2015-04-02 / News Briefs


Donate Used Bikes

Used bikes can be donated and recycled on Saturday, April 11, at the Newport Spring Recycling Day at First Beach, from 8 a.m. – noon and at the Middletown Bulk Waste Day at Second Beach, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. A team from Bike Newport will be there to collect bikes for restoration and distribution in the community. Bikes beyond repair will still be recycled. If you have bicycles to donate but can’t make it on the 11th, contact Mark at 401-619-4900.

Redwood Expands Youth Programs

The Redwood Library continues to expand its offerings for area children, adding two new public programs this month. Imagine, Perform and Create offers multimodal storytelling for beginner readers, ages 4-8, every Monday at 4 p.m. Toddler Play and Learn, ages 18 months-5 years, meets every Friday at 10 a.m. Children’s programs are held in the Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St. Call or go online to register for the free programs at 401- 847-0292 x105 or redwoodlibrary.org/preschool-programs.

Volvo Race Preview at Pell

Newport school families and the community are invited to get a taste of the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover on Tuesday, April 7, at the Pell School at 6:30 p.m. Get a sneak peek at the Race Village planned for May 5-17, hear Sail Newport’s Brad Read offer highlights of the race, watch exciting videos of the around the world race to date, and view student presentations and marine education art. Chowder will be served.

The Race Village at Fort Adams next month will be filled with displays and activities, including an educational exploration zone packed with hands-on exhibits that focus on the marine environment, weather, ocean currents, sea life, sustainability, history, culture, and more. This is the perfect chance for families to get an idea of all the interesting, interactive learning opportunities available at Race Village.

Swing Into Spring

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center proudly announces the 19th annual Swing into Spring, scheduled for Thursday, April 9, from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club. Tickets for the event are $75 in advance or $85 at the door and can be purchased by calling Alyson Novick at 401-846- 4828 x 102 or emailing anovick@mlkcenter.org.

Chamber Business Awards Nominations

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting Excellence in Business nominations through Wednesday, April 15. Any Chamber member in good standing is eligible to be nominated in one or more categories: micro business, large and small business, nonprofit, woman- or minority-owned business, entrepreneur and emerging leader. People can submit their own business or a fellow Chamber member’s business.

Nomination forms are available at newportchamber.com. Completed forms can be faxed to 401-849- 5848 or emailed to jane@newportchamber.com. Nominees will be notified by April 17.

Friends of the Waterfront Meeting

The Friends of the Waterfront will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. For more information, call 401-847-3807.

Rookie League Baseball Camp

A Rookie League Baseball Camp will be held at Cluny School on April 20-23, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The camp is designed to teach the FUNdamentals of baseball for players who are committed to improving their baseball skills. Campers will develop skills through organized drills, individual instruction, and scrimmages with emphasis on sportsmanship and love for the game. Campers are grouped according to age. Activities will be led by Coach Frank Holbrook, Assistant Coach at Wheaton College and former Newport Gull.

For more information, contact Cluny School at 401-847-6043 or info@clunyschool.org.

MHS Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

The Middletown High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting applications for the 2015 Induction Class. Nominees can be individual athletes who graduated from MHS, former coaches, a team, or someone who has been an avid supporter of the athletic program. Individuals nominated must have graduated 10 or more years ago. Coaches nominated must have finished coaching their sport five or more years ago. Teams should be from 10 or more years ago.

Nominations are welcome from athletes, coaches or teams from any sport. The committee is especially interested in receiving nominations from sports that currently have no representatives in the Hall of Fame, such as softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, and tennis.

The nomination should include as much supporting information as possible. The deadline for submission is May 15. Email nominations to MHSHOF@cox.net or mail to MHS Athletic Hall of Fame c/o Middletown High School, 130 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842.

Contact Bill Seiple at billseiple@cox.net, 401-846-2919 or Barry Clark at BClark038@aol.com, 401- 847-8266, for further information.

Sunset League to Start Hall of Fame

The George Donnelly Sunset League is accepting nominations for its first Hall of Fame class. The deadline to nominate players, managers or builders is May 1. The inaugural class will be announced in July. For information regarding the banquet and the class introduction, visit gdsunsetleague.com.

To vote or for more information, contact Chris La Rose at donnelly. sunset@gmail.com or 315-235-8570.

Student Places High in Geography Bee

Patrick Colbert-Muetterties, a fifth grader at St. Michael’s Country Day School, placed seventh in the state at the 2015 Rhode Island State National Geographic Bee on March 27. He was one of only three students to answer correctly 100 percent of his preliminary geography questions, allowing him to proceed directly to the final round of this annual competition for Rhode Island students in grades 4-8.

The 2015 Rhode Island State National Geographic Bee is comprised of students who are not only the champions of their school competitions but have also qualified on a subsequent written test for the state competition. The Rhode Island state champion moves on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. this May.

Parade Grand Marshals Announced

The Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has named William “Bill” Cardinal and wife, Karen, as dual Grand Marshals, a first in the parade’s history, for the 60th annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The couple are owners of Cardinal Restaurant Group, which operates IHOP Restaurants in Middletown and Dartmouth Mass. They reside in Portsmouth with their daughters Kristin and Becky.

The 60th parade will be dedicated in the honor of Patrick Curran Loftus (PLof) who passed away unexpectedly last year in October.

The 2016 parade will be held Saturday, March 12.

Rose Island Lighthouse and Beach Cleanup

On Saturday, April 11 the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation will be sponsoring a community beach and lighthouse cleanup. Cleaning, painting and landscaping help is needed. Go out for the day to help the lighthouse community and spend time on Rose Island. Bring a lunch and meet at the Sail to Prevail at Fort Adams Park. Park in the first lot and walk to the dock. The boat will depart at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m. Registration required, contact Joan at 401-286- 1209 or RILF office at 401-847-4242.

‘Uncork Your Creativity’

Everything you need to complete painting Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” will be provided at a fundraiser to benefit Lucy’s Hearth and the Newport Boys and Girls Club by Pour Painters. The event will be held Thursday, April 9, from 6:30 - 9 p.m., $40 per person. To register visit pourpainters.com, call or text 401-862-0083, or email PourPainters@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 each month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is April 14. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, 401-228-3319.

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