2014-08-21 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs


Operations Specialist Second Class Christopher Lighton and Operations Specialist First Class Andrew Cook, U.S. Naval War College, haul insulation material for construction of new walls while volunteering on a community outreach project at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. Since January, sailors from the base have been involved in the construction of a new recreation facility for the home. (U.S. Navy photo by Lindsay Church) Operations Specialist Second Class Christopher Lighton and Operations Specialist First Class Andrew Cook, U.S. Naval War College, haul insulation material for construction of new walls while volunteering on a community outreach project at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. Since January, sailors from the base have been involved in the construction of a new recreation facility for the home. (U.S. Navy photo by Lindsay Church) Salute to Summer

Naval Station Newport will host the Salute to Summer celebration with music and fireworks on Dewey Field on Saturday, Aug. 23. The concert, starting at 5 p.m., will feature the music of Wayz & Means, followed by Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble.

The general public is welcome as guests of the commanding officer and may enter via Gate 1 only beginning at 5 p.m. Guests are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Not permitted are coolers, picnic baskets, glass bottles, outside food/drink and pets. Concession tents will offer food and drinks and there will be a children’s activities area.

Gate 17 will be open for installation personnel only from 4 to 7 p.m. and again for outbound traffic following the fireworks program. The fireworks should begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Military Days at Corn Maze

Active duty, retired military, and dependents are invited to challenge Escobar’s Corn Maze for half price Friday-Sunday, Aug. 22-24. The eight-acre cornfield is on Escobar’s Highland Farm, 133 Middle Road in Portsmouth. The maze is open 10 a.m.-dusk Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-dusk on Sunday. Call 401-683-1444.

Spouse Night Out

Military Spouses of Newport will hold a no-host dinner at Jo’s American Bistro, 24 Memorial Blvd. West, on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Register at milspousenewport.org.

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 base public affairs officer at lisa.rama@navy.mil or 401- 841-3538.

Wine Tasting at O’Club

The Navy Exchange and Morale Welfare and Recreation Department will present a wine tasting on Saturday, Aug. 23, on the O’Club deck from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include not only the wine tasting and appetizers but also a prime seat for the Salute to Summer fireworks. There will be a wine seminar at 4 p.m. for an additional $5 per ticket.

All tickets may be purchased at the Navy Sailing Center and Marina, Monday through Friday, from noon to one-half hour before sunset and weekends from 8 a.m. to one-half hour before sunset. For more information, call the marina at 401-841-3283.

Eight Bells Lectures

The next Naval War College Museum Eight Bells lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, with “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia- Pacific,” by editors Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson.

A cornerstone of American sea power and force projection is the maintenance of basing and access agreements that are presently in place around the Pacific. The book examines why this infrastructure, often taken for granted, must be preserved to ensure continued presence and security of U.S. and allied forces in the region.

Security requirements have increased and advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. Non-DoD identification card holders should visit the Pass & ID office and provide required information prior to reserving for the lecture in order to begin the vetting process. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841-7276.

Wounded Warrior Fundraisers

Custom House Coffee will hold a Comedy Night benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring Mike Murray and Bill Simas. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers and one free drink. The benefit runs 6-10 p.m. at 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown.

The fundraising bowling tournament at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center on Saturday, Sept. 6, has been delayed until later in the fall. The new date has not been scheduled.

Navy Choristers

The Newport Navy Choristers seeks new voices for the upcoming season. No experience is necessary, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 2, in Perry Hall room 100 at Naval Station Newport. Active duty, reservists and retirees of all services, civilian employees of DoD and dependents age 16 and older are welcome. For more information, contact Pat McGue, 401-849- 1135 or JoAnn Loewenthal, 401-849-4823. Visit newportnavychoristers.org for more information.

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