2014-12-24 / News Briefs


December Y Camps

Registration is now open for the YMCA’s four different December vacation camps -- a gymnastics camp, a traditional “medley” camp, an adapted camp, and a sports camp.

YMCA vacation camps run Dec. 26, Dec. 29-31, and Jan. 2. Camp starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. PM care is offered from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

The Y offers a two-day, three-day, or five-day option. All camps will have time for games, swimming, archery, and more. Registration forms can be found in the registration office at the YMCA. For questions, call 401-847-9200 x 113.

Tourism Awards Presented

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) recently honored several Newport hospitality professionals at its “Stars of the Industry” Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at Twin River Casino.

The Stars of the Industry Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of members of the hospitality, food service and tourism industries. Award recipients were chosen not only for their dedication and contributions to their careers, but for their involvement in their local communities.

“It is with great honor that I congratulate this year’s Stars of the Industry winners for all their incredible accomplishments,” said Dale J. Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “With more than 70,000 Rhode Islanders working in the hospitality industry, it is important to take the time to recognize all of their hard work. It is with their dedication that the hospitality industry continues to be a cornerstone of the state’s economy.” The following are those from the Newport area who were recognized.

The late Richard Carbotti of Perfect Surroundings Int’l was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contributions over decades to the hospitality industry.

Evan Smith of Discover Newport was awarded the Education Ambassador of the Year and Melanie Garcia of the Preservation Society of Newport County was recognized as Tourism Employee of the Year.

Hotel Employee of the Year awards were given to Hotel Viking Newport employees Andrea Fumia, Odena Gutierrez Chacon, and Eva Morrissey; and Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina employees Rometo “Leo” Briscoe, Debbie Cardi Neves, and Agnieszka Richard.

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