2015-01-22 / News Briefs


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.

Have a Heart

The Potter League will be host its annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Auction on Friday, Feb. 6, at OceanCliff. The Preview Party is from 6 – 7 p.m. and features complimentary Pawtinis and wine tasting, hors d’oevures and the live and silent auction preview. The Main Event is from 7 – 9 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit potterleague.org or call 401-846-0592.

Winter Break Camp

Registrations are now being accepted for Newport Recreation February School Vacation Camp. Pre-registration is required. Camp is open to boys and girls in grades K through 5 and is held at The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St. Camp will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be games, activities and field trips. Children must bring their own lunch.

For registration forms or more information, visit cityofnewport.com/ departments/recreation or call The Hut at 401-845-5800.

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.

New Early Literacy Station at Library

The Newport Public Library, has acquired an AWE’s Early Literacy Station™, featuring more than 70 educational software programs for children ages 2 – 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, stand-alone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education, while making learning exciting and engaging.

The applications span every curriculum area and content correlated to Common Core standards. It also has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike.

The Early Literacy Station is located in the newly renovated preschool area of the Children’s Department. For more information, call at 401-847-8720 x204.

Animal Fundraiser

Naval War College professors Dr. Negeen Pegahi and Joan Johnson Freese will be guest bartenders at Cappy’s on Memorial Blvd. on Thursday, Feb. 5, with all tips going to NOWZAD, the only animal clinic and rescue organization in Afghanistan. Pegahi was deployed last year in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hospital Education Series

Newport Hospital is launching a new lecture series for community members to introduce them to clinicians at the hospital. The first community lecture, “The role of hospitalist medicine: Who is caring for me in the hospital?” will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Newport Hospital. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At the first lecture, Eric Radler, M.D., director of hospital medicine, will discuss the role of a hospitalist and the type of care they provide.

“As hospitalists, we work collaboratively with each patient’s primary care physician to coordinate the best care for our patients,” Radler says. “This means we are consulting with specialists and other clinicians as a member of a comprehensive care team to provide the care patients need, no matter what brings them to the hospital.”

Upcoming lectures include: “The Cardiovascular Benefits of Exercise,” on Feb. 26 and “Relief from Heartburn,” on March 25.

Other lectures will focus on topics such as joint pain, Lyme disease, women’s health and diabetes.

No registration is required, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 401-845-1492 or sign up online at newporthospital.org.

Tall Ship Update

Rick Williams, Capt., USCG (ret.), construction supervisor for Rhode Island’s Tall Ship, the School Sailing Vessel (SVV) Oliver Hazard Perry will give a presentation regarding the ship’s progress on Saturday, Jan. 24 ,at 6:15 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, Middletown.

The public is invited to a pot luck supper at 5:30 p.m. before the talk in the church’s Farnum Hall. Bring a dish to share (and eating utensils). RSVPs are requested but not required to UCC1695@aol.com or by calling 401-849-5444 during office hours, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. UCC is located at 524 Valley Road, Middletown.

Pie Run Charitable Donations

Last month, the Newport Running Club distributed more than $16,000 raised during its 29th annual Thanksgiving Day 5-Mile Run / 3-Mile Walk sponsored by the Savings Institute Bank & Trust. Funds were disbursed to local charitable institutions, including the Newport County YMCA, Seaman’s Institute, Potter League, Lucy’s Hearth, David Leys Foundation and Portsmouth Rotary Club. More than 1,500 pounds of canned and dry food items, collected during the event, were delivered to the MLK Jr. Food Bank.

Community Walking Program

Those who would like to participate in an indoor walking program are invited to meet at the Newport Hospital in the Atrium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Trained leaders will be on hand. Participants must be able to tolerate 10 minutes of standing. The program is free of charge.

For more information, contact Kristin Matteson at 401- 845-1845 or kmatteson@lifespan.org.

Computer Skills Workshops

A series of computer workshops will be offered at the Newport Public Library beginning Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 2:30 pm. Topics will include basic computer skills, using the internet and how to email. Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register call the Reference Desk at 401-847-8720 x208 or email info@newportlibraryri.org.

Call for Artists / Forgers

The Spring Bull Gallery’s 24th annual “Fakes & Forgeries” show opens in February. Artists are invited to submit works for the juried show. The show relies on the artists interpretation of old masters and new. Artists are asked to submit a copy of the original work with their entry. The maximum size is 150 inches in circumference, including frame. Pieces are to be dropped off between Jan. 31 and Feb. 5, from noon - 4:30 p.m. The show runs from Feb. 7 - 28. For more information, call the gallery at 401-849-9166.

Open Auditions

Members of the local community are invited to the open auditions of Salve Regina’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance for its upcoming production of “Urinetown – The Musical” on Friday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 24, at noon in the Megley Black Box theater located in the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue.

Auditioners should prepare a song and may bring a monologue, or read from the script. “Urinetown” is a social and political satire written by Greg Kotis.

Friends of Waterfront Meeting

The Friends of the Waterfront invite the public to its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Stride meeting room at the Newport Public Library . An update on the partnership agreement between the Friends and Clean Ocean Access (COA) to adopt an access will be presented. Proposed bylaws revisions will also be discussed. For more information call 401-847-3807.

Art Musem Annual Juried Exhibition

The Newport Art Museum Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition opening reception is Friday, Feb. 6, from 5 - 7 p.m. Best in Show and other prizes selected by guest juror Alyson Baker, director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., will be announced that night. The People’s Choice Award will be decided by museum visitors. Visitors may vote once per visit through May 14, when the exhibition closes.

Youth Fitness Funding

Proposals are being accepted for projects that will increase the physical activity and improve the health of Newport County youth. Funding is available through the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital. Deadline to apply is Feb. 4. Innovative ideas and new initiatives that focus on school-age children who do not have access to other programs are especially welcome. For submission guidelines and additional information, vist newporthospital.org/FHP_ MemorialFund.

Broadway Update

The public is welcome to attend the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at The Parlor, 200 Broadway. Bill Riccio, Newport Director of Public Services, has been invited to give an update on the upcoming streetscape portion of the Broadway project.

Gilded Age Tea

The Newport Public Library is holding A Gilded Age Tea at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, on Saturday Feb. 7, from 2 - 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward improvements of the library’s children’s areas.

The traditional English tea will include finger sandwiches, assorted scones served with lemon curd, freshly baked tea breads and chocolate truffles to be complimented with a glass of champagne and teas.

Vintage attire is welcome but not required. Cost to attend is $28, which includes the gratuity and complimentary valet parking. Space is limited. To make a reservation call the Hotel Viking at 401- 848-4824. To reserve a table, only one person per group needs to call.

ALT Annual Meeting

The Aquidneck Land Trust’s 25th annual meeting is Thursday, Feb. 5, at Atlantic Beach Club. The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. and is preceeded by a complimentary buffet meal from 6 - 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by Jan. 31. To RSVP, contact Jessica Pohl at jpohl@ailt.org or 401-849-2799 x18.

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