2014-06-19 / News Briefs


A lady called to make an appointment to bring in a print. She arrived with a charming Currier and Ives view titled: “The Glen at Newport” (which was of course not in Newport). The original colored print showed a picnic party in a wooded area and one could imagine Ward McAllister hosting one of his fetes for summer Avenue visitors. In its original frame and in good condition, I would value the print between $350 and $450. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques A lady called to make an appointment to bring in a print. She arrived with a charming Currier and Ives view titled: “The Glen at Newport” (which was of course not in Newport). The original colored print showed a picnic party in a wooded area and one could imagine Ward McAllister hosting one of his fetes for summer Avenue visitors. In its original frame and in good condition, I would value the print between $350 and $450. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques NIMFest Season Begins

The 8th annual NIMFest music series presented by the City of Newport recently announced its 2014 schedule. Concerts run on consecutive Sundays, June 22, through Sept. 7, from 3–6 p.m. at King Park. The concerts are free to the public, made possible by a gift from Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton. Bring a chair or blanket. Also visit NIMFest Newport on Facebook for updates.

The first concert on June 22 will feature the Elderly Brothers, and the Kane Brothers with popular music from the 50s-80s.

MOAA Luncheon

The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold a luncheon meeting at the Officers’ Club on Friday, June 27. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Jeff C. Davis, from the Rhode Island Division of Planning. Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 24, and the cost is $23. Contact retired Col. William Onosko at 401- 783-0498 to reserve.

School Unification Meeting at CCRI

The Newport County Unified High School Exploratory Committee invites participants to an informational forum on Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. In coordination with the League of Women Voters, the event will be held at the Community College of Rhode Island at 1 John H. Chafee Blvd., in Newport. League member Patty MacLeish will moderate any questions attendees may have for the committee.

Community Meeting

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend a neighborhood meeting for those in the Broadway area on Thursday, June 19, at 2 p.m. at the NAACP Office, 72 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. This is a followup meeting to a similar one held in the fall. Questions, concerns and construction updates will be addressed. For more information, call the Federal Management/West Broadway Associates at 401-640-9348.

Museum Receives Legislative Grant

The Museum of Newport Irish History has received a $2,000 legislative grant from the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The grant will be used to enhance the Museum’s annual Michael F. Crowley Lectures series, which commences in the fall, and for enhancements to the displays at the Interpretive Center, located at 648 Lower Thames St. The Center is open from noon – 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through October and by appointment.

Representative Peter Martin presented the grant check to Museum president Mike Slein, in the presence of other board members and visitors at the Interpretive Center on Saturday, June 14. Slein was voted president in May, following the passing of the Museum’s founding president, Vincent Arnold, on April 14, 2014.

To learn more about the Museum of Newport Irish History, please visit newportirishhistory.org or phone 401-848-0661.

Winner Announced

The Aquidneck Land Trust recently announced the winner of 2014 Environmental Leadership Award: Riley Greene of the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met Center. Greene was presented with $1,000 merit award because of his commitment and dedication to environmental issues on Aquidneck Island. He has interned at several local farms: Simmons Organic Farm, where he worked with the Community Supported Agriculture program; historic Watson Farm, where he focused on promoting locally grown and raised products; and, most recently, at Jamestown Community Farm, where he practices farming methods that minimize impact on, the natural environment.

NAACP Golf Tournament

The Newport County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, June 28, at Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth. The branch supports numerous events throughout area, including the Newport MLK Day and the Patriot Park ceremony, and offers a scholarship. Contact 401- 847-5570 to sponsor a tee or for more information on the tournament.

Cliff Walk Ribbon Cutting

As work to repair Cliff Walk damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 nears completion, a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Boulevard entrance to the trail.

However, the originally-anticipated early June reopening of the entire walkway has been delayed until mid-July due to continuing work on a retaining wall near Miramar.

A separate project constructing permanent toilet facilities and a sidewalk near 40 Steps is scheduled for a mid-August finish.

A $3.2 million contract to rehabilitate the popular walkway was awarded last fall to the John Rocchio Corp. of Smithfield. In February of this year, the original roster of work was broadened to include additional initiatives.

Lifeguard Training

The YMCA will offer lifeguard training on July 8, 10, 15, 17,22, 24, 29, and 31, from 5-8 p.m., with beach sessions July 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. - noon. This is a Red Cross blended learning class that has online, classroom, pool, and beach sessions. Upon completion of all segments, trainees will be certified in waterfront/pool lifeguarding, CPR/AED PRO, first aid, and oxygen administration. Elements of the Rhode Island surf test will be included in the class. Training will finish in time for the RI DEM surf test in August. Call 401-847-9200 X108 for more information. The cost is $260 members and $285 for non-members, plus a $35 Red Cross fee.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, June 9, to Sunday, June 15, the Newport Police Department responded to 729 calls. Of those, 160 were motor vehicle related; there were 111 motor vehicle violations issued, and 49 accident reports.

The police also responded to 18 noise complaints, 17 animal complaints, 50 home/business alarm calls, 5 private tows, 3 suicide calls, 3 school security checks, 3 bicycle violations and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 7 prisoners and escorted 3 funerals.

They recorded 9 instances of assisting other police departments and 3 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 42 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n6 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 5 arrests were made for open
n4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n3 arrests were made for vandalism. n2 arrests were made for first degree robbery.
n2 arrests were made for breaking and entering.
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n2 arrests were made for obtaining money under false pretenses.
n 1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for public
n1 arrest was made for underage
n1 arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for reckless
n1 arrest was made for conditions of family court order.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.
n1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or expired.
n1 arrest was made for embezzlement. n1 arrest was made for cruelty or
neglect of child.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
June 9, through Sunday, June 15,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 141 calls. Of those, 73
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 141
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 52 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 43 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 35 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 25 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 28 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1-Unauthorized burning
1 -Overheated motor
1- Powerline down
2- Oil or combustible liquid spill
1-CO detector activation
1-Gas leak
2- Lockouts
2-Water leak/problem
1- Smoke or odor removal
1- Assist NPD or other governmental agency
8- Assist public calls
10 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
9- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
54- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 9 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 34 life safety / site inspections, 1 fire system plan review, 29 tented event reviews and inspections and 1 acceptance test for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Sky Lanterns, or Kongming Lanterns, are essentially small hot air balloons, made of paper or plastic, which are designed to drift up into the night sky powered by a small suspended fire. These lanterns were first used by the Chinese as signaling devices in wars as early as 300 BC. Today, they continue to gain popularity at weddings and remembrance ceremonies. Although the ethereal glow of these luminaries can be an amazing sight against the night sky, their unpredictable and unsupervised landings have proven to be responsible for many unintentional fires and injuries. The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal has declared the use of sky lanterns hazardous and has prohibited their use in the state.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

City Council Moves Meeting Location

The Newport City Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at the Edward King House at 6:30 p.m. Because of public access violations, the city has needed to relocate meetings from the council chambers at City Hall on Broadway.

Butterfly Count

The public is invited to participate in the North American Butterfly Association’s annual Butterfly Count on Saturday, June 28 at Ballard Park from 10 - 11 a.m. The count represents the longest running citizen-scientist butterfly monitoring program. For almost 40 years, volunteers have collected data from survey sites throughout North America. Naturalist Charles Avenengo will share tips and tidbits about butterflies. There is no charge to participate. In case of inclement weather, Sunday, June 29 is the rain date.

Pantry Express Sign-Ups

To sign up for a Pantry Express voucher, bring a picture ID, current piece of mail with address on it, and proof of family size to the Martin Luther King Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Pantry Express will actually begin July 8. Seniors will be admitted at 10 a.m., others may enter at 10:30 a.m. Participants should bring their own bags for vegetables.

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.

Yoga at Third Beach

Yoga will be offered on Third Beach on Tuesdays, beginning June 24 at 6 p.m. The free one hour gentle yoga class will be taught by yoga instructor Shelley Dungan. People of all abilities are welcome. Bring a beach sheet or blanket and dress for the weather. The class meets about half way down the beach. Parking available in the small lot.

Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens are encouraged to participate in “Spark a Reaction,” the Middletown Public Library’s teen summer library program, from June 26 to Aug. 9. Teens are invited to come to the library and read for prizes, as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer. Teens can now register at the reference desk to participate and attend numerous free events.

Special events this summer will include a demonstration on Saturday, July 12 by Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art. Demonstrators will lead participants ages 10 and up in the engineering of creative marble roller coasters to explore the connection between potential and kinetic energy. The library will also host a performance for teens aged 13 and up on Saturday, July 26 by magician Darren Yong.

The special events are free, but registration is required. Audience size is limited to 20 for the marble roller coaster presentation.

Keeper of the Dream

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will announce the 2014 Keeper of the Dream awards at its annual meeting at the Center on Wednesday, June 25 from 6–8:30 p.m. The evening will also include a special ribbon cutting of the center’s expanded hunger services and building renovation. The Keeper of the Dream awards honor those whose outstanding commitment and contribution to the MLK Community Center most embody the ideals of Dr. King.

All are welcome. but space is limited. RSVP to 401-846-4828 x102 or anovick@mlkccenter.org.

Call for Artists

Artists are invited to submit works for Spring Bull Gallery’s second annual “Little Pictures” in July. It is a nonjuried show. Maximum size is 60 inches. For more information, call the gallery at 401-849- 9166.

Cabinetmaker’s Tour

Colonial Newport was home to a thriving furniture-making industry, including the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops. Today the history of this furniture-making tradition is exquisitely preserved in the historic Point neighborhood. Newport Restoration Foundation Executive Director Pieter Roos will lead a walking tour on June 27 of the Townsend and Goddard workshops. The tour will depart from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., at 3 p.m.

Advance registration required as space is limited, call 401-841-8770. Tours cost $15 per person, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID.

Municipal Court Proceedings

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided
at the Municipal Court session on
Monday, June 16, at Newport City
Hall. The Court adjudicates cases
related to city ordinances, parking
and traffic infractions. There were
20 matters on the docket:
nFour cases concerned charges
of noise disturbances. All the defendants pleaded no contest; each
were fined $300 - $400 with court
fees of $93.50.
nIn three cases of public urination, one defendant was fined $350
plus court fees of $93.50, one case
was dismissed with a fine of $500,
and a request to have the record
expunged was granted.
nTwo defendants pleaded no
contest to unlawful drinking and
were fined $300 each plus court
nOne minor who was charged
with possession of alcohol was
granted an expungement.

nOne violation of possessing
an open container of alcohol was
heard; a $350 fine was charged plus
court costs.
nOne bicycle operator was cited
for failure to possess a license; the
matter was continued.
nA defendant was charged with
using a toy vehicle in a roadway
and fined $50 plus court costs of
nOne matter regarding zoning
was continued.
nSix traffic infractions were
brought before the judge. Three
parties paid fines in addition to
court fees; one for failing to obey
a stop sign, $85 and two for not
wearing seatbelts, $40 each. One
party was found guilty of improper
turning in an intersection and fined
$85 plus $35 in court costs. Two
cases were dismissed; one failure
to obey a traffic signal, the other for
failure to stop for a crossing guard.

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