2014-08-21 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


For What It’s Worth On a house call, I visited the home of a lady who had purchased a bronze fountain statue about 20 years ago and was curious about its value today. The bronze was a little under two feet tall and the patina was excellent. It was signed Harriet W. Frishmuth C 1925 Gorham Co. Founders. Auction values vary, as always, depending on who is in the audience, but the range of value for this particular sculpture is between $12,500 and $17,500. Gallery prices, generally higher, could sell it for up to $25,000. Her $10,000 investment proved worthwhile. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) If you wish to receive the Drawing Room weekly newsletter email drawrm@hotmail.com For What It’s Worth On a house call, I visited the home of a lady who had purchased a bronze fountain statue about 20 years ago and was curious about its value today. The bronze was a little under two feet tall and the patina was excellent. It was signed Harriet W. Frishmuth C 1925 Gorham Co. Founders. Auction values vary, as always, depending on who is in the audience, but the range of value for this particular sculpture is between $12,500 and $17,500. Gallery prices, generally higher, could sell it for up to $25,000. Her $10,000 investment proved worthwhile. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (Free appraisals by appointment. Call 401-841-5060) If you wish to receive the Drawing Room weekly newsletter email drawrm@hotmail.com Harry Anderson Book Signing

Former New York Yacht Club Commodore Henry H. Anderson Jr. will sign copies of his biography, “The Strenuous Life of Harry Anderson,” at a book signing on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Seamen’s Church Institute. The book details his nine decades of sailing involvement worldwide and at virtually every level, as well as his interests in and contributions to a variety of other activities and institutions.


Vikings Ready for the Season Viking coaches have begun practice with the Rogers High School football players. Coach Lewia, above, ran drills with tackling dummies at Murphy Field. The season begins with the Injury Fund Tournament on Sept. 4. Rogers, first home game on Sept. 26 is preceded by two away games. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Vikings Ready for the Season Viking coaches have begun practice with the Rogers High School football players. Coach Lewia, above, ran drills with tackling dummies at Murphy Field. The season begins with the Injury Fund Tournament on Sept. 4. Rogers, first home game on Sept. 26 is preceded by two away games. (Photo by Jack Kelly) The evening will feature the unveiling of a portrait of Anderson, a benefactor and former member of Seamen’s Board of Directors for 30 years.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are suggested; call Seamen’s at 401-847-4260. While admission is free, a $10 to donation to Seamen’s is suggested.

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. To register for these programs visit edwardkinghouse.org to see the programming.

OBNA Meeting

The public is welcome to attend the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5 -7 p.m. at The Parlor, 200 Broadway. Newport police officer Jim Winters will provide an update to area concerns. The group holds a monthly meeting and anyone may attend. For more information, call Jack McVicker at 401-608- 2905 or Amy Hoag at 401-608-2906 or amy@amyhoag.com.

Annual Meeting

The Top of the Hill Association will hold its annual membership meeting on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the International Yacht Restoration School.

After School Child Care

The Kids Clubhouse is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport’s licensed after school child care program. The first 50 registrants are eligible to receive a backpack, school supplies, a T-shirt, and half-priced membership fees. Swim lessons are also discounted 50 percent. For more information, contact Jillian at 401-847-6927 x 123 or visit bgcnewport.org.

Classic Yacht Regatta

Visitors glancing toward the water may think they have stepped back into another era the weekend of Aug. 30-31 when the Classic Yacht Regatta transforms the seascape, evoking the grace, elegance and luxury of bygone days. Fifty restored vintage and traditional design yachts will race off Fort Adams both days beginning at noon. A community cocktail party will cap the first day of racing and is open to the public at Fort Adams, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature a cash bar and live music. Be sure to grab a prime viewing spot around Newport Harbor on Sunday morning as the classic beauties parade around the waterfront beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 401-848-5777, x202, iyrs.org.

Whitehall Museum Reception

Whitehall Museum House is honoring its visiting philosophers Timo Airaksinen, and Heta Gylling, both from the University of Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 4 - 6 p.m. Professor Airaksinen will speak about “Alciphron or, The Minute Philosopher” (1732), which was written by George Berkeley while he was living at Whitehall. The public is invited to attend.

Whitehall Museum House is located at 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown, and is owned and maintained by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Rhode Island. For more information, visit whitehallmuseumhouse.org.

Garden Tour Call for Volunteers

Become a Newport Secret Garden Tours volunteer for the fall event, “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 day. 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, the Secret Garden Tour has provided more than $1.25 million in support of art education in public schools. Send an email with availability to info@secretgardentours.org or call Donna Maytum, volunteer coordinator, 401-439-7253.

New Records Set for Wet Paint

The Newport Art Museum’s premier art making event and fundraiser, Wet Paint, raised $101,000 for the museum. A record breaking 564 pieces were sold and 368 artists (53 of whom were children) of all backgrounds, skill levels and ages participated.

Sunday afternoon, the live auction opened with a dedication to Frederick A. Cushing, a talented artist and museum member who passed away late last year. Cushing had participated as an artist in every Wet Paint since its inception in 1992.

Wet Paint culminated in a live auction, with auctioneer Marie Keep of Skinner, Inc. selling 45 pieces, raising nearly $40,000. Many familiar names and some new ones went into the live auction, including Kris Offill, whose work fetched the largest sum of any work in the event, selling for $3,400.

‘Star Ride’

The third annual family bike “Star Ride” will be on Sunday, Sept. 14. The ride will start and end at Cluny School. 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. The event is sponsored by the Star Kids Scholarship Program.

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, but riders must be 16 years of age. Contact them directly. Riders should visit starride.net to register.

Newport Hospital

In the recently published annual report, Newport Hospital shared
the following information:
Total Assets-$327,561,000
Net patient service
revenue-$106,652,000
Charity care-$4,340,000
Subsidized health
services-$4,462,000
Community health improvement
services and community benefit
operations-$220,000
Unreimbursed Medicaid
costs-$1,934,000
Total cost of charity care and other
community benefits-$10,956,000
Employees-785
Affiliated physicians-291
Licensed beds-129
Patient discharges-4,392
Births-502
Emergency department
visits-30,666
Outpatient visits-53,256
Outpatient surgeries-4,470
Inpatient surgeries-1,258
Newport Hospital has twice been
awarded Magnet Recognition for
Excellence in Nursing Services. The
hospital became a partner in the
Lifespan health system in 1997. For
more information on Newport Hospital, visit newporthospital.org.

Sail Newport Gala

Well-known sailor Robin Wallace will be honored on Sept. 20 at the annual Sail Newport black-tie gala. For more information and tickets, visit sailnewport.org.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 17,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 155 calls. Of those, 78
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 155
responses:
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 60 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 51 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 42 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 29 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 44 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
2-Fire, other
2- Carbon monoxide incident
1 -Search for person in the water
2- Smoke scare or odor removal
1- Water leak/ problem
1- False alarms
2-Motor vehicle accident/
no injuries
4- Lockouts
11- Assist public calls
17- Fire alarm soundings - no fire
18- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
67- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 12 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 9 life safety / site inspections, 6 fire system plan reviews, 32 tented event reviews and inspections, 2 fire investigations and 2 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: When medical oxygen is in use the amount of oxygen in the air, furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding, increases. This means there is a higher risk of both fires and burns because it is easier for a fire to start and spread. Never smoke in a home where medical oxygen is used. Post “No Smoking” signs inside and outside your home to remind residents and guests not to smoke.

Never use a candle, match, lighter, or other open flame when medical oxygen is in use. Fireplaces, stoves, or other equipment fueled by gas, kerosene, wood, or coal must also be avoided. Do not allow children to use toys that spark. Keep oil, grease, and similar petroleum-based products away from oxygen valves. Petroleum based products can spontaneously ignite in the presence of elevated oxygen levels.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 17, the Newport Police Department responded to 757 calls. Of those, 151 were motor vehicle related; there were 99 motor vehicle violations issued, and 52 accident reports.

The police also responded to 33 noise complaints, 20 animal complaints, 59 home/business alarm calls, 4 private tows, 5 bicycle violations, 3 suicide calls and 9 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 4 prisoners and provided escort for 2 funerals.

They recorded 8 instances of assisting other police departments and 6 instances of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 56 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 14 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 11 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.
n 5 arrests were made for driving
without or expired licenses.
n 5 arrests were made for larceny.
n 4 arrests were made for possession of narcotics.
n 3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
license.
n 2 arrests were made for simple
assault.
n 2 arrests were made for noise
complaints.
n 2 arrests were made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for public
urination.
n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.
n 1 arrest was made for trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for leaving
the scene of an accident.

Tennis Tournament Schedule

The City of Newport is holding a women’s and men’s doubles tennis tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24. The fee to play is $15. On the following weekend, Aug. 30-31, the women’s and men’s singles tournament will be held. Additional tournaments include the mixed doubles open on Sept. 6-7, 50 and better men’s doubles on Sept. 13-14 and 50 and better mixed doubles on Sept. 20-21. For more information or to register, call 401-845-5800 or stop-in at the Recreation Department Office at 35 Golden Hill St.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Aug. 18, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 72 matters on the docket: n The court heard twenty noise disturbance cases. Ten cases were continued, eight were closed or expunged, and two defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $500 plus court fees of $93.50. n Seventeen offenses involved open containers/drinking in public. Of these, five defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $300-$400 plus court fees of $93.50. Five defendants that failed to appear were issued bench warrants. n Seven cases of urinating in public were called, three of which were rescheduled or dismissed. n Three cases involved minors in possession of alcohol; two pleaded no contest and were fined $400 each plus $93.50 court fees, and one case was dismissed; warrants were issued in three. n Of the four remaining cases violating city ordinances, one defendent pleaded no contest to operating a toy vehicle on a roadway and was fined $85, another individual was cited for failure to restrain an animal and was fined $100, bench warrants were filed for two defendents who failed to appear for operating a prohibited air gun and another for a bicyclist not obeying traffic regulations. n Eighteen cases were heard regarding traffic violations: Eight drivers had their cases continued and ten were found guilty and paid fines from $25-$95. n Four zoning matters were heard. One property owner pleaded no contest to a trash nuisance violation and incurred a $500 fine, suspended for one year. A resident on Simmons Street faced two charges of operating a dwelling with more than five unrelated individuals; a $1,000 fine was suspended for a year. On Thames Street, another dwelling had charges dismissed.

Music on The Point

Music on The Point presents music on the lawn at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Streets, on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 - 8 p.m. with New York City’s Alex Battles. Clad in his trucker’s hat, with a drawling, lazy voice, he can wrap an audience around his knotty fingers as he belts out John Prine, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash tunes. Free admission, donations appreciated; beer and wine available for purchase. Some seating and tables will be provided, bring blankets and lawn chairs.

‘The Big Toast’

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) is holding the fourth annual “The Big Toast” at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, from 7–11 p.m. The event will benefit the local mentoring programs of BBBSOS and feature more than 40 of New England’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Tickets are $50. Early bird discounts available until Aug. 31. For more information, visit thebigtoast.org.

BBBSOS is still recruiting male and female mentors. Boys and girls, ages 7-15, are waiting to be paired with a volunteer for 6-8 hours a month for a minimum of a one year commitment. To volunteer, call 401-921-2434.

Newportal Awarded $60,000 Grant

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a grant of $60,000 to support the development of Newportal, a free, online collections database that documents and promotes Newport’s vibrant cultural heritage. Newportal is a collaboration between the Preservation Society, Newport Art Museum, Newport Historical Society, Newport Restoration Foundation and Redwood Library & Athenaeum to facilitate public and scholarly access to their collections. It is an innovative model for smaller institutions looking to put their collections online; all work products–including the open-source software–will be made available free-of-charge.

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