2014-09-11 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


Veteran Team Clinches Championship The Island Baseball League’s sixth season came to a close Sept. 5 at Cardine’s Field, with the defending champion Narragansett Navigators defeating the Aquidneck Islanders 8 to 4. Eight teams competed in the league’s season. For more information about the group, visit islandbaseball.com. The big moment in the game came in the sixth inning as the Navigators put the first two runners on. Jason Harrington fell behind 2-0 to Matt Williams. Harrington then fouled off ten pitches and worked the count full. On the sixteenth pitch of the at bat, he drove the ball to left center for a bases clearing triple. Joe Cassady drove in another run, and when the dust cleared the Navigators had pulled ahead 5-2. Veteran Team Clinches Championship The Island Baseball League’s sixth season came to a close Sept. 5 at Cardine’s Field, with the defending champion Narragansett Navigators defeating the Aquidneck Islanders 8 to 4. Eight teams competed in the league’s season. For more information about the group, visit islandbaseball.com. The big moment in the game came in the sixth inning as the Navigators put the first two runners on. Jason Harrington fell behind 2-0 to Matt Williams. Harrington then fouled off ten pitches and worked the count full. On the sixteenth pitch of the at bat, he drove the ball to left center for a bases clearing triple. Joe Cassady drove in another run, and when the dust cleared the Navigators had pulled ahead 5-2. Singing Out Against Hunger

Singing Out Against Hunger’s annual free music performances will be held this year on Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14 at Coastal Roasters and Evelyn’s Drive-In, Tiverton. The money raised will support local food pantries and the East Bay Community Action Program. Since 2003, Singing Out Against Hunger has raised more than $150,000. For further information, contact Jane Bitto at 401-265-2146 or visit singingoutagainsthunger.org.


For What It’s Worth A gentleman who read recently about a new book about area pirates brought in an old book titled: “The History of The Pirates Containing the Lives of Those Noted Pirate Captains” written by Captain Charles Johnson. Printed in 1814, there is a chapter on Newport’s Captain Tew. I borrowed the book long enough to find it very readable and enjoyable. The leather covered volume is in good condition and I estimate the value between $250 and $350. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques For What It’s Worth A gentleman who read recently about a new book about area pirates brought in an old book titled: “The History of The Pirates Containing the Lives of Those Noted Pirate Captains” written by Captain Charles Johnson. Printed in 1814, there is a chapter on Newport’s Captain Tew. I borrowed the book long enough to find it very readable and enjoyable. The leather covered volume is in good condition and I estimate the value between $250 and $350. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Four Bridges Ride

The second annual Four Bridges Ride for charity will take place Sunday, Sept.21,witha7a.m.start.Beginning in North Kingstown, the 26-mile course takes riders over the Verrazzano, Pell, Sakonnet and Mt. Hope bridges, ending at Roger Williams University in Bristol. The arduous route through seven communities is designed for experienced bicyclists only, and no roads will be closed to traffic during this ride. Advance registration is required at 4bridgesride.com.

Book Reading at Salvation Cafe

Island Books will host Rhode Island novelist Ann Hood for a reading and book signing of her latest work, “An Italian Wife,” at Salvation Cafe on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

A copy of the book and a wine and cheese reception with the author are included in the ticket price of $35. Tickets are limited and must be reserved at Island Books at 575 East Main Road or 135 Spring St. or by calling 401-849-2665.

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.

Potter Pet U

The September Potter Pet University program is a rabbit handling and behavior workshop. It is Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 6 - 7 p.m. and will be presented by Jennifer Sears, of Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, Inc. The event is free and open to the public, however, Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401- 846-0592 x120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.

Historical Society Meeting

Recent innovations and future plans are on the docket for the Newport Historical Society’s annual meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in the Colony House. Members of the staff will take center stage as they focus on the changes that have brought so much success in months past. Executive Director Ruth Taylor will also speak about the year ahead and the project under way to upgrade the headquarters at 82 Touro Street.

Society staff members will participate in a PechaKucha, a Japanese presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. At six minutes and 40 seconds in total, this style keeps delivery lively and fast-paced. Staff members will focus on programming and practices introduced throughout the last year that have brought the society increased visitation and visibility.

This meeting is free and open to the public. For reservations or more information, call 401-841-8770.

Lyme Support Group

The next Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. The speaker is George Popovici who will give an inspirational talk on his ten-year journey with Lyme and present new avenues to living with the disease. The group meets on the third Thursdays and is open to anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease. The support group meets at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Skatefest

Jamestown’s eighth annual Skatefest is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26th (rain date Sept. 27) beginning at 4 p.m. at the Jamestown Skate Park, behind Lawn Ave School. There will be cash prizes awarded for skateboarding, rap and dance. There will also be gear toss-outs. A $5 fee is required to enter competitions. Spectators watch for free.This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event, brought to you by Jamestown Parks & Recreation and Kettlebottom Productions.

For more information, contact Molly Conlon at 401-423-7261 or mconlon@jamestownri.net.

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

Doggy 101 and Cat Conversations

Spend an hour with Potter League adoption and behavior staff to learn valuable information about what to expect when you bring home your new dog or cat. These informational classes are held monthly and are recommended for all potential and new pet owners. Doggy 101 will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. “Cat Conversations” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The classes are free open to everyone, not just Potter League adopters. Pre-registration is required for either class by contacting Molly at mollym@potterleague.org or 401-846-8276.

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.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 7, the
Newport Fire Department responded to 183 calls. Of those, 98 were
emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 183
responses:
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 74 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 56 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 37 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 21 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 41 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1- Unauthorized fire
1- Trash/dumpster fire
1- Structure fire
1- Mulch fire
1- Electrocution or potential
electrocution
1-Extrication rescue
2- Gas leak
2- Electrical wiring /
equipment problem
1- Overheated motor
1- Oil or other combustible
liquid spill
1- Water or steam leak
7-Motor vehicle accidents
5- Lockouts
2- False alarms
10- Assist public calls
10- Fire alarm soundings - no fire
12- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
72- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 18 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews, 83 tented event reviews and inspections, 1 fire investigation and 10 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: Flashing strobe / vibrating smoke alarms- People with hearing impairments cannot rely on the traditional audible smoke alarm, but can rely on visual alarms equipped with strobe lights or vibrating notification. If you, or a family member, have a hearing impairment, install a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test all smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Be sure that fire and police keep your needs information on file. Your chances of surviving a home fire are far greater if you have the initial warning from a smoke alarm. Stop by Newport Fire Headquarters or contact the Office of Fire Prevention at 401-845-5910 for more information.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

Tennis Tournaments

The City of Newport’s 50 and Better Men’s Doubles will be played Sept. 13 -14 and the mixed doubles open tennis tournament will be played Oct. 4 - 5 at the Aquidneck Park Pop Flack courts. The fee to play is $15. For more information or to register, call the Newport Recreation Department at 401-845-5800.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Sept. 1 , to Sunday, Sept. 7, the Newport Police Department responded to 969 calls. Of those, 116 were motor vehicle related; there were 81 motor vehicle violations issued, and 35 accident reports.

The police also responded to 23 noise complaints, 18 animal complaints, 59 home/business alarm calls, 5 private tows, 2 bicycle violations, 3 suicide calls and 19 incidents of vandalism. They transported 5 prisoners and had 1 school security check.

They recorded 11 instances of assisting other police departments and 5 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 29 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 5 arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
n 3 arrests were made for bench
warrants.
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for open
containers of alcohol
n 2 arrests were made for larceny. n 1 arrest was made for public
urination.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
with a suspended or revoked
license.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of weapons, air guns prohibited. n 1 arrest was made for resisting
arrest.
n 1 arrest was made for conditions of family court order.
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
and entering.
n 1 arrest was made for receiving
stolen goods.
n 1 arrest was made for a noise
violation.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of drugs with the intent to
manufacture or deliver.
n 1 arrest was made for failure to
stop.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of weapons, other than firearms. n1 arrest was made for failure to
have proper operator license.
n1 arrest was made for 2nd degree child abuse.

AARP Meeting

The Newport County Chapter of the 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 the 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.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps, a program designed to engage caregivers with birth to 36-month year old children, is beginning an eight-week program of activities. Registration is Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 - 10 a.m. at the Florence Grey Center, 1 York St., Newport. Use the Chafee Boulevard entrance. Sessions are offered once a month and all take place at the center. The first class will begin Sept. 13 with reading/signing activities and a craft. A graduation ceremony will take place in May. For more information or for transportation, contact Marisa Elin at 401-662-3854 or Linda Finn at lindaf6@cox.net or visit babysteps-ri.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 Alvanas will present how to create HDR images in a natural effect. People are welcome at 6:30 p.m. for a social gathering; the meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Sept. 8, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 37 matters on the docket: n The court heard eleven offenses that involved open containers/ drinking in public. Of these, two defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $400 plus court fees of $93.50. Three cases were continued or closed; three defendants had requests to have their records expunged granted; and bench warrants were filed for three defendants who failed to appear. n Three cases were heard regarding noise disturbances; one defendant pleaded no contest and was fined $400 plus court fees, one case was closed, and another continued. n Four cases of urinating in public were heard. n Three cases involved minors in possession of alcohol; bench warrants were filed for two defendants who failed to appear and one was fined $300 plus court fees. n Of the four remaining cases dealing with disorderly conduct, three defendents pleaded no contest and fined $300-$400, another case was continued. n Regarding traffic and parking violations, all four drivers had their cases dismissed. n Zoning violations at three residents were called. Setback offenses at 68 Narragansett Ave., guest house and building permit infractions at 491 Spring St., and a failure to register rentals at 15 Dixon St. were all continued.

Common Fence Music

Common Fence Music kicks off its 22nd season with perennial favorite American folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler on Saturday, Sept. 20. With 13 albums and decades of performing under her belt, Wheeler knows how to please an audience. Although primarily classified as a folk singer and songwriter, her songs have been covered by a number of country music artists, such as Dan Seals, Kathy Mattea, Sylvia, and Garth Brooks, as well as artists from other genres including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bette Midler, and Kenny Loggins, The series runs at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road in Portsmouth. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the tailgate picnic and the show begins at 8 p.m., with Chris Trapper opening. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner and beverages or purchase galley soups and chowders. Tickets are $35 and available at commonfencemusic.org.

Open Space Forum

“The Experience of Open Space,” a community speaker panel and discussion event, will take place at the Jane Pickens Theater on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will serve as a kickoff for a two-year comprehensive planning effort for Newport’s parks and open spaces.

James F. Lima, Grover Fugate, Matthew Traught, and Ron Henderson Fasla will discuss innovative thinking in open space protection and use, highlighting best practices in their disciplines.

The program is free and hosted by the City of Newport, Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, Aquidneck Land Trust, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, and Newport Tree Society. A reception will follow at the Colony House. To learn more, visit newportopenspace.org.

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