2015-03-12 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Kinsale Reception

The public is invited to a reception welcoming a delegation from Newport’s sister city, Kinsale, Ireland, on Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Gateway Center.

In addition to this year’s delegation led by Cork County Councilor Kevin Murphy, 15 students and two teachers are visiting from Ireland’s Midleton College through a Rotary program. The students and teachers are staying with local families. All will march in Newport’s 59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14.

During the reception members of the delegation will be introduced to the public and a gift exchange will take place between the two communities. Newport will be presenting gifts by two Newportbased photographers, Onne van der Wahl and Jennifer Carter.

Sister City Skiathos Exhibit

The Newport-Skiathos Club is hosting a parallel photo exhibit on Saturday, March 21 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Seamen’s Church Institute. Titled “Island Sisters: The History of Newport and Skiathos in 30 Photographs”, the exhibit features photographs taken in Newport and its sister city Skiathos, Greece. The Cultural Association Skiathos will exhibit the same photographs and participate in a video exchange which will be telecast live from Seamen’s Church Institute during the event.

Access at Sea

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has announced a new education program partnership with the Newport Public School Department and specifically Rogers High School. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation recently designated a $36,400 grant toward the effort, which helps fulfill OHPRI’s goal of establishing opportunities for Newport County students to access at-sea experiential education programs onboard Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, the 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

For more information, contact Jess Wurzbacher, OHPRI executive director, at 401-841-0080, info@ohpri.org, or Jennifer Booth, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of schools, at 401-847-2100, jenniferbooth@npsri.net.

Brush Up On French

The March program of the Alliance Française de Newport will be part of the French Film Festival at Salve Regina University. AFN will cosponsor the animated film “Ernest et Celestine” on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow.

For more information about the film, go to salve.edu/frenchfilm. For more information about Alliance Française de Newport, contact afnewportri@gmail.com.

New members are always welcome.

Maintenant, en francais....

Au mois de mars, le programme de L’Alliance Française de Newport sera une partie de la Fête des Films Français à Salve Regina University. AFN co-patronnera le film animé “Ernest et Celestine” le dimanche 22 mars à 1400 havec une réception à suivre.

Pour plus d’information sur le film, allez à salve.edu/frenchfilm. Pour plus d’information sure L’Alliance Française de Newport, contacteznous à afnewportri@gmail.com.

Nous faisons acceuil toujours aux nouveaux membres.

Newport Chamber Director to Retire

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, Jody Sullivan, announced her planned retirement to her board of directors at the February board meeting. Sullivan has been with the Chamber since 1994, working her way up through the organization, culminating in her appointment as executive director in February 2010. A search committee comprised of Chamber Board members and staff has been formed. Anyone interested in additional information can email search@newportchamber.com.

Potter Pet U

Hear how more than 450 parrots, and other exotic guests, are cared for at the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary at the next Potter Pet University program on Wednesday, March 18, at the Potter League from 6 - 7 p.m. Learn about the extreme need for parrot rescue in this country and the challenges that come with keeping exotic animals.

Potter Pet U is free and open to the public, but is for humans only. Leave animals at home. Pre-registration is required; contact 401- 846-0592 x120 or anastacias@potterleague.org.

Legislative Grant

Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) is seeking requests from organizations in District 75 that need funding support and that may qualify for help through a legislative grant. Grants usually range from $500 to $2,000.

“Each year the General Assembly provides funds to worthwhile organizations around the state to help them better serve their constituents,” said Carson.

The letters of application should be sent to laurenhcarson@gmail.com by Friday, March 27.

Little League Tryouts and Registration

Boys and girls from ages 7 - 12 can register for Little League on Saturday, March 21 at Thompson Middle School gymnasium. Those ages 10-12 who have not played Majors in Little League register from 9 - 10:30 a.m., children 7 - 9 who want to play coach-pitch or kidpitch Minor League baseball register from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Players should arrive ready to try out with sneakers and a glove. Tryouts allow coaches to evaluate skill levels and place players accordingly.

Baseball and softball registration is now open and available online at newportlittleleague.com.

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

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, March19, 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.

Library Book Sale

The Friends Bookstore will hold a five-day Spring Book Sale in the lobby in the lower level of the Newport Public Library, beginning on Saturday, March 21. The sale will feature fiction and non-fiction books in all genres. Most books will be priced at $1 or less. Manned entirely by volunteers, all proceeds from the Friends Bookstore support library programs and help to update the reference section.

Artist Captures Spain

Newport artist Holly Grosvenor will capture the full flavor of the Asturias region of Spain as she exhibits “Scenes of Asturias,” an array of art work inspired by Spanish culture, beginning March 12. “It is the most diverse range of subjects I have taken on in a short burst, ranging across scenes of urban life, cultivated land, and remote mountains, with an emphasis on local folk culture,” said Grosvenor.

The exhibit coincides with the arrival of The Banda de Gaites de Corvera D’Asturias, the featured international guest marching band in this year’s Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In all, 10 canvases of various sizes will display images of the famous bagpipe band from Spain.

The exhibit will take place Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Ave.

FreeTeen Rugby Clinics

All 13-18 year old boys and girls in Rhode Island are eligible to play for the Island Rugby Football Club this spring and summer. Free noncontact introductory clinics will be held through March at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, 95 Church St. on Thursdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m.; and on Sundays from noon - 2 p.m., 1 York St., Newport.

Full-contact matches will be played on the weekends in April, May, June and July.

For registration information, visit islandrugby.org, email Christopher Gray at d-a-d1@cox.net or call 401- 639-4901.

Challenges and Opportunities Facing R.I. and Portsmouth

Larry Fitzmorris, president of Portsmouth Concerned Citizens and acting chairman of RI Taxpayers, has served both organizations for over a decade. Both are nonpartisan groups that advocate for efficient and effective government and are a voice of the citizens in matters of limited government and taxation.

Fitzmorris will give a presentation to the Portsmouth Republican Town Committee, on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Road. He will speak to the challenges and opportunities facing residents of Portsmouth and Rhode Island, and offer solutions that have the potential to positively impact all residents. A Q & A will follow the presentation. All are invited.

Police Parade

The annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade will be held Sunday, May 3. The assistance of any person, group or business is appreciated. To help sponsor the parade or to donate, visit policeparade.org.

AARP Tax Assistance

Salve Regina University accounting students in cooperation with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) will conduct a tax service that is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday through April 15 in McKillop Library, first floor.

Tax students of Paul McKillop, senior lecturer in business studies and economics, who have passed advanced AARP certification will prepare tax returns for members of the public. Once the returns, both federal and state, are reviewed by the AARP controller, they will be efiled. To participate, people must bring tax forms, Social Security numbers and identification. The service is being provided on a first come, first served basis.

Musical Instruments Sought

The Salvation Army of Newport is developing a group of young musicians to support the music provided at services and will offer lessons on brass instruments to interested students. They have a limited number of instruments available and are seeking donations of brass musical instruments. For more information on the program or about making a donation, call Lt. James Bang at 401-846-3234. Instruments may be dropped off at the 51 Memorial Boulevard headquarters.

ALT Youth Art Contest

The Aquidneck Land Trust is holding a children’s drawing contest in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The goal is to see how young people of Aquidneck Island view their communities. Artists should reflect their favorite aspect of nature on Aquidneck Island in their work.

Submissions are due to ALT by April 30. Voting will take place on their Facebook page during the month of May. A winner will be announced in June. The winner will receive $100 cash prize, and will be featured in an upcoming ALT promotional campaign.

Contest open to school-aged residents of Aquidneck Island. Submissions can be mailed to Jessica Pohl at the ALT Office, 790 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown or jpohl@ailt.org. Include name, age, school, and contact information.

The First Mile

This year’s Bike Newport Night will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Midtown Oyster Bar. Proceeds from previous Bike Newport Night fundraisers have raised money for bike instructor training; Night Bright safety equipment; and in 2014 raised money toward high capacity event bike racks, that will debut this summer. The 2015 theme is The First Mile. The evening will include indoor bike racing, live music, food and more.

March AARP Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP #207 will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Fenner Hall. The program to be presented is titled Predictable Retirement Income - Utilizing Immediate and Deferred Annuities. The speakers will be Jack Napolitano, Financial Services Representative at Newport County Financial Associates in Middletown and Mark McManus, Senior Vice President at Baystate Financial in Boston.

New members are asked to arrive a few minutes earlier and bring their national AARP card.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods for the local food pantries.

Zumba®thon for Rogers

The Rogers Music Program is hosting a Zumba®thon on Friday, April 3 in the high school gym from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from any music student or by contacting Ms. Johnson, Mr. Bernstein or Gwen at 401-965-3928.

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