2014-03-21 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


A little bit of everything was brought in by visitors this past week: from Tiffany sterling silver to a very politically incorrect game made just after WWII that depicted a map of Japan: the object was to drop a pellet (bomb) on Hiroshima or Nagasaki! The pictured object was a mystery to a visitor; they found several in a box in their attic. Shown is cutting edge technology: made for a gas chandelier or wall sconce, its purpose was to turn the gas on and off by simply pulling a chaina pilot light was configured so that the light was even easier to use. Dating from the late 19th century, a collector would probably pay $75 each. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques A little bit of everything was brought in by visitors this past week: from Tiffany sterling silver to a very politically incorrect game made just after WWII that depicted a map of Japan: the object was to drop a pellet (bomb) on Hiroshima or Nagasaki! The pictured object was a mystery to a visitor; they found several in a box in their attic. Shown is cutting edge technology: made for a gas chandelier or wall sconce, its purpose was to turn the gas on and off by simply pulling a chaina pilot light was configured so that the light was even easier to use. Dating from the late 19th century, a collector would probably pay $75 each. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Prom Dress Giveaway

With the help of the community, Groovy Girls would like to make sure no girl is left out this prom season. Donated dresses, accessories and shoes are being collected at the Child & Family Community Center, Middletown and at Ochre Court, Salve Regina University.

The event, which is open to the community, will be held on April 12 at Salve Regina University’s Young Building. The Prom Dress Drive will provide new and gently used prom dresses free of charge to high school girls.

For more information about the event, contact Siobhan Sturdahl at ssturdahl@childandfamilyri.com.

Frostbite Results

The Newport Yacht Club ran 12 races in its Frostbite Series on Sunday, March 16 with 29 participants. Conditions were good with plenty of sun and northwest winds at 10- 15 knots. The top five results for the day were FJ Ritt in first with a 2.3; Dave Wilson and Mary Ann Jencks each scored 2.5; Suzy Harrington placed third with 2.8; Paul Cove came in at 3.5; and Rick Nebiolo with a 3.6. The series runs through mid-April.

Summer Concert Sponsors

The Newport Recreation Department is currently seeking sponsors for the annual summer Family Night Concerts and Children’s Nights at Easton’s Beach. All shows are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in sponsoring a night should contact Carol Mureddu at the Newport Recreation Department, 401-845-5800 or at cjohnson@cityofnewport.com.

Sachuest Point Lecture Series

The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is presenting an avian lecture series beginning on Sunday, March 23 from 2-4 p.m. The first segment of the series is “Pretty Birds: Songs, Colors, and Displays” and will explore the colorful plumage local male songbirds use to attract females. It will also delve into the mating rituals of tropical birds and the gaudy plumages and ritualized dances that are displayed in mating routines.

All lectures in the series will be given by Charles Clarkson, a professor of biology, ecology and conservation biology at Roger Williams and Salve Regina universities. Dr. Clarkson is widely published and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Other sessions will be presented on Sunday, April 6 from 2-4 p.m., “Birds Coping with a Changing Planet,” and Sunday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m., “What Can I Do–The Power of One.” This free series is open to the public. For more information call 401-847-5511.

STEAM Summit RI - The Launch

The Newport County Mentor Co-Op Group will host “STEAM Summit RI - The Launch” at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30-7 p.m.

Rhode Island is increasingly turning to innovation as the way to ensure its prosperous future. The core of this innovation is driven by education. STEAM is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics in teaching to develop 21st-century learners.

The goal is to have educators, industry leaders, and government collaborate, develop, and support the building of the next generation Rhode Island workforce to compete in the global marketplace.

Key representatives from Rhode Island businesses, education, and government will gather to discuss the importance of STEAM initiatives in our schools for the betterment of the state economy. Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist will be in attendance, and STEAM Summit RI will highlight successful programs and initiatives that are in place and being supported today in various arenas.

To attend, contact Linda Larsen at llarsen@tivertonschool.org. For additional information, call Chris Semonelli at 401-864-0333.

For What It’s Worth

Smart Driving Course

The new AARP “Smart Driver” course will be offered at the Edward King House on Tuesday, March 25 from 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The program is available to citizens 55 years and older. A certificate is issued upon completion for a reduction in car insurance costs. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call the center to register at 401-846-7426. For more information, call 401-683-2212 or e-mail poniator@gmail.com.

Swing Into Spring

It’s almost time to grab your sweetie, put on your dancing shoes, and head to the 19th annual Swing Into Spring fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Thursday, April 3. The soirĂ©e runs 6-10 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club and features dinner, dancing to Wayz and Means, and goodies galore at the silent and live auctions. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door, if available. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact 401-846-4828 x102 or email a.novik@mlkccenter.org.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group is Thursday, March 20 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursdays of following months. The group is open to anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease, including relatives or friends. This month they will be discussing the LDA conference on May 3 and 4 and Tick Borne Diseases Day on May 10. The support group meets at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Republicans to Hold Spaghetti Dinner

The Portsmouth Republican Town Committee will hold their annual spaghetti dinner at Lil’ Bear Sports Bar, 983 Main Rd. in Tiverton on Saturday, March 29 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the door. For advance tickets and more information, call Bob Bledsoe at 401-293-0232.

Police Parade Partners

The annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade will be held Sunday, May 4. To march or enter a float, contact Gwen at 401-845-5714 or ggeorge@cityofnewport.com. Deadline to participate is April 1.

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