2015-04-30 / News Briefs


Annual Police Parade is Sunday, May 3

The 32nd Aquidneck Island National Police Parade will step off at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, in front of the Hampton Inn, 317 West Main Road, Middletown. The parade, with 90 marching units, bands, floats and displays in three divisions, will proceed south to the reviewing stand in Washington Square. Past parade crowd favorites, including the Providence Police Department’s mounted unit, the Big Nazo Puppets, and multiple bagpipe bands will be in the line of march.

According to Newport Police Department, Lt. Frank Rosa, and Vice- President of the Parade Committee, “This annual event has been a constant reminder to law enforcement and the public of the sacrifices of police officers in the line of duty. It is our obligation to remember them and pay special tribute to them as National Police Week approaches. The 2015 Aquidneck Island National Police Parade honors the 127 law enforcement officers and agents who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2014, and pays a special remembrance to New England officers lost.”

The lead Honors Division will represent the agencies that lost members in the line of duty which include Brentwood, N.H., Officer Stephen Arkell; Plymouth, Mass., Officer Gregg Maloney; Boston, Mass., Officer Dennis Oliver Simmonds; R.I. Environmental Police Department Officer Seth Gillis, and U.S. Marshals Service Rhode Island Special Deputy Frank McKnight.

“In addition, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Fraternal Order of Police which has been serving the needs of law enforcement agencies across the United States since 1915. It currently serves 325,000 members in 2,100 lodges in the United States. The parade will pay special tribute to this very important organization,” Rosa said.

For more information on the parade or pre-parade events, including the Rodeo Round-Up concert and fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, visit policeparade.org

Batter Up!

Opening day of Newport Little League’s six-week season is Saturday, May 2 at Harry Hogan Field on Wellington Avenue.

More than 225 boys and girls in the city of Newport participate in Little League in four baseball divisions and four softball divisions.

The ceremonial first pitch at 8 a.m. wil be thrown by Brad Read, Sail Newport’s executive director and director of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.

“I am honored to be asked to throw out the first pitch at Newport Little League’s opening day and we hope to get many players and parents down to the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Fort Adams during the next three weeks while the teams are here,” Read said. “By nature I am a huge sports fan and have always been a proponent of community outreach. Newport Little League exemplifies both of these by offering not only exposure to the great game of baseball to Newport’s youth, but also fields an impressive team of volunteers who run the league from year to year.”

For more information about Newport Little League, visit newportlittleleague.com.

Lucky Soirée

See how lucky 13 can be at the Star Kids Lucky 13 Soirée to be held on Saturday, May 2 at Canfield House. Enjoy full open bar, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and DJ Reggie’s irresistible tunes. All proceeds benefit the children in the Newport County/Fall River chapter of Star Kids. Tickets are $150 ($100 for age 40 and under). To purchase tickets, go online at starkidsprogram.org or call 401-848-4187.

K Fair

The Newport School Committee is hosting a Pre-K fair on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Pell School. Transportation will be provided from several locations. Visit npsri.net/pre-k for times and pickup sites. Numerous Aquidneck Island Pre-K agencies will have booths and provide information on their programs. Various activities are planned during the fair, including face painting, story-telling, and sing-alongs, as well as tours of the school. Registration will also be available for those entering kindergarten this fall. For more information, call 401-846- 3388 or 401-862-4905.

Bike to Work Day on May 15

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held around the world promoting bicycling for daily transportation. Here in Newport, we’ve been celebrating Bike to Work Day since 2011. The whole day is filled with bike-related fun. All activities take place in Washington Square.

This year, you can park at the dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lot at Bike Newport’s offices at 437 Broadway, then hop on your bike, and pedal one mile into town to Washington Square for the Bike to Work breakfast before continuing to your workplace.

Among the day’s festivities is a breakfast from 7 - 9 a.m. and a group ride to the Volvo Ocean Race at 5 p.m.

Bettie Pardee Book Signing

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Bettie Bearden Pardee will hold a book signing on Saturday, May 9, from 5- 6:30 p.m. at Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design, 9 Bridge St.

Pardee, Newport’s consummate authority on entertaining and gracious living, will be signing copies of her newest coffee table book, “Living Newport: Houses, People, Style.” Filled with stunning photographs and smart writing, the book features an intimate look at some of Newport’s most illustrious homes and the people who live in them.

Kindergarten Sign-Up

Kindergarten registration will be held at the Pell School on Thursday, April 30 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m. and on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. - noon. Bring an original birth certificate, shot records and proof of residency. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1 to register. Visit npsri.net for more information.

Rec Reunion Dinner

The Newport Rec Reunion Association will be holding a scholarship fundraiser on Friday, May 8, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Community Baptist Annex, 50 Marcus Wheatland Blvd. Chicken dinners will be offered for $10. Meal deliveries also available, for $12. Call 401- 846-3086, for more information or to have a dinner delivered.

Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Hospital Staff

Orthopedic surgeon Derek Jenkins, M.D., has joined the Newport Hospital medical staff as part of the Orthopedics Institute, Newport Hospital. Jenkins, an expert in hip and knee joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, began seeing patients earlier this month.

Jenkins specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, with a special interest in direct anterior total hip replacement, gapbalanced total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and revision of failed/painful joint replacements. Jenkins received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and an engineering degree from Dartmouth College. He completed his residency in general and orthopedic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

For more information about orthopedic services at Newport Hospital, visitnewporthospital.org/orPre tho or call 401-845-1200.

Diabetes Support Group

The monthly Diabetes Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 14 from 1-2 p.m. at the Edward King Senior Center. The group is sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, and is free and open to the public. No appointment is needed.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Corinn Martineau, a Community Pharmacy Resident for the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy. All questions and concerns about diabetes-related medications will be welcomed.

AARP Offers Pops and Goodspeed Trips

A day trip to hear the Boston Pops on Wednesday, June 10, is being offered by the local AARP chapter #207. The show is a tribute to Stephen Sondheim featuring music from “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Into the Woods” and many others. Songs sung by Broadway stars and fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will accompany the musicians. The cost to attend is $65.

Two trips to musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. are also offered, “Guy & Dolls” on Wednesday, May 20 and “La Cage Aux Folles” on Thursday, Aug. 27. The cost to attend the Goodspeed shows is $88.

AARP #207 members may sign up for any of these trips at the May 11 luncheon at OceanCliff.

Anyone wanting more information should call 401-849-7087.

Junior Rifle Team Fundraiser

The Newport Rifle Club recently held its fourth annual Dr. Paul Houston Memorial Pistol Shoot, which raised $850 for the club’s Junior Rifle Team.

The junior team, which was founded about 30 years ago, has a record of success in local, regional, national and international competitions. Four of the six members on the team qualified for the National Junior Olympics in Colorado this month, which hosts the finest young shooters in the country. In part because of their shooting skills, a former member of the Junior Team is attending West Point and another will go to Annapolis this fall.

About 40 competitors from the club and Tiverton Rod and Gun Club paid to shoot a 20-round pistol course on the 50-foot indoor range.

The top five shooters were Bob King, Middletown; John Warzsawski, Jamestown; Scott Cook, Portsmouth; Dan Bartholomew, Middletown; and Chris Schubert, North Kingstown.

Dominic Calarco, owner of Island Gun Shop in Portsmouth, donated more than $500 in prize money and raffle prizes.

Started in 1876, Newport Rifle Club is the oldest continuously operating gun club in the nation. For the first time in several years, the club has openings for new members. A surgeon and Middletown resident, Dr. Houston, who passed away in 2011, was a 30-plus year member of Newport Rifle Club.

Information about joining is available at newportrifleclub.org or by calling Bob King, 401-847-5678.

‘Secret History of the Ollie’ Book Signing

Author, historian and counterculture photographer, Craig B. Snyder will hold a book signing for his award-winning book (2015 New England Book Show) “A Secret History of the Ollie” and present a vintage 1970s-era slide show on Friday, May 8 at Waterbrothers, 39-1/2 Memorial Blvd.

The tome, known to be the first book to tell the complete story of the 1970s skateboarding revolution, features more than 1,200 images and hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and commentaries by skaters from Alan “Ollie” Gelfand and Stacy Peralta to Skitch Hitchcock and Brad Bowman. “A Secret History of the Ollie” was recently released under Black Salt Press’ new imprint, Pioneers of Skateboarding.

The action begins at 6 p.m. Sid Abruzzi will also show 8mm footage curated from his archives. Other items of interest will include a collection of vintage skateboards and surfboards that will be on display. A grill will be going, refreshments will be served.

Jamestown Scholarships

The Jamestown Women’s Club is offering three scholarships in 2015. Two will be awarded to high school seniors who are Jamestown residents and plan to attend higher education institutions. Another scholarship, new this year, will be awarded to a Jamestown resident pursuing continuing education at a higher education institution. Applications are available at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, or by emailing jamestownwomensclub@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 12.

Bench Press Challenge

The Newport County YMCA will host its first Bench Press Challenge on Thursday, May 14. It will be a test of muscular endurance, and not based upon a one rep maximum. Males will bench press 70 percent of their body weight, while females will bench press 50 percent of their total body weight. The bench pressing will be done to the cadence of a metronome set at 60 beats per minute (30 reps per minute). When the participant is no longer able to keep up with the cadence, the test will be ended, even if failure is not reached. Each participant will receive one attempt.

This event will be held in the basketball gym with weigh-ins from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. The event will begin with the first bencher at 6:15 p.m. Spectators welcome to attend. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, and the winners will be posted on the YMCA bulletin board for recognition as the Newport County YMCA’s Elite Bench Pressers. Registration is open at the front desk for $20.

For more information, contact pt@newportymca.org or 401-847- 9200 x 132.

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