2014-05-29 / News Briefs


Mr. Santi Please find attached an image of a toy that I have had since I was a child. It is in pretty good condition and it still works. I keep it in a glass cabinet along with other toys from my childhood. Can you tell me what it is worth? Thanks James K. James: Amazing that you have been able to keep your childhood toys; I can’t even remember what happened to mine! Your “Marx Merry Makers” ensemble has a value of between $750 and $1,000 in today’s collectible toy market. If you have the original box, the value could be higher. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Mr. Santi Please find attached an image of a toy that I have had since I was a child. It is in pretty good condition and it still works. I keep it in a glass cabinet along with other toys from my childhood. Can you tell me what it is worth? Thanks James K. James: Amazing that you have been able to keep your childhood toys; I can’t even remember what happened to mine! Your “Marx Merry Makers” ensemble has a value of between $750 and $1,000 in today’s collectible toy market. If you have the original box, the value could be higher. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Innovation Camps at Libraries

The Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth public libraries and FabNewport have joined together to offer to children between the ages of 8 and 12 the opportunity to learn computer design skills and use them to imagine, design and create a product at week-long innovation camps that will be held at each library during July. So that families can learn more about these camps and have a chance to try out some of the skills that will be taught, introductory sessions have been scheduled at each library.

The information sessions will be held as follows: Newport Public Library, Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Middletown Public Library, Wednesday, June 4, 6-8 p.m.; and Portsmouth Free Public Library on Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m.

The weeklong camps will provide opportunities to learn 2D design and vinyl cutting, 3D design and 3D printing, and interactive programming. They will also include opportunities to work on original projects. Spaces are limited and registration for the camps will begin May 31 and should be made by contacting the hosting library.

Registration will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Two camps will be held the week of July 14; one at the Newport Public Library from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the other at the Portsmouth Free Public Library from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The camp at Middletown Public Library will be held during the week of July 21 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the libraries: Newport, 401-847-8720 x204; Middletown, 401-846-1573 x3; and Portsmouth 401-683-9457.

‘We Are’ Concert

The Accidental Sisters, a Jamestown based women’s a cappella vocal ensemble, will present their .fth annual “We Are” benefit concert on Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. Each year the group donates concert proceeds to a project supporting women, children, and the cause of peace. This year’s beneficiary is the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence in Providence. A $10 donation is requested. The concert will be held at the Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., and tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 401-560-0979.

Fort Adams Donation

The Fort Adams Trust received more than $8,300 from the proceeds of the second annual Newport 10 Miler. The road race, organized by Gray Matter Marketing was held on April 27 at Fort Adams State Park. More than 1700 athletes registered to participate in this year’s race, an increase of 500 over 2013. The money will be used by the Trust to enhance their mission of directing and supporting the stabilization, restoration, maintenance, and operation of Fort Adams as a historic site. course started in Fort Adams State Park and finished inside the gates of the historic Fort. For more information about the event visitnewport10miler.com.

‘Ferdinand the Bull’ Musical Show

The Newport String Project will perform a musical show based on the children’s book “Ferdinand the Bull” on Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Redwood Library. Families are invited for an afternoon of music with their youngsters, recommended for age 7 and under. Free for members, $2 for non-members. Space is limited; reserve at 401-847- 0292 x105.

Middletown All Mapped Out

The Middletown Historical Society has created a new exhibit, “Middletown All Mapped Out.” The visual history tour walks through the evolution of the town and surrounding areas with maps from the 1700’s to modern time. The exhibit starts June 1 and runs Sundays from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Paradise School in Middletown. More information is available online at middletownhistory.org, or by phone at 401-849-1870.

Rain or Shine Garden Party

St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown, RI is hosting their 23rd annual English Garden Party on Saturday, June 7 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (English rain or shine) on the church grounds at 55 Vaucluse Avenue (off Indian Avenue) in Middletown.

Tickets for the Devonshire Cream Tea are $12. The Children’s Tea, which includes a show/workshop presented by POW!Science!, is $5 per child. Tickets may be purchased on the day or in advance at the church office Monday through Friday. Admission to the Garden Party is free and open to the public, and all venues are handicappedaccessible.

The Ladies of the Rolling Pin and the Morris Dancers will perform. There will be a Green Thumb plant and garden booth, a treasure trove of gently used items plus a toy shop with children’s goods, books, CD’s and DVD’s.The Plentiful Pantry will feature locally baked goods and gourmet delights. The theme for this year’s Chapel Flower Festival is a Downton Abbey-inspired tea. A silent auction with an array of generously donated goods and services, and a raffle with exciting prizes will all be part of the day.

For kids the Pow!Science! will enlighten and entertain with Spy Science!. Children will become spies in training and will make and take a record of their own fingerprints. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the children’s tent. Children’s games, pony rides $3, a kid’s raffle and Marvelous Marvin’s Circus Arts Workshop round out the kid fun.

For additional information, call the chapel at 401-847-5571.

Golf Tournament

The Newport County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is having its Seventeenth Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 28 at Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The non-profit organization is looking for sponsors to raise funds for its branch and any donations are welcome. Each of the 18 tees can be purchased for $100 each, and a sign with the sponsor’s name will be placed on the tee. The Newport County branch sponsors the Newport MLK Day, A Day On Not Off, the NAACP Scholarship, the Annual Awards Dinner, and the Patriot Park Ceremony. For more information, contact the tournament coordinator, Victoria Johnson, at 401- 847-5570.

Pickleball Clinic

Newport Recreation introduces pickleball to Aquidneck Island. Free clinics are offered Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Park Tennis Courts. Pickleball is a combination game of tennis, badminton and table tennis. Guaranteed to be loads of fun for adults of all ages. All necessary equipment will be provided. Call 845-5800 with any questions.

Seaside Gala

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) will present its annual Vision Award to three local organizations: The Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy, The Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation, and Serve Rhode Island. Each have helped EBCAP in an outstanding way. The Public Service Award will go to RI State Representative Helio Melo (District 64 – East Providence). The awardees will be recognized at EBCAP’s 11th Annual Seaside Gala on June 12 at Castle Hill Inn. The Honorable and Mrs. Marvin L. Abney of Newport are the honorary event chairpersons. Reservations for the Gala may be made by calling 847-7821, ext. 339 or online at ebcap.org.

Father’s Day Ride

The Kaminitz family and Bike Newport present the second annual Father’s Day Ride to take place on Sunday, June 15 at Fort Adams State Park. Registration opens at 7 a.m., with the ride beginning at 8 a.m. The ride and activities end by noon.

There are ride and walk options for all ages and abilities:

Ride: 6, 10 and 25 mile options

Walk: 2-mile Bay Walk

Children’s Safety Town: safe cycling and distance riding activities for youth inside the walls of the Fort Adams.

For more information or to register, contact Bike Newport at info@bikenewportri.org or 401-619-4900.

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.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, May 19, to Sunday, May 25, the Newport Police Department responded to 826 calls. Of those, 176 were motor vehicle related; there were 133 motor vehicle violations issued, and 43 accident reports. The police also responded to 14 noise complaints, 25 animal complaints, 59 home/business alarm calls, 8 private tows and 16 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 8 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral. They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments.

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.

Melville Trail Run

Melville School will host a 5K trail run and one-half mile kids’ fun run on Friday evening, June 13. The trail course will run through Melville Park. Runners begin at 6:30 p.m. and the kids’ race starts at 6 p.m., both departing from the school at 1351 West Main Road, Portsmouth. Advance registration is $25, $30 day of race. The fee for kids is $10, free for those who collect pledges. Funds raised will go to the Melville Parent Teacher Group. Register at melville5k.com. The first 100 to register will receive a free race T-shirt.

newportFILM Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers for newportFILM are needed on-site at events and as part of a street marketing flyering team.

Applicants should be highly reliable and easily reachable by email and cell phone.

If you’re interested to get involved this summer, contact Antena David at adavid@newportFILM. com by Monday, June 2. A brief volunteer orientation meeting will be scheduled for the following week.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
May 19, through Sunday, May 25,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 229 calls. Of those, 79
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 150
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 63 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 38 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 27 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 20 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 32 calls

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

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 13 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 17 life safety / site inspections, 1 fire system plan review, 2 fire investigations and 15 tent event and plan reviews.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: GE Brand Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. The brand name, model number, pint capacity, and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. The dehumidifiers are light gray plastic and measure between 19 and 23 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep. See the CPSC website below for model numbers related to this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/ 2014/Gree-Expands-Dehumidifier Recall-to-Include-GE-Brand- Dehumidifiers

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Get a Gull

The Newport Gulls are looking for new host families for the 2014 summer season. If interested contact General Manager Chuck Paiva at gm@newportgulls.com for more information or call 401-849-4982.

‘CSI: Rhode Island’

The Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library invite the public to its annual meeting is June 4 at 7 p.m. Following the brief business meeting, including the election of candidates for the Board of Directors and Officers there will be a presentation, “CSI: Rhode Island,” by Dennis Hilliard, Director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory. His current responsibilities center on the analytical and educational missions of the State Crime Laboratory. The talk and meeting will take place in the library’s large hall.

Homeschooling Workshop

ENRICHri, a non-profit, Rhode Island-based, secular homeschool group will present a free workshop for parents interested in homeschooling on Wednesday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level program room of the Newport Public Library located at 300 Spring Street. Topics for discussion include homeschooling laws in Rhode Island, reasons for choosing homeschooling, socialization, and curriculum planning. Children are asked to remain at home as this event is geared toward adults. Registration is required and begins on Monday, May 12th. For more information contact the Children’s Desk at 401-847- 8720 x 204.

McCarthy Youth Sports Grant

In honor of Michael McCarthy the Youth Sports Grant program will provide funding for Newport County schools, sports organizations, and individuals. Eligible applicants must be participating in the following areas: youth athletic programs; community- based programs addressing an active lifestyle and team building skills; and established camps with an emphasis on sports.

The grant program is particularly interested in providing opportunities for participation of children and young adults age 18 and under. The grant program may provide financial support for the following purposes: youth sports programs and projects, full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs, and financial support for equipment and small capital projects.

Grants will be awarded to a variety of sports and recreational activities on Newport County throughout the course of the year. There are four application deadlines that correspond with seasonal sports activities. The upcoming deadline for applications is July 1.

The amount of funding will range from a minimum of $25 up to a maximum of $1500. To apply visit mccarthyscholarship.org.

‘A Medley of Island Gardens’

The Quononoquott Garden Club will host “A Medley of Island Gardens,” a tour of private gardens around Conanicut Island, on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Baker’s Pharmacy or Secret Garden in Jamestown. Admission is $20 on tour day, and may be purchased, along with guide books, at 141 Southwest Ave. All profits will be used for civic beautification projects. Rain date is June 8.

Scholarship Dinner

The Newport County Pomona Grange will hold a pork roast dinner on Sunday June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Senior Center,110 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth. The proceeds of this dinner will benefit the John Kenyon Jr. Scholarship Fund. The prices for the dinner will be for adults $10 and $5 for children under 12.

For more information or to make reservations for this event, contact Jeannette Kenyon at 508-676-0367.

Composting for Lazy, Frugal Gardeners

Master Gardeners Lucy Huggins and Jim Garman will give a presentation titled Easy, Frugal Composting for Lazy, Frugal Gardeners; and How to be Proud of It” at Paradise Valley Park (Prospect and Paradise avenues, Middletown) on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. They will provide helpful, easy-to-use procedures for composting, information that all gardeners and homeowners can use. All are invited to attend this free talk.

Gardeners are also welcome to bring soil samples for testing. This is an excellent opportunity to determine the quality of your lawn or garden soil. Dig a one-half cup sample from 3-4” deep; let it dry overnight on newspaper and bring one or two samples to us in a plastic bag. Testing done for free.

Electric Boat Tour

Students from Middletown and Tiverton High Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Newport are invited to take a tour of Electric Boat on June 3. The tour will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A bus will run from the high schools to pick up students, so seats are limited. Students interested in the tour can contact guidance councilors for more information. Tour organized by the Newport County Mentor Group.

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