2014-07-10 / News Briefs


A gentleman brought in a print recently wanting to know more about it. A little research revealed that the subject was the Patriot John Paul Jones. The artist was Hungarian born Jacques Reich, who opened a studio in New York in 1885 and eventually specialized in copper plate engravings of which this is one. Signed and in pretty good condition, we valued the etching between $400 and $500. A gentleman brought in a print recently wanting to know more about it. A little research revealed that the subject was the Patriot John Paul Jones. The artist was Hungarian born Jacques Reich, who opened a studio in New York in 1885 and eventually specialized in copper plate engravings of which this is one. Signed and in pretty good condition, we valued the etching between $400 and $500. Berries & Bubbles

The Berries & Bubbles Brunch will be held at St. Clare-Newport on Sunday, July 13 from 11 a.m. -1p.m. A light brunch with the best the season has to offer will be served. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person or $50 for a family of three or more. St. Clare-Newport is located at 309 Spring St. For more information, or to RSVP, call Mary Beth Daigneault at 401-849-3204.

Book Sale

The Friends Bookstore will hold its annual four-day summer reading clearance sale in the lobby, located in the lower level of the Newport Public Library, beginning on Saturday, July 19, at 9 a.m. and continuing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Most books will be priced at $1. On Wednesday patrons may buy a bag of books for $4. Bags will be supplied. Proceeds from the sale go to the library for books and children’s programs.

Pictured here are Kathy Semenchuk, LAOH president; Kitchie Chestnut, scholarship chairperson; Mary Lyn Sullivan; her mother Janine; Stephanie Mills, sponsor; and Mary Moniz, State President of the LAOH. Pictured here are Kathy Semenchuk, LAOH president; Kitchie Chestnut, scholarship chairperson; Mary Lyn Sullivan; her mother Janine; Stephanie Mills, sponsor; and Mary Moniz, State President of the LAOH. For What It’s Worth

‘Newport Forever’

Newport’s 375th anniversary and the city’s nautical chic resort style will be celebrated at the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch at Rosecliff on Thursday, July 17. The doors open at 9 a.m. with cocktails on the terrace; the fashion show follows from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. In addition to the show and brunch, admission includes a one day only costume exhibit curated by the Preservation Society, an exclusive package ticket to tour The Elms and the new Servant Life Tour, an Angela Moore gift certificate, and more.

Tickets can be purchased online at newportmansions.org or by calling 401-847-1000 x140. All proceeds from this debut event will benefit the Preservation Society.

There will also be an after party “Sip and Shop” from noon - 6 p.m. at the Angela Moore Bellevue Avenue boutique with informal modeling from the looks seen at the fashion show.

CIAA Craft Show

The Conanicut Island Art Association (CIAA) will hold its annual craft show on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Jamestown Community Center, 41 Conanicus Ave. (across street from East Ferry Marina). There is still space available for vendors.

Prospective vendors must be 21 years old or older. All exhibitors must provide their own tables, lighting, panels, tent (if outside) and R.I. sales permit.

For additional information and an application, contact Kim Pinksaw at kpinksaw@bridgesinc.com or call/text 401-464-1450.

LAOH Scholarship Awarded

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians recently awarded its 2014 high school scholarship to Mary Lyn Sullivan of Portsmouth, who will be entering her sophomore year at Bishop Stang High School in the fall. The scholarship is awarded to a freshman going into their sophomore year at a Catholic high school.

Senior Week

A re-creation of the popular 1970s Senior Week will begin at the Edward King House on Monday, July 14. Activities during the week will include a live game of Wheel of Fortune, an American Songbook concert, an ice cream social, and an old fashioned field day. Culminating events are a Mayor’s Picnic and a Memorial Tea. For more information, call the center at 401-846-7426.

Fun at the Library

The third week of the Newport Public Library’s Summer Reading Program brings a variety of fun activities for children of all ages.

The first Science Club for kids ages 5 – 8 will take place on Tuesday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. There will be science experiments, activities and a take-home craft related to magnets. Registration is required.

A puppet workshop presented by Sue Klau, for children ages 5 and up will take place on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories, make crafts and put on a puppet show. Registration is required.

Tweens, ages 8 – 12, are invited to explore the science of nutrition with Farm Fresh RI on Thursday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. This is a handson lesson in creating your own nutritious soft drinks with Rhode Island grown fruit.

Players from the Newport Gulls will visit the library for a Science of Baseball Storytime on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Children ages 6 and up are invited to meet players and hear baseball stories. No registration is required.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program and to sign up for any of the activities stop by the Children’s Desk, call 401- 847-8720 x 204 or visit newportlibraryri.org.

Children’s Garden Party

Enjoy late afternoon magic with the whole family at the Green Animals Topiary Garden on Monday, July 14, 4-8 p.m. The beautiful Brayton country estate will take on a festive air with clowns, magicians, jugglers, pony rides and circus acts performing among the Green Animals. The oldest topiary garden in the United States is home to more than 80 animals, birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. The party will take place rain or shine and reservations are not required. Admission is $15 for member adults and member children under 12 are free. General admission adults are $20 and children ages 6-12 are $5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit newportmansions.org.

Junior League Open Social Gathering

The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. will host an information session and social gathering on Thursday, July 31 at Hotel Viking’s Top of Newport Roof Deck Bar from 6 - 7 p.m. Women interested in learning more about the League are invited to mix and mingle with current members.

The evening will include discussion about the League’s mission as a proven training and volunteering organization and its new community impact focus, children aging out of foster care.

For more information, visit jlri.org. The event is free, but registration is appreciated. JLRI volunteer hours and dollars have a combined present day value of $25 million in direct services to women and children in difficult circumstances.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, June 30, to Sunday, July 6, the Newport Police Department responded to 858 calls. Of those, 164 were motor vehicle related; there were 114 motor vehicle violations issued, and 50 accident reports.

The police also responded to 35 noise complaints, 23 animal complaints, 47 home/business alarm calls, 24 private tows, 2 suicide calls, 4 bicycle violations, 5 liquor establishment checks and 8 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 9 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals.

They recorded 10 instances of assisting other police departments and 1 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 59 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n7 arrests were made for simple
n6 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 6 arrests were made for open
n5 arrests were made for noise
n5 arrests were made for DUI.
n4 arrests were made for underage drinking
n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n2 arrests were made for obstructing an officer.
n2 arrests were made for domestic vandalism.
n2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n2 arrests were made for driving
without a license or expired.
n2 arrests were made for tobacco
sales to a person under 18.
n2 arrest were made for larceny.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
disorderly conduct.
n1 arrest was made for possession
of marijuana.
n1 arrest was made for receiving
stolen goods.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for vandalism.
n 1 arrest was made for violation
of protective order.
n 1 arrest was made for possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver.
n1 arrest was made for cruelty/neglect of child.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for not restraining animal.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
June 30, through Sunday, July 6, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 177 calls. Of those, 91 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 177
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 65 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 58 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 46 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 30 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 41 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1-Search for person in water
1 -Overheated mtor
1- Structure fire
2- Gas leaks
2- Trash/rubbish fires
1-Water/ steam leak
1-Fireworks related injury/
property damage.
1- Electrical wiring/
equpiment problem
3- Lockouts
1-Motor vehicle accident
1-False alarm
4- Assist NPD or other agencies.
11- Assist public calls
9 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
25- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
75- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 18 life safety / site inspections, 2 fire system plan review, 37 tented event reviews and inspections, 2 fire investigations, and 5 acceptance test for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Charcoal grilling- If you choose to use lighter fluid to get your fire going apply it sparingly and evenly to cold charcoal briquettes. Lighter fluid turns to a heavy gas at a relatively low temperature. While liquid lighter fluid burns, evaporated (gaseous) lighter fluid explodes. Be sure to let the lighter fluid soak in for 30 seconds to a minute before striking the match. This allows the fumes to escape and lets the lighter fluid sink in. When you do put a match to the coals you won’t get a big roaring fire, but the fire will spread over the coals. A charcoal fire is ready to cook with when the coals are hot and white, but also when the smoke coming off the fire is white and at a minimum. A smoky charcoal fire is not good for grilling. Merge them in water to ensure that they are completely extinguished.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Walking Art Tours

Newport Gallery Night is on Thursday, July 10 from 5 p.m. until 8 pm.

The popular Free Summer Guided Walking Art Tours will be led this month by Sandy MacDonald, artist & co-owner of Arnold Art. These free, short, informational tours will run hourly as follows: 5 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue starting at C.L. Sherman’s Gallery at the Hotel Viking, 6 p.m. on Spring Street starting at John MacGowan Studio, and 7 p.m. downtown starting at The Ball & Claw. Tours, which will last about 30-45 minutes, will include information about all of the participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions in each area as well as any other interesting art related stories. The tours will run on Newport Gallery Nights from June through September.

Call for Artists

The Conanicut Island Art Association is accepting all media for the Artist’s Eye show at Jamestown’s Town Hall Gallery. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place winners. Awards presentation is July 23 in conjunction with the Annual Members Show at the Jamestown Community Center.

Show juror is Lorraine Bromley Brown a watercolorist, photographer, and graphic designer, who recently returned from an artist residency in Costa Rica. She lives in Warwick.

Up to three works can be submitted. Cost of the first entry is $15 and $5 for additional entries.

Works may not exceed 48”x48” or weigh greater than 20 pounds and must be securely framed, wired, and ready to hang. Work must remain on display for the duration of the show and picked up on Oct. 9.

For more information, email artinjamestown@gmail.com.

VNS/Edna Open

The Visiting Nurse Services will hold its annual annual VNS/Edna Open Golf Tournament on July 28. This year’s tournament is dedicated to James O’Brien, who died recently, and whose family started the Edna Open in 1993 in memory of their mother, Edna O’Brien. The shotgun tournament will be held at the Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club. VNS will create compatible foursomes. To register visit vnsri.org or email jgordon@vnsri.org.

Swimmers Still Welcome

Save The Bay’s annual fundraising swim will be Saturday, July 19. The swim begins at 7 a.m when swimmers will enter the bay at the Newport Naval Base, swim 1.7 miles along the Newport Bridge, and finish the swim at Potter Cove in Jamestown. The completion party will be held on the lawn of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s property across from Potter’s Cove (same location as last year) from approximately 8 - 11 a.m. Participants have until 9:20 a.m. to complete the swim.

Registrations still being accepted online at savebay.org or by calling Leanne at 401-272-3540, x140.

Guest Bartender Night at Cappy’s

Cappy’s Hillside Cafe will be hosting a guest bartender night on Thursday, July 17 as a fundraiser for the St. Joseph’s church soup kitchen.

Fair Vendors Wanted

St John’s is seeking vendors for its summer fair on Aug. 16 on the church grounds at Washington and Willow streets. Contact Teddy Shaw at 401-662-5685 for an application. Tables are $35.

Public Meeting

The Naval Station Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, Middletown. For more information, call Margaret Kirschner at 857-472-9191.

Lady Hibernian of the Year Chosen

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Newport Division are holding a reception on Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m. to honor Helen Finn, who was chosen as the 2014 L.A.O.H. Woman of the Year. Tickets are available in advance for $30 at Creaney Cruise and Travel,190 E. Main Rd. Middletown or at the Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., Newport or by contacting Carolyn Booth.

Cardines Renovation Input Sought

The City of Newport Public Services Department and Northeast Collaborative Architects will present proposed accessibility and building improvements for Cardines Field on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Newport Public Library Rotary Room. In accordance with a Department of Justice agreement, the City is developing plans to provide accessible seating, restrooms and other amenities at the historic baseball facility. Northeast Collaborative Architects has been assisting the City and the Newport Gulls by developing conceptual plans to address accessibility as well as building deficiencies and needed amenities. Input is sought from users of the facility and the general public to insure the final plans meet community needs.

Contact Scott Wheeler at 401- 845-5802 or by e-mail at swheeler@cityofnewport.com for additional information.

Newport Music Festival

The 46th Newport Music Festival will present 68 concerts in venues across the island, three to five per day, July 11-27. Eighty musicians from 18 countries will participate, with 30 making their Newport debut. The Opening Night Concert, July 11 at The Breakers, will feature returning Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi playing the music of Mozart, Debussy, and Chopin.

Chamber music by favorite composers will be heard throughout the two week long celebration, but music will range from Bach to Bernstein and will include programs of ragtime and tango, along with a few surprises. For full schedule/ ticketing information, call 401-849- 0700 or visit newportmusic.org.

Find a Bunny Buddy

Meet some of the Potter League’s rabbits looking for new homes, get advice, bunny care information and more on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Petco in Middletown.

Visit potterleague.org or contact info@potterleague.org for information about this event as well as a listing of all the rabbits and other animals available for adoption.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, July 7, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 29 matters on the docket: nSeven offenses involved open containers/drinking in public. Of these, 4 defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $400 plus court fees of $93.50. Two cases were continued or rescheduled, and one was scheduled for arraignment. nThree cases of urinating in public were called. Two cases were rescheduled; one defendent had their record expunged. nThe court heard four noise disturbance cases. nA bench warrant was filed for failure to appear on a charge of unlawful drinking and misrepresentation. nOf three underage possession cases, one defendent had their record expunged. A no contest plea resulted in a fine of $200 and court costs of $93.50 in the second, while a bench warrant remains in place for the third. nOne matter was heard regarding a zoning infraction. The construction of a deck without proper building and zoning permits at 9 Beacon Hill Road was fined $500 for a late building permit. nEight cases were heard regarding traffic violations: two defendents pled guilty, one for speeding 1 - 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and another for failure to obey a stop sign. Three drivers had their license suspended: one for not having the required tail lamps, another for failure to obey a stop sign and the last for wrongly entering an intersection. A fine of $85 was imposed on a motorcycle passenger who was not wearing a helmet.

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