2014-11-13 / News Briefs


Local Author Helps Nonprofits

Newport author Gail Alofsin will be offering “7 quick productivity tips” from her book “Your Someday Is Now” at a fundraiser scheduled for the Newport Public Library. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the library, located at 300 Spring St.

The book contains work-life balance tips, including insight from community leaders. Tickets are $25, and include a copy of the book and wine and cheese refreshments. All proceeds will go to the library.

Past book fundraisers have supported the Martin Luther King Center and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

To make a reservation, contact the Newport Public Library at 401- 847- 8720 x100. For more information, contact Fran Mendell at the above number or fmendell@newportlibraryri.org.

Christmas in Newport Meeting

There will be a meeting of Christmas in Newport participants on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall at 3:30 p.m. Organizations signed up for events are welcome to come and get information on publicity surrounding the festivities. Calendars of the monthlong program will be available for distribution.

Basketball Clinics and League Sign Ups

The Rogers High School girls and boys basketball teams will conduct a free basketball clinics for children in grades K through 6 on Saturday, Nov. 15. Clinics will run from 10 a.m. - noon for boys and noon - 2 p.m. for girls at the Boys and Girls Club, 95 Church St. Roger Williams assistant coach Dan Weidmann will offer a clinic on shooting fundamentals on Sunday, Nov. 16, for boys and girls grades 7 through 12 will be given by from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Admission to both events is free. Participants will receive $5 off registration for the Flo Harvey youth basketball league sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club which begins on Dec. 6 for grades 3 through 8. To register or volunteer to coach, contact Erin Wood at ewood@bgcnewport.org or 401-847-6927 x 114.

New Funding for Task Force

The Newport Substance Abuse Preventation Task Force will meet on Monday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Newport Public Library to discuss the funds received from Partnership for Success. The needs assessment will be updated; and task force subcommittees and goals are also on the agenda. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Ben Ellcome at ellcome. ben@gmail.com.

AARP Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Chapter 207 of AARP will be on Monday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fenner Avenue Hall. The speaker will be Victoria Johnson who will give a talk on the first African Americans in Newport, an ongoing project.

Johnson is a native of Newport and a Rogers High School alumna. She had a notable career in teaching, coaching and educational administration and was the first female African American principal of a secondary school in Rhode Island. She serves on the education committee at the Newport Historical Society and is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods to the meeting for local food banks. New members are requested to come a few minutes earlier and bring their national AARP membership card with them.

A Return to Camelot

Join the Arts and Cultural Alliance for the next in its series of Arts Behind the Scenes on Monday, Nov. 17, and return to the memorable morning of Sept. 12, 1953 when Jacqueline Bouvier married that handsome senator from Massachusetts at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

St. Mary’s musical director and choir will perform selections from the wedding ceremony along with a brief description of the historic day. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and a $5 donation is requested to benefit the St. Mary’s soup kitchen program. This performance is a dress rehearsal for a public program that will be part of Christmas in Newport and is limited to the first 30 who register at goo.gl/TTm4On.


One-hour spin classes will be offered at the Newport County YMCA on Sunday, Nov.16, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. by ceretified spin instructors. You are not required to be a member of the YMCA to participate, and all fitness levels are welcome. $15 per hour, per session is suggested. Time slots and tickets may be purchased at the Newport YMCA membership office or online at ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/ 2117/Programs/search.mvc/ sessions?program_ id=94758.

Open House

The Pennfield School, an independent day school offering classes to preschoolers (age 3) – eighth grade, will hold an open house on Friday, Nov. 14, from 8 - 10 a.m. Financial aid is available. The school is located at 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth. To learn more, visitpennfield.org or call 401-849-4646.

Irish Immigration Talk

Learn about the Irish who arrived in large numbers to Newport in the late 1840s and 1850s and their social and economic success, despite facing hardship and discrimination.

Dr. Kurt C. Schlichting, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield University, will present a talk entitled “The Irish Immigrants in Newport: A Question of Upward Mobility” on Monday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

He uses income tax records from the National Achieves to ascertain the ethnic composition of the wealthiest segment of Newport’s population in 1865.

The presentation is part of the Museum of Newport Irish History’s annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series.

Attendees should enter the Tennis Hall of Fame complex via the archway on Bellevue Avenue where they will be directed to an elevator to the second floor lecture venue. Following the talk, there will be a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, courtesy of the La Forge Casino Restaurant.

The lecture is $3 for Museum of Newport Irish History members and $15 for non-members, which may be applied to the annual membership fee. Reservations are requested. To reserve, contact Maeve Sheehan at 508-826-0134 or MaeveS@hotmail.com.

For more information about the Museum of Newport Irish History, visit newportirishhistory.org.

Photo Guild Meeting

Sylvia Hampton, Jack Renner, and Sue Wermuth will share their vision and creative processes in creating striking images at the next Newport Photo Guild meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The gathering is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for “Show and Tell.” The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ilgenfritz Gallery of the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. For more information, visit newportphotoguild.org.

Housing Hotline Dance

Put on your dancing shoes to raise funds for the Housing Hotline on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 7 -11 p.m. at the Middletown Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Rd. DJ Phino will provide the music and there will be a karaoke contest. For tickets, call 401-846-4896. Cost is $10, $15 for couples.

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.

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