2015-02-12 / News Briefs


Free Coffee

Panera Bread in Long Wharf Mall will hold a free coffee refill and travel mug event on Thursday, Feb. 19 to support the Newport Chamber of Commerce-Newport Chamber Ambassador Committee’s “Ton of Love” Food Drive, which benefits the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Patrons invited starting at 7 a.m.

In exchange for donating one or more food pantry items, the first 100 customers will receive a free Panera travel coffee mug and one month of free coffee refills (limit one mug per person, per donation; free coffee refills valid only at the Panera Newport until March 20, 2015).

Recommended food items to donate include non-perishable canned soup, canned meats, canned veggies, jam and jellies, rice and cereal, coffee and tea, peanuts, sun and nut butter, pasta and sauce, condiments and gluten-free food.

Carson Reschedules

Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) has rescheduled her constituent events from January. The first will take place Monday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. All constituents in House District 75 are encouraged to attend and bring their ideas and questions. Representative Carson is planning to discuss legislative issues and non-legislative issues, such as regulatory and administrative matters facing Newport and her constituents. If the weather is questionable, check her website for any schedule changes at laurencarson.com.

The second event is scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., also at the Newport Public Library.

Newport Night Run

The second annual Newport Night Run will be held Friday, Feb. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. Newport’s only nighttime race is a benefit for the Newport Public Education Foundation and is an official Winter Festival event.

Last year’s inaugural race raised in excess of $10,000 and drew more than 500 runners, ranging in age from 9 to 74. The 5K course starts and finishes at Easton’s Beach, with a run up Memorial Boulevard to America’s Cup Avenue and back. Registration is $33 for adults and $29 for students. For more information and to register, visit newportnightrun.com.

Book Blizzard

The children’s library at the Newport Public Library will hold a “Kids Bargain Book Blizzard” during Newport’s Winter Festival. It will be held in the Spring Street lobby of the building and features hundreds of both fiction and non-fiction books priced at 25 cents or five for a dollar.

The sale begins on Saturday, Feb. 14 and continues on Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Thursday, Feb. 19. The sale is ongoing during the library’s regular hours. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 16 for President’s Day.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery). For questions or more information contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

Broadway Update Rescheduled

The public is welcome to attend the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 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. The meeting was postponed because of the recent snowstorm.

Municipal Court

Municipal Court was not in session on Monday, Feb. 9, due to the snowstorm. Court will also not be held on Feb. 16 because of the President’s Day holiday. Judge J. Russell Jackson is due to reconvene court on Monday, Feb. 23.

Baby Steps

The next session of Baby Steps – a program designed to engage caregivers with children up to 36 months old – will be held on Saturday, Feb.14, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Florence Grey Center at 1 York St. The new entrance to the building is on York Street, next to the Met School.

Registration will be held during the 9-10 a.m. breakfast time that precedes the parent and child development session. All family members will have the chance to participate in reading/music activities and make a Valentine craft. To register for the program and transportation, contact Marisa Elin at 401-662-3854.

To find out more about Baby Steps, contact Linda Finn at lindaf6@cox.net or visit babysteps-ri.org.

Named Tops

The world’s largest hotel search site, Trivago.com, recently compiled a list of America’s Top 50 Cities for quality accommodations and Newport was ranked #17.

Parade Fundraiser

Do you like watching and listening to the pipe bands and other marching units in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? $51,000 was needed last year to bring bands to the parade.

On Sunday, Feb. 15 a parade fundraiser is being held at O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., from 1-4 p.m. The Nevins Academy of Irish Step Dancers and the Newort AOH Pipe Band will provide entertainment for those attending. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is Saturday, March 14.

For more information, call 401- 846-5081.

Blue Cross Medicare Seminar

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar for individuals newly eligible for Medicare and/or retiring. This seminar is for individuals who want to learn more about the general Medicare process and about the range of options available from Blue Cross.

The seminar will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 9 Commerce Drive, Middletown on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. For more information, email michael.foster@bcbsri.org or call 401-459-5854.

Chamber Scholarship

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is offering two $500 scholarships to children and grandchildren of Chamber members and their employees who are graduating from public or private high schools. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, and the quality of the letter of request from the applicant. At least one letter of reference is also required. Deadline is April 24. For an application visit newportchamber.com.

Writer Seeks Tales of Newport Love

Newport author John Brennan is seeking love -- not personally, but in blurbs.

Brennan is compiling a book called “Newport Lovers,” which will feature tales of romance and love of all kinds -- in Newport, of Newport, for Newport. It will also be a sort of guide to the city, featuring events, places, local businesses and groups that shape the City by the Sea.

It will feature love in all forms -- romantic, love of family, art, architecture, sports, science and more. Brennan is conducting interviews of every kind of person in Newport.

Call 401-846-9132 or email newportlovers@yahoo.com for more information.

New Board for Land Trust

At the Aquidneck Land Trust’s annual meeting last week, Jameson “Jim” Chace, Ph.D., a Salve Regina University biology professor, was elected as the chairperson of the ALT Board of Trustees. The other new slate of officers include Taylor Rock, Vice Chair; Andrew Coleman, Treasurer; and Nancy Jamison, Secretary.

Other board members elected were Karen M. Menezes, Meg Steiner, and Mary Clare O’Grady.

Four board members stepped down after six years of service: Bettie Pardee, Richard Bauchspies, Kim Herrlinger, and board chair, Annie Sherman.

Indoor Soccer

Registration is now open for the Newport County YMCA youth indoor soccer season. Spots are limited and registration ends March 18. The season runs from March 21– April 25. For more information, visit newportymca.org, or contact Josh at 401-847-9200 ext 113. Online registration is available.

Baseball and Softball Registration

Newport Little League is accepting registrations for spring baseball and softball. To register online, visit newportlittleleague.com.

In-person registration will be available at the clinics being held at the Boys & Girls Clubs, Church St., on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. for minors (typically ages 7-10) and Monday, Feb. 23 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. for majors.

The cost is $60 for the first player and $30 for each additional player, with a maximum fee of $120 per family. Scholarships are available.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. To volunteer, contact Anthony Borgueta at vp@newportlittleleague.com.

Arts Behind the Scenes

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County and Harle Tinney will present the next Arts Behind the Scenes on stained glass on Monday, Feb. 16 from 3 - 5 p.m. at 82 Valley Rd., Middletown. Learn to appreciate stained glass windows in homes and churches. From design to the finished piece, participants will experience drawing the pattern, glass cutting, and working with lead and solder.

Price to attend with Winter Festival bracelet is $15 for adults and $10 for young adults, ages 12-17. Members of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County are also given $5 off with the festival bracelet.

To register, email stainedglassnewport@gmail.com.

AARP Meeting

The Newport County Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Fenner Hall at 1:30 p.m. New members are asked to arrive a few minutes earlier and bring their national AARP membership card.

The speakers will be co-authors Frank Grzyb and Russell J. DeSimone who will speak on their new book “Remarkable Women of Rhode Island.” It chronicles five centuries of women who have made history in Rhode Island.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries. For more information, call 401-846-5146.

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