2014-12-11 / News Briefs


For What It’s Worth

I recently came across a book titled: “Newport Woman” written by Delphine Washburn. Written in 1967, most of the plot takes place in Colonial Downtown Newport and for that reason alone it is an interesting read for locals. Not a fine work of fiction, but entertaining. Delphine and her husband, Earl, owned the building where our shop is located and operated a book store for decades. I met her only once and she was an entertaining and interesting person. Her book has modest value but great appeal. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060

Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: drawrm@hotmail.com or 152 Spring St., Newport.

Carolers Welcome

The public is invited to join the Thompson Middle School Chorus for the annual Broadway Caroling event on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. with guidance from volunteer Christopher Carbone, founder of Music Together. Carolers of all ages sing at City Hall and along Broadway. The group will meet at the Colony House in Washington Square and end at the Firehouse Theater for refreshments.

Helping at the Holidays

Angel Trees

People’s Credit Union is participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program this season with Angel Trees in the lobbies at all six locations. Anyone is welcome to visit a branch and select a gift tag for a child; tags contain information on the child’s age, gender and gift requested. Gifts may be dropped off at any People’s Credit Union location, unwrapped and with the original gift tag attached. The Salvation Army will pick up the toys throughout the month.

Project Re-Give

Hogan Associates is partnering with Lucy’s Hearth and The Women’s Resource Center for the second annual Project Re-Give program. Instead of returning unwanted or duplicate gifts, consider donating items for adults and children and toys. The program enables those in need to celebrate birthdays and significant milestones throughout the year. Donations will be accepted Dec. 23-Jan. 9. Look for Project Re-Give boxes around town and at both Hogan Associates locations. For more information, call 401-207-0083.

Arts in Newport Schools

Newport Supervisor of the Arts Alan Bernstein announced a full schedule of events at which students’ work in both the performing and fine arts will be showcased. Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Christmas in Newport Art Exhibit at the Newport Yacht Club featuring holiday inspired work of art students grades K-12. Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m., MUSE Art Exhibit at the Newport Art Museum Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Thompson Middle School Beginning Ensembles Concert, $5, $3 students, $10 family of 4 Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Thompson Middle School Advanced Ensembles Concert, $5, $3 students, $10 family of 4 Dec. 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Annual Trim- A-Tree Exhibition of 4th grade student tree decorations at The Breakers.

Barracuda Swim Meet

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County’s competitive swim team, the Barracudas, will host a swim meet Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 95 Church St. Barracuda swimmers range from 7 to 18 years of age and compete each season against other Boys & Girls Club teams throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2013, the Barracudas reached a milestone achievement and placed second overall in the RIMA Championships. For more information on the Aquatics Program, contact Kate Butler, Aquatics Director, at 401- 847-6927 x 131 or at cbutler@bcnewport.org.

Lighthouses on Display

Twenty-four of the 30 lighthouses built along the Rhode Island coast are currently on display at the Newport Visitor Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave., and a reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, from 4 - 5 p.m. The exhibit includes two large models of Rose Island and Beavertail lighthouses and 22 smaller replicas on loan from the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum. The exhibit will run through mid-January.

Youth Basketball

Registration is now open for the Newport County YMCA youth basketball season. The season runs from Jan. 10 – Feb. 28. Ages 4 and 5 will play at either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. 6 and 7 year olds will play at noon or 1 p.m. Ages 8 through 10 play at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. and ages 11 through 15 play at 4 p.m. The parent-and-me 3 year olds class, Mighty Mites is also offered. Each week a different sport is emphasized such as basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. The Mighty Mites and 4 & 5 basketball costs are $55 for a member and $75 for a non-member. Basketball for ages six and up is $65 or $85. All games will be played on Saturdays at the YMCA’s gymnasium. Registration ends Jan. 7. For more information visit newportymca.org, or contact Josh Anderson, Athletics & Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 401-847-9200 x 113. Online registration is available.

Camp Happy Tails

Learn about and meet the animals at the Potter shelter. Create projects to keep them happy and healthy, and brainstorm ways to match them up with their purr-fect new home. The adoption Task Force camp is for kids in grades 3, 4 and 5. It will be held on Dec. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up for one or both days, activities will be different each day. Enrollment is $20 per day. For more information or to register, contact Anastacia Southland at anastacias@potterleague.org or 401-846-0592 x 120 or visit potterleague.org.

Christmas Art

An exhibit of the Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport artwork will be held at the Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. Entries in the K-12 art exhibit vie for selection as the commemorative Christmas in Newport stamp run by the U.S. Postal Service. Light refreshments will be served. The U.S. Post Office will display a sample of the artwork in the 320 Thames St. main lobby from Dec. 12-19.

Baby Steps Session

Baby Steps – a monthly program designed to engage caregivers with birth to 36 month old children in activities that build effective parenting and learning strategies – will hold its next session on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Florence Grey Center at 1 York St. at 9 a.m. The entrance to the program has moved and attendees should enter the building on York Street, next to the Met School. Registration for the Saturday program will be held during the 9-10 a.m. breakfast that precedes the parent and child development session. All family members will have the chance to participate in reading and music activities, as well as make a holiday craft. To register for the program and transportation, call Marisa Elin at 401-662-3854. Volunteers are also sought to assist during the monthly two-hour sessions. Orientation will be provided. To find out more about Baby Steps or to volunteer, contact Linda Finn at lindaf6@cox.net or visit babysteps-ri.org.

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