2014-04-03 / News Briefs


Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30, the Newport Fire Department responded to 139 calls. Of those, 63 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 47 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene and 2 were treated on the scene and released.

Fire apparatus was used for 139 responses:

Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3 responded to 44 calls

Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 41 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 25 calls

Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 22 calls

Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 49 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:

1- Structure fire

1- Electical wiring/equipment problem

4 -Water problem

7- Water evacuation assists

2- Lockouts

1- Carbon monoxide incident

12 - Assist public calls

1 - Malicious/false alarm calls

12 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire

10 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire

55- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 7 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 13 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGESmoke Alarm Replacement- If your smoke alarm was installed before April 3, 2004, it should be replaced. The RI Fire Code states that, unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer’s published instructions, single- and multiple-station smoke alarms installed in one- and two-family dwellings shall be replaced when they fail to respond to operability tests but shall not remain in service longer than 10 years from the date of manufacture. The date of manufacture can be found on the bottom of the detector. Remember to test the device when you check the date.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Free Cancer Screenings

Newport Hospital, in association with the state’s Women’s Cancer Program, will offer free clinical breast exams and free mammograms to women between the ages of 40 and 64, who are under- or un-insured and who meet income guidelines. All exams and mammograms will take place at Newport Hospital. Interpreter services will be provided, as will transportation.

Doggy Biscuit Hunt

Join the Potter League at its annual Doggy Biscuit Hunt on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Using their remarkable sense of smell, leashed dogs will hunt for eggs filled with biscuits and other surprises for dogs and people.

Hunt will be held outside, rain or shine. Dog and people-friendly dogs only. Pre-registration not required. Cost is $10 per dog.

For questions or additional information, please call 401.846.8276 ext. 122 or visit PotterLeague.org.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, March 24 to Sunday, March 30 , the Newport Police Department responded to 550 calls. Of those, 153 were motor vehicle related; there were 131 motor vehicle violations issued, and 22 accident reports. The police also responded to 9 noise complaints, 9 animal complaints, 2 suicide calls, 40 home/business alarm calls, and 7 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 9 prisoners. They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 5 instances of assisting other agencies. In addition, 39 arrests were made for the following violations: n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n5 arrests were made for larceny. n 5 arrests were made for DUI. n4 arrests were made for simple assault. n3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n3 arrests were made for felony assault. n2 arrests were made for underage drinking. n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for writing bad checks. n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty. n1 arrest was made for making a domestic threat. n1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n 1 arrest was made for noise. n 1 arrest was made for driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner. n1 arrest was made for vandalism.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, March 31, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 67 matters on the docket: nForty-nine cases dealt with drinking in public or open containers. 35 defendants pleaded no contest and were all fined $650, except one for $450 plus court fees of $93.50, eight cases were continued and bench warrants were issued for six defendants who failed to appear. This yielded $22,550 to go into the city’s general fund. nSix cases for urinating in public were presented with three continued, one defendent pleaded no contest and was fined $750 plus $93.50 for court fees and two bench warrants were issued for defendents who failed to appear. nA bench warrant was issued for one defendant who failed to appear regarding a noise disturbance. nIn regards to cases for minors in possession of alcohol, four cases were continued and four defendents pleaded no contest and were fined $650 each plus court fees of $93.50 each. nThree zoning matters were dismissed. nTwo drivers charged with failure to obey traffic signals/stop signs had their cases rescheduled.

‘Making Masterpieces’

The Shining Star Preschool will host its 14th annual Children’s Art Show, “Making Masterpieces,” from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in the classrooms at 365 Valley Rd., Middletown. The public is invited to attend. The children, aged 3 to 5 years old, proudly present their interpretation of artists including Norman Rockwell, Van Gogh, Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollock, Picasso and others.

Face of Thompson

A showcase of science, math, language arts and more by Thompson Middle School students will be held at the school on Thursday, April 10 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Student soloists and small groups will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening in the atrium. Student artwork will also be displayed.

ServSafe® Food Certification

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) will offer the twoday ServSafe® Food Safety Manager’s Full Certification class at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick on Monday, April 7 and 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The two-day class fulfills the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Sanitation Certification requirement for all food service licenses. The program is appropriate for restaurant owners, managers, kitchen staff and wait staff. The cost to attend is $195.95 for RIHA members and $215.95 for non-members.

A food safety re-certification class will also be held Wednesday, April 23 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at New England Institute of Technology. The cost to attend is $65 for RIHA members and $75 for non-members, plus a $8.95 processing fee.

The ServSafe® Program, a nationally recognized program offered by the National Restaurant Association, is the restaurant and foodservice industry’s preeminent food safety training program. ServSafe® is recognized and accepted by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety program.

To register, contact RIHA at 401- 223-1120 or visit rihospitality.org.

Y April Vacation Camps

Registration is now open for the YMCA’s four different vacation camps April 21 - 25; a gymnastics camp, a traditional “medley” camp, an adapted camp, and a sports camp. A two-day, three-day, or five-day option is available. Camp runs from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Care is offered from 4:30-5:30 for an additional fee. All camps include swim time. Registration ends April 18. Registration forms are in the YMCA office. For more information, contact Sarah for the medley camp at 401-847-9200 ext. 130; Maria for gymnastics camp at ext. 122; Megan at ext. 117 for the adapted camp; and Josh at ext. 113 for the sports camp.

‘The King’s Closet’

Spring and summer fashions by Talbots, Coldwater Creek, NEHC and Patagonia will be featured at the Edward King Center fashion show on Friday, April 4. Art Berluti, “The Voice of Newport,” will be the master of ceremony with students from Salve and members of the Edward King House family modeling. The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members, all proceeds to benefit the Edward King House Senior Center. The event starts at 7 p.m.

AARP Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Chapter of AARP will be on Monday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Fenner Hall. Barbara Chaves of Chaves Gardens will speak on “Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees,” attracting wildlife to your yard and the various plantings that can be done to accomplish this. Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries. If interested in joining the organization, call Jean at 401-846-5146.

Prom Dress Giveaway

With the help of the community, Groovy Girls would like to make sure no girl is left out this prom season. The event, which is open to the public, will be held on April 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Salve Regina University’s Young Building, 518 Bellevue Ave. The Prom Dress Drive will provide new and gently used prom dresses free of charge to high school girls. Dresses, accessories and shoes are still being collected at the Child & Family Community Center, Middletown and at Ochre Court, Salve Regina University.

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

CCACG Meeting

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Newport Public Library, Rotary Room. The public is invited.

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