2015-06-04 / News Briefs


‘An Evening for Education’

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards for 2015 will be presented at the Newport Public Educaton Foundation’s annual benefit event, “An Evening for Education,” which will be held Friday, June 19 at the Edward King House. Tickets can be purchased online atnpefri.org and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 401-847-2100 x219.

Extending Earth Day

Members of the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association and fellow neighbors have decided to start a regular cleanup on Saturday mornings along Broadway. Anyone interested in donating an hour of time can meet up with organizer Ellen Nichols at 10 a.m at Equality Park. Collection bags and gloves will be provided.

RI Hackathon

As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, the Rhode Island Hackathon event will launch at the Rhode Island Statehouse Rotunda on Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. with invited speakers from government and the private sector. At the Gigabit Sandbox at NewPORT.WORKS, Tech Plaza 4, 88 Silva Lane, Middletown, participants will meet at 2 p.m. to leverage gigabit-speed Internet. Activities, including working on designing and building a digital Maker Map, continue throughout the evening. Wrap up is on Sunday at 1 p.m. See RIhackathon.com for the complete schedule.

The Rhode Island Hackathon aligns local volunteers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and business leaders in support of the Governor’s Ocean State WAVE vision of creating jobs where people design and make things by leveraging the Internet.

Camp Grosvenor Open House

On Wednesday, June 10 from 5 - 7 p.m., Camp Grosvenor at 11 Miner Road, Saunderstown, will be open to families interested in signing up for camp, returning campers and new campers. Guided tours will run every half hour and there will be time for families to enjoy the grounds.

Camp Grosvenor is situated along the Pettaquamscutt River and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

The 2015 summer camp runs from July 6 – August 28 and will feature four action-filled two-week themed sessions. For more information, please visit the Boys & Girls Club website at bgcnewport.org/ camp-grosvenor.

For those interested in attending the open house, please RSVP to Lauren Day at 401-847-6927 x122.

Witherbee School Open House

Celebrate Flag Day at Middletown’s one room schoolhouse, the Witherbee School on Sunday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consider what life was like in the 1800s, which states were not in the Union, and how the flag differed.Event sponsored by the Middletown Historical Society. School is located at the corner of Valley Road and Green End Avenue.

All Saints STEAM Winners

At a recent awards ceremony at New England Institute of Technology, Congressman Jim Langevin congratulated two teams from All Saints STEAM Academy in Middletown for taking first and second place state honors in the middle school division of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Established by the Air Force Association in 2009, the competition is designed to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

All Saints team members are Tyra Kutsaftis, Paula Perez, Nils Schmid, Mac Cullen, Xavier Lora, Allison Hussin, Rayna Lombardo, Bobby Psilos and Coach Mike Cullen, school volunteer.

Chamber Business Awards

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Excellence in Business Awards. The annual event began in 2007. Winners are:

Large Business: OPT Therapy

Medium Business:

3G Broadcasting

Micro Business:

Sage Solutions, LLC

Small Business:

Worldways Social Marketing

Woman Owned Business:

Corey Farms Past and Presents

Entrepreneur of the Year:

Newport Renewables

Non-Profit of the Year:

Newport Restoration Foundation

Emerging Leader of the Year:

Caitlin Wood, Photography

YMCA Summer Camp

Registration is open for the following Y camps offered this summer: Discovery Camp (ages 3-5), Champs Sports Camp, R.A.V.E. Camp, Water Sports, Surfs Up, Swim Team, Junior Lifeguard Camp, Martial Arts Camp, Rock Climbing Camp, Trailblazers Camp, Camp Happy Tails, Gymnastics Camp, Camp “We Can!” (ages 5-20) and Junior Camp Counselors program. Contact the Newport County YMCA at 401-847- 9200 for more information or go to newportymca.org to download the 2015 camp brochure and financial packages.

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 the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is June 9. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, 401- 228-3319.

Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, will meet June 11 and is offered monthly on the second Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. No doctor’s referral is required. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. To attend or for more information, call 401-682-2100.

Garden Club Welcomes New Members

The Garden Club of Middletown invites people interested in gardening and horticulture to find out more about the club. Prospective members are welcome to attend its next meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the North End Steakhouse at the Mainstay Hotel. The annual meeting will follow lunch.

New Tennis Court Policy to Take Effect

The Newport Department of Public Services announces a new policy for the use of City tennis courts for private instruction. Effective June 6, all paid private instructors must obtain a permit from the Recreation Division prior to the use of the courts.

Permits will be given for courts 4, 5 and 6 at Rogers High School only. Paid private instruction is not allowed on the Pop Flack, Murphy Park, Vernon Park or Hunter Park tennis courts. All instructors must show proof of insurance before a permit will be issued. The cost for one court, one hour is $10 for Newport residents and $15 for non-residents. Permits may be booked up to two weeks in advance and certain restrictions may apply. Permits can be obtained at the Recreation office, 35 Golden Hill St. For more information call 401-845-5800.

Retired Association Clambake

The Rhode Island Federation of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its annual lobster and clambake on Tuesday, June 9, at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, Middletown. The cost to attend is $25. All active and retired federal employees and their families are invited to attend. For more information, contact Richard Bianco at 401-683- 5421 or rbianco2@cox.net.

Irish Museum Center Open for Season

The Interpretive Center operated by the Museum of Newport Irish History is now open for the season. Hours are noon – 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through Nov. 1. Group and private visits at other times may be arranged by appointment. The center is located at 648 Lower Thames St., just south of Narragansett Avenue. Admission is by donation and free for members of the Museum of Newport Irish History. Free parking is available in a small lot behind the building or onstreet.

Visitors to the center will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and of the many contributions made to the community by individuals of Irish descent.

To learn more about the museum, visit newportirishhistory.org or call 401-848-0661.

Chamber Golf Tournament

This year’s Newport Chamber of commerce tournament will be held at Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club and will kick off on Monday, June 15 with registration beginning at11:45a.m.anda1p.m. shotgun start. Space is limited. RSVP by June 10 at NewportChamber.com or by calling 401-847-1608.

Constituent Meeting

Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) will host her final constituent night of this legislative session Monday, June 8, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

All constituents in House District 75 are encouraged to attend and bring their ideas and questions. Rep. Carson plans to use the event to discuss key bills that are before the General Assembly as the 2015 session draws to a close. Rep. Carson can be reached at laurenhcarson@gmail.com.

Harbor Walk Planter Project Begins

Volunteers and the public are invited to join the Friends of the Waterfront and URI Master Gardeners as they plant the inaugural Harbor Walk Planter Project dinghy at Newport’s Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Avenue, on Sunday, June 7, from 1 -3 p.m.

The first of eight proposed containers is a genuine, repurposed eight-foot rowboat that will be filled with organic soils, native Rhode Island plants, and compost.

Volunteer Master Gardeners will demonstrate large-scale container planting techniques and discuss design options as they create a new landscape feature in the heart of downtown Newport.

Another goal of the Harbor Walk project is to educate residents and visitors about public rights-of-ways along the harbor.

Interested gardeners who wish to volunteer to maintain the planters throughout the summer (under guidance from URI Master Gardeners) are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Friends of the Waterfront president Johanna Vietry, 765-307-1216, info@newportwaterfront.org.

Gully Mascots and Others Still Needed

In addition to Gully and Gully Jr. mascots, the Newport Gulls are still welcoming new volunteers interested in assisting in the following areas for any or all of the team’s 21 home games during June, July, and early August: ticket booth staff, ballpark security, grounds crew, game day operations, or press box and game day media staff.

Volunteers willing to commit spending their summer nights at historic Cardines Field receive season passes for family, a volunteer meal card, and team apparel.

If interested, contact Ryan Lauriat, director of baseball operations, via email at operations@newportgulls.com or by phone at 401-845- 6832. For more information about the Gulls, visit newportgulls.com.

MHS 1970 Reunion

The Middletown High School Class of 1970 will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year on Friday, July 17 at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, Middletown. An evening clambake, beginning at 6 p.m. is planned. Non-seafood menu choices are also available. Tickets are $65 per person. Family and friends welcome. Additional weekend opportunities offered.

For more information, call Donna Trickey Nedderman at 401-849- 2050, or email Jason Thomas at jathomas2@cox.net.

Worn Flag Collection in Portsmouth

Do you have faded, torn, or tattered American flags that need to be disposed of? If so, bring them to Clement’s Market, Portsmouth on Sunday, June 7, from 1 -3 p.m. A specific method is used to properly dispose of the national ensign, and the American Legion will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on June 15.

Yard Waste Pickup

Newport residents will have yard waste collected during the weeks of June 8 and 22 on residents’ regular collection day. Yard waste must be in brown paper leaf bags or loose in 32 gallon barrels. Branches less than three feet in length can be bundled or placed loose in barrels.

Lighthouse Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation for the months of June , July and August, Monday through Friday. There are many areas of volunteering interest, including greeters, gardening, housekeeping and maintenance. Volunteers are asked to commit twice a month, and help maintain Rose Island, a historic and environmental site in Narragansett Bay. Transportation is provided. If interested, contact joanbq1@aol.com.

‘Images of Jamestown’ Call for Artists

All media that depict “Images of Jamestown” will be accepted in the Conanicut Island Art Association’s next show from June 11 until September. Works can be dropped off at the Jamestown Town Hall Gallery, 93 Narragansett Ave. on June 11, from 1 - 5:30 p.m. An opening reception will be held the evening of June 25. People’s Choice Awards will be given. Works will be sold off the wall throughout the summer. Artists are invited to replace sold art.

For more information, visit artinjamestown.org or email artinjamestown@gmail.com.

The George Donnelly Sunset League derived its name because games used to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at dusk. It is the oldest continuous amateur baseball league in the U.S. All games are played at Cardines Field.

For more information, visit gdsunsetleague. pointstreaksites.com.

Thursday, June 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
R&R Construction vs Town Dock
Saturday, June 6 @ noon
RR Legion vs Brothers Oven
Mudville vs Westcott @ 3 p.m.
Monday, June 8 @ 6:30 p.m.
Mudville vs Town Dock
Tuesday, June 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
R&R Construction vs Brothers
Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Westcott vs RR Legion

Team Standings Wins Losses
Town Dock 4 2
RR Legion 4 2
Mudville 3 3
RR Construction 2 2
Brothers Oven 2 4
Westcott Properties 1 3

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