2014-06-12 / News Briefs


A lady brought in a stack of “Botanicals” recently inquiring about their value. All from the same Plate Series. In nice condition: few stains. Botanicals are still collectible, though the higher end prices gravitate to Audubon plates. Her series was by Henry Adams and dates from 1806. Many were very colorful showing exotic flowers recently discovered by explorers. We estimated the value at between $100 and $200 each. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques A lady brought in a stack of “Botanicals” recently inquiring about their value. All from the same Plate Series. In nice condition: few stains. Botanicals are still collectible, though the higher end prices gravitate to Audubon plates. Her series was by Henry Adams and dates from 1806. Many were very colorful showing exotic flowers recently discovered by explorers. We estimated the value at between $100 and $200 each. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Author of ‘The Curse’ at CCACG Meeting

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Newport Public Library. Joining in the discussion will be former Congressman Bob Steele of Conn., author of “The Curse”, a novel about big gambling’s seduction of a small New England town. The public is welcome, seating is limited.

Last Call for Parade Participation

The 375th Anniversary Parade to be held on Saturday, June 21 is issuing a last call to organizations, businesses or other groups who wish to march. So far there are more than 30 entries, including several bands, fife and drum bands, and bagpipe bands. For more information, or to join the line up call Dennis Sullivan at 401-413-9601.

Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc.

The Newport Art Museum will host three experts from Skinner, Inc. to offer assessments of fine art on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., by reservation only. Guests will meet privately with an appraiser who will examine each piece, discuss issues of age and condition, and give a verbal appraisal based on current market prices for similar examples. Limit three items per person. Fine art (paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, photography) and jewelry only. The fee is $20 per item or $50 for three. Reservations are required; call 401- 619-7277.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group is Thursday, June 19 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.

ALN Forum

Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will host a free public forum featuring the Financial Review Committee and the Charter Review Commission on Tuesday, June 24 from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Learn about the work of two volunteer groups of Newport citizens charged by the City Municipal Government to review our “Rules of Government” and how the City can save money.

Join the discussion, bring questions and comments. Questions may also be sent in advance to info@newportalliance.org.

Director Steps Down from Museum

On May 28, Lisa Goddard announced plans for retirement from her position as executive director of the Newport Art Museum in early 2015. In her letter to Peter Englehart, President of the Board of Trustees, she said, “It is time in my own life to return to my career as an artist and to have more time for my family.” Goddard has held the top position at the organization since 2008. The board has formed a search committee, chaired by Joseph A. Chazan, MD.

Dog Meets Baby

While a child can be a dog’s best friend, they can also become each other’s worst nightmare. The difference depends on proactive parents. At the next Potter Pet University, Wednesday, June 18 learn how to live happily with a new baby and a dog. Presenter Linda Hilliard PNP, CPDT, from Paws Unlimited Pet Services will give tips for preparing your pet and avoiding stress and difficult situations. Important behaviors to teach your dog prior to baby’s arrival will be suggested, and plenty of time will be left for Q&A.

The event is free and open to the public. Potter Pet U will be held at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland, 401-846- 0592 ext 120 or anastacias@potterleague.org.

Governor Candidate to Speak

Ken Block, GOP candidate for Governor will be the guest speaker of the next Portsmouth Town Republican Committee meeting on Thursday, June 19. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Road.

For more information, contact Jeff Richard at 683-6791.

Summer Concert Sponsors

The Newport Recreation Department is currently seeking sponsors for the annual summer Family Night Concerts and Children’s Nights at Easton’s Beach. All shows are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in sponsoring a night should contact Carol Mureddu at the Newport Recreation Department, 401-845-5800 or at cjohnson@cityofnewport.com.

Comedy on Tap at Vineyard

Newport Vineyards will bring back its popular Comedy & Wine series on Thursday, June 26, with Kevin Meaney. Meaney made his debut appearance in 1987 on “The Tonight Show” and has returned to the show more than a dozen times. He was a special guest on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared with Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Conan. In addition to his stand-up, the comedian has been featured in “30 Rock,” “Uncle Buck,” “Big” and “Hairspray.” Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7 p.m. Advance ticketing at 401-848-5161 x0.

Task Force Seeks Volunteers

The Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is holding a meeting Tuesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. The group is looking for people to join the task efforts or serve as board members. For more information, contact Ben Ellcome, task force Coordinator, at ellcome.ben@gmail.com or 716-531-8403.

Camp Grosvenor Summer Program

Camp Grosvenor summer camp registration is still accepting applications for campers ages 5-14.

Camp Grosvenor is located on 95 acres in Saunderstown, R.I. Day camp runs from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday Friday starting June 30 and ends Aug. 22. Registration forms can be found at bgcnewport.org. Financial aid is available. There is a non-refundable $30 registration fee which includes a one year membership for any drop in program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

For more information, contact the Central Clubhouse at 401-847- 6927 or at camp@bgcnewport.org.

An Evening for Education

The Newport Public Education Foundation will host ‘An Evening for Education’ on Thursday, June 19. The annual fundraiser will include the presentation of The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards recognizing individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to the students of the Newport public schools. The event will be held at Regatta Place, Goat Island, 6-8 p.m. Music will be provided by students from the Rogers High School Jazz Ensemble and hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $50, or $90 per couple, and available online at npef.eventbrite.com.

DAR Wins Award

The Aquidneck Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is the National’s Society’s third place award winner for Commemorative Events for their annual graveside Fourth of July tribute to William Ellery, Newport’s signer of the Declaration of Independence, at the Common Burial Grounds. They also won first place at the North East Division level.

The DAR group has been performing the ceremony since 1897 when Ellery’s granddaughters helped organize the William Ellery Chapter. The Sons of the Revolution joins the daughters in this tribute each July 4th.

The award will be presented to RI State Regent, Barbara Simmons of Newport, a member of the Aquidneck Island Chapter, at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Continental Congress on June 24 in Washington, D.C.

Relay for Life Results

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Aquidneck Island 2014 held a final meeting recently to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all participants. Event Chairperson Kerry Seibert commented, “We had a good relay and met our goal. We are critiquing our performance and looking for ways or ideas to make next year’s relay better. Our teams did a remarkable job and we were successful in spite of the inclement weather that plagued us the night of the event.”

The final tally of funds raised by 27 teams and 282 participants is $72,031.23. While a date for next year’s relay has yet to be set, Seibert and her compatriots are already seeking volunteers and committee members in advance. “It’s never too early to plan and we want to build on this year’s success. We are hoping that we can gain new volunteers and teams for our next relay,” Seibert said.

Anyone wishing information or interested in volunteering can contact Seibert at: mzkerry@aol.com or call 401-855-0885, or visit: relayforlife.org/aquidneckislandri.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, June 2, to Sunday, June 8, the Newport Police Department responded to 763 calls. Of those, 138 were motor vehicle related; there were 101 motor vehicle violations issued, and 37 accident reports. The police also responded to 26 noise complaints, 12 animal complaints, 67 home/business alarm calls, 14 private tows, 1 suicide call, 7 liquor establishment checks, 3 school security checks and 6 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals. They recorded 9 instances of assisting other police departments and 4 instances of assiting other agencies.

In addition, 51 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n9 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n5 arrests were made for domestic
simple assault.
n4 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n4 arrests were made for larceny.
n 3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n3 arrests were made for simple
n 3 arrests were made for a noise
n 2 arrests were made for domestic
n 2 arrests were made for public
n2 arrests were made for breaking
and entering
n 2 arrests were made for underage drinking.
n 2 arrests were made for DUI
n 2 arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
n 1 arrest was made for fradulent
use of credit cards.
n1 arrest was made for bribery of
an agent, employee or public official. n1 arrest was made for first degree
child molestation.
n1 arrest was made for vandalism.
n1 arrest was made for an open
n1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or expired.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing
an officer in the line of duty.
n 1 arrest was made for possesion of an airgun.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session on
Monday, June 9, at Newport City
Hall. The Court adjudicates cases
related to city ordinances, parking and traffic infractions. There 22
matters on the docket:
nSix cases concerned charges of
noise disturbance.
nIn four cases of open container/ drinking in public, two defendants were fined $93.50 and two
requests to have the record expunged were granted.

nOne defendant pleaded no
contest to blocking a sidewalk and
was fined $100.
nTwo cases regarding public urination were heard.
nThere were four cases regard
minors in possession of alcohol.
nOn four matters regarding zoning, all were continued.
nOne traffic infraction was
brought before the judge for failing
to obey a stop sign, the party was
found guilty and fined $85 plus $35
in court costs.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
June 2, through Sunday, June 8, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 147 calls. Of those, 78 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 147
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 74 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 49 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 21 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 15 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 41 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2-Cooking fire
1 -Brush fire
4- Electrical wiring,
equipment problem
1- Trash fire
1-CO detector activation
1-Bomb scare-no bomb
3- Lockouts
1-Water leak/problem
1- Smoke or odor removal
16- Assist public calls
11 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
6- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
67- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 8 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 9 life safety / site inspections, 8 fire system plan reviews, 1 investigation of fireworks injury and 1 acceptance test for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Each year there are approximately 6,600 home garage fires that result in an average of 30 deaths, 400 injuries, and $457 million in property loss. 93 percent of these fires occur in oneand two-family homes. The leading cause of garage fires remains electrical malfunction. This is often due to shorted/damaged wires and overloading electrical outlets. Keep your home safe by following a few easy tips: Store oil, gas, paints, propane, and varnishes in a shed away from your home. Store combustible items away from heat sources such as appliances, grinders, welders, and lighting equipment. Plug only one charging device into each outlet. Avoid using extension cords when charging battery operated appliances.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Support for Seamen’s

The Seamen’s Church Institute has provided comfort and aid for nearly 100 years. This longstanding tradition of service is well known as a vital resource to the waterfront and community. In 2013 over 40,000 people arrived at the institute’s doors seeking assistance for lodging, meals, showers, food, clothing, safe haven and more.

Consider a Friends of Seamen’s Church Institute Membership to help make a difference. For more information, call the 401-847-4260 or stop by Seamen’s at 18 Market Square on Bowen’s Wharf.

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