2014-12-18 / News Briefs


Guest Lecturer

Federico Santi, of The Drawing Room Antiques, recently gave a lecture at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich Conn. for 100 members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle. His subject was the history of Hungarian Pottery from the Zsolnay Factory of Pecs Hungary. The lecture included three video presentations followed with a question and answer session. Santi brought over a dozen examples from the factory covering a range of production from 1883 to 1960. He and his partner John Gacher wrote the first book in English about The Zsolnay Factory in 1999.

ALT Seeks Young Leadership Nominations

The Aquidneck Land Trust has announced a call for nominations for its Environmental Leadership Award. The award supports young leaders who inspire the island community in land conservation and environmental efforts.

Seniors enrolled at Aquidneck Island high schools are eligible for the $1,000 merit award. Each school may nominate one student. It will be presented to the senior who has demonstrated leadership and/or commitment to any or all of the following: land conservation, open space, clean water, or environmentalism.

Riley Greene, of the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School, was last year’s winner. Of the five exceptionally qualified high school seniors who were nominated, Riley was chosen because of his focus and commitment to sustainable environmental practices.

Requirements for the application are outlined at ailt.org, and the deadline for all nominations is March 6. The award will be presented at the recipient’s school during the end-ofyear awards ceremony by ALT’s Executive Director Charles Allott.

For more information, contact Jessica Pohl, director of development, at 401-849-2799 x18 or jpohl@ailt.org.

Foundation Awards Animal Care Grants

Animal welfare groups in Newport and Middletown will receive more than $50,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation for everything from providing lowcost vet care to needy pet owners, to coyote management activities.

The grants come from the Foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare (PAW). PAW grants are for projects or programs that have a positive impact statewide or in individual communities with regard to animal care, education about the humane treatment of animals, and animal welfare in general.

The Robert Potter League for Animals of Newport received grants for two programs totaling $36,000. The first, for $20,000, is earmarked to promote coyote best management practices and no feeding ordinances on Aquidneck Island through community outreach programs, school presentations, brochures, and support for municipalities.

The Potter League also was awarded $16,000 to continue its Hand to Paw Program, which reaches into underserved communities to help lower-income owners care for their pets.

The Newport Community School was awarded $4,500 for its Pets & Vets program, which is an awardwinning collaboration with the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association that brings a popular animal-welfare curriculum to middle school youth.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown received $12,000 for its Animal CARE program.

The grants were among nearly $440,000 that the foundation awarded to 27 animal welfare programs across the state that do everything from providing low-cost vet care to rescuing injured seals.

For more information, visit rifoundation.org.

Subcommittees Looking for New Members

The Newport School Committee is seeking community members interested in serving on several of the School Committee subcommittees.

The subcommittees looking for members are: Career & Technical Education, District Strategic Planning; Facilities; Finance Advisory/ Audit; Policy; Pre-K; Public Relations/ Community Outreach and Wellness. If interested call the School Department at 401-847-

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.

Flash Fiction

Write to your heart’s content during a free four-week creative writing workshop, Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Middletown Library. Your writing guide, Kathryn Kulpa, will help you develop your short fiction writing skills, otherwise known as flash fiction writing. Flash fiction writing is described as extremely short fiction. She will bring tons of writing prompts and ideas for games and exercises to help you get your writing groove on. All supplies provided. Program for ages 12-18. Registration required; please email teencornerteens@gmail.com or call 401-846-1573.

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