2014-04-24 / News Briefs


Lucky Star Soiree

The 12th Annual Lucky Star Soiree to benefit the Star Kids Scholarship Program will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the Canfield House. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, food stations, full open bar and music by DJ Reggie Charles.

Try your luck by spinning the Canfield Wheel to win prizes, and visit the Wall of Wine to take home a special bottle. The Star Kids Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities in the form of tuition aid, uniforms, after-school programs, summer camps, tutoring and mentoring to high risk, low-income children. The Lucky Star Soiree will help children in Newport County and Fall River. Tickets are $150 each ($100 for those 35 and under). For tickets and more information, visit starkidsprogram.org or call 401-848-4187.

Chamber Annual Meeting

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting on Monday, April 28 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the OceanCliff Hotel. The guest speaker is Rear Admiral Walter E. Carter Jr., president of the U.S. Naval War College. The evening also includes the 2014 Community Fund Awards, presentation of the annual report, and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. To attend, RSVP at newportchamber.com or call 401-847-1608.

Teen Hours Expanded

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will be extending its open hours for teens starting April 28. Teen hours will be Mondays and Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Teen hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will remain 2 – 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Adult Exercise Classes

A women-only exercise class will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Hut. Co-ed yoga on Thursday evenings and pilates classes on Monday evenings are also available. All ability levels are welcome. For times, call 401-845- 5800 or visit cityofnewport.com.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, April 21, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 29 matters on the docket: n Eighteen cases originated with charges of open containers/drinking in public. Fifteen individuals had their records expunged, two cases were rescheduled, and one was closed as paid in full. n In three cases of urinating in public, the judge granted two expungement requests and dismissed charges in the remaining case. n An expungement request for failure to restrain an animal was granted. n The judge ordered another expungement in a case of a minor in possession of alcohol. n An unlawful drinking and misrepresentation of age charge was dismissed, with costs of $93.50 imposed. n In the five traffic infractions brought before the judge, three dismissals were granted for tickets issued for crosswalk, stop sign, and stoplight infractions. The fourth and fifth motorists were cited for stop sign violations; one case was rescheduled, while the other individual was found guilty, receiving a fine of $85 plus court costs of $35.

Royal Tea and Spa Assist Relay for Life

Aquidneck Island Relay for Life team Hotel Viking is hosting a special Tea and Spa fundraising event on Sunday, May 4, from 2-6 p.m. at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave. The Hotel Viking is known for its attention to detail during its afternoon teas, and a royal tea service will be served from 2-4 p.m. This event will feature fine teas, sandwiches, house made scones and other tea breads served with lemon cream and preserves, delicate pastries and a choice of champagne or Kir Royale. To make a reservation call 401-848-4824. The cost is $25 and all profits benefit the Relay for Life.

Spa Terre, the full service spa at the Hotel Viking, will offer a 25 minute facial with scalp massage for a $10 donation and a 25 minute massage for a $15. These special services will only be offered on May 4, from 2-6 p.m. To reserve a treatment appointment call 401-848-4848.

For more information on Aquidneck Island Relay for Life team opportunities, volunteer openings or donations, visit relaforlife.org/ aquidneckislandri or contact Chair Kerry Seibert at 401-855-0885.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, April 14 to Sunday, April 20, the Newport Police Department responded to 524 calls. Of those, 124 were motor vehicle related; there were 105 motor vehicle violations issued, and 19 accident reports. The police also responded to 16 noise complaints, 15 animal complaints, 59 home/business alarm calls, and 13 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners. They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 5 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 37 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 12 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for noise
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for vandalism. n2 arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
n2 arrests were made for DUI.
n1 arrest was made for disorderly
n1 arrest was made for public urination. n1 arrest was made for simple assault. n1 arrest was made for 2nd degree child abuse.
n1 arrest was made for possession
on weapons other than firearms.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
disordely conduct.
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n1 arrest was made for driving w a
suspended or revoked license.

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.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
April 14 through Sunday, April 20,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 115 calls. Of those, 61
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 115
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 54 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 42 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 7 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 35 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 -Vehicle accident
2- Electrical wiring/ arcing
equipment problems
1 -Water leak
1- Lockouts
8- Assist public calls
1 - False alarm call
11 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
3 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
41- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention,
the department performed 11 smoke
alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 14 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews and
18 tent event and plan reviews. The
fire department also investigated the
cause and origin of 1 fire.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGEDoes your gas grill tank need to be filled? It is important to follow these safety procedures when transporting the tank in your car: Close the valve tightly, even if empty. Insert the plastic plug securely into the valve. Place the cylinder on the floor, in the rear passenger area. Make sure it is secured and that the windows are rolled down for ventilation. LPG cylinders SHOULD NOT be transported in the trunk. Cylinders must always be upright, whether in storage, during transportation, or in use. When you get the tank home do not store it in the house or the garage. The Bottom Line: Secure the tank in an upright position with the valve tightly closed. Never transport the tank in the trunk. Minimize your travel time with the tank in the car. Information provided by FM Wayne Clark


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 to 15. 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.

Cinco de Mayo at Rough Point

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Doris Duke’s Rough Point on Monday, May 5, and learn about preliminary plans for a 2015 ceramics exhibit featuring highlights from the collection and site-inspired art from contemporary ceramics artists. The event will begin at 5 p.m.

Renowned clay artist Marco Vargas and Kathy King, director of education and instructor at the ceramics program at Harvard University, will discuss previous work and their initial concepts for the Rough Point installations. There will be a cash margarita bar, and part of the house will be open for viewing, including the exhibit “No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke.” The charge is $5. For more information contact Liz Spoden at liz@newportrestoration.org or 401-846-4152 x122.

Christmas in Newport Meeting

There will be a general meeting of the Christmas in Newport membership on Monday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall. Individuals or organizations interested in program planning, development, or just wishing to participate in the monthlong calendar of events are welcome to attend.

Junior League ‘Inns of Distinction’

The Junior League of Rhode Island will hold a fundraising “Inns of Distinction” brunch and tour on Sunday, April 27, to benefit the group’s mission to empower young adults, offering support to those aging out of foster care in Rhode Island. The day will begin with a brunch at One Eighty, 8 Broadway, followed by a self-guided tour of some of the most unique inns and boutique hotels in Newport, including the Francis Malbone House, Ivy Lodge, Forty 1 North, Chart House Inn, Pearls Boutique Hotels of Newport, Vanderbilt Grace, 1812 House, Newport Beach Hotel & Suites, and Sanford Covell Via Maria.

Check-in at One Eighty is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and the tour portion begins at 1 p.m. Participants will receive a program book at check-in to use as a guide. Each site will offer the opportunity to tour the property and learn about its history; many will provide homemade refreshments as well as raffle and door prizes.

Tour tickets and brunch tickets can be purchased a la carte. Brunch and tour tickets are $70 for adults and $30 for children 6-10; tour-only tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children 6-10; and brunch-only tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 6-10. Children under 6 are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit jlri.org. Tickets will be also be for sale at One Eighty from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

People’s Choice Award

Visitors to the Newport Art Museum can vote for their favorite piece in the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition each time they visit, now through April 30. Ballots can be cast at the Cushing Gallery front desk. A winner will be announced Thursday, May 1. The artist with the most popular piece will receive a gift certificate for a three-course dinner for two to the Hotel Viking’s restaurant, One Bellevue. The exhibition will be on view through May 18.

Arts Around the Fire

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will hold Arts Around the Fire on Tuesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Salvation Café, 140 Broadway. Aaron Coté, the Alliance’s coordinator for Bridgefest, will present opportunities for participation and discuss new events being planned for the annual celebration of live local music. Arts Around the Fire is a networking opportunity for artists, writers, performers, and arts patrons alike and features a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. This will be the last Arts Around the Fire until fall. For more information, visit newportarts.org.

ACA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will be held at the Newport Art Museum on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m.

Senator Teresa Paiva Weed and Governor Lincoln Chafee will be the keynote speakers, discussing the new “RI as a State of the Arts” initiative proposed by Governor Chafee. They will also address a bond referendum for the cultural community to be on the November ballot.

President Terry Dickinson will present the annual Dominque Award to Alan Bernstein for his many contributions to Newport’s music community and his dedication to music students in the Newport schools. Bernstein, who will retire this year, serves as supervisor of the arts and was named the 2013 Newport Teacher of the Year.

The evening will conclude with a 375th birthday celebration for Newport, with a cake, wine, and cheese reception.

The meeting is free and open to all artists, arts enthusiasts, art venues, and art organizations, but reservations are required. Reserve online at newportarts.org.

Prescription Drug Take Back

The Newport Police Department will hold its eighth annual Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the police station on Broadway. Expired or unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off, no questions asked. Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them away are potentially a safety and health hazard. This is a free service. For more information, call 401-845-5770.

Youth Baseball Competition

The Newport Recreation Department will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth on Sunday, April 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Toppa Field. Boys and girls ages 7 –14 will be divided into four age categories. Individual and an All-Around Champion will be named at the local level and can advance to championships at Major League ballparks.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration and waiver form. For more information, call Ed Harrigan at 401-845-5800.

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