2014-06-05 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


A young lady brought in a large trunk filled with clothing from a distant great aunt inquiring about its value. The collection appeared to be from the early 20th century and in good condition. Pictured is a pair of ladies leather boots from that collection. I explained the concept of “Steam Punk”: using Victorian and Edwardian objects re-interpreted to 21st century lifestyles. The boots would be worn with an ensemble reflecting that philosophy and would bring between $30 and $50 to the right collector. A young lady brought in a large trunk filled with clothing from a distant great aunt inquiring about its value. The collection appeared to be from the early 20th century and in good condition. Pictured is a pair of ladies leather boots from that collection. I explained the concept of “Steam Punk”: using Victorian and Edwardian objects re-interpreted to 21st century lifestyles. The boots would be worn with an ensemble reflecting that philosophy and would bring between $30 and $50 to the right collector. Post Graduation Party

The Rogers High School 25th annual post graduation party will be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County Central Clubhouse on Friday, June 13. The party will begin immediately following the graduation ceremony and run until midnight.

There will be swimming, rock climbing, a photo booth, moon walk, games, music, food and $2000 in prizes. Chaperones will provide a safe environment where the graduates can have fun together in a drug and alcohol free party.

For more information, email melissahenry@newportrischools.org or ellie4kjs@yahoo.com or call 401- 465-3375.

Unified Exploratory Committee to Meet

The Newport County Unified High School Exploratory Committee next meeting is on June 17 at 5:30 at the Newport Public Library. Newport and Middletown residents and officials have held meetings for the past six months to evaluate whether uniting the two school systems could save money and enhance education. With help from the League of Women Voters, an informational forum will be held on June 24, with time and location to be determined.

Republicans at Polo

The Portsmouth Republican Town Committee invites all to “Polo in the Park” on Saturday, June 14, at Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Tickets are $25 and include polo match, parking, and food (BYOB). For tickets or information, contact Jeff Richard at 401- 683-6791.

COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENTS

Dean’s List

Fiona Byrne, of Newport, was
named to the Spring 2014 Dean’s
List at University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.
Shane Fagan, of Middletown,
was named to the Spring 2014
Dean’s List at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, Worcester, Mass.
Brenden Hayden, of Portsmouth, was named to the Spring
2014 Dean’s List at Southern New
Hampshire University, Manchester,
N.H.
Jake Murray, of Middletown,
was named to the Spring 2014
Dean’s List at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.
Jeffrey Orszulak, of Middletown, was named to the Spring
2014 Dean’s List at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
Deanna Roberts, of Newport,
was named to the Spring 2014
Dean’s List at Belmont University,
Nashville, Tenn.
Chelsea Michelle Soares, of
Portsmouth, was named to the
Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Keene
State College, Keene, N.H.
Carmen Valverde, of Middletown, was named to the Spring
2014 Dean’s List at Southern New
Hampshire University, Manchester,
N.H.
Jason Ward, of Portsmouth, was
named to the Spring 2014 Dean’s
List at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.

Graduates

Thomas Abbood, of Jamestown,
is a 2014 graduate of Providence
College, Providence, R.I.
Samuel Baines, of Jamestown, is
a 2014 graduate of Marist College,
Poughkeepsie, NY.
Fiona Byrne, of Newport, is a
2014 graduate of University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Tara Byrne, of Newport, is a
2014 graduate of University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Daniel Caplin, of Portsmouth, is
a 2014 graduate of Providence College, Providence, RI.
Elizabeth Cook, of Jamestown,
is a 2014 graduate of University of
Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Laila Ettefagh, of Portsmouth, is
a 2014 graduate of Providence College, Providence, RI.
Brian Gilman, of Newport, is a
2014 graduate of Connecticut College, New London, Conn.
Michael Harpool, of Jamestown,
is a 2014 graduate of Keene State
University, Keene, NH.
Jessica Hohenleitner, of Middletown, is a 2014 graduate of
Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass.
Nathaniel Hopkins, of Jamestown, is a 2014 graduate of University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Lauren Lamourine, of Middletown, is a 2014 graduate of Eastern
Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.
Jessica Leonard, of Portsmouth,
is a 2014 graduate of Providence
College, Providence, RI.
Kevin Martland, of Newport, is a
2014 graduate of Connecticut College, New London, Conn.
Kate McGuire, of Newport, is a
2014 graduate of University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Lindsay Quinn, of Portsmouth,
is a 2014 graduate of St. Lawrence
University, Canton, NY.
Gabriel Salk, of Jamestown, is a
2014 graduate of Connecticut College, New London, Conn.
Linda Schwemin, of Middletown, is a 2014 graduate of Providence College, Providence, RI.
Chelsea Soares, of Portsmouth,
is a 2014 graduate of Keene State
University, Keene, N.H.
Jessie Ann Stone, of Portsmouth, is a 2014 graduate of Bryant
University, Smithfield, RI.
Campbell Walker, of Newport,
is a 2014 graduate of University of
Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Family Concert Sponsors Needed

The Newport Recreation Department is currently seeking sponsors for the annual Family and Children’s Night Concerts at Easton’s Beach. The performances are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 1 and run for eight weeks. Some dates may be cut if funding is not secured. Both the Family Night Concerts and the Children’s Night Performances are long-standing traditions in Newport. If interested in sponsoring a show, contact the Recreation Department at 401-845-5800.

Newport Car Festival

The 58th Annual Newport Motor Car Festival, sponsored by the Portsmouth Rotary Club, will be held at the campus of Portsmouth Abbey School, Corys Lane, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Show car registration begins at 9 a.m. and judging will be complete at 2 p.m. The registration fee is $15 per vehicle. The show is free, but a $5 per visiting car donation is requested. Music will be provided by Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer and refreshments will be available. The car show proceeds benefit the Portsmouth Rotary’s charitable work.

Witherbee School Open House

The Middletown Historical Society will open the historic one-room Witherbee School, built in 1892, on Sunday, June 8, from 2-4 p.m. The fully-restored building, at the corner of Valley Road and Green End Avenue, offers a peek into education before the 20th century. For more information, call 401-849-1870 or visit middletownhistory.org.

For What It’s Worth

Police Coached Basketball Clinic

Officers of the Newport Police Department are volunteering as coaches for a youth basketball clinic on Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Boys & Girls Club. The program is for boys and girls ages 10 – 14. Pre-registration is requested. The Newport Police have been challenged to a game of hoops by the Boys & Girls Clubs on Saturday, June 7 at noon. Spectators welcome. To register for the clinic or for more information contact, Erin Wood at 401-847-6927 or ewood@bgcnewport.org .

Well Water Workshop

Your drinking water tastes and smells fine – but, when was the last time you had it tested? And, what should it be tested for? In Rhode Island, one in ten residents get their drinking water from a private well. These private well owners are responsible for testing and maintaining the quality of their own well water. Following the well testing schedule developed by the RI Department of Health helps private well owners protect their family and identify any potential problems.

To assist private well owners in testing and protecting their drinking water, the RI Department of Health and URI will host a free educational workshop on Tuesday, June 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gaudet Middle School Cafeteria, Middletown. This workshop is hosted and co-sponsored by the Town of Middletown.

This program will educate residents about common substances of concern in well water, well maintenance tips, and how to have their well water tested. “Workshop participants will learn about substances that can affect well water, why they are a concern, how to arrange for a well water test, and well water treatment options,” said Alyson McCann, with URI Cooperative Extension’s Water Quality Program. Educational handouts will be available for participants. Following the workshop, experts will be available to answer questions.

For more information, call the URI cooperative extension 401- 874-4918 or visit riwelltesting.org.

Flag Retirement

The annual Flag Retirement Ceremony will be conducted on Thursday, June 12, at 5 p.m. at the Warren Athletic Complex, hosted by American Legion Post 104. Scouts, students, and veterans will participate in the ceremony and bring forth the flags for proper disposal. The Warren Fire Department will be on hand.

Those on the island wishing to have their worn and tattered flags properly disposed of may bring them to the Howard Johnson Inn on West Main Road, Middletown (attn: Christine) or drop them at any VFW or American Legion Post.

Preservation Society Annual Meeting

The Preservation Society of Newport County will host its annual meeting on Thursday, June 19, at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., at 6 p.m. The meeting will include the presentation of the Laurel Awards to Carl and Rose Rothbart, Karen Barbera, and J. Timothy O’Reilly. A special Antiquarian Award will honor John “Archie” van Beuren. The election of trustees will also occur, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Members should RSVP to 401-847-1000 x169.

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.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
May 26, through Sunday, June 01,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 156 calls. Of those, 76
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 156
responses:
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 65 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 56 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 35 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 19 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 36 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
6- Motor vehicle accidents
1-Smoke scare
2-False alarms
1- Search for person in water
14- Assist public calls
17 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
11- Fire alarm malfunctions - no
fire
48- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 9 life safety / site inspections, 3 fire system plan reviews, and 9 entertainment license review.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Open Burning is regulated by ordinance within the city (8.08.110). Open burning is the kindling or maintenance of an outdoor fire where the products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air. Noted exceptions include: A) Bon fires or other ceremonial fires may be permitted by the approval of the fire chief. No such fire shall have ground coverage of more than 16 square feet. B) Fires will be permitted in conjunction with fire-fighting training sanctioned or sponsored by the fire division of the city or the state Division of Fire Safety. C) Outdoor burning of rubbish, trash, leaves, grass, wire insulation or other similar materials is prohibited, unless permission therefor is granted by the fire chief. D) Outdoor cooking may be permitted by the fire chief. This section shall not be construed to prohibit hibachis, gas or charcoal grills for personal use.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

‘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.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, May 26, to Sunday, June 01, the Newport Police Department responded to 739 calls. Of those, 175 were motor vehicle related; there were 135 motor vehicle violations issued, and 40 accident reports. The police also responded to 20 noise complaints, 20 animal complaints, 42 home/business alarm calls, 11 private tows, 2 suicide calls, 1 school security check and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 7 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals. They recorded 3 instances of assisting other police departments and 6 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 32 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n4 arrests were made for larceny.
n4 arrests were made for disorderly
conduct.
n 3 arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
n3 arrests were made for trespassing. n2 arrests were made for DUI.
n 2 arrests were made for domestic
simple assault.
n2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
license.
n2 arrests were made for driving
without a license or expired.
n1 arrest was made for transportation of an alcoholic beverage by a
minor.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
vandalism
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n 1 arrest was made for a noise
violation.
n1 arrest was made for underage
drinking.

NBS 5K

The 8th annual Norman Bird Sanctuary 5K, in honor of David Leys Jr., will take place on Saturday, June 14. The race has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition for many, and the USATF-sanctioned event draws runners from across the country to race the scenic route past beautiful beaches and diverse landscapes. Runners start at the sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown.

In addition to being a fundraiser for the Norman Bird Sanctuary, the 5K honors David Leys Jr., a native islander who was a force behind the race from its inception. Leys was diagnosed with ALS, and runners are given the opportunity to donate to the R.I. Chapter of the ALS Foundation in his name.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8:30 a.m., with the Frosty Freez Kids Run at 8:15 a.m. Early registration is $25 online, $30 after June 1, and is $5 for the Frosty Freez Kids Run. Tech T-shirts available to first 150 participants. Register online at racewire.com.

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.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, June 2, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 21 matters on the docket:

• Eight cases concerned charges of noise disturbances. Two were closed as paid in full; one was continued; two bench warrants were issued for failure to appear; and three defendants pleaded no contest, receiving fines of either $200 or $400 plus court costs of $93.50.

• In two cases of open containers/ drinking in public, one was dismissed but a related charge of a minor in possession of alcohol was met with a no contest plea, with a $400 fine plus court costs of $93.50. The second open container violation was continued.

• A defendant pleaded no contest to littering and was fined $100 plus court costs of $93.50.

• A bench warrant was issued for defendants who failed to appear for charges of urinating in public and minor in possession of alcohol.

• An animal restraint violation was rescheduled.

• Possible forfeitures of four mooring permits for nonpayment were dismissed.

• Three traffic infractions were brought before the judge. A charge of not carrying a license and a charge of driving with an expired registration were dismissed. A driver cited for a stop sign violation had the case continued for trial.

Spring Secret Garden Tour

Get an insider’s look at the private gardens of ten homes in Newport’s Historic Point neighborhood on the Spring Secret Garden Tour, Friday- Sunday, June 20-22. Start at Storer Park, 32 Washington St., and wander through “the Point,” enjoying these tucked away gems. This is a rain or shine event, so bring your Wellies and umbrellas. All proceeds benefit arts education in island schools. Day of event tickets are $25, $20 in advance, and are available at secretgardentours.org.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and/or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Piano and Violin Recital

Gracious Audette and Jeannine Spina will perform selections from the Sonata in D Major by Franz Schubert on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. Audette has taught piano for 36 years and is the church organist for the Newport Congregational Church and Spina has been a violin teacher for 16 years. Their students will also perform.

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