2014-10-23 / News Briefs


Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

The Newport Recreation Department and Boys Town of New England are cosponsoring the 12th annual Thanksgiving Youth Basketball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

The tournament is open to boys and girls Middle School teams, and boys and girls teams in grades 6, 7 and 8. There will be eight total divisions of play. All teams will play a minimum of two games. Any Middle School team player may also play on an age appropriate division team as well.

Championship and second place finishers will receive individual medals and one grade 8 boy and girl will be awarded the George Triplett MVP Sportsmanship award.

The tournament entrance fee is $150 per team. The deadline to register is Nov. 10. All proceeds will go to the Newport Recreation Department’s youth basketball program and to benefit the children of Boys Town of New England.

Anyone interested in entering a team should contact Ray Fullerton at 401-847-6864 or the Recreation Department at 401-845-5800.

Annual Chamber Dinner

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual celebration Friday, Nov. 7 at Rosecliff from 7 - 10 p.m. The evening includes music by Honky Tonk Knights, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert stations and an open bar. $100 per person. RSVP before Oct. 31 at newportchamber.com or call 401-847-1608.

Fireside Talks

The Norman Bird Sanctuary is offering a four-part Fireside Educational Lecture Series that will feature scientists and educators, and will focus on the marine, wetland and freshwater habitats in the Aquidneck Island area.

The first lecture will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. Margot Schwalbe, of Tufts University. This informative session will focus on the sensory adaptations of fish, both native to New England and beyond. Dr. Schwalbe will explain how fish are able to sense their surroundings through electroreception and unique hearing abilities, as well as discuss the lateral line and the resulting behaviors in fish. To attend call 401-846-2577.

House Seat Debate

The League of Women Voters, Newport County will host a debate featuring the candidates for Rhode Island House District 72: Linda Finn (D), the incumbent and Daniel Reilly (R) on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Library. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Wells at swells229@yahoo.com or 401-378-7595.

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 and City Council ward and at-large candidate forums can be viewed at newportalliance.org and COX Channel 17.

Arts Around the Fire

Representatives from Newport’s Opera House will be on hand to talk about the Creative and Cultural Economy Bond (Question 5) at the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County’s networking event, Arts Around the Fire, Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Salvation CafĂ©. The gathering is free, informal, no reservations needed.

Scouting for Food

As part of the annual Scouting for Food Drive, Aquidneck Island scouts will be leaving an information door tag at homes on Saturday, Oct. 25 instead of the longstanding donation bag. Residents are asked to leave donations of non-perishable canned goods in a bag or box of their own with the tag attached and place it outside on Saturday, Nov. 1 by 9 a.m. when scouts return to collect the donations. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries are the recipients of Rhode Island’s Scouting for Food Drive.

New Lego Club

Children ages 6 – 12 are invited to join the new LEGO Club at the Newport Public Library. The club will meet every other Monday afternoon, Nov. 3 – Dec. 29, from 4 – 6 p.m.

Building with LEGOs inspires creativity and helps lay the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. LEGO Club also provides the opportunity for team building and/or individual expression.

All materials will be provided for this free program. Children are asked to leave their own LEGOs at home so that no favorite pieces are lost. No registration is required. For more information visit the Children’s Desk or call 401-847-8720 x 204.

History of Fashion

The ARTEMIS Programs for young women will hold a talk at the Boathouse Restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on the history of fashion with guest speaker Rebecca Kelly, an instructor at F.I.T. in New York City. She will share interesting stories about what prompts fashion. A light dinner will be served and participants are welcome to rent or purchase vintage dresses to wear at dinner.

Reservations are required for this free event, contact Sharon Rust at 401-207-4316 for information and tickets.


The Aquidneck Land Trust will hold its 7th annual 5K Race and Walk for Open Space on Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Glen, Portsmouth. Registration begins at 9 a.m., next to the Polo Field, and the event starts on a new race course along the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, at 10:30 a.m.

Preregistration and entry fees’ savings are available online at aquidnecklandtrust.org or individuals and teams may register the day of the event. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome to join walkers participating in the event.

First place trophies will be awarded in nine age categories and a cash purse will be awarded to the overall winner. For more information contact Jessica Pohl at jpohl@ailt.org or call 401-849-2799 x18.

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