2014-03-07 / News Briefs


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 2, the Newport Fire Department responded to 94 calls. Of those, 445 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 32 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, seven patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene.

Fire apparatus was used for 94 responses: Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 36 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 36 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 22 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 12 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 34 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 - Water or steam leak
1 - Vehicle fire
2- Structure fire
1- Electrical problem
1- Smoke or odor removal
1- Motor vehicle accident
1 - Carbon monoxide detector
6 - Assist public calls
11 - Fire alarm soundings
- no fire
11 - Fire alarm malfunctions
- no fire
44- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed nine smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 16 life safety / site inspections, five fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGEIt’s That Time Again! Daylight Savings Time officially begins Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. To kick off Daylight Savings Time, the Newport Fire Department wants to remind everyone that this Sunday is a good time to change the batteries in all of your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replacing the batteries in these devices should be done at least once a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks ahead serves as a great reminder. In addition, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested once a month. Note: An intermittent “chirp” coming from the device is an indication that the battery is low and should be replaced right away.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Preventing Diabetes

The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties is offering a free public lecture, “Preventing Diabetes: Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?” in support of the American Diabetes Associations’ annual March Diabetes Alert initiative.

Nationally, about 35 percent of adults over age 20 have pre-diabetes. However, large research studies have proved that education, physical activity and diet modification can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the VNS office,1184 East Main Road., Portsmouth. This lecture is free and open to the public. This program is funded in part by a grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Call 401-682- 2100 x 1642 to attend.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, March 2 , the Newport Police Department responded to 529 calls. Of those, 151 were motor vehicle related; there were 121 motor vehicle violations issued, 30 accident reports. The police also responded to 6 noise complaints, 11 animal complaints, 2 suicide calls, 34 home/business alarm calls, and 3 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 7 prisoners. They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 5 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 23 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 8 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 3 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 3 arrests were made for DUI.
n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n2 arrests were made for larceny. n 1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked
n 1 arrest was made for driving without the consent of the
n 1 arrest was made for possession of drugs with the intent to
n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session held
on Monday, March 3, at Newport
City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.
There were 15 matters on the
nFour cases were heard concerning underage possession of alcohol; one was continued, one was
closed and paid in full, and two defendents pleaded no contest and
were each fined $350 plus $93.50
in court costs .
nThree noise cases were reviewed;
two were continued and one was
closed and paid in full.
nOf the three open container cases, one was continued and two
bench warrants were issued for
failure to appear.
nTwo drivers were charged with
traffic infractions; one was dismissed based on a good driving record and a default judgment was
entered for driving with an expired
registration, resulting in an $85
fine. Each driver also paid a $35
court fee.
nThree matters of boats tying
up along the Long Wharf sea wall
were continued for pretrial.

Portsmouth Republican Meeting

The Portsmouth Republican Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20th at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center. The guest speaker will be John Klimm, Portsmouth Town Administrator. The platform for the upcoming 2014 elections will be reviewed. Members will be updated on coming events for 2014.

For more information, call Jeff Richard at 401-683-6791.

‘How Green I Am’ Contest

This free post-parade celebration on Saturday, March 15, is an alcohol free family event and will feature the “How Green I Am” judged contest at 3 p.m. Judges will look for creativity and will award a green-cash prize. Bagpipers, Irish step dancers, Tony “the dancing cop,” pirates and more will help round out the entertainment. Refreshments will be served. The celebration will be at “The Hut,” Golden Hill Road, behind the Newport Public Library, 1 – 4 p.m.

Save The Bay Swim

Registration is now open for the 38th Annual Citizens Bank Save The Bay Swim. The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 19, welcoming 500 swimmers and accompanying kayakers from across the country to traverse 1.7 nautical miles in open water across the East Passage.

Starting at Naval Station Newport on Coaster’s Harbor Island, swimmers and kayakers will enter the water at 7 a.m. and travel across the East Passage to Jamestown’s Potter Cove. To register or for more information, visit savebay.org

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard training will be offered March 14, 17, 21, 24 and 31 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. Fee is $250 for members, $275 non-members plus a $35 Red Cross fee.

Lifeguard recertification will also be offered on March 22 at 11 a.m. Bring current certification card.

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

AARP Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting at Fenner Hall, on Monday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Sheila Mullowney, Executive Editor of the Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company. Members are reminded to bring canned goods for the local food pantries. For more information, call 401-846-5146.

Green Drinks Gathering

The monthly gathering of Green Drinks Newport will be held at the Oliver Hazard Perry offices, 29 Touro St. on Thursday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Come hear from members of the OHP team, who will give an informative talk about Rhode Island’s Tall Ship and the experiences and adventures one can expect when she sails this summer, in addition to the green initiatives planned for the ship.

Green Drinks is an international organization that allows people in the “green” and environmental community to come together. Green Drinks Newport began in September 2007 and takes place the first Thursday of each month in the Newport area. For more information, visit greendrinks.org.

Art Museum Trip

The Newport Art Museum will host an art trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, March 27. The trip includes a curator-led tour of the Wadsworth’s Hudson River School paintings, a docent-led tour of the Twain house, introduction by a Coleman Center faculty member, transportation, admission to both museums, lunch and a pre-trip discussion “Know Before You Go: Hudson River School Preview” on Saturday, March 22. The cost is $85 for museum members and $100 for non-members. Call 401-848-2787 or visit newportartmuseum.org.

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.

Preserving Farmland

The League of Women Voters of Newport County is sponsoring a talk by Charles Allott, Executive Director of the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), who will speak about the importance of preserving farmland on Aquidneck Island on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Middletown Police Station. Local leagues, as part of their research on agriculture, are sponsoring forums to educate members and the general public about issues critical to farmers. The state of Rhode Island leads the nation in the percentage of farmland lost to development. Since it was founded in 1990, The ALT has conserved more than 2000 acres of land on Aquidneck Island. A significant amount of this is farmland.

This talk is free and open to the public. For more information call 401-378-7595.

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 its 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 clean up outside your business, contact Kristin Littlefield at 401-845-5642 or klittlefield@cityofnewport.com.

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