2015-01-08 / News Briefs


Middletown Invites Comp Plan Input

The Middletown Planning Board and Town Council urge citizens to attend a day-long public forum to provide input on the latest draft of the Comprehensive Plan. The session is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that guides the town’s physical development. It promotes appropriate land use while considering impacts on the natural environment, providing for public facilities and services, promoting a range of housing choices and economic development options, and preserving the town’s quality of life.

The new plan was drafted by the Planning Board and the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee over the course of several years, and 70-plus committee meetings. Following public workshops and hearings held during the summer of 2014, a draft of the plan was approved by the Planning Board on Sept. 10 and forwarded to the Town Council for further consideration.

Following more review, adoption is anticipated in early 2015. The Town Council has scheduled the daylong workshop session on Jan. 10 for further, and perhaps final, public discussion. Though this will not be a formal public hearing, it is hoped that public input will be offered during the session.

Residents also are encouraged to submit comments on the draft by Monday, Jan. 19. Comments may be submitted to surveymonkey.com/s/comp_ plan_ comment.

‘American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery’

A presentation on “American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery in Colonial Newport” will be hosted by the Humanists of Rhode Island on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Edward King House, 35 King St. Keith Stokes, a descendant of Newport’s early African American and Jewish families, will give the presentation. Mr. Stokes and his wife, Theresa Guzman Stokes, are active in Newport historical projects and have been leaders in restoring the portion of Newport’s Colonial-era slave burial ground known as God’s Little Acre. The presentation is open to the public and is free.

Microchip Clinic

The Potter League is offering a microchip clinic on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 5 - 6 p.m. for cats and from 6 - 7 p.m. for dogs at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. The microchips will be administered by Dr. Toni Ellis, DVM, of Mobile Veterinary Routine Care. There is a $25 fee per animal payable on the day of the clinic. Call 401-846-8276 or email info@potterleague.org to pre-register.

A microchip is a radio-frequency identification device about the size of a grain of rice. The device is implanted under the loose skin between the cat’s shoulder blades, also known as the scruff. Once the microchip is in place, there is a simple registration process with the microchip manufacturer. All animals should still wear a visible ID collar and tag as backup.

JAC Grant

The Champlin Foundations have awarded the Jamestown Arts Center a grant for $16,580 for renovations of its large gallery. The gallery portion of the center will be closed during January and February and will re-open on March 27 with the reception of “Both Artist and Mother,” showcasing the work of 17 ceramic artists as part of the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 49th annual conference in Providence.

YMCA Open House

The Newport County YMCA will host an open house on Monday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All community members are welcome to come for a facility tour and participate in activities and classes such as Zumba and Les Mills Body Pump. Become a YMCA member during the month of January and the joiner fee will be waived.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, fitness evaluations and healthy refreshments provided in the lobby.

Newport Tree Pickups

Christmas trees and yard waste will be collected curbside during the week of Jan. 12 on residents’ regularly scheduled collection day. Trees are mulched and composted, do not put trees in plastic bags, and remove all ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights. This is the last yard waste collection until the week of March 16. Yard waste must be free of litter and set out in brown paper leaf bags or loose in barrels up to 32 gallons.

Pell Open Houses

Pell Elementary School is hosting a series of open houses so the community can tour the building and learn more about the school. They will take place on the second Wednesday of every month throughout the 2014-15 academic year from 1- 2 p.m. The tours will be co-led by a Pell Elementary School administrator and a Pell parent.

To RSVP call the school at 401- 842-1900 x 20107, ask for Mark McKenna, or visit npsri.net.

January AARP Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP #207 will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Fenner Hall in Newport at 1:30 p.m.

The speaker is Roberta Humble, professor of English and Technical Communications at the Community College of Rhode Island. She has produced several books and games featuring Rhode Island culture and idiosyncrasies. She will introduce her new game book “Rhode Island For The Natives and the Na├»ve.”

Reservations will be taken for the November 2015 trip to New Orleans.

New members are asked to come early and bring their national AARP card. Everyone is reminded to bring canned goods for the local food pantries. For more information, call 846-5146.

Jewish Film Series

The 11th annual Jewish Film Series will begin on Sunday, Jan. 11, at Temple Shalom with a free screening of “Sweet Lorraine” (1987) at 1:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jeffrey Martin, theater professor at Roger Williams University. For more information, call 401-846-3318.

Hut Fitness Classes

The Newport Recreation Center is offering a women’s only Get Back in Shape class starting the week of Jan. 12. A Boot Camp Fitness class open to both men and women will also begin that week. It consists of a variety of body weight exercises, cardio fitness and circuit strength stations. All classes are Monday evenings at The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., Newport. Get Back in Shape is from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. and Boot Camp Fitness is 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Nico Erasquin is the instructor. Drop ins are welcome. For additional information visit cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation or call the office at 401-845-5800.

Warming Center

Seamen’s Church Institute has opened its doors as a warming center and will remain open 24 hours a day until late Friday to provide safe haven from the frigid temperatures. For more information, call 401-847-4260.

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