2014-04-17 / News Briefs


Drink & Dabble Draws Relay Gang

The Aquidneck Island Relay for Life team Spalon Strollers will host a fun and lively Drink and Dabble fundraising event on Saturday, April 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. Under the guidance of RISD graduate and local comedian Charlie Hall and his staff, participants will gather to sip cocktails and try their hand at recreating a chosen painting (usually a Rhode Island scene). Hall has received rave reviews for these inspired events which are held across the state.

Spalon Strollers is one of the longest participating teams in the local Relay for Life, scheduled to be held on May 16-17, 4 p.m.-10 a.m. at Gaudet Middle School, Middletown. According to Team Captain Donna Lema Morrel, “The only rules for this evening are to enjoy a cocktail or two, listen to great party music, and take home the canvas you paint. It should be a great time and all the profits go to Relay for Life.”

Like many of the committed folks who participate in Relay events, Morrel and her business partner April Roderick became stalwart supporters because of their experiences with cancer in their families. “We do this to support all the families that have gone through tough times with this disease and for those who have survived and want to give back. We want to end cancer,” Morrel said.

The event is open to the first 50 entrants, the admission fee is $40 and includes all materials. For more information, contact Morrel at 401- 286-0009 or April at 401-741-7343.

Rebuilding Together

Two houses will be rehabilitated on Saturday, April 26 by the Rebuilding Together Greater Newport affiliate. One property, a group home, is sponsored by the Newport Hospital Auxiliary and Salve Regina University. The home to a handicapped veteran, is sponsored by the Newport County Board of Realtors. To make monetary donations, call Susan at 401-608-2912.

Robert S. H. Fye Memorial Scholarship

The Robert S.H. Fye Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established to honor the courageous spirit of Robert S.H. Fye, Middletown High School Class of 2002. He was diagnosed with cancer during his freshman year at MHS. For the following nine years he battled recurrent illness while achieving academic excellence at Middletown High and Yale University. In his memory, a $1,000 merit-based scholarship is awarded to a graduating MHS senior to help support his/her postsecondary education. Applications are available at the Middletown High School Guidance Office. Deadline for application is May 12.

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.

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.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday,
April 7 to Sunday, April 13,
the Newport Police Department
responded to 501 calls. Of those,
133 were motor vehicle related;
there were 111 motor vehicle
violations issued, and 22 accident

The police also responded to
10 noise complaints, 15 animal
complaints, 47 home/business
alarm calls, and 8 incidents of
vandalism. They also transported 6
prisoners and escorted 1 funeral.

They recorded 2 instances of assisting other police departments and
also recorded 12 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 28 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 3 arrests were made for noise
n3 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for felony
n2 arrests were made for violating
no contact orders.
n1 arrest was made for disorderly
n1 arrest was made for possesion
of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for simple assault. n1 arrest was made for possession
of marijuana.
n1 arrest was made for vandalism.
n1 arrest was made for resisting
n1 arrest was made for leaving a
scene of a collision.
n1 arrest was made for cyberstalking. n1 arrest was made for obtaining
money under false pretenses.
n1 arrest was made for public urination.

Aquidneck Island Police Parade

Sunday, May 4

Steps off at 11:50 a.m. near Clare Jeep in Middletown proceeds down Broadway to Washington Square.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April
13, the Newport Fire Department
responded to 134 calls. Of those,
71were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 112
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 64 calls
Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6
responded to 44 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 30 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 18 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3
and 5 responded to 43 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2 -Unauthorized burnings
1 -Vehicle accident
3- Electical wiring/ arcing
equipment problems
3 -Gas leaks
2- Water evacuation/related rescue
2- Lockouts
10 - Assist public calls
1 - False alarm call
13 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
6 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
62- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 8 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 16 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews and 30 tent event and plan reviews. The fire department also investigated the cause and origins of 2 fires.


Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures, either outdoors, underground or in a crawl space, are often protected from freezing by the installation of “heat tape”. Heat tape is a special cord or heat cable that, when plugged in, regulates the temperature around plastic or metal pipes and keeps them from freezing. Although this tape can prevent frozen pipes, its use should be monitored carefully and discontinued during the warmer months. Heat tape should only be installed per the manufacturer’s recommendation and should be inspected regularly for damage or deterioration. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 264 fires per year are attributed to heat tape being part of the ignition process. The Bottom Line: Unplug and inspect any heat tape you may have relied upon over the winter.

Information provided by

FM Wayne Clark

Nursing Assistant Program

Newport Skills Alliance, East Bay Community Action Program, will hold Health Care Certified Nursing Assistant job skills training for Rhode Island residents beginning May 2. Those interested in participating should attend an information session Monday, April 21 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at East Bay Community Action Program, 19 Broadway where program applications will be distributed.

The health care training will consist of five weeks of work readiness/ soft skills, resume and interview preparation, and 8 -10 weeks of certified nursing assistant instruction (evening class), and a120 day temporary license issued after successful completion of CNA training. Classes will meet for five and a half hours per day, five days per week, Monday through Friday. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information, visit ebcap.org or contact Jamoya at 401- 848-6697 x205 or jridgell@ebcap.org or Stacey at 401-848-6697 x209 or vwolo@ebcap.org.

Fair Housing Seminar

A five-member panel will address fair housing issues on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Newport Heights mid rise building, 59 John H. Chafee Blvd. The event is sponsored by Housing Hotline and Newport Heights. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 401-846-4896.


The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Middletown Kids Ride on Sunday, May 18 will be one of 37 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond to raise money for cancer care and research. The ride is open for children, ages 2 to15. A trike bike route will be open to the youngest cyclists. Other bikers will cycle 2- 18 miles around Aquidneck Island. The bike-a-thon begins at 8 a.m. at the Sachuest Beach parking lot in Middletown. There is a $10 registration fee and a $25 fundraising minimum. There will be a party after the ride, which will include music from the AOH Pipe and Drum Band, snacks, refreshments, and raffles. The ride hopes to raise more than $10,000. To register, visit kids.pmc.org.

For more information, contact Beth Larcom at beth.larcom1@gmail.com or 1-800-WE-CYCLE.

Run for the Roses

The Edward King House will present its first Run for the Roses Spring Gala on Saturday, May 3, from 5:30- 10 p.m. Don your finest hats, Derby togs, and ever-so-sporting smiles for an evening of racing entertainment with dinner, an open bar, silent auction, and dancing to the ROMPS band. Tickets are $100, reserve by April 23 at 401-846-7426. All proceeds support programming at the senior center.

Youth and Adult Swim Lessons

The Barracuda Swim Academy at the Boys & Girls Club is accepting registrations for the April 28 - June 23 session of swim lessons. Lessons are available for adults and youth of all of abilities six days a week. A current membership is required. To register, call 401-847-6927.

Membership Social

Forum Lodge #291, Sons of Italy, will host a Membership Social on Wednesday, April 23, at the Edward King House, Aquidneck Park in Newport from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. All people of Italian heritage are invited to attend the informational gathering, during which members will speak about the national Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) and the activities of the local and state lodges. Refreshments will be served.

The Order Sons of Italy in America is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.

The Forum Lodge is the only filial (local) lodge of OSIA on Aquidneck Island, with members from Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, as well as Barrington.

For more information, call Forum president Shirley Ripa at 849-7087.

Richard Morris Hunt Symposium

The 2014 Architectural Symposium on May 3 will highlight the work of Richard Morris Hunt, one of America’s most famous architects. Private tours will be given of four of Hunt’s buildings: the JNA Griswold House (1864), Hilltop (1871), Marble House (1892) and Belcourt (1894). There will be lectures on Hunt and his work by three notable speakers: Prof. Richard Guy Wilson, architect John Grosvenor and Paul Miller, Curator at the Preservation Society. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and also include a luncheon on the Tennis Hall of Fame’s horseshoe piazza.

Attendance at the day-long Symposium by reservation only. For information or to make a reservation, visit tennisfame.com/2014symposium or call 401-849-3990.


n All 1964 Aquidneck Island graduates are invited to a combined high school 50th class reunion Aug. 22 -24. For more information, contact Margaret “Muffin” Saunders Dubuc at 401-683-1847 or muffin7@cox.net, or Diane Martellino Smyth at 401-846-3497, 401-662-2736; or dms105@msn.com.(Put reunion or class of 1964 in the subject area.) n Middletown High School will hold a 40th reunion on July 26 at Newport Vineyards. For more information, contact Kim Bakarian at dkbg@appliedsystemsinc.com.

Baby Sitter Training

A Red Cross class that teaches the basics of baby-sitting will be held Tuesday, April 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the YMCA. Child care, first aid and the business of baby sitting are among the topics to be covered. The cost is$60 for members, $75 non-members. For more information, call 401-847-9200 x108.

Potter Anniversary Celebration

The Newport County League for animals was founded in 1929 by Virginia Potter, Mary van Beuren, and Emma Norman to fight animal cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. An 85th anniversary celebration will be held at the shelter on Wednesday, April 23 from 1 – 6 p.m. There will be a historical display, activities for kids, and a “try-it” agility course for dogs.

For information, call 401-846- 8276 or visit .potterleague.org.

MHS Annual Meeting

The Middletown Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on May 8 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Portofino Bar & Grill. Chief of Police, Anthony Pesare will be the featured speaker. Reservations for dinner are requested by April 30 and the cost is$26. Call 401-849-1870 or email info@middletownhistory.org.

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