2014-07-31 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


For What It’s Worth I recently found this photo I took several years ago of Ann Ross, who passed away in 2013. For those who remember and those who don’t, Ann was responsible for establishing The Griffon Shop at The Newport Art Museum. She was the perfect steward for the shop and arrived daily with antique treasures from friends and Avenue acquaintances. I can still remember the sound of her voice; she was one of Newport’s Grand Ladies! — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques For What It’s Worth I recently found this photo I took several years ago of Ann Ross, who passed away in 2013. For those who remember and those who don’t, Ann was responsible for establishing The Griffon Shop at The Newport Art Museum. She was the perfect steward for the shop and arrived daily with antique treasures from friends and Avenue acquaintances. I can still remember the sound of her voice; she was one of Newport’s Grand Ladies! — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Hadassah Books on the Beach

The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah will hold its fourth annual Books on the Beach luncheon event on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Atlantic Beach Club. The luncheon will be followed by talks and book signings with local authors Jon Land (“Strong Rain Falling”), Tova Mirvis (“Visible City”), and Adam Braver (“Misfit”). The event runs 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and tickets are $50. For more information, visit hadassah.org/rhodeisland.org. To register, call 401-463-3636 or email rhodeislandchapter@hadassah.org.

SVF Gorilla Lecture

The SVF Foundation will host Dr. Chris Whittier speaking on “Health Challenges for Wild Gorillas in Central Africa” on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Veterinary medicine is a valuable tool in conservation and management efforts with wildlife and especially for endangered species like great apes. Whittier, a Tufts professor, was one of the “Gorilla Doctors” working with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo, and he has more recently been applying his expertise to groups of critically endangered western lowland gorillas in the Central African Republic. He will share some of his unique experiences working to save this endangered species and explain the challenges that gorillas still face in the wild. The program is free but advance registration is required. Contact Kate at kate@svffoundation.org or at 401-848-7229 x10 to reserve. The SVF Foundation is at 152 Harrison Ave.

NBS Receives Gift

The SI Financial Group Foundation, Inc. recently donated $2,500 to the Norman Bird Sanctuary scholarship program. The donation helps the sanctuary provide quality environmental education programs for families, children, and adults. Camp groups utilize the 325-acre outdoor classroom and are held in small groups with caring, enthusiastic and professional teacher naturalists.

CCACG Meeting

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG), founded in 1977, invites the public to its monthly meeting on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Newport Public Library. Anyone interested in defeating the latest gambling expansion proposal at Newport Grand and learning how it could negatively impact the city is encouraged to attend. Newport voters should defeat (again) this latest attempt to place a full blown casino in Newport Grand.

Come and share your ideas and help us win again.


Sarah Cruz and Christopher Heltzel were the second week winners of Beach Idol. Week Two of Beach Idol Mark Gorman was the master of ceremonies on Thursday, July 24, for the second week of this season’s Easton’s Beach Idol competition. More than a dozen youngsters took to the stage and sang a cappella to the audience. Sarah Cruz, 10, of Portsmouth took first place with her rendition of “Let It Go.“ Christopher Heltzel, 4, of Newport took second place. Children under 15 are invited to participate in the competition over the next few Thursday nights at Easton’s Beach. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar. Beach Idol follows the Children’s Night performances. The finals are Tuesday, Aug. 19 before the season bonfire. Sarah Cruz and Christopher Heltzel were the second week winners of Beach Idol. Week Two of Beach Idol Mark Gorman was the master of ceremonies on Thursday, July 24, for the second week of this season’s Easton’s Beach Idol competition. More than a dozen youngsters took to the stage and sang a cappella to the audience. Sarah Cruz, 10, of Portsmouth took first place with her rendition of “Let It Go.“ Christopher Heltzel, 4, of Newport took second place. Children under 15 are invited to participate in the competition over the next few Thursday nights at Easton’s Beach. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar. Beach Idol follows the Children’s Night performances. The finals are Tuesday, Aug. 19 before the season bonfire.

Scholarships

n Local orthodontist Dr. Robert Semco is launching a second $500 college scholarship of the summer. The scholarship seeks to empower youth to succeed but also to understand the world in a thoughtful way through volunteerism and service. Applicants must be residents of Newport County and a rising freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at a public, private, parochial, vocational or charter school, or a home school program. The application, composed of a visitation log and essay, due to Semco Orthodontics, 58 East Main Rd., Middletown by Sept. 24. n Landscape architect Katherine Field has announced the establishment of a new college scholarship at the University of Rhode Island. The “Katherine Field Scholarship” will be awarded annually to a woman majoring in landscape architecture with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, with preference given to a senior. In practice for over 30 years, Field wants to encourage and support women who enter the field. For more information, call 401-848- 2750.

Meet & Greet with Democratic Candidates

The Newport Democratic City Committee is hosting a “Meet-the- Democratic Candidates” event from noon - 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Elks Lodge at the corner of Pelham Street and Bellevue Avenue. Food, soft drinks, raffles, entertainment, and brief speeches from the candidates are being offered. This event is free and open to the general public.

Candidates who have indicated that they plan to participate include U.S. Sen. Jack Reed; U. S. Congressman David N. Cicilline; Gen. Treasurer Gina Raimondo; Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; Sec. of State A. Ralph Mollis; Rep. Frank Ferri; Nellie Gorbea; Former Gen. Treasurer Frank T. Caprio; Seth Magaziner; State Senators M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Louis Di Palma; State Representatives Peter Martin and Marvin Abney; Lauren Carson; Newport School Committeewoman Sandra J. Flowers; David Carlin, III; and David Hanos. More candidates are likely to attend as well.

Being able to meet and interact with the candidates provides voters with the opportunity to become more informed about the issues and the positions of these candidates in anticipation of the forthcoming primary on Sept. 9 and the subsequent election on Nov. 4.

People are encouraged to bring family and friends. For further information, call 401-864-3535.

Future of Historic Cities

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation invites the public to the inaugural talk in its Landscapes and Built Environment speaker series, “The Future of Historic Cities: Perspectives on Managing Change,” on Friday, Aug. 15, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Stanford White Casino Theatre.

The topics, “Preservation Futures” and “The Road to Immortality: Adaptive Reuse Past and Present,” are presented by Dr. Randall Mason, Chair of Historic Preservation, School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and Liliane Wong, Chair of Interior Architecture, Division of Architecture and Design at RISD.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reserve online at vbcfoundation.org. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 401-619-5910.

Irish Director Presents Film

“The Minnitts of Anabeg” a feature length film of Irish historical interest will be screened at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, at the Newport Public Library. A wine and cheese reception will be held between the two screenings at 5 p.m. The film’s writer/director, Alan Brown, will be on hand for Q & A following each screening. The event sponsored by the Museum of Newport Irish History is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Ann Arnold at tpm1@earthlink.net or 401-841-5493.

The Battle of the Bay

Rose Island Lighthouse will host the annual Battle of the Bay, a paddle race from Fort Adams to Rose Island, on Saturday, Aug. 9. Racers launch at 9 a.m. from Fort Adams with standup paddleboards, kayaks, surf skis, sculls, prone paddleboards, and sea kayaks on a 2- or 6-mile course to the Newport Bridge, ending at Rose Island. The longer route takes competitors up by the naval station at Coasters Harbor Island before ending at Rose Island. Registration costs $45 and is available online at paddleguru.com. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each category.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
July 21, through Sunday, July 27,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 136 calls. Of those, 70
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 136
responses:
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 57 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 47 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 37 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 20 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 42 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1-Carbon monoxide accidents
2 -Watercraft rescue
1- Fire/gas grill, confined to grill
1- Cooking fire
1- Dumpster fire
1-Water/steam leak
1- Electrical wiring/
equipment problem
5- Lockouts
6-Motor vehicle accident
1- Assist NPD or other agencies
7- Assist public calls
12 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
11- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
53- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 9 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 17 life safety / site inspections, 5 fire system plan reviews, 211 tented event reviews and inspections, and 3 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Unlike most small batteries, the positive and negative posts on a 9-volt battery are right next to eachother. If a metal object touches the two posts of a 9-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit. This can create enough heat to start a fire. What can you do to prevent this? Keep batteries in the original packaging until you are ready to use them. If the package is open, keep the battery posts covered with electrical or duct tape. Prevent the posts from coming in contact with metal objects. 9-volt batteries should not be stored in a drawer where paper clips, coins, pens, metal objects, or other batteries can cause a short circuit. Do not store common household items such as steel wool or aluminum foil near 9-volt batteries. If these items touch the two posts, there is a greater risk of starting a fire.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Reunion

All 1964 Aquidneck Island graduates are invited to a combined high school 50th class reunion Aug. 22 -24. For more information, contact Margaret “Muffin” Saunders Dubuc at 401-683-1847 or muffin7@cox.net, or Diane Martellino Smyth at 401-846-3497, 401-662-2736; or dms105@msn.com.(Put reunion or Class of 1964 in the subject area.)

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, July 21, to Sunday, July 27, the Newport Police Department responded to 821 calls. Of those, 182 were motor vehicle related; there were 130 motor vehicle violations issued, and 52 accident reports.

The police also responded to 33 noise complaints, 21 animal complaints, 58 home/business alarm calls, 7 private tows, 6 bicycle violations, and 12 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 5 prisoners and escorted 1 funeral.

They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and 5 instances of assisting other agencies. In addition, 40 arrests were made for the following violations: n 4 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n4 arrests were made for larceny. n3 arrests were made for noise complaints. n3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault. n2 arrests were made for violating conditions of family court order. n2 arrests were made for possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver. n2 arrests were made for obstructing an officer. n 2 arrests were made for open containers of alcohol. n2 arrests were made for leaving the scene of a collision. n1 arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n1 arrest was made for driving without a license or expired license. n1 arrest was made for possession of stolen vehicle parts. n1 arrest was made for domestic vandalism. n1 arrest was made for simple assault. n1 arrest was made for obtaining false money. n1 arrest was made for bank fraud. n1 arrest was made for possession of weapons other than firearms. n1 arrest was made for a license required to drive operation. n1 arrest was made for public urination. n1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order.

Dance Party for the Horses

A Zumba-thon to benefit Horse Play, Rhode Island’s only non-profit equine rescue and sanctuary will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at FloorTime Studios, 1038 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. A $10 per person pledge or sponsorship is encouraged. Horse Play provides rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary for abused neglected and unwanted horses. To learn more about Horse Play, call 401- 294-3565 or email horseplayri@msn.com.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, July 28, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 45 matters on the docket: nTwenty-two cases concerned open containers/drinking in public. Of these, bench warrants were issued in two cases for failure to appear; six defendants pleaded no contest and received fines ranging from $300 to $400 each, plus court costs of $93.50; 13 cases were continued or rescheduled; and one defendant was sentenced to 17 hours of community service. nEight cases involved noise ordinance violations, with six no contest pleas resulting in fines of $400 or $650 each, plus court costs of $93.50. Four of the no contest pleas were for violations at 10 Hammond St. in the same day. The remaining two cases were rescheduled or continued. nFour cases involved minors in possession of alcohol. One case was expunged, one case was continued, and no contest pleas in the other two cases resulted in $350 fines plus court costs of $93.50. nOf four charges of urinating in public, two were continued and no contest pleas in the other two cases resulted in $300 and $650 fines, plus court costs of $93.50 each. nA continuance was granted in a case of toy vehicles upon the roadways, as well as for a dangerous weapon offense. nIn a case involving an animal restraint violation, a $100 fine and court costs of $93.50 were levied pursuant to a no contest plea. nFour traffic infractions received varying dispositions, with a speeding charge dismissed; a default judgment for a seat belt violation; a finding of guilty for overtaking; and a continuance for stop sign and interior light offenses.

Hotline Yard Sale

There will be a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. to benefit the Newport Housing Hotline. The yard sale will be at 16 Heath St., Newport. Items can be donated by calling 401-846-4896 or dropped off at the Housing Hotline on Collins Street.

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