2014-07-17 / News Briefs


Library Renovations

The Newport Public Library will be closed July 28 and 29 for renovations. Because of this closure several programs have been rescheduled. The library will reopen on July 30 at 9 a.m.

Newport 375th Lecture

“History of the Newport Public Schools (Northern Buildings): How the Schools Got Their Names and Other Fun Facts” will be presented by Sydney Williams at the Pell School on Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. This is a free event. For more information on other upcoming 375th activities visit newport375.com.

L.A.O.H. Woman of the Year

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Newport Division will honor Helen Finn as its 2014 L.A.O.H. Woman of the Year for her exemplification of AOH’s motto of friendship, unity, and Christian charity at a reception on July 17. “She is always the first one in line to volunteer,” said Elizabeth Buckley, a previous winner of the award. Finn also started the knitting club, which donates its handmade hats and blankets to local organizations such as Lucy’s Hearth.

Take Me Fishing Day

Try your skills at casting, baiting, and tying knots at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge’s “Take Me Fishing Day” on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first 111 kids to arrive will receive a mini-tackle box. For more information, call 401-364-9124 x 43.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, July 7, to Sunday, July 13, the Newport Police Department responded to 813 calls. Of those, 124 were motor vehicle related; there were 80 motor vehicle violations issued, and 44 accident reports.

The police also responded to 43 noise complaints, 49 animal complaints, 35 home/business alarm calls, 14 private tows, 3 bicycle violations, 5 liquor establishment checks and 8 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 2 funerals.

They recorded 11 instances of assisting other police departments and 5 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 78 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n18 arrests were made for noise
n 13 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n11 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n6 arrests were made for simple
n4 arrests were made for DUI.
n4 arrests were made for larceny.
n3 arrests were made for public
n3 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n3 arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
n2 arrests were made for underage drinking.
n 2 arrests were made for open
containers of alcohol.
n2 arrests were made for driving
without a license or expired license.
n2 arrests were made for vandalism.
n2 arrests were made for animal
n1 arrest was made for violating a
no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked license. n1 arrest was made for leaving
the scene of an accident.

Night Against Crime

Groups, organizations or businesses wishing to join in the Newport Police Department’s annual Night Out Against Crime should contact Gwen George at 401-845- 5714 or Officer Robert Spellman at 401-845-5862. The event will be Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Easton’s Beach. Information on child identification, gun locks and bike safety will be given out.car seat inspections

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
July 7, through Sunday, July 13, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 197 calls. Of those, 110 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 197
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 81 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 55 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 47 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 26 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 52 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2-Smoke scare/odor removal
1 -Watercraft rescue
1- Structure fire
1- Grass/brush fire
4- Unauthorized burnings
1-Water/steam leak
2- Animal problems or rescue
1- Electrical wiring/
equpiment problem
4- Lockouts
2-Motor vehicle accident
4-Malicious false alarm
1- Assist NPD or other agencies
7- Assist public calls
18 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
10- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
85- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 5 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 27 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews, 88 tented event reviews and inspections, 2 fire investigations, and 4 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment. FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE:

70 years ago this month - The Hartford Circus Fire took place during a Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus performance in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1944. The tent was coated with a mix of paraffin and gasoline (some sources say kerosene), which was a common waterproofing method of the time, and when a side wall of the tent caught on fire this combination caused the flames to spread rapidly. More than 100 of the 168 people killed were younger than 15. The fast spread of the fire caused the tent to collapse, trapping circus spectators beneath the burning debris. Of the inadequate number of exits, many were blocked, and this, along with the overcrowding of the tent, made escape difficult.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

For What It’s Worth

A retired captain recently brought in a collection of Newport ephemera for evaluation. Among the items was a pamphlet titled: “Rochambeau and Rhode Island,” written by Claiborne de B. Pell. Senator Pell was on the General Rochambeau Commission in the mid 1950s. The 16-page booklet is very informative, describing Rochambeau’s assistance during the American Revolution. We valued the pamphlet as priceless but the cost would be between $40 and $50.

Federico Santi, partner,

Drawing Room Antiques

Herreshoff Talk

Halsey C. Herreshoff will give a talk about the three Herreshoff Centennial classes of sailing yachts on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside St., Bristol. He will explain significant actions of Herreshoff Manufacturing and its outstanding team in 1914, one of the most successful years in its history. He speaks with remarkable insight from his naval architecture profession, four-time America’s Cup champion experience, and from family lore passed on by his late father, Sidney Herreshoff.

Library Honors Retiring Director

Regina Slezak, Newport Public Library Director for the last 15 years, has recently announced her retirement after a 43-year career as a librarian that has included jobs in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Australia as well as Rhode Island. Slezak will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Set Sail For A Novel Evening, the library’s annual fund raising event to be held at the library from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and hors’deouves and desserts by Pranzi Catering. Reservations, at $75 per person and may be made by calling the administration office at 401- 847-8720 x100.

The Newport Public Library, while supported by both the city and state, is not a department of the city but a separate not-for-profit organization. The revenue raised from this event will help to maintain its collections and support its technological resources.

Potter Pet U

The Potter Pet University July program is titled “Finding the Perfect Dog for You.” It will be held on Wednesday, July 23 at the Newport Public Library from 6 - 7 p.m. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia at 401-846-0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.

Adult Lap and Summer Swim

The Boys & Girls Clubs offers adult lap and leisure swim Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - noon and a senior arthritis class on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. The Arthritis Class offers rolling enrollments.

The club’s summer swim session is now available through Sept. 5. Private and semi-private lessons are offered six days a week. Cost for group lessons is $75 plus membership. Youth with memberships can enjoy family swim time daily in addition to their lesson! Rates for private and semi-private lessons vary by length of class and number of children participating.

For more information about Aquatics programs or to register for lessons, please contact Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 ext 221.

Alternate Cart Request Forms Due

Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would like to remind Newport residents that the Alternate Cart Request Form is due on July 25.

The City of Newport will be starting a cart-based collection program on Nov. 3. A set of 65-gallon carts for trash and recycling will be automatically delivered to each household this October. Because of the narrow passageways in between houses, small storage areas for trash and recycling, and residents who do not produce a lot of material, the city created the Alternate Cart Request Form. This form allows residents to request a set of 35-gallon carts, or request fewer carts for a multi-family dwelling.

The Alternate Cart Request Form and complete details on the cart collection program are available at cityofnewport.com/cleancity or by calling 401-845-5613.

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