2014-12-04 / News Briefs

News Briefs


Pack 77 Middletown Webelos scout Creighton Recavarren, above, has the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouting’s highest honor pinned on his uniform by his parents at a recent ceremony conducted by Cubmaster Carole Moreau. Pack 77 Middletown Webelos scout Creighton Recavarren, above, has the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouting’s highest honor pinned on his uniform by his parents at a recent ceremony conducted by Cubmaster Carole Moreau. Newport Hospital named ‘Top Performer’

Newport Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. The hospital, the only one in Rhode Island to achieve this distinction, was recognized for its sustained excellence on accountability measures, or core measures, for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to have achieved this important quality milestone for our ongoing efforts to improve clinical performance and the patient experience,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “Receiving this Joint Commission recognition reinforces Newport Hospital’s continued commitment to excellence and the high quality care we provide to our patients every day.”

The Top Performer program, which recognized 1,224 U.S. hospitals, acknowledges facilities for improving performance on evidencebased interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. Newport Hospital achieved greater than 95 percent on the heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care key quality measures.

New Director at Redwood

Edwin G. Fischer, M.D., President of the Board of Directors of the Redwood Library & Athenæum, announced the appointment of Benedict Leca, Ph.D., as its new Executive Director, effective Jan. 15, following a competitive national search.

Prior to his current tenure at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, as Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Leca was Curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He was the first Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the French Paintings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washingto, and served on the staff of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.

In addition to organizing landmark exhibitions, he has lectured and published widely on 18th- and 19th-century portraiture, print culture, and the history of the book. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, primarily for research, exhibitions, and catalogues. In 2011, he was awarded the Association of Art Museum Curator’s award.

Leca received his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Brown University in 2004 with a specialization in 18thcentury French painting and printmaking, and his M.A. in the History of Art specializing in ancient art at the University of Texas in 1994.

Carolers Welcome

The public is invited to join the Thompson Middle School Chorus for the annual Broadway Caroling event on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. “Each year we have a hardy group of community members along with the chorus,” said volunteer Christopher Carbone, founder of Music Together. Carolers of all ages spread holiday joy by singing to local businesses and at City Hall. The group will meet at the Colony House in Washington Square and end at the Firehouse Theater for refreshments. More information and updates may be found at the “Off Broadway Neighborhood Association” Facebook page.

News from Sister City in Imperia, Italy

Imperia will be the host venue for the most important sailing race in the Mediterranean from Dec. 3 - 7.

More than 140 boats coming from a dozen nations have registered for the 25th annual Imperia Winter Regatta (IWR). The event is open to 420 classes (open and female) and to 470 Classes (men and women). Races will be sailed in front of the town of Imperia and will be managed by a 100% Italian race committe directed by Carlo Tosi and by an international jury with members coming from Austria, Germany, France and Italy.

Imperia is one of Newport’s six Sister Cities. The others are Kinsale, Ireland; Shimoda, Japan; Skiathos, Greece; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Cluny Christmas Wreath and Tree Sale

A two-day sale of Christmas wreaths and trees to benefit Cluny School will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the International Yacht Restoration School parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St. The sale runs 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. The Cluny School choir will sing Saturday at 5 p.m.

Fresh double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths decorated by Cluny School parents will be sold along with 6-9 foot balsam and fir Christmas trees.. For prices and more information, visit clunyschool.org/ events or phone 401-835-8775.

Senior Project Exhibit

East Bay Met School invites members of Aquidneck Island to view student seniors projects and give feedback, support, critique, and encouragement to help formulate the outcome of the senior’s projects.

The exhibit is on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the East Bay Met School on 115 Girard Ave., Newport.

For more information,contact Justin Mathews or Taylor Rock by email, at jmathews@metmail.org or taylor.rock@metmail.org or by calling 401-851-7911 or 401-846-5782.

Crepe Making Class

Learn to make traditional French Crepes just like a Parisian street vendor at the Revolving Door Restaurant, 509 Thames St. on Sunday, Dec. 7. Call Jennifer at 401-338- 9170 for pricing information and reservations. Event is limited.

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