2014-05-01 / News Briefs


Parking Advisory

The first of May marked the start of parking season throughout the city. Metered parking is in effect from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, and parking is restricted in designated areas to vehicles displaying residential permits. The fee for parking in a metered space is $1.25 per hour in increments of 25 cents. The fee for the Memorial Boulevard meters at Easton’s Beach is $2 per hour. All city meters accept credit cards or coins. Public lots are located on Mary Street, Long Wharf, and Touro Street and at the Gateway Visitors Center.

The Deadly History of Mahogany

The Newport Public Library will present Prof. Jennifer L. Anderson who will discuss her book, “Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America,” on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. Anderson will explain how mahogany created both human and environmental problems in the West Indies and Central America. The lecture will be held in the Program Room; doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Bunny Bonanza

The Potter League is overflowing with rabbits. As a result, they will be hosting a special rabbit adoption event starting Sunday, May 4 through Saturday, May 10 (closed May 5th) for a Bunny Bonanza. All rabbits will be $25, 50 percent off the regular adoption price. Rabbits are spayed or neutered, and come with a complimentary veterinarian exam and a treat bag. Rabbits make great pets and can be litter trained, too.

For more information and to see photos of the rabbits available for adoption, go to potterleague.org or call 401-846-8276.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, April 28, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 50 matters on the docket: n Fifteen cases originated with charges of open containers/drinking in public: seven individuals had their records expunged and five cases were dismissed or rescheduled. n Nine cases addressed noise violations resulting in six defendants pleading no contest, each were fined $400 plus court fees of $93.50. n In six cases of urinating in public, the judge dismissed three charges and granted an expungement request in the remaining case. n In nine other matters, the judge also dealt with six cases of minors in possession of alcohol, a failure to restrain an animal, disorderly conduct and unlawful drinking. n In the eight traffic/parking infractions brought before the judge, three dismissals were granted; two cases were rescheduled, while the other two individuals were found guilty. n Three matters regarding zoning were presented for failure to obtain proper permits; all were continued for pretrial.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, April 21 to Sunday, April 27, the Newport Police Department responded to 543 calls. Of those, 167 were motor vehicle related; there were 131 motor vehicle violations issued, and 36 accident reports. The police also responded to 18 noise complaints, 11 animal complaints, 39 home/business alarm calls, and 14 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals. They recorded 4 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 4 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 26 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n4 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n4 arrests were made for larceny.
n2 arrests were made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for domestic
simple assault.
n 1 arrest was made for noise complaints. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism.
n1 arrest was made for public urination. n1 arrest was made for bank fraud.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics with the intent to
manufacture or deliver.
n1 arrest was made for refusal to
submit to achemical test.
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license. n1 arrest was made for an open
n1 arrest was made for a bicycle

Night of Comedy

The second annual, Laugh for a Good Cause, will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at Jimmy’s Saloon, 37 Memorial Blvd, Newport, to benefit the Aquidneck Island Relay for Life. The Comedy Show begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pizza and appetizer buffet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Raffles and silent auctions will be held during the evening’s festivities. Newport Storm will graciously present a one-night only special promotion of Newport Storm ontap at $2.50 a draft, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.

Tickets are $15, or 2 for $25 in advance, or $20 at the door the night of the event. For tickets or information call Kerry Seibert at 855-0885.

Wellness Fair

The Newport holistic community will host a wellness fair on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Newport Congregational Church. There is a $5 admission fee. Classes, lectures and demonstrations will be given by a variety of holistic practitioners on Reiki, Rosen body/ soul work, craniosacral therapy, hypnosis, astrology and more.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
April 21 through Sunday, April 27,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 107 calls. Of those, 61
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 107
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 50 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 38 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 25 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 12 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 34 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1 -Trash/dumpster fire
3 -Vehicle accidents
3- Electrical wiring/ arcing
equipment problems
1 -Water leak
1- Lockout
6- Assist public calls
1 - False alarm call
7 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
8 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
53- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 7 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 10 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews and 20 tent event and plan reviews. The fire department also investigated the cause and origin of 1 fire.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGEEach year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and their partners work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. The most common motive: revenge. According to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, the most common motive (41 percent) for a serial arsonist is revenge. An arsonist will target the home of someone in retaliation for an actual or perceived injustice against him or her. A car is viewed as an extension of the individual and is a very personal target for revenge arson. The Bottom Line- Things you can do to prevent vehicle arson include: Park your car in a well-lit area. Use a secure parking lot for extended parking periods. Close all car windows. Remove the key from the ignition. Always lock doors, trunk, and the tailgate. Use antitheft devices. Report abandoned cars to the police. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Use a recovery system, such as GPS or Lojack. Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Fire Department Promotions

On Friday, April 25 the Newport Fire Department held a promotional ceremony at department headquarters. Captain David Egan was promoted to Deputy Chief; Timothy Redmond received the rank of Captain, and fire fighter Bradford Cronin was promoted to Fire Lieutenant.

Laughs Benefit Police Parade

The Aquidneck Island Police Parade will offer a “Night of Laughs” comedy show featuring three of the Boston area’s best standup comedians on the weekend following the parade on Saturday, May 10, at the Newport Marriott at 8 p.m. The comedy is geared towards mature audiences and this is a 21+ event. Proceeds will benefit the honoring of fallen officers, youth scholarships, local community projects and more. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and ticket donation is $10. For more information, email alex@ecmgevents.com.

Playgroup Hosts Open House

The Newport Pre-K Playgroup (children ages 2-5) that meets at the Hut will hold an open house on Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Hut. For more information, contact Callie at 401-924-0692 or newportplaygroup@hotmail.com.

Clarification: In last week’s issue, the Family Focus column referred to the parents’ cooperative day care located at the Hut as “The Hut.” The organization is actually the Newport Pre-K Playgroup and they lease space at the Hut from the Newport Recreation Department.

May 5 Closing

In recoginiton of Rhode Island’s Founder’s Day, Newport City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 5.

Arthritis Foundation Program

A program designed to help those with arthritis increase joint mobility and flexibility, increase muscle strength, manage pain, and stay motivated will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 - 11 a.m. at Newport Hospital beginning May 7 and will run for six weeks. Exercises are given by trained leaders.

Middletown E-waste Drop-Off Closed

Due to renovations, the e-waste and bulk item drop-off area behind the Middletown Fire Department and Department of Public Works closed on April 25.

Middletown will increase the frequency of the bulk waste amnesty days after July 1. The quarterly bulk amnesty days will continue to have a scrap metal bin but the event will add e-waste and oversized cardboard to help with the impact of closing the drop-off area. In addition, used motor oil is accepted at local NAPA and Advanced Auto Parts stores. Used vegetable cooking oil can be dropped off at Newport Biodiesel’s Newport location.

For more information, contact Will Cronin, recycling coordinator at 401-842-6519 or wcronin@middletownri.com.

Statue Fundraiser

A newly formed Columbus Monument Restoration Committee recently began plans for a fundraiser for the repair of the 60-year-old monument that stands near the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue. The Restoration Committee is a collaboration of the City of Newport, Newport Festa Italiana, and Forum Lodge #391, Order Sons of Italy. Monies raised will be earmarked for repairs of the broken fence and additional work on the statue noted for its patina.

Members of the committee include Co-chairs Diane (DeSantis) McCaffrey and Kathleen (Monticone) Silvia; Forum President Shirley Ripa, Festa Italiana chair Bud Cicilline, Richard Sardella, John Trifero, Donato Andre D’Andrea, and Sandra Flowers.

A fundraiser to benefit the restoration fund will be held on Sunday, May 4, at Sardella’s Italian Restaurant, from 6 - 8 p.m. It will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, antipasti, fruit and cheese platter and cash bar. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance by calling Diane at 401-683-4378. Tickets will also be available from committee members, at Sardella’s, and at the door.

Donors who wish to make a separate tax-deductible donation to the fund may do so by sending a check made out to the City of Newport with the word “Columbus” written on the memo line. The check should be sent to: Kathleen Silvia, City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.

Float Your Boat

Two families are being sought to help design and make a boat they can use to access Narragansett Bay. The project is free due to the support of the Newport Hospital Prince Foundation. To learn more about “Float Your Boat,” attend an open house Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the FabNewport Lab, 1 York St. If interested, contact Ben Ellcome at ellcome.ben@gmail.com or 716- 531-8403.

Shipwrecked Party

Sail Newport’s annual Shipwrecked Party fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 10, at Hood Sailmakers, Middletown. The theme for this year’s event is “007: Shipwrecked Never Dies.” Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party continues until midnight. Dance to the music of Decades by DeZyne. Prizes will be awarded for Best James Bond, Best Bond Girl, Best Bond Movie Character, Best Group and more. Visit sailnewport.org for tickets.

Trash Workshop

The Historic Hill Association will hold a workshop concerning the new citywide garbage collection system. The workshop will be held Thursday, May 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. Kristen Littlefield, coordinator of the Newport City Clean Program, will be on hand to answer questions and receive concerns from residents. For further information, call Federico Santi at 401-261-3980.

Living Well RI

For people living with chronic conditions including, but not limited to, asthma, arthritis, cancer, COPD, chronic pain, diabetes and heart disease, self management workshops will be offered Mondays from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at Newport Hospital beginning May 5 and run for six weeks.

Anyone 18 years of age and older can attend. For more information and to register, call 401-845-1845.

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