2015-04-09 / News Briefs


Home Schooling Workshop

Parents interested in home schooling are invited to attend a free workshop on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level program room of the Newport Public Library. Topics for discussion include homeschooling laws in Rhode Island, reasons for choosing home schooling, socialization, and curriculum planning. Children are asked to remain at home as this event is geared toward adults. The workshop is presented by ENRICHri, a nonprofit, Rhode Island-based, secular home school group. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Children’s Desk at 401-847-8720 x 204.

Author’s Luncheon

The Junior League of Rhode Island is holding its first annual Women Authors Luncheon on Saturday, April 11 at the Atlantic Beach Club. Presentations by Eve LaPlante and Mary Jane Begin will follow a buffet lunch.

LaPlante, a direct descendant of Anne Hutchinson, is an award-winning historian and author of several publications including “American Jezebel” and “Salem Witch Judge.” Begin is an award-winning Illustrator and author of children’s picture books. She is a professor in the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

For more information or to purchase tickets, $25, visit jlri.com.

Free Mammograms

Newport Hospital will be offering free clinical breast exams and mammograms on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. - noon. Pre-registration is required by April 12. The screenings are for women between the ages of 40 and 64 years old who are underinsured or uninsured and meet income guidelines. All exams and mammograms will take place at Newport Hospital, and interpreter services and transportation will be provided. To register for a screening or for more information, call 401-845-1548.

Opening Reception

Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design is holding an opening reception for Bill Chisholm: New Paintings. This is Chisholm’s fourth solo show with Jessica Hagen and is part of the gallery’s 10th anniversary year series of events and exhibits. A native Rhode Islander now living in Boston, he is known for his realistic portrayals of natural objects. The exhibit is ongoing

Streetscape Update

The City of Newport will host an informational meeting on Thursday, April 16, at 9:45 a.m. at the Newport Public Library to provide an update on the Broadway streetscape construction project. Staff from RIDOT and its contractor, Cardi Corporation, will be in attendance to discuss the upcoming construction schedule and activities. Business owners and residents are encouraged to come meet the project team. The library opens at 9:30 a.m.; the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Arts Around the Fire

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County presents its networking event, Arts Around the Fire Tuesday, April 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Salvation CafĂ©. Bob Howard will speak briefly about the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s Tune In and Tune Up, a health care initiative for musicians and music industry professionals. Find out how they are engaging the music community to be part of a solution and not be the problem.

This is the final Arts Around the Fire until October. The next Arts & Cultural Alliance event will be the annual meeting on May 12 at the Newport Art Museum. For more innformation visit at newportarts.org.

All Things Lego

Join in on an evening of “all things Lego” and a Lego pep rally on Thursday, April 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the All Saints Academy, 915 West Main Rd., Middletown. Activities include a Lego design competition, Lego building activities, a Lego guesstimate competition, Lego jewelry making, a screening of The Lego Movie, and sports memorabilia auction. Contests will grouped in a developmentally appropriate manner in the interest of fairness and fun.

The event is open to the public and is a sendoff party for the school’s championship robotics team, Mindstorms Mayhem as they prepare to compete in the world games later this month in St. Louis.

Middletown Bulk Waste Day

Because of snow in March, Middletown’s Bulk Waste Amnesty Day Event was postponed until Saturday, April 11. The quarterly drop off event is for Middletown residents participating in the Pay As You Throw trash and recycling program. Residents can dispose of oversized items such as couches, bicycles, tables, large children’s toys, etc.

Middletown’s Department of Public Works crews will be on hand for assistance. For more information, call 401-842-6519.

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together Greater Newport and Lowe’s Heroes will complete renovations on April 25 for a local Newport homeowner. Repairs will consist of new windows, insulation, bathroom repairs and general refurbishing of the home and yard. More than 50 volunteers from Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s will complete the repairs as part of a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s.

For more information, visit rebuildingtogether.org, rebuildingnewport.org or call 401-608-2912.

Elder Care Forum

In celebration of Money Smart Week, the Newport Public Library will host a free informational forum on financial topics related to elder care. Home Loan Investment Bank will give the presentation. A panel of experts will talk about wills, trusts, power of attorney, senior financial exploitation, longterm care insurance, banking and account titling, assisted living versus nursing home and other financial topics. A Q&A will follow. Coffee and pastry will be served. For more information contact the Reference desk at 401-847-8720 x208.

Newport Spring Recycling Day

The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program will hold a Spring Recycling Day for “harder to recycle” items on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Easton’s Beach east parking lot.

Newport residents will also be able to dispose of two “bulky” items but must call in advance to make an appointment and bring proof of residency to the event.

There will be no entry until 8 a.m. and gates will close at 12 p.m. Absolutely no hazardous waste will be accepted. Note that the event will NOT feature the Eco Depot collection for hazardous waste. However, the Eco Depot hazardous waste collection will be in Middletown on April 18. Visit ecodepotri.org for more information.

The following items will be accepted at Spring Recycling Day. Visit cityofnewport.com/cleancity for a detailed listing or call 401-845-5613.

Paper shredding service: bring up to four boxes of sensitive paper documents to be shredded.

Scrap metal: metal hangers, pots, pans, metal chains, screws, nails, other items primarily made out of metal. No items containing freon.

Electronic waste: computers/ CPUs, monitors, televisions, and more.

Rigid plastics not normally collected curbside: containers over two gallons, old recycling bins and trash barrels, plastic toys, buckets, milk crates, laundry baskets, plant pots and more. Plastic accepted by Waste Management.

Clothing and household items for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State: gently used items clothing, blankets, household items, small appliances. Many restrictions apply – please see above referenced website.

Books: hardcover, paperback, any age - child or adult, DVDs, VHS tapes.

Bicycles/bikes: working and salvageable bicycles will be accepted for recycling for The East Bay Met School.

Plastic bags: plastic grocery and shopping bags, other types of clean and dry plastic film.

Cooking oil: Newport Biodiesel will be accepting all vegetable cooking oil for recycling.

Recycle Together RI materials: curbside bin materials such as plastic containers under two gallons, glass containers, metal cans and foil, cartons, paper and cardboard.

E-waste Drop Off in Middletown

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the Town of Middletown will host a household hazardous waste and an ewaste recycling collection on April 18 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Second Beach parking lot. This program is a free service for all Rhode Island residents. Anyone dropping off hazardous waste needs to make an appointment by calling 401- 942-1430 x241.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery). This month there will be a guest speaker who will give a talk titled “Living and Coping with Lyme Disease.” For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

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