2014-08-07 / News Briefs


For What It’s Worth Enclosed is a photo of a clock that belonged to my grandmother who was from Boston. Can you tell me what it is worth? The pictured clock is made of black slate with applied brass decorations made in France but sold by Shreve Crump and Low of Boston in the Japanesque/ Aesthetic Movement, circa 1885. During a phone call to the owner, I was informed of a bad repair to the upper corner and that the marble dial was cracked. That reduced an attractive and collectible clock to well under $500. For What It’s Worth Enclosed is a photo of a clock that belonged to my grandmother who was from Boston. Can you tell me what it is worth? The pictured clock is made of black slate with applied brass decorations made in France but sold by Shreve Crump and Low of Boston in the Japanesque/ Aesthetic Movement, circa 1885. During a phone call to the owner, I was informed of a bad repair to the upper corner and that the marble dial was cracked. That reduced an attractive and collectible clock to well under $500. Workshops Prep Artists for Wet Paint

In conjunction with the Newport Art Museum’s annual art making and auction event, Wet Paint, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies will offer several Wet Paint themed courses. These include, “Raku Workshop”, “Wet Paint! The Workshop”, and “Wet Paint Preparation Camp.” All three courses begin 9Monday, Aug. 11, and culminate in students having a completed artwork ready to submit to Wet Paint at week’s end. Interested students should sign up at newportartmuseum.org or call Tori at 401-848-2787.

Ceramics instructor Charlene Carpenzano’s “Raku Workshop”, will have students build, glaze and fire a piece using the ancient Japanese firing technique of Raku. The workshop meets Monday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11, 15 and 16, with the firings on Saturday so students can submit their piece directly to Wet Paint once it cools. Some clay experience is needed.

In “Wet Paint! The Workshop”, painter Peter Dickison will take students to scout prime locations to paint their Wet Paint piece en plein air. This two-day landscape painting workshop meets Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11 and 12, and is open to students of all levels.

Mandy Howe will lead “Wet Paint Preparation Camp” for youth ages 10 and up, Monday through Friday, Aug. 11 - 15. Students will learn about color and composition and will explore still life and landscape painting. Basic techniques in watercolor, acrylic and tempera paint will also be taught.

Education staff from the Coleman Center will also have a children’s art activity table during Wet Paint on Saturday, Aug. 16, on the museum’s lawn at 76 Bellevue Ave. Children can take part in the activity and the finished product will be auctioned off in Wet Paint. For more information about Wet Paint, visit newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-2787.


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.)

Tour of the Month – Stamp Act Riot

Newport History Tours will offer “The Stamp Act Riot and the Road to Revolution” walking tour on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. The tour is a glimpse into what happened in Newport in August 1765 when hundreds of patriots took to the streets rioting in protest of The Stamp Act.

The cost is $15, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military. The tour departs from the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St.

Reservations are required as space is limited, call 401-841-8770.

Tennis Tournament Update

The City of Newport tennis tournament schedule begins on Aug. 23 for both women’s and men’s doubles. Women’s and men’s singles tournaments have been rescheduled to Aug. 30. To register for tournament play, visit the City of Newport recreation office, 35 Golden Hill St., call 401-845-5800, or visit cityofnewport.com/departments/ recreation.580.

Road Work

Beginning Aug. 11, the City of Newport Department of Utilities Water Division will begin, the rehabilitation of the Mitchells Lane emergency water main interconnection with the Portsmouth Water & Fire District. The repair site is located just east of the intersection of East Main Road and Mitchell’s Lane. For more information, call 401-845-5600.

Living with Parrots

The Potter Pet University August program will be presented by Michele Parrett, Foster Parrots Ltd. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Parrots are unlike any other animal kept as a companion, and their unique needs require specialized care. Learn what it’s like to share a home with parrots, and why there is such a huge need for parrot rescue in this country. Ample time will be left for Q&A. Potter Pet U is free and open to the public, but for humans only, please leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland, 401- 846-0592 ext 120 or AnastaciaS@ PotterLeague.org

Wurman to Host IYRS Roundtable

The International Yachting Restoration School of Technology & Trades will conclude its summer series, “Mastering the Craft,” with a roundtable focusing on Making with Modern Materials on Friday, Aug. 15, in Restoration Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. The second annual event offers a look into modern craftsmanship by engaging master makers, builders, and companies in the region that work with composite and carbon fiber materials. Series participants Matt Dunham, Ben Hall, Henry Elliot, and Steve Nolet will be joined by special guest Ping Fu, entrepreneur and chief strategy officer at 3D Systems.

Discussion will be moderated by Richard Saul Wurman, an innovator in information architecture, author of over 80 books, and creator of many world-renowned conferences and discussions.

“We see modern materials informing design thinking in a broad range of our economy,” says IYRS president, Terry Nathan, “including wind energy, medical technologies, aerospace, automotive, boats, and now increasingly both residential and commercial construction.” Last year, IYRS hosted its first roundtable, comprised of makers mostly from the Newport community who practiced in a wide range of work from jewelry, stone carving, and sculpture to photography, boat restoration and bow making. Tickets for the roundtable are $25 and may be purchased by contacting Loriana De Crescenzo at ldecrescenzo@iyrs.edu or 401-848-5777 x204.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
July 28, through Sunday, August 3,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 182 calls. Of those, 92
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 182
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 80 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 56 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 42 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 34 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 48 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1-Powerline down
1- Person in distress
2 -Dumpster fires
1- Unauthorized burning
1- Fire, structure
1- Fire, grass/brush
1- Extricate victim from machinery
1- Gas leak
2-Smoke/odor removal
3- Electrical wiring/
equipment problem
10- False alarms
4-Motor vehicle accident
5- Assist NPD or other agencies
6- Assist public calls
16 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
16- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
77- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 24 life safety / site inspections, 8 fire system plan reviews, 173 tented event reviews and inspections, 3 fire investigations and 3 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Natural and human - caused disasters can strike suddenly, at any time, and anywhere. It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies and information that you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. There are three actions everyone can take to help make a difference, 1) Get a kit- Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate, 2) Make a plan- Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency. Plan what to do if you have to evacuate. Plan where to meet, 3) Be informed- Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area and how to find out about them ahead of time. For more information contact Red- Cross.org

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, July 28, to Sunday, August 3, the Newport Police Department responded to 690 calls. Of those, 154 were motor vehicle related; there were 120 motor vehicle violations issued, and 34 accident reports.

The police also responded to 22 noise complaints, 26 animal complaints, 48 home/business alarm calls, 5 private tows, 7 bicycle violations, 1 suicide call and 5 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 1 prisoner and escorted 3 funerals.

They recorded 5 instances of assisting other police departments and 2 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 36 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for open
containers of alcohol.
n4 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n4 arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
n3 arrests were made for domestic
simple assault.
n 3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n2 arrests were made for noise
n2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n2 arrests were made for leaving
the scene of a collision.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.
n1 arrest was made for embezzlement. n1 arrest was made for larceny.
n1 arrest was made for possession
of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for breaking
and entering.
n1 arrest was made for possession
of weapons, airguns prohibited.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
n1 arrest was made for refusal to
submit to a chemical test.
n1 arrest was made for failure to
register as a sexual offender.
n1 arrest was made for DUI.
n1 arrest was made for domestic
felony assault.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, August 4, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 36 matters on the docket: nFifteen cases involved noise ordinance violations, with eight no contest pleas resulting in fines of $400 each and one of $350, plus court costs of $93.50. A bench warrant was issued in one case for failure to appear; two cases were rescheduled or continued; and the remaining four cases had requests for record expungement granted. nFour cases concerned open containers/ drinking in public; three defendants pleaded no contest and received fines of $400 each, plus court costs of $93.50 and one defendant had their record expunged. nOf four charges of urinating in public; no contest pleas in three cases resulted in two $400 and one $100 fine, plus court costs of $93.50 each, and one defendant had their record expunged. nA continuance was granted in a case of disorderly conduct and and the remaining two cases had requests for record expungement granted. nTwo cases involved minors in possession of alcohol. One case was expunged and a bench warrant was issued in the other case for failure to appear. nTwo traffic infractions received varying dispositions; a failure to obey a stop sign charge dismissed and a default judgment for an improper left turn. nIn zoning matters, six cases were continued or rescheduled for arraignment for failure to store trash properly between collections.

Night Against Crime

The Newport Police Department’s annual Night Out Against Crime 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, and car seat inspections given. The Children’s Night performance by “Toe Jam Puppet Band.”

American Sign Language Classes

The Friends of the Jamestown Library are sponsoring a free tenweek Sign Language II class taught by Gemma Guinguing on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2, from 7-8 p.m. Class size is limited and registration begins Friday, Aug. 15. Call the library to register at 401-423-7280. The free program is open to those 14 and older.

Mable’s Table Returns

The second annual Mable’s Table fundraiser at the Norman Bird Sanctuary will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. The collaboration between chefs, farmers, vintners, and food and wine lovers will showcase the talents of the area’s finest chefs. Led by Derek Jolie of Blackstone Caterers, chefs Kevin Gaudreau of Newport Restaurant Group, David Sturgeon of Stoneacre Pantry, Max Peterson of Hemenway’s Restaurant, Sue Zinno of Pour Judgement, and Karen and Xavier Maupriez of The French Confection will create sumptuous fare, to be paired with wines by Sage Cellars, Greenvale Vineyards and Newport Vineyards. Seating for the dinner is limited. Tickets are available at bit. ly/1jXo1F7 or through normanbirdsanctuary.org. For more information, call 401-846-2577.

Trash Delay

The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program reminds residents that there will be no trash, recycling or yard waste collections on Monday, Aug. 11, due to the observance of Victory Day. All collections for the week of Aug. 11 will be delayed by one day.

As a reminder, yard waste will be collected during the week of Aug.11 on residents’ delayed collection day as well as during the week of Aug. 24 on residents’ regular collection day. Yard waste is collected every other week in the spring, summer and early fall months.

Pancake Breakfast

The Rogers High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Applebee’s Restaurant in Middletown. The breakfast will run from 7 - 10 a.m. and costs $7 per person. For more information, call 401-855- 1701.

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honorees

The Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has chosen to dedicate next year’s parade to the late Vince Arnold, past president of the AOH, Newport Irish Heritage Association, and founder of the museum of Newport Irish History.

Next year’s grand marshal will be Brian Arnold, a local contractor and co-owner of Cappy’s. He is also a past president of the AOH and past parade chairman. This is the second year in a row that both honors will go to Hibernians.

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