2014-10-16 / News Briefs


City Eyes Skating

Newport Councilors Kathryn Leonard and Michael Farley are sponsoring a resolution that could get the city involved in an effort to find a new location for an ice rink for the upcoming season. The previous skating venue is being lost with the recent sale of the Newport Yachting Center.

The resolution, on the docket for the council’s next meeting on Oct. 22, acknowledges the positive economic impact that businesses have enjoyed from wintertime skaters. The measure directs the administration to “identify all city-owned locations in the downtown area where a rink might be placed from December to February” and to report back to the council by Nov. 12.

Leonard said, “Two friends of mine agreed to be donors to get the ice skating rink up and running. I then spoke to the city manager and to Newport Harbor Corporation President Paul O’Reilly about equipment. I think we have the support to make this happen for Newport children and their families.”

Potter League Annual Meeting

There will be a special presentation by Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA at the Potter League’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28. He will speak about the future of animal welfare and veterinary medicine as well as safety net programs for animals. The meeting will be at the Atlantic Beach Club from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Jill at 401-846-0592 x122 or jillh@potterleague.org.

Creating Good Jobs and Broad Prosperity

Everyone wants a “better economy” – but there can be disagreements about what a good economy is, and also about what we can do to create one. Are good jobs and a good economy created through tax cuts? Through policies to make labor organizing easier? Through tax incentives to bring businesses into a state? Through job standards that require a living wage? By waiting for entrepreneurs to create the next boom? These are challenging questions that require attention to both economic dynamics and preferences about the kind of society we want to live in.

The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University.

Pro and Con on Question 1 and 2

Proponents for Question 1 and 2 will face off in a public discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the CCRI Campus Newport. The forum is hosted by Alliance for a Livable Newport. For more information, visit newportalliance.org.

ALN Issue Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold its final public forum on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. It will focus on the state and local ballot issues. Video of the prior school committee candidate forum, City Council ward and at-large candidate forums can be viewed at newportalliance.org and COX Channel 17.

Cahal Dunne

Irish singer/songwriter, Cahal Dunne will give a presentation on Monday, Oct. 27 as part of the Crowley Lecture Series sponsored by the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center. Reservations requested, to attend contact Ann Arnold at 401-841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net. The interpretive center museum will conclude its 2014 season on Oct. 31. Until then it is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon - 5 p.m.

Arts Around the Fire

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will hold its networking event, Arts Around the Fire, Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Salvation Café. The gathering is free, utterly informal, no reservations needed.

Representatives from Newport’s Opera House will be on hand to talk about the Creative and Cultural Economy Bond (Question 5), which will be an important boost to the Opera House restoration project and other cultural facilities around the state. Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and arts patrons to chat with colleagues about events and accomplishments in the Newport County cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done. Arts Around the Fire features a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation Café and an informal atmosphere where artists and art lovers can connect.

This is the first Arts Around the Fire of the season. The next gathering will be Nov. 18. Info at newportarts.org.

AARP Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will meet at Fenner Hall on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be John Martin, Associate State Director of Communications for AARP Rhode Island. He will give an overview of various programs and events offered by the state organization.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries. New members are asked to arrive a few minutes early and bring their national AARP card with them.

Free Voter ID Cards

Those wishing to vote in the November election may obtain a free voter photo ID, provided by the Office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Middletown Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. - noon.

Indoor Floor Hockey, Basketball, and More

Registration is now open for the Newport County YMCA’s youth sports running Nov. 15 – Dec. 20. Registration ends Wednesday, Nov. 12. The season includes indoor floor hockey for ages 4-8, preseason basketball for ages 4-10, and a parentand me 3-year-old class with a different sport each week. All games will be played on Saturdays at the YMCA. Spaces are limited. For more information, contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director at 401-847-9200 x113 or visit newportymca.org.

Free Mammograms

Newport Hospital offers free clinical breast exams with screening mammograms twice yearly – in April and October. The next event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Newport Hospital. This is for women between the ages of 40 and 64 without health insurance or health insurance that does not cover annual mammograms. Participants must also meet financial eligibility criteria. Advanced practice nurses and OB GYN physicians will provide the clinical breast exams. Pre-registration required, call 401-835-1548 by Oct. 18. Newport Hospital will assist women who require transportation, as well as interpreter services.

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