2014-04-10 / News Briefs


Quarry Nature Hike

Friends of Ballard Park will host a nature hike on Friday, April 18 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Staff will point out signs of springtime through the 13- acre nature preserve. The hike will be followed by a scavenger hunt in the quarry meadow. Programming is best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend.

Ballard Park is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham roads. Hikers should meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes, as trails are uneven and steep in areas.

Cost is $7 per child for the hike. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Reservations may be made by emailing education@ballardpark.org. The hike will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. Visit ballardpark.org or call 401- 619-3377 for more information.

Potter Pet University

Learn how to protect your four- and two-legged family from fleas, ticks, and internal parasites,Wednesday, April 16 at the April Potter Pet U from 6 - 7 p.m. Deb Harris, DVM, of the Kitty Corner Cat Clinic will outline the best parasite control program for your pet, based on exposure and susceptibility. Free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401-846- 0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@Potter- League.org

Red Eye Flight at NBS

Local Americana folk band Red Eye Flight will perform in Mabel’s Studio at the Norman Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The group’s vocal harmonies incorporate electric and acoustic instrumentation to create soundscapes evoking images from western highways to the open ocean. Tickets are $15 for NBS members and $20 for non-members. Call 401-846-2577.

Spring Book Sale

The Friends Bookstore will hold its four day Spring Book Sale in the lobby, located in the lower level of the Newport Public Library, from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, April 15. Sale hours are Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Monday from12:30 - 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The sale will feature fiction and non-fiction books including art, history, biography, gardening, and cookbooks. In addition, there will be puzzles, records, children’s books and more. Most books will be priced at $1. Books not priced at $1 will be individually marked and may include some children’s books for less. On Tuesday, April 15, the last day, patrons may buy a bag of books for $4. Bags will be supplied.

The Friends Bookstore will be open during these expanded hours with its huge selection of reasonably priced books.

During regular library hours, when the Friends Bookstore is closed, some books are for sale as well on tables in the lobby. Manned entirely by volunteers, all proceeds from the Friends Bookstore support library programs and help to update the reference section.

Newport 10-Miler

The second annual Newport 10-Miler to benefit the Fort Adams Trust will be held Sunday, April 27. The race will start at 8 a.m. outside the east wall of Fort Adams and the course will run around Ocean Drive and down Bellevue Avenue. Runners will enter the Fort through the north gate and finish on the parade field. New this year is the Fort Adams 5K run/walk, which will start at 8:10 a.m. For more information or to register, visit newport10miler.com.

American Band Concert

The American Band will present a “Celebrating World Cultures” concert on Sunday, April 13 at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. at 2 p.m. The program will include music by Alfred Reed, Charles Ives, Malcolm Arnold, Owen Reed, Darius Milhaud, Roger Cichy, and John Philip Sousa. General admission tickets are $6. For more information, call 401-301-5852.

‘Louder Than a Bomb’ at Screen and Discuss

The Redwood Library’s Screen and Discuss documentary film series continues with the showing of “Louder Than a Bomb,” on Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. The film, produced by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel in 2010, follows four high school poetry teams from Chicago as they prepare to compete in a huge poetry slam. It won 11 film festival prizes and was hailed as “irresistible” by the Chicago Tribune. A short discussion will follow the film. All are welcome to “come to see and stay to talk,” The program is free for members, $10 for non-members, and $3 for students. Reserve at 401- 847-0292 x112.

Mosaic Club Awards

The Mosaic Club of Newport County is accepting applications for its three $750 book awards. Winners are selected based on volunteer and community service, recommendations, and an essay. The money will be mailed to the winner’s college, vocational, technical or trade school bookstore to be used toward the purchase of books. Forms are available at Rogers, Middletown and Portsmouth High Schools guidance counselor’s offices. The awards are open to graduating seniors. Deadline is April 25.

For more information, contact Mary Sinnott at 401-846-5275.

Maritime Memorial Scholarship

Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport will be accepting applications for the Leonard W. and Katherine C. Hayward Maritime Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is applicable to Newport County residents who are admitted to an accredited educational program with a focus on preparing for seafaring occupations. The application and further instructions can be found at seamensnewport.org. Deadline is May 1.

Newport Cabinetmaker’s Tour

The Newport History Tour of the Month is the Newport Cabinetmaker’s Tour, which will run on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. Colonial Newport was home to a thriving furniture-making industry, including the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops. Today the history of this furniture making tradition is still tangible in the exquisitely preserved colonial Point neighborhood. Join Newport Restoration Foundation Executive Director Pieter Roos on walking tour of the Townsend and Goddard workshops as he explores the lives of these artisans.

The tour will depart from the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for Newport Historical Society members. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 401-841-8770 for more information or to reserve.

KVH Technology Scholarship

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is accepting applications for the 2014 A.H. Kits van Heyningen Technology Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who will be attending a four-year undergraduate math or engineering program in the fall. Applications are available on the KVH website and from the guidance offices of area high schools. Deadline is May 5.

Nathalie A. Price Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Nathalie A. Price, co-founder of the Ocean State’s Women Golf Association, this scholarship will assist post-secondary junior female golfers from Rhode Island. Applications available in high school guidance offices, pro shops, or online at oswga.org. Deadline is June 30.

Irish Heritage Award

The Paul Crowley Newport Irish Heritage Award of $750 will be given to a graduating high school senior who will attend college in the fall. Applicants must submit an essay explaining their connection to the culture, history, and traditions of the Irish and their contributions to America.

The application form is available: online at aohnewport.org; in the guidance office at the local high schools; and by writing the Newport Irish Heritage Association at P.O. Box 3114, Newport, RI 02840. Deadline May 6.

Rare Breed Farm Lecture

The SVF Foundation will offer a lecture examining the future of rare breed farming by Dr. Robyn Metcalfe on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Metcalfe founded and ran Kelmscott Rare Breeds Farm as a successful nonprofit conservation center for ten years. The farm raised heritage breeds of livestock, sold heritage breed products, and offered educational programming. She is currently the director of The Food Lab at the University of Texas, Austin.

The talk will be held at Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Ave. Space is limited and advance reservation is required. Contact lynne@svffoundation.org or 401-848-7229 x10.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, March 31 through Sunday, April 6, the Newport Fire Department responded to 112 calls. Of those, 62 were emergency medical calls, resulting in XX patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, X patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene and X were treated on the scene and released.

Fire apparatus was used for 112
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 54 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 48 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 28 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 24 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 29 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1- Vehicle fire
2 -Vehicle accidents
2 -Unauthorized burnings
1- Electical wiring/equipment
2 -Cooking fires, confined to
4- Water problems
1- Lockouts
6 - Assist public calls
2 - False alarm calls
10 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
5 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
54- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 9 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, and 10 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE - Fire safety tips while traveling: Once you arrive at your hotel/motel, become familiar with your surroundings. Read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If one is not posted in your room, request one from the front desk. Locate the two exits nearest your room. Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This will assist you during an emergency evacuation in dark or smoky conditions. Locate the fire alarms on your floor. If the alarm sounds, check to see if your door is hot before leaving your room. If it is, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off the fan, heater, and air conditioner. Call the fire department. Planning ahead and reviewing these steps will help to ensure your stay away from home is a safe one.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

AARP Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Chapter of AARP will be on Monday, April 21 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.

Spring Hut Activities

The Newport Recreation Department is now accepting registration for all youth and adult spring activities. Visit the City of Newport website under Recreation for a copy of the brochure. In addition, look for the brochure in the mail and/ or through your child’s school list serve. There are numerous youth and adult programs offered. To register, call or drop The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., 401-845-5800 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, March 31 to Sunday, April 6, the Newport Police Department responded to 486 calls. Of those, 117 were motor vehicle related; there were 96 motor vehicle violations issued, and 21 accident reports. The police also responded to 13 noise complaints, 15 animal complaints, 1 suicide call, 36 home/business alarm calls, and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 1 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 36 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 5 arrests were made for noise
n 4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n3 arrests were made for violating
no contact orders.
n3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n2 arrests were made for possesion of narcotics.
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for DUI.
n2 arrests were made for simple
n 1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license. n1 arrest was made for underage
n 1 arrest was made for driving after certain violations.
n 1 arrest was made for public urination. n1 arrest was made for receiving
stolen goods.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or expired.
n1 arrest was made for possession of a weapon/firearm on school
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, April 7, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 46 matters on the docket: nTwenty-eight offenses involved open containers/drinking in public. Of these, 17 defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $93.50. Related fines brought the city a total of $10,150. Four cases were continued or rescheduled, five were referred to a diversion program, and bench warrants were issued for two non-appearing defendants. nSeven cases of urinating in public were called. Three defendants pleading no contest and were each fined $750 with $93.50 in court costs; one defendant was referred to a diversion program; one case was rescheduled; one was dismissed with a fine of $606.50; and one bench warrant was issued for failure to appear. nThe court rescheduled or continued four noise disturbances, while issuing a bench warrant to compel the appearance of a fifth defendant. nOf four underage possession cases, one was dismissed and one was continued. A no contest plea resulted in a fine of $650 and court costs of $93.50 in the third, while a bench warrant remains in place for the fourth. nA charge of unlawful drinking and misrepresentation was continued. nA stop sign infraction was dismissed based on the driver’s good record, but the judge imposed costs of $35.

Pasta Dinner

The Newport County YMCA Special Olympics team is holding a pasta fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Middletown. The evening will include music, door prizes, a silent auction, and 50/50 raffles. Tickets are $10 each. Contact Jordan Glenning at 401-849-0258 or by email at dmgjjg@gmail.com for more information or tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the Newport YMCA business office.

Island-Wide 50th High School Reunion

All 1964 Aquidneck Island graduates are invited to a combined high school 50th class reunion. The weekend of festivities will begin Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party at the Elks Lodge. There will be a dinner dance at Ochre Court on Saturday from 6 – 11 p.m. Sunday activities include an 11 a.m. Mass at the Salve Chapel, followed by a pot luck picnic about noon at King Park. Local musicians will be performing at NIMFEST from 3 – 6 p.m. in the park. Cost of paid events not yet determined, price will depend on numbers attending.

For more information, contact Margaret “Muffin” Saunders Dubuc at 401-683-1847 or muffin7@cox.net, or Diane Martellino Smyth at 401-846-3497, 401-662-2736cell; or dms105@msn.com.(Put reunion or class of 1964 in the subject area.)

Water Main Flushing Begins April 13

The Newport Water Division will begin flushing water mains using fire hydrants on Sunday, April 13 through May 1 from 8 p.m. - 4 a.m. Signs will be posted in each area before flushing begins.

During the flushing process, it is common to have discolored water with low water pressure. Flushing in one area may create discolored water in other areas. This is normal during this period and may be corrected by running your cold water only for 10- 15 minutes. It is recommended that use of water be minimized during the hours of flushing. Call 401-845-5600 for additional information. The proposed flushing schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

The following list of streets will be areas where hydrant flushing occurs during the week of April 13 starting on Sunday in Portsmouth moving south into Middletown and Newport.

Slate Ln., Stagecoach Rd., Mailcoach Rd., Redwood Rd., John Kesson Ln., Pasture Farm Dr., Busher Dr., Amesbury Cir., Green Ln., Samson Ln., JHD Dwyer Dr., Philips Ave., Roy Ave., Unity Dr., Algonquin Dr., Pocahontas Dr., Browns Ln., Rogers Ln., West View Rd., Colony Dr., Squantum Dr., Namquid Dr., Fairway Dr., Vanicek Ave., Island Dr., Circle Dr., North Dr., Coggeshall Dr., South Dr., Oliphant Ln., Meadow Ln., Forest Ave., to East Main Rd., Enterprise Dr., Berkeley Ave., Wyndham Hill Rd., Beagle Dr., Hunt Ln., Turner Rd., Honeyman Rd., Orville Dr., Donald Dr., Murphy Cir., Woolsey Rd., Ludlow Rd., Bristol Rd., Sundown Ln., Ridgewood Rd., Wood Rd., Wood Ter., Maple Ave., Girard Ave., JT Connell HWY., Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Broadway, Canonicus Ave., Bedlow Ave., Thurston Ave., Garfield St., Van Zandt Ave., Pond St., Callender Ave., Farewell St., and Washington St.

Newport in Bloom Spring Workshop

Newport in Bloom will host a free lecture and workshop on Saturday, April 12 at St. John’s Church, Washington and Willow streets, at 3 p.m. Roger Marshall, editor of “Home Greenhouse” magazine and author of “How To Build Your Own Greenhouses,” will speak on growing organic vegetables year round.

Martha Ginty will talk about the upcoming Newport Flower Show and provide information on participation in the cut specimen division of the show. The afternoon will conclude with a preview of Newport in Bloom’s May 10 plant sale. Guests are welcome to bring gardening questions.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group is Thursday, April 17 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 the guest speaker is Bob Giguere, labratory expert from Igenex, who will explain various tests and how they are interpreted, including the important Western Blot which is one of the most widely used tests for Lyme detection.The support group meets at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

ALN Forum

Discover what Newport’s environmental commissions are doing to protect trees and open spaces at a public forum sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) at the Edward King House, 35 King St., on Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. The presentation will include reports on programs designed to ensure safe drinking water and cleaner oceans, reduce our carbon footprint, and make walking and biking safer. For more information, call 401-523-1143.

2014 Bermuda Race

As of the April 1 deadline, 180 entrants have been received for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race that will start on June 20 off Castle Hill. The breakdown on the biennial race’s five divisions are: St. David’s Lighthouse, 91 boats; Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, ten; Cruiser, 36; Double Handed, 26; and Open, two. Fifty one captains have indicated that this is their boats’ first Newport Bermuda Race. The 2012 race had 165 starters. For more information visit bermudarace.com.

40th Reunion

Middletown High School will hold a 40th reunion on July 26 at Newport Vineyards. For more information, contact Kim Bakarian at dkbg@appliedsystemsinc.com.

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