2014-09-18 / News Briefs


For What It’s Worth A lady recently brought in a photo of a wood book case asking about its value. The style and personal history of her bibliotek would lead us to believe that it was early 20th century and made by George Vernon & Co. for a “summer colony” cottage. We see quite a lot of this style furniture while on area house calls. Value today would be between $750 and $1,000. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques For What It’s Worth A lady recently brought in a photo of a wood book case asking about its value. The style and personal history of her bibliotek would lead us to believe that it was early 20th century and made by George Vernon & Co. for a “summer colony” cottage. We see quite a lot of this style furniture while on area house calls. Value today would be between $750 and $1,000. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques Garden Club Yard Sale

The Portsmouth Garden Club celebrated its 80th anniversary recently and will be holding its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Aquidneck Island Christian Academy, 321 East Main Road, Portsmouth. This fundraiser benefits the club’s many activities including several civic beautification projects.

The sale includes home, garden and attic treasures, there will be jewelry, books, furniture, paintings, soft goods, flowers, plants etc. Admission and parking are free.

Free GRE Practice Tests

The Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who visit the center from Sept. 22 - Oct. 3.

Students who take GED Ready can see if they’re ready to pass the GED test, the skills they need to work on to pass the test and receive a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in study books.

Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. The Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center is located at 740 W. Main Road, Middletown. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact the adult center at 401-847-7171.

Potter League Offers Girl Scout Workshops

Girl Scouts can meet the Potter animals, learn about animal care and pet responsibility, create a craft and earn a Potter League patch. Leaders may register a partial troop with a minimum of 3 girls. Fee is $11 per girl. Workshops begin Oct. 25 for Brownies, Juniors and Daisies will have dates in January and February.

To register and for more information, visit potterleague.org or contact Anastacia at 401-846-8276 x120 or anastacias@potterleague.org.

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.

Fall Fashion Show

The Newport Hospital Fundraiser Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place at the Atlantic Beach Club at noon on Monday, Oct. 6.

Reservation deadline is Sept. 29. Chico’s of Newport will be the featured fashions. Models are Pam McLaughlin, Connie Keogh, Marilyn MacDonald, Pat McMahon, Trish Poirrier, Kathy Bronson, Barbara Bohan, Dale Silvia, Suzan Ballard, and Sharon Caine. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Newport Hospital. For more information, call Carolyn Silva at 401-847-8750.

Call for Singers

Swanhurst Chorus, will begin rehearsals for its 86th season on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Open rehearsals for new members will also be held Sept. 24 and 30, and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. Registration begins at 7:15 p.m. with rehearsals starting at 7:30 p.m. No audition or previous experience is necessary. Students age 13 and up are especially welcome and encouraged. Singers interested in joining are invited and encouraged to attend these open rehearsal sessions. All Tuesday sessions take place at St. Lucy’s Church, Middletown; location for Wednesday sessions has not yet been set. Swanhurst is Rhode Island’s oldest choral ensemble.

Swanhurst holds weekly rehearsals every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 - 9:15 p.m., chorus members expected to attend one session per week. Swanhurst’s first concert is scheduled for Dec. 6th with a delightful selection of Bach Cantatas for the season.

For further information, e-mail info@swanhurst.org, call 401-682- 1630, or visit swanhurst.org.

Cluny Country Fair

The annual Cluny Country Fair will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Cluny School grounds, 75 Brenton Road, off Ocean Drive, Newport. The fair features carnival games with prizes, hay rides and field activities for children including a Zip-line and a bounce house, home-baked goods, a plant sale, craft vendors, a silent auction and much more. The Cluny CafĂ© will offer a wide variety of hot and cold refreshments for sale, and family-oriented live entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Entertainment will feature singer/songwriter and local legend, Jim McGrath, and square dancing by the “Town Howlers,” the oldest square dancing club in New England. Admission and parking are free, and a free trolley shuttle will run between the Rogers High School parking lot on Wickham Road and the fairgrounds. The event is wheelchair accessible and will be held rain or shine. This is the 53rd year the fair has been held.

The school was founded in 1957 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, and it is Newport’s only Catholic elementary school. For more information call 401-847-6043 or visit lunyschool.org.

Pell School for Special Zoning Meetings

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 set for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pell School.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Join with film enthusiasts across the globe to screen the 10 finalist short films in the Manhattan Short Film Festival, an international competition where the audience selects the winner. The 17th annual festival finalists will be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, as part of an international screening taking place in six continents at 300 venues between Sept. 26 and Oct. 5. Guests at each venue will be handed a voting card be asked to vote for the one film they think should win. The winner will be announced on Oct. 6. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10, available at the door. For more information, visit manhattanshort.com or jamestownartcenter.org.

Fall Cruise Schedule

Friday, Sept. 19 – Norwegian Gem-Norwegian Cruise Line docks at Perrotti Park.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 – Seven Seas Navigator-Regent Seven Seas Navigator docks at Perrotti Park.

Thursday, Sept. 25 – American Star-American Cruise Lines docks at Fort Adams.

Friday, Sept. 26 – Norwegian Gem-Norwegian Cruise Line docks at Perrotti Park.

Sunday, Sept. 28–Royal Princess- Princess Cruises docks at Perrotti Park.

Thursday, Oct. 2–Arcadia, P & O Cruises docks at Perrotti Park.

Friday, Oct. 3 – Eurodam-Holland America Line docks at Perrotti Park.

Friday, Oct. 3 – Norwegian Gem- Norwegian Cruise Line docks at Perrotti Park.

Saturday, Oct. 4 – American Glory American Cruise Lines docks at Ford Adams.

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.

Newport Fire Incident Run Report

During the period from Monday,
Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 14,
the Newport Fire Department responded to 198 calls. Of those, 93
were emergency medical calls.
Fire apparatus was used for 198
Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1
and 3 responded to 82 calls
Station 1 - Engines 1 and 6
responded to 60 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2
responded to 45 calls
Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2
responded to 36 calls
Station 5 - Touro Street Engines 3
and 5 responded to 55 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus
was used for include:
1- Cooking fire
1- Unauthorized burning
1- Toxic condition
3- Gas leak
1- Arcing, shorted electrical
2- Electrical wiring /
equipment problem
1-Motor vehicle accident
1- Lockout
3-Assist Newport police or other
15- Assist public calls
21- Fire alarm soundings - no fire
18- Fire alarm malfunctions - no fire
64- Engine assist on EMS call

In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 10 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 19 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews, 76 tented event reviews and inspections, and 6 acceptance tests for fire protection equipment.

FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE: The Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (“Kidde”) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/ DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. The recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarms with model number i12010S manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarms with model number i12010SCO manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014 and model number KNCOSM IBA manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. This replacement program was initiated because the units may not perform as designed following a power outage. If you have any questions, you can contact Kidde at 1-844-553-9011 or Kidde.com.

Information provided by FM Wayne Clark

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.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Monday, Sept. 8 , to Sunday, Sept. 14, the Newport Police Department responded to 638 calls. Of those, 108 were motor vehicle related; there were 75 motor vehicle violations issued, and 33 accident reports.

The police also responded to 16 noise complaints, 23 animal complaints, 51 home/business alarm calls, 7 private tows, 1 bicycle violation, 2 suicide calls and 13 incidents of vandalism. They transported 4 prisoners and had 5 school security checks.

They recorded 6 instances of assisting other police departments and 4 instance of assisting other agencies.

In addition, 34 arrests were made
for the following violations:
n 6 arrests were made for simple
n 4 arrests were made for felony
assault with a dangerous weapon. n 3 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked
n 3 arrests were made for bench
n 2 arrests were made for domestic vandalism.
n 2 arrests were made for 2nd
degree sexual assault.
n 2 arrests were made for willful
n 2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault.
n 2 arrests were made for possession of firearms by minors.
n 2 arrests were made for noise
n 1 arrest was made for possession of weapons/firearms.
n 1 arrest was made for possession of burglary tools.
n 1 arrest was made for disorderly
n 1 arrest was made for assault
on a police officer.
n 1 arrest was made for driving
without a license or expired.

Municipal Court Report

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Sept. 15, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 64 matters on the docket: n The court heard 17 offenses that involved open containers/drinking in public. Of these, four defendants pleaded no contest, each incurring costs of $250 - $400 plus court fees of $93.50. Ten cases were continued or closed; two defendants had requests to have their records expunged granted; and a bench warrants was filed for one defendant who failed to appear. nSeventeen cases were heard regarding noise disturbances; 13 cases were continued, of those, seven dealt with infractions at the Newport Yachting Center and Commercial Wharf. nFive cases of urinating in public were heard. n The court heard four cases involving minors in possession of alcohol; a bench warrant was filed for one defendant who failed to appear, two cases were continued and the charge was expunged for one defendant’s record. n Charges of disorderly conduct were heard in five cases. n Regarding traffic and parking charges, six drivers were issued violations. n Zoning violations for operating a dwelling unit with more than five unrelated individuals was charged for the residence at 64 Admiral Kalbfus Road. n Fire code violations for six residences were continued. n In the two remaining cases, the matter of an anchoring regulation violation was continued and a bicyclist was fined $25.

Rec Reunion Yard Sale

The Rec Reunion is sponsoring a community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church, Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. Limited selling space available; $15 per table, $10 if you bring your own table. For more information, call Joanna at 401-847- 3493. There will also be a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the Rec Reunion scholarship fund.

Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters, Newport County is sponsoring a voter registration drive Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Newport Campus, 1 John Chafee Blvd. Representatives from the Secretary of State’s Office will be there from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to issue voter ID cards.

To register to vote, you must provide a current and valid photo identification provided by a third party. To obtain a voter ID card you must present a form of identification issued after Nov. 6, 2012. The complete list of documents for voter registration and voter ID may be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.ri.gov/elections/voterid/ card.

The voter registration drive is part of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island participation in National Voter Registration Day. For more information, contact Susan Wells, President League of Women Voters, Newport County at swells229@gmail.com or 401-378- 7595 or visit www.lwvri.org.

Cub Scout Sign-Ups

Boys in 1st - 5th grades are invited to come see how much fun Cub Scouts can be. You do not need to be military to join Cub Scout Pack 2 Newport. Meetings are Mondays at 6 p.m. at the McMaken Center in Fort Adams housing area. Scouts accepted in the Pack year round. Contact Cub Master Ray with any questions at 401-225-5812 or fortadamspack@gmail.com.

Youth Soccer Registration

The Newport Recreation Department’s soccer program still has spots available for the fall soccer season. Boys and girls ages 4 to grade 5 can sign up. The program focuses on skill development in a fun atmosphere. Play begins Saturday, Sept. 20. To download the registration form visit cityofnewport.com or call 845-5800 for more information.

Holiday Baskets

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is holding signups for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday baskets until Sept. 26 at the center Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Clients need to bring a photo ID, a piece of current mail with home address and proof of members in the family.

The center is also changing the toy distribution at Christmas. Clients will make an appointment to choose toys for their children during a “Santa’s Workshop Weekend.”

ALN Candidate Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold the first public candidate forum of the 2014 election season featuring candidates for City Councilor in Council Wards Two and Three.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions on the key issues facing Newport.

The following candidates will participate:

Ward Two Candidates: Martha Marie Grogan and Lynn Ceglie

Ward Three Candidates: John Edwards and Kate Leonard

Ward One is uncontested.

The Forum will be moderated by Patty MacLeish, a board member of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and of Newport County. She has more than 20 years as a League-trained moderator.

ALN will also be holding forums with the candidates for City Council at Large (Oct. 1), the Newport School Board (Oct. 15) and the Ballot Issues (Oct. 28).

For additional information, contact ALN at newportalliance.org.

New Gyrokinesis Class

A new “free flowing” gyrokinesis is being offered on Mondays at the Edward King House from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. by Katie Moorhead. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, chairs will be provided, and water to drink.

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