relayforlife.org/aquidneckislandri.

‘Obamacare’ Panel

Salve Regina University will host a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Wednesday, March 5 in Bazarsky Hall at the O’Hare Academic Center beginning at 7 p.m. The ACA has proven to be one of the most controversial pieces of national legislation passed in many years. The purpose of this event is not to discuss the legislation itself, but rather the debate surrounding the ACA. How has this debate reflected aspects of the current national political atmosphere? What are the implications of this contentious debate for future policymaking and public dialogue? Reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927.

First Neal La Chance Memorial Basketball Tournament

The Newport County YMCA is hosting the first Neal La Chance Memorial 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Sunday, March 23. Pre-registration must be done at the Y office and is on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a maximum of eight teams per division for this double elimination tournament with no more than four players per team.

There will be four divisions for the tournament: 5th/6th grade division at 9 a.m., 7th/8th grade division at noon, 9th-12th grade division at 3 p.m. and an open division (18 and older) at 6 p.m.

Neal grew up in Newport and was a longtime member of the YMCA. He was an avid basketball player and a friend to many, both on and off the court. The proceeds from this tournament will go towards sports scholarships to benefit youth in Newport County.

Registration fee is $30 for a team for the youth and high school divisions and $40 for the 18+ division. T-shirts will be given out to the first 30 teams registered. Trophies will be given out for the top team in each division. For more information, call Josh Anderson at 401-847- 9200 ext. 113.

Building Shelters and Forts

The Norman Bird Sanctuary will hold a family adventure event on building shelters and forts on Saturday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. Explore the great outdoors during early spring, and learn how to build shelters and forts in the yew forest. This activity is appropriate for ages 4 and up, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call 401-846-2577 to register.

Youth Spring Rugby

The 2014 youth rugby league has begun its spring season. Registrations are still being accepted. Practices are held every Sunday from noon-2 p.m. in front of Middletown High School. The first U19 match is scheduled for March 29 at Fort Adams with a noon kick-off. Visit www.islandrugby.org for game schedule and registration information.

Post-Parade Volunteers

For the third year in a row, the Newport Energy and Environment Commission is partnering with the City of Newport’s Clean City Program and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in a recycling and post-parade cleanup effort.

Merchants all along the parade route are being sought to join a volunteer cleanup effort on Sunday morning, March 16 at 9 a.m.

The Brick Alley Pub has organized a successful post-parade clean-up for several years. The commission is looking to build upon their success by extending the cleanup to cover the entire parade route, beginning at the police station and ending at Rogers High School.

Volunteer teams will be given bags for collecting litter. Clean recyclables will be collected separately so they can be recycled rather than thrown away.

To volunteer to cleanup outside your business, contact Kristin Littlefield at 401-845-5642 or klittlefield@cityofnewport.com.

Adult Basketball

The Newport County YMCA is now accepting team registrations for its adult basketball league. The league will run from March 28 until the end of May with playoffs. All games will be played Friday nights in the gymnasium at the YMCA. Registration ends March 26. For more information, contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director at 401-847- 9200 x 113 or visit newportymca.org.

Charter Review Public Forum

The public is invited to join the Charter Review Commission in an open meeting on Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Police Department. A copy of the current City Charter is available for review in the City Clerk’s office or online at cityofnewport.com, click on “Codified Ordinances” under the “How Do I…” tab.

For more information, contact igriffith38@verizon.net.

Beach Cleanup

Clean Ocean Access will host a beach cleanup of Sachuest Beach on Saturday, March 8, 12-2 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring your own gloves and reusable cup. Empire Tea & Coffee will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and light refreshments. For more information, visit cleanoceanaccess.org.


The Middletown Police Department will hold a shred-a-thon on Thursday, March 6 from noon - 2 p.m. The public can drop off up to two “banker boxes” of confidential documents for shredding. There is no charge for the service. As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the event helps individuals protect their privacy, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams.

Babysitting Course

The American Red Cross Babysitting Certification, designed for students ages 11-15, will be offered in a 3-day session at the Boys & Girls Club on March 5, 7, and12. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10, basic first aid, and how to manage a babysitting business. Classes will be held from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. The cost is $65 for club members and iNCASE participants, $85 for non-members.

For more information,contact dbailey@bgcnewport.org x17.

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