2014-05-15 / News Briefs


Under Construction

During the week of May 12 the public services department announce the following construction updates: nNational Grid will be working on gas main installations and gas service laterals along Broadway. nEast Coast Landscaping & Construction, Inc. will begin work to install a restroom, park amenities, and sidewalk/roadway improvements on Narragansett Avenue where it intersects the Cliff Walk. nInstallation of drainage improvements, low impact development sand filters, and a new water service for the restrooms on Narragansett Avenue from Ochre Point Avenue to the dead end at Cliff Walk. The Cliff Walk is open however it cannot be accessed/exited via Narragansett Avenue. Portable restrooms have been relocated to Webster Street where it intersects the Cliff Walk.

Rogers Students Recognized

Three Rogers High School students swept the awards in the technical computer applications category at the 2014 Rhode Island SkillsUSA competition held in March. On May 13, the Newport School Committee recognized the accomplishments of Gold Medal winner Jackson Baker, Silver Medal winner Jenna Erausquin, and Bronze Medal winner Timothy Pratt. Baker will advance to represent Rhode Island in the national competition in Kansas City on June 21.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives who work together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA uses an applied method of instruction for preparing high performance workers through public career and technical programs. The organization provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Merritt Neighborhood Grants Awarded

The Aquidneck Land Trust has announced the 2014 recipients of its Merritt Neighborhood Fund grants. This year, ALT’s Merritt Fund has given $7,000 in grant awards to local neighborhood groups, schools and community associations for the preservation and use of small open spaces. Fifteen organizations, three more than last year, have received grants: Methodist Community Gardens, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Friends of Touro Park, Seaside Garden Club, The Pennfield School, Town of Middletown, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Alliance for a Livable Newport, Edward King House, Newport Tree Society, Seaman’s Church Institute, The Giving Basket, East Bay Community Action Program, Melville Park Committee and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in America of Rhode Island.

All of this year’s grant recipients were chosen because their proposed projects represent Peter Merritt’s vision of fostering a greater sense of community and connection to the land through small scale land conservation and beautification projects.

Wine Tasting & Auction

The Newport Group and the Newport Restaurant Group will host a wine tasting and auction fundraiser for the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation onThursday, May 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Rose Island Room at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island. For ticket information call 401-847-4242 or visit roseislandlighthouse.org.

Matthew Quinn Scholorship Benefit

A CD release concert for the Matthew Quinn Scholarship Fund will be held on Thursday, May 22 at The Canfield House from 6 - 9 p.m. The album is a compilation of traditional Irish music and originals from local musicians and Grammy Award winners; Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares of Tavares.

Proceeds from the concert and CD sales will benefit The Matthew Quinn Scholarship Fund; a foundation established by Matt’s wife, to provide music scholarships, piano lessons and camp tuitions for students at Rogers High School.

Yappy Hour at Cappy’s

Join the Potter League for Yappy Hour at Cappy’s, 8 Memorial Blvd. on Thursday, May 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. Potter League Board Member Roe O’Brien and volunteer Joan Freese will be guest bartenders. All tips will go to the Potter League’s 25th anniversary Heart & Sole Walk for Animals. There will be prize drawings and you can enter a special drawing for two Red Sox tickets to be drawn at the Heart & Sole Walk on June 1 at Glen Park in Portsmouth. For more information or to register for the walk, visit PotterLeague.org or contact Susan at 401-846-0592 x125 or SusanR@PotterLeague.org.

Negotiating the Dog Park

The next Potter Pet U is Wednesday, May 21 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Potter League, Middletown. Learn “what your dog is saying at the dog park” and how to distinguish play, conflict, anxiety and everything in between. 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@PotterLeague.org.

Shipyard Shorts

NewportFILM will present the first outdoor “green screen” event of the season at Newport Shipyard, One Washington St., on Thursday, May 22, with a collection of adventure themed shorts: “Slomo,” “North of the Sun,” and “Chasing Water.” Option One, for $20, includes libations and appetizers at 7 p.m., a meet and greet with Atlantic Cup racing skippers, and the opportunity to tour the AC boats prior to the screening. A second option of just the sunset screening at 8:15 p.m. is available for $5. Bring your own chairs – the shipyard is a paved venue – and remember sweaters and blankets. Picnics are welcome. For tickets, visit newportfilm.com. Rain venue is the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St.

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honorees

The Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has chosen to dedicate next year’s parade to the late Vince Arnold, past president of the Newport AOH, Newport Irish Heritage Association, and founder of the museum of Newport Irish History.

Next year’s Grand Marshal will be Brian Arnold, a local contractor and co-owner of Cappy’s. He is also a past president of the Newport AOH and past Parade Chairman.

Save The Bay Golf Outing

Save The Bay will host a golf outing on Monday, May 19 at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth. Proceeds from the outing will go toward Save The Bay’s programs that help protect, restore, and educate about Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Golfers will play 18 holes of golf on the private waterfront course with spectacular views on the Scottish links course. Interested golfers can register online by visiting savebay.org/golf.

The full day includes lunch, cocktail hour, and dinner as well as prizes for closest to the pin, lowest gross, and lowest net. For more information, contact Maureen Fogarty at 272-3540 ext.109.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
May 5, through Sunday, May 11, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 127 calls. Of those, 50 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 127
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 55 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 42 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 23 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 8 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 26 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
4 -Unauthourized burnings
1-Vehicle accident
3- Electrical wiring/
equipment problems
1 -Trash/rubbish fire
7- Lockouts
1-Powerline down
1-Grass/brush fire
1- Gas leak
8- Assist public calls
9 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
2 - Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
46- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 14 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 19 life safety / site inspections, 3 fire system plan reviews and 8 tent event and plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Lawnmowers and fire safety- Shut off your gas powered lawnmower or tractor and let it cool down before refueling. NEVER refuel a lawnmower while it is running. Gasoline should only be stored in containers intended and approved for that purpose. All gas containers should be stored outside of living areas and away from the house. When you are finished cutting the grass, allow the lawnmower to cool down before putting into the garage or shed. This will ensure that flammable liquids and combustibles do not come in contact with the hot exhaust system while it in the structure. The Bottom Line- Do not stand over your hot lawnmower with an open can of gasoline. The results for you and the mower could be catastrophic.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday,
May 5, to Sunday, May 11,
the Newport Police Department
responded to 519 calls. Of those,
78 were motor vehicle related;
there were 58 motor vehicle
violations issued, and 20 accident

The police also responded to
18 noise complaints, 20 animal
complaints, 35 home/business
alarm calls, 4 suicide calls, 1
liquor establishment check, 5
private tows and 10 incidents of
vandalism. They also transported 5
prisoners and escorted 5 funerals.

They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and
also recorded 7 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 31 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n6 arrests were made for larceny.
n5 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 2 arrests were made for using an
n2 arrests were made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty.
n2 arrests were made for violating
a no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for domestic
simple assault.
n1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for underage
n1 arrest was made for felony assault. n1 arrest was made for possession
of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for trespassing. n1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license.

Young Men’s Summer Basketball League

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will be running a competitive summer basketball league for young men ages 13-18. Join us now for pick-up games on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. this spring in preparation for league play.

Participation will be served on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $10 and participants must be members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Annual memberships are available for $20. For more information, contact Debbie at 401-847-6927 or dbailey@bgcnewport.org.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group is Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursdays of following months. Speaker Carl Alvo will give a brief report on the Columbia/LDA Conference news on new testing methods, as well as a heads up for some in depth reporting regarding Lyme and other tick borne diseases in Rhode Island.

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.

Garden Club Plant Sale

The Portsmouth Garden Club is holding its 46th annual plant sale on Wednesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Island Garden Shop, in Portsmouth. Garden club members will be there to assist you under the direction of Rochelle Kieron and Pam Barry. Proceeds from the plant sale help the club with civic projects such as town plantings by garden club members in honor of Armed Forces Day, May 17, and Memorial Day, May 26. Garden club members will also be designing arrangements and volunteering at The Newport Flower Show in June. The club’s final luncheon meeting is June 12 at Carnegie Abbey. If interested in learning more about the club and its activities, contact MaryAnn Mastrorio at m_ mastrorio@yahoo.com.

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. 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. daily. Volunteers are needed from 10-1:30 and 1:30 - 5. To volunteer, visit secretgardentours.org/volunteers or send your name, address, phone number and when you are available to: SGT Volunteer Coordinator, 24 Van Zandt Ave., Newport. For information, call 401-439-7253.

Lawn Care Talk

Master Gardeners Lucy Huggins and Jim Garman will discuss lawn care at Paradise Valley Park, Prospect and Paradise avenues, Middletown, on Saturday, 17 May, at 10:30 a.m. They will provide common sense suggestions for caring for your lawn from seeding to throughout the summer. They will also test soil samples to determine the quality of your lawn or garden soil. Onecup samples can be dug from 3-4” deep, dried overnight on newspaper, and brought in a plastic bag.

Opiate/Heroin Overdose Forum

Newport Hospital is bringing together state and local experts to address the ongoing opiate and heroin overdose epidemic that is affecting Rhode Island on Monday, May 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the hospital.

As of mid-April, 85 people in Rhode Island have died from overdose. This forum will cover the steps individuals, families, friends, community groups and all Aquidneck Islanders can take to help those struggling with addiction and how they can help to prevent overdose deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin.

Rhode Island’s Own Monuments Man

St. George’s School will host a lecture with award-winning writer Lynn H. Nicholas on Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Nicholas, the author of “The Rape of Europa - The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War,” will discuss the key role Rhode Island’s John Nicholas Brown played in the return of art stolen by the Nazis.

Nicholas will share the story of Brown’s success in arguing against using German art for war reparations and his involvement with the return of such well-known masterpieces as Jan van Eyck’s “The Ghent Altarpiece” and the “Altarpiece of Veit Stoss.”

Brown, who died in 1979, was a graduate and former trustee of St. George’s. He donated the school’s English Gothic-style chapel while he was pursuing a Master’s Degree at Harvard. During the war he held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archive program. Brown was awarded the Legion of Honor from France and named a member of the Commander of the Order of Leopold in Belgium for his work as a Monuments Man in Europe.

The lecture will take place in Madeira Hall. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, contact 401-842-6730 or email alumni@stgeorges.edu.

Pedal Power

Newport’s Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16, with a day promoting the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. We’ve been celebrating Bike to Work Day in Newport since 2011 and the whole day is filled with bike-related fun. All activities take place in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport. This year, the dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lot is located at Bike Newport’s new office, 437 Broadway, the former Triplett School. You can park, hop on your bike, and pedal one mile into town to Washington Square for the Bike to Work breakfast before continuing to your workplace.

The schedule is 6 – 9 a.m. commuter breakfast; 3:30 p.m. announcements and awards; 4:15 p.m. city loop group ride; and 5 p.m. refreshments and entertainment. Register at bikenewport.org.

Antique Book Sale

An antique and collectible book sale will be held Friday, May 23 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Friends Bookstore in the Middletown Public Library. There will also be a silent auction on selected books.

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