2015-01-15 / News Briefs


Service Scholarship Awarded to Senior

A longtime horseback rider and senior at Portsmouth High School, Victoria Johnson was awarded the 2014 Semco Orthodontics Service-Oriented Scholarship in the amount of $500. Johnson plans to study Equine Business in college. This scholarship seeks to empower the youth of our communities to not only succeed but also to understand their world in a thoughtful way through volunteerism and service. The requirements for winning the scholarship consisted of a visitation log from the nursing home at which the student volunteered, accompanied by an essay of reflection.

It is Dr. Semco’s dream to establish a scholarship to help others achieve their goals. He also believes it is very important to provide opportunities for others to grow personally, as well as academically. This scholarship encourages students to be mindful of others while pursuing their dreams.

RIPA Scholarship

The Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) is accepting applications for its annual $1,000 scholarship through April 3, 2015. Students need not be majoring in journalism to be eligible. To apply, contact Liz Boardman, managing editor, Independent Newspapers, P.O. Box 5679, Wakefield, RI 02880.

Scholarship Information

Organizations or clubs that offer scholarships to Newport County students are invited to share that information with NTW readers. Email the requirements and deadline to news@newportthisweek.net.

Classic Duo

The Newport Music Festival presents a program of French horn and harp as part of its winter concert series on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Channing Memorial Church. A reception precedes the concert in the Parish Hall at the rear of the church. Tickets are $30. To purchase a ticket call the Festival box office at 401-849-0700 or visit newportmusic.org.

Camp Day Jan. 19

The Newport County YMCA is offering a Martin Luther King Jr. Vacation Camp Day on Monday, Jan. 19 and runs from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Care until 5:30 p.m. available for an additional fee. The day will include sports activities, board games, and swimming. Registration forms can be found in the registration office at the YMCA. For more information, contact Josh at 401-847-9200 x113 or josha@newportymca.org.

Financial Aid Workshops

Financial aid professionals from College Goal Rhode Island will assist college-bound students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Middletown High School at 6 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Rogers High School 6 p.m. This form is required for students seeking federal financial aid, including grants and loans, at educational institutions nationwide. It is also the form Rhode Island residents complete to determine eligibility for Rhode Island State Grant Programs.

Middletown Historical Society

The Middletown Historical Society is welcoming new members to learn about and help preserve the town’s past. Volunteers are also sought to serve as docents at historic properties and assist with the running of Boyd’s Windmill. For more information, visit middletownhistory.org or call 401-846- 1870. The Historical Society’s museum at Paradise School, Paradise and Prospect avenues, is open Wednesdays 9:30-11 a.m. during the winter. The group’s first presentation of the year will be on Sunday, Feb. 8, when local author Frank Grzyb will discuss his new book, “Touched by the Dragon,” on Vietnam War experiences by Newport County residents.

Pro-Life D.C. March

A group of islanders will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a Pro-Life March on Jan. 22. A bus will leave from Providence on Jan. 21. For more information, call 401- 421-0821.

Lyme Support Group

An open meeting for anyone who wishes to discuss or learn more about Lyme disease will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. The support group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact lymenewport@gmail.com.

Brain Injury Support Group

The support group is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family and friends to come together to provide mutual support and assistance in coping with the consequences of brain injury.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is Feb. 10. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

Concert Workshop

The Newport City Council will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 21 regarding the proposal by Newport Waterfront Events to hold events at Fort Adams State Park. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pell School, cafetorium, 35 Dexter St. This is a change of venue. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Newport Library.

Circle of Scholars Reception

The Edward King House will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. This event is open to all Newport Circle of Scholars participants, their guests and all those interested in participating in the program. Meet the instructors and learn more about the classes. Most begin the end of Jan. and early Feb. There is no cost for this event but RSVP is requested. Call 401-846-7426 or email info@edwardkinghouse.org.

Potter Pet U

The January program of the Potter League’s Pet University, “Finding the Perfect Cat for You,” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 6 - 7 p.m. Come learn the key factors in choosing the perfect cat, as we discuss the effects of age, color, breed, and more. Then learn how to set your family and your new cat up for success. Free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia at 401-846-0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.

Bagpipe Band from Spain to Play in Newport Parade

A Spanish Celtic bagpipe and drum corps, the Banda de Gaites de Corvera d’Asturies will perform in the 59th annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March, 14. The troupe marches annually in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where it has been chosen as the best band in several categories. They have also performed in Latin America and Southeast Asia. The band’s Newport appearance is co-¬≠sponsored by a Newport-¬≠based import company, Ciders of Spain and VikingTours.

Constituent Night

Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) will host a constituent night Monday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. The event is open to all of her constituents in House District 75, and is the first of four constituent meetings she plans to hold early this year. Other dates will be announced soon.

Mosaic Club Card Party

The Mosaic Club of Newport County will be holding a card party on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Edward King House from 6 - 9 p.m. The cost to attend is $15. Proceeds will support the Mosaic Club scholarship programs. Membership in the club is open to those interested in and dedicated to furthering the organization’s charitable, educational, social and service oriented activities.

For more information, contact Karen Johnson, President, at 401- 787-8670.

Softball Workouts

Newport Softball is offering several indoor workouts at the Rogers High School gym through the end of March. Workouts will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, Feb. 7 and 28 and March 7, 21 and 28 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Players will work on the fundamentals of softball, including drills to improve throwing, catching, fielding grounders and fly balls, base running and hitting. Sneakers must be worn - no cleats. Players should change into their sneakers at the gym to eliminate salt from outside getting on the gym floor.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Tom Milburn at tburn33@hotmail.com. Workouts subject to change. Visit newportlittleleague.com for cancellations or changes to the schedule.

Open House

St. Michael’s Country Day School is holding an admission open house on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to tour the campus and meet students, teachers, parents, and the Head of School, John H. Zurn.

St. Michael’s Country Day School is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational school for children from preschool (for threeyear olds) through grade eight.

For more information, contact Stephen Bennhoff, Director of Enrollment at 401-849-5970 x 302.

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