2014-05-22 / News Briefs


‘Estate Sale of the Century’

The Newport Garden Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Saturday, May 31, with a fundraising sale of select home, garden, and attic treasures to benefit the proposed Centennial Reading Garden in the park outside Newport Public Library. The sale includes antiques, furniture, jewelry, home décor, books, paintings, silver, linens, plants, and garden ornaments. The event will be held at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy, 321 East Main Road, Portsmouth. The show runs 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free, but early birds will be admitted at 8:30 a.m. for $10.

18th-Century Furniture Makers Seminar

The Redwood Library will hold a seminar on 18th-century Rhode Island furniture makers on Friday, June 6. The library will welcome a panel headed by Leslie Keno, Senior Vice President and Senior International Specialist at Sotheby’s. Panelists will include Dennis Carr; Carolyn and Peter Lynch, Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Patricia E. Kane, Friends of American Arts Curator, American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery; Erik Gronning, Vice President, Senior Specialist in American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s; and Jeffrey Greene, Newport furniture maker, researcher, and owner of the Ball & Claw. A fine selection of furniture from the Redwood’s special collections and Greene’s personal collection will be on display at the library. Leslie Keno will be the dinner speaker.

The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Hotel Viking. The furniture exhibition will be on display at the Redwood from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $175, a portion of which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Redwood Library. Call Molly White at 401-847-0292 x 115 to reserve.

Why It Is Good Business to Hire An Ex-Offender

The Re-Entry Council and Newport Citizens To End Homelessness invite all local business owners to an educational meeting on the benefits of hiring an ex-offender. Why hiring a returning citizen is good for a business, good for the person hired and good for our community. The meeting is also open to the public. It will be held Tuesday, May 27 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Panel members listed below will briefly cover the following topics and then take questions from the audience.

Butch Paranzino – Newport County Community Mental Health Clinic: Program Overview

Don Boucher - Riverwood Mental Health Clinic Head of Homeless Services: Jobs=Housing =Stability

Teresa Foley – Transitional Services Dept. of Corrections: Employment resources and tax and other benefits to businesses

Lt. Kevin Ferreira – Middletown Police Community Liaison – The Police Role

Cheryl Robinson – President Turning Around Ministries: Profiles of returning citizens who have jobs and who need jobs

Mary Reynolds - Co-chair Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness – Emcee

For more information contact: Mary Reynolds – mbreynolds52@gmai.com or Cheryl Robinson – cgr564@aol.com.

Photography in Nature

Aquidneck Land Trust will host a free hands-on lecture on photography with Chris Hunter, the sole proprietor of Collective Thought Media and NewportRIPhotos.Com, on Thursday, June 5, in King Park at 5:30 p.m. Hunter focuses on landscape photography and has shot locally, nationally, and internationally. He will discuss how he views the natural land and offer tricks and tips on photographing the island. Bring a camera and participate. Space is limited; reserve with Courtney Huth at chuth@ailt.org or 401-849-2799 x19.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, May 12, to Sunday, May 18, the Newport Police Department responded to 580 calls. Of those, 150 were motor vehicle related; there were 110 motor vehicle violations issued, and 40 accident reports. The police also responded to 23 noise complaints, 16 animal complaints, 50 home/business alarm calls, 7 private tows and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 4 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 8 instances of assisting other police departments and also recorded 7 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 19 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 2 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n2 arrests were made for simple
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n1 arrest was made for disorderly
n 1 arrest was made for fradulent
use of credit cards.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for violating a
no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for temporary
detention of suspects.
n 1 arrest was made for a noise
n1 arrest was made for violation of
protective order.
n1 arrest was made for leaving the
scene of a collision.
n1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or expired.

Aquidneck Land Trust Trolley Tour

Hop aboard an old-fashioned style trolley and discover the past, present and future of conservation on Aquidneck Island on Thursday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m. Aquidneck Land Trust Executive Director Chuck Allott will lead the tours on a visit to protected working farms, wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation areas, and scenic vistas. The tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited, leaving from the ALT offices, 790 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, promptly at 5 p.m. For more information or to reserve, call Courtney Huth at 401- 849-2799 x19 or email chuth@ailt.org.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
May 12, through Sunday, May 18,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 122 calls. Of those, 57
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 122
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 47 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 39 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 23 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 39 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2 -Unauthourized burnings
1-Cooking fire
1- Electrical wiring/
equipment problems
1 -Trash/rubbish fire
2- Lockouts
2-Water leak/problem
1- Smoke or odor removal
5- Assist public calls
18 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
13- Fire alarm malfunctions - no
43- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 10 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 16 life safety / site inspections, 1 fire system plan review, 1 fire investigation and 20 tent event and plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Grilling Safety- Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. The following reminders will help to ensure your cookout remains incident free: Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended. If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid and NEVER add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container away from the home.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

‘Premieres’ at JAC

As part of Providence Premieres’ Second Annual Festival of New Music, the Jamestown Arts Center will host a concert on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m., featuring four world premiere commissions that will be presented in an innovative format with projected media, recorded sound, and augmented reality apps.

Internationally renowned Singaporean soprano Janani Sridahr, Rhode Island Philharmonic players Alexey Shabalin (violin) and Hyunjung Choi (harp), Community Music- Works Fellow Lauren Latessa (cello), and Providence native Peter Ferry (percussion) will lead the evening. The concert will be streamed live on providencepremieres.org and audience members will be encouraged to interact by live tweeting to #ProvidenceCreates.

The Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Road. Tickets are available online at jamestownartcenter.org or at the door.

The Art of the Interview

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County is offering a four-week job preparation course at the Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. The course will begin Thursday, May 29, from 5 - 6 p.m. and run every Thursday until June 19. Participants will learn how to develop a resumé and practice interview skills.

Gerry Willis, a professor at Salve Regina University, will be the instructor for the course. Local teens are welcome to sign up for this great opportunity. The course is free to members, space is limited, so sign up early.

For more information, call 401- 847-6927 x 21 or email dbailey@bgcnewport.org.

Class of 1994 Reunion

The Portsmouth High School, Class of 1994 is holding its 20 Year Reunion on June 29 at the Green Valley Country Club, Portsmouth. The event will be from 6 -10 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP by June 10. The cost of the evening is $35 per person. Checks should be made out to “PHS Class of 1994” and mailed to: Portsmouth High School, Class of 1994c/o Beth Travers, 120 Education Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871. For more information contact Denise Miller at 623-414-2050.

NECAP Honor Roll

The Newport School Committee has announced that 99 district students will be receiving certificates of achievement from their school principals for attaining “proficiency with distinction” in both reading and mathematics on the fall 2013 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exam. Overall, 400 district students will be recognized for their high level of achievement on the test.

MLK Volunteers Wanted

The Martin Luther King Center has an immediate need for volunteers to help with its breakfast program. The MLK Center provides a continental breakfast to neighbors in need, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Volunteers are needed from 7 - 9 a.m. on all days. Duties include buffet and coffee set-up, client checkin, replenishing supplies, and cleanup. If interested, contact Nancy Harten, volunteer coordinator at 401-846-4828 x103.

Trash Workshop

All Newport residents interested in learning more about the new curbside collection program going into effect later this year are invited to hear Kristin Littlefield, the coordinator for Newport’s Clean City Program, speak at the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association (OBNA) meeting Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at The Fifth Element.

Newport’s 375th Celebration Begins

Newport’s 375th anniversary festivities officially kick off on Saturday, May 24, at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Colony House, Washington Square. The signing of the Newport Compact will be re-enacted by descendants of the founders, the Ancient Order of Hibernian singers will perform, and the Newport Artillery Co. will fire a cannon salute. The fun will continue on Sunday, May 25, with a family-friendly scavenger hunt beginning in Washington Square and extending through the original downtown area. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the hunt begins at noon. For more information on the free events, visit newport375.com.

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