2014-05-08 / News Briefs


375th Anniversary Parade Under way

The Newport 375th Anniversary Day Parade Committee invites groups, businesses and organizations to participate in the parade slated for Saturday, June 21. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Broadway at the Newport-Middletown line and proceed down Broadway to City Hall and Washington Square, ending at the Quaker Meeting House. For more information visit newport375.com or call Dennis Sullivan at 401-413-9601.

All About Bees

The Jamestown Arts Center and Bee Conscious are hosting an introduction to aspiring beekeepers on Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The class is broken up into two sessions, the first is on bees in general and the second focuses on beekeeping. The morning only class is $30 and the full program is $60. For more information or to register, call 401-560-0979.

Walk to School Day

The National Walk to School Day is held each year in early May. On Friday, May 9, Pell School will host its spring Walk to School Day event. Parents and the entire Pell Community are invited to join the “Walking School Bus” for their morning activities. Since October, the Walking School Bus has employed a team of volunteers and operates like a school bus with designated stops and times. Students meet the volunteers at their stops each day, and are escorted safely to school. Three separate routes to school will be used during the Walk to School Day event, beginning at West Evans and John H Chafee Blvd., Truman Road and Beacon Street, and the parking lot of the Triplett School at 435 Broadway. During the walk, students and parents will be challenged to a scavenger hunt, and the students’ own at work will be displayed along the travel routes.

The Walking School Bus Program is coordinated by the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone, a Program of East Bay Community Action Program, in partnership with Newport Public Schools and the City of Newport.

Duke Preservation Nominations

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is seeking nominations for the eighth annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards. The award honorees will be selected by a committee comprised of representatives from NRF, the City of Newport, and individuals involved in historic preservation at the local and state levels. Nomination forms are available at newportrestoration.org/sup/files/2014_ awards_ nomination_ form.pdf. The deadline for submission is May 14.

The awards celebration will be held at Rough Point, the Newport home of preservationist and philanthropist Doris Duke, on Sept. 5.

All proceeds from the awards celebration benefit the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation, which distributes grants to civic and non-profit organizations on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown.

Jamestown Piano Association Concert

Pianist Manabu Takasawa will be joined by cellist Daniel Harp on Sunday, May 11, for the final concert of the Jamestown Community Piano Association’s 2013-2014 season. The duo will perform three pieces for piano and cello: Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op.5, No.2; Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Folksongs; and Fantasy Pieces, Op.73 by Robert Schumann. The concert will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave. and begins at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the performance. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 401-423-0515.

Russell Warren Tour

Newport History Tours will present “Russell Warren’s Newport” on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. The walking tour will examine the 19thcentury architect’s contributions to Newport and his many connections to the city’s most wealthy citizens. Warren designed prominent Newport landmarks such as the Zion Episcopal Church (now Jane Pickens Theater) and the Levi Gale House. The tour is $15 and departs from the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 401- 841-8770. Visit newporthistorytours.org for more information.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
April 28 through Sunday, May 4, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 131 calls. Of those, 61 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 107
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 58 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 49 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 32 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 16 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 31 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
4 -Unauthourized burnings
1-Vehicle accident
3- Electrical wiring/
equipment problems
1 -Water problem
2- Lockouts
1-Smoke scare
11- Assist public calls
14 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
9 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
58- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 9 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 20 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews and 6 tent event and plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGEScald Burns and Young Children: Young children have thinner skin resulting in deeper burns than adults for the same temperature and exposure time to a scalding substance. The proportion of a child’s body that is exposed to any given amount of a scalding substance is also greater: the same cup of spilled coffee will burn a much larger percent of a small child’s body. Small children also have little control of their environment, less perception of danger and less ability to escape a burning situation on their own. Children grow fast and can reach new, dangerous things every day. The Bottom Line: Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edge of your counters.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, April 28 to Sunday, May 4, the Newport Police Department responded to 548 calls. Of those, 123 were motor vehicle related; there were 95 motor vehicle violations issued, and 29 accident reports. The police also responded to 10 noise complaints, 13 animal complaints, 40 home/business alarm calls, 3 suicide calls, 1 liquor establishment check and 12 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 3 funerals. They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 6 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 29 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n4 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 4 arrests were made for noise
n3 arrests were made for simple
n3 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for domestic
disorderly conduct.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty.
n1 arrest was made for felony assault. n1 arrest was made for possession
of marijuana.
n1 arrest was made for trespassing. n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license.

Municipal Court

Due to the Founder’s Day holiday on Monday, May 5, Municipal Court was not in session. Judge J. Russell Jackson will resume court on Monday, May 12 at Newport City Hall.


The U.S. Navy Northeast Band will not be performing at the Aquidneck Island Relay for Life on Friday, May 16 as stated in an article in the May 1 edition of Newport This Week.

Secret Garden Tour Call for Volunteers

For more than 25 years, the Secret Garden Tour has provided more than $1.25 million in support of art education in the public schools. An integral part of the success has been the dedication and commitment of loyal volunteers. The 2014 “Historic Point” Tour will take place on Friday, June 20; Saturday, June 21; and Sunday, June 22, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each of the three days.

Volunteers work in shifts, (10 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 5), acting as ticket takers, hosts and guides, providing general information to visitors. In appreciation, they receive a free ticket to tour all of the gardens. To volunteer, visit secretgardentours.org/volunteers or send your name, address and phone number as well as the shift(s) for which you are available to: SGT Volunteer Coordinator, 24 Van Zandt Ave., Newport. For information, call 401-439-7253.

Get to the Top of Google

Newport Interactive Marketers is hosting a presentation to teach you how to get to the top of Google. Google Agency Partner Matt Roche will share his top tips and insights for Google AdWords/PPC. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 13 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Midtown Oyster Bar. Admission is free, but advance registration requested, visit bit.ly/nimevents.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group is Thursday, May 15 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.The support group meets at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

CCACG Meeting

The Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling will hold its regular monthly meeting Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Newport Public Library (Stride Room). The public is invited and welcome to attend.

Microchips Protect Pets

A microchip clinic will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. The microchips will be administered by Dr. Toni Ellis, DVM, of Mobile Veterinary Routine Care. There is a $25 fee per animal payable on the day of the clinic. Call 401-846-8276 or email info@potterleague.org to pre-register.

Friends Spring Concert

The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will present the trio Latitude 41 at Emmanuel Church on Wednesday, May 14, performing works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorák. Latitude 41 is comprised of festival veterans violinist Livia Sohn, cellist Luigi Piovano and pianist Bernadene Blaha. A preconcert reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The group will perform at Carnegie Hall the following day.

Tickets are $30 and include the pre-concert reception. For tickets and information, contact 401- 846-1133 or email newportmusic@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Computer Workshops at Library

Newport Public Library is offering several computer skills workshops in May. The regular series will be held on Friday mornings at 10:30, through May 23. These workshops cover basic and intermediate skills in a Windows-based environment, including Microsoft Excel and Internet searching. In addition, staff will present a session on downloading e-books on Monday, May 12, at 2 p.m. Participants may bring their devices and reference staff will help get them started on how to borrow e-books from the library’s two services, 3M Cloud and Overdrive. These programs are free, but require pre-registration. New attendees have priority. Call 401-847-8720 x 208 to reserve.

Aaron Burr Lecture

Judge Brian Hardison will present “Aaron Burr: Misjudged American Founder” at the Redwood Library on Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m. Hardison will discuss the unorthodox career of the country’s third vice president, who served under Thomas Jefferson. Although Burr is perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804, he is also remembered as being an officer in the Continental Army, the New York State Attorney General, and a U.S. Senator. Judge Hardison is a descendant of Aaron Burr. This event is free for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations may be made by calling 401-847-0292 x112.

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