2015-03-19 / News Briefs


Newport’s Leah Cann, right, of Hope Funds, thanked Antonio and Maria Grillo-Lopez for their $1.5 million gift to the Hope Funds for Cancer Research in San Diego, Calif., on March 17. Hope Funds for Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to advancing research for the most difficult-totreat cancers, announced that the gift will endow a cancer research fellowship to be awarded yearly. Newport’s Leah Cann, right, of Hope Funds, thanked Antonio and Maria Grillo-Lopez for their $1.5 million gift to the Hope Funds for Cancer Research in San Diego, Calif., on March 17. Hope Funds for Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to advancing research for the most difficult-totreat cancers, announced that the gift will endow a cancer research fellowship to be awarded yearly. Scholarships

KVH Industries

The 2015 A.H. Kits van Heyningen Technology Scholarship is now available on the KVH website and from the guidance offices of area high schools. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who lives or attends high school on Aquidneck Island and will be attending a four-year undergraduate science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) program in the fall. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a financial need. The deadline is April 17. kvhmobileworld.kvh.com/kvh-technology-scholarship.

Miss Swinburne Fund

In 2002, the Civic League of Newport established a fund in Miss Swinburne’s name at the Rhode Island Foundation to support scholarships and charitable programs and services for women and girls in Newport County to support educational goals. To apply visit rifoundation.org. Deadline is April 10.

McCarthy Memorial

The Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the spring cycle of its Youth Sports Grant. To request a grant, visit mccarthyscholarship.org/grant. Deadline is April 1.

Teen Employment Workshop Offered

A free three-hour workshop for teens ages 13 to 16 will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County Central Clubhouse from 9 a.m. - noon. Participants with little or no job experience will learn the skills needed to acquire gainful employment, including interview skills, how to search for a job, communicate with a potential employer, and complete a job application. To attend, contact Debbie Bailey at dbailey@bgcnewport.org or 401-847-6927 x121.

Men Who Make a Difference Announced

The Women’s Resource Center has announced its 13th annual Men Who Make A Difference gala will be held on May 1 at the Hotel Viking. Co-chairs for the event are Corey Bobba and Adam Townsend. Local honorees include Don Boucher, Douglas Hanson, Gary Lineberry, Father Ray Malm, Michael Miller, Philip Pelletier, and William Vareika.

Rite of Spring

The arrival of Spring on Friday, March 20, will be marked by an egg-balancing observance and demonstration by Brian Sullivan in Equality Park at 6:30 p.m.

Stop and Shop Steps Up

Employees and members of UCFW Local 328 of the Newport Stop and Shop on Bellevue will host a fundraiser for leukemia and lymphoma research on Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The group has supported the cause for 20 years. PAWS, the official mascot of the Pawtucket Red Sox, will be on hand; interactive games and other children’s activities will be part of the event. All donations and proceeds will go to support research. For more information, contact 401-845-2220.

Prom Dress Giveaway

Dresses, shoes, and accessories are still needed for prom season. Groovy Girls, a program sponsored by Child & Family and Adoption Rhode Island, has teamed up with friends from Salve Regina University to create the 2015 Prom Dress Giveaway on April 11 at Salve’s Young Building. Items may be dropped at Child & Family. For more information, contact Sam Deluca at samantha.deluca@salve.edu.

Laugh for Good Cause

The American Cancer Society’s Aquidneck Island Relay for Life, will host the Third Annual Laugh for a Good Cause Wednesday, April 1, at Jimmy’s Saloon, 37 Memorial Blvd. beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Relay Chair Kerry Seibert said, “This is going to be a great night with some very funny people. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life, which will be held May 16 at Gaudet Middle School, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are going fast so we are asking folks to get them soon.”

Comics scheduled to appear include Frank O’Donnell, considered “Rhode Island’s Comedy Legend” due to his comedy writings for Bob Hope, Jay Leno and many others; John Morris, a finalist in the “Catch a Rising Star” competition; and Sarah Blodgett, who has been featured on the “Today Show” and “Inside Edition.” Frank Fusaro and the Bit Players improv troupe will round out the slate.

A free appetizer bar buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, or two for $25 in advance, or $20 at the door.

For information and tickets, contact Beth Brown at 401-626-2197 or bethb@embracehomeloans.com, or Kerry Seibert at 401-855-0885. Visit Facebook page: The Third Annual LAUGH for a Good Cause.

Irish History Center Open

The Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center will be open the weekend of March 21-22, from noon-4 p.m., offering displays on Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present. This is the last time the museum will be open until the season begins Memorial Day weekend.

The center is at 648 Thames St. and admission is by donation. For more information, call 401-848- 0661 or visit newportirishhistory.org.

Corned Beef Dinner

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will host its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner to benefit the LAOH scholarship fund on Saturday, March 21, at St. Augustin Church hall beginning at 6 p.m. Entertainment includes Irish step dancing and music, and the Lady Hibernian of the Year will be announced during the festivities. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Call Creaney Cruise & Travel, 401-849-8956, or Hibernian Hall, 401-847-8671, for tickets.

Irish History Lecture

The Museum of Newport Irish History will present Scott Molloy on “Rhode Island’s Irish Socio-Economic Progress: From ‘Shanty’ to ‘Lace Curtain’ during the Gilded Age, ” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Salve Regina University’s Young Building, 518 Bellevue Ave. Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call 401-841-5493, or email tpm1@earthlink.net. Admission is free for museum members, $15 for non-members.

Irish Session

Traditional Irish music sessions continue on Sundays at the Fastnet Pub, One Broadway, from 6-9 p.m. The free family-friendly sessions are hosted by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May, and Jack Wright.

Travel to Ireland

Creaney Travel will present a free slide show and video clips on travel to Ireland and the British Isles Wednesday, March 25, from 5-6 p.m. at La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave. Contact kathy@creaneytravel.com or 401- 849-8956 for more information or to reserve.

LAOH Scholarship

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a qualifying young woman currently attending a Catholic high school who will be entering her sophomore year in the fall of 2015. The applicants must be residents of Newport County and a daughter, granddaughter, sister, or niece of a member in good standing of the Dennis E. Collins Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians or Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Newport. Detailed application information is available at the aohnewport.org website, and at the guidance office of Catholic schools in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, the Hibernian Hall and Creaney Travel. Contact Kitchie Chestnut at 401- 847-5261 regarding questions. The application deadline is April 2.

Irish Heritage Association Awards

The Newport Irish Heritage Association is seeking nominations for their CIVITAS Award and Fenian Award for 2015. Deadline is April 24. The CIVITAS Award is a community service award presented to a member of the Newport County community of non-Irish descent who is recognized by the association for volunteer service to the community.

The Fenian Award is presented to someone of Irish descent who represents the Irish and Irish culture and traditions in a positive way. Suggestions can be sent to The Newport Irish Heritage Association, P.O. Box 3114, Newport, RI 02840.

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