2014-08-14 / News Briefs


For What It’s Worth During a recent house call on the island, I was asked about a large cut glass vase. It had been in the family for several generations and was beautifully cut. Manufactured during the American Brilliant Cut Glass era during the turn of the last century, the vase was in excellent condition. I had to explain that the value of American cut glass has declined over the past several years, mainly because of fewer collectors. This vase would have had a value of between $2,500 and $3,500 two decades ago, but in today’s market it would have a hard time reaching $1,000 in value. Times have changed and so have antique collecting values. And so it goes. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques For What It’s Worth During a recent house call on the island, I was asked about a large cut glass vase. It had been in the family for several generations and was beautifully cut. Manufactured during the American Brilliant Cut Glass era during the turn of the last century, the vase was in excellent condition. I had to explain that the value of American cut glass has declined over the past several years, mainly because of fewer collectors. This vase would have had a value of between $2,500 and $3,500 two decades ago, but in today’s market it would have a hard time reaching $1,000 in value. Times have changed and so have antique collecting values. And so it goes. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Pell Cup Doubles

National Tennis Club, Newport hosts the Pell Cup Doubles. This is the club’s flagship event and attracts players from all over the country. It will be run Aug. 14 - 17.

It is a round robin doubles event for players of all abilities, ranging from top professionals to beginners. It is divided by handicap so players are matched against players of a similar standard.

This year the tournament also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where the National Tennis Club is based.

Welcome Social

The Military Spouses of Newport will host the annual Welcome Social on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 7-9 p.m. at the Officers’ Club. The group’s largest gathering of the year offers opportunities to meet new people and become involved in the local area. Information on the base, services, local businesses, organizations, and recreational activities will be available. Dress is business casual.

Membership is open to spouses of active duty, reserve, retired, or deceased military personnel of all U.S. Armed Services, the National Guard, and the Coast Guard, as well as spouses of Foreign Student Officers and civilian spouses GS-7 and above in the Newport area. Visit milspousenewport.org for more information or email hospitality@milspousenewport.org.

Nathalie Sivya, Jack Pendleton, and Gracie Donald were announced as the winners of the Aug. 7 Beach Idol by emcee Mark Gorman. Nathalie Sivya, Jack Pendleton, and Gracie Donald were announced as the winners of the Aug. 7 Beach Idol by emcee Mark Gorman.

Garden Tour Call for Volunteers

Become a Newport Secret Garden Tours volunteer for the Fall Newport Secret Garden Tours “On and Off the Avenue & Drive.” The tour will take place on Friday, Sept. 5, Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each of the three days. Volunteers work in shifts, acting as ticket-takers, hosts and guides, providing general information. There are two shifts each day, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 5 p.m.

For over a quarter of a century, our Secret Garden Tour has provided more than $1.25 million in support of art education in our public schools. An integral part of the event’s success has been the dedication of loyal volunteers. Send an email along with your availability to info@secretgardentours.org or call Donna Maytum, Volunteer Coordinator, 401-439-7253.

Newport In Bloom Awards

The annual green thumb contest is back this year. Awards will be given in several categories on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Horseshoe Piazza of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a meet and greet, appetizers and a cash bar. The awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kiki at 401- 841-0363 or kmcmahan2@cox.net.

Meet the Author

Spring Street Books will host Gloria Merchant, author of “Pirates of Colonial Newport” on Thursday, Aug. 14 for a book signing from 5 - 7 p.m. Neighboring Bailey Art Gallery will host an open house for Gallery Night featuring Susan Anderson, the artist of the month. Spring Street Books is located at 42 Spring St., Newport.

Free School Supplies

A back-to-school celebration will be held statewide on Saturday, Aug. 16. Locally, at the East Bay Community Action Program, 6 John H. Chafee Blvd., Newport, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., teachers, school staff and parents will distribute free school supplies to children who attend with their families. There will also be food, entertainment, activities and educational information. Event will be held rain or shine.

‘Star Ride’

Star Kids Scholarship Program will sponsor “Star Ride”, the third annual family bike event on Sunday, Sept. 14. The ride will start and end at Cluny School, 75 Brenton Road, Newport. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be four loops from which to choose: three Ocean Drive loops, 3-, 7- and 12- miles, and a 25-mile Indian Avenue loop. Participants can ride their bikes, walk or run.

Riders should visit starride.net to register, get further details or learn about “Keys to a Childs Success.” The cost is $35 for an adult, $15 for a child or a maximum of $75 for a family. Children under 8 are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Helmets are mandatory. T-shirts are available for adults who register before Aug. 28. While supplies last, Ten Speed Spokes will provide free rental bikes, riders must be 16 years of age. Contact them directly. They will also be at registration to do safety checks.

A highlight of the event is the “Keys to a Child’s Success.” Participants may purchase “keys” for $10 each at registration to special treasure chests with great prizes, such as Red Sox tickets, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, art and more.

Traffic Project Open House

Naval Station Newport will hold a public open house Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 4-6 p.m. to display the design and construction schedule for the Gate 23 traffic signal work expected to begin next month. The project includes the installation of new traffic signals at the Gate 17 Access Road and NUWC Gate 23 and Chase’s Lane. The Navy has been collaborating with the town of Middletown on the project, which is aimed at increasing safety and improving the smooth flow of traffic through that area. The intersection is used by both Navy personnel and members of the general public. The open house will be in the gymnasium of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center’s (NUWC) building 80. For more information, contact the Naval Station Newport Public Affairs Officer at lisa.rama@ navy.mil or 401-841-3538.

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Newport Hospital conducts a weekly breastfeeding support group on Thursdays for moms to talk to and learn from other moms. In cases where a mother cannot breastfeed, hospital staff collaborates across disciplines to provide the best care possible and help her understand her options. The hospital holds prenatal breastfeeding classes for expecting couples on the second Tuesday of each month.

$25,000 Composer Fellowships

Through the Rhode Island Foundation, the MacColl Johnson Fellowships will enable three composers to devote a year to their music.

Rhode Island composers who dream of spending a year working on their music have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships.

Established in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund makes up to three grants a year, rotating among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. The fellowships are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to composers in the United States.

The grants are intended to free composers to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, expand their body of work and explore new directions. Over the years, MacColl Johnson has awarded 27 fellowships.

Applicants must have been legal residents of Rhode Island for at least 12 months prior to the Sept. 5 application deadline. High school students, college students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program, and composers who have advanced levels of career achievement are not eligible.

Applications will be judged on the quality of the work samples, artistic development and the creative contribution to the field of music composition. Applications will be accepted from composers creating new original work in any genre.

Although the fellowships are unrestricted, recipients are expected to devote concentrated time to their art during the term of the fellowship and engage in activities that further their artistic growth.

Previous recipients of music composition fellowships include Brian Knoth of Providence, who composes music for film, digital video and graphics projects; Dan Moretti, a saxophonist who wrote and produced a project with an Italian traditional orchestra called Piccola Orchestra La Viola; and Daniel Schleifer, a founder of the What Cheer? Brigade, an award-winning 20-piece ensemble that has performed internationally.

The recipients will be selected by a panel of four out-of-state jurors who are recognized practicing artists and arts professionals. The panel will also name up to three finalists. While this designation does not carry a monetary award, it does reflect a formal recognition of the merit of their artistic work.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
August 4, through Sunday, August
10, the Newport Fire Department
responded to 157 calls. Of those, 71
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 157
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 53 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 52 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 37 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 31 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 44 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1-Powerline down
2- Carbon monoxide incident
1 -Dumpster fires
2- Water or ice related rescue
1- Fire, structure
1- Watercraft rescue
1- Electrical wiring/
equipment problem
3- False alarms
6-Motor vehicle accident
2- Assist NPD or other agencies
9- Assist public calls
14 - Fire alarm soundings - no fire
23- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
52- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 14 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 33 life safety / site inspections, 3 fire system plan reviews, 76 tented event reviews and inspections, 2 fire investigations and 4 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are becoming more common in homes and at work. Purchase CFL bulbs that have the listing label of a recognized testing laboratory (such as FM or UL). This will help to ensure that the bulb meets the latest product safety standards. CFLs are made of glass and can break. Each bulb contains a small trace of mercury within the glass. When broken, the mercury will immediately dissipate into the air. If a CFL breaks: Open a window to allow the room to air out for 5–10 minutes. People and pets should leave the room. Turn off forced air heating and/or air conditioning. Collect the broken glass and visible powder using stiff cardboard, tape, or a damp paper towel. Place the debris in a glass jar and cover it with a metal lid. Store it in a safe place until you can dispose of it properly. For disposal info, visit the Clean City page on the City of Newport website (Public Services) or call RI Resource Recovery at 401- 942-1430 for upcoming Eco-Depot hazardous waste days.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, August 4, to Sunday, August 10, the Newport Police Department responded to 885 calls. Of those, 142 were motor vehicle related; there were 98 motor vehicle violations issued, and 44 accident reports.

The police also responded to 33 noise complaints, 45 animal complaints, 74 home/business alarm calls, 13 private tows, 7 bicycle violations, 3 suicide calls and 12 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 6 prisoners and provided escort for 4 funerals.

They recorded 7 instances of assisting other police departments and 4 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 35 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n8 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n3 arrests were made for domestic
simple assault.
n3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n3 arrests were made for noise
n2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for public
n1 arrest was made for possession
of narcotics.
n1 arrest was made for refusal to
submit to a chemical test.
n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.
n1 arrest was made for possession
of firearms by a minor.
n1 arrest was made for underage
n1 arrest was made for DUI.
n1 arrest was made for violating a
no contact order.
n1 arrest was made for simple assault. n1 arrest was made for felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Land Trust Trolley Tour Slated

The Aquidneck Island Land Trust will offer a free trolley tour to take guests on a discovery of the past, present and future of the island on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Led by Executive Director Chuck Allott, the tour will visit protected working farms, wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation areas and scenic vistas on the island. The event is free but seating is limited. Tours leave from the ALT offices at 790 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown promptly at 5 p.m. and return at 7 p.m. To reserve, call Jessica Pohl at 401-849-2799 x18 or email jpohl@ailt.org.

Circle of Scholars Finds New Home

The Edward King House is proud to welcome The Newport Circle of Scholars to its offerings this fall in addition to the classes already in its lineup. Registration for these programs begins Friday, Aug.15. Visit edwardkinghouse.org to see the programming.

Dog Days of Summer

The Potter League will hold its annual Dog Days of Summer event on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cool off with lots of fun activities such as Frisbee toss, sand digging contests, agility “try-it” course, photos, door prizes and more.

People and dog-friendly dogs over eight weeks old welcome. $10 per dog. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit potterleague.org, call 401- 846-8276 x122 or email training@potterleague.org.

‘Wine & Politics’

Gary Sasse, executive director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership and a regular on the Buddy Cianci radio show, headlines a night of “Wine & Politics” organized by the Middletown GOP. The event will be held at the Newport Vineyards on Tuesday, Aug.19 from 7 - 9 p.m. Sasse discuss his ideas for reforming Rhode Island, and what qualities are needed in our future leaders to spur this change.

Co-heading the event will be the 2014 preferred candidates, including Mayor Allan Fung for governor, Catherine Taylor for lieutenant governor, Sen. Dawson Hodgson for attorney general, Mark Zaccaria for U.S. Senate, Stan Tran and Cormick Lynch for U.S. Representative, Ernie Almonte for general treasurer, John Carlevale for secretary of state, Dan Reilly for state representative, Mike Smith for state representative, and State Senator Christopher Ottiano.

Attendance costs $10, which will include wine tastings and appetizers. Space is limited. RSVP to Lianaff@aol.com, or avive_ 40840@hotmail.com.

Municipal Court

Municipal Court was not held on Monday, Aug. 11, at Newport City Hall because of the Victory Day holiday. Judge Russel Jackson will resume court on Monday, Aug. 18.

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 will be by “Toe Jam Puppet Band.”

Hill Association Donates Park Bench

The Historic Hill Neighborhood Association raised enough funds at its annual garden party this summer to purchase a park bench for Touro Park. The new bench will be placed facing the Stone Tower and will be dedicated to the memory of Judah Touro, who left funds in his will to purchase the tower and park for the City of Newport. This is the third bench donated by the association in Touro Park.


The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will host a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6-10 p.m., at Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave, Newport. The evening will include dancing to the music of DJ Murph, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles, silent auctions, and much more. Money raised will go to improve visitor’s experiences at the R.I. National Wildlife refuges. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at the Visitors’ Center at Sachuest Point NWR in Middletown and at the Kettle Pond Visitors’ Center in Charlestown.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Shannon Griffith at 315-391-6362 or sgriffith94@gmail.com.

Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Newport Police Station, 120 Broadway.

Bonfire and Beach Idol Finals

For the past several weeks dozens of youngsters have taken the stage to entertain the audience in the 2014 Beach Idol competition. The finals are Tuesday, Aug. 19 before the season bonfire at Easton’s Beach. Thursday, Aug. 14 is the last week that children under 15 can participate in the contest. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar.

Gracie Donald, 8, of New Jersey took first place with her rendition of “Roar.“ Nathalie Sivya, 12, of Newport took second place with a song she composed. And, a special honorable mention was awarded to Jack Pendleton, 7, of St. Louis for his dance performance to “Walking on Sunshine.”

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