2014-09-04 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


Pictured on a circa 1909 post card is the intersection of Bath Road (Memorial Blvd) and Bellevue. On the corner was the John H. Kazanjian & Co. where Talbots is today. There isn’t a month that doesn’t go by when we discover an antique oriental object with a Kazanjian label; usually an example of Satsuma, Imari or a small carved rosewood piece of furniture. These items were purchased in the late 19th or early 20th century and passed down to sons and daughters and amazingly have stayed on the Island through all the years. The Kazanjian Company was started in 1882 by Mr. Bedros Kazanjian, acknowledged as an authority on Oriental rugs. Manager A. H. Bozyan who was as known “to the wholesale and retail trade as a purchaser of fine taste and discrimination” took the business over and operated four stores under the Kazanjian name. One of the stores was located at 138-144 Bellevue where Three Golden Apples is located today. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Pictured on a circa 1909 post card is the intersection of Bath Road (Memorial Blvd) and Bellevue. On the corner was the John H. Kazanjian & Co. where Talbots is today. There isn’t a month that doesn’t go by when we discover an antique oriental object with a Kazanjian label; usually an example of Satsuma, Imari or a small carved rosewood piece of furniture. These items were purchased in the late 19th or early 20th century and passed down to sons and daughters and amazingly have stayed on the Island through all the years. The Kazanjian Company was started in 1882 by Mr. Bedros Kazanjian, acknowledged as an authority on Oriental rugs. Manager A. H. Bozyan who was as known “to the wholesale and retail trade as a purchaser of fine taste and discrimination” took the business over and operated four stores under the Kazanjian name. One of the stores was located at 138-144 Bellevue where Three Golden Apples is located today. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Museum Steak Fry

The Museum of Newport Irish History will hold its annual steak fry fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 6 at Hibernian Hall. A cocktail hour, cash bar social begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., which will include grilled-to-order steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, mac & cheese, salad and dessert. Tickets are $27 per person and all reservations must be pre-paid. Tickets may be purchased online at NewportIrish- History.org (click events) or by contacting Kathleen Papp at 401-619- 3332. All reservations will be held at the door. No tickets will be mailed. Tickets are limited and reservations required.

Sister City Happenings

The City of Newport’s Hospitality Commission develops activities with each of Newport’s six sister cities.

The next meeting of the Newport Skiathos Club is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church’s hall, 59 Washington St. The hall entrance is right around the corner on Willow Street. New members welcome. Chrissy Logothets is the chairperson of the Newport-Skiathos Club which is twinned with sister city Skiathos, Greece.

A delegation of Newporters is heading to sister city, Imperia in Italy Sept. 10 - 14. Councilor Marco Camacho will lead the official delegation. The trip will include three students from Rogers High School: seniors Sarah Morris and Caroline Coaty are John O. Pastore Scholars, sponsored by the Festa Italiana; and sophomore Pearl Emerson is sponsored by the Newport Public Schools Student Exchange Program. Also, traveling with Camacho will be Nasia Bachman- Streitfield, Colleen McGrath and Brenda Bachman from Newport’s Hospitality Commission; Matthew Gineo and Kathy Gineo from DiscoverNewport, Kiki Finn and Lauren Bachman-Streitfield.

CCACG Campaign Kickoff

Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG), founded in 1977, invites the public to its campaign “For the Love of Newport!” kickoff meeting. Anyone interested in defeating the latest gambling expansion proposal at Newport Grand is encouraged to attend Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Elks Club. Parking available in the adjacent lot. Come share ideas and volunteer.

Salve Auditions

Salve Regina University’s theatre arts program will hold auditions for its fall productions, “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Beast on the Moon,” on Friday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Megley Theatre. Students, alumni, and members of the community are welcome to audition. For more information, contact Reggie Phoenix at 401-341-3163 or reggie.phoenix@salve.edu.

Nursing Excellence Recognized

Newport Hospital has received its third Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. Among nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations, 401 groups have received the award. Newport Hospital is the only hospital in R.I. to hold both Magnet and Baby Friendly designations. The Miriam Hospital, another Lifespan partner, was the ninth Magnet hospital in the country and the first in R.I. to achieve the designation.

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.

AARP Meeting

The Newport County Chapter of AARP will meet on Monday, Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Fenner Hall, Fenner Avenue, Newport.

The speakers for the meeting will be Eileen Hadfield, Esquire of Harvey, Carr and Hadfield law firm and Beth Ponte of Newport County Financial Associates. Estate planning and partnership plans will be presented. Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries. For more information, call 401-846-5146.

‘Screen and Discuss’

The Redwood Library’s Screen and Discuss documentary film series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 10, with “Blindsight,” the story of six blind teenagers who climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 for Redwood members, $10 for non-members. Call 401-847-0295 x112 to reserve.

Combined Sewer Overflow Modifications

The City of Newport Department of Utilities has contracted with Cardi Corporation to modify flow regulators within the sewer collection system. The project will modify five regulators (Long Wharf at America’s Cup Avenue; Washington Square at Duke Street; Touro Street at Thames Street; Thames Street just south of Touro Street; and Wellington Avenue at Thames). In addition to the modification of the regulators the combined sewer overflow (CSO) structure on America’s Cup Avenue just south of Long Wharf will be permanently abandoned. This work is part of the city’s ongoing program to reduce the number of CSO discharges from the city’s sewer system.

Beginning the week of Sept. 15 construction will start at the Long Wharf at America’s Cup Avenue regulator structure. The work at each structure is projected to take two to three weeks; upon completion crews will continue to the next location. Although the majority of the physical work will be performed underground, the surface will be disturbed with the presence of equipment and the cutting in of new manhole openings within the existing structures will occur.

For each location, the above ground equipment will likely include an air compressor, two support vehicles, concrete saw, other ancillary equipment and associated signage. It is the city’s intent to perform this work efficiently and expeditiously as possible and reduce impact to residents and businesses.

Construction for the sewer improvements will occur Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Road closures are not expected, it is anticipated that one lane of travel will remain open. Sewer improvement work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 21, 2014.

Sail Newport Gala

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

Photo Guild Meeting

The next Newport Photo Guild Meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Ilgenfritz Gallery at Newport Art Museum. Local photographer, Chris Alvanes, will present how to create HDR images in a natural effect. People are welcome at 6:30 p.m. to have a social gathering time, the meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Ida Lewis Talk

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association invites the public to join them at their annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Jamestown Philomenian Library Meeting Hall.

A short business meeting will be followed by a talk given by Lenore Skomal, author of “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” discussing Newport’s well known Ida Lewis. Originally titled “Keeper of Lime Rock,” it has been republished in conjunction with a newly released video documentary by Dr. Marian Gagnon, former journalist, and a Johnson & Wales University Arts and Sciences faculty member. Clips from the video will be shown.

Lenore will have a book signing and refreshments will be available. The event is cosponsored by the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

An Evening at Fowler’s Rock

The Friends of the Jamestown Library is holding a fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at a private estate in Jamestown, 340 East Shore Road. The event will include jazz music, wine, beer, and appetizers. Tickets are $40 and available at the Jamestown Library or on jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

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.

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.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug. 31,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 194 calls. Of those, 105
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 194
responses:
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 69 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 61 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 56 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 33 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 45 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1- Search for person in water
1- Watercraft rescue
1- Gas leak
1- Water rescue
2- Carbon monoxide incidents
3-Motor vehicle accidents
9- Lockouts
5- Assist public calls
12- Fire alarm soundings - no fire
26- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
78- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 11 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 12 life safety / site inspections, 7 fire system plan reviews, 41 tented event reviews and inspections, 1 fire investigation and 6 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Since 2000, 86 fatal fires have occurred on college campuses, in fraternities/sororities, or in off-campus housing within three-miles of the campus. These fires claimed 123 lives. More than 80 percent of campus fire fatalities occur in off-campus housing. Cooking is the cause of 83 percent of university housing fires. To reduce these statistics: Never leave cooking unattended. Cook only where it is permitted. If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit. Candles are also high on the list of leading causes of fires in both on- and off-campus dwellings despite the fact that most colleges and universities forbid candles in residence halls. Twenty percent of fires in dorm rooms are started by candles. To lower that number: Use flameless candles. Make sure candles are in sturdy holders and put out after each use. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Additional safeguards include: Don’t disable or remove batteries from smoke alarms. Don’t hang things on or cover fire sprinklers, which could affect their ability to work properly. When the smoke alarm sounds, immediately evacuate the building; don’t assume it’s a false alarm.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

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 Police Log

During the period from Monday, Aug. 25, to Sunday, Aug. 31, the Newport Police Department responded to 1014 calls. Of those, 154 were motor vehicle related; there were 113 motor vehicle violations issued, and 41 accident reports.

The police also responded to 20 noise complaints, 24 animal complaints, 77 home/business alarm calls, 8 private tows, 9 bicycle violations, 3 suicide calls and 10 incidents of vandalism. They transported 5 prisoners, provided 5 funeral escorts and responded to a call where a dead body was found.

They recorded 10 instances of assisting other police departments and 1instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 37 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 12 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for simple
assault.
n 2 arrests were made for larceny.
n 2 arrests were made for public
urination.
n 2 arrests were made for driving
without a license or with an
expired license.
n 2 arrests were made for possession of open alcohol containers.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
violations.
n 1 arrest was made for DUI.
n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for violating
a no contact order.
n 1 arrest was made for breaking
& entering on Red Cross Ave.
n 1 arrest was made for receiving
stolen goods.
n 1 arrest was made for robbery
in the 1st degree.
n 1 arrest was made for obtaining
money under false pretenses.
n 1 arrest was made for a noise
violation.
n 1 arrest was made for resisting
arrest.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of weapons.

Aquarium Docents Wanted

The Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton’s Beach is looking for docents to greet visitors and teach them about marine life, feed and care for the animals, lead craft activities, and more. Training is provided. Docents must be 16+. Background check required. Shifts are 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:45 - 4 p.m. and are available Friday-Sunday. If interested, contact Volunteer Manager July Lewis at jlewis@savebay.org to schedule an hour-long orientation to complete paperwork and shadow a trained volunteer.

Youth Choir Open for New Members

The Newport Community Youth Choir is starting its second season and will begin weekly rehearsals on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The choir’s primary goal is to enhance the lives of young people in the community through participation in a top-quality choral music program. Four concerts are scheduled for the coming season. Membership is open to all students ages 9-15. Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Hawes Room at Trinity Church.

To register or for more information, contact Stephan Griffin at musicdirector@trinitynewport.org.

Candidate BBQ Rally

The Portsmouth Town Republican Committee will host a chicken BBQ rally for Republican state and local candidates at the Lower Glen in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Come support the Portsmouth Republicans, and meet the state and local candidates.

For more information, contact Jeff Richard at 401-683-6791.

Diabetes Support Group

Dr. Ginger Lemay, PharmD, Asst. Professor of Pharmacology at URI, will be the guest speaker at the monthly diabetes support group sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties. The group meets on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 1-2 p.m. at the Edward King Senior Center at 35 King St., Newport. Dr. Lemay will conduct a question and answer session, and will briefly discuss some of the newer drugs for diabetes. Free and open to the public.

Municipal Court

Municipal Court was not held on Monday, Sept.1, at Newport City Hall because of the Labor Day holiday. Judge Russell Jackson will resume court on Monday, Sept. 8.

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