2014-11-06 / News Briefs


Babysitting Class

A two-day child safety/babysitting class is being offered on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Atria Aquidneck Place, East Main Road, Portsmouth.

Catherine Alexander, RN, MS from Portsmouth, a mobile medical training nurse will lead the six-hour training program for youth 11 to15 years old. The first day includes CPR, choking, and AED training and elements of first aid. The next day covers babysitting safety, changing and feeding a baby, and tips on how to get a babysitting business started. Instructors are registered nurses who are certified CPR/first aid instructors through the American Heart Association. The cost to attend is $65 per person.

To register for the class, contact mobilemedicaltraining@gmail.com.

Pie Run Registration

The Newport Running Club will conduct the 29th annual Pie Run on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 27. The five mile run and three mile walk is sponsored by the Savings Institute Bank and Trust. The event will begin at Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road, Middletown. Entrants are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to be contributed to a local food bank.

Entry cost is $30 for the five mile run, $25 for the three mile noncompetitive walk, both pre- and post-registration.

Registration is online at Active.com or through mail-in registration via paper application. For mail-in registrations, make checks payable to Newport Running Club, $30 for the five-mile run and $25 for the non-competitive walk and mail to Pie Run, 30 Orms St., Pawtucket, RI 02861.

NHS Library Closes Until 2015

The Newport Historical Society’s Resource Center rehabilitation project at its 82 Touro Street headquarters building is progressing steadily. Work is transitioning from the outdoor space to the interior. NHS staff members have been packing and moving collection items to be safely housed during the renovation. As a result, the Historical Society has temporarily closed research access to its library and collections. The Society plans to reopen in the late winter/early spring 2015.

During this transition, the Historical Society suggests utilizing online resources, visiting the Museum of Newport History, which is open daily, and other Newport institutions.

Lyme Support Group

An open meeting for anyone who wishes to discuss or learn more about Lyme disease will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. “Emergence,” the sequel to the the documentary “Under Our Skin” will be shown. The support group will meet at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Book Buddies Club

A special book club for young readers in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be held at the Newport Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. to discuss “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. In December, the group will discuss “Pie” by Sarah Weeks on Dec.17.

Security Strategies for Small Businesses

A seminar focusing on how small- to medium-size businesses can implement security strategies will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Pell Center. The event is hosted by the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. Frank Motta, of Computer Associates in Smithfield, will describe a holistic, company wide strategy to minimize an organization’s exposure to cyber criminals, and will highlight some of the affordable technology solutions available today.

There will be a networking breakfast from 8:30 - 9 a.m., followed by the seminar from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

College Interview Workshop

Cathleen Dionne, college advisor at Johnson & Wales University and instructor at College Prep Collaborative, is holding a workshop to prepare students with the college application and interview process on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library. Come sharpen public speaking and interviewing skills, and refine your student resume and brag sheet. Attendees can also participate in mock interviews. The workshop is open to ages 13-18. Space is limited and registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information and to register, stop by, phone, or email the library at 401-846-1573, or teencornerteens@gmail.com.

Wampanoag Music, Dance and Craft Workshop

The Redwood Library will hold a children’s program on “Giving Thanks with the Wampanoag” on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. Kitty Hendricks, a Mashpee Wampanoag, will share the many ways in which the Wampanoag people give thanks throughout the year and talk about the 17th century harvest celebration that has become known as Thanksgiving. Children will look at objects used in dance and celebration and make quahog rattles to take home. Admission is free to members and $2 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up by calling 401-847-0292 x105.

Talk on Gardening for Self-reliance

The Garden Club of Middletown is offering a free lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross Meeting Room, 1439 West Main Road, Middletown.

Vera Bowen, co-founder of Garden Time, Inc. will talk about the Garden Time project that teaches gardening skills to prison inmates to inspire and empower them to grow their own food for both economical and personal self-reliance upon re-entry to society. A light luncheon will be provided at 12:30 p.m. prior to the talk. The Garden Club of Middletown members welcome guests and new members to attend – no fee required. For more information, contact 401-846-0276.

Winter Basketball

Registrations are being accepted for all winter basketball programs through the Newport Recreation Department for kindergarten through the high school level. Visit cityofnewport.com/departments/ recreation/recreation-activities to get all the details and registration forms. Play, learn and grow where the coaches send their kids. Fax, email or stop in to 35 Golden Hill St. with registrations or call 401-845- 5800.

Pell Open Houses

The Pell Elementary School community is hosting a series of open houses so the community can tour the building and learn more about the school. They will take place on the second Wednesday of every month throughout the 2014-15 academic year beginning on Nov. 12, from 1- 2 p.m. The tours will be coled by a Pell Elementary School administrator and a Pell parent.

To RSVP call the school at 401- 842-1900 x 20107, ask for Mark McKenna, or visit npsri.net.

December Welcome Center Hearings

Two special meetings of the Newport Zoning Board of Review have been scheduled to consider the Preservation Society’s application for a special use permit to construct a welcome center at The Breakers.

The back-to-back hearings are set for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2. They were originally set for late September, but were canceled after recusals by Zoning Board Chair Rebecca McSweeney and Vice Chair Lynn Ceglie presented quorum issues.

There is considerable public interest in the proceedings, with proponents and opponents disagreeing as to the merits and necessity of the much-debated project.

Rogers High School Honors Veterans

Rogers High School cordially invites area veterans and their families to attend an assembly in honor of their service. The assembly will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:15 p.m. in the Rogers High School auditorium, located at 15 Wickham Road, Newport.

The special Veterans Day assembly will feature student presentations, guest speakers, and patriotic music. For more information, call the Rogers History Department at 401-847-6235 or email coleenhermes@npsri.net.

Medicare Open Enrollment Seminar

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar Thursday, Nov. 13 from 2 - 3 p.m. at the Mainstay Hotel, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport. Individuals can learn more about Medicare and the range of options available from Blue Cross. Medicare open enrollment continues through November. For more information, call 401-459-5854.

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