2015-05-14 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Salve Commencement

Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history who now devotes her time to public service as a State Department official and Special Olympics International board member will present the commencement address and be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters during Salve Regina University’s 65th commencement on Sunday, May 17.


Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty Principal co-broker (left), Paul Leys discusses housing options with students Chase Baker, Harrison Renshaw, Branscombe Alex Caparas, and Asa Montgomery, at the recent Rogers High School Financial Education Fair. Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty Principal co-broker (left), Paul Leys discusses housing options with students Chase Baker, Harrison Renshaw, Branscombe Alex Caparas, and Asa Montgomery, at the recent Rogers High School Financial Education Fair. Newport Harbor Corp. Chairman and longtime University Trustee J. Timothy O’Reilly will also be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the ceremony.

Cancer and Blood Disorders Lecture

Newport Hospital will host the latest in its 2015 series of free community lectures on Tuesday, May 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Everything you Wanted to Know About Cancer and Blood Disorders and Are Not Afraid to Ask,” the May lecture will feature a discussion with hematologist/oncologist Alessandro Papa, M.D., a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology.


Bike to Work Day May 15 Bike to Work Day May 15 “Navigating your way through a diagnosis of cancer or a blood disease such as anemia, leukemia or lymphoma can without a doubt be frightening and overwhelming,” says Papa. “There are signs and symptoms to be aware of that can help to ensure that cancer treatment and care is delivered as quickly as possible.”

Free blood pressure screenings are also available at 6 p.m.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 401-845-1492 or sign up online at newporthospital.org. Light refreshments will be served.


Thompson Spring Bike Walk Challenge The Thompson Spring Bike Walk Challenge has begun. For the next six weeks, Thompson parent Jennifer McCabe will be counting and greeting students and faculty who walk and bike and entering them to win prizes. Last week, the fifth grade Cluster 1 won the “Golden Sneaker” award for having the most walkers. Thompson Spring Bike Walk Challenge The Thompson Spring Bike Walk Challenge has begun. For the next six weeks, Thompson parent Jennifer McCabe will be counting and greeting students and faculty who walk and bike and entering them to win prizes. Last week, the fifth grade Cluster 1 won the “Golden Sneaker” award for having the most walkers. The next Newport Hospital lecture will be on June 10 and will focus on the latest techniques for eliminating varicose veins.

‘We Took the Ferry’

The Newport Historical Society will present a screening of the film “We Took the Ferry: Ferry Boat Students of Narragansett Bay” at the Colony House on Thursday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m.

From 1896 to 1969, Jamestown high school students took the ferry to Newport, 2.5 miles across Narragansett Bay. The 25-minute ride became a backdrop through which several generations experienced major historical events such as World War II and even the Hurricane of 1938. The 30-minute film, which shares oral histories of individuals who rode the ferry to school during its last 30 years, will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session.

Admission is by donation. RSVP at NewportHistory.org or call 401- 841-8770.

Call for Artists

The Conanicut Island Arts Association (CIAA) and the Portsmouth Arts Guild will host a joint invitational show from May 22 to June 23 with an opening reception on May 22, from 6-8 p.m.

All media welcome. Pieces can be dropped off at the Portsmouth Arts Guild on May 18, from 3 - 6 p.m. and May 19, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for people’s choice. For more information and guidelines, visit artinjamestown.org or email artinjamestown@gmail.com.

Public Invited to Marijuana Talk

Ray Davis and Maryanne Raymo of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition will present science-based information on the risks and consequences of marijuana use on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Rd, Portsmouth. Working in collaboration with the Ocean State Prevention Alliance and the six Newport County prevention coalitions, they will addresses the impact of marijuana on the Town of Portsmouth. The public is invited to attend. A “Q & A” will follow.

Growers’ Markets Open

The Aquidneck Growers’ Markets welcome back vendors old and new, offering a wide selection of locally sourced foods from fresh vegetables and fruit; pasture raised meat and eggs; fresh and smoked fish; artisan breads and pastries; flowers; bedding plants and a selection of prepared foods, plus freshly squeezed juices. This summer we celebrate the new season with a bonus of added fruits and vegetables for SNAP program recipients.

The markets will be open on Saturday mornings from 9 to 1 at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown beginning May 16, and on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 6 on Memorial Boulevard in Newport opening on May 20, rain or shine.

Preservation Grant Deadline is May 21

The Newport Restoration Foundation is accepting nominations for the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards until May 21. The program is a joint project of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport to celebrate achievements in local historic preservation. The grants are given for bricks-and-mortar projects or project planning. Nomination forms are available at newport restoration.org.

The recipients of this year’s awards are St. Columba’s Chapel, Middletown, for stone work repair; Whitehall, Middletown, for repair and painting; Portsmouth Historical Society, school house repair; International Tennis Hall of Fame, porch railing restoration; Belmont Chapel Foundation, roof stabilization; Newport Art Museum, restoration of the north face; United Baptist Church, renovation of the parsonage porch; Emmanuel Church, preservation of existing chimneys; St. John’s Parish House, window repair and restoration; and the Women’s Resource Center, for wood floor refinishing.

The Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will be celebrated on Sept. 11 at Rough Point.

Gulls Reunion Weekend Planned

In celebration of its 15 anniversary, all former and current Newport Gulls players, coaches, volunteers, fans, host families, sponsors, staff and friends are invited to the organization’s first ever Alumni Family Reunion Weekend, set for June 26-27.

A special Friday night game at Cardines Field and a Saturday evening “Summer Hot Stove” dinner and reception at the Newport Marriott are planned. At the dinner the team’s 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be announced, and plans for a major renovation of Cardines Field will be unveiled.

The cost to attend is $50 per person. Visit the Family Reunion page at newportgulls.com for more information and to make reservations.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, May 21 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.

Relay for Life May 16

The 12th annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Aquidneck Island will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. The event will feature 25 teams and 167 participants walking or running on the school’s track in efforts to raise funds for cancer research and patient services in Rhode Island.

According to relay chairperson Kerry Seibert, “We have a good event planned for this year with lots of great food, music, dancing, children’s activities, raffles and so much more. Our teams will offer specialty baked goods and other merchandise either for sale, or for raffle, in the market tent. We hope that folks will come down and support their friends and neighbors as we try to stop cancer and finish the fight.”

Relay organizers are still accepting fundraising teams as well as volunteers to assist with a number of planned events. “We welcome anyone who wants to participate in this very worthwhile undertaking. It’s never too late to get involved and you will make a difference,” Seibert said.

For more information visit relayforlife.org/aquidneckislandri or contact Seibert at 401-855-0885.

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