2014-08-28 / News Briefs


While visiting a lady who asked for opinions about the value of several antiques in her home, she opened a large box which contained a carpet of a Snow Leopard. Stating that it had been in her attic for decades, she wondered about its value. I told her that it was on the endangered species list since 1994, and would be an impossible artifact to sell in today’s market. Elephant ivory is another category that is being carefully scrutinized by public and private interest groups and may become more difficult to sell in the near future. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques While visiting a lady who asked for opinions about the value of several antiques in her home, she opened a large box which contained a carpet of a Snow Leopard. Stating that it had been in her attic for decades, she wondered about its value. I told her that it was on the endangered species list since 1994, and would be an impossible artifact to sell in today’s market. Elephant ivory is another category that is being carefully scrutinized by public and private interest groups and may become more difficult to sell in the near future. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques ALN Candidate Forums

The Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) will again sponsor a series for public forums leading up to the November elections. The first three of these forums will feature candidates for City Council and the School Committee. Hear the candidates respond to questions about key topics of interest to Newport’s voters. All forums will be held in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library starting at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Sept. 23: Candidates for the Second and Third Ward City Council seats (the First Ward seat is uncontested)

Oct. 1: Candidates for the At Large City Council seats

Oct. 15: Candidates for the School Committee seats

ALN will be preparing lists of candidate questions to be asked at the forums. The questions and the candidates’ responses, in matrix format, will be on ALN’s website, newportalliance.org. Viewers will be able to scan all of the responses and make easy comparisons.

Citizens are encouraged to help ALN develop the questions for the forums and questionnaires. Email questions and/or topics you would like included to info@newportalliance.org. The deadline to submit questions is Sept. 10.

For more information, contact Ron Becker, ALN president at 401- 846-0577.

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.

Rogers Interim Principal Named

Gerald K. Foley, a longtime educator and retired principal, was chosen as the interim principal of Rogers High School at the Newport School Committee’s Aug. 21 meeting. Committee members approved the appointment pursuant to a recommendation from Superintendent Colleen Jermain.

The former head of Rogers, James Nelson, resigned earlier in August with plans to teach in Providence.

Foley, a graduate of Holy Cross College and Worcester State College, taught social studies and English for almost 20 years in Massachusetts before assuming the role of vice principal at North Kingstown High School in 1989. He ascended to the principalship there in 1991 and held the position until 2010. While at North Kingstown, he was chosen as Rhode Island High School Principal of the Year in 2005. Foley then led Johnston High School as principal from 2010 until his retirement in 2013.

Jermain expects him to be in the role for not more than 90 days while the search for a permanent replacement proceeds.

Estate Gardener Talk

The Garden Club of Middletown invites members and guests to attend a presentation about estate gardeners of Newport by Harry J. Eudenbach on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The talk will highlight professional gardeners who cared for many estate grounds on Aquidneck Island. Eudenbach is the author of the publication “Estate Gardeners of Newport: A Horticultural Legacy.” The program will be held at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross, 1439 West Main Road, Middletown. Refreshments will be provided and the program is free.There will be a brief membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. Contact 401-846- 5076 for more information.

Youth Sports Registration

Registration is open for Newport County YMCA youth sports. Registration ends Sept. 10. The season runs from Sept. 13 through Nov. 1. The 4 and 5-year-old soccer will be played at 10 or 11 a.m. (depends on the number of teams). The 6-8 age group will play at noon. All games will be played on Saturdays on the outside fields at the YMCA. A new class for ages 9-13 will be called Weekend Warriors. This class will do a variety of sports including soccer, archery and gaga, rock climbing, and more. Weekend Warriors meets at 1:30 p.m. For more information visit newportymca.org, or contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 401- 847-9200 x 113. Online registration is also available.

Classic Yacht Regatta

The Classic Yacht Regatta transforms the seascape on Aug. 30-31. 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.

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.

Fall Aquatics Programs Now Enrolling

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County invites swimmers of all ages and abilities to register for aquatics programs at the Boys & Girls Club Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. All members are able to take advantage of youth, adult and family lap and leisure swim.

Small group, private and semiprivate lessons are available six days a week. The fall session will be held from Sept. 8 through Nov. 1. Registrations are now being accepted for both the swim lessons and the Barracuda Team. The team offers three levels of competition for new and returning participants.

For more information about aquatics programs or to register for other Boys & Girls Club programs, contact Debbie Bailey at 401-847- 6927 x 121 or visit bgcnewport.org.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 24,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 175 calls. Of those, 99
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 175
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 72 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 50 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 45 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 26 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 45 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
3-Fire, other/unauthorized
1- Fire, trash/dumpster
1- Gasoline or other flammable
liquid spill
1- Electrical wiring/
equipment problem
1 -Overheated motor
4- False alarms
2-Motor vehicle accident
5- Lockouts
11- Assist public calls
10- Fire alarm soundings - no fire
12- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
80- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 7 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 22 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews, 34 tented event reviews and inspections, 3 fire investigations and 3 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: On average, ten people die every day from drowning; three of these ten are children. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. For young children ages 1 to 4, drowning is still the leading cause of injury death. What can you do to help safeguard your children? Supervise, educate, and protect them. Supervise- When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs) closely supervise them at all times. Educate- Ensure your children know how to swim. As a parent, learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Protect- Make sure kids wear properly fitting life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean. If you have a pool, regardless of the size, install pool fencing to prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without your knowledge. A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83% compared to three-sided property-line fence.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Aug. 24, the Newport Police Department responded to 885 calls. Of those, 157 were motor vehicle related; there were 128 motor vehicle violations issued, and 29 accident reports.

The police also responded to 31 noise complaints, 30 animal complaints, 64 home/business alarm calls, 4 private tows, 14 bicycle violations, 2 suicide calls and 8 incidents of vandalism. They also had 6 liquor establishment checks and transported 7 prisoners.

They recorded 10 instances of assisting other police departments and 2 instances of assisting other agencies. In addition, 36 arrests were made for the following violations: n 8 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 5 arrests were made for larceny. n 4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for vandalism. n 3 arrests were made for DUI. n 3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 2 arrests were made for failure to control animals. n 2 arrests were made for simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for driving without a license or with an expired license. n 1 arrest was made for domestic disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n 1 arrest was made for open container. n 1 arrest was made for domestic trespassing. n 1 arrest was made for domestic threats.

YMCA Adult Basketball League

The Newport County YMCA is now accepting team registrations for its adult basketball league. The league will run from Sept. 26 into the end of November with playoffs. All games will be played Friday nights in the gymnasium at the YMCA. Registration ends Sept. 19. For more information, contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director at 401-847-9200 x 113 or visit newportymca.org.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Aug. 25, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 43 matters on the docket: n The court heard fourteen offenses that involved open containers/ drinking in public. Of these, three defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $350-$400 plus court fees of $93.50. Six cases were continued or dismissed; two cases were closed based on participation with the Diversion Program; two defendents had requests to have their records expunged granted; and a bench warrant was filed for one defendent who failed to appear. n Six cases were heard regarding noise disturbances; one case was continued, a bench warrant was filed for one defendent who failed to appear, and four requests to have records expunged was granted. n Two cases of urinating in public were continued. n Two cases involved minors in possession of alcohol, both requests to have records expunged was granted. n Of the three remaining cases violating city ordinances, one defendent pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was fined $200, another individual who was cited for failure to restrain an animal had the case continued, and for possession of a prohibited air gun a fine of $450 was imposed. n Seven cases were heard regarding traffic violations: four drivers had their cases continued, two cases were dismissed because of good driving records and one driver was found guilty and paid a fine of $85 plus $35 court fees. n Nine zoning matters were heard. Three residences faced charges of operating a dwelling with more than five unrelated individuals and three other properties were charged with modifying a structure without proper building permits. Two charges of violating the minimum setback and one property owner with a trash nuisance violation had their cases continued.

Cake, Coffee and Politics

The Edward King House Senior Center will host a pre-primary meet and greet for Newport residents at the center, 35 King St, on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. The public is invited to meet local and state candidates in an informal setting. Call 401-846-7426 for more information.

Feline Adoption Extravaganza

The Potter League is celebrating the start of the school season with reduced adoption fees on cats eight years and older for $25 through Sunday, Aug. 31. Not sending anyone off to school? Mature cats make great pets especially with the winter months coming. Come by the Potter League to meet some of their favorite felines looking for forever homes.

All cats are spayed or neutered, examined by a veterinarian, have age appropriate vaccinations, treated with flea/tick preventatives and have microchips. Adoptions include a cardboard carrier, a collar and ID tag, and bag of Hill’s Science Diet cat food.

The Potter League is located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown. Visit potterleague.org to view mature cats and all the adoptable animals.

Half Way Party

The third annual Dennis E. Collins Division One AOH “Half way to Saint Patrick’s Day Party” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 4 - 10 p.m. at the Hibernian Hall. It will be a fundraiser for the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 14. There will be plenty of food, fun and music. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets will be available at the hall.

Special Zoning Meetings Set

The Newport Zoning Board of Review has scheduled special hearings to consider an application from the Preservation Society of Newport County to modify its existing special use permit to allow for the construction of its proposed welcome center at The Breakers.

The meetings are tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30, at 6:30 p.m. The location of the proceedings will be announced.

‘Quarter ‘Til with Bach and Friends’

Saint John the Evangelist will offer a series of mini-concerts Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 7, with 15-minutes of music played on the 1894 Hook & Hastings pipe organ at 8:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m. The concerts and mini-demonstrations of music by J. S. Bach and another composer will be offered with a video monitor to see both the organist and organ mechanisms. Admission is 25 cents to benefit renovation of the organ. St. John’s is at the corner of Washington and Willow streets.

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.

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