2014-09-25 / News Briefs


Series Pilot Premieres at Casino Theatre

The television series pilot based on the artwork of local artist William Heydt is set to premiere Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., from 7 - 9 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Newportant Studios, together with Ship to Shore Media and artist William Heydt, will present the pilot and give the community an opportunity meet the cast, crew and producers. Inspired by the vibrant people and places brought to life in the artwork of Heydt, the pilot sets the tone for the first season of 13 episodes to be filmed.

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.

Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting

Tour the hives at Prescott Farm with local beekeeper Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey on Sunday, Sept. 28, and learn about the art and science of beekeeping. Enjoy samples of island honey and homemade jonnycakes, both local favorites. Tours are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Book tickets online at newportrestoration.org or call 401-846-4152 x122 to reserve. Prescott Farms is at 2009 West Main Road, Middletown.

Free GED Practice Tests

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

Students who take “GED Ready” can see if they’re ready to pass the GED test, identify 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.

DeBlois Call for Artists

DeBlois Gallery will accept 2D and 3D pieces for its non-juried Small Works Show in November. Submissions can be droped off on Oct. 25 and 26. Maximum size for work is 14 inches in any one dimension. All 2D work must be framed and ready to hang. Entry fee is $30 for up to 4 pieces. For more information, call 401-847-9977 or email debloisgallery@gmail.com.

New Court Lighting

The City of Newport’s Department of Public Services recently installed new energy efficient lighting at the public Pop Flack tennis courts located in Aquidneck Park along King Street (adjacent to the Recreation Center and the Edward King House.) This new LED sports lighting technology was designed by Musco Lighting, the industry leader in sports lighting that serves many sport programs and venues, such as the Olympic Games and the United States Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Stadium.

‘Art Is A Gift’

Local artists are invited to submit as many as three pieces of original art to the Conanicut Island Art Association’s “Art Is A Gift” event. Drop off for the art is Thursday, Oct. 9 at Jamestown Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Ave., between 1 and 5:30 p.m. The cost of the first entry is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The cost for additional pieces is $5 each. All work must be for sale with 25 percent of the sale price going to the Association’s Scholarship Fund. Works must be securely framed, wired and ready to hang. There are other rules that apply, so go to ArtinJamestown.org for information and entry forms or email: artinjamestown@gmail.com.

Redwood Receives Grant for Art Inventory

The Redwood Library & Athenæum has received a $19,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fully inventory and catalog its extensive art collection. When complete, the catalog record will be completely accessible through the Library’s website and will offer full color images, descriptions, and catalog details of the Redwood’s collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, furniture, and decorative arts objects. Data for each object will be matched to a digital image on the record and will be fully searchable.

The cataloging will be done in a museum software program called PastPerfect, a leader in collection and contact management. In addition to being available to members and visitors via the Redwood’s website, the collection data will be shared with Newportal, a collaborative project of five cultural institutions in Newport: Redwood Library, Newport Art Museum, Newport Historical Society, Newport Restoration Foundation, and The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Special Collections Librarian Whitney Pape noted, “The IMLS grant will enable us to easily access critical information about the condition, size, storage location, and provenance of the Redwood’s art holdings, and will also make these objects available to scholars, researchers, curious members and visitors.” The database is expected to be complete in the fall of 2015, although the Library will launch the searchable link on its website once 30 percent of the inventory has been cataloged.

New Metered Parking on Narragansett Ave.

The City of Newport has announced that metered parking is now in effect on Narragansett Ave. from Ochre Point Ave. east to the Forty Steps from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily including weekends and holidays. The fee is $1.25 per hour and there is a four hour parking limit. There is no parking at any time on either side of Narragansett Ave. from Bellevue Ave. eastward to Ochre Point Ave.

A Pay by Plate multi-space meter is located adjacent to the restrooms at Forty Steps. Following the prompts on the meter, parkers enter their license plate number, select the number of hours they wish to park and pay the appropriate fee with either a credit card or cash. The printed receipt is retained by the parker; there is no need to return it to their vehicle.

Metered parking throughout the city is in effect through Oct.31.

Lynette House Elects New Officers

The Nina Lynette Home, a nonprofit corporation providing safe and affordableaccommodations to independent seniors since 1905, elected its 2014 slate of officers at its annual meeting earlier this month. The following people will serve until September 2016: President, Jane Walsh; Vice President, Nancy Curran; Secretary, Ellen Leys; and Treasurer, Joanne Dunlap.

New Board Members are: Mary Bauer, Nancy Curran, Joanne Dunlap, Richard Koziara, Ellen Leys, Judy Leys, Thomas O’Loughlin, Barbara Peters, MaryBeth Pike, Stephanie Shoemaker and Jane Walsh. The Nina Lynette Home is located at 87 Washington St. For more information, call 401-847-2674.

Ewaso Lions Update

Shivani Bhalla, Founder and Executive Director of the Ewaso Lions, will give a presentation Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals. She will speak about the programs she and her staff perform daily to save Kenya’s lion population. She will also discuss new initiatives for the project. The talk is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401-846-0592 x120 or AnastaciaS@potterleague.org.

Municipal Court

Judge J. Russell Jackson presided at the Municipal Court session held on Monday, Sept. 22, at Newport City Hall. The Court adjudicates cases related to city ordinances, parking, and traffic infractions.

There were 53 matters on the docket: n The court heard 9 offenses that involved open containers/drinking in public. Of these, six cases were continued and three bench warrants were filed for defendants who failed to appear. nEighteen cases were heard regarding noise disturbances; 11 dealt with infractions at the Newport Yachting Center and Commercial Wharf. nRegarding other city ordinance violations the court heard; three cases of urinating in public,two cases involving minors in possession of alcohol, and two counts of disorderly conduct. n One review of anchoring regulation violation was continued. n Regarding traffic and parking violations, eight drivers faced charges; two cases were continued; the other drivers paid fines of $85-$95. n Nine zoning violations for operating a dwelling unit with more than five unrelated individuals were heard; three were dismissed, dwellings at 30 Narragansett Ave., and 20 Annandale Road had their cases continued. n Two residences had cases continued for allowing trash and rubbish to accumulate.

Fall Cruise Schedule

Friday, Sept. 26 – Norwegian Gem-Norwegian Cruise Line tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Sunday, Sept. 28–Royal Princess- Princess Cruises tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Thursday, Oct. 2–Arcadia, P & O Cruises tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Friday, Oct. 3 – Eurodam-Holland America Line tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Friday, Oct. 3 – Norwegian Gem- Norwegian Cruise Line tendering in to Perrotti Park.

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

Sunday, Oct. 5 – Royal Princess- Princess Cruises tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 – The Yorktown Travel Dynamics International docks at Fort Adams.

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Regatta-Oceania Cruises tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Friday, Oct. 10 – Norwegian Gem- Norwegian Cruise Line tendering in to Perrotti Park.

Green Drinks

Internationally, people who are interested in environmental issues meet informally at monthly Green Drinks meetings. The Newport Green Drinks group will meet Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bike Newport offices, 437 Broadway. Kristin Littlefield, Clean City Coordinator for the City of Newport, will discuss and answer questions about the new trash and recycling program. Bike Newport will give an update on its events, programs, and initiatives. The Newport Energy and Environment Commission will honor Rachel Lessne, owner of Green Envy. For more information, call 401-619-0374 or visit greendrinks.org.

Child & Family Annual Meeting

The public is invited to Child & Family’s 148th annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Rosecliff at 6 p.m. The keynote address will be given by the Honorable Jack Reed, U.S. Senator for Rhode Island. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served immediately following the program. To attend, RSVP to Holly Damm at 401-848-4141 or hdamm@childandfamilyri.com.

Healing Co-Op Yard Sale

The Healing Co-Op, Rhode Island’s free nonprofit supporting women with cancer and their families, will hold a yard sale on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No early birds. Items will include one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, art supplies, furniture, clothing, shoes, antiques, building supplies and more. The Healing Co-Op is located at 272 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown.

Kundalini Yoga

The Newport Recreation Department is offering Kundalini Yoga on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 25. Kundalini Yoga promotes a strong and balanced nervous system. The class begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Hut. Walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $8 per class. All participants should bring a yoga mat. For more information, call 401-845-5800.

Festa Italiana Opens with Ziti Night

The 20th annual Newport Festa Italiana will hold its first event on Friday, Sept. 26. The Original John Panaggio Ziti Night sponsored by the Forum Lodge, Sons of Italy will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Vasco da Gama Hall on Fenner Avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Anna Ripa Scholarships awarded to students of Italian descent at all three island high schools. For tickets call 401-849-7087. $18 for adults, $5 for children.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the classic film “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, will be shown at the Newport Public library at 6 p.m. For information on all the Newport Festa Italiana events, call 401-847- 4444 or check Newport Festa Italiana on Facebook.

ALN Candidate Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold a public candidate forum for City Council at large on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The location is not yet determined.

Seven candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions on the key issues facing Newport. The following candidates will participate: Mike Farley, John Florez, Andy Lavarre, Justin McLaughlin, Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Naomi Neville, and Harry Winthrop.

James M. Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center; will moderate the forum.

ALN will also be holding forums with the candidates for Newport School Board (Oct. 15) and the voting Ballot Issues (Oct. 28).

For additional information, contact ALN at newportalliance.org.

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